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Ceasefire comes to a close — Mohammed Assaf’s ‘Raise Your Head High’

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Mohammed Assaf released his latest single at the beginning of Israel’s recent slaughter in Gaza. The song and prophetic lyrics have accompanied Palestinians, and many of us all over the world, through darkness and unspeakable horror this last month. As another ceasefire comes to a close, and Palestinians in Gaza brave on with unfathomable courage, Raise Your Head High:

Lift your head high

It is your weapon

The origin of dignity is humanity

The son of the free land of sun

Your son Gaza will not be disgraced

 

Gaza is calling

But who’s to hear

Gaza calls With the might of those hands

Throw your enemy with stones

And you’ll stand in the face of death

 

We have all the rights

We are all for it

The day the right is regained

We shall sacrifice for its soil

 

Take my blood and give me freedom

My land is from river to sea

O Gaza present your men

Each one equals a hundred

 

No matter how intense injustice has come

We will protect the land

It’s either victory or martyrdom

The men of this land said

 

O soil of beloved forgotten land

With precious blood precious you’re irrigated

My Land sing your hymn

Stand strong be ready for freedom

 

Lift your head high

It is your weapon

The origin of dignity is humanity

The son of the free land of sun

Your son Gaza will not be disgraced

annie
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Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. jon s
    jon s
    August 19, 2014, 2:41 pm

    The ceasefire “comes to a close”? A very gentle way to put it… How about: ‘Hamas decided to break the ceasefire- like they broke the previous ones- and resume the bloodshed and bring more misery’.

    • annie
      annie
      August 19, 2014, 4:51 pm

      jon, i just thought i would mention i finalized (rewrote, again) this text yesterday. it was a no brainer the ceasefire would end and it’s completely irrelevant who shot first or who broke first. israel is refusing to free palestinians, ever. so what do palestinians have to live for? empty promises about what the benevolent occupiers will allow between sessions of mowing the lawn? talk about misery! grow up, this is not over

      oh, and please take it to another thread. this ones not for you.

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        August 19, 2014, 4:56 pm

        Good point Annie, perhaps Hamas knows that whether they shoot rockets or not, they are not going to get the blockade lifted nor the occupation ended. It is damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.
        If I had to live that way, and my family was just killed, I would keep sending rockets too.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        August 19, 2014, 4:58 pm

        “knows that whether they shoot rockets or not, they are not going to get the blockade lifted nor the occupation ended. It is damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.”

        Israel is Buffalo bill . Gaza rubs the lotion on the skin or it gets the hose again

        Gaza is tired of Buffalo Israel.

      • just
        just
        August 19, 2014, 5:03 pm

        That about sizes it up, seafoid.

      • annie
        annie
        August 19, 2014, 5:08 pm

        you’re a genius seafoid! at 1:42 when buffalo israel starts screaming and imitating her, sounds like the hasbrats. but she doesn’t remind me of palestinians who have so much dignity.

      • jon s
        jon s
        August 20, 2014, 4:18 am

        Annie,
        It’s “irrelevant” who broke the ceasefire? Really? So when you reach an agreement – it’s “irrelevant” whether you honor it or violate it? If that’s the case – what’s the point of negotiating any kind of agreement with Hamas?

      • annie
        annie
        August 20, 2014, 4:27 am

        So when you reach an agreement – it’s “irrelevant” whether you honor it or violate it?

        they didn’t reach an agreement jon, that’s the whole point. or didn’t you hear? http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/knight-in-shining-armor.html

        unsurprisingly you’re missing from that thread. why here jon? why this thread?

        If that’s the case – what’s the point of negotiating any kind of agreement with Hamas?

        you mean like israel rearresting hundreds of people from the shalit prisoner trade, for political gain because netanyahu’s political opponents were calling it the worst failure in his political career????

        seriously jon, israel lies with impunity, constantly. and is famous for breaking ceasefires. your hypocrisy doesn’t intimidate me, it makes me cackle.

