Speaking of Gaza – Rafeef Ziadeh – We Teach Life, Sir! When Poetry Hurts

Rafeef Ziadah is a Canadian-Palestinian spoken word artist and activist.  She received an Ontario Arts Council Grant from the Word of Mouth’ program to create her debut album Hadeel.  Rafeef started performing poetry in Toronto in 2004 with the spoken word collective Pueblo Unido and is the winner of the 2007 Mayworks Festival Poetry Face-Off. Rafeef’s poetry speaks to the struggle of immigrants to “make it to/in Canada” and the politics of exile.  Being Palestinian she reflects on the realities of her homeland today, to which is not allowed to return> Her debut CD Hadeel is dedicated to Palestinian youth, who still fly kites in the face of F16 bombers, who still remember the names if their villages in Palestine and still hear the sound of Hadeel (cooing of doves). over Gaza.

The Way I See It

Poetry is a gift. We can put words together in a way that hurt, turning to a bullet directed right to your face. One of  the most powerful poem I heard in a long time. Rafeef thank you for reminding me that we are speaking about a HUMAN issue not a POLITICAL issue, you are simply inspirational . I still have this childish dream of both Israeli and Palestinians living in peace.

Love & Light



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Hannah Masunaga
    Dec 15, 2012 @ 01:16:32

    A BROWN Maverick at that.

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