Song of Joy from Gaza


    A new song celebrates the Sumud (steadfastness) of the people of historic Palestine following the latest horrific Israeli onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip.

    Towards the end of the latest horrific Israeli onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip in May 2021, the idea of producing a new song about the Sumud (steadfastness) of the people of historic Palestine – those who died defending our dignity; those who refused to kneel in Sheikh Jarrah; and those who took to the streets of Lydda, Haifa Um El Fahm, and other parts of Palestine came up – a song that captured the moment when all Palestinians decided to create a “place for all at the rendezvous of victory.”

    As soon as a ceasefire was declared, Palestinians, in spite of the heavy price paid in blood, took to the streets to express their pride in their victory. Hence the joy after Israel’s defeat at the hands of

    those who died in the battle
    And those who contributed and sacrificed
    They who slept in the ditches
    And those yearning for a new world
    And those with a heavy burden on their shoulders
    And they who went to bed with empty stomachs
    We are all the salt of the earth
    Who will cross the seven seas and reach the stars of the sky!

    We are joyous, joyous, JOYOUS!

    Farhaneen, Farhaneen, FARHANEEN!