David and Goliath. Free Palestine.
Today’s post is in memory of Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003), the 23 year old peace activist who was killed eleven years to the day after being run-over by an Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza Strip after refusing to move out of the way, and the struggle of the Palestinians. The bulldozer, which was operated by an Israeli soldier, had been clearing the homes of evicted Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah when International Solidarity Movement activist Rachel Corrie had arrived to protest the unjust demolition of Palestinian homes. Her bravery had cost her life. A life she was willing to give up in the defense of justice and defiance of oppression.
Rachel, you will always be remembered for your courage and forever missed by those who’ve loved you, as well as those you have bled with. God bless you and all the others who stand up against injustice and Israel’s apartheid-ridden state. Rachel, you have not bled in vain. Your death had revealed to the world that Israel’s transgression knows no bounds and that it is time for the world to rise up in solidarity to end the day-to-day oppression, misplacement, and killing of Palestinians at the hand of the US-backed Israeli government.
I would like to add, and make clear, that my abhorrence towards the policies of the Jewish state of Israel in no way shape or form makes me antisemitic. We should not allow ourselves to blame an entire group of people for the wrongdoings of a corrupt few. I know and have many friends who are Jewish that do not support Israel and their oppression of the Palestinian people. Standing up for what’s right knows no color, ethnic background, or creed. At the end of the day we’re all human and share the same hopes, dreams, and desires. The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is for all of man to enjoin upon and is not reserved for one select group of people.
Palestine Will Be Free
It’s been sixty-seven years
White-washing the bloody tears
of a people
With a song
That is long overdue to be sung.
they are forced to accept
The lies being fed
By those who act without precept.
How many mothers cry
As their babies die?
How many liars lie
Without a sigh?
They build walls fifty feet high
Trying to block the sunlight from the sky.
And though the sun has set,
It is only a matter of time
till it rises again.
And one day,
one day! Insha’Allah!
I’ll hear them say:
She’s free, she’s free.
Ya Allah, Palestine is free!
That day will come soon enough.
So, we need to unite in love
With our brothers in humanity
And bring an end to the insanity
That is the oppression of Israel;
A monstrous terror that is real.
Take the hands of those who fight
In the name of that which is right.
As for the angels who’ve been slain
In the battle against oppression.
You were not murdered in vain
By the bloodied hand of aggression.
In hearts you will forever be.
For you have helped those
who’ve been blind to see
That one day soon
Palestine will be free!
by Mensur Gjonbalaj
March 16, 2014