Rafeef Ziadah

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Rafeef Ziadah (Arabic: رفيف زيادة‎) (born 1979 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a Palestinian-Canadian poet and human rights activist who currently lives in London. She released the spoken word album, Hadeel.


Ziadah was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Palestinian refugee parents[1] and began writing at a young age.[2] She grew up in Tunisia.[1] She attended York University in Toronto.[2] In 2004, she gave her first public performance after she was motivated by her experience of racism to write a poem.[2]

In 2009 Ziadah released her first spoken word album, Hadeel.[3] Ziadah produced Hadeel with a grant from the Ontario Arts Council within their Word of Mouth program in 2008.[4] Ziadah has traveled to countries all over the world to perform and conduct poetry workshops.[3] In 2011, Ziadah performed with Palestinian-American poet, Remi Kanazi in London, UK as part of the tour for his book, Poetic Injustice.[5] In 2012, Ziadah was chosen to represent Palestine at the South Bank Center Poets Olympiad.[3] In the same year, she performed at the World Village Festival in Helsinki.[6] During the summer of 2014, Ziadah contributed an opinion piece for The Guardian regarding the attacks on Gaza and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.[7] On November 14, 2014 Ziadah performed at a benefit concert for Palestine with Palestinian Hip hop group, DAM-Palestine sponsored by Manchester Palestine Action.[8] Rafeef Ziadah is well known-for her poems "Shades of Anger" [9] and "We teach life, sir".[10] Ziadah's poem "We teach life, sir" became the inspiration for a photography show for display inside the Scottish Parliament.[11] The exhibit was titled, "We Teach Life: The Children of the Occupation." [11]


  1. ^ a b "The pick of the world's poetry in London". Evening Standard. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  2. ^ a b c "An interview with Palestinian poet, Rafeef Ziadah | Women's Views on News". www.womensviewsonnews.org. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  3. ^ a b c Ziadah, Rafeef. "About". www.rafeefziadah.net.
  4. ^ "Ontario Arts Council". www.arts.on.ca.
  5. ^ Barrows-Friedman, Nora. "WATCH: Palestinian poets Remi Kanazi and Rafeef Ziadah — "We teach life, sir"". www.electricintafada.com.
  6. ^ "Programme". http://www.maailmakylassa.fi/. World Village Festival. External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ Ziadah, Rafeef. "As the Gaza crisis deepens, boycotts can raise the price of Israel's impunity". www.theguardian.com. The Guardian.
  8. ^ "DAM, Katibeh 5 and Rafeef Ziadah, Manchester Concert at Kraak". www.manchesterpalestineaction.org. Manchester Palestine Action.
  9. ^ "Shades of Anger". www.youtube.com. sternchenproductions.
  10. ^ "We teach life, sir". www.youtube.com. sternchenproductions.
  11. ^ a b Pycott, Lauren. "Palestinian children's photography showcased in Scottish Parliament". www.electricintafada.net. The Electric Intafada.