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Nabil – Palestina (Lluis Llach)

Posted in Palestine, Songs with tags , , on 09/04/2009 by 3071km

This is a beautiful song by Lluis Llach, a very famous Catalan singer and songwriter, interpreted by Nabil with subtitles in English.

El teu nom una rosa.

El teu nom Palestina.
El teu nom un bell estel a l’Orient.
El teu nom esperança.

El teu nom una espina.
El teu nom mirall precís que ens reflecteix.

Més enllà de les ones d’un mar que ens aveïna
et cantem el pervindre, el teu nom el coratge,
el teu nom Palestina.

Dels teus camps del pell bruna t’arrabassen els arbres
com si així et desarrelessin el demà.
Els teus fills els soterren quan encara somriuen
esperant que així el teu ventre es torni un erm.

Naixeran oliveres de destí mil·lenari
perquè els ocells hi cantin el teu nom que és coratge,
el teu nom Palestina.

Quan et nafren els braços, l’odi esdevé feixisme
colpejats pels qui escarneixen llur passat.
Seran les teves ales, d’un vol que veuràs lliure
si s’allunya la venjança del teu cor.

Més enllà de les ones d’un mar que ens aveïna
et cantem l’esperança, el teu nom és pervindre,
el teu nom Palestina.

This Palestinian Life

Posted in Everyday life in Gaza, Gaza, Palestine, Siege with tags , , , on 09/04/2009 by 3071km

Today, while reading Al Jazeera online I came through an article written by Adam Makary, ‘Gaza wears a face of misery’. In it he talks about Philip Rizk, a young Egyptian-German freelance journalist who lived and worked in Gaza from 2005 to 2007. During this time he filmed This Palestinian Life. Stories of Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance, a documentary highlighting Palestinian non-violent means of resistance against the Israeli occupation.

As Rizk’s says “Gaza wears a face of misery and the living conditions are unimaginable. Unless you visit, you wouldn’t be able to picture the kind of agony Gazans have to live through on a daily basis. They function with whatever is available.” In consequence, “At least 85 per cent of the people are dependent on food aid. If the amount of aid was reduced, they would starve.”

According to him, in Gaza “The line between the meaning of life and death becomes very thin. As a student, you can spend your whole life trying to do well in school, get good grades – but all that effort goes to waste because there is no future for the class valedictorian. Everyone alike is left completely powerless without hope and potential future. I’m even shocked at how well kids can even perform in these schools, considering how they live in a constant state of war.”

When asked about the role of the media, Rizk explains it tends not to report much on Gaza for two main reasons. On one side there’s a blackout of information due to the great control of Israel in what and who gets in or out the strip. On the other side, media organisations show a general lack of interest on Gaza: “To them, there’s nothing new about the situation when in fact, the story there is constantly unfolding, breaking news is Gaza’s middle name. But because this breaking news always holds the same kind of information, no one cares to report on it.”

This Palestinian Life. Stories of Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance is an interesting approach to the every day lives of Palestinians. The film, which follows an anthropological and ethnographic method, gives voice to Palestinian villagers and Bedouin scaping from “expert” interpretations of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and aims to explain how Palestinian life is being undermined by the pressure of Israeli occupation.

THIS PALESTINIAN LIFE is a film about people who perservere despite the odds stacked against them. The film documents specifically the aspects of perseverance or steadfastness of the Palestinian nonviolent struggle against Israeli occupation and the deliberate, ongoing, illegal annexation of Palestinian land.

An Arabic term used for everyday acts of nonviolent resistance is sumoud – steadfastness, perseverance. In the film, Egyptian activist and filmmaker, Philip Rizk, tells the stories of Palestinian villagers who attempt to remain steadfast, to persevere, in the face of settler violence, the injustice and duplicity of the Israeli government, and the ambivalence of the international community.

Marwan – Los hijos de las piedras

Posted in Palestine, Songs with tags , , , , on 31/03/2009 by 3071km

This is a song from Marwan, a Spanish-Palestinian songwriter, called The sons of stones.

There is also a Catalan version he did for the documentary Palestina, la veritat assetjada. Reflexions i testimonis per un procés de pau just produced by Xarxa d’Enllaç amb Palestina.

If you want more information about him please check his website or his MySpace site, where you can listen to some of his songs.

Señores de occidente escribo de muy lejos
Soy niño y palestino, no creo que recuerden que hace medio siglo
Ustedes permitieron tan sólo por dinero
Que fuera amputada la tierra de mi abuelo

Tierra Santa de todos y con los mismos dioses
Dioses por los que matan en modernas cruzadas por ser distinto el nombre
Dioses en los que algunos nunca más creeremos
No pueden ser reales si vemos lo que vemos

De un gatillazo mueren los brotes de esperanza
Y aquí se desdibuja una paloma blanca

Con el alma curtida de recibir mil golpes
Los hijos de las piedras habitan barricadas
Hondas contra cañones
La historia ha cambiado, David es de otro bando
Ahora es asesino y nos está apuntando

Y los niños no se libran cuando silban las balas
El pupitre vacío de mi mejor amigo me ha sangrado el alma
Que se traguen su odio y venga la vergüenza para ajustar las cuentas
Mi boca es la de todos si digo…

Señores en sus manos yace nuestra esperanza
La vida, la justicia y una paloma blanca