Citizen Action Monitor

The word you need to know is “Occupation” / The very definition of a land without a nation — Palestine

People fight for their existence / While the world turns a blinded eye / And those who should know better, Insist on asking why.

No 1728 Posted by fw, July 16, 2016

You ask me how it is
That I dare to take a side
You say I loathe myself
For pointing out that you have lied

—Opening lines to the song “Occupation” by David Rovics

David Rovics

David Rovics

David Rovics (born April 10, 1967) is an American indie singer/songwriter and anarchist. His music concerns topical subjects such as the 2003 Iraq war, Palestine, anti-globalization and social justice issues. Rovics has been an outspoken critic of former President George W. Bush, the Republican Party, John Kerry, and the Democratic Party. Wikipedia has an excellent entry on Rovics, the man and his music, accessible by clicking on David Rovics.

In Rovics’ words, “I dare take a side / For pointing out you have lied” —

Sara

Sara

Impunity defines Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau’s willingness to criticize “Canada’s friend”, Israel. His silence in deafening in the light of Israel’s ongoing, unrelenting, incremental genocide against innocent Palestinians. The PM shed tears at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland, as well he should, but shed not one tear for Sara, 27, a lovely, pregnant Palestinian woman gunned down in cold blood by Israeli soldiers.

Meanwhile, at the provincial level, Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne, returned from a trade mission to Israel, further legitimizing five decades of Israel’s occupation of Palestine, to be greeted with an announcement in the Canadian Jewish News, headlined Premier pledges to help craft ‘unifying’ anti-BDS motion. True, she didn’t lie, but her anti-BDS pledge reflects wilful ignorance about the history of the conflict.

Embedded below is a 4-minute video of Rovics singing his powerful song Occupation, superimposed over stark photos and poster images capturing the horrors of Israeli brutality in the Occupied Territories. The lyrics follow the video. Many more protest songs by David Rovics are available on You Tube and at his website http://www.davidrovics.com/

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Occupation by David Rovics, uploaded to You Tube by kadaveri, April 19, 2011

This song is by David Rovics and appears on the album Return (2003).

Occupation

You ask me how it is
That I dare to take a side
You say I loathe myself
For pointing out that you have lied
You say it’s tribal warfare
But I disagree
For the dynamics of the situation
Are not difficult to see
On one side is the fighter jet
On the other side the stone
On one side is the slave
On the other is the throne
For the many there are checkpoints
While foreign soldiers rule the street
For one side there is victory
But the people don’t accept defeat

(Chorus)
The word you need to know is occupation
The very definition of a land without a nation
And if peace is what you’re after then let us not deceive
It will come on the day the tanks return to Tel Aviv

On one side there is hunger
And bulldozed olive trees
On the other is the Army
Ruling by decrees
Caterpillars maul the streets
And destroy entire city blocks
While children swallow shrapnel
For the crime of throwing rocks
Fences are erected
Around the towns they flatten
And Herzl’s own fanatics
Sleep on sheets of satin
And they water their plantations
Drilling ever-deeper wells
While the displaced children of the hopeless
Are filled with bullet shells

(Chorus)
…It will come on the day the settlers return to Tel Aviv

On one side there is the Mossad
Rounding up the men
Thrown in jail with no trial
Being tortured once again
On the other there is rage
Helplessness and fear
And a growing realization
That another holocaust is near
On the outside there are prisons
Inside detainees
Being stripped of their humanity
Beaten naked to their knees
Outside ghetto prison walls
There are stormtroopers all around
While inside the hungry people
Yearn for liberated ground

(Chorus)
…It will come on the day the jailguards return to Tel Aviv

All across the world
You can hear the people say
The children of Jerusalem
Will be free one day
In overcrowded camps
Amidst the stench of death and flies
To the suburbs of Detroit
You can hear the anguished cries
While in the land of Israel
With God ever on their side
Walls and fences are constructed
And papers are denied
People fight for their existence
While the world turns a blinded eye
And those who should know better
Insist on asking why

(Chorus)
…It will come on the day the refugees return to Tel Aviv

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