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The Face Of Qana, By Nizar Qabbani (Very Graphic Pictures)
  (Warning: Very Graphic Pictures) The face of Qana 1996 (All pictures in this page are for those who died in Qana massacre in 1996, before, and afte
Sunday, July 30,2006 00:00
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(Warning: Very Graphic Pictures)

The face of Qana 1996

(All pictures in this page are for those who died in Qana massacre in 1996, before, and after!)


The face of Qana 

Pale, like that of Jesus 

and the sea breeze of April...

Rains of blood.. and tears..

They entered Qana stepping on our charred bodies 

Raising a Nazi flag 

in the lands of the South 

and rehearsing its stormy chapters  

Hitler cremated them in the gas chambers  

and they came after him to burn us 

Hitler kicked them out of Eastern Europe 

and they kicked us out of our lands 


 They entered Qana 

Like hungry wolves

 Putting to fire the house of the Messiah

 Stepping on the dress of Hussain

 and the dear land of the South 


 Blasted Wheat, Olive-trees and Tobacco 

and the melodies of the nightingale 

Blasted Cadmus in his bark 

Blasted sea and the gulls 

Blasted even hospitals 

even nursing moms

 and schoolboys 

Blasted the beauty of the Southern women 

and murdered the gardens of the honeyed eyes 


 We saw the tears in Ali’s eyes 

We heard his voice as he prayed 

under the rain of bloody skies 


 Who ever will write about the history of Qana 

Will inscribe in his parchments 

This was the second Karbala


 Qana unveiled what was hidden 

We saw America 

Wearing the old coat of a Jewish Rabbi 

Leading the slaughter 

Blasting our children for no reason 

Blasting our wives for no reason

 Blasting our trees for no reason

 Blasting our thoughts for no reason 

Has it been decreed in her constitution, 

She, America, mistress of the world, 

In Hebrew .. that she should humble us al-Arab?


 Has it been decreed that each time a ruler in America

 wants to win the presidency that he should kill us .. 

We al Arab? 


 We waited for one Arab to come 

pull this thorny prick from our necks 

We waited for single Qureishite 

A single Hashemite 

A single Don Quixote 

A single local hero, for whom they did not shave the moustache 

We waited for a Khalid ..  Tariq .. or Antara 

We were eaten chatter (while engaged in vain talk) 

They sent a fax 

We read its text 

 after paying tribute 

and the end of the slaughter


 What does Israel fear from our cries? 

What does she fear from our faxes? 

The Jihad of the fax is the weakest of Jihads 

It is a single text we write 

for all the martyrs who left  

and all the martyrs those who will come 


What does Israel fear from Ibn al-Muqaffa’? 

Jarir and .. Farazdaq? 

And Khansa throwing her poems at the gates of the cemetery 

What does she fear if we burn tires 

Sign communiqués 

And destroy shops 

And she knows that we have never been kings of war

But were kings of chatters 


What does Israel fear 

from the beating of the drums 

the tearing of clothes 

and the scratching of cheeks 

What does she fear 

when she hears

the stories of `Ad and Thamud? 


We are in national comma 

We did not receive 

Since the times of conquest 

a single mail 


 We are a people of made of dough 

The more Israel increases in her killing and terrorism

 the more we increase in idleness and coldness


A Smothering Dominion 

A regional dialect that increases in ugliness 

and a green union that grows in isolation 

Summer trees, growing barren 

And borders .. whenever the whim strikes 

erase other borders 


Israel should slaughter us, and why not? 

She should erase Hisham, Ziyad and ar-Rashid, and why not? 

[Why not?] and the Banu Taghlab lusting after their women 

[Why not?] and Banu Mazen lusting after their slave boys

[Why not?] and Banu Adnan dropping their trousers to their knees 

debating .. necking and .. the lips!


 What should Israel fear from some of al-Arab 

When they became Yehuda??? 

Nizar Qabbani



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