Congratulations from Marcel Khalife:
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Congratulations Palestine from South Africa:
Congratulations from a Palestinian girl:
Congratulations from Plato’s!
Shadia Mansour !! Magnificent Arab woman , as she should be , proud, independent , free and her own woman ! Ana Tijoux, too !!
Thank you Taxi for putting up ” Kuffiyyeh Arabiyyeh ” !
I love her lyrics .
And defiant !!
Mabrouk, Palestine. That should put to rest the Israeli notion that there is no Palestinian people.
Ah, “Rita and the Rifle”. You passed up the chance, Taxi, of having its author write an ode to Taxi that Marcel Khalifeh would be putting to music today. Rita, a poem and a given name to a Jewish girl in Occupied Palestine, his first love, a soldier in the Israeli army.
About the anthem: It was a beautiful anthem about the beauty of the land, its glory and aspiration for freedom and dignity for the people, until 1996 when the PLO replaced it with “Fida’i”, which is the plural of fidayeen or martyr. The new anthem lacked the romanticism of the Mawtini and was all about fire and brimstone, which fit more with the PLO’s aspirations and the image it wanted to project. I don’t think it spooked anyone. I’d be curious to know which one is preferred by the Palestinians. My vote, not that anybody cares, is for “Mawtini” , which means “my homeland”,
I agree, Mawtini will win over Fidai.
Earlier when I asked my Lebanese friend about popular songs beloved by Palestine (to post on Plato’s to celebrate Palestine flag raising day), she said ‘Biladi Biladi’ – then her husband said that it was an Egyptian song – they argued over it and I didn’t post it cuz my friends confused me.
I’ve posted Mawtini here before – like a couple of months ago – but I thought the version of Mawtini that I found and posted today was really special too.
Oh drat – you’re right! Lol! Very funny Walid. I doubt that I regret my non-marriage to Mr. Darwish. It’s all good with me. I think it’s a nightmare to be married to a famous person – too many extra responsibilities and my pet hate in life is responsibility. Tis true. I like my days to pass in a free-flowing manner: no appointments, no commitments, no added responsibilities.
But I do treasure all the books he gifted me over the years, with his one line messages and signature inscribed on inner sleeves. Wish he was still around to buy me more books and inscribe them lol.
Oh and I think he’d really get a kick out of me setting up Plato’s heh.
I remembered your Darwish episode from the story you contributed to MW about 4 or 5 years ago, I think it was during a fund-raising campaign. Another one that had a great contribution at the time was Danaa whose writings I’ve been admiring for many years. You could re-post it here.
Memory of an elephant and all that, Walid heh. Danaa is a sharp, erudite and focused writer – beautifully honest with a unique way of reasoning. Tremendous thinking lady.
It’s an idea I may take up one day: re-posting my Darwish “episode” yes, I could do that, but I’d have to change that awful title. I’ll re-post it when a better title occurs.
I remember your post on MW , Taxi !
Oh man now I’m embarrassed lol.
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