Poetry of resistance – Land Day

Good Morning Sakhneen*

By Saed J. Abu-Hijleh, March 26, 2010

Good Morning Sakhneen

the Spirit of Palestine

if you know what I mean

the valley of Battoof

“ta3al wa shoof”

how racism

tries to separate

hand from land

see the lies

with your own eyes

the theft of water

the source of life

to make the indigenous

full of strife

Yet

the People of Sakhneen

are rooted in love

and they only fear

God above

the Land for them

is Being

and to be for them

is become a tree

watered from the sky

that brings freedom

from the Mediterranean sea

so come and see

with your own eyes

the Zionist lies

the People of Sakhneen

they do what they mean!!!

they are true lovers

of a sacred land

called Falasteen 🙂

they have proven their love

in 1976

when six crossed to the other side

they could not abide

the theft of land

by the same hand

that massacred

and “ethnically cleansed”

their brothers and sisters

the rooted goodness

of this ancient place…

People of Sakhneen

and this land are one

their flesh its soil

and its soil their flesh

and those who came by parachutes

have no roots

in the

valleys and mountains

of their Mother

Palestine

* Shakhneen or Sakhnin is one of the main towns inside Palestine 1948 areas, in the heart of the Galilee. The town became famous when its residence revolted against the Israeli Authorities decisions to confiscate thousands of acres from its lands to build Jewish settlements. On March 30, 1976, three of its residence, along with another three from nearby Palestinian villages that joined the revolt were killed by the Israeli Army in what became to be known as the “Day of the Land”. This revolt and the memory of the fallen Palestinian martyrs who sacrificed their souls to defend their lands and the dignity of the Palestinian People are commemorated on March 30th of each year.

I have written this poem in honor of a Palestinian delegation from Sakhneen who came to visit Nablus on March 25, 2010. Among the woman and men of the delegation were many who participated in the 1976 revolt (Intifada) of the Day of the Land and who were either injured or imprisoned by the Zionist army. Among them also was the sister of Martyr Khader Khalaileh, one of the six Palestinians who were killed in 1976.

Thanks to my colleague and friend, Mr. Ala Abu Idhair, who invited me to join him in meeting our sisters and brothers from Sakhneen.

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