arab cities

Gaza is not the most beautiful city,

Her shore is not bluer than the shores of Arab cities,
Her oranges are not the most beautiful in the Mediterranean basin,
Gaza is not the richest city,
She is not the most elegant or the biggest.

But she equals the history of an entire homeland,
because she is more ugly, impoverished, miserable, and vicious in the eyes of her enemies.

Because she is the most capable among us, of disturbing the enemy’s mood and comfort.
Because she is his nightmare.
Because she is mined/exploding oranges,
Children without a childhood,
Old men without old age,
And women without desires.

Because of all this she is the most beautiful,
the purest and richest among us
and the one most worthy of love.
—  Mahmoud Darwish
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March 16, 1988, a genocidal poison gas attack on the city of Halabja in which 3,200-5,000 Kurdish people were killed

Anfal Campaign Genocide Museum

182,000 broken pieces of glass to represent the victims of Saddam’s Anfal genocide. 4,500 bulbs to represent the destroyed villages.

The Anfal campaign began in 1986 and lasted until 1989, and was headed by Ali Hassan al-Majid (a cousin of then Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein). The Anfal campaign included the use of ground offensives, aerial bombing, systematic destruction of settlements, mass deportation, firing squads, and chemical warfare.

In addition, 31 Assyrian villages were destroyed. One million Kurds, of 3.5 million within the borders occupied by the Iraqi state, were internally displaced.

As part of the Arabization of Bashur (the region of Kurdistan occupied by Iraq) Saddam relocated poor Arabs into Kurdish cities using the lure of cheap public housing. 

While Bashur has gained relative autonomy since Saddam has been deposed, Kurds in Turkey and the Turkish occupied Bakur region of Kurdistan continue to face genocidal campaigns, including the use of curfews and summary executions of those found breaking curfew. 

Increasingly, the Turkish state has attacked and threatened to invade Rojava to wipe out the autonomous region there and subjugate the Kurds and other ethnic groups. 

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Cities From The Sky

1 •Dubaï, Émirats Arabes Unis.

2 • Shanghai, Chine.

3 • Mexico, Mexique.

4 • Barcelone, Espagne.

5 • Amsterdam, Pays-Bas.

6 • Venise, Italie

7 • Moscou, Russie.

8 • San Francisco, États-Unis.

9 • Paris, France.

10 • Seattle, Etats-Unis.

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Questions for hamas leaders

(Not very dear) Hamas,
you claim that you care about the palestinians.
If that’s true, why are you:

1. Encouraging the palestinians to stay at their home while the idf warns them to leave?

2. Why are you hiding in your shelters while the palestinians staying on the ground in a warzone?

3. Why are you hiding your rockets in a school or near a hospital, when you know that the rockets’ explosion hidden there would destroy the hospital as well?

4. Why aren’t you using the money you get from the world to build and develop the palestinians economy instead of buying rockets and digging tunnels for you and your rockets to hide?

5. If the palestinians are in such a great danger as you are saying, why aren’t you using atleast one of your tens of tunnels to protect the palestinians and not your rockets?

6. Why aren’t you agreeing to a cease fire with israel? And why even after only israel agrees to a cease fire in order to send the palestinians humanitary help(provided by israel) you continue to launch rockets toward the israeli citizens?

7. Why are you launching rockets toward israeli citizens instead of facing the idf face to face, on the ground, while your citizens are hiding in the shelters/tunnels and protecting themselves, as it happens in israel?
as it should be.

8. Why are you keep trying to enter israel from the sea, air and ground to harm israeli citizens, and then demanding that israel will open it’s borders and end the supervising in gaza?

9. Why are your leaders having fun outside gaza with the money donated to palestinians, while the “small people” launching rockets toward israel and therefore encouraging the idf to fight back?

9. Why are you launching rockets towrd israel, when you know that 20 percent of them are arabs, that it might and actually did hit arab cities like hebron, that it might and did destoy the electricity line in israel that provides electricity to about 700,000 gazan?

10. Why do you love death more than we love life?
Are you really talking in the name of all the palestinians?

Waiting for your answer, israeli citizen.

Gaza is not the most beautiful city.

Its shore is not bluer than the shores of Arab cities.

Its oranges are not the most beautiful in the Mediterranean basin.

Gaza is not the richest city.

It is not the most elegant or the biggest, but it equals the history of an entire homeland, because it is more ugly, impoverished, miserable, and vicious in the eyes of enemies. Because it is the most capable, among us, of disturbing the enemy’s mood and his comfort. Because it is his nightmare. Because it is mined oranges, children without a childhood, old men without old age and women without desires. Because of all this it is the most beautiful, the purest and richest among us and the one most worthy of love.

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Mahmoud Darwish, Silence for Gaza

A Poem in Fragments

Today — 15 may, marks the 67th anniversary of Nakba day, a day that leglised injustice to humanity, in which nearly 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes, during the 1948 Establishment of Israel when zionist militias burned down over 500 Palestinian villages and destroyed many Arab cities to build jewish settlements while Arabs were standing still, but we’ll return, and we won’t forget, nor forgive.