Tribute to Baha’a Elayyan (VIDEO)

Muhammad Elayyan makes the victory sign after the body of his slain son Bahaa Elayyan is released by Israeli authorities. (Photo: via Ma'an)

A group of Gaza-based activist has produced an amateur video-clip dedicated to  Baha’a Elayyan whose body was returned by the Israeli occupation forced after being held for for 325 days after his death. Only 25 people were allowed to attend Elayyan’s funeral, and his family was made to pay a 20,000 shekel ($5,292) “insurance fee” to make sure they abided by the rules set by Israel.

Elayyan  is remembered as an young intellectual involved in cultural activities in East Jerusalem. He was  a scout leader, and the founder of the “reading chain” around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem in 2014.

Lyrics of the song are adopted from Egyptian poet’s Ayman Bakri’s poem “Appeal to the Land”, composed the late musician Ammar Shreiey, and performed by Palestinian activist Haidar Eid.


Oh, my pretty land, I appeal to you

To be kind to my trembling martyr

Be easy on his rip!

Cuddle him!

Hug his body!

Wake the conscience of the world up,

Take it away from its long sleep!

Tell me, Human Conscience, why are you so silent?

In what religion is this sanctioned?

In what legislation?

What world are we living in?

Oh, my pretty land, I appeal to you

To be kind to my trembling martyr


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