      • jon s
        jon s
        August 20, 2014, 7:18 am

        There was an agreement on a ceasefire until midnight last night.
        They resumed rocket fire from Gaza around 4 pm, in violation of the ceasefire.

        Sorry I can’t be on every thread on this forum, I can’t inhabit MW 24/7.

        I’m not happy with rearresting those prisoners from the Shalit deal. As far as I know some of them have been charged with violating the conditions of their release.

        As to hypocricy : how about people who supposedly care about human rights- and support Hamas?

      • annie
        annie
        August 20, 2014, 8:50 pm

        jon, you being not ‘happy’ with israel going back on the trade/deal, in terms of what it says about their integrity, is irrelevant and worthless.

        and israel claiming hamas broke the ceasefire means very little because, unlike hamas, israel lies all the time. so i have no certainty who broke the ceasefire anyway. but it’s not really that important jon and here why. hamas presented their proposal to israel thru egypt and israel didn’t even respond to it. the ceasefire was set to expire anyway. so this is not some huge walkback even if hamas broke it, which i doubt they did.

        whereas, the shalit deal was a deal that was negotiated for YEARS and YEARS. there’s a huge difference between a few hours of a soon to be expired ceasefire, one everyone knows israel will not agree to any of the palestinian conditions anyway and had already been extended, and a few hundred lives being imprisoned kidnapped and imprisoned.

        As far as I know some of them have been charged with violating the conditions of their release.

        jon, you do not get it. it’s completely irrelevant if they did or did not because unlike israelis, they have no rights. israel doesn’t need a reason to pick them up. it’s a sadistic relationship where israel can do whatever it wants and come up w/any excuse they want and lie thru their teeth to justify it. so “as far as you know” means diddly-squat. hypocrisy jon, blatant hypocrisy.

        how about people who supposedly care about human rights- and support Hamas?

        why don’t you list, point by point, which one of hamas conditions for a ceasefire you object to: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/report-israel-conditions.html

        i’m not in a position to tell palestinians how best to protect themselves from a powerful terrorist state. that’s kind of over my head. but thus far everything i have read, including this today: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/despite-supports-resistance.html indicates palestinians do not support an end to the ceasefire that doesn’t lift the blockade. israel stated this with their pogrom. weeks of terror imposed on a civilian society. millions of people impacted. and you want to talk about hamas? what a diversion jon. this is not about hamas, this is about the palestinian people. that’s who israel is killing, and that’s who wants the blockade ended. this is decades of oppression, way before hamas entered the picture. i support the palestinian people.

        and you support buffalo bill up there. if a million babies were butchered you’d still be supporting the sadistic death and destruction metered out by the israeli military and be yammering on in the comment section about hamas. it’s just a diversion as far as i am concerned. hamas are not the ones out butchering children. contrary to the lying garbage cranked out by the israeli government and all their lap dogs, hamas wasn’t digging tunnels to kindergartens and was abducting soldiers.

        and that cowardly army you support attacks with overwhelming firepower, slaughters unarmed fleeing innocents with sharpshooters and unarmed drones and does everything in it’s power not even face hamas militants.

        and lastly, there is not a contradiction in supporting human rights and supporting palestinian resistance, no justice/no peace http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/justice-peace-ferguson.html

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        August 20, 2014, 7:08 am

        What’s the point of negotiating any kind of agreement with Israel? Israel broke the truce leading to OP Cast Lead, and it broke the prisoner release aspect of the truce, leading to OP Protective Edge. Israel has a long history of not doing as it promised.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      August 19, 2014, 5:04 pm

      “Hamas decided to break the ceasefire- like they broke the previous ones- and resume the bloodshed and bring more misery’.”

      how about Israel runs the system and in the system the Gazans are Untermenschen. The best deal on offer is a siege with the complete breakdown of the conditions that make living in Gaza possible by 2020. All so people like you can say you live in a Jewish state.
      Your lovely standard of living is only possible because of what the conscripts do to Gaza.

