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    Posted July 25, 2014 by
    Madison, Wisconsin
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    New violence in Israel and West Bank

    AAhmad and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Israel-Gaza conflict felt around the world
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    For the sake of heavens, for heaven’s sake

    For the sake of heavens, for heaven’s sake
    “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

    The world bleeds around this most chronic ill
    The mother of all conflicts
    For such little space, a tiny area on the map
    The history of hatred is mind-boggling
    The central issue, the bottom line, is NOT ENOUGH LAND,
    LAND which the World can help create over the sea
    Or little some the expansive neighbors can graciously add

    If Abraham was to come alive today
    Would he not gather his entire family and probably say
    “Do it over, do it better, step it up.”
    “Come on people, get your act together, enough is enough.”
    Would his say in this day still carry any weight?

    Moses, Jesus, Muhammad
    How do I feel they are faring up there?
    How do you think they are holding out?
    Content, ecstatic, full of joy?
    Or disappointed, dejected, thoroughly annoyed?

    You are so wrong, I am so right
    And together we create
    For the sake of heavens, for heaven’s sake
    Unending bloodshed, this never ending plight
    Never pausing, never thinking
    That at the end of the day
    It is the same genes, the same blood on both sides of the aisle
    One Big Unhappy Family
    Where misery is shared and so is the destiny

    Arif Ahmad

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