When fences become walls become concrete prisons
When tents become houses become tear gas test-sites
When days become years become decades and
the oppression swelters, endlessly.
When a stone is met with a bullet,
When righteous anger is met with murder,
When protest is met with a militarized Caterpillar and
the tears shed could fill the Dead Sea.
What do we call this period of time? This suffocating, asphyxiating fifty years of
Bombs tear gas violence repression checkpoints surveillance microaggressions machine guns
racial profiling settlements innocent deaths cultural appropriation bulldozing brutality
We name it apartheid,
We name it injustice,
We name it occupation.
Fifty years of making an occupation out of violence,
Fifty years of preoccupation with “security,”
Fifty years of military occupation of Palestine.
When will it end? When will life begin anew? When will children walk safely to school?
This holy land,
this wholly divided, wholly splintered, wholly oppressed land
needs our voices, our hands, our righteous anger, our protests, our boycotts, our endless
of a fifty-year oppressive occupation
of a so-called holy land.
Enough is more than enough.The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) has a long history of activism in Israel/Palestine. PPF regularly sends delegations to Israel/Palestine. The next delegation is set to travel July 22 – August 4, 2017. Check it out here. Although the application to join the delegation is now closed, follow their journey online.