What is the one thing you wish for more than anything else in the world?
And what would you do if that one thing, once granted, was taken from you?
Fathi wakes up one morning to discover Allah has decided to give every old chicken a second chance. And, as it turns out, this couple still in love since their rainstorm meeting two decades earlier. Together they journey from one gated city to the next -sometimes of their own volition, sometimes with a gun to their back- all the while praying for that one thing…
And when their life takes an even more dramatic turn, Fathi takes the only course of action that is left to take…
Based on a true story, this tale will make you grateful for every little thing you have taken for granted…
“There is love and there is terror. This is life for most Palestinians in Gaza. Morsi is a brave writer who opens to us a world the corporate media conveniently ignores”
“A true story which may cause you to shed tears but will most certainly open your eyes to the cruelties and injustices Palestinians face on a daily basis under the Israeli occupation.”
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This is first and foremost a LOVE story. Then it’s a story about life and hope and how we look at each other. That we are really all the same, with the same hopes and dreams and wishes for life. The greatest crime in any conflict is the torment of children, as it leaves behind scars that will never heal. The Internet is full of memos that tell us how to act around children and how we need to look after them but somehow the children of Palestine, deprived of any form of benign childhood, are forgotten. They’re presented as almost unreal, without hopes and dreams, and just numbers. This is not true. My wish is that this story, What Is Past Is Dead, and the last story in writing will offer close and personal stories that will make a difference, albeit a small one, for the children of Palestine. No one should be treated like an animal and collectively punished and imprisoned. Although I have written this story from Gaza, and my support to the people of Palestine is clear, the story is not biased. There is no black and white. The people of Gaza, of Palestine, face their own challenges within, unfortunately they’ll be very difficult to challenge under an Israeli occupation. Free Palestine.