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they use
Palestine
for target practice

the arms dealers
and the twin
empires

they prepare
us for their atrocities
with coded
words and bland
assurances

100 snipers
train their bullets
again(st)
2 million pinned
in an occupied
hell hole

the massacre
of children is
necessary
they say

the prisoners
would not
be calm

and with this twist
of a lie
they erase
decades erase
years erase
months and days
of persistent
crushing

the very people
who should know better
don’t

we carry our holocaust
with such determination
and yet

how easily we forget
we were the prisoners
not so long ago

we claim warsaw
we claim uprising

and now, now,
now

we have become
our own
miserable nightmare

experimenting the
latest weaponry
of war
on fenced in
old men, pregnant
women, toddlers

mutilating
the humanity of our
neighbor and
our own

as we arm
the world
and fill beyond
overflowing the pockets
and prayers
of predators

Tema Okun
About Tema Okun

Tema Okun is a long time activist, teacher, writer, and artist. Like many Jews, she worries. She worries mostly that g-d is crying.

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  1. Stephen Shenfield
    Stephen Shenfield
    April 4, 2018, 1:47 pm

    I don’t understand why God would cry. If He (She?) is upset about something then let Him get up off His backside and put it right. He is all-powerful, after all. It is only we mortals who need to cry when we feel especially powerless.

  2. Citizen
    Citizen
    April 5, 2018, 7:38 am

    MSNBC Morning Joe, this morning, dissing Trump for abandoning Syria to Iran, Russia, ISIS; he acknowledges we don’t want to be the world’s policeman as we’ve been in Iraq, Afghanistan–not a word about neocons or Israel. Nothing about #Gaza turkey shoot of non -violent occupation protesters….

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