New Pro-Palestinian Rap Music
is an integral part of culture and it is often used to express
ourselves, either by creating it or listening to it. In the
context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict there has been little
in the way of music that describes the history of the Palestinian
plight, until now.
One of the most brilliant new artist/activist to take his message
to the microphone is the Iron
bold and insightful rap-style challenges traditional views
on Palestinians. The following song entitled, "Olive
Trees" describes the uprooting of the Palestinians from
their land, much in the same way Israeli settlers are uprooting
olive trees today. Ironically, olive trees are traditional
symbols of peace, i.e. the olive branch.
the play button to listen to the song and read along with
his lyrics. His new CD entitled "Camel Clutch 2003"
has just been made available on Amazon.
began before 1948
When Zionists founded the Israeli state
Zionism called for a Jewish homeland
But they picked Palestine as a land with no man
One major flaw with all of this:
They forgot the indigenous populace!
Native Arab Muslims and Christians
Didnt they notice that something is missing?
They left native Arabs all out of their view
Zionisms goals were heavily skewed
Newcomers settled up in the country-side
In separation just like Apartheid
Jewish roads, schools, and hospitals
But also paramilitary patrols
are the seeds of 48
From colonial control to the Jewish state
Its not a mistake, though
Its not a mistake, no
Life in exile, is that our fate?
Life in exile, thats our fate?
Life in exile, thats our fate?
exiled us and stole our homes
Now all we have are old keys and new poems
They turned us into refugees
And uprooted us like our olive trees
1917 the British gave away our nation
With Lord Balfours stupid declaration
They had no right to give it away
But guess what?
They did it anyway!
And once again the natives had no say
You know the British acted like they ruled the earth
And the Israelis think they got it by birth
Yeah right man!
Who lived on the land?
And who had to use force with their hand?
Im surprised by this, they should know better
Then to move on our land as a settler
I mean that word says it all
Some say its not their choice, that its Gods
But to me thats called manifest destiny
I thought that went out of style in the last century
Now were held captive to their public opinion
As a Palestinian I feel more like an Indian
Driven into reservations
Living under occupation
As a shattered nation
A western creation
time, I went jogging in the park
But now we cant go outside
Cuz well get shot
Or as Benjamin Netanyahu might like to put it:
we jumped in front of that Israeli bullet.
But who can believe what that sucka say
He gotta be the biggest yoohoo alive today
So I searched yahoo for whos the most sinister
It came back with Israels current prime minister
Ariel Sharon, a real cabron
Id like to meet him in a dark alley and its on
Hed be the Penguin and Id be Batman
My flurry of fists would sink that fat man
Like the Titanic
its time to panic
I cant stand it
cuz were heading for the bottom of the Atlantic
Israel and Americas a sinking ship, if we dont
change it soon were going down with it.
the Iron Sheik at: firstname.lastname@example.org