Günter Grass; What Must Be Said (genius performance)

DateThursday, April 12, 2012 at 11:45PM AuthorGilad Atzmon


What must be said

Why have I been silent, silent for so long?,
Our generals have gamed it out,
Confident the west will survive.
We people have not even been considered.

What is this right to “preventive war”?
A war that could erase the Iranian people.
Dominated by it’s neighbor, pulsing with righteousness
Smug in the fact that it is they, not Iran,
Who have the Bomb.

Why have I so far avoided to identify Israel by it’s name?,
Israel and it’s ever increasing nuclear arsenal,
Beyond reproach, Uncontrolled, uninspected.

We all know these things
Yet we all remain silent, fearful of being labeled:
anti-Semitic
hateful
worse

Considering Germany’s past these labels stick
So we call is “business”, “reparation” take your pick,
As we deliver yet another submarine.
As we provide to Israel the means to deliver annihilation.
I say what must be said.

Why did I stay silent until now?
Because I’m German, of course.
I’m tainted by a stain I cannot wash out
I’m silent because I want so badly to make it right
To put my sins in the past and leave them silently there.

Why did I wait to say it until now?
And write these words with the last of my ink?
Declaring that Israel threatens world peace?
Because it is true and it must be said,
Tomorrow will be too late.

We Germans now carry a new burden of sin on our shoulders
Through the weapons we have sold
We are helping to carry out this foreseeable tragedy
No excuse will remove our stain of complicity.

It must be said. I won’t be silent
I’ve had enough of the hypocrisy;
Please shed the silence with me,
The consequences are all too predictable.
It’s time to demand free and permanent control
of BOTH Israel’s nuclear arsenal
AND Iran’s nuclear facilities
enforced with international supervision.

It’s the only way, in a land convulsed with insanity,
Israelis, Palestinians, everybody, will survive.
And we too, will survive.

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Israel Declares War on Gunter Grass