    • adele
      adele
      August 19, 2014, 5:47 pm

      It must really eat away at you, JonS, that so many people around the world stand in solidarity with Palestinians.

      For years your leaders have been telling the world that Israel is the only democracy, the “villa in the jungle”, the “civilized” ones……and yet, and yet, no one is really buying it, it doesn’t make any difference in how the majority view Israel and its criminal state-sponsored slaughter.

      Does it bother you that you have to buy the politicians for them to stand on your side? Kind of makes their words meaningless no? Whereas we stand with the Palestinians out of our humane convictions and no one has given us a penny.

      It must be the bane of your existence that after all the zionist propaganda that has been spewed forth we still view Palestinians as human beings, and that the world is even more solidly and strongly behind them in attaining their rights. After all these years of dehumanizing, imprisoning, occupying, killing, demolishing, besieging, starving, humiliating and oppressing the Palestinians you still haven’t defeated them.

      Do you go to sleep wondering “where have we gone wrong?”

      • jon s
        jon s
        August 20, 2014, 7:26 am

        Adele,

        I happen to support Palestinian rights, including the right to a Palestinian state, in the context of two states. I think of myself as a sincere friend of the Palestinian people, and I’ve certainly never dehumanized them. I do make a distinction between the people and the Hamas terrorists.

      • Chu
        Chu
        August 20, 2014, 10:25 am

        How many Palestinian friends do you actually have, Jon? By your blase attitude toward them, I think they would be better without your ‘imagined’ friendship. Maybe someone who is Palestinian or pro-Palestinian on this blog will defend you, but it’s doubtful, since you’re an apologist for Israel.

      • Donald
        Donald
        August 21, 2014, 8:58 am

        “I think of myself as a sincere friend of the Palestinian people, and I’ve certainly never dehumanized them”

        You’re not a sincere friend–you put all the blame for the killing of civilians on Hamas, which means you justify Israeli killing of Palestinians. What you are is a classic shooting and crying type. You want to think well of yourself and your ideology, so you look for every excuse to explain away the worst crimes of your own side.

        The blog had a commenter like you a few years ago who professed peace and love and friendship, but could always be counted on to rationalize away Israeli war crimes in exactly the same manner you do. At first one thinks that maybe the person just hasn’t thought things through, but eventually it becomes clear what’s going on. The “shooters and criers” are as hard to reach as members of the Israeli right. Maybe more so.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        August 21, 2014, 9:09 am

        Anyone with friendly, or even objective, attitudes to Palestinians would say, for a start, that they have rights equal to anyone’s and deserve to be fully enfranchised citizens of a fully sovereign state with frontiers determined by a normal procedure.

      • Sibiriak
        Sibiriak
        August 21, 2014, 10:25 am

        MHughes976:

        Anyone with friendly, or even objective, attitudes to Palestinians would say, for a start, that they have rights equal to anyone’s and deserve to be fully enfranchised citizens of a fully sovereign state with frontiers determined by a normal procedure.

        Hence the enduring relevance of a two-state solution, despite Israel’s relentless expansionism.

      • eljay
        eljay
        August 21, 2014, 9:17 am

        I consider myself a sincere friend of rape victims, and while I don’t think that…
        – they should be liberated and permitted to return to their homes; or
        – their captors – who are simply exercising their gawd-given right to carnal self-determination – should be held accountable for their crimes,
        …I’ve certainly never dehumanized them.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        August 21, 2014, 11:15 am

        I’d think that there will, in spite of everything, be 2 states one day, the vital question being on what terms. If both are genuinely sovereign – with control of borders, right to raise armies and form alliances, free trade and economic cooperation – then they will move gradually towards unification. If one is wholly subservient, so that bits of it can – as excuses arise, as settler population becomes available, as western countries submit to pressure to pay the cost – be bitten off then the Zionist principle, that non-Jewish people have no right to be there in the Jewish ancestral homeland – will slowly but surely be put into effect.
        The importance of full sovereignty as a Palestinian right is high. That’s why Clinton took care, as I remember, to say recently that it was ‘damn right’ – demotic tone adding sincerity – that they shouldn’t ever get it.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 21, 2014, 12:13 pm

        “Anyone with friendly, or even objective, attitudes to Palestinians would say, for a start, that they have rights equal to anyone’s and deserve to be fully enfranchised citizens of a fully sovereign state with frontiers determined by a normal procedure.”

