Safadصفد

Safad

British Mandate (1920—1948)

Design: Fatma Abu Owda [Hamama], Gaza
Embroidery: Awatif Bader [Karatiyya], Gaza
Size: 59 x 96 cm

Safad is one of the oldest cities in historic Palestine, and has been home to adherents of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Archaeological excavations of the Crusader castle there uncovered remains of an Iron Age settlement. This panel was commissioned by the Sabbagh family. The words on the panel are from the poem “The Plea” by Sue Sabbagh.

THE PLEA

To find me you must stop the noise;
Silence the guns and the tanks,
The shouted orders
And the shouts of defiance,
The screaming and weeping,
And listen.

My voice is very weak.
You must try to hear it.
You will have to come close
And pick away the tumbled stones
Carefully, gently.

When you find me, lift me out,
Help me to breathe;
Set my broken limbs
But don’t think it’s enough
To give me back a fragile existence.

I need food and water,
I need a home that will last,
Health and hope and work to do.
I need love.

You must embrace me
And take me to your heart.
“My name is Peace”.

Sue Sabbagh
June 2002