The latest spate of acts of normalization conducted by some Arab writers (eg. Amin Maalouf’s interview on a right-wing Israeli satellite channel) and official Palestinian, and Arab, participation in the Herzilya conference are just two examples that have generated a huge debate in Palestine and the Arab world. These words– taken from a poem written by the late Egyptian poet Abdurrahman Elabnoudi, and performed by Haidar Eid–capture the mood prevalent amongst most Palestinians and Arabs.
He who puts his father’s home on sale
Could as well put his sister and his mother on sale,
His memories, sorrow and emotions,
He could sell his comrades,
There is no room for love in his heart,
He could put his own sons on sale,
And his HOMELAND!