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Poem: The Definition Of Occupation

The Definition Of Occupation

Occupied, terrorized, genocide
while the whole world is hypnotized,

Sixty years, incessant tears
no day passes by without countless fears

For our lives, our wives, our children cry
yet the world turns away, and our spirits die.


For my land, I do stand
but I remain hopeless without a helping hand,

Oppression, suppression, depression
of every aspect of my life, you've taken possession,

Our weapons are stones, to protect our homes
but your bulldozers win and terror roams,

Yours are tanks, helicopters, and military jeeps
to kill the young man, as his mother weeps,

You control our electricity, you control our seas
you control our streets, and uproot our trees,

You close our schools, our children can't learn
you deny the refugees their right to return,

Suffering orphans, under your persecution
when they rise up, they face execution,

Families are separated, and farmers (merely) recall
the land they lost by your Apartheid Wall,

Through your diplomacy and your foreign relations /
you attempt to justify and give credence to your occupation,

Palestine is my land, and I won't let you take it
and while you put the world to sleep, I try to wake it.

- Abdelnasser Rashid

April 15, 2006
11th Grade student

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