"To the impartial eye, the world not only seems an unlikely one-off phenomenon, but a constant strain on reason. If reason exists, that is, if a neutral reason exists. So speaks the voice from within. So speaks Joker's voice." - Jostein Gaarder

Monday, July 24, 2006


What is Yafa?

A 13 year old [Qawmieh Sourieh] girl that her father swore to name her Yafa,

A Song, fairouz singing...
أذكر يوما كنت بيافا
خبرنا خبر عن يافا

وشراعي في مينا يافا
با أيام الصيد بيافا

نادانا البحر ويومه سحر فهيأناه المجدافا
نلمح في الخاطر أطيافا عدنا بالشوق إلى يافا
فجرا أقلعنا, زنداً وشراع
في المقلة ضعنا, والشاطئ ضاع

هل كان الصيد وفيرا؟
وغنمنا منه كثيرا
قل من صبح لمساء
نلهو بغيوم الماء

لكن في الليل... في الليل
جاءتنا الريح... في الليل
يا عاصفة هوجاء... وصلت ماء بسماء
عاصفة البحر الليلة... فطعان ذئاب بحرية

أنزلنا الصاري... أمسكنا المجذاف
نقصو ونداري... والموت بنا طاف
قاومنا الموج الغاضب... روضنا البحر الصاخب
وتشد وتعنف أيدينا... ويشد يشد القارب

ويومها قالوا...
إننا ضائعون
إننا هالكون
في الأبد البارد

لكننا عدنا
عدنا مع الصباح
جئنا من الرياح
كما يجيء المارد

ودخلناها مينا يافا
با طيب العود إلى يافا
وملأنا الضفة أصدافا
يا أحلى الأيام بيافا

كنا والريح تهب تصيح نقول: سنرجع يا يافا
اليوم الريح تهب تصيح ونحن سنرجع يا يافا
وسنرجع نرجع يا يافا
وسنرجع نرجع يا يافا
وسنرجع نرجع يا يافا
وسنرجع نرجع يا يافا

That's what's left of Yafa.

The rest is Tel Aviv now.

I play that song, and tears start running, I donno anything about Yafa, except that girl that has an amazing belief in the Mandarins of Yafa in her eyes. You can still hear the salesmen in the bazars of Latakia calling after their Yafawi Mandarins.

And a fairouz voice telling me that, we will be back someday,

But then I wake up, and ask her again, Back? Where?


Blogger Amr Faham said...

Palestinians can go back to Palestine or what is called now israel, many people refuse even to think about it, but wait a minute:
if israel is receiving tens of thousands of immigrants every year, then why can't they be Palestinians?
of course, Israel won't do so because it was based on replacing one people by people from all over the world, many of them aren't jews and don't know what Judaism is actually they just moved for money.
but if you think that there is no place for palestinians then you're wrong, there is a place for them.
so yea, they'll be back and they will build there destroyed cities and villages again...

July 24, 2006 4:11 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

back Where ?
back to palestine even if nothing's left but ricks and blood

July 24, 2006 9:47 PM

Blogger Fares said...

Nasralla is getting screwed by Iran
PEACE To Lebanon

July 28, 2006 12:14 PM

Blogger Lilly said...

Inshallah Palestine will beback and it will :)

August 01, 2006 9:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ما نيل المطالب بالتمني
فليفعلها حزب الله ولو كره الإفرنج

August 03, 2006 11:54 PM

Blogger Fares said...

Harming Syria, Dream on
Please come and show love, support and solidarity for Syria which is apparently now on the neo-cons radar. YOUR COMMENTS ARE NEEDED.

August 09, 2006 8:47 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy late birthday

August 09, 2006 10:04 AM

Anonymous Qwaider قويدر said...

Yafa... means "The Beautiful" الجميلة
What a fantastic name for a girl to be called Yafa

August 15, 2006 12:15 PM

Anonymous nadeen_abdou@hotmail.com said...

Yafa is a very nice place .. hope to visit it soon :(
by the way im from yaffa :)

August 17, 2006 5:29 PM

Anonymous Liberation said...

In Yafa, many houses were destroyed , most of the population was expelled if not massacred in 1948. Then suddenly new colonialist ugly buildings grew up like mushrooms after sionist invasion.

It is sure that Yafa is absolutely not the same anymore. But who gives a damn, Yafa has been here for 4000 years and it's not 60 years under the sionist boot that will erase it's history and the place that takes in our heart.

Yafa is more than a city, it's a culture, it's the place where thousands of our ancestors lived with prosperity...

Everyone in the world feel attached to his homeland or city, even if he or she didn't even see it ! This is called ATTACHEMENT TO THE LAND, the roots. This is what's keeping us struggeling and resisting !

Now, will we go back to Yafa one day ? Of course we will. If not all of us, then many of us and if none of us, then our children. The thing is, u have to beleive in it and fight not to forget it, becoz if u don't do it, nobody will offer it to u on a golden plate.

How ?
Peace will come one day. The project of 2 states is totally dead with the wall and the continuation of colonisation : it is impossible to make a viable independant state.
The only solution is one state for 2 people. Then, if we really want to go back (people are pourishing in refugee camps, still waiting), then we will make it a red line for peace. Isn't it the right of any refugee to go home ? (UN resolutions and human rights) This goes also for other palestinian cities in 48.

Every empire will decline, usa will soon join the club.
Justice will be soon.

Sheck out : http://www.iyafa.com/

November 23, 2006 7:55 AM


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