Rocks For Palestine

rocks for palestine
Rocks for Palestine by Everitte Barbee

This piece, entitled ‘Rocks For Palestine’, is a poem creatively drawn out in Arabic calligraphy by Everitte Barbee, as translated below.

The stones being thrown by the Palestinian youths each say “Hob” which means ‘love’ in Arabic.

“We do not throw these rocks with hate.

We throw these rocks with love,

Love for a murdered brother,

Love for a sick grandmother without medicine,

Love for a family we cannot visit,

Love for a world we will never travel,

Love for a freedom we will never experience,

Love for an ancient people.

We throw these rocks with love for Palestine.”

- Everitte Barbee

Posted in Arab Spring, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, Nakba, Occupation

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  1. talknic says:

    When all that’s left of a once loved home is rocks, THROW ‘em!!

  2. American says:

    gawd!…”In a written statement to Reuters, COGAT – a unit within the Israeli defence ministry which administers the West Bank – said palm trees in the Jericho area had been planted illegally because they were grown on land the ownership of which was still to be established.”

    Israeli occupation of so called Area C is still illegal under international law regardless of what the Oslo accords ‘arranged’. So on land ‘whose ownership hasn’t been established’ Palestines can’t farm it but Jews can build on and Israel can act like it owns it.

    Palestinian farmers ordered to leave lands

    Israel sends written message to West Bank farmers giving them 45 days to leave lands and uproot palm trees.

    Last Modified: 29 Aug 2012 23:24

    The Palestinian Authority said the ability to cultivate the lands is a “great achievement” for West Bank farmers [AFP]

    Israeli authorities have given Palestinian farmers living in Jericho, in the occupied West Bank, an order to uproot palm trees they have grown and leave agricultural lands within 45 days.

    The orders came in the form of letters sent to the farmers in an area known as “Area C” and gave the farmers an October 7 deadline to vacate their lands.

    Shawkat Housheyeh, a farmer who received an official warning letter to uproot his palm trees told Reuters news agency that the measure threatened the livelihood of thousands of farm workers in the Jericho area.

    He called on the Palestinian Authority to fight the Israeli threat to Palestinians working on farms in the 3,000 dunams (about 741 acres) of Dier Hijlah and al-Zour.

    “I hope that the [Palestinian] Authority will announce an emergency situation because this [the orders] threatens the 2,000 to 3,000 workers who work in this area,” Housheyeh said.

    Under the terms of the 1993 Oslo Accords, parts of the West Bank are under full or partial control of the Palestinian Authority.

    “Area C” falls under full Israeli civil and military jurisdiction. It envelops settlements built since Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967.

    Walid Assaf , Palestinian minister of agriculture, recently visited Jericho and gave assurances that the Palestinian Authority would fight the Israeli authorities’ warning to farmers.

    “This is a great achievement for the Palestinian farmers in the (Jordan) Valley area as it was a barren land transferred to farms,” Assaf said.

    “We should build on this achievement and we will never allow it to be destroyed,” Assaf said.

    In a written statement to Reuters, COGAT – a unit within the Israeli defence ministry which administers the West Bank – said palm trees in the Jericho area had been planted illegally because they were grown on land the ownership of which was still to be established.

    COGAT stated that farmers on these lands were illegally drilling wells and syphoning off water from Israeli hoses”.

  3. just says:

    Wow. What gorgeous calligraphy and artistry!

    You have an impressive gift, Everitte Barbee.

  4. Hamishe_Sabz says:

    more like rock…..ets for palestine.