The following is a poem read on the Voice of Palestine, the official radio station of the Palestinian Authority, on May 22, 1997 during the morning news program "A New Day". It was read as part of a series of "Songs of the Homeland." The same poem was read on the Voice of Palestine during the September 1996 riots, in which 85 Israelis and Palestinians were killed.
"O our beautiful land imprisoned in a cage and
surrounded by wolves, My shaded garden, the tormentors have destroyed you, and the dogs
have settled in you, O Jerusalem, O my city, With my notebook and pencil and the fire of
my rifle I will shatter the cage, I will kill the wolves and plant the flag, The dogs will
not bark in the heroic cities."
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