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,
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,
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
For the cell to become a distant land
-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
-Poems by Mahmoud Darwish
why i joined wikipedia
some sounds of my city
For a running log of articles to which I feel I contribute, see this contributions subpage. Below, a summary of the work of which I am most proud.
all things palestinian: Palestinian people | Palestinian fedayeen | Palestinian prisoners in Israel | Palestine | Postal history of Palestine | Place names in PalestineN ? | Palestinian costumes | Palestinian handicraftsN | Palestinian potteryN | Nabulsi soapN ? | Hebron glassN ? | Land Day | SumudN ?
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?
<gallery> File:Antiflame Barnstar Hires.png|The Anti-Flame Barnstar Alright, this would be two barnstars for the same basic issue, but I admire you keeping your cool in this recent kerfluffle, and in not stooping to firing broadsides at every insulting post from a certain unnamed editor. I rather doubt I could have kept nearly so far above the fray in your shoes. Ravenswing 04:17, 8 March 2012 (UTC)
File:Mensch5.png|The Barnstar of Integrity For your ability to compromise while remaining firm on your values. Also, for one of the most calm and level-headed, yet bold responses to an A/E report (the third paragraph in particular). ya3teke el3afyee ya a5tee. - asad (talk) 03:21, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
Image:Ramallah woman 15029v.jpg|The Excellent User Page Award Rarely are Userpages so full of sadness and poetry. You have a way of latching onto little details—"sounds of my city", the Mona Lisa-esque quality of the "woman from Ramallah"—to reveal the larger picture in the space between the words. As you wrote, "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." Beautiful. --AFriedman (talk) 06:39, 12 March 2010 (UTC)
Image:PLGoldnew22.png|The WikiProject Palestine Gold Medal Awarded for your outstanding contributions to WikiProject Palestine: for creating so many excellent, well-written, articles using your impeccable judgment, admirable clarity of expression, good humour and wisdom. Ian Pitchford (talk) on 21:52, 2 May 2009 (UTC)
Image:Barnstar_of_Diligence.png|The Barnstar of Diligence This is for your tremendous expansion of Imwas, not to mention starting the articles of Meiron and Jacob's Well with richly sourced information. I've always come to you when an article needs a great lead or a quality copyedit. This barnstar of quality, effort, and dedication could have no more of a fit owner. Congratulations and keep up the good work! Al Ameer son (talk) 07:57, 21 December 2008 (UTC)
Image:Civility barnstar.png| Civility Award For managing to put across your frank views on the anecdotes relating to the Moses Montefiore Windmill without resorting to personal attacks and an edit war. Mjroots (talk) 12:29, 20 November 2008 (UTC)
Image:Tireless Contributor Barnstar.gif|Tireless Contributor Barnstar. for your tireless contribution in Arab and Palestenian related articles especially Mavia and Liwan, you are the perfect user :) MARVEL (talk) 15:03, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
Image:SpecialBarnstar.png|The Special Barnstar in recognition of your dignified conduct in the face of very unpleasant provocation, and the continued high quality of your contributions in spite of these difficulties, notably the very high quality of the article Sumud which you created in just a few hours NSH001 (talk) 19:11, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
Image:Barnstar_of_Diligence.png|The Barnstar of Sumud You are a singular editor, and I often wish that the virtue all ethnographers now claim as of peculiar force among your people, sumud, were recognized as a distinctive contribution and testimony to what is, under the civilized veneer, a violent world. Nishidani (talk) 14:38, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
Image:Barnstar_of_Diligence.png|The Barnstar of Diligence For your astonishing effort in providing wikipedia with high quality material on Palestine-related subjects such as the good articles of Tawfiq Canaan and Palestinian costumes and your dozen DYKs, not to mention your work on depopulated Palestinian villages. Wallah Mabruk! –-Al Ameer son (talk) 23:10, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
Image:Original Barnstar.png|The Original Barnstar This is for all the work you did from July to spetember on articles relating to palestine. You deserve this, and your work is appreciated. Cheers! SJP:Happy Verterans Day! 23:51, 8 November 2007 (UTC)
Image:MediationBarnstar.png|Mediation Barnstar I award this Barnstar for helpful mediation (requiring a significant investment of time and patience) of a difficult dispute on the Legal status of Hawaii page, and especially for calling me on my own screwups. Mahalo nui loa!--Laualoha 23:53, 6 September 2007 (UTC)
Image:Barnstar_of_Diligence.png|The Barnstar of Diligence Thank you for turning a brief article about Nadia Abu El Haj's tenure battle into the detailed biography she deserves. — Malik Shabazz (Talk | contribs) 19:43, 1 September 2007 (UTC)
Image:Random_Acts_of_Kindness_Barnstar.png|The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar Kindness and for understanding every angle of a story Irqirq 20:40, 23 August 2007 (UTC)
Image:Barnstar_of_Diligence.png|The Barnstar of Diligence is hereby awarded in recognition of extraordinary scrutiny, precision, and community service. Awarded by Addhoc 16:24, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
Image:WikiDefender_Barnstar.png|The Mighty Defender of the Wiki Barnstar just for that what includes your poems too greg park avenue 20:50, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
Image:Original Barnstar.png|The Original Barnstar for all your much-needed contributions, Regards, Huldra 15:08, 15 March 2007 (UTC)
Image:Resilient_Barnstar.png| The Resilient Barnstar For standing up for yourself against people who make Wikipedia unbearable at times. MetsFan76 22:33, 2 March 2007 (UTC)
Image:Resilient_Barnstar.png|The Resilient Barnstar For your learning from your mistake and for going aobut it in a civil Manner, Happy Editing! Aeon 19:26, 6 July 2006 (UTC)
Image:Sandwich.jpg|The Sandwich of Exceptional Excellence (Potato Salad of Congeniality cluster, 1st. class) In Panis, Veritas.
