Resist, My People, Resist Them!

An Israeli Arab woman-poet was sentenced last month to five months’ imprisonment for social media posts, including a video of a poetry expressing support for Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation. Haaretz daily reports DAREEN TATOUR, 36, was sentenced in Nazareth District court after being convicted in May of incitement to violence and supporting a terrorist organization. In October 2015, she posted a YouTube video showing Palestinians clashing with Israeli forces in which she reads her poem, “Resist My People, Resist Them,” which is reproduced herein under [Courtesy: https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/02/israeli-arab-dareen-tatour-sentenced-to-5-months-in-prison-over-pro-palestinian-poem/].

Resist, my people, resist them.
In Jerusalem, I dressed my wounds and breathed my sorrows
And carried the soul in my palm
For an Arab Palestine.
I will not succumb to the “peaceful solution,”
Never lower my flags
Until I evict them from my land.
I cast them aside for a coming time.

Resist, my people, resist them.
Resist the settler’s robbery
And follow the caravan of martyrs.
Shred the disgraceful constitution
Which imposed degradation and humiliation
And deterred us from restoring justice.
They burned blameless children;
As for Hadil, they sniped her in public,
Killed her in broad daylight.

Resist, my people, resist them.
Resist the colonialist’s onslaught.
Pay no mind to his agents among us
Who chain us with the peaceful illusion.
Do not fear doubtful tongues;
The truth in your heart is stronger,
As long as you resist in a land
That has lived through raids and victory.
So Ali called from his grave:

Resist, my rebellious people.
Write me as prose on the agarwood;
My remains have you as a response.

Resist, my people, resist them.
Resist, my people, resist them.