For the Love of Palestine

By Culture & Entertainment Team

Cartoon by Carlos Latuff.

Editor’s Note: Commemorating the United Nations Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, November 29, Culture & Entertainment page is highlighting this special folder that includes songs, poems, and travel writings on Palestine:  the people, culture, and struggle. For the suffering of young children, the screams of mothers, the tears of fathers, for those who are terrified day and night, and for the love of peace, Onislam team dedicates this folder to Palestine.

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On Palestine

Dancing to the Inferno of Nakba Ila Haifa (or Returning to Haifa) is a performance interpreted by Al Zaytouna London Dabke Group for a dance performance marking the 60th year of the Palestinian Nakba (or the day of catastrophe), when 418 Arab villages were reduced to ashes.  

Palestine: A Homeland Lost Homeland Lost by reportage photographer Alan Gignoux is a photographic essay that juxtaposes the portraits of individual Palestinian exiles and their families with present-day images of the places they left in 1948.

Stories of Siege and Zatar Palestinians are very fond of their food. There are several inspiring myths that affirm the supra healing power of Palestinian wild weeds and herbs. Zatar is the Arabic name of the herb thyme, Origanum majorana; it is the most popular among Palestinian herbs.

'Amandla Intifada' (A Cultural Boycott) A group of South African musicians have released an album, proceeding from what will be used by the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) to launch a full scale cultural boycott against Israel...  

A Minute of Silence... "I really wish that somehow in the future we'd tend to celebrate Gaza for something else. But for now, we have to try to save the souls and the lives there, and bring back whatever we can of what's left..."



Songs 4 Gaza  

We Will Not Go Down (By Michael Heart) Michael is an unsigned singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles. He has recently written and recorded this song about the horrific situation of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

"I am a martyr" ( Caribbean Folk Band) This song is originally a poem written by Paul Eluard, a French Poet, and it has been recorded by Sweet Honey in the Rock Band.

Look Into My Eyes (By Outlandish) Outlandish is the story of a band that insists on the vantage point called "The world we live in." Look Into My Eyes is one of their outstanding tracks that was principally written by Gihad Ali, a young Palestinian poet.

Little Ones Smiling…  (By Yusuf Islam) Watch Yusuf Islam singing for the love of the suffering children wherever they live. He first sang it for children of Bosnia, then the children of Lebanon, and now for Gaza's little ones.  

Who's a Terrorist? (By DAM) Dam (Arabic for "blood") is a Palestinian hip-hop/rap group. Dam is composed of Tamer Nafer, Suhell Nafer and Mahmoud Jreri; their increasing popularity has made them the leading Palestinian rap group. By embracing rap, it is easier for them to sell their message to young Palestinians.  




"This is our land! She said" I never knew death until I saw the bombing of a refugee camp Craters filled with disfigured ankles and splattered torsos But no sign of a face, the only impression a fading scream.

A World Yet To Take Action The deaths unjustified The children mortified The armies fortified And people here waiting

The Key It waits at the bottom of a trunk At the bottom of a drawer, it waits.

"I am not mine" A woman asked the cloud: please enfold my loved one My clothes are soaked with his blood



Personal Writing

The Road to Palestine   Short bursts of light flashed out in the night sky. Behind the shouts of the crowds and the insistent sirens, shots rang out. I couldn't tell where they were coming from, and I couldn't care less. After all, I was only a few meters away from stepping into Gaza.

Voices of Protest   London third national rally for Gaza took place on January 17th 2009, with more than a thousand dead and many thousands injured. It was a literal destruction of one of the most populated geographical spaces on the planet. I felt it was time to share in the solidarity of the day

When God Took Me to Palestine It took me a while to believe that I was really on my way, heading to meet my long loved Palestine. It wasn't quite down-to-earth-realistic that God — really — is responding to my endless dreamy prayers. Yet, the moment I started, somehow, I knew I was going to make it!




"Our Dreams!?" (By Palestinian Children) The children of Palestine express their sufferings under the apartheid imposed by the Israeli occupation through drawing. The drawings show how deep the souls of these children are rooted in this land.

We Are All Palestinian (By Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff) The Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff depicts the suffering of the Palestinians in his special way.

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