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No Stars, Palm-Trees!

The two magic words, palm trees and Iraq, are attached and tied some way or another. Iraq has a desert weather and palm trees, obviously, live in a kind of weather. Iraqi palms are distinguished by their large compound and evergreen leaves that arranged at the top of a trunk. However, many palms around the world are exceptions to this statement, and Iraqi palms in fact show an extraordinary importance and obligation towards its homeland – Iraq. Economically and historically, Palm trees exhibit the Iraqi Identity on deferent perspectives.


You can anticipate the palm trees from the second you enter the Iraqi border. Palm trees are one the most well-known and extensively useful plant families. Indeed, many common products are derived from palm trees: date-juice (Debes) is a typical food for Iraqis, especially when it combined with Rashi, a fluid that comes from sesame. Likewise, Kilecha is another product that labels Iraqis. it’s a cooked-dough that no-seed dates are cooked inside the dough. The look of the Kilecha can be shapes in many forms: circular, square, oval and might forms in any particular style. Surely, both Debes and Kilecha have their profitable importance. In fact, Iraq used to export palm’s products to its neighbors’ countries to stay economically stable. Moreover, Iraqi-Sothern’s palm trees, with dates that are borne on a branched spadix divided into 25 to 150 strands 30-75 cm long, are considered the most fruitful and productive palm trees in the region.


Apart from that, Palm trees have their historical significance. “The date-palm was first cultivated in Mesopotamia,” once said. Figuratively, palm trees can identify Iraqi money and formal identifications. As a matter of fact, my passport has an image of my palm tree! My identification card has an image of my palm tree! It’s not a coincidence, for almost 2000 B.C. years ago, Iraq had been known by its desert weather and fascinating landscapes, for it contains palms. “The palm tree is an ancient tree that has been grown in Iraq for thousands of years. There are about 450 varieties (cultivars) in Iraq. They vary in size, shape and color,” Mohammed A. Hegazi, an Iraqi-American writer, once said. In many cultures, including Iraqi’s, palms were frequently used as symbols for such ideas as victory, peace and prosperous era, Assyrians and Romans for instance.


In brief, I believe that Iraq had many accomplishments in its earlier life, so that it gained those three stars in its flag. In my personal point of view, stars should be replaced by three palm trees, for their values, merit and reputation among Iraqis. As noted earlier, a palm epitomizes my country, and so it corresponds to my beloved Iraqi identity. Although Iraq has the largest number of these amazing trees, still, Iraq suffers from poverty, negligence and omission towards palm trees. Palm trees, I love you; I miss you especially here in Syria, because there is no Khestawi!