• Israel/America – A rambling Poem

    En palestinsk ung man som bekämpar ockupationen med hjälp av sina dikter

    Every time I think of 9/11
    I see burning flesh dripping off the bones of Iraqi children in Fallujah
    Now Gaza
    I tend to memorialize the forgotten
    The collateral damage eclipsing our unpunished crimes

    Maybe it’s because I’m a numbers guy
    Because if I had a dollar for every time an Iraqi died since 2003
    I’d be a millionaire

    And don’t get me wrong
    Sometimes I don’t know who I hate more
    The governments in the West
    Or the politicians in the East
    Who sell their souls quicker than the oil they export
    Straw men who use Palestine as a tool to line their pockets
    And don’t give a nickel to their people
    Quisling governments
    Who stitch mouths shut for a check from Washington and AIPAC
    How can you be their prototypical anti-Semite
    If you are signing peace accords to oppress your own people?

    And then Orientalists and idiots talk about how
    We can’t have democracy in the Middle East
    Because of what happened in Gaza
    A Hamas boogyman wrapped in democratic elections
    Rahm Emanuel wants to educate me and my people about democracy gone wrong
    Why doesn’t try implementing one Israel first?
    Instead of bowing down to terrorists like his father and the IDF
    Lauding a third rate, racist, European society that’s imploding quicker
    Than its moral standing in the world
    Enlightened like 1950s Afrikaners and slave traders
    Just because the house is beautiful
    Doesn’t mean the bones you built it on have fully decomposed

    The Israeli left is about as alive as Ariel Sharon
    I’m sick and tired of asking for permission to resist
    From antiquated leftists and progressives
    Who care more about keeping it Kosher than moving things forward
    I put down my pen and waving fist to resist with college kids and Palestinians
    Boycott and divest!
    Because who cares about preserving a living when governments are killing civilians
    Complicity by silence and reserve units bombing Gaza
    Your academics and scholars, theater groups and practitioners, are part of the problem

    And if logic doesn’t fit into your long term plan of rejecting
    My right to return, I’m sorry
    Maybe one day you’ll return to reality
    Where my people have babies quicker
    Than Zionists can concoct Jordanian options

    I don’t want your sympathy or introspective confessions
    Won’t sit on my hands till they loose oxygen
    Like the people of Balata and Rafah
    Vote for Barack Obama
    And pretend that his 22 day silence was golden
    While emaciated children starved to death
    Surrounded by their parent’s corpses

    This can’t be America the Beautiful
    A criminal with a few positive attributes
    Doesn’t alleviate genocide
    Bombing Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq
    Into oblivion doesn’t make you historic
    It makes you as blind and bloodthirsty
    As the white men that came before you
    Apathetic hipsters now excited about a president
    Who broke history, but not poverty, occupation, or corporate interests

    I’d rather proudly walk through the graveyard of peace accords
    And failed dialogue sessions
    Than see my people just as occupied or third class citizens
    We are the gavel that will slam down like a verdict
    We are not waiting for Israel or America or the Supreme Court to approve it
    We’ll boycott Lev Leviev, Caterpillar and your apartheid companies
    We’re taking back the right of return and the keys to a country
    Because we never asked you to go back to Europe or sit in open air prisons
    I’m not asking for your advice, I’m explaining the decision
    You can stay here, with us, but only as equals
    It’s not that you’re Israeli, it’s that you’re wrong
    That’s why I fight for my people!

    *Remi Kanazi is the editor of Poets For Palestine. He will be touring the US and Canada this fall on the Poets For Palestine tour. He can be contacted at Remroum@gmail.com. For more information on Poets For Palestine, visit www.PoetsForPalestine.com.


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