Category Archives: palestine

Demo for Gaza

An impressive sound system flooded the big Museum Square in Amsterdam last Saturday, when thousands gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli attack on Gaza.

Hear here.

In the middle of the square some women squatted with a few bags filled with paper bags, sand and candles.

And lighting them.

A small ritual of remembrance, recognized by Assiye.

While watching the signs with Cecile, we spotted Anja Meulenbelt, Dutch senator and activist with a family in Gaza. She was quite happy to meet us. But the question remains: Where is Gaza?

Mahmoud Darwish 1941-2008

The very Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish has died. His most famous poem is called

Identity Card

Record!
I am an Arab
And my identity card is number fifty thousand
I have eight children
And the nineth is coming after a summer
Will you be angry?

Record!
I am an Arab
Employed with fellow workers at a quarry
I have eight children
I get them bread
Garments and books
from the rocks..
I do not supplicate charity at your doors
Nor do I belittle myself at the footsteps of your chamber
So will you be angry?

Record!
I am an Arab
I have a name without a title
Patient in a country
Where people are enraged
My roots
Were entrenched before the birth of time
And before the opening of the eras
Before the pines, and the olive trees
And before the grass grew

My father.. descends from the family of the plow
Not from a privileged class
And my grandfather..was a farmer
Neither well-bred, nor well-born!
Teaches me the pride of the sun
Before teaching me how to read
And my house is like a watchman’s hut
Made of branches and cane
Are you satisfied with my status?
I have a name without a title!

Record!
I am an Arab
You have stolen the orchards of my ancestors
And the land which I cultivated
Along with my children
And you left nothing for us
Except for these rocks..
So will the State take them
As it has been said?!

Therefore!
Record on the top of the first page:
I do not hate poeple
Nor do I encroach
But if I become hungry
The usurper’s flesh will be my food
Beware..
Beware..
Of my hunger
And my anger!

by Mahmoud Darwish
1964

Winds of change

Introducing our guests: Irene Steinert and Albano Cordeiro. In French this time. Papa Sakho and of all us are in shock about the violence in South Africa, that’s what we will talk about. And play music from the struggling years. Albano Cordeiro analizes the situation. (en Francais)

Irene Steinert, Hollando-Parisienne, tells about her visit to the Westbank, the Freedom Theatre and the project Butterfly, Dance for Freedom. Culture of Resistance (Dutch)

And Mustafa visited his son for the first time in three years! (Dutch, French)