Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Slaughter update:

240 human beings killed in Lebanon by Israel's bombings so far. Up-to-date breakdown (from "La Repubblica"):

- 212 civilians
- 23 Lebanese Army soldiers
- 5 (five) Hizbollah militants.


Our Country is a Graveyard

Gentlemen, you have transformed
our country into a graveyard
You have planted bullets in our heads,
and organized massacres
Gentlemen, nothing passes like that
without account
All that you have done
to our people is
registered in notebooks

(by Mahmud Darwish -- translated by As’ad AbuKhalil)


Another poem by this great Palestinian poet:

A soldier dreams of white lilies

(... as the bombs rain down all I can do in my powerlessness is read poetry and weep... )

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