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The Prison Cell
It is possible... It is possible at least sometimes... It is possible especially now
To ride a horse
Inside a prison cell
And run away...
It is possible for prison walls
To disappear,
For the cell to become a distant land
Without frontiers:
-What did you do with the walls?
-I gave them back to the rocks.
-And what did you do with the ceiling?
-I turned it into a saddle.
-And your chain?
-I turned it into a pencil.
The prison guard got angry.
He put an end to my dialogue.
He said he didn't care for poetry,
And bolted the door of my cell.
He came back to see me
In the morning,
He shouted at me:
-Where did all this water come from?
-I brought it from the Nile.
-And the trees?
-From the orchards of Damascus.
-And the music?
-From my heartbeat.
The prison guard got mad;
He put an end to my dialogue.
He said he didn't like my poetry,
And bolted the door of my cell.
But he returned in the evening:
-Where did this moon come from?
-From the nights of Baghdad.
-And the wine?
-From the vineyards of Algiers.
-And this freedom?
-From the chain you tied me with last night.
The prison guard grew so sad... He begged me to give him back
His freedom."
-Poems by Mahmoud Darwish

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why i joined wikipedia

A woman from Ramallah, c. 1929-1946
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some sounds of my city
church bells (the time, every hour, and one beat for a quarter hour, two beats for a half hour, and three beats for three quarters of an hour)
cars and people yelling about who's car is parked behind theirs
the call to prayer, five times a day
children playing, screaming, laughing, crying
the carpenter's shops (there are still carpenters in Nazareth
just like in Yousef's days)
the neighbours chatting over the balconies or visitors calling for someone to come down
arabic music
hebrew - the voices of the jewish tourists from tel aviv getting their "authentic arab experience"
TV news broadcasts "live from the neighbours' living rooms!"
church bells

Girls in Bethlehem costume pre-1918, Bonfils Portrait
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arاللغة الأم لهذا المستخدم هي العربية.
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a wiki poem edit

N — new article
? — featured in Did you know
? co-nom — DYK co-nom
good article

For a running log of articles to which I feel I contribute, see this contributions subpage. Below, a summary of the work of which I am most proud.

people: Tawfiq CanaanN ? | May ZiadeN | Mavia (queen)? | Faris OdehN

places: Sharafat, East JerusalemN ? Jacob's WellN ? co-nom | Hittin? co-nom | Lajjun? co-nom |YaloN ? | Saffuriya | Jib (village)N| Nablus

holy stuff: Greek Orthodox Church of the AnnunciationN ? | Mary's WellN | White MosqueN ? | AphecaN ? | Al-Aqsa Mosque | Nabi Musa | Thursday of the DeadN ? | Al-Azhar Mosque?

near east: QedaritesN | Q-D-SN ? |Syro-Palestinian archaeologyN ?

all things palestinian: Palestinian people | Palestinian fedayeen | Palestinian prisoners in Israel | Palestine | Postal history of Palestine | Place names in PalestineN ? | Palestinian costumes | Palestinian handicraftsN | Palestinian potteryN | Nabulsi soapN ? | Hebron glassN ? | Land Day | SumudN ?

and more: Hafrada (strangely deleted during my absence, you can see it at User:Tiamut/Hafrada)| AtaabaN ? | Meleke

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a poem i originally posted at abu ali's talk page (though it's wikilinks continue to morph into new forms)

I mean, how could we?
Express an opinion, that is.
Challenge authority
or bring in points of view underrepresented in the mainstream.
Be persistent,
and yet pen poems.
Write about our poets, writers,
music, and resistance.
How dare we pretend to know who we are
and express what we believe.

How dare we?
Write about what we know
What they've done to us
What they still do to us
And not apologize
for our pursuit of the truth

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Some of the hooks from my DYKs for your reading pleasure

  • ...that Aramaean treaty-making in the first millenium BCE, as documented in the Sefire inscriptions, included loyalty oaths that invoked magical rites with curses to befall any violators?
  • ...that the liwan, a long narrow-fronted hall or vaulted portal often open to the outside, has been a feature of Levantine homes for more than 2,000 years?
  • ...that Moses, the first Arab Orthodox bishop, administered his duties while journeying with a nomadic confederation of Arabs in the fourth century?
  • ...that the village of Anasartha, located in Western Syria and today known as Khanasser, derived its water supply until 1975 from a 12-kilometre long Byzantine-era qanat?
  • ...that the Semitic triliteral Q-D-S meaning "holy" has been used in ancient and modern Semitic languages since at least the 3rd millenium BCE?


  • ...that local legend in Lajjun, a district center in Palestine under the Abbasids, held that the spring that served as its primary water source sprang from a stone after Abraham struck it with his staff?

nominations of the work of others

Israeli Apartheid: A Chronology

Things deleted from articles that I wish we could keep (if only I had a Wikipedia:RS)

Kudna: The area was populated by the Shadfan family, who were forced to flee during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. All that remains of the Shadfan family is an old water well (that is said to have a special ability to cause women who drink from it to give birth to boys, rather than girls), a few ancient ruins (including a rock-made device for crushing olives), the remains of a fence, and their family cemetery.


  1. ^ Uri Davis (2004). "2". Apartheid Israel:Possibilities for the Struggle Within. Zed Books. ISBN 1842773399. {{cite book}}: Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  2. ^ a b Farsakh, Leila. "Israel an apartheid state?", Le Monde diplomatique, November 2003
  3. ^ Ben Rafael, Eliezer (2002). Jewish Identities: Fifty Intellectuals Answer Ben Gurion. Brill Academic Publishers. p. 144. ISBN 9004125353.
  4. ^ a b McGreal, Chris. "Worlds apart", The Guardian, February 6, 2006.
  5. ^ "Israel Land Administration: General Info". Government of Israel.
  6. ^ Selfa, Lance (2002). "5". The Struggle for Palestine. Haymarket Books. pp. pp 76-7. ISBN 1931859000. {{cite book}}: |pages= has extra text (help)
  7. ^ Press Release SC/7895, UN Security Council, 14 October 2003
  8. ^ Adam, Heribert & Moodley, Kogila. op. cit. p. 23.