CHILDREN OF BETHLEHEM
THE EXHIBITION

 

Bishara بشارة

Q: Tell me about your drawing.
A: "First of all, I drew this to show the grace of God. Like, He created the trees and the sun for us. Also, I drew our house and I’m playing futbol with my friends in front of it. Also, these trees God created to show the beauty of the nature and they give us oxygen, that’s it.  In the second part I drew my future--that I want to become a business man and have my own company so I can care for the poor people, give them money and let them have a good life."

Q: What is something you would tell a friend who lives far away about living in Bethlehem?
A: "Honestly, my uncle is living outside the country and he knows a little about Bethlehem, but he does not know that the occupation is trying every day to take our property, our houses, they [Israelis] try to kill children and they take them to the Israeli prisons.  For example, the Israeli soldiers come every single day to our land in Nahalin and tell us, ‘We will take your land,’ so every single day we resist them and we try to protect it."

Q: What is one of your fears?
A: "The occupation."

Q: What is one of your dreams?
A: "My dreams, that one day the occupation will go away and never come back so we can live in peace.

 

Guevara جيفارا

Q: Tell me about your drawing.
A: “I drew my reality which is that we are living in very difficult times because of the occupation, and we cannot study easily.  Also, we go to school with fear inside.  Every one of us is worried anything could happen anytime. On the other side I drew that I want to become a doctor and to live a happy life without any problems."

Q: What is something you would tell a friend who lives far away about living in Bethlehem?
A: “I will say that we are living a very hard and difficult life and we cannot study easily like other kids.”

Q: What is one of your fears?
A: “School closes and not being able to study."

Q: What is one of your dreams?
A: "One of my dreams is to live a happy life without problems."

 
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Joyce جويس

Q: Tell me about your drawing.
A: "I live through music, singing, and drawing and I would like to live like this in future. In the future I wish to become a singer and to teach my kids how to sing or to play one of the instruments."

Q: What is something you would tell a friend who lives far away about living in Bethlehem?
A: "He should know that we are living under occupation and we cannot live like this all of our lives, we can live in happiness not just in sadness."

Q: What is one of your fears?
A: "I’m afraid of not being able to live in happiness and peace. I’m afraid to continue our lives through sadness."

Q: What is one of your dreams?
A: "To become a singer."

 
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Baha’ بهاء

Q: Tell me about your drawing.
A: “Here I’m talking about the summer, and it is the most beautiful season in the year.  We can go on trips and do a lot of things.  It is the season of activities.  And here I’m expressing my hobbies about the Israeli occupation through expressions, they are the destroyer, the machine of destruction, and we are expelled from our lands and homes and separated from each other through its separation wall. Here I wish to have an electronic bicycle, and with this camera I capture my beautiful country.  And here I’m talking about my hobbies, my age, and what I would love to become in the future, an 'Athletic man', to play futbol, swim, do gymnastics, and to become a futbol player.  Also, here I want when I get old to be married and live in my villa. And finally, here I’m expressing that we can resist and fight the occupation through education and through resilience, not through guns."

Q: What is something you would tell a friend who lives far away about living in Bethlehem?
A:“I will tell him to compare between the Palestinian kids and the other kids in the world and he will find a huge difference between them. Because here we do not have our simple rights because of the occupation, but the other kids they have the normal freedoms that we do not know here and do not have.”

Q: What is one of your fears?
A: “I’m afraid of being alone, I mean like all my family dies and to remain without them, like an orphanage kid, and to be killed by the Israeli soldiers.”

Q: What is one of your dreams?
A: “To become older, to have a high score in my last year in school, to get married and to live in a villa.”