“Bad Muslim” A Poem By Asam Ahmed in Counter punch

Bad Muslim

Do not project your fear

onto my body


I will not hold your hand

and reassure you

I have no intention of killing you

I will not coddle your

fear or accept guilt

by association

I have no interest in

reassuring you

not all of us are like that


I will not apologize

for your parochialism

your provincialism

or your ignorance

for your inability to


violence unless

a tv box or a hashtag

numbs your mind with it
I will not mourn with you

because you don’t even


how to acknowledge

my many deaths

I will not affirm

that your grief

and your loss

is more painful

or more significant

or more terrifying

than the grievances you

have never even heard of

than the grievances you refuse

to recognize as grievances


I will tell you instead

what it feels like

to watch your

Pundits and your Experts

extoll the virtues of

Killing All Muslims

of deporting everyone on

security lists with names

like mine

I will tell you

how much terror

your vaunted fear


how it pierces my skin

coils around my cranium

burrows under my parietal

bones makes it difficult

to breathe

to think

to wake up

in the morning

how it grows inside me

this infinite terror

because you think

your fear is

so special

so singular

so unique

it justifies the

rivers of blood

in places

you still don’t know

how to find on a map


I will not apologize

until every single european

apologizes for the massacres

holocausts genocides famines

committed in your names

until you personally apologize

for palestine kashmir algeria the


for drawing lines

in the sand

that still fester

like bloody wounds

will refuse to apologize

until every single american

personally apologizes for discovering

this continent

by washing it in the


of it’s original inhabitants

for slavery the kkk

plantations japanese internment

camps the trail of tears

for the burnings

hangings lynchings

of Black bodies

for policemen

who still don’t know

innocence and Blackness

can exist

in the same body

for rectal feedings and

unaccountable disappearances

abu ghraib and fallujah

for torture that still doesn’t


as torture for terror that rises and

rises and rises


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Posted by F. Sheikh

Ask A Question; In the West, Is religion playing a fundamental role or socioeconomic discrimination in terrorist attacks?

Since I posted article “Massacre in Paris”, and argued that we are now tired of the explanations that perpetrators do not represent Islam, new details have emerged and it is being widely debated whether in the West only religion is responsible for such acts or other socio-economic factors are playing the major role. Please express your opinion in reply section.

F. Sheikh


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My Jewish Mother, My Palestinian Father and a Family Torn Apart

Deanne & Mahmoud Hajaj Honeymoon 1969_CHajaj
Bridging the gap: The writer’s parents Deanne and Mahmoud Hajaj, on honeymoon in Israel in 1969. COURTESY OF CLAIRE HAJAJ

A friend of mine has just witnessed the silent death of a little girl in one of Gaza’s frantic ­emergency rooms. She had no parents beside her, no name to humanise her. She spoke no word and made no plea. Her eyes focused steadily on the ceiling, oblivious to the desperate and heroic efforts around her. And then she was gone – another anonymous body hidden under a white sheet.

Who was she and why did she die? The Gaza story currently circulating on Twitter and Facebook gives two opposing answers. The first labels her a human shield for Hamas, a pawn in their terrorist machinations to undermine Israel’s security, kill its citizens and destroy its international standing. The second calls her a martyr to Israel’s genocide against the Palestinian people, a victim of Zionism’s deliberate disregard for Palestinian lives and the world’s long-standing political immunity to Palestinian suffering.

These viewpoints are as impenetrable as the Iron Domes air defence system. Since the deadly and heart-rending blitz against Gaza began, most Israelis, Palestinians and the watching world have taken shelter under one or the other, blasting away any counter-message that threatens their viewpoint. These have nothing to do with this girl, with the reality of her life, her hopes, her sorrows. Nor do they reflect any of the social or political transformations that would have kept her safe.


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