My PhotoGrass touched the right nerves. He deserves praise, not condemnation. Nonetheless, he’s vilified for discussing Israel’s open secret. It’s nuclear armed and dangerous.
Iran’s also threatened. Millions of lives are at risk. Grass explained. Denunciation followed.
In America and Israel, whistleblowers are criminalized. Moreover, distinguished figures like Grass are maligned and declared persona non grata.
On April 8, Haaretz headlined, “Interior Minister declares Gunter Grass persona non grata in Israel,” saying:
On Sunday, Eli Yishai barred Grass from entering Israel for expressing views freely in his poem, “What Must Be Said.”
He’s unwelcome in Israel. Citing his Nazi past (at age 17 near war’s end with Germany in ruins), Yishai said:
“Grass’ poems are an attempt to guide the fire of hate toward the State of Israel and the Israeli people, and to advance the ideas of which he was a public partner in the past, when he wore the uniform of the SS.”
“If Gunter wants to continue publicizing his distorted and false works, I suggest he do it in Iran, where he will find a supportive audience.”
If he lands at Ben-Gurion International Airport, he added, “burly policemen” will escort him on the first Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt, or even better, Munich, for once following der Fuhrer’s orders.
Yishai heads the extremist right-wing ultra-Orthodox Shas Party. It’s part of Netanyahu’s coalition government. He also wants Grass’ Nobel award revoked.
Ultranationalist Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called his poem an expression of “egotism of so-called Western intellectuals, who are willing to sacrifice the Jewish people on the altar of crazy anti-Semites for a second time, just to sell a few more books or gain recognition.”
Lieberman’s extremist background is notorious. Journalist Robert Fisk once called him “the worst thing that could happen to the Middle East.” Other critics are as harsh. He’s called an embarrassment, a disgrace to Israel, a regional threat, an abomination, a racist of the worst kind, and much more.
The same goes for Netanyahu and close Knesset allies.
In response to critics, Grass said he criticized Israel’s government and policies, not the nation.
“It’s that which I criticize,” he said, “a policy that keeps building settlements despite a UN resolution. I’m criticizing a policy which is creating more and more enemies for Israel and is increasingly isolating it.”
He especially blames Netanyahu. He said he “should have added that to the poem….I have always been accustomed to my works, large and small, meeting with strong criticism.” Nevertheless, he was disappointed about “the offensive and sweeping accusations of anti-Semitism” that followed.
He’s also appalled about accusations over his Nazi past. At age 17 near war’s end, he was “pulled” into the Waffen SS. He didn’t volunteer. Asked whether he’s a friend of Israel, he said he wished it finally would make peace with its neighbors. He likely included Palestine among them.
On April 9, a Haaretz editorial headlined “Israel has reacted with hysteria over Gunter Grass,” saying:
Public reaction unjustly “focused on the man, not on his positions. Naysayers recalled” his Nazi past, not his credentials as Germany’s most celebrated author and 1999 Literature Nobel Prize recipient.
Denying Grass permission to enter Israel for his views “is characteristic of dark regimes….Yishai’s use of his government authority is not legitimate. Any protest should be expressed within the democratic-liberal framework, which allows every person to express his views – provocative though they may be.”
Grass wrote a poem. Israel reacted “with hysteria. It seems that at issue is less an undesirable person than an undesirable” view.
In 2001, former Chicago Symphony conductor Daniel Barenboim broke a decade’s long taboo by performing Wagner during an Israeli concert. At the time, many wanted him declared persona non grata. Cooler heads prevailed.
In 2000, Austria’s Jorg Haider was barred from Israel for his right-wing views. In 2004, Interior Minister Avraham Poraz prevented UK journalist Peter Hounam from entering for exchanging letters with Mordechai Vanunu and wanting to interview him. More on Vanunu below.
In 2008, Norman Finkelstein was arrested on arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport. Interrogated and held for hours, he was deported and prohibited from returning for 10 years.
Also in 2008, UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur Richard Falk repeatedly was refused entry to Israel for his outspokenness. Last year, he was still banned.
In 2010, famed Spanish clown, Ivan Prado, was refused entry for alleged ties to Palestinian resistance groups Israel calls “terrorist organizations.”
In 2010, Noam Chomsky was barred from entering the West Bank through Jordan’s Allenby crossing. At the time, he said, “Denying me entry into the West Bank is a minor event, but it is significant because it shows how irrational Israel’s actions are.” He was scheduled to speak at Bir Zeit University. He did, but not on campus.
Others were also barred from entry. Palestinian rights activists are excluded. Washington does the same thing. Prominent Muslims are targeted, including politicians and academics.
Former Mossad Head Warns About Israel’s Political System
On April 7, the Jerusalem Post headlined, “Dagan warns of dangers of current political system,” saying:
Former Mossad head Meir Dagan earlier downplayed an alleged Iranian threat. Now he “play(s) up the threat posed to Israel by its own political system,” saying:
“I believe our system is reaching a point where the government is almost incapable of running the country. We are on the edge of – I would not say a disaster because that is a bit exaggerated – but we are facing a very bad prognosis of what will happen in the future.”
Last November, he formed an organization to change what he finds destructive. His petition drive hopes for one million supportive signatures.
“The power has been shifted from the majority to the minority because (dominant parties) are forced to create coalition governments.”
“National priorities are decided by the small parties who are establishing the coalition and not the majority.”
He complained that issues raised at last summer’s social protests remain unaddressed. He blamed Israeli politics. He also raised other issues. On April 29 in New York, he’ll discuss Iran at the Jerusalem Post’s annual conference.
A Final Comment
April 21 marks the 9th anniversary of Mordechai Vanunu’s round-the-clock daily surveillance and refusal to revoke his citizenship and let him leave Israel. Earlier he spent 18 years in prison for revealing Israel’s nuclear threat.
Vanunu’s now in Jerusalem. He appealed Israel’s refusal to let him go. He awaits the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Eileen Fleming knows his ordeal well. Her “We are wide awake” web site follows it. She explained that “Israel’s statehood was contingent upon upholding the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS (DHHR),” UN Charter provisions, and other relevant international laws.
UDHR’s Article 19 guarantees:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
Article 13 affirms:
“(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”
Since the mid-1980s, Vanunu was ruthlessly imprisoned, isolated brutally in solitary confinement, persecuted, and hounded for telling the world what everyone needs to know. His courage deserves praise. He’s not a monster, criminal or traitor.
Nonetheless, his human rights are spurned. He wants them back. For good reason, he wants to leave Israel and live free. In October 2010, he appealed to Israel’s High Court. He was denied.
On March 29, 2011, the Knesset enacted legislation revoking citizenship rights of anyone with dual nationality convicted of spying or treason. Vanunu was born in Morocco. He lived there until age nine. In his 2011 High Court appeal, his lawyers used this argument to return him to his homeland.
He deserves support. Join an April 21 Call for a Global Day of Action. He’s prohibited from leaving the region’s only self-proclaimed democracy.
Israel’s more police state than democratic. How it treats Vanunu, like-minded Israeli activists, and its 20% Arab population is Exhibit A.
Vanunu’s treatment is shocking. Though out of prison, he’s far from free. He can be rearrested any time for any reason or none at all. In addition, his prohibitions include:
  • no contacts with foreign citizens, especially journalists;
  • no phone use;
  • no cell phone ownership;
  • no Internet access;
  • no Israeli port of entry or airport visits; and
  • no citizenship revocation, letting him leave Israel.
Fleming’s known him for years. She says “the longer Israel denies (him) his right to leave the state, the greater his legend will grow….”
He’s already a legend in his own time. He doesn’t seek fame or fortune. He only wants to live free. After what Israel put him through since 1986, he deserves that much and more.
Join others for the April 21 Global Day of Action. Support him because it’s the right thing to do.
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TARIQ ALI: The Disgusting Attacks on Gunter Grass by TARIQ ALI

