Why Benjamin is walking from Sweden to Palestine

Benjamin Ladraa is walking from Sweden across Europe all the way to Palestine to raise awareness of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. (photo: Benjamin Ladraa)

Benjamin’s journey takes him to communities across Europe large and small, taking the first step towards justice.

By Benjamin Ladraa | TRT World | Mar 13, 2018

I went through the Swedish school system and came out knowing close to nothing about Palestine. I decided then that the most effective thing I could do to propel the change that was so urgently needed was to reach as many people as possible, and share the stories from Palestine with them.

The year 2017 was an auspicious one which marked the centenary of the Balfour declaration, the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, 50th anniversary of the total occupation of Palestine and the 10th anniversary of the siege on Gaza.

Each one of these events represents a tragedy that is difficult to describe in words and are all a part of the gradual destruction of the Palestinian people.

Having pursued a musical career for most of my life, Palestine and Israel was not really a topic I knew much about. After meeting some Palestinians through my part-time job at the Red Cross and hearing their stories I became curious and started reading about the occupation and eventually I decided to visit.

What I witnessed left me shocked to the core.

Reading human rights reports and listening to lectures about the abuses taking place there is one thing, but seeing it with your own eyes is something completely different.

Segregated streets where Palestinians can’t drive, endless walls preventing Palestinian movement, Palestinian shops closed by force.

No matter where I turned the signs of Israeli domination over Palestinian life were omnipresent.

No matter who I met, everyone told me about the suffering under the occupation. The one thing I kept hearing from people when talking about the way forward was a melancholic “I just want to live.”

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