Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Silence


The day will come, when you will beg for my forgiveness.

I, the child blamed, the one innocent of your crimes,

I, the father whose land was forcefully occupied,

I, the mother whose home was cowardly demolished,

I, the colonized, the oppressed, the evicted,

I, the persecuted, the starved, the forgotten,

I, the imprisoned, the tortured, the assassinated,

I, the Palestinian, will stand forever tall, and

we will never forgive your silence.


Lilas Taha is a novelist, winner of the 2017 International Book Awards and is the author of Shadows of Damascus and Bitter Almonds.

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