        That does not imply a right to a Palestinian state, but certainly a state in Palestine. I prefer the one state solution on the grounds that the two state solution rewards the injustice of the Zionists, but I also think the two state solution, with full sovereignty for the Palestinian state, would be better than the current position. (Especially so if it is a step towards a single state.)

        Of course, I, being the butterfly upon the road, have the luxury of sitting back and pontificating about concepts of justice in a matter in which I have no real stake. The Palestinians are not so fortunate, so their decisions may well be more pragmatic.

      • adele
        adele
        August 21, 2014, 11:56 am

        do Palestinians a favor Jon and stop being their “friend”. The Palestinian people have millions of supporters around the world, so they don’t need your kind of duplicitous friendship. Is that clear?

        Lastly, DON’T ever again use the noun “friend” to describe your relationship to Palestinians. You are the occupier/supporter of occupation/settler-colonialist/supporter of settler-colonialist ideology. DON’T use Palestinians as a plot device to make a false claim that in no shape/way or form helps the Palestinian cause.

        For your benefit I am posting the definition of FRIEND. Memorize it.

        friend noun \ˈfrend\
        : a person who you like and enjoy being with
        : a person who helps or supports someone or something (such as a cause or charity)
        : one attached to another by affection or esteem
        : one that is not hostile

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      August 19, 2014, 8:50 pm

      Time Line sequential context resulting in current #Gaza Crisis–What US main media & congress do not tell the public: http://www.rosalux.de/fileadmin/rls_uploads/pdfs/sonst_publikationen/The_Long_Road_to_Gaza.pdf

      • jon s
        jon s
        August 21, 2014, 10:49 am

        Chu, I don’t see what’s the point of your question about my personal friendships. I wouldn’t ask anyone “how many Jewish friends do you have?”

        Donald, I try to see things honestly and fairly. I certainly don’t subscribe to the view, prevalent on this blog, that Israel is totally evil, the Palestinians are always innocent lambs. I think that I’ve been around long enough to recognize the face of evil when I see it. For example we now see these IS people rampaging through Syria and Iraq, committing unspeakable atrocities, so we recognize evil . And we see it in Hamas: not only in their genocidal charter and their terrorism towards us, but in their cynical use of their own people . So, yes , blame for the civilian casualties lies primarily with Hamas.
        I assume you’re referring to Richard Witty. It was a sad day when he was banned here.

        MHughes976, I agree. As you may know, I support a Palestinian state, in the context of the two state solution.

      • eljay
        eljay
        August 21, 2014, 11:05 am

        >> jon s: … I think that I’ve been around long enough to recognize the face of evil when I see it. For example we now see these IS people … so we recognize evil . And we see it in Hamas …

        And with his inability to once again not see it in Zio-supremacism and the acts of injustice and immorality that Zio-supremacists and the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel have been committing for over 60 years, jon s validates Donald’s earlier comment.

        Well done.

      • Chu
        Chu
        August 21, 2014, 12:52 pm

        Jon s: “Chu, I don’t see what’s the point of your question about my personal friendships. I wouldn’t ask anyone “how many Jewish friends do you have?”

        .I’ll take that as you have NO Palestinians friends.

        (And why not address me directly, stop posting your comments to another person. Nice way to duck an answer.)

    • talknic
      talknic
      August 19, 2014, 9:54 pm

      @ jon s “How about: ‘Hamas decided to break the ceasefire”

      Uh? Israeli sniper slaughters non-Jew searching for family DURING ceasefire!!!

      https://www.google.com.au/search?q=sniper%20kills%20Palestinian%20searching%20for%20family

    • Susie Kneedler
      Susie Kneedler
      August 19, 2014, 11:00 pm

      Thanks, Annie, for bringing us Mohammed Assaf again on this day of pain: “The origin of dignity is humanity!” Thank you, Mr. Assaf.

