Monday, August 19, 2013

Segregationists ... a poem by Anne Selden Annab

Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem are seen in the background as tourists walk atop a wall surrounding Jerusalem's Old City August 2013. Photo Credit CSM: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters... Palestinians insist that a peace agreement include a 'right of return' to the villages they fled in 1948, but Israelis say there is no room for any of them in Israel.


The slave owner could not
would not see his sin...
like Israel.

The slave owner had religious texts
and popular support...
like Israel.

The slave owner had wealth
and power...
like Israel.

To friends the slave owner appeared admirable
trustworthy- intelligent- civilized- successful...
like Israel.

Abolitionists were despised
ridiculed- harassed... & ignored.

So far most Israelis can not
will not comprehend
the central part they play
inciting religious bigotry
and escalating refugee crises...

So far most Israelis can not
will not understand
how Islamists copy Israeli tactics...

So far... but hope is in our history
knowing compassion
and creativity-
and human connection.

Knowing that all refugees
retain the universal right to return
no matter what the Segregationists say.

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