I am Arab
my I.D. number, 50,000
my children, eight
and the ninth due next summer
—Does that anger you?
I work with my struggling friends in a quarry
and my children are eight.
I chip a loaf of bread for them,
clothes and notebooks
from the rocks.
I will not beg for a handout at your door
nor humble myself
on your threshold
—Does that anger you?
a name with no friendly shortcut.
A patient man, in a country
brimming with anger.
My roots have gripped this soil
since time began,
before the opening of ages
before the cypress and the olive,
before the grasses flourishes.
My father came from a line of plowmen,
and my grandfather was a peasant
who taught me about the sun’s glory
before teaching me to read.
My home is a watchman’s shack
made of reeds and sticks
—Does my condition anger you?
There is no gentle name,
write down: Arab.
The colour of my hair, jet black—
a headband over a keffiyeh
and a hand whose touch grates
rough as rock.
My address is an unarmed village
with nameless streets.
All its men are in the field and quarry
—Does that anger you?
You have stolen my ancestors vineyards
and the land I once ploughed
with my children,
leaving my grandchildren
nothing but rocks.
Will your government take
those too, as the rumour goes?
Write down, then
at the top of Page One:
I do not hate
and do not steal
but starve me, and I will eat
my assailant’s flesh.
Beware of my hunger
and of my anger.
Identity Card, Mahmoud Darwish (1964)
Written when the poet was 22 years old.
(John Asfour translation)
One of my favorite poems that we read in my palestinian lit and cinema class
Jewish Girl Plays Holocaust Card. Turns On Fake Tears - And Gets Some Cold Hard Truth
That was perfection.
As a Jewish man, his comments were spot on.
I’ve never had a dog in this fight, and it’s generally pretty hard to support either side purely on the facts, but this is exactly the kind of baseless appeal to emotions that needs to be dismissed as skillfully as done here.
Exactly. Sometimes its not all about the feels.
Actually I think it’s all about the feels, at least in this example. The speaker, in response to her emotions (whether feigned or not) appealed to the emotions of the entire audience by sharing his emotions and his family’s experience. So it is indeed all about the feels, just a different kind, and of a different person.
He wasn’t citing his feelings as justification like she was, though. He was citing both sides of his whole family dying. The only feelings he expressed in his rebuttal were about her bringing up feelings as if they proved a point in the first place. He never stated how he felt about those facts. He was pointing out that feelings aren’t facts. The audience largely booed him when he expressed his feelings about her actions (0:36). They came around and applauded him once he set out his case with facts (2:46).
This is one of my favorite Finkelstein moments and even though I disagree with the Nazi analogies he uses, he is absolutely on point and plays the “Holocaust card” exactly the way it should be played - to prevent more human suffering. The way many Israelis use it to justify their horrific policies is beyond sickening and a vicious slap in the face to those who died at the hands of the Nazis. I don’t know how many countless stories I’ve posted on my other blog (in fact, I just posted one) featuring Israelis manipulating the experience of the Holocaust to silence critics of Israel’s outrageous policies. No one fought to survive their extermination so a country could use their plight to do injustices onto others. More Jews and survivors need to speak out.
this is amazing. Everyone should watch this
The awkward moment when the Academy recognizes Palestine.
But the U.S doesn’t.
As I speak, I can hear the tut, tutting of governmental and media tongues trotting out the well worn mantra of the apologists, but “Hamas started it with their rocket attacks, Israel is only defending itself,”
Let us examine that argument. Did Hamas start “It”? When did “It” start?
How we understand history is shaped by when we start the clock. If we start the clock at a moment when rockets are fired from Gaza into Israel on a certain afternoon that, is one history. If we start the clock earlier that morning, when a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli soldiers as he played soccer on a Gaza field, history starts to look a little different. If we go back further we see that since “Operation Cast Lead”, according to the Israeli human rights organization B’tselem, 271 Palestinians were killed by Israeli, bombs, rockets, drones and warplanes, and during the same period not a single Israeli was killed. A good case can be made that “It” started in 1967 with the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. History tells us that the invasion and occupation of a land and the subjugation of its people almost always creates a resistance. Ask the French or the Dutch or the Poles or the Czechs, the list goes on. This crisis in Gaza is a crisis rooted in occupation."
I want to see how many of us are on tumblr so we can hopefully create a network with the people that blog/reblog posts concerning Palestine.
If being pro-human rights makes me pro-palestinian then I’ll take it
I am a survivor of the Jewish Holocaust, the Nazis’ mass murder of Europe’s Jews. The tragic experience of my family and community under Hitler makes me alert to the suffering of other peoples denied their human rights today — including the Palestinians.
True, Hitler’s Holocaust was unique. The Palestinians are victims of ethnic cleansing and apartheid. Hitler started with that, but went on to extermination. In my family’s city in Poland, Piotrkow, 99 per cent of the Jews perished.
Yet for me, the Israeli government’s actions toward the Palestinians awaken horrific memories of my family’s experiences under Hitlerism: the inhuman walls, the checkpoints, the daily humiliations, killings, diseases, the systematic deprivation. There’s no escaping the fact that Israel has occupied the entire country of Palestine, and taken most of the land, while the Palestinians have been expelled, walled off, and deprived of human rights and human dignity."