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      August 20, 2014, 1:29 am

      Why don’t you find yourself another wall to piss on?

    • Justpassingby
      Justpassingby
      August 20, 2014, 5:13 am

      jon s

      Hamas has denied that, israel broke it again it seems.

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      August 20, 2014, 6:53 am

      How about: ‘Hamas decided to break the ceasefire

      How about you provide evidence Hamas fired those rockets?

  2. CloakAndDagger
    CloakAndDagger
    August 19, 2014, 3:37 pm

    Powerful and inspiring.

  3. Eva Smagacz
    Eva Smagacz
    August 19, 2014, 3:41 pm

    Can’t listen without crying – reminds me of resistance songs of Occupied Poland

  4. Pixel
    Pixel
    August 19, 2014, 3:59 pm

    .
    Thanks for this, Annie!

    …the BEST!

  5. just
    just
    August 19, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Thanks for bringing this to the front page, Annie.

    I’ve listened to it daily (sometimes more than once) since the slaughter began. It’s really good for a cry and to stiffen one’s backbone in the face of Israel’s disregard for human life and nurtured depravity.

    It’s also great for remembering just how resilient and strong the Palestinians are.

    • annie
      annie
      August 19, 2014, 4:38 pm

      many times over the last month i’ve listened to it on robo, over and over and over at night at the end of a long day (while scrolling and updating this which brings me tons of inspiration. and this song was added to that post last month, so i listen as i am scrolling).

      i first drafted this song weeks ago when someone posted it here in comments (thank you whoever that was!). it’s so inspiring, but i wanted to wait until it seemed … like the right time. of course i knew then, as anyone paying attention would know, palestinians are not about to agree to any ceasefire without a lifting of the siege in a significant way..and israel as usual is unwilling to give one inch on their colonial privileges and suffocating occupation.

      so, i anticipate this will go on for awhile. and this just seemed like the right time instead of holding onto it longer and longer. what courage palestinians have. and this song, it really defines this time like no other. for me anyway.

      and thank you everyone (except for jon w/his spoiler top comment)!

      and a huge thanks to mohammed assaf, and all palestinian people.

      • just
        just
        August 19, 2014, 4:49 pm

        I was remiss– many thanks for posting his powerful words, Annie.

      • annie
        annie
        August 19, 2014, 5:15 pm

        remiss? in what way?

      • just
        just
        August 19, 2014, 5:34 pm

        I wish I had made mention of the translated lyrics that you included. Powerful and important that people all over can read them.

        thank you !

      • annie
        annie
        August 19, 2014, 5:46 pm

        just, i completely love that the video has subtitles for the lyrics. i have been mentioning to our friend enass, who has some contacts with assaf people..about the need for subtitles since ..like forever! so i completely flipped out when i saw this video for that reason too. and it made transcribing from the video really easy. much easier asking (and hoping) someone will take the time to translate for us. i hope all his music videos have subtitles from now on, and someone should add them to all his performance videos from arab idol. and of course ya halali ya mali, i love that song too.

        which reminds me, i should have included the lyricists name in the draft.

  6. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius
    August 19, 2014, 4:40 pm

    If you happen to be in London in November, Assaf will be playing in a concert to raise money for the wonderfull charity, Medical Aid for Palestinians:

    https://www.facebook.com/MedicalAidforPalestinians/photos/a.162837875582.125923.20665390582/10152240565955583/?type=1&theater

    • Susan A
      Susan A
      August 19, 2014, 10:48 pm

      Thank you so much Maximus! (And of course Annie, though that should go without saying!) I’ve been waiting for him to come for so long. Funnily enough, I went to a MAP benefit concert only on Saturday, and though my lovely friend Kareem was playing amongst other, excellent, musicians and poets, including some superb Palestinian performers, nothing compares to Assaf! Let’s hope there’s been substantial changes on the ground, including from within the Israeli regime by then: we have to live in hope. I think it was you, Maximus, who gave Annie the link to this song……:)

  7. Palikari
    Palikari
    August 19, 2014, 7:40 pm

    Annie, do you support Hamas and other Islamic terrorist groups?

