That Slap In The Face

  That Slap In The Face

16-year-old Ahed Tamimi (turned 17 on Jan. 31) was arrested on Dec. 19, 2017 after she slapped an Israeli soldier during a pre-dawn army raid at her home in a West Bank village.  A day earlier, her 15-year-old cousin, Mohammad, was shot in the head at close range, putting him in a coma. Ahed awaits trial in a military court. In flagrant violation of international law, Israel persecutes over 700 Palestinian children in military cour each year.dig1

This is for your Ahed:

Like a Free Palestine Spirit, your home is hospitable and warm, but has no fireplace for a cold killer.

Your fingernails sun-kissed, your palms soft as a whisper; but you did it, girl; you slapped a lethal weapon right in the face.

Your lips breathless over a million unheard cries… So rouse the world. Make it listen. Make it rise. Stand face-to-face and slap it right in the face.


Your green eyes, what do they see or so desire; but a white dawn to descend upon a nation’s dream set on fire.

So, girl, strip the arsonist of his undue grace…and yes, princess, with your bare hands slap him right in the face.

You’re noble from head to toe, daughter of the mountains, so bring your oppressor down on his armored knees.. and slap him hard. Slap him right in the face.

Slap him every time his psycho boots stepped into your peace of mind. 

Slap him every time his tanks rolled over your tender foot-marks. Slap him every time his smoke out-smelled the wild sage in your yard. And slap him, daughter of the land…

Slap him every time he stole dirt from your great grandfather’s grave. Slap him every time he left an olive tree butchered in your neighbor’s grove. Slap him every time he demanded respect for his loaded gun.

Slap him for your cousin… for all the young bones punctuated with bullets. And your highness, with your wrists besieged in cuffs as cruel as my own, slap him; not once, not twice, but thrice, for every time he thought that at the sight of coming invaders, Red-headed Palestine will simply run away.


Shukri Abu-Bakr 2/18/18

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