How to destroy a people
First of all,
teach your own children,
with their mothers milk,
with the songs that you sing
to them at night;
that they are entitled;
that the land has always
Over and over again;
until the other people who
share this land
are made almost invisible:
so that they become mere shadows
to be brushed out of the way
of your sun.
Don’t show your children the maps
that indicate that other land,
subsumed, gradually vanishing
from year to year.
Justify what you do,
with the profound suffering
your people endured,
allow that to blind and deafen you to
the suffering of others,
erect a wall that squats on their land,
that hides them from you.
Break up their days
with constant stop checks,
long corridors of iron fences,
like cattle grids.
Plant look out towers
in market places,
man them with snipers
who view everyone below
even small children, old women, mothers.
Trap them in a small corridor of land,
deny them access to their water sources,
tell your selves that you’re entitled
to all of their resources.
Destroy the olive groves,
the choice of their own leaders;
build up an army that leeches
upon the hearts of all your men;
create over and over again
an enemy to throw your fears upon.
Then, when your enemies young men,
break out of the anguish that defines their days,
unleash your armies, send your obliterating bombs,
into the schools, the hospitals, the playgrounds.
And lastly, allow yourselves to weep
and send up prayers
for the maimed and murdered children
that lie beside their lifeless mothers,
traumatized and dazed.
Israel; would you rather bring down the world,
than face up to the reality
of what you are doing to your own humanity?
Ingrid Andrew (HeartsSong)
A brave Israeli speaks out …..