The Israeli rapper,
Tamer Nafar, living in the Jewish-Arab town of Lod,
told an American, “I don’t want to coexist, and am just wanting to exist.”
Two nations in the same land, not above reproach but equally both under God,
aren’t identical, but on a right that’s racially identical,
In “Ghosts in the Land,” LRB, 6/3/21 Adam Shatz writes:
Tamer Nafar, a rapper from Lod, told an American interviewer that he had no interest in ‘coexistence’. ‘I just want to exist,’ he said….
Mahmoud Darwish implies in the poem, “Identity Card,” that he does not only want to coexist, but also to “eat the flesh of my usurper,” a process that contradicts coexistence:
Write at the top of page one:
I do not hate people;
I do not assault anyone,
But … if I get hungry
I eat the flesh of my usurper
Beware … beware … of my hunger
and of my anger.