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Silence for Gaza
Gaza is far from its relatives and close to its enemies,
because whenever Gaza explodes,
it becomes an island and it never stops exploding.
It scratched the enemy’s face,
broke his dreams
and stopped his satisfaction with time.
Because in Gaza time is something different.
Because in Gaza time is not a neutral element.
It does not compel people to cool contemplation,
but rather to explosion and a collision with reality.
Time there does not take children from childhood to old age,
but rather makes them men in their first confrontation with the enemy.
Time in Gaza is not relaxation,
but storming the burning noon.
Because in Gaza values are different, different, different.
The only value for the occupied is the extent of his resistance to occupation.
That is the only competition there.
Gaza has been addicted to knowing this cruel, noble value.
It did not learn it from books,
hasty school seminars,
loud propaganda megaphones,
or songs.
It learned it through experience alone
and through work that is not done for advertisement and image.
Gaza has no throat.
Its pores are the ones that speak in sweat, blood, and fires.
Hence the enemy hates it to death and fears it to criminality,
and tries to sink it into the sea,
the desert,
or blood.
And hence its relatives and friends love it with a coyness that amounts to jealousy and fear at times,
because Gaza is the brutal lesson and the shining example for enemies and friends alike.


The Prison Cell
It is possible... It is possible at least sometimes... It is possible especially now
To ride a horse
Inside a prison cell
And run away...
It is possible for prison walls
To disappear,
For the cell to become a distant land
Without frontiers:
-What did you do with the walls?
-I gave them back to the rocks.
-And what did you do with the ceiling?
-I turned it into a saddle.
-And your chain?
-I turned it into a pencil.
The prison guard got angry.
He put an end to my dialogue.
He said he didn't care for poetry,
And bolted the door of my cell.
He came back to see me
In the morning,
He shouted at me:
-Where did all this water come from?
-I brought it from the Nile.
-And the trees?
-From the orchards of Damascus.
-And the music?
-From my heartbeat.
The prison guard got mad;
He put an end to my dialogue.
He said he didn't like my poetry,
And bolted the door of my cell.
But he returned in the evening:
-Where did this moon come from?
-From the nights of Baghdad.
-And the wine?
-From the vineyards of Algiers.
-And this freedom?
-From the chain you tied me with last night.
The prison guard grew so sad... He begged me to give him back
His freedom."
-Poems by Mahmoud Darwish

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some sounds of my city
church bells (the time, every hour, and one beat for a quarter hour, two beats for a half hour, and three beats for three quarters of an hour)
cars and people yelling about who's car is parked behind theirs
the call to prayer, five times a day
children playing, screaming, laughing, crying
the carpenter's shops (there are still carpenters in Nazareth
just like in Yousef's days)
the neighbours chatting over the balconies or visitors calling for someone to come down
arabic music
hebrew - the voices of the jewish tourists from tel aviv getting their "authentic arab experience"
TV news broadcasts "live from the neighbours' living rooms!"
church bells

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a poem i originally posted at abu ali's talk page (though it's wikilinks continue to morph into new forms)

I mean, how could we?
Express an opinion, that is.
Challenge authority
or bring in points of view underrepresented in the mainstream.
Be persistent,
and yet pen poems.
Write about our poets, writers,
music, and resistance.
How dare we pretend to know who we are
and express what we believe.

How dare we?
Write about what we know
What they've done to us
What they still do to us
And not apologize
for our pursuit of the truth

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Some of the hooks from my DYKs for your reading pleasure

  • ...that Aramaean treaty-making in the first millenium BCE, as documented in the Sefire inscriptions, included loyalty oaths that invoked magical rites with curses to befall any violators?
  • ...that the liwan, a long narrow-fronted hall or vaulted portal often open to the outside, has been a feature of Levantine homes for more than 2,000 years?
  • ...that Moses, the first Arab Orthodox bishop, administered his duties while journeying with a nomadic confederation of Arabs in the fourth century?
  • ...that the village of Anasartha, located in Western Syria and today known as Khanasser, derived its water supply until 1975 from a 12-kilometre long Byzantine-era qanat?
  • ...that the Semitic triliteral Q-D-S meaning "holy" has been used in ancient and modern Semitic languages since at least the 3rd millenium BCE?


