God’s Promise: By Ahmed Najar

Mohammed faces the challenge of mapping a route from his house to his grandmother’s house to get to his grandmother to take her to her hospital appointment. Anywhere else, this would not be a challenge.  For Mohammed, though the distance is not long, the destiny is almost certain because he knows that there is a settler waiting outside his home to claim it. This predictable situation in Palestine makes it nearly impossible for Mohammed to think about what ought to be a simple act of normality. The dilemma between losing his home and getting to his grandmother becomes irrelevant for him when he can see what could happen to him. Mohammed’s strong belief of his rights to carry on his life normally drives him to face his destiny several times. In the end Mohammed realises that no matter what he does and where he goes his destiny will come to him and that he has to be reborn again and again to change this destiny. Najar says, “There is sentimental meaning to this play. It is not just that we have to be, or can be, reborn, but that this is a story that continues across the generations.”

by Ahmed Najar

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