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/04/10/the-disgusting-attacks-on-gunter-grass/


The German writer Gunter Grass (The Tin Drum) had already predicted the response to his poem in SdZ. There is no reason to be surprised, but there is every reason to be disgusted. Within Germany both the elite and a layer of the population by their words and actions appear to have accepted the disgraceful Goldhagen thesis whereby all German were guilty for the crimes of the Third Reich. This thesis has now been developed further: all Germans are guilty for eternity for the crimes of the Third Reich.

Behind this thinking is the Zionist and Zionophile argument that the crime against the Jews of Europe was unique in the annals of history. This was true as far as the method of extermination was concerned, but not in any other way. The Belgians massacred the Congolese in greater numbers: over 10 million according to the historian Adam Hochschild. The killing of Armenians during the First World War was systematic and we could go on and discuss the nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but comparing one massacre or genocide to another is a futile exercise. Raul Hilberg the most authoritative historian of the Judeocide was angered by the uses that were being made of that crime today.

Some members of the extreme-right government and Lieberman in particular, that rules Israel today have used proto-fascist language against the Palestinian Arabs. Are we not allowed to point that out? That the Israeli government pushed the Bush administration to make war on Iraq is hardly a secret. Nor is the statement of the Israeli Ambassador to the US the day after the fall of Baghdad: “Don’t stop. Move on to Damascus and Teheran.’ Are we not allowed to rebuke him? The targeting and killing of young Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere is fine, is it?

Gunter Grass was very mild in his criticisms. He concentrated on Israeli warmongering in relation to Iran. He could have said a lot more. The fact that it needs political courage to say even what he did in Germany or France is a sad reflection on the political culture of both these countries. As for the attacks on Grass for his wartime activities, these are beneath contempt. The Israelis were delighted when the former Italian minister, Gianfranco Fini, whose party is in lineal descent from Mussolini, went to Israel and praised the Wall. He was forgiven his party’s past. So the past only matters if a person is critical of Israel. The former Nazis in various positions in the postwar Federal republic who pushed through reparations and backed Israel, they were never criticized either.

German citizens should ponder the following: it was not the Palestinians who were responsible for the murder of millions of Jews during the Second World War. Yet they, the Palestinians, have become the indirect victims of the Judeocide. Those to whom evil is done, do evil in return to others. So why no sympathy for the Palestinians?

