Poem for Palestinian Samer Issawi Who is on Hunger Strike to Draw Attention to Israel’s Human Rights Violations

Hunger Strike
for Samer Issawi
version 2

The stomach is not a beast to be caged
or tamed. It is no more than a sack
to be filled and emptied.

Those who clutch the keys
to your prison cell believe their fists
are not made of skin and bones,

that blood only flows
one direction.

With the world watching,
they are begging you now
to open your mouth and chew

what they can easily
take away.


Here is a link to one of the sites with some information on his struggle.

About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. His latest book is BLOODRED DRAGONFLIES, published by Deep South in South Africa. Check out the official blog page for Bloodred Dragonflies. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. San Anselmo Publications released HOW TO MAKE A SALAGUBANG HELICOPTER & OTHER POEMS in 2019 followed by CROCODILES IN BELFAST & OTHER POEMS in 2020 - both books can be purchased through their Facebook page. View all posts by matangmanok

9 responses to “Poem for Palestinian Samer Issawi Who is on Hunger Strike to Draw Attention to Israel’s Human Rights Violations

  • Rachamim Ben Ami

    Samer al Issawi is a convicted terrorist and child killer who was serving a 26 year sentence. After serving only 9 years he was released in the first stage of a prisoner exchange which freed 1,027 terrorists in exchange for a single abducted soldier. Released, al Issawi returned to his family home, a pleasure his victims will never enjoy. After less than a year he was re-arrested having been videotaped meeting with members of his terrorist organisation, the PFLP.

    Back in prison, where al Issawi enjoys cable TV, unrestricted internet, homecooked foods and even conjugal visits he demands attention, hoping it will pressure Israel to release him once again. Baby killing terrorists should never be released and yet al Issawi had the pleasure. Now ignorant people such as yourself dedicate poems to this piece of garbage. Tell me, if he killed someone in your family would you still write him a poem?

    • matangmanok

      Rachamim, I urge you to visit the website of the International Solidarity Movement that documents what Israel has incessantly doing to Palestinians. Here is a link to their site: http://palsolidarity.org/

      The random arrests of citizens, the destruction of Palestinian houses and mosques, the daily attacks and human rights violations that Israeli forces and armed Zionist groups conduct in your name should bring you shame, surely?

      • Rachamim Ben Ami

        ISM is a terrorist front and its leaders have gone on the record as justifying so called “Suicide Bombing.” I reckon that isn’t a group with an honest bone in any of their bodies.

        If you want to see a great example of their disgusting handiwork take a peek at their “Free Gaza Movement” and its “Freedom Flotillas.” Not only did a legally convicted al Qadah offshoot take the lead in the “Flotilla” that had the Marmara as its flagship, the entire convoy delivered nothing but out of date medicines, defenctive toys, spoiled food and second hand castoff clothing and was entirely rejected by HAMAS when Israel finally allowed it to be delivered into Gaza under third party supervision. HAMAS blasted the group for trying to capitalise on the “misery” of Gazans.

        Zionism is simply a national liberation movement that seeks to empower indigenous people. The Jews are the only indigenous people on that land and Israel now exists on a mere 4.6% of its guaranteed 118,000 square kilometers vis a vis the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine (1920).

        Israel is a Liberal Democracy that not only gives full and equal civil and human rights to all minorities within Israel, it gives its Arab citizens EXTRA rights. Nearly 50% of the Arabs living within what become the Greenline stayed in their homes in 1948 and today form a full 20% of the Israeli People. They enjoy the highest standard of living of any Arab demographic in the entire Middle East and North Africa so really, do you truly imagine Israel treats Arabs poorly? Groups like ISM are HATE groups who seek to de-legitamise entire peoples and nations. I really hope you do not admire the group.

      • matangmanok

        Rachamim, define terrorism.

      • Rachamim Ben Ami

        I use the UN’s Definition by Academic Consensus: The deliberate use of violence against civilians in hopes of achieving a political objective

      • matangmanok

        Great. Now look at yourself in the mirror. Look at what Israel continues to do. You might just wake up.

  • matangmanok

    Tell me about THE WALL, Rachamim. Tell us.

  • matangmanok

    Rachamim, I appreciate the time you spend trying to tell us what mainstream media has been feeding us for quite some time. Until I find your replies to be more than repetition of such propaganda, I will not be posting any more of them for the meantime. Thank you.

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