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A Bridge of Peace

Date added: 01/08/2016

A Bridge Of Peace

(English version of "My Palestinian Sister")


'They shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and

none shall make them afraid" (Micah, 4. 4)


My Palestinian sister,

Daughter of Abraham, like me,

Let us build a sturdy bridge

From your olive world to mine,

From my orange world to yours,

Above the boiling pain

Of acid rain prejudice -

And hold human hands high

Full of free stars

Of twinkling peace


My Palestinian sister, daughter of Abraham,

I do not want to be your oppressor

You do not want to be my oppressor,

Or your jailer

Or my jailer,

We do not want to make each other afraid

Under our vines

And under our fig trees

Blossoming on a silvered horizon

Above the bruising and the bleeding

Of poisoned gases and scuds.


So, my Palestinian sister,

Let us build a bridge of

Jasmine understanding

Where each shall sit with her baby

Under her vine and under her fig tree -

And none shall make them afraid



Ada Aharoni is an Israeli poet, writer and professor. Ada was born in Cairo, lives in Haifa, and is  President of IFLAC: PAVE PEACE, the International Forum for Literature and Culture of Peace. She writes in Hebrew and English, and her works have been translated into Arabic.

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