    • annie
      annie
      August 19, 2014, 8:47 pm

      palikari, do you support all terrorist states or just jewish terrorism? do you support genocide in general, or just israel’s genociding of palestinians.

      and speaking of genocidal cowards, what did you think of the cowardly terrorist supervisor’s orders to execute Salem Shamaly? did you watch the video? did you get off watching him cry for help and die?

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      August 19, 2014, 8:58 pm

      @ Palikari
      Do you support Israel and other terrorist organizations? I see by your flag that you do.

    • CloakAndDagger
      CloakAndDagger
      August 19, 2014, 9:39 pm

      @ Palikari

      Have you recently stopped beating your wife? You truly are a mental midget.

  8. Citizen
    Citizen
    August 19, 2014, 9:06 pm

    Song for the Gaza resistance fighters: Hallelujah Hallelujah
    The knights are coming to town
    Who is the one leading them? that’s my lover
    Bullets flying high (shot in celebration)
    Hallelujah to the guests, old and young
    Glory remains whatever happens
    [Glory] surrounding (the town) all around
    Oh town, more precious than my soul
    The precious shall never cheapen
    Hallelujah to the knights
    With hearts full of belief
    Let the sand (stirred by the horses) blow
    Let the gravel scatter
    With a four coloured flag
    Hoisted on the sun

    • annie
      annie
      August 19, 2014, 9:35 pm

      where did you find the lyrics citizen?

      • Susan A
        Susan A
        August 19, 2014, 10:56 pm

        Yeah, it’s great to have the lyrics Annie! I think I’ll have to ask Teymor if we can get lyrics on all his videos, or at least the future ones. As for ‘Raise Your Head High’, I too have been playing it constantly since I saw the link here on Mondo and when I’m not playing it, it’s going round and round in my head. Yah, Assaf!

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        August 20, 2014, 7:11 am

        @ Annie Robbins
        It’s a rough translation done by one of the Arab commenters beneath the video on YouTube.

    • just
      just
      August 20, 2014, 8:12 am

      Many thanks, Citizen.

  9. Susan A
    Susan A
    August 19, 2014, 11:10 pm

    PS. I think it’s SON of the free land of sun because I believe that ‘ibn’ means ‘son’. He’s singing to the sons of the land. Also, ‘shams’ = ‘sun’, which is probably where our words ‘shine’ and ‘shimmer’ come from: just surmising! I’m sure some knowledgeable person will soon correct me here if I’m wrong; my Arabic is, after all, limited to about twenty words, but with the help of Assaf it’s slowly improving!

    • annie
      annie
      August 20, 2014, 5:48 am

      susan, enass mentioned to me on twitter some of the translation was off so maybe that is what she meant. we will know soon enough hopefully. thank you!

      • Walid
        Walid
        August 20, 2014, 7:21 am

        From a great site that does full translations; it also has the phonetic script at the end of the link for those that would want to sing along with Assaf:

