This statement was sent to me by Khaled Furani, professor of Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, a dear friend of mine and of the late Benjamin Hollander. Khaled is the author of the utterly brilliant Silencing the Sea: Secular Rhythms in Palestinian Poetry (Stanford University Press, 2012). In the words of Etel Adnan “Silencing the Sea is good news: It ironically speaks of the redemptive power of the human word, as fractured as it can be, as opposed to the Divine word’s overwhelming power. It engages the battle for secularism that Arab poets, in particular, are leading, as it is for them, and their societies, an existential and crucial issue. Furani follows their meandering poems, and thoughts, through strengths and imperfections, while answering implicitly Hölderlin’s famous question: ‘What are poets for in these destitute times?’ by seemingly saying that by changing themselves these poets do change the world, at least by making chinks in the wall.” While the US media continues to obfuscate the focal point of Israeli brutality and repression in Gaza, the document below describes the everyday brutality faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel, as well as some of their Jewish counterparts, acting in solidarity with unarmed civilians facing one of the world’s strongest armies, mostly paid for by US taxpayer dollars. Spread the word, join the boycott, become aware of the importance of Palestine, it is an American political issue that corrupts our society at every level!