My Allies

Today everybody is with Hamas because Hamas won the battle.
If Fatah had won the battle they’d be with Fatah.
We are a hungry people, we are with whoever gives us a bag
of flour and a food coupon. Me, I’m with God and a bag of flour.
Yousef, age 30. Gaza, 2007

Today, Yousef, I am not with Hamas.
Nor with Fatah, Hezbollah, Taliban or Al Queda.
Don’t mistake me for a man of conscience
for I have many bags of flour and a family
that could stand to lose a little weight.
Still, believe me if you can when I say I’m not with
the Syrians, the Saudis, the Persians or Israelis.
By now, it’s no secret. So little of what I try
to say rings true. But if God is with the living,
Yousef, then I’m with him and with you.