Tariq Ali is the author of The Duel: Pakistan on the Flightpath of American Power. He can be reached

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Lobby: JEWBAGS slur for fun; is Okey!

As long as the caller is a Jewish person, whose family contributes to buy American politicians for Israel.
The discredited German Nobel Laureate Guenter Grass could not have dared to us the term ‘Jewbag’ for Israel.
Some GOP Israel-Firsters have called Democrats “KKK” for Danielle (Dani) Gilbert’s Facebook picture with her friends holding dollar bills and referring to themselves as “Jewbags” and the “Jew cash money team”. Dani is Democratic Party’s newly appointed National Committee Jewish outreach liaison member. Her former boss, Jewish Rep.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) has defended Dani calling the group picture with the Jew-hating caption at the bottom JEWBAGS – “a childish prank”.
Dani Gilbert’s parents, Mark and Nancy Gilbert are powerful sources of funding for the Democratic party. The have raised more than $500,000 for Barack Obama’s campaign and Obama considers them friends.
According to a latest poll, Obama is still popular among the Jewish voters. More than 62 percent said they will vote for Obama because he is best for American Jews and Israel.
Dani has excelled in her role handling Jewish issues for the Chair in her Congressional office and was brought on here part time to do outreach to the Jewish Community,” said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse. “Like many in the age of social media, she had things posted on her Facebook page that she now regrets and which she has apologized for. Her employment both in the Chair’s Congressional office and at the DNC is a testament to her knowledge and professionalism and nothing more – and no smear driven by the right wing noise machine is going to impact her status as a trusted member of this team.”
Rep. Wasserman Schultz has thus far refused to fire or discipline Dani Gilbert.
Israeli-born writer, author and musician, Gilad Atzmon once wrote that Israelis realized long ago that it’s cheaper to buy entire US political sustem than buying a military tank. Israel’s lobbyist, Abraham Foxman, national director ADL called Gilad Atzmon “the notorious, crusading anti-Semite” on March 26, 2012 in one of his usual rants.

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The Devil Sings Again

By Gilad Atzmon

Itamar Yaoz-Kest

Israel National News published today a poem by Itamar Yaoz-Kest, a Holocaust survivor. The poem is presented as “letter-poem in reply to German Günter Grass’ attack.” The poem is a clear reminder of horrific danger that is embedded within Jewish identity politics and contemporary Jewish nationalism. It is a glimpse into unique psychotic genocidal sense of retribution.
The “letter-poem” starts as follows:

Danger,
I want to be a danger,
I want to be a danger to the world,
so that after my destruction, not a single blade of grass will remain on the face of the Earth,
or a single blade of grass for Gunther Grass’s pipe,
upon the Earth where, since I was born, I pose a danger to the world.
Because it is my right!
It is my right to live or die while annihilating my annihilators, without riding again as a crying-boy in a transport train,
Into the world-vacuum, while placing my head in the lap of a mother who is disappearing into the fresh air of the Land of Wotan,
and the urine tin darts dark-yellow specks onto the walls of the cabin – like gunshots that spray
a yellowish-reddish liquid from besides the train guards, and among them – maybe – the soldier G.G., also, wearing a steel helmet.

Later in the poem, Yaoz-Kest issues what appears to be a statement of intent along the lines of “the Samson Option”:

“For it is the right of the Nation of Israel to finally shut the gates to the world after it leaves this place (not of its free will!), and we have the right to say, at the price of the 3,000 year old fear: “If you force us yet again to descend from the face of the Earth to the depths of the Earth – let the Earth roll toward the Nothingness.”

The Samson Option – taking out Israel’s enemies with it, possibly causing irreparable damage to the entire world – has been a phantasmic Israeli strategy since the early 1950’s.
The message for the rest of us is clear- Israel is the biggest threat to world peace. Time is overdue to discharge the Jewish State of its destructive power.


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“What must be said” by Günter Grass

 

Dolphin Submarine
Dolphin Submarine as aquired from Germany by Israel



Why do I stay silent, stay silent too long
about what is obvious and is practiced
in war games, at the end of which we
as survivors are at best only footnotes
It is the asserted right of the first strike,
which could annihilate the Iranian people
– who are bullied by a loudmouth and
directed to an organized frenzy –
because it is suspected that an atom bomb
is being built in the land where he rules.
But why do I forbid myself
to name that other country
in which, for years – though also in secret –
a growing nuclear power is already present
but out of control, because it goes
uninspected?

