poetry: different suns

January 24, 2009

The 2009 massacre in Gaza will be for
international solidarity with Palestine what
the Sharpeville massacre was for the
international solidarity against apartheid
in South Africa. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)



here is a familiar routine
after an honest day's efforts
you head home in your car/train/bus
once home you follow the rituals
retrieve messages-surf-help children
                                if any - with homework
prepare for the next day
will it rain or snow?
brush, change again, go to bed
turn off the light, read or
                               make love
                               or toss and turn
tomorrow is another sunrise away
                              for you

not for the families of gaza
their sun has not set for 60 years

love people who are in awe of words. words are the sole arbiter and the final survivor. desicritic editor, slave and slave-driver.
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January 24, 2009
02:34 PM

The "poor Palestinian" propaganda really gets tiresome after a time - but that's not my criticism here. I know which side of the fence you sit on. So, tiresome as it may be, I do not expect you to chirp a different one.

Your photos do not fit within the column space provided and need to be minimized so as not to displace the other items on the electronic page. Your an editor at this site; presumably you can fix this layout problem.

January 24, 2009
04:58 PM

Ruvy to Temporal:

"I know which side of the fence you sit on. So, tiresome as it may be, I do not expect you to chirp a different one."'

of course, as opposed to Ruvy himself who clearly chirps a different tune each day, nay each hour!

January 24, 2009
05:37 PM

The layout is still messed up.

January 25, 2009
05:11 PM


You tried to fix the layout of your piece. I appreciate that you tried. It is evident that you cannot change the size of the photo remaining in the piece. Perhaps if you moved it below the Google Ads, centering it in the middle of the page, it would help the message you are attempting to convey.

January 25, 2009
06:17 PM

Of All the beautiful phrases in Barack Obama's inauguration speech, these are the words that stuck in my mind: "You are on the wrong side of history."

He was talking about the tyrannical regimes of the world. But we, too, should ponder these words

In the last few days I have heard a lot of declarations from Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni, Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Olmert. And every time, these eight words came back to haunt me: "You are on the wrong side of history!"


Our leaders are still intoxicated with war and drunk with violence. They have re-phrased the famous saying of the Prussian general, Carl von Clausewitz into: "War is but a continuation of an election campaign by other means." They compete with each other with vainglorious swagger for their share of the "credit". Tzipi Livni, who cannot compete with the men for the crown of warlord, tries to outdo them in toughness, in bellicosity, in hard-heartedness.

The most brutal is Ehud Barak. Once I called him a "peace criminal", because he brought about the failure of the 2000 Camp David conference and shattered the Israeli peace camp. Now I must call him a "war criminal", as the person who planned the Gaza War knowing that it would murder masses of civilians. On The Wrong Side - Uri Avnery

January 25, 2009
06:37 PM

Funny, Temoporal,

I caught those same lines that Avneri did and have predicted that in the coming months Obama will declare that Israel is on the wrong side of history. I backed the SOB for precisely this reason. I wanted fellow Israelis to see a real enemy of the Jewish people in office. I want the Israeli government overthrown and a truly Jewish leadership to take this nation in the proper direction - away from sucking up the shit from America's asshole.

If Tel Aviv is hit with missiles, the idiot peaceniks will split into two camps: one camp will be led by Avneri, throwing down his gun, his nation and everything else he has to the mercy of the Arabs - ass-kissing traitors, in other words. The other group, the far larger one, will act the way typical Israelis do when made fools of - they'll blow up in anger. Note, I'm not talking about me, I'm talking about peaceniks. These Israelis will start to murder every Arab in sight. And the irony will be that it will be Jews like me who will try to stop them.

January 25, 2009
06:39 PM

Oh, by the way, the layout is still messed up.

January 25, 2009
08:05 PM

[Edited: Baiting]

January 25, 2009
11:11 PM

this one i remember! shameless baiting it was for sure!

January 26, 2009
12:40 AM

Nice job fixing the article layout, Temporal.

January 26, 2009
12:57 AM

The use of white phosphorus as a weapon, even against military targets situated within population centers, is banned by the 1980 third Convention on Conventional Weapons.

Amnesty International, which considers the use of white phosphorous in heavily-populated areas a war crime, said it has found many phosphorous particles in civilian areas, including Gaza's Al-Quds hospital.

The UNRWA compound in Gaza City was also among places hit by white phosphorus shells when Israeli troops fired three shells at the compound on January 15.

Israel has used white phosphorous bombs against civilian targets many times.


As calls are crying louder for an international probe into Israel's war crimes in Gaza, Israel admitted Saturday, January 24, using white phosphorous, a chemical that burns away human flesh to the bone, in shelling the densely-populated strip.

"Yes, phosphorus was used but not in any illegal manner," Yigal Palmor, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, told The Times. Israel Admits White Phosphorous Use in Gaza

January 26, 2009
10:43 AM

""Yes, phosphorus was used but not in any illegal manner," Yigal Palmor, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, told The Times.""

Jeopardy Question: We have all heard of double speak. any examples of "triple speak"??

sarah islam
January 26, 2009
11:51 PM

""Yes, phosphorus was used but not in any illegal manner," Yigal Palmor, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, told The Times.""

hahaha that is priceless!

January 27, 2009
03:59 PM

as in, "yes i tortured and murdered that guy, but not in any illegal manner".

January 30, 2009
12:22 PM

Jesus in Gaza

I met Jesus in Gaza last night
Nailed to a concrete wall
Impaled by shrapnel
Through hands and feet
Wearing a crown of barbed wire
And a countenance of sorrow
At his feet
A bloodied child
Tattered were her clothes
Ugly were her wounds
I wept for her
He wept for us
Soldiers with blues stars
And white apparel
Stared stonily
With no emotion on their faces
And death in their souls
Moonlight reflected on their guns
And their dead eyes
I met Jesus in Gaza last night
I've aged a thousand years
And died a thousand times

I met Jesus in Gaza last night
Life will never be the same
By Rassool Jibraeel Snyman

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