Monday, March 26, 2012

Cultivate Hope - a poem for Hana Shalabi

Dear friends,
my apologies for not posting anything for the last two or so weeks. I am currently travelling overseas and at the moment have limited access to the internet. 
With my limted internet access today, I would like to share with you a new poem by my friend Rafeef Ziadah called Cultivating Hope.  Rafeef is a Palestinian refugee, activist, unionist and poet and Cultivating Hope is her tribute to Hana Shalabi.

As you will no doubt be aware, Hana Shalabi is a Palestinian political prisoner. She was released from over two years in administrative detention on 18 October 2011, as part of the prisoner exchange deal. She was re-arrested less than four months later on 16 February 2012, and immediately began a hunger strike in protest of her detention.
Cultivate Hope, was written on day 40 of Hana Shalabi's hunger strike by Rafeef. The accompanying music is by Australian Palestine solidarity activist and musican, Phil Monsour.

In solidarity,


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