They Taught Us Life, Sir!

by mkleit

[Written version of the poem is at the end of the post]

 

None would’ve said it any better; Rafeef explains the relationship between Western journalists, in particular, and the global view with the Palestinian cause.

In 2012, “israel” launched several aggression on the non-occupied territories of Palestine. The most prominent were operations “Defense Shield 2002”, “Summer Rains 2006”, “Cast Lead 2008-2009”, and most recently operation “Pillar of Cloud 2012”. Each aggression was preceded by a media propaganda campaign against Hamas, the Palestinian authority in the Gaza strip, as well as the most common key fact of almost every global conflict: elections! (as the diagram below shows)

 

Notice the death toll between both sides, there’s no equal comparison for both sides, as the pie chart shows on the top right corner. For those who don’t know, Palestinians don’t have shelters in Gaza, little food, polluted water, no electricity, not much of building material, yet they stood tall in front of every attack from the “israeli” side.

Every UN resolution calls out for Human Rights, women rights, child rights, freedom of speech, freedom of faith, freedom to live… None of these are implemented in the remaining lands of Palestine (Gaza and Jerusalem). But global powers and “peace keepers” turn a blind-eye when “israel” tortures Palestinians, imprisons them, closes down tunnels, roads, and persecutes every person that looks Arab.

“israel” is not the “land of God”, as the creators of apartheid claim it is. The land of God is free of racists, atheists, terrorists, and liars! They do not abuse! They do not occupy! and most certainly they do not kill the innocent and helpless!

Palestinians have and are fighting to take back the land that has been stolen from them since 1948, ask an “israeli” about that date, he’ll tell you “we just came back home”… Ask a Palestinian about 1948, you’ll know the true story behind the whole issue of Palestine and “israel”. And if an “israeli” or even an extremist Jew would answer that Palestine is their homeland and it was given to them by the British because of what Hitler did to the Jew, there are two issues here:

1- Hitler massacred many ethnicities and races, other than Jews.

2- In what sense would Britain give the zionists Palestine after what Hitler did in Germany?

 

You are not allowed to talk about anything concerning “israel” or Palestine from 1948 and before; it’s not in the “israeli” text books, documents, or films. And they keep on giving the world a view of Palestinians as dehumanized creatures and an approval to oppress and even kill them.

Through all the torture, sanctions, oppression, and death toll that Palestinians suffer, they’re still fighting back with pebbles, stones, and light weaponry. Recently, the Qassam brigade, the military wing of Hamas, acquired missiles that would change the equation a bit in the hands of the Palestinians of Gaza against “israel”, which owns air forces, naval forces, and land forces; and acquires one of the most advanced armies in the world. Yet they lack key factors that Palestinians have ever since they have been occupied: Determination and Credo.

Palestinians, through this all, have taught the whole world, every day, Life!

 

Today, my body was a TV’d massacre.

Today, my body was a TV’d massacre that had to fit into sound-bites and word limits.
Today, my body was a TV’d massacre that had to fit into sound-bites and word limits filled enough with statistics to counter measured response.
And I perfected my English and I learned my UN resolutions.
But still, he asked me, Ms. Ziadah, don’t you think that everything would be resolved if you would just stop teaching so much hatred to your children?
Pause.
I look inside of me for strength to be patient but patience is not at the tip of my tongue as the bombs drop over Gaza.
Patience has just escaped me.
Pause. Smile.
We teach life, sir!
Rafeef, remember to smile.
Pause.
We teach life, sir!
We Palestinians teach life after they have occupied the last sky.
We teach life after they have built their settlements and apartheid walls, after the last skies.
We teach life, sir!

But today, my body was a TV’d massacre made to fit into sound-bites and word limits.
And just give us a story, a human story.
You see, this is not political.
We just want to tell people about you and your people so give us a human story.
Don’t mention that word “apartheid” and “occupation”.
This is not political.
You have to help me as a journalist to help you tell your story which is not a political story.
Today, my body was a TV’d massacre.
How about you give us a story of a woman in Gaza who needs medication?
How about you?
Do you have enough bone-broken limbs to cover the sun?
Hand me over your dead and give me the list of their names in one thousand two hundred word limits.

Today, my body was a TV’d massacre that had to fit into sound-bites and word limits and move those that are desensitized to terrorist blood.
But they felt sorry.
They felt sorry for the cattle over Gaza.
So, I give them UN resolutions and statistics and we condemn and we deplore and we reject.
And these are not two equal sides: occupier and occupied.
And a hundred dead, two hundred dead, and a thousand dead.
And between that, war crime and massacre, I went out words and smile “not exotic”; smile, “not terrorist”.
And I recount, I recount a hundred dead, two hundred dead, a thousand dead.
Is anyone out there?
Will anyone listen?
I wish I could veil over their bodies.
I wish I could just run barefoot in every refugee camp and hold every child, cover their ears so they wouldn’t have to hear the sound of bombing for the rest of their life the way I do.
Today, my body was a TV’d massacre
And let me just tell you, there’s nothing your UN resolutions have ever done about this.
And no sound-bite, no sound-bite I come up with, no matter how good my English gets, no sound-bite, no sound-bite, no sound-bite, no sound-bite will bring them back to life.
No sound-bite will fix this.
We teach life, sir!
We teach life, sir!
We Palestinians wake up every morning to teach the rest of the world life, sir!

 

“israeli” soldiers holding a gun behind a wall that has a graffiti “Free Palestine” http://writingdownthewalls.files.wordpress.com

 

 

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