Interview with Wafa and Munjid - Part 2, October 7, 2018

Denison University
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00:00:00 - Wafa speaks about the First Intifada

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Partial Transcript: W: Ok, well, like I said previously the First Intifada was like really something new for all Palestinian people. We used to have like problems ... stuff going on once in a while between, you know, the Israeli people and the Palestinian. But, it wasn't that bad. We were able to go to Jerusalem, to Al-Aqsa Mosque and pray if we want to and almost everyday. Um, Friday prayers was open, but as soon as the intifada started, like I said, a lot of killing, a lot of dead people from both sides; but, Palestinian more because they had no weapons.

Keywords: Intifada, 1987-1993

Subjects: Intifada, 1987-1993

00:05:24 - Wafa explains her connection to Palestine and why she continues to return in spite of all the conflict.

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Partial Transcript: Because it’s my country, it’s my land. They will never, they will never take me out from there. They will never delete my roots, this is my roots. That’s my country. That's my place. Those are my olive trees, that’s my house, my family’s house, they will never.

Keywords: Homeiand; Palestine--History--20th century

Subjects: Land settlement--Palestine--History--20th century; Palestine--History--20th century

00:08:11 - Wafa speaks about her biggest struggles as an Arab-American.

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Partial Transcript: Okay, well, since I moved honestly, the first challenge that we faced was the language. Language barrier.

Keywords: Learning English

00:09:42 - Wafa’s 9/11 experiences

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Partial Transcript: We got married, me and him, we got married September 9th, 2001, Sunday. ... And it was in Chicago, our wedding was in Chicago. September 11, of course Tuesday, and I had off work for like three weeks because of the wedding and that week was a horrible week. We, I - I couldn’t leave the house because in Chicago it’s not like Columbus. I did not have anything in Columbus, but in Chicago because there was a lot of Arabic people, a lot of Muslim committee, they got attacked.

Keywords: 9/11; 9/11 attacks; September 11, 2001

Subjects: 9/11 attacks; September 11

00:13:12 - Munjid talks about the challenges with speaking English.

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Partial Transcript: Munjid: like Wafa said “language” that is up till now we face a problem with the language, so [laughs] the two people closest to me I would say they are the ones who hurt me. That is, when I first came to Chicago my brother, may Allah facilitate his way and brings him back safe to us, he was helping me a lot.

Keywords: Learning English

00:14:42 - Why do they teach British English in Palestinian schools?

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Partial Transcript: Ah, because in, before 1948 we had Britain that took over Middle East, like for Jordan, Palestine it was Britain for Lebanon, Syria it was France, so now in Lebanon and Syria the second language is French, but in Palestine and Jordan its English

Keywords: Palestine; Palestine--History--20th; Palestine--History--20th century

Subjects: Palestine--History--1929-1948; Palestine--History--20th century