Palestinian Ancestry

My poem “Palestinian Ancestry”

Palestinian Ancestry

You question my ancestry,

and believe in blood purity,

yet pure-bloods are not a rarity,

they do not exist.

I am a Canaanite,

I am a Jebusite,

an Amorite,

and an Edomite.

I am Philistinian,

I am Nabataean,

an Ancient Hebrew,

and an Aramean.

I am Greek,

and maybe Roman.

I am an Arab,

and a Kurd,

a European crusader,

and an Ottoman Turk.

My ancestors listed are but a few,

they were pagans, Christians, Muslims and Jews,

yet you believe in blood purity,

for my blood is “impure.”

your blood, too, is “impure.”

your disease of racism requires a cure.


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