Some of the hooks from my DYKs for your reading pleasure
- ...that Tawfiq Canaan, a Palestinian physician and medical pioneer, was also known for his research on Palestinian popular heritage?
- ...that Theodosios (Hanna) of Sebastia is the second Palestinian Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem?
- ...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 Defense (Emergency) Regulations first enacted in British Mandate Palestine in 1945 were incorporated into Israel's domestic legislation in 1948 and remain in force to this day?
- ...that at the time of Roman rule in Palestine, the village of Um ar-Rehan, now located in the Barta'a enclave of the Seam Zone, held a hundred houses, a road system and a Roman bathhouse?
- ...that according to Greek mythology, Adonis was slain by a boar at the foot of the waterfall in Apheca in modern-day Lebanon?
- ...that Thursday of the Dead is a springtime feast day shared by Muslims and Christians in the Levant that involves colouring eggs, visiting the cemetery and distributing food to the poor?
- ...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 "Palestinian archaeology" can refer to a field of archaeological inquiry known as Syro-Palestinian archaeology, and more recently, to archaeological research conducted by Palestinians themselves?
- ...that since as early as the 10th century, Nabulsi soap, a traditional olive oil-based soap, has been exported across the Arab world and even to Europe?
- ...that Mavia was an Arab queen who in 378 AD personally led her troops out of southern Syria in revolt against Roman rule?
- ...that Moses, the first Arab Orthodox bishop, administered his duties while journeying with a nomadic confederation of Arabs in the fourth century?
- ...that the olive tree is the ultimate symbol of sumud, a key ideological theme among Palestinians since the 1967 war?
- ...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 Yalo, a Palestinian Arab village depopulated during the 1967 war, was identified by Edward Robinson as the site of the Canaanite-era city of Aijalon?
- ...that al-Karmil, an Arabic language newspaper first published in Haifa in 1908, was founded with the express purpose of "opposing Zionist colonization"?
- ...that the ataaba is a traditional Arabic music form in which oral folk poetry is melodically improvised by a solo vocalist?
- ... that most of the place names in Palestine are Arabised words with ancient Semitic roots that were preserved by the local indigenous population, facilitating their identification with biblical sites?
- ...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 K-B-D, a triliteral root meaning "heavy" that is common to all Semitic languages, appears in the Old Testament 376 times?
- ... that Jacob's Well (pictured) in Nablus is a site associated with Jacob in Jewish, Samaritan, Christian and Muslim tradition?
- ... that during the Crusader era in Palestine, the village of Kafr Lam (fortress pictured) was sold to the Hospitallers by the lord of Caesarea for 16,000 besants?
- ...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?
- ...that Hittin was a Palestinian village located near the site of the Battle of Hattin, where Saladin (pictured) defeated the Crusaders in 1187?
- ...that during the Crusader era in Palestine, the village of Kafr Lam (pictured) was sold to the Hospitallers by the lord of Caesarea for 16,000 besants?
- ...that Jacob's Well (pictured) in Nablus is a site associated with Jacob in Jewish, Samaritan, Christian and Muslim tradition?
nominations of the work of others
- ... that Nabi Shu'ayb, Arabic for "the Prophet Jethro", is used in English to refer to the site where Druze tradition holds he was buried?
|Israeli Apartheid: A Chronology|
I was blocked four times for Wikipedia:3RR  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 "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Allegations_of_Israeli_apartheid"
And on that note, you should check this out: 
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:  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.
- Uri Davis (2004). "2". Apartheid Israel:Possibilities for the Struggle Within. Zed Books. ISBN 1842773399.
- Farsakh, Leila. "Israel an apartheid state?", Le Monde diplomatique, November 2003
- Ben Rafael, Eliezer (2002). Jewish Identities: Fifty Intellectuals Answer Ben Gurion. Brill Academic Publishers. p. 144. ISBN 9004125353.
- McGreal, Chris. "Worlds apart", The Guardian, February 6, 2006.
- "Israel Land Administration: General Info". Government of Israel.
- Selfa, Lance (2002). "5". The Struggle for Palestine. Haymarket Books. pp. pp 76–7. ISBN 1931859000.
- Press Release SC/7895, UN Security Council, 14 October 2003
- Adam, Heribert & Moodley, Kogila. op. cit. p. 23.