On this Eid al-Adha I present a poem that I wrote about 15 years ago .. it is very fitting today as Palestinian families are divided both by an imposed closure and the wall itself.
MY FAMILY IS DIVIDED
© By Steve Amsel
A wall has been built,
I cannot see my neighbor
I know not when he needs my help
I know not when he is hungry.
My brother’s child cannot come for an afternoon snack
I cannot bring it to him
The wall is in the way
Dividing families and loved ones.
“They” told us the wall is for protection.
Must our children go hungry?
Must we be jobless?
“They” say we are the enemy.
Is going to work a crime?
Is going to school a crime?
Try to tell a child that hunger is a good thing.
If the wall stays up
There will be an enemy
Uneducation and hunger leads to resentment
Resentment will lead to revolt.
Learn from your history my friends
Learn that walls are not the solution
Learn that unity is strength
And learn that justice triumphs over evil always.