Tawfiq Zayyad Poems
- I Call To You All 'I call to you all: I take your hand and ...
- Here We Will Stay In Lidda, in Ramla, in the Galilee, we ...
- They Know But they know that my country has known a thousand...
- All I Have I never carried a rifle On my shoulder Or pulled...
- Pagan Fires At our ease We take the thread of light From ...
- On The Trunk Of An Olive Tree I shall carve my story and the ...
- With My Teeth with my teeth I'll protect every inch of my ...
Tawfiq Ziad (Arabic: توفيق زيّاد, Hebrew: תאופיק זיאד, also spelt Tawfik Zayyad or Tawfeeq Ziad, 7 May 1929 – 5 July 1994) was a Palestinian politician well known for his "poetry of protest".
Born in the Galilee, Ziad studied literature in USSR. After returning home, he was elected mayor of Nazareth on 9 December 1973, as head of Palestine 48 Rakah, a communist party, a victory that is said to have "surprised and alarmed" Israelis.
Elected to the Knesset in the 1973 elections on Rakah's list, Ziad was active in pressuring the Israeli government to change its policies towards Arabs - both those inside Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territories.... more »
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I Call To You All
'I call to you all:
I take your hand and hold it tightly.
I kiss the ground on which you place your feet.
I know that for you I would give my life.
My life I would give for you.
I offer you the light of my eyes,
The fire of my heart:
For this pain that I suffer
Is only a small part of your pain.
I never have sold my country
And I have been willing to serve,
To face the invader with steadfastness and courage,
An orphan willing to die.
Carrying my people on my shoulders,
You will see my flag raised high,
And a mountain clothed in the green...