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The Dos and Don'ts of Palestine

 a Written Poem & Video

By Remi Kanazi

Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, April 18, 2011

I was featured on GRIT TV with Laura Flanders tonight performing a poem entitled, The Dos and Don'ts of Palestine. The poem takes a sarcastic and comical look at the conventional discourse and double standards placed on Palestinians and Palestine activists.


Youtube video:


The Dos and Doníts of Palestine

a Written Poem & Video

By Remi Kanazi


donít call it genocide

we donít want to offend anyone

if we offend them

theyíll never listen to us

we have to be reasonable


1,400 is just a number

no names

no death

we want peace and negotiations


donít mention Zionism

if you mention Zionism

theyíll call you anti-Semitic

and people will believe them


donít cite Palestinian sources

no one will believe you

I wonít believe you

trust Israeli sources


donít ever be angry

if youíre angry

theyíll call you angry

if theyíre angry

everyone will call them

understandably emotional


we have to be pragmatic

pragmatism is not a euphemism

for concessions

although it may feel that way


donít mention Allah or martyrs

it reminds them of Al Qaeda and 9/11

itís not your job to fix their ignorance


donít talk about refugees


or a one-state solution

if we want to win we have to compromise

the road to peace is just ahead


donít make analogies that include

the Holocaust, Nazis, or the Warsaw Ghetto

only Israelis are allowed to do this

when discussing wars on

Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran


donít mention Yaffa, Haifa, Safad

or where your family is from

but if you do

nod when random people say they love Israel

it doesnít matter where you came from

you canít go back



just donít

and that will lead to doing



Remi Kanazi is a Palestinian-American poet, writer, and activist living in New York City. He is the editor of Poets For Palestine and the author of the newly released collection of poetry and CD, Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine. The collection is available today on

-- REMI KANAZI twitter: @remroum




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