Palestinian youth tell the human stories behind the numbers in the news

Palestinian youth tell the human stories behind the numbers in the news

Basman Derawi | 04-06-2017

Gaza is accessible only via tightly controlled, impersnal military checkpoints.

Do I have the right to call you my land?
My love under the Zionist’s’ thumb:

All I want is to touch your hand.
I am running to you but they’ve weakened my knees.
My sweet dream, why have they dressed you like a nightmare?
They have taken you, added “less” and labeled me “stateless,"
a man with no land,
no name for me on the world’s map.
At a checkpoint, I am invisible to them.
They don’t understand.
They don’t hear my grandma’s stories.
They don’t know the olive trees, their smell on my granddad’s hands.

Posted: June 4, 2017

Mentor: Rachel McCrum


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