Habibi (My Dear)

By Abeer Alzinaty

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

(this verse is translated from arabic)
Palestine my dear, how many songs were written for you
and yet your still struggling to be "allowed"
to be free, and have your own flag on your land
to celebrate your anthem on your independence day
your children, women and men still living in you for you
they will die and rise and bring more children to teach your story
don't worry about the olive trees ,that were uprooted from you
each one of us has a tree in their hearts with your villages names
every refugee among us know where they came from and to where they will return
my grandmother's house keys are hanged on a hope that the sun will rise upon us

Chorus :
(first part translated from arabic)
Habibti you are our home
you were then, and till today you are us
houses were demolished , only stones are left
to the next fight, and for a better house

Palestine you are in our hearts always and forever
they demolished the house but we wont stop
we will build another

second verse in English:
shout out respect to the israeli resistance
to soldiers who refuse to use tanks to fight children
may elohim (god) give power to jewish people
those who are supporting anti-zionisem and fight for freedom
its such a bless to know there are some who came to learn
that hate and racism cusses more hate and ugly wars
its not easy to fight the ignorance of the majority
of stupid israelis and bullies from other countries

verse continues in Arabic:
man I'm lucky to be born a palestinian
let history witness how strong are arab women
we are nor represented by governors and princes and sheiks
we are represented by the saleswomen in the old city of jerusalem
and the women in the streets of beirut

Chorus repeat

third verse in Arabic:
these lines are dedicated
to the arabs and the foreigners who defend us with us
to the fighters in jenin and the bodies in Qana
to all the paintings on surfaces which no-one see
to the music that takes us years to release

verse continues in English:
to foreigners who volunteer in the west bank
to the iranian rapper who blessed me with this track
to you! for raising my flag in America
one day you will see it proud in Lyd and Akka
to women who taught me you can rise after you hide
to the love of my friends that never left my side
to all artists who sing for the struggle all around
you and me together hand in hand we will bring this wall down!!


ABOUT THIS PIECE: Habibti (My Dear) : a song i wrote to Palestine, my people in Palestine, and Israelis living in Palestine. its written and performed Both in Arabic and English. i was inspired by my seeto's (grandmom) stories about el nakbeh, she was 13. and i was inspired by people who choose to daddicate their lives to help the Palestinian cause. and inspired by all events that happened since 1948 till today. The instrumental of the song was made and given to me by an Iranian rapper and friend based in Sweden.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Abeer Alzinaty, a Palestinian artists,R&B singer and educator, was born (23 January 1984) and raised in Lyd , Palestine/Israel, 20 minutes from Tel Aviv, and 40 minutes from Jerusalem. The challenges of being a Palestinian woman living inside of Israel led Abeer to express herself through art. She studied film in the film department in Tel Aviv university, and photography in Bezalel Academy of art in Jerusalem. She became active in political and social events in the Israeli, and the Palestinian territories, After the second Intifada started in 2000.

arab Hip-hop:
Abeer was one of the writers in the first arab hip hop web-site, then called arabrap.net, the director of the web-site Shadie Bisharat and Abeer worked on getting the arab hip hop music and articles and photos about the artists to the world. “Palestine’s First Lady of R&B”, Abeer established herself in Palestinian Hip Hop singing on the song Born Here with DAM. Inspired by Public Enemy’s music video for “Fight the Power,” Juliano Mer-Khamis, Director of the award-winning film Arna’s Children, helped DAM and Abeer turn the song into a popular music video in 2004. Hundreds of people participated in the creation of the video, which became a direct action protest against an Israeli checkpoint in their neighborhood. The Born Here video was played throughout Israel and established Abeer in the national music scene. After the video was a success, Abeer's relatives forbade her from touring with DAM on the Born here tour in Israel, and from taking any part is the palestinian hip hop scene; However since the release of the Born Here video, Abeer has written melodies and lent her vocals to every major Palestinian hip hop crew, and performed secretly. Abeer has recently collaborated with LA-based Palestinian-American rap crew, The Philistines, and is currently working on a solo album showcasing here unique Eastern R&B and Dancehall style. She’s interested in continuing her exploration of feminist and revolutionary themes while collaborating with artists from around the world. she also worked with the Iranian rapper based in Sweden, Behrang. She took part of the Documentary feature Slingshot Hip Hop which was directed by Jackie Salloum, the movie follows the life of young palestinian artists who started the hip hop scene in Palestine, also in the movie : DAM, Mahmoud Shalabi, PR (Palestinian Rappers and Arapeyat. the movie was an official selection of Sunadance film festival in 2008.

== Feminism and Activisem ==
Abeer has participated in various initiatives to support Palestinian children. She founded with her friends a youth club, "Future Seekers," in their hometown of Lyd to provide children with a place to play and grow. At it’s height, Future Seekers served 300 children before closing due to a lack of funds. Since then, Abeer have gone on to work with the US/Palestine Youth Solidarity Network, supporting refugee children in the West Bank in the creation of their own digital stories. she also taught film and fine art is schools in her home town Lyd. Discrimination and injustice are the main issues in Abeer's music and art. Politically and socially; Her work calls for freedom, equality, justice and peace. She struggles against the occupation , in any form,mentally, fiscally the israeli or the chauvinist. She speaks about women who were murdered under the pretense of honor, a common phenomena in the world and in the arab society in Palestine and Israel. Abeer also worked for the women lobby organization in Palestine and Israel as a mentor to teen female students , she taught them about the role of women in societies, and women leadership.

== Sabreena Da Witch == The stage name which Abeer uses is taken from both the Arabic language and the English language. Sabreen in arabic means patience , so on this references the name means patience witch, Abeer says she is always fascinated by the patience and power of Palestinians. from them she learned that in order to create a revolution and change you need a lot of patience, that does not mean you should wait for the solution you should work on it, and accept being out casted and hunted if you want to be pat of it. witches and the witches hunt in salem symbolize to Abeer the same struggle women are going through today. it also symbolize to her women's power, sister hood, super power , magic and beauty.

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