I am not a Palestinian. I am not an Israeli. I am the product of the forgotten.

The living incarnation of a time when no frontier could trespass us. I am a Canaani.

I am being forced to pick a side.

But I will resist.

I will not SPLIT.

I won’t bow down.

I will resist.

Canaani. I am.

This poem is from a collection called TALE OF A FED UP BLACK ARAB SISTA. 

Header image design by Orly Zebak. Original photographs by Keith Hardy, Brad Helmink, Tim Johnson/ Unsplash

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VKY (also known as Victoria Kabeya) is a Belgian author, essayist, poetess and short story writer of African and Middle Eastern descent. She was born in 1991. Ever since she began her career in 2015, she has published more than twenty books in a matter of five years. Her work focused on inter sectional religion, Black Arab identity and Modern day Judaism. She is also a social activist advocating against violence in the ghettos and fights for the rights of Black Arabs in the Jewish and Arab worlds.

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