Where am I from, ask the Arabs: “Woher kommen Sie, Sai-ed Maruan,” and I answer that I’m from Germany, but that I’m also from Palestine. Had I ever been to Palestine, the Arabs want to know. I’ve been to Palestine once, I answer. And we can get started with learning German now, maybe, I add more quietly.
Maruan Paschen writes about being a German teacher of Palestinian origins in Libya during the Arab Spring in a great short story, translated by Amanda DeMarco, over at The Offing.