A Jew to Zionist Fighters, 1988 (A Poem)

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by WAEL012000, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. Erich Fried - the most famous German-speaking poet in the modern world - was one of the first sponsors of the RETURN statement. He was a refugee from his native Austria, from where he fled after the Anschluss in 1938, his father having been beaten and tortured to death by the Gestapo

    A Jew to Zionist Fighters, 1988

    What do you actually want?
    Do you really want to outdo
    those who trod you down
    a generation ago
    into your own blood
    and into your own excrement
    Do you want to pass on the old torture
    to others now
    in all its bloody and dirty detail
    with all the brutal delight of torturers
    as suffered by your fathers?
    Do you really want to be the new Gestapo
    the new Wehrmacht
    the new SA and SS
    and turn the Palestinians
    into the new Jews?
    Well then I too want,
    having fifty years ago
    myself been tormented for being a Jewboy
    by your tormentors,
    to be a new Jew with these new Jews
    you are making of the Palestinians
    And I want to help lead them as a free people
    into their own land of Palestine
    from whence you have driven them or in which you plague them
    you apprentices of the Swastika
    you fools and changelings of history
    whose Star of David on your flags
    turns every quicker
    into that damned symbol with its four feet
    that you just do not want to see
    but whose path you are following today