Articles by Kali Rubaii

Your Witness

May 27, 2016 I will be your witness. I will bear witness the way I was taught, the way I understand witness-bearing. As a perpetrator. Because I am a beneficiary of the system that steals from your body, and delivers to mine. I see my future. That soon I will be cannibalized, too. That doctors … Continue reading Your Witness

Remembering Elie Wiesel, Who Inspired Me To Write About Palestine

I learned of Wiesel’s death through Facebook, and immediately went searching in my old file drawer for a photograph. The photo shows my face, very young and fresh, between the faces of Elie Wiesel and Oprah. I had written an essay for a contest in which we were asked to apply the story of Night … Continue reading Remembering Elie Wiesel, Who Inspired Me To Write About Palestine

Local Boycotts Of G4S: Responding To The Orlando Massacre

We mourn with Orlando, Florida. We mourn as witnesses of the largest massacre on this continent since Wounded Knee in 1890. In this mourning, we also see that we are galvanized by our sadness to rally together as small communities dotting the earth, as people rooted in our local places, our homes. We are inspired … Continue reading Local Boycotts Of G4S: Responding To The Orlando Massacre

Reparation Journey In Iraq

November 4, 2014 "This is community land" says a man herding his cows in this valley. "They have plans" says a farmer about the cement factory being built in this valley. "They are building there, and there, and soon our land will be surrounded. They promised electricity and benefits, but it never came." "Come, let … Continue reading Reparation Journey In Iraq

Existentializing Difference

The Existentialization of Difference: Why Have The Yazidi People Survived? You have asked me: "Why and how have the Yazidi people survived so long? Why are they just now being threatened?" What important questions. I have had the privilege of working with displaced Yazidi who have suffered unprecedented violence, and lost many family members in … Continue reading Existentializing Difference

Why Is The United Nations Doing Business With G4S, Notorious Prison Supplier?

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees In early September, I accompanied an Iraqi friend to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Amman, Jordan to help register him officially as a refugee. It was a bittersweet day: my friend had reached safety, but he was now registering as a stateless person. I trusted … Continue reading Why Is The United Nations Doing Business With G4S, Notorious Prison Supplier?

Blackfeet

It was on bloody feet that I arrived in Palestine. When I was seven, I tromped through the oily jungles of Central and South America, not fully realizing the arches of civil war implicating my blue American passport in its weave. I handed over the document as a currency of empire. Why I didn’t feel … Continue reading Blackfeet

Appeal to UCSC Administration To Stay Human

On April 2, 2014, UCSC Union Leader Josh Brahinsky peacefully attempted to exercise his legal right to picket. After announcing his affiliation and intention to officers, he then tried to comply with their orders by walking away. Instead, UC Berkeley officers in riot gear arrested him with unnecessary force, while UCSC Chief of Police Nader … Continue reading Appeal to UCSC Administration To Stay Human

Letter From UCSC Student In Israeli Live Fire Zone

Dear Friends, Representatives, and Family, If you are receiving this note, you were contacted by those concerned for my safety and well being, as well as the safety of village members in Al Aqaba, a village located in Area C of the Jordan Valley (in the West Bank). Thank you for all of your work … Continue reading Letter From UCSC Student In Israeli Live Fire Zone