One more time, a refugee ..

October 2, 2013

I knew that my teaching assistant job which I started a month ago in Al-Azhar University-Gaza was going to be a whole new adventure full of surprises and unpredictable situations  but of course I’d have never seen what happened with me today in my widest and most dramatic expectations!

It all started with an absolutely normal Computer Science lecture which I was delivering to some first-year students. while I was busy telling my students how unsatisfied I was with the last assignment they submitted and that they need to do some extra work for the next lecture exam, the door, suddenly, was knocked!

A quiet-looking, nicely-dressed guy showed up. I was pretty sure that he wasn’t one of my students as he never attended this class before. It took him less than 2 seconds to cross the class room and stand right front of me.

“I’m from Syria …”, he quietly said. Almost sure that I didn’t hear what he said correctly, I said: “Sorry?”. He added: “I’m a Palestinian from Syria. My family and I came to Gaza 2 months ago. I’m a 4th-year student but I had to take this course as it wasn’t included in my academic plan when I was in Syria!”. My heart ached!

Not noticing my shocked face, he continued and asked in an extremely polite way and with that charming mix of Palestinian and Syrian accents: “May I attend this class today? I’m still waiting for the university to approve my Syrian certificate. It’s just a matter of time!”. I nodded!

Yazan headed to the closest chair, turned his computer on and started getting some notebook out of his bag in a very quiet rhythm. While watching him, I couldn’t stop thinking of what he had just told me! Although Yazan’s casual look would reflect a very normal young man, that quiet look on his face can absolutely tell what he had to go through!

Yazan isn’t the only Syrian-Palestinian who had to come to Gaza because of the currently severe situation in Syria. Based on some recent and rough statistics, more than 200 families from Syria have entered Gaza in the past 3 months! I mean could you even imagine what those people had to go through to actually choose and prefer to live in GAZA rather than staying in Syria?!! Oh Lord!

How poor we, Palestinian, are! Yazan and more than 200 families are being refugees for the second time and in their own country!

I made it to Jerusalem!

September 26, 2013

I haven’t felt like blogging very often recently. I probably lost my desire to blog at all but I couldn’t stand not blogging about my one-day trip to the old city of Jerusalem! Yes, I made it to Jerusalem!

Considering the fact that I could have died without even visiting it, which probably what’s going to happen with the vast majority of Gazan young people, that trip can be considered as a miracle and a dream coming true to me.

However, it still aches how crossing Erez, the israeli-controlled crossing which is the one and only way to leave Gaza to enter the rest of Palestine, was only enabled by a foreign consulate and for a scholarship interview I should have had there.

Looking into the bright side of it, I still can’t believe how lucky I was to have the chance to be there. It was only one day, but it was a lifetime experience. Once we were told that we entered Jerusalem, I couldn’t hold my tears. That feeling of “homesickness” and “This place belongs to us” was even amplified once we started walking the streets of the old city. You simply can smell history everywhere!
Even that odd Israeli flag, which probably was forced to be raised on one of the old Arab houses in the old city, couldn’t take its breathtaking beauty away!

I don’t know what to say but screw everything, this city belongs to us!

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-How are you? -Screwed!

July 22, 2013

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*My first design attempt using Adobe Illustrator.

TANGO!

June 22, 2013

*I gave illustrator another shot and this is what I got! 

I SHOT THE MOON!

May 22, 2013

This is my first ever shot of the moon. I’ve always wanted to do that!! :D
This shot was taken with a Canon 650d. 100 ISO, f/11 Aperture and 1/125 shutter speed. Try it yourself!!

Blackness

May 10, 2013

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I’m probably overreacting, but it’s never felt that bad!

The first EVER Windows 8 Training in Palestine!

March 1, 2013

Me during the training

 

Well, I delivered a 2-Day Windows 8 Training 2 days ago and it was REALLY AWESOME! :D It was the first of its kind training in Gaza, organized by Microsoft Tech Club in Al-Azhar University-Gaza and in Cooperation with the Continuous Education and Community Service Center. We needed 25 students to start the training with. However, more than 170 registered! :D Thanks for everybody who helped me in this weather they were MSP’s, students or professors. Thanks for everybody who attended the training! You were GREAT! Can’t wait to see your apps on the store. :)

And I feel PROUD! :D

Here you can check the photos of the training. And keep an eye on MSP Palestine page for more events and updates.

2012

January 1, 2013

January

January jan3

February

feb1 Cairo. Al-Hussain

March

Tanoura Show MS TECHDAYS

APRIL

Tedx Speaker TedxGaza change

MAY

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June Back to drawing again July

Things too special to be mentioned here! :)

August

organized the first WP7 online session

September

RUSSIA

October

معرض التميز الأولمعرض التميز الأول Expotech : MSP sessionGot a job

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November Egypt Again- Windows 8 Launch WAR ON GAZA

December

Won in Mobaderoon

COME ON!! يلّاااا

December 9, 2012

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P.S. It’s not about rain. It’s about much more!

Windows8 MEA Launch!

November 8, 2012

Just for the record, I’m attending the largest MICROSOFT event in Middle Eeast and Africa, Windows8 MEA Launch! :D

I was invited a month ago and I’m joining them today as an organizer!
I’m having fun, meeting old friends and really enjoying the experience! :)

More details and photos about the event are comming soon. Stay tuned! :))


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