Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


Palestinian Welcome Smashed Against Israeli Wall

Palestinian Welcome Smashed Against the Israeli Wall

By Genevieve Cora Fraser

The shared taxi
In the torrential rain
Was open for business
As I crowded in
Between Muslim
Women in black
Hajibs and skirts
My black furry
Sheepskin hat
And long maroon
Coat contrasted
With the sleekness
Of their garb
The door slid
Slamming shut
The driver shouted
In Arabic
As he hopped
Back in
And drove out
Of the crowded
Bus station
I held a slip of paper
The name and number
Of the street
Where we would meet
Written in a language
They could neither read
Nor write my pronunciation
Was a joke they understood
Arguing among themselves
About my western protrusion
In their eastern midst
Soon they relaxed
And gestured
A promise
To help the stranger
Who had been
Warned against them
By all she knew back
Home now far
Away in amongst
The Arab host
I smiled
With my sisters
In longing for peace
In sorrow
In loss
And confusion
Searching for a friend
Lost so long ago
Now found
In his homeland
Decades ago
He too was lost
In exile among
American hosts
As Israel raided
And rampaged
And exiled
Those outside
The gates
To enter
For years
Now nearly
Forty years
Later the storm
Troopers gather
At checkpoints
Corral the eastern
To separate the western
Jews from co-mingling
As we drove
Through potholes
Puddles turned to geysers
Along Jerusalem byways
Headed to Ramallah
The drone of the engine
Replaced the chatter
As we sped
Past the crumbled wreckage
Homes pocked and assaulted
Alive with hope we rode
Lost in our thoughts
Though weary, dreary
With the weather
We were wary
Of the Israeli jeeps
Soldiers deep
Into fears
The taxi van
Fast toward
The gathering
Submachine guns
Ready to smash
To the ground
IDF leapt
Like leopards
As they slammed
Victims against
The cement barrier
We were blocked in
In checkpoint
Another day
Lost in the confusion
Of confrontation
Of the Zionist mind
Set like the cement
Barriers they erect
Against equality
And respect
Those they are taught
To fear
Like children
Trigger happy
Ready to explode
They inspire
From those they control


© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news