Razan

Razan

First of June 20-18

The Gaza border, weather fine

Israeli missiles and white phosphorus

Burned out the Hamas line

Will the world see justice done?

A hundred killed

Innocent blood all spilled

Fearless hands raised to the sky

For peace and Palestine

The martyrs all did die

 

Gentle Razan

Just 21

The eldest of six

Your blood will run

For Freedom

 

Razan al-Najar

Was shot in the chest

Trying to help a wounded man

Her bravery will not see rest

Until the world sees justice done

A white butterfly

With hands held high

Told the IDF sniper

She was a nurse unarmed

Yet they killed this fearless tiger

 

Gentle Razan

Just 21

The eldest of six

Your blood will run

For Freedom

 

When I try to sleep at night

I am haunted by Razan’s face

Zionist bankers paint the murder white

And poison the whole Arab race

The world will now see justice done

Within this devil’s scandal

They can blow out a candle

But they can’t blow out a fire

Once the flames begin to catch

The wind will blow it higher

 

(Inspired by Peter Gabriel’s iconic song Biko)

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Author: seagullnic

Writer, editor, lecturer and part-time musician. Passions in life: my family, Bob Dylan, music of many genres, Brighton and Hove Albion FC, cooking plus good food and wine.

5 thoughts on “Razan”

    1. Zara… just discovered your blog! It’s brilliant… will start following it now… my iPhone is playing up atm so will have to wait until I am on the PC to formally follow.

  1. Thank you so much for your very kind words of appreciation and reblogging the essay Nic. And many thanks for sending Eid Greetings… touching thoughtfulness!

    1. This open letter was printed in UK newspapers yesterday and signed by leading academics and others. I don’t agree with every word, but it is a step in the right direction.
      Nic
      There are disturbing signs round the world that age-old prejudices against Jews are reviving once more. We need to be clear in recognising them, and resolute in dealing with them. A precondition for fighting antisemitism effectively is clarity about what it is, and what it is not. Antisemitism is discrimination, prejudice or hostility against us because we are Jews. It is a form of racism. It may be manifested in violence, denial of rights, discriminatory acts, prejudice-based behaviour, verbal or written statements, negative stereotypes or scapegoating. Holocaust denial, the blood libel, conspiracy theories about supposed Jewish power or the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide – all are expressions of antisemitism.
      Criticism of Israel is not antisemitic unless motivated by anti-Jewish prejudice. Examples of this can include: holding all Jews accountable for the actions of the state of Israel; engaging in conspiracy theories about the state of Israel that draw on antisemitic stereotypes about supposed Jewish power; accusing all Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel than to the interests of their own nations. Criticism of Israel, of its displacement of Palestinians and of its denial of their rights, is not antisemitic. Criticising laws and policies of the state of Israel as racist and as falling under the definition of apartheid is not antisemitic. Calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel to oppose those policies is not antisemitic.
      We call upon all public bodies and other organisations to apply these principles in addressing antisemitism within their own organisations and when challenging it within wider society.
      Geoffrey Bindman
      Ben Birnberg
      DBA Epstein
      Stephan Feuchtwang
      Harvey Goldstein
      Brian Klug
      Peter Kosminsky
      Mike Leigh
      Malcolm Levitt
      Moshe Machover
      Miriam Margolyes
      David Mond
      Susie Orbach
      Laurance Pearl
      Jacqueline Rose
      Steven Rose
      Michael Rosen
      Douglas Ross
      Donald Sassoon
      Alexei Sayle
      Justin Schlosberg
      Lynne Segal
      Avi Shlaim
      Gillian Slovo
      Annabelle Sreberny
      John S Yudkin
      Nira Yuval-Davis

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