Free Palestine

by Mark Chmiel

Over the weekend
(Scores of Palestinians being killed)
The pro basketball player tweeted
Free Palestine

The president of the Zionist Organization of America stated
“Anyone who uses the phrase ‘Free Palestine’ is either ignorant of the situation
or hates the Jewish state of Israel
It’s a hateful position”

Badia is not ignorant of the situation
Amal is not ignorant of the situation
Hala is not ignorant of the situation
Sharifa is not ignorant of the situation

The situation of your people’s land being stolen by colonizers
The situation of your people being defamed day after day
The situation of your people being attacked by bombs
The situation of your people’s homes being demolished

Lena is not ignorant of this situation
Banan is not ignorant of this situation
Sandra is not ignorant of this situation
Suhad is not ignorant of this situation

15 minutes after his tweet
The basketball player deleted it
He apologized
Went back to being apolitical

A long time ago Tacitus noted
“It is indeed human nature
To hate the man
Whom you have injured”

The Palestinians are being systematically injured
Oppressed and dispossessed by the Jewish state
This is an accurate position
Free Palestine

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