‘Resist, My People, Resist Them’ – Poem by Dareen Tatour

From the site Arabic Literature (in English), Dareen Tatour Palestinian poet was put under under house arrest in Tel Aviv charged with “incitement through social media, and now on 31st July, 2018, an Israeli court has sentenced her to a 5-month prison term.
 
Here, the poet Tariq al Haydar translates Tatour’s words into English:
 
Resist, My People, Resist Them
Resist, my people, resist them.
 
In Jerusalem, I dressed my wounds and breathed my sorrows
 
And carried the soul in my palm
 
For an Arab Palestine.
 
I will not succumb to the “peaceful solution,”
 
Never lower my flags
 
Until I evict them from my land.
 
I cast them aside for a coming time.
 
Resist, my people, resist them.
 
Resist the settler’s robbery
 
And follow the caravan of martyrs.
 
Shred the disgraceful constitution
 
Which imposed degradation and humiliation
 
And deterred us from restoring justice.
 
They burned blameless children;
 
As for Hadil, they sniped her in public,
 
Killed her in broad daylight.
 
Resist, my people, resist them.
 
Resist the colonialist’s onslaught.
 
Pay no mind to his agents among us
 
Who chain us with the peaceful illusion.
 
Do not fear doubtful tongues;
 
The truth in your heart is stronger,
 
As long as you resist in a land
 
That has lived through raids and victory.
 
So Ali called from his grave:
 
Resist, my rebellious people.
 
Write me as prose on the agarwood;
 
My remains have you as a response.
 
Resist, my people, resist them.
 
Resist, my people, resist them
 
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