        http://www.singingpalestine.com/textes/Ya%20halali%20ya%20mali%20en.pdf

        Ya halali Ya mali – Oh Dear, Oh Dear – مالي يا حاللي يا
        Lyrics and Music: Folk song
        Translation, phonetic script: Transnet, [email protected]
        To understand better the meaning of this poetic and colorful song, here you are
        an « interpretation-explanation » of the lyrics, more than a real translation.
        Lyrics: Arabic – phonetic script – translation
        Intro:
        غىً ع انثداوٌة رّدوا حالنً ٌا مانً
        Ghani A’lbadawi, roudou hhalali ia mali
        Sing Al- Badawieh and repeat after me Oh Dear, Oh Dear
        Chorus:
        ٌا حالنً ٌا مانً
        Ya hhalali ya mali
        Oh Dear, Oh Dear
        ٌا حالنً ٌا مانً
        Ya hhalali ya mali
        Oh Dear, Oh Dear
        Part 1(a):
        ٌا حادي ٌا حادٌىا جر األوف تىادٌىا
        Ia hhadi ia hhadinaf jour il ouf biwadina
        The one who is coming towards us, brought the OUF (name of a rhythm) into our valley
        روة صىجك جحٍٍىا وغمحها تحشفً انعٍان
        Ranit sawtak tehhinè naghmitha btishfi lha’ian
        Your voice (the voice of the guest) makes us alive, it rhythms cure the patient
        Chorus

        Part 1(b):
        نهساٌر مفحىح انثاب وتانثٍث انحمىا األحثاب
        Lèl zair maftouhh èlbab ou bil bèit iltamou l èhhbab
        The door is open for the guest, all beloved gathered there
        وانثه تمهثاجى طاغً
        Ou ilboun ibmihibajou taghi
        The pitcher of coffee is ready

        واالٌد جهس انفىجان
        Ou il id tèhèz ilfinjan
        And the hand shaking the coffee cup
        (Which means no more coffee)
        Chorus
        Part 2 (a):
        وأهال تانهً زارووا
        Ou ahhlan bili zarouna
        Most welcome for those who has visited us
        أهال تانهً زارووا
        Ahhlan bili zarouna
        Most welcome for those who has visited us
        وجٍحىوا وشرفحىوا
        Ou jitouna ou sharaftouna
        It was our honor to meet you
        اأهال تانهً زارووا
        Ahhlan bili zarona
        Most welcome for those who has visited us
        هً وىرجىا ساحة اندار
        Hai nouwartou sahhat ouldar
        You lightened our yard
        أهال تانهً زارووا
        Ahhlan bili zarona
        Most welcome for those who has visited us
        تهانطهة فرححىوا
        Bhaltalih farahhtouna
        You made us happy when you showed up
        أهال تانهً زارووا
        Ahlan bili zarona
        Most welcome for those who has visited us

        Part 3:
        تٍىت انجىد مراتظ خٍم
        Biout iljoud imrabout khèil
        Houses of generous is the shelter of horse riders

        ونهضٍفان وهار ونٍم
        Ou ldèifainhar ou lèil
        For guests day and night
        وٌحكىا وجىادي انهٍم
        Ou ihhkou itnadi lhèil
        Talking and drinking coffee
        جعسو عانقاصً وانداوً
        Tè’zim ‘alqasi ou ildani
        Inviting friends and strangers
        Chorus
        Part 2 (b):
        وهاي دار انعس واحىا رجانها
        Ou hai dar il’èz ou ihhna rjalha
        We are the men of this richly house
        وهاي دار انعس واحىا رجانها
        Ou hai dar il’èz ou ihhna rjalha
        We are the men of this richly house
        دار انشهامة وانكرو وسالنها
        Dar il shahèmih ou ilkaram ou slalha
        House of chivalry and generosity
        وهاي دار انعس واحىا رجانها
        Ou hai dar il’èz ou ihhna rjalha
        We are the men of this richly house
        تىجه انعدا ما تحىحىً أتظانها
        (Bi) wij il’ada ma btinhhani abtalha
        Its heroes never bend to their enemies
        وهاي دار انعس واحىا رجانها
        Ou hai dar il’èz ou ihhna rjalha
        We are the men of this richly house