  • ...that local legend in Lajjun, a district center in Palestine under the Abbasids, held that the spring that served as its primary water source sprang from a stone after Abraham struck it with his staff?

nominations of the work of others

Israeli Apartheid: A Chronology


I was blocked four times for Wikipedia:3RR [1] between February and September 2007. The first three blocks were a result of reports filed by User:Isarig, who was edit-warring with me at the time, escaped sanction himself, vanished and then reappeared as User:NoCal100, with a series of sockpuppets. The fourth block was based on a report I filed against User:Egyegy, now banned for being a sockpuppet of User:Zerida. I though I had since learned not to be baited into edit wars, and to breathe and pause before restoring relevant, reliably sourced material deleted without much consideration for its usefulness. But I got blocked again in 2010 for forgetting that. Reminder to self and others: practically nothing disappears from Wikipedia's article history pages, so a little patience, discussion and perseverance usually allow for wrongs to be righted in due time.

copied from a post by G-Dett at the Allegations of Israeli apartheid page (once named Israeli apartheid and currently named Israel and the apartheid analogy)

"You are sad," the Knight said in an anxious tone: "let me sing you a song to comfort you.... The name of the song is called 'Haddocks' Eyes.'"

"Oh, that's the name of the song, is it?" Alice said, trying to feel interested.

"No, you don't understand," the Knight said, looking a little vexed. "That's what the name is called. The name really is 'The Aged Aged Man.'"

"Then I ought to have said, 'That's what the song is called'?" Alice corrected herself.

"No, you oughtn't: that's another thing. The song is called 'Ways and Means': but that's only what it's called, you know!"

"Well, what is the song, then?" said Alice, who was by this time completely bewildered.

"I was coming to that," the Knight said. "The song really is 'A sitting on a Gate': and the tune's my own invention."

Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass.

--G-Dett 22:10, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Retrieved from ""

And on that note, you should check this out: [2]

part two of my message to Abu ali (talk · contribs) and to all of you at Wikipedia who have felt the wrath of those seeking to censor the truth, no matter how much evidence you put in front of them, no matter how hard you try

I don't know if you're Palestinian (you here). But I know that as a fellow human being, you share my pain at the state of the world. And I share yours. That's what moves me to write. My love for all people which begins with love for myself, then my neighbours, my people, and expands outward from there, everywhere. And if that's wrong, if passion is forbidden, and free-thought is dead, then let me die with them. For then, there is nothing in the world left to live for. Tiamut 20:54, 2 March 2007 (UTC) (Ahhh, the melodrama of our "Orient". Obviously passion and free-thought continue to live, and death is hopefully still way way off in the future. No need to worry, not planning anything crazy. Just thought I would clarify since once I read about this Palestinian guy at a University in Montreal that said he "was going to be famous one day", and the Zionist he was arguing with started shouting "So, you want to join Hamas?" assuming that he meant he wanted to become a suicide bomber. He was charged with making death threats, though the case was eventually dismissed after one of the witnesses admitted to writing both witness statements that were used against him and which were in fact identical. I know it sounds "conspiratorial", but it is actually true: [3][4][5] Tiamut 21:09, 2 March 2007 (UTC))

To all the truth-seekers and freedom-lovers out there: Keep up the good fight. Tiamut 04:20, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Things deleted from articles that I wish we could keep (if only I had a Wikipedia:RS)

Kudna: The area was populated by the Shadfan family, who were forced to flee during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. All that remains of the Shadfan family is an old water well (that is said to have a special ability to cause women who drink from it to give birth to boys, rather than girls), a few ancient ruins (including a rock-made device for crushing olives), the remains of a fence, and their family cemetery.

Once I gave up because

The DYK showcase for a perfectly legitimate article under a perfectly legitimate name (Lydda Death March) was totally sabotaged. Out of process page moves, edit-warring, disgusting behaviour all around, and no one did anything to stop it.

Now I'm back ... because though the accurate naming of things is important to the exchange of information, the inverse also holds true, and as an information junkie - both a dealer and a user - I can't give up my fix.


  1. ^ Uri Davis (2004). "2". Apartheid Israel:Possibilities for the Struggle Within. Zed Books. ISBN 1842773399. 
  2. ^ a b Farsakh, Leila. "Israel an apartheid state?", Le Monde diplomatique, November 2003
  3. ^ Ben Rafael, Eliezer (2002). Jewish Identities: Fifty Intellectuals Answer Ben Gurion. Brill Academic Publishers. p. 144. ISBN 9004125353. 
  4. ^ a b McGreal, Chris. "Worlds apart", The Guardian, February 6, 2006.
  5. ^ "Israel Land Administration: General Info". Government of Israel. 
  6. ^ Selfa, Lance (2002). "5". The Struggle for Palestine. Haymarket Books. pp. pp 76–7. ISBN 1931859000. 
  7. ^ Press Release SC/7895, UN Security Council, 14 October 2003
  8. ^ Adam, Heribert & Moodley, Kogila. op. cit. p. 23.