|The Fanatics of Tangiers by Delacroix|
Last Sunday, the Palestinians staged a well prepared plot: to celebrate what they consider “Yawm al-nakbah” (Day of the Catastrophe), they decided to swarm into Israel, in a concerted action, to prove they are united, ready to invade and reclaim the State of Israel at their will.
Hamas and Fatah have recently signed a reconciliatory agreement in order to achieve UN recognition for independent state in September 2011 and to avoid tensions similar to those occurring in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain for instance. Will it work?
Palestinians should protest against Fatah and Hamas for not being able to serve the people instead of themselves; for not being able to stop violence and recognise the Jewish State of Israel; for not being able to ensure that Gaza borders would be considered safe enough so that the blockade would be lifted and finally commence the development of their Palestinian State. Palestinians should protest against its corrupt government to demand for schools, for hospitals, for freedom of expression, for the rights of women and for the ban of theocracy and authoritarianism.
Palestinians should turn within and think about what they need. They should shun the voices of those who pretend to be their brothers but reveal themselves to be a jealous cousin: they use their situation for their own selfish political purposes.
I am totally for the establishment of a Palestinian State; nevertheless I wonder what kind of nation it will be: a country that instead of developing itself, rather than setting a position in the financial and technological market, in lieu of developing its agriculture or even tourism (with all that sea in Gaza they could do wonders)...what does it do? It wastes time and money on focusing upon Israel and on violence – this strategy is obsolete and leads them nowhere. I also wonder about the Palestinian Anthem.
I love anthems. The Portuguese anthem lauds its past accomplishments and encourages for future ones; the Italian anthem reminds the Italian People that they are stronger united; the Israeli anthem chants the deep love and commitment for Zion and Jerusalem; the British anthem asks God to keep the Queen/King safe in order to guide and protect the People against knavish tricks; and the American anthem is a true ode to democracy and patriotism.
However the Palestinian anthem doesn’t remind people of its strength, it doesn’t encourage people to grow and develop themselves, it doesn’t call for democracy, it doesn’t evoke Divine protection and peace...no, the Palestinian National Anthem invokes revenge, violence, guns, blood, pain, destruction.
Any country’s anthem is the reflection of its spirit...
My country, my country
My country, my land, land of my ancestors
Revolutionary, my people, people of perpetuity
With my determination, my fire and the volcano of my revenge
With the longing in my blood for my land and my home
I have climbed the mountains and fought the wars
I have conquered the impossible, and crossed the frontiers
With the resolve of the winds and the fire of the guns
And the determination of my nation in the land of struggle
Palestine is my home, Palestine is my fire,
Palestine is my revenge and the land of endurance
By the oath under the shade of the flag
By my land and nation, and the fire of pain
I will live as a revolutionary, I will remain a revolutionary,
I will end as a revolutionary - until my country returns
...And if this is the spirit of Palestine, then indeed it is Al-Nakbah and may God save us all.