The Palestinian Society is almost collapsed! This isn’t something new we don’t know about, but this is the reality everyone should admit, and believe that it became our old friend!
In the past, our parents cared to have us educated in order to build a willing future, to build a Palestine, to have respect among others and so on. As they pushed those definitions in our small unripe brains, we cared too and went to schools getting high marks, maybe the highest in the world! Our parents were really correct when they told us that, but not anymore! Our concerns were about how to be doctors, teachers or engineers in order to develop our country since, as they used to tell us, we the youths are its metal pillars.
Well, we invested like 24 years educating ourselves, and we were so happy that youth literacy rate in our community is 98.2% or even more. However, this percentage did not rescue Gaza youths from collapsing and failure! Yes, it’s a failure, or even a fiasco. Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus defined fiasco as something planned that goes wrong and is a complete failure, usually in an embarrassing way.
This is what’s happening now. Youths set plans for their future and then they fail to achieve them for something wrong happens. Some people think that it’s not failure since we all fail and try, but this rule cannot be applied in our society for a lot of reasons, one of which is EXPLOITATION!
If you just have a look at the rate of educated people who aren’t employed in Palestine you would be shocked! The rate is 70% as economists stated in 2014! The more shocking thing is that while thousands of educated youths are unemployed, there are thousands of uneducated youths do have jobs! The question is how?
Some people might say it’s because “as you sow, so shall you reap!”, but NO! It’s a big NO. The problem is that employers, whoever they are; whether they are businessmen or even politicians at governmental institutions, have a different sight towards educated people, and they like to exploit the youths. Here is how we can understand that:
I have a friend who was called for an interview in a local company. His major is secretariat. He was interviewed with about 130 others, most of who were educated. He did well at the interview, and the interviewer told him that the company pays about 500 NIS monthly for a secretary, which is less than 150$ for 12 working hours per day with one day off. He refused and he went home because he was embarrassed, and he did not expect that salary since he has a master degree!
Actually his story shocked me, but I really believed it since I know some clothing stores in Gaza pays from10 to 15 NIS (3 to 4USD) per day for a worker.
Hence, if my friend’s story happened with an uneducated youth, he would accept the offer because he did not waste most of his years on education like thousands of us!
That means businessmen fear to appoint educated youths because they know the more the youth is educated, the more his salary and remunerations are increased.
The other problem the society has is NEPOTISM, which causes corruption! If for example a politician has a job position for a typist at his office, and dozens of educated applied for this job while his cousin for example is uneducated but knows how to type, he chooses his cousin and he ignores the rest of applicants. This also happens in a lot of other communities!
The corruption nepotism causes divided the society into two parts; traders of patronage, and those who look for it!
The traders forget their patriotism and put it on sale just to satisfy their personal temptations, even if it’s over their patriotism and their loyalty towards their people and country. They just seek to suck money out from the citizens! The other part is the people who are faked and lied at by these traders. These people are just victims, whose crime is nothing but being citizens of a country that has no rules, no laws and no rights for its people!
Those having their education done regret now for wasting more than 25 years from their age on something helpless, as they believe! Thousands of youths leave schools now and choose to work inside Israel to survive. Thousands of educated youths are forced to leave Palestine in order to find a job in a European country so their families and they can survive. Dozens of educated choose death over life due to unemployment and because there is neither prospect nor future to build, so they choose to commit suicide!
Our political situation made us dream of only having just a job anywhere with any salary, even if it is over our dignity, the dignity that we almost lost due to the shame we live because we are Arabs! Our goal is only to survive after we were told that we are the ones who would be the pillars of Palestine.
Years ago, we were just steps from having a country like the rest of the world, but now it seems like we have to start over. Every side of our life is affected; electricity, water, employment, society, corruption and a lot of other things.
I think the dream of having a Palestine is almost dead now! The battle is now between the ones who compete each other to steal more from the victims who believed that the responsible ones would solve their problems and make Palestine great again. Let’s together look how far we are from the real Palestine we have been dreaming of! Let’s together just imagine how things would be if nepotism and egoism isn’t created now. Let’s together feel how much Palestinians would be respected and welcome if we aren’t who we are now.
I don’t know what’s going on inside the political closed rooms, but what I know so far is that things are getting from bad to worse while there are no solutions in the sight but more stealing, more corruption and more fake promises, while Palestine is being lost. This must end before we say it’s too late…