I had a trip to Israel but …

I am here in the airport, waiting in the queue to pass the immigration and enter the country. Actually, I am kind of anxious but I pass the immigration without any problem. Enjoyable days go fast. In the last day of my trip, in the late afternoon, I’m sitting in a cafe with locals around, sipping my coffee and getting refreshed by looking at the sky and enjoying the Mediterranean coast weather. Because of enjoying my time there and the desire to stay as much as possible, I was about to miss my return flight back home. Yes, It was such a great feeling of being in Tel-Aviv although have not been in that city before and even might be so difficult for someone like me to plan a trip there.

Obviously, as a Kurd from the Iran-held Kurdistan I am holding a nationality which is not mine and unfortunately forced to carry it around. Despite of living in another country and living permanently in another part of the world in exile, still when it comes to the name of place of birth that appear in any legal document such as passport or other types of IDs, more likely I would be considered as Iranian. This forced nationality creates different kinds of issues in various levels and hinders the holder from many plans, adventures and opportunities. It may even fit the person who could be me, in profile because of the filthy activities that the Iranian government is involved in.

Clearly, one of the things which is such an issue to do while holding Iranian nationality or carrying the word [Iran] in your documents’ birthplace part like a piece of glue, is to think of visiting Israel. It is quite possible to be questioned because of mentioning Iran as birthplace although you are not considering yourself Iranian. You might fit in profile while even being against the Iranian regime and had been induced to leave your home to save your life. You might not feel welcome in the very beginning moments of your arrival to the airport. But, is that really the Israeli authorities fault? I do not think so. How I could blame the Israeli authorities with all the crimes Iranian regime is involved in and all the supports the terrorist organizations get from governmental actors in Tehran.

Kurds have been divided into four countries of which none of them played a peaceful role in the region or even globally but fueling the conflicts, supporting terrorist organizations and repressing the civil society and peaceful movements. So, literally being a Kurd means being deprived of many things because of the bad things done by the government your hometown is occupied by. Maybe a legally recognized Kurdish country would be the best solution.

Yes, I visited Israel but it was in the dream I had two nights ago. Nevertheless, I will plan a trip to Israel and visit there soon or late and will put this dream into reality.

About the Author
Ramyar Hassani is a human rights observer and journalist covering the Kurdish struggle from the field and office. He was born in Sanandaj (Sine in Kurdish), in Eastern Kurdistan, the part of Kurdistan that has been attached to Iran.
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