The universal suppression of the facts,
to which my silence is enslaved
I feel as damning lies
And force. Punishment is promised
as soon as the silence is broken
with the usual verdict of “anti-semitism”.
But now, because my country –
which time after time has been confronted
with its very own unique and original crime –
once again and for base commercial gain
(if also dishonestly portrayed as reparation)
should deliver to Israel another U-boat
whose special feature is to guide
all-destroying warheads to the place
where there is no evidence of a single atom bomb,
but when there is fear of conclusive proof
I say what must be said.
Why though have I kept silent until now?
Because I believed that my provenance,
cursed with a stain that can never be expunged
forbids me from demanding the spoken truth
from the land of Israel, to which I am devoted
and will remain devoted.
Why do I say only now
aged and with my ink running dry
that the nuclear power of Israel endangers
a world peace that is already fragile?
Because we must say
what could already be too late tomorrow
and because we – as Germans, who are already burdened enough –
could be subcontractors to a crime
that is foreseeable, which means our complicity
could not be excused with the usual excuses.
And granted, I am silent no more
because I am tired of the West’s hypocrisy;
moreover it is to be hoped
that this will free many from silence
that they may call on the agent of a clear danger
to renounce violence and
at the same time insist
that an unrestricted and permanent control
by an international body
of the Israeli atomic arsenal
and the Iranian nuclear facilities
be authorized by both governments.
This is the only way to help everybody:
the Israelis and Palestinians and all
people who live cheek by jowl as enemies
in this region occupied by illusions;
this alone can help us, too.

Translated for deLiberation

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

William A. Cook: "In Defense of Guenter Grass"

William A. Cook
Al-Manar



“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph”
Haile Selassie

“Have our Jewish sisters and brothers forgotten their humiliation? Have they forgotten the collective punishment, the home demolitions, in their own history so soon? Have they turned their backs on their profound and noble religious traditions? Have they forgotten that God cares deeply about the downtrodden”
Bishop Desmond Tutu


Guenter GrassThese two cautionary admonitions capture the thrust of Guenter Grass’ electrifying poem, “What Must Be Said,” that has brought an avalanche of invective – some scurrilous, some vituperative, some even personal vilification – against the man who warns the people of the world as well as the Jewish people of the dangers inherent in the actions of the Zionist controlled government of the State of Israel.

Such condemnations avoid direct rebuttal of Grass’ pointed cries of despair as he contemplates continued indifference to the slow yet calculated genocide that exists in Israel’s occupation of Palestine reverting instead to derogatory innuendo, ignorance of conditions prevalent in the occupied territories, ignorance of those determined to destroy Israel, and personal guilt as a German. There is no reflection on the worst sin human kind can inflict on their fellow human beings, the silence of indifference to the plight of the Palestinians or to the potential danger facing the people of the mid-east should Israel preemptively strike Iran.

The title of his poem, “What Must Be Said,” echoes the prophets of old, cries of those weeping in the wilderness to heed the obvious, to hear the hypocrisy that masks the reality of a nation that cries for peace as it stealthily steals more land, that demands dismantling of Iran’s nuclear plants as it declares its right to Demona and untold weapons of mass destruction, that denounces with all brazen duplicity, indeed silences those who criticize the state of Israel while they are free to attack them as anti-Semitic.
“Why silence so long,” Grass asks of himself and answers, as must we all, that we are “slaves to an oppressive lie,” what cannot be said without condemnation because Israel has the “right” to demand and defend what it will. Is it wrong to criticize the obvious? Is it wrong to bare truth when silence once before begot a holocaust? Is it wrong for the German people to mark what they have learned through decades of reflection and reparation and not reveal what they have lived and learned? Is it wrong to speak when devastation threatens, when arrogance buries truth, when the weak have no voice, when the unknown consequence of brutal, raw, preemptive power is imminent?

