An Old Man and a Young Man in Gaza – A Poem by Heathcote Williams


Rest in Peace Mohammed Abu Khadr

This magnificent poem by English poet, actor and awards-winning playwright Heathcote Williams is a stunning revelation of the evil that lies at the heart of modern Israel and the Zionism from which its founders sprang. Following are the first four stanzas.

An old man holds a placard that reads,
“You take my water, burn my olive trees,
Destroy my house, take my job, steal my land,
Imprison my father, kill my mother,
Bombard my country, starve us all,
Humiliate us all, but I am to blame:
I shot a rocket back.”

Here are some ungodly chants
From the Zionist Book of Psalms
Which are used to justify
Laying waste to a whole country
And to its inhabitants:

“We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages
Destroying all the infrastructure including roads and water”
Eli Yishai, former Deputy Prime Minister.

“There should be no electricity in Gaza,
No gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. …
We need to flatten entire neighborhoods
… flatten all of Gaza”
Israeli journalist Gilad Sharon in the Jerusalem Post.

For the rest of the poem, please click on the link below.

I have never read such a brilliant condensation of the evil that lies at the root and heart of modern Israel than this. I am stunned. This is a message that needs to be passed on around the world so that the message finally gets to the leaders of the U.S., the UK, France, Germany, Japan and every other nation on this planet of ours. Enough is, finally, way more than enough of this vicious charade.

About gwpj

Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at
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1 Response to An Old Man and a Young Man in Gaza – A Poem by Heathcote Williams

  1. Such anger on both sides in that whole region. Shame.

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