‘We teach life, sir’ by Rafeef Ziadah

“Ms. Ziadah, don’t you think everything would be resolved if you [Palestinians] would just stop teaching so much hatred to your children?”


I look inside of me for strength to be patient. But patience is not at the tip of my tongue as the bombs drop over Gaza. Patience has just escaped me.

Pause. Smile.

“We teach life, sir.”

Rafeef, remember to smile. Pause.

“We teach life, sir. We, Palestinians, teach life after they have occupied the last sky. We teach life after they have built their settlements and aparthied walls, after the last skies- we teach life, sir.”

Yeah, you’re allowed to cry after listening to this.

RAFEEF ZIADAH is a Canadian-Palestinian spoken word artist and activist. Her debut CD Hadeel is dedicated to Palestinian youth, who still fly kites in the face of F16 bombers, who still remember the names if their villages in Palestine and still hear the sound of Hadeel (cooing of doves) over Gaza.

(via famous-for-nothingg aka my favourite blondie)


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