war is not my language - الحرب ليست لُغتي

khulud khamis
Posted July 19, 2014 from Palestine
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الحرب ليست لُغتي war is not my language

no more of yours F-16s no more of your tanks! (and your other American made deadly toys) no more of your Qassams

no more! Khalas! we are sleepless our bodies – collapsing, shaking, bloodied, amputated, dead.

الحرب ليست لُغتي war is not my language

rule and divide rule and divide rule and divide NO MORE!

we refuse. we scream in desperation let us live stop the murder.

LIFT the siege off Gaza LET the fishermen fish and let the boys PLAY football.

الحرب ليست لُغتي war is not my language

LIFT the siege off Gaza LET the women live with dignity and let the girls SWIM in the sea

divide and rule divide and rule NO MORE!

we refuse! we stand up and loudly, clearly say together, Jews and Palestinians – we refuse your wars we refuse to be enemies

الحرب ليست لُغتي war is not my language

divide and rule NO MORE!

(c) khulud khamis, خلود خميس Haifa, 19 July 2014 حيفا, تموز 2014

a link to a photo album "war is not my language" - by Haifa feminist activists: https://www.facebook.com/asmahan.shalimar/media_set?set=a.79759138029111...

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Olutosin
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 21, 2014

It is not our language GlobalPeace we want.

Thank you, I wish the World peace, peaceful coexistent and love.

Amriyota
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 21, 2014

They need war, they need blood , they need malnourished under educated 3rd world to feed them. But they forget they r only 20% n we are 80%. you can try to divide us, you can kill us even you can work hard to misguide the whole world but you can not justify attack on Gaza, or any other war.....war is not the language of humanity.

Shameela Ali
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 22, 2014

Beautiful poem,we are sleepless too because of Gaza.

Sangita Thapa
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 23, 2014

War is terrifying and destructive, and your poem has beautifully pictured this. Nepal saw one of the most destructive civil war for a decade in its peaceful land. Blood, killings and rape were nightmarish. I detest war. It is never justifiable; and I oppose it with all my strength. I'm with you Khulud on your peaceful fight against war, against genocide. Let's stand together against war and killing, and hope for a day when it ends and peace be prevailed.

In solidarity,

Sangita

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 24, 2014

It is frightening how so many places in the world are in conflict and continue to be in conflict. On one hand everyone recommends collaboration as an indicator and driver of progress. Yet we have so much of destructive conflict. Women and children continue to be the major recipients of the brutality of war. When will it end? When will we live in a peaceful world?

Your poem captures exactly what I feel. Thanks for sharing.

In solidarity, Elsa

Ahdi Hassan
Jul 25, 2014
Jul 25, 2014

Beautiful poem,you have to do is to make one small change

Lea
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 27, 2014

Thank you so much, Khulud, for writing this powerful poem. It's absolutely devastating what is going on Gaza and your poem really captured the desperation and cry for an end of the violence and an end to the suffering of the Palestinians and particularly Gazans. These senseless attacks have caused so much death and destruction and for what? Yes, war is not the solution. The bloodshed needs to stop. I support you, Khulud and I agree with everyone who posted that those attacks are unjustifiable and affect the most vulnerable individuals. I wish for an end of the suffering and for justice and peace to prevail.

Shaheen S Dhanji
Jul 28, 2014
Jul 28, 2014

Khulud, This poem is very dear and meaningful to me -- such a powerful poem is certainly needed in a form of 'voice' - this platform unites such voices into one thunderous echo. Thank you for posting - in solidarity with you. Long Live Palestine !

Shokran.

Sahra Ahmed Koshin
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 21, 2014

War is not my language neither! Stop the wars! make love, not war!

Thank you for sharing!

hanasazi
Nov 03, 2014
Nov 03, 2014

I (and my husband and son too) may be exceptions from the average American, yet we have few friends if any who actually want war, and most of them detest the inhumanity, profit motive, waste of life and resources, environmental destruction, and inhibition of real, positive human progress it creates. Yet, though all war is abhorrent to us, it is what you live through repeatedly in Gaza that horrifies us the most. The devastating injustice, the lack of any logical explanation, the cruelty and the pain, the fear and long term emotional damage it causes, and the long process of rebuilding (however so possible) over and over after being shocked and traumatized by the attacks does not escape us, and our hearts reach out to you constantly. We saw a heartbreaking news piece on Al Jazeera with a little girl from Gaza who showed the camera her home, her room, her clothes, saying "Gas. Everything smells like gas. It doesn't matter how many times I wash my things, they all smell like gas. What am I to do?" (she was adorable, too, and we prayed she will become a powerful activist when she gets older) That was an angle to life in Gaza we hadn't known about, and makes living despite such indignity so much more difficult, carrying even more long term health effects than we had been aware of before. It seems that those who are determined to continue making war are carrying out a massive, global murder-suicide pact. How can anything survive the onslaught of nonstop war when the planet is already suffering from it so? The resources they need to sustain their violence come at the cost of the ability of everything outside war zones to live, too. Your poem and the photographs in the post that led me here are beautiful, thought-provoking and powerful, and it is very, VERY good to know that Jewish and Arab Israeli women are working together for peace. We believe in life, loving connections, and in this kind of collaborative effort, and want you to know how encouraging it is for prayer warriors to learn of such beautiful pockets of non-conflict, even in the midst of such injustice and oppression, destruction and cruelty. We will pray for your success and continue doing all we can on this end to help you achieve it. Thank you and all the woman you represent for being who you are and for carrying on this courageous struggle to overcome...together.

khulud khamis
Nov 03, 2014
Nov 03, 2014

Hi Hanasazi,

Thank you so much for the supportive words. However, I do have to say that I am not from Gaza. I am a Palestinian citizen of Israel (I don't define myself as Arab Israel, to me that's an oxymoron). But it is important to differentiate, as we don't have the access to Gaza, there's complete cut off. Nevertheless, your support hit home and is well appreciated. I think that even in the midst of crisis, we have to continue and believe. in solidarity and sisterhood, khulud

hanasazi
Nov 03, 2014
Nov 03, 2014

Thank you for clarifying. We have been deeply concerned about the situation for all Palestinians for years. Since the first Gulf War, in fact. It's just so comforting to know that you are working together with Jewish women for peace there. We will not stop praying for you all until you see justice and can live without fear. There has to be a better way than war! And collaboration between women is the best way to get things done, even in a "man's world." We're all changing that in every way we can, and the work you are doing is supremely important. Keep it up, knowing that you have more support from the rest of the world then you can ever really know.

Kim Ayers
Jan 07, 2015
Jan 07, 2015

Your words are empowering, inspiring and devastating all at once. Please know that the majority of American citizens that I know are distraught over the state of our world for all the reasons that Hanasazi has indicated in her strong response above. We feel helpless too often, yet many of us strive to make a difference in some way. Whether through awareness campaigns, educational initiatives, cultural exchange and understanding, letter writing to the 'powers that be' or just standing up and refusing to be silent, millions of us want global peace but especially now for Israel & Palestine and Syria (and Congo and on and on and on.....). I stand with you and for you, Khulud. I work with teens at the high school level, and have recently had my initiative accepted into the curriculum at our local school. My organization strives to bring real voices into the classrooms via Skype. In this way, students can actively engage in real and meaningful conversation with people around the world, especially places in conflict. The name of the class I am partnered with is "Conflict and Change". Would you be interested in being available to introduce yourself to one of our classrooms? In your own words - "In solidarity and sisterhood", Respectfully, Kim