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What ever happened to the Arabic dream?

Yes the video is long and so are the lyrics, but so is the way towards an equitable solution to the Palestinian problem. Keep in mind that the clip was made before the rise of Hamas, and when many Arab nations still “relatively” cared about the plight of the Palestinian people.
After this last war on Gaza, I wonder how many representatives of those Arab nations would have participated in this clip, and what the lyrics would have read.
If you have time (and only time) to kill, watch and read; and draw your own conclusions.
N.B: Enclosed are the only translation of the lyrics I could find in English, since I am not capable (nor do I have the time) to translate them myself.

Our dream will live in the hearts of generations after generations.
And what we say today will be our life-long commitment.

Chorus:
Perhaps the darkness of the night will distance us,
But the light’s rays can reach the furthest sky.
This is our dream, for all our lives, an embrace to enfold us, all of us.

The dream is not impossible, so long as its fulfillment is conceivable.
And if the night becomes long, definitely afterwards there will be dawn.

Live up to all that you are, even when the truth is the difficult path.
Try, and you shall arrive; the dignity of the attempt will suffice.

Prove yourself to your own Time; believe in your ambitions, you will succeed.
Let your eyes see the truth, and the truth will be seen by others.

Challenge the world and revolt, and learn to remain courageous.
The journey of a thousand miles, starts with a single step.

Justice needs strength, so that you can protect it.
Never, by rhetoric and complaints, will the rightful land return.

Love has fire and spark, and eyes filled with hope.
Children, with stones in their hands, will reinvent the world.

From anywhere in the world, we speak the Arabic language.
And in the loudest voice and heartbeat, we call unity a rebirth.

Our children everywhere, are the light of the nations’ eyes.
Fairness, Love, Goodness … , are our message for all Time.

Sing and say with us: Art is aspiration and success.
From sadness, we create joy, from our thoughts, a path and a life.

A word of truth in a song, is spoken and passes in a second;
Perhaps after years, it may change the world with it.

Let the songs be true, and plan your time for action.
Love will find a door for all the closed paths.

The song cancels borders, and the heart is its nation;
As long as we live, we’ll sing; as long as we can, we’ll love.

Love is not by words, but by actions and feelings.
Be a light, a smile, a song, and a guide for the paths of others.

Our dream, for all Times, is the unity of all nations.
All the disagreements will disappear; it is enough that you are human.

Your art is your homeland in the exile; you’ll find the proof wherever you go.
Sing of people and friendship, you’ll find the world to be beautiful.

Love, in all the world’s languages, and condense the years into seconds.
The bird’s destiny is to fly, and our destiny is to sing these songs.

We hope the dream will become real, and break all hardened silences.
It is not too much for the truth to be bright, even while they call it foolishness.

The tree was a seed, and the story was an idea.
And since we love and dream, we’ll reach the path of tomorrow.

[words printed in the video…]
The seed began with a vision …
and the vision was a dream …
A dream … ended with a touchable reality
Operetta … The Arab Dream
23 Arab dreamers participated in the singing …
They came together from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arabian Gulf.
95 performers, in love with the dream, fulfilled the dream
… and the dream continues

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February 20, 2009 - Posted by | Fath, Palestine, Politics | , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. […] fousesquawk wrote an interesting post today on What ever happened to the Arabic dream?Here’s a quick excerptAfter this last war on Gaza, I wonder how many representatives of those Arab nations would have participated in this clip, and what the lyrics… […]

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  2. You probably mean the “arab” dream! Well, there is no such a thing…arabs are sentimentalists and not realists.

    Comment by VOR | February 23, 2009

  3. The arab dream est parti en sucette…
    pourtant les arabes ont raté et ratent toujours une occasion en or de rester unis (sans se jouer de sales coups dans le dos), ils ont un ennemi commun et sont unanimes là-dessus!
    Mais non, on préfère voir dans son frère de sang un traitre, les juifs étant trop difficiles à viser…

    Comment by mc | March 2, 2009

  4. @Vor, You are right it is the “Arab” dream

    @Mc, “Arab unis” that is a joke, since the dawn of time Arabs disagreed on everything. Take for example the notion of “kawmiyah Arabia” which differed from one country to another and from one leader to another.

    Comment by marillionlb | March 2, 2009

  5. It was nice to see your blog.Just Keep Writing!

    ______________________________
    Don’t pay for your electricity any longer…
    Instead, the power company will pay YOU!

    Comment by Amber | March 2, 2009


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