My grandfather dreamed of returning home, but it was impossible, as Palestinian refugees aren't permitted to go to Israel or the Palestinian territories.
Chaker Khazaal is the author of 'Tale of Tala’ (2017) and 'Confessions of a War Child’ trilogy (2013-2015). Canadian-Palestinian writer, reporter, public speaker, and contributor at The Huffington Post, Chaker grew up in a refugee camp in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War. In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious Global Leader of Tomorrow Award, by York University in Toronto, for his excellent academic and leadership skills. In 2015, Chaker was named Esquire Man of the Year. In 2016, he was ranked by Arabian Business Magazine #1 in the list of 100 Most Influential Arabs in the World. A savvy spokesperson featured in print and digital media, Chaker is a strong advocate for both refugees and aspiring writers, engaging the youth of today through his articles, books and social media engagement. His stories have powerful messages focusing on Middle East politics, and current world events. He has traveled overseas to war zones, conducting interviews for his books and articles.
I was recently in Toronto to interview John Tory, the 65th and current mayor of my adoptive hometown. Thinking about my return to New York, I couldn't help but make comparisons. An age-old saying came to mind. "The grass is always greener on the other side." In my case, was it greener on the other side of the border?
05/28/2015 05:33 EDT
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