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May 26, 2012

Desertpeace

Submitted by Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
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Langston Hughes wrote a poem, “Lenox Avenue Mural”in the 1930s:
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What happens to a dream deferred?
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Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore-

And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over-
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

Our situation in Palestine is very dire indeed.  Millions of Palestinians squeezed uinto concentration areas and money pours in to a few of them to keep the lid on the rest of us.    Among Palestinisns and Israelis, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer (though the disparity of money allocation is still 10:1 in favor of Israeli Jews over the indigenous Palestinians).  But it is also not just an economic issue: the issue is racism.  Zionism, bult on notions of privilage and chosenness cannot help but…

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