Zionist war crimesI would have Guenter Grass speak for me, my children and grandchildren, and all others who could suffer yet another World War, by noting the obvious that has been silenced so long:

• a state provided with the fourth greatest military machine in the world to defend less than 6 million people,
• a nation, the only nation in the mid-east with weapons of mass destruction,
• a nation that refuses to sign the mid-east nuclear non-proliferation agreement,
• a nation that has demonstrated its willingness to invade its neighbors in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, and drools to bomb Iran,
• a nation that occupies a land provided for it by the same United Nations that gave Israel license to declare itself a nation,
• a nation that damns Iran for proclaiming that it will “wipe Israel off the map,” when in fact it never made such a declaration yet innocently hides its own declaration in the Likud Party Platform that the state it professes to want peace with, Palestine, shall never have a state west of the Jordan,
• a nation that is of such demonstrable threat to world peace that if it is not condemned would be a blot on all who remain silenced and thereby complicit in its crimes,and for such inaction, such indifference we must accept responsibility and condemnation; let the indignant ring their bells of anger and hatred, truth will prevail.

Who better to speak than a citizen of a country that supplies Israel with nuclear submarines capable of terrorizing its neighbors if not the world, submarines provided as reparation to a people destroyed so they can become the destroyer. “Why silence so long?” because “this must be said” with strength, conviction, integrity and honesty, and without personal fear or trepidation because the silence has been broken by a voice that resounds throughout the world in righteous thunder against the greatest danger the world now knows, an Israel that can act with impunity to crush whomever they determine to be their enemy.
Let me close this defense of Guenter Grass with a story told by Professor Michael Klein years after he had escaped death at Auschwitz. Klein’s brief narrative is titled “Breaking Silence.” It captures what I believe is the real essence of Guenter Grass’ plea, both in time and shame. The story reflects on Klein’s close friend, Salamon Abshalom, who had attempted escape and was to suffer death as a consequence. The story is a parable that parallels our time; what if voices had told of the Jewish plight before the trains took them to the death camps; maybe Salamon Abshalom would still be alive.
“My friend Salamon Abshalom was let out. He was barely able to walk; his hands were tied behind his back. An SS guard took him to the back of the camp yard. … He was led to the gallows and made to climb onto what looked like a stepladder. The noose was tied around his neck.
We stood paralyzed, in bewildered despair. How could the Heavens allow this to happen on this holy Yom Kippur evening? Did the Germans set up the execution specifically for Yom Kippur to humiliate the God of Israel and His people? The silence of the Heavens screamed out in our hearts and in our souls. The desecration of the God of Israel, of the people of Israel, of Yom Kippur, and the humiliation of man created in the image of God proceeded in silence as the German hangman, the Camp’s SS commander, stood over Salamon Abshalom.
Suddenly, as if from nowhere, a powerful, high pitched voice rang out over the camp yard. It sent chills down our spines, as we heard the cry of “Sh’ma Yisrael…”, Hear O Israel”, as Salamon Abshalom declaimed the eternal proclamation of the Jewish people’s belief in one God….
With his prayer of Sh’ma Yisrael arising from his last breath, he raised all of us standing Zaehlappell to the highest spiritual level. Even as his life was extinguished by the brutal murderer to whom nothing was holy, he still proclaimed the eternity of the Jewish People, in defiance of evil, in defiance of the Germans, in defiance of the silence of humanity, and in defiance of the silence of the Heavens. Salamon Abshalom proclaimed the Godliness of the Jewish People even at a time when God seemed to be totally absent.
I slowly calmed my emotions and tried to analyze my thoughts. The Germans murdered Salamon Abshalom, but I was guilty having been silent in spite of the promise we made to each other in the camps that we will tell the world of what happened. I had kept Salamon Abshalom’s memory a secret for all these years.”
Silence sacrifices the innocent because it allows continuation of slaughter; silence rests in the soul as it acidifies into self-shame; silence speaks no language, offers no aid, but ensures that time will extinguish both hope and guilt. Silence is the voice of the coward and the accomplice. Silence must be extinguished.River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian  
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