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Archive for July 25th, 2009

poem by diarmuid,

The New Wailing Wall 

There’s a new Wailing Wall:

It’s in Gaza, and here mothers and fathers wail

at the bloody bodies of their children;

children wail at the bloody bodies of parents;

all wail over the bodies of friends and neighbours;

the wailing rises and the tears fall. 

At this Wailing Wall,

we wail the mendacity of Israel and the West,

we wail the complicity of the media in the West;

while rockets, shells and bombs rained down upon us

the lies fell faster and thicker than rain,

a torrent of lies that never stopped.

To surge in flood over the bodies of our slain.

    

You come now with your flag of peace

tramping along the bloodstained road

and up the mountain of our bones

and the rubble of our homes

and offer us business as before

or – bombardment once more. 

Now that the bombs have stopped,

we too stop and look around us:

our schools gutted and bloodstained,

mosques and hospitals in ruins,

so many of our buildings rubble,

or with gaping shell-holes,

in the hell-hole

you have made of Gaza. 

We had so little and you destroyed so much. 

In the days to come, more will sicken and die,

of wounds on flesh and wounds on soul,

of lack of medicine, fuel or food

as even in pause you take your toll. 

Many are numb, some try to forget,

some try to live without forgetting,

but there is a begetting,

for in many hearts too,

your phosphorus flakes are snowing,

the embers of hate are glowing,

their machine guns and bombs are mowing

you and your children for generations to come. 

Against your Goliath

our slingshots were of no use;

yes, God was with you  – 

he’s no longer Hebrew or English – 

He’s American now;

you shot us down like fish

in the shooting barrel

you made of Gaza. 

You wish us to recognise you?

Of course we recognise  you – 

the imprint of your boots are upon our necks;

we carry them from cradle to the grave.

But we will never agree to accept

or agree that you should keep

what you have stolen and plundered

the land you have sundered

or that you can make us second-class

citizens in our own land. 

While we struggle to endure

and to ensure

that you never defeat us

let it be that we do not learn to treat others

as you now treat us.

What did you learn from your oppressors?

If all you learned was how to also

do so much of what they did,

then truly have the six million died in vain

and you mock their memory by invoking them. 

Diarmuid, Feabhra 2009

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Pathways to Palestine / Slí Phalaistín

are a team of Irish cyclists that aim to cycle 4000 miles to Gaza raising funds for medical aid and public awareness of the two year seige affecting the civilian population trapped there. It is anticipated that the journey will take approximately 40 days and the cyclists can be tracked live via GPS on this website. 

All monies will go directly to Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) a charity set up by healthcare professionals with operations that continue during the ongoing blockade of Gaza.

Please support us and the work of MAP by visiting our online donation page where even the smallest contribution can make a difference.

 

They are an amazing bunch of ( irish) people and wellworth supporting, i am hoping to meet up with them this week in beirut,……….

please check out their website and give them as much support as possible

jenny

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