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Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Jew to Zionist Fighters


What do you actually
want?
Do you really want to
outdo
those who trod you
down
a generation ago
into your own blood
and into your own
excrement
Do you want to pass on
the old torture
to others now
in all its bloody and
dirty detail
with all the brutal
delight of torturers
as suffered by your
fathers?
Do you really want to
be the new Gestapo
the new Wehrmacht
the new SA and SS
and turn the
Palestinians
into the new Jews?
Well then I too want,
having fifty years ago
myself been tormented
for being a Jew boy
by your tormentors,
to be a new Jew with
these new Jews
you are making of the
Palestinians
And I want to help lead
them as a free people
into their own land of
Palestine
from whence you have
driven them or in which
you apprentices of the
Swastika
you fools and
changelings of history
whose Star of David on
your flags
turns every quicker
into that damned
symbol with its four
feet
that you just do not
want to see
but whose path you are
following today

         1988

         Erich Fried



2 comments :

  1. It's still winter here and will be for another month, and I will wear my red and white Palestinian scarf with pride ... for warmth ... and to remind me every day of the possibility of peace ...

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  2. Unfortunately, 25 years after this poem was published, there is still no peace there. Mankind, one has to doubt you.

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