By Dan Lieberman
May I Show You my City
A Palestinian man returns to his birth village.
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POETRY AND PROSE
What is now called Israel, and should rightfully be called Palestine, is the result of the greatest replacement of the last centuries.
Militarized Israel has seized control of the mindset of the Jewish people. Israel is a Jewish problem and the Jewish people, if they want to be considered a just, humane, and peace loving people, have a responsibility to resolve that problem.
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Attacking the Israel government is wounding; attacking enterprise Israel can be fatal.
Sheikh Jarrah has left a permanent imprint on history. The world will long remember the name – Sheikh Jarrah.
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Aware that the One-state is a contentious issue and no plan will satisfy a majority of contenders, Jonathan Kuttab solicited comments to his book, Beyond The Two-State Solution.
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One-state cannot be achieved without changing Israel’s legal and administrative structures - difficult tasks. Deposition precedes imposition; destroying the framework that supports Israel allows a new foundation for constructing a one-state,the natural state.
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|If the thesis that Israel views the situation as “all or nothing” is correct, then the world has a choice - allow Israel to gain all, or right the injustices committed by Israel, which means returning to a more proper 1947 Partition Plan 181.
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Touted as a fresh approach to Middle East Peace, the plan is a stale continuation of Israel’s peace policy, which captures Palestinian lands and forces the remaining land holders into a surrounded enclave, where they will be carefully guarded.
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The Night Has Fallen Down
We Never Left Palestine
Story Of Palestine
When the hurricane swirled and spread its deluge of dark evil
Had the Tree really fallen?
When the Tree rises up, the branches
Undoubtedly, the birds shall return.
Arab villages in the vicinity of the southern suburbs of Jerusalem -- Battir, Walajeh, Beit Safafa, Malha, Sharafat, Beit Jala, El-Khader -- provided us with fresh vegetables and fruit throughout the year. When I think of Battir I recall the peasant women with straight backs who stopped at our house in the early morning in summer carrying on their heads round, flat, dark-brown baskets heaped high with those purple, longish egg-plants of Battir, carefully arranged in tiers. The names of Walajeh and El-Khader bring back to my mind the sweet "jandaly" grape which was our favourite as children. From Beit Safafa a kindly, round-faced elderly woman brought us freshly-picked young marrows, cool and moist with dew, their yellow flowers still attached to them.
Of what benefit is it, if man were to gain the whole world
Of what benefit is it,
He gains nothing but deadly silence
You worship your own face
You close your eyes
He who denies his face
You open your eyes
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