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What does it mean? – Palestine

What does it mean, really, when we say:

We are #Palestine
When we change our #Facebook #profiles for a week or two

When we post #dark images on #Instagram and write #moving #paragraphs as #captions ,
trying to make a point

What does it mean when we wear a #keffiyeh and march in #streets that look nothing like the alleyways of #Ramallah

What does it mean when we start to pay #attention only when #CNN or #BBC tells us to—

Why does #solidarity have to follow headlines?

The thing about people is that we will take each other’s #cultures We will learn the #dabke and eat #mansaf
and have a #flag pinned on our wall But are we willing to die for our beliefs? Are we willing to risk our lives stepping into a #mosque in a city that they tell us isn’t ours?

What do we know about Palestine? We’re the ones who wrap the flags around our bodies, but our bodies haven’t known #pain like theirs
We have not been #shot at while #kneeling in #prayer Ours is a #knowledge that can be taken off at will, a freedom that hasn’t been afforded to them for centuries

What does it mean?

What does it mean, really?

That we get to sleep tonight, after contemplating for a few moments, what this latest grievance will do for peace negotiations

What does it mean that we write articles trying to voice our rage at this injustice,
while they stay awake wondering if they’ve finally been stripped of their right to just be?

For God’s sake, Just let them be.

#Poem #writing #drawing #Palestinian #palestine #Lesshatingmoreeducating

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