Shai Goldman

A Proposal For Pro-Israel Chants

I may have a number of qualms about my Pro-Hamas copatriots on many fronts, but I have to admit that they are exceptionally good at at least one thing: crafting really catchy chants. Sure, the content of these chants may at times be abhorrently genocidal, but I’ve really got to hand it to them they sure are catchy. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same regarding our own chanting practices. There are some nice one-liners that I can appreciate passionately chanting Am yisroel chai!”, “Bring them home!”, “Rape is not resistence!” “Hamas is ISIS!” but I am not yet aware of any particularly compelling pro-Israel chants on the level of those virulently spouted by those who wave the other flag.

I think, therefore it might be a worthwhile pursuit to try and come up with some nice and simple pro-Israel statements that follow catchy metrical patterns and make effective use of rhyming. I myself am surely unworthy of this task, but I may as well share some of my first ideas here, in the hopes that it may inspire other’s more skillful than myself to create even better verses that we can all enjoy shouting in support of our people’s right to exist.

I will share three such chants that I have thought up recently below. Here is the first:

Israel has the right
To defend itself and fight!

This chant is intended to be said to a similar tune to the all-too-familiar “from the river to the sea.” Bum-be-bum, Be-Bum Bum / Bum be-bum be-bum be-bum!

Another one:

It is not resistance
To challenge our existence!

Pronounced: IT, is NOT, reSIStance / to CHAL- llenge OUR, exISTence!

And finally:

In each and every age
They try to wipe us out!
The evil that they wage
Must fail without a doubt!

The tune should be pretty easy to intuit. I imagine a version of this where it is recited responsively, Anim Zimiros-style.

That’s all I have for now. Do you have any good chant ideas? Let me know in the comments!

Am Yisroel Chai!

About the Author
Shai Goldman spent three years studying talmud at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He is currently pursuing his bachelors in Computer Science at Columbia University. There, while taking the required core literature courses, he fell in love with poetry, and began writing poems of his own. His recent book, "Poems on the Parsha," is available on Amazon.
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