        Part 1 (c):
        كرامحىا تىحدجىا
        Karamitna b wahhditna
        Our unity is in our dignity
        أي نما مىجمع كهمحىا
        Ai lama minjma’ kilmitna
        When we unit our words
        وعسوجىا تعروتحىا
        Ou ‘izwitna be’ouroubitna
        Our back (our strength) is our Arabic culture
        هٍك مىصىن األوطان
        Hèik minsoun il’awtan
        That’s how we protect our home land
        Chorus
        Part 2 (c):
        (Explanation of this part: In the past the Arabs especially the Bedouin used to be proud of the knights
        so they ask the knights to show their strength and talent in front of the guests)
        وعانمٍدان عانمٍدان، ٌا خٍال عانمٍان
        Ou A’lmidan, A’lmidan ia khial a’midan
        All horse riders to the battleground
        عانمٍدان عانمٍدان، ٌا خٍال عانمٍدان
        A’lmidan, A’lmidan ia khial a’midan
        All horse riders to the battleground
        سٍىفىا وخٍهىا جحدت كم انفرسان
        Sioufina ou khèlina thhadatou k l il foursan
        Our swords and horses challenged all musketeers
        عانمٍدان عانمٍدان، ٌا خٍال عانمٍدان
        A’lmidan, A’lmidan ia khial a’midan
        All horse riders to the battleground
        دٌاروا نهكرو وانشهامة عىىان
        Diarina ililkaram ou ilshahamih ‘inouwan
        Our home land is an address for chivalry and generosity
        عانمٍدان عانمٍدان، ٌا خٍال عانمٍدان
        A’lmidan, A’lmidan ia khial a’midan
        All horse riders to the battleground

        وما ٌىهان عىا انضٍف وعىا انضٍف ما ٌىهان
        Ou ma binhan ‘ana deif ou ‘ana deif ma inhèn
        We never humiliate our guests, We never humiliate our guests
        عانمٍدان عانمٍدان، ٌا خٍال عانمٍدان
        A’lmidan, A’lmidan ia khial a’midan
        All horse riders to the battleground
        Part 4:
        عهى رجال انحمى ردوا حاالنً ٌا مانً
        a’l jal ilhima redou hhalali ia mali
        Say oh my dear to our men
        ٌا حالنً ٌا مانً
        Ya hhalali ya mali
        Oh Dear, Oh Dear
        وٌا حالنً ٌا مانً
        Ou ya hhalali ya mali
        Oh Dear, Oh Dear
        كم انحثاٌة عىدوا ٌا مرحثا تانغىانً
        Koul ilhhabaib ‘andina ia marhhaba bilghaoulali
        All beloveds in our home so you are welcome precious people
        ٌا حالنً ٌا مانً
        Ya hhalali ya mali
        Oh Dear, Oh Dear
        وٌا حالنً ٌا مانً
        Ou ya hhalali ya mali
        Oh Dear, Oh Dear
        حالنً ٌا مانً حالنً ٌا مانً
        hhalali Ya mali ،hhalali ya mali
        Oh my dear, oh my dear
        حالنً ٌا مانً حالنً ٌا مانً
        hhalali ya mali ،hhalali ya mali
        Oh my dear, oh my dear
        Chorus

      • just
        just
        August 20, 2014, 8:14 am

        Super! huge thanks, Walid.

      • Walid
        Walid
        August 20, 2014, 10:20 am

        There are a few minor but insignificant errors in the translation that don’t change the overall meaning of the song such as “our unity is in our dignity”, that should have been “our dignity is in our unity” and other minor glitches.

  10. just
    just
    August 20, 2014, 12:07 am

    GrandBumblebye told of an interview with Mads Gilbert on BBC’s Hardtalk the other day– all I could get was a clip until I found this youtube. The interview is well worth your time, imho. He is steady, thoroughly committed and spot-on!

  11. Citizen
    Citizen
    August 20, 2014, 7:44 am

    Gilbert concludes with the observation that, most essentially, if might makes right, that’s the end of the international law and order as it has been erected since WW2. I add, Goering at Nuremberg said it was as easy to dupe any democratic electorate by peddling fear–one doesn’t need a straight fascist government to accomplish that task of tyrants. Goering’s key to success was “Might makes Right.” He was directly speaking about contemporary US-Israel strategy, as it applied to the patients he was treating in Gaza.

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