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Palestinian Family Ensnared in Israeli Death Trap

Palestinian-American Family Ensnared in Israeli Death Trap *

By Genevieve Cora Fraser

* Dedicated to the memory of Palestinian American Dr. Kahled Salah and his son 16 year old Mohammed who were murdered in cold blood in their Nablus home by Israeli soldiers. May his wife Salam, and their surviving children find the strength to carry on and bear witness to the extreme sadism and criminality of Israeli state terrorism.

Entwined as a ball
Of thread the family
Clung and enveloped
One another in love
In terror in their last
Moments together
Living a vision of hell
Israeli style slaughter
Of the innocents
A home invasion
In Satanic blackness
Streaked with missile
Strike lightning
Bullets flashed past
As laser rays searched
Red darting as a snake
Tongue slips in and out
Sniper swift attacks
In the dark breathing
Life's ebb and flow
Missiles slammed
Into walls, beds, bookcases
Past the bodies hovered
In the room sweating
Out the moments
As the loudspeaker
Announced Israeli
Intentions to blow up
The house with moments
To exit unraveled the father
A professor a man of peace
Faced the swarm of malevolent
Tanks, troops, helicopters
Hovering IDF snipers assailed
Unable to unlock twisted metal
In the door the professor
Begged at a window
For their lives shot
Just below the head he fell
Dead cradled in his wife's
Arms the threads of life
Streamed red extended
Spread to the face of their boy
Torn cheek to jowl gurgled
Death as the woman screamed
For help the soldiers laughed
Mocking echoes of Nazi
Death Chambers of the past
Now alive Israeli style

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