A year ago, I went through an interview with a textile manufacturer in the capital.
The person was tall, handsome, and well educated, with a bachelor’s degree from a top university in the United States.
She had two kids and a house full of furniture.
The job was not for me.
In the last year of her contract, the woman was laid off and I was not offered another position.
My boss offered me a $3,000 bonus, and I accepted.
But she told me that I could not be promoted because I was Jewish.
When I came to work, I did not know how to behave in an interview.
I was very nervous.
I felt like I was on the outside looking in.
I tried to avoid it.
A few months ago, when I heard that there would be an Israeli cabinet reshuffle, I began to prepare myself.
I had to write a personal statement explaining my reasons for not being in the cabinet.
I asked my manager to take a look at my resume and find any references I could find on my résumé.
Then I went back to the factory, got my new job and started my first day.
I made $20,000 a year.
At the end of the day, I had the opportunity to work with many talented people.
I am proud to be Jewish and proud of my work ethic.
But I am not a Jewish nationalist.
I have a mixed background, and the main reason I did the interview was because I knew that it was a chance to help others.
A new job was the biggest dream of my life.
A Palestinian-Israeli couple who were employed at a textile factory in the West Bank village of Jabaale, south of Jerusalem, were looking for a new job.
They did not have a job in the region, so they applied to a textile manufacturing company in the Gaza Strip.
They had to choose between their two sons, ages 12 and 13, who were living in the area and in the Israeli military.
The factory asked them to send their children to a new school, and they said yes.
But the children are not allowed to stay in the schools for two years, because the Israeli occupation forces are not permitted to enter the area.
One of the sons said, “We are not going to go to the school, because it is the occupation that is there.
If the Israeli army wants to enter, it can enter.”
The family is in good health.
Now the kids’ father works as a factory worker.
They are in the process of moving out.
They have their own house, a school, a doctor, and a dentist.
They ask me, “Do you want to go back to Gaza?
I don’t want to leave my kids behind.”
I say, “Go ahead, I am here to help you.
Let’s start with the children.”
We were looking to move to the Gaza area because of the conflict.
We thought we were the lucky ones, but I was looking forward to a job with good conditions.
My wife is a retired teacher.
She says she is proud to have been able to work alongside us.
She wants to see her children grow up to be well educated and capable of contributing to the community.
I agree with her.
There is no way to have a good life without working in the occupation, even if it means being forced to live under constant surveillance.
I would love to see my children grow into professionals, but it is not easy to do so.
In this war, there are many who cannot go to school, work or do their own daily tasks.
The people are being targeted because they are not able to get a good job.
But they are also being targeted for reasons that are not connected to any conflict.
They need to be protected, for the sake of the future of the children.
My son said, We will never forget our father’s sacrifice and he is one of the heroes of our generation.
My daughter said, I believe we will always have the strength to face the enemy.
I believe the only way we will succeed is by living in a way that makes us proud.
I want to thank the families who offered their services and offered their children.
In recent months, I have visited Gaza and other parts of the West to show solidarity with the families of the missing and to show that there are still some people who do not want to see the occupation end.
I thank all those who have given their lives for the Palestinian people.
As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Nakba, we have to remember the suffering and the injustice of the dispossessed and the suffering of the people who were forced to leave their homes to seek work in Gaza.
I hope that the people of Gaza will understand that they have the right to live in peace, free from all threats.
The United States has been supporting the Palestinian Authority for