PALESTINIAN OCCUPIED TERRITORIES: WHAT MAKES LIFE WORTH LIVING
We have on this earth what makes life worth living
On this earth, the lady of earth
The mother of all beginnings
The mother of all endings
She was called Palestine
She came to be called Palestine
O lady, beause you are my lady
I am worthy of life
Excerpt from “We Have On This Earth What Makes Life Worth Living” by Palestinian poet & author Mahmoud Darwich.
In this place, land is an affirmation of identity.
Every grain of soil is a letter in an identity card.
How does it feel when your passport is stripped away from you?
What is a farmer without his land and what of a land without its tender?
Faceless. Relentless. Ageless.
Our modern conventions dictate a political understanding of what is happening here.
The name Palestine can start fires.
It’s an identity its upholders must constantly assert.
Here, on this earth, it makes life worth living.