Today I was proctoring and a student supervisor, a fully covered Arab woman, came around with cotton balls and nail polish remover to check every student’s hands for color. Not in America anymore.
School wide emails.
‘This is too much’: Man seized by police, beaten and shaved for using hair gel in Gaza
It is three weeks since his arrest, but Ismail Halou still has streaks of purple bruising on the soles of his feet. The 22-year-old was filling cars at his family’s petrol station in Gaza City at 5 p.m. on April 4 when a black jeep pulled into the forecourt and police stepped out to order him into the car. He was blindfolded and driven to the nearest police station.
“I could hear the screams of people being beaten in the rooms next to me,” he recalled. “Two men held my legs down and tied them together on a wooden board then they beat the soles of my feet with a plastic rod. They beat me for at least five minutes. I was crying and screaming with agony. It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt.”
After the beating, officers set to work shaving off the one-inch fin of gelled hair that was the cause of his arrest.
“At no point did they tell me why they had arrested me,” Mr Halou said. “I found out from neighbours when I got home it was my haircut.” He could not walk for three days after his release.
Police in Gaza, the Palestinian coastal enclave run by the Islamist faction Hamas since 2007, have arrested at least 41 men on charges of immodesty this month, some because their haircuts were deemed culturally inappropriate, others because their trousers were either too low-slung or too fitted. Most were beaten, all of them had their heads forcibly shaven. (Adel Hana / The Associated Press)
So today I went on a trip with my Grade 7s. Except I don’t know where we went or what the speaker was saying because it was all in Arabic - my girls thought it was hilarious that i was there. At least i can provide entertainment for my students. #awkwardmiddleeasternthings
There are no mistakes. Only new paths to explore.
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I feel like I always want to ask people if they feel lonely, but i never would. But here, in Abu Dhabi, I get asked this question right after people find out I live alone in an apartment. I tell them it isn’t strange in America to live alone - I like to confuse the shit out people.
“Don’t you get bored?” No, I have a tumblr.
“No matter what the Prime Minister of Canada says, no matter what the judge in Halifax decides, and no matter how the California case unfolds, there will always be the shame of Steubenville, and the continuing victim-blaming on Twitter in Torrington, and of course the sisters and daughters of rape victims — alleged and proven — across this country, and in colleges as big as Notre Dame, and up in Canada and across the world. There will be American tourists in Brazil and too many victims in India and elsewhere. There will always be rape, and there may always be young people who don’t understand it. It’s not going to go away just by ignoring it.”