I sit petrified by the images on TV
Gaza on fire, life shattered and other bloody scenery
Images of horror, of pain, all so familiar in my memory
1948, 1967, 1988, 2000, this should stop
Preferably this century
False negotiations and wasting time
Please don’t send another emissary
It has been futile can’t you see?
It has not stopped our misery
Nor brought us victory
Are you so blind to Israel’s chicanery?
Or oblivious to lessons of history?
Gaza we failed you time and again
We shed some tears, sent some aid and prayed to God, Amen
We have omitted you from our map, pushed you into the sea
While you clung in faith to the land of your ancestry
Gaza you witnessed dispossession, massacres, blockades, all you endured
From you we learn the meaning of sumud
You stood your ground unshakable, unbreakable
While life has been to you unbearable
Gaza we failed you
I know, it is unjustifiable
Livni says she has no problem with your people
It is Hamas she is after
We all see through this baseless blabber
Stupid talk that explodes one’s bladder
Trying to undermine our national struggle
Well Livni, we have a problem with you
You think we don’t know the milk you drank
It was from a Mossad breast, lets be frank
Bred in Zionist racism
Spare us your hate and nihilism
Gaza we are you and you are us
We are one and nothing less
Forgive us for your mess
We have failed you Gaza
The new, updated edition of Eyes in Gaza by Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse, with an eyewitness account by Noam Chomsky, is available now.
An unforgettable eyewitness account of the slaughter — “infanticide” in their words — is given by the two courageous Norwegian doctors who worked at Gaza’s main hospital during the merciless assault, Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse, in their remarkable book Eyes in Gaza.