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‘Bella Ciao’: Gaza activists use famous anti-fascist song to celebrate Great March of Return

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As part of the Great March of Return activities in besieged Gaza, a group of human rights and right of return activists have released a video, titled “Bella Ciao,” using the famous anti-fascist Italian song set against images from the current March of Return in Gaza against Israel’s long reign of colonialism and apartheid. The images include those of Razan Najjar, the paramedic from Khan Yunus, who was brutally killed by an Israeli sniper, and Wesal Skeikh Khalil, from Bureij

Ahmed Abu Rtema, one the organizers of the March, stated that “art has always played a major role in enhancing the spirit of resistance in countries suffering from apartheid and colonialism.  Palestine is no exception.”

Haidar Eid, a participant in the march and a BDS activist, said that “our anti-colonial and anti-apartheid struggle has learned lessons from other anti-fascist struggles. This is why we chose “Bella Ciao,” to express and emphasize our denied humanity, and emphasize the power of culture in confronting the culture of power.”

Haidar Eid

Haidar Eid is Associate Professor of Postcolonial and Postmodern Literature at Gaza's al-Aqsa University. He has written widely on the Arab-Israeli conflict, including articles published at Znet, Electronic Intifada, Palestine Chronicle, and Open Democracy. He has published papers on cultural Studies and literature in a number of journals, including Nebula, Journal of American Studies in Turkey, Cultural Logic, and the Journal of Comparative Literature.

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  1. echinococcus on July 5, 2018, 8:43 pm

    Thank you, Haidar Eid. I remember listening to it as a small kid sitting at a corner of the big dining tables in various houses, sung by people who had been fighting only a couple years ago, to remember and honor most of their friends, lost to the Nazi.
    This way of connecting to tradition is the right one. It makes the short clip incredibly moving. Congratulations also to whoever did the Arabic translation –my knowledge is defective but enough to know a creative remake.

  2. sawah on July 6, 2018, 2:13 pm

    The Italian activist Vittorio Arigonni sang this song frequently on our boat trip to Gaza in 2008 and later to/with Gazans before he was murdered in Gaza in 2010.

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