Thursday, 13 April 2017

Searching for Judas… again





If it was milk spilt, we would not have cried… but it was blood… that of our folks spilt in the most sacred places… that is why we will cry… but maybe with one eye… to see with the other one who that Judas is who sells us for less than thirty silver coins… and also to perceive with vigilant eyes our way out of that mire!

We will not cry like Taifa kings of Andalusia did when they lost Andalusia after they were inflicted with political fragmentation… but rather we will cry like Amal Dunqol asked us to do in his poem… “we will not make reconciliation”… because those things are not to be compromised… memories of our childhood… between Ahmed, Muhammed, Mahmood.. and George, Gerges, Saydarous… we grew up together and suddenly felt manhood… like the poem says “that two swords fight for you… two voices speak for you… and that in case you died, someone will take care of your family… someone will take care of your kids as if he is their father”.

That blood spilt in Mar Gerges and Mar Murqos churches will not go in vain… we will not forget those clothes, floors, walls, chairs and altar shed with blood… therefore, we will not make reconciliation and we will not accept blood money… it is not an eye for an eye… not a tooth for a tooth… because they are not equal!... The head of that five-year-old child girl and that of the twenty-years-old young man… and others of our folks who martyred are not like those heads of those demons who know nothing about God… about mercy… about compassion… about nobility… about country… because they have no concepts or morals at all!

We will not make reconciliation because the one lives among us peacefully is not equal to another killing us!

We will not make reconciliation even if we were deprived sleep… we will not make reconciliation and we will not believe them even if they said they gave up politics and decided by their own will to let it go because blood has become now a sign and badge of honor.

We will not make reconciliation no matter what peace speeches they give… because we will not breathe that defiled air… we will not share food with those who killed us… because it is not our revenge alone… it is the revenge of generations after generations… tomorrow, our sons will take revenge for their martyred folks… they will bring justice out of the impossible!

We will not make reconciliation until the whole universe goes back to its ever-continuing cycle… stars to their exact timings… birds to their twitters… sands to their nuclei… and the martyred to his child daughter!

We will not make reconciliation because that who killed us is not a God to decide to end our lives…

We will not make reconciliation because reconciliation is an agreement between two rivals equal in honor… and the one who killed us is nothing but a thief who stole our security and safety… and who had no honor to keep!

We will not make reconciliation because there is no such thing with traitors… with Judas… any Judas in any county at any time… for those who do not know Judas, I repeat what I wrote two years ago… Judas is that disciple of Jesus… he decided to betray Jesus and delivered him to his enemies… enemies of justice and truth; the Sanhedrin… here we read in the Gospel of John, chapter 13 a depiction of the scene when Judas betrayal started and how prophet Jesus discovered this: Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God“… Then we read in the same chapter: “… When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

We have to search for and know that Judas who pollutes the waters of the Nile, the soil and air… all that poison all plants and animals so that sick ailing generations, incapable of production or defending their country or even their lives, are born.

We have to search for that Judas that destroys the educational and research processes… and who injects poisonous ideas to our children and youth… so that they graduate holding the highest degrees while they cannot write a proper Arabic sentence or even master another language or have any ability to conduct creative research.

We search for Judas in the field of health services; meaning health of the Egyptian citizen… that traitor who produces medications empty of effective substance and who leaves the patients without care… who leaves the equipment coated with dust or corroded due to remissness… or who takes bribes in order to give people their fundamental rights… it is the same Judas everywhere… in industry… in agriculture… in commerce… in services… and every field.

What is more dangerous is that Judas who keeps dismantling and fragmenting our country into separate ghettos segregated based on religion, sect, or doctrine… also those who keep dismantling our country into sides and races and ripping our nation apart with social injustice claiming that capital has the right to make any revenues whenever it wants away from any social, cultural or civilization commitments.

What is most dangerous is that Judas who sheds the blood of our sons… in particular the army and police forces… also innocent people who die in such booby traps in the streets, on bridges and before schools, hospitals, banks and security check points.

It is Judas who facilitates establishing tunnels under our borders and gives a blind eye about them while he knows these tunnels are poisonous daggers that go deep in the very core of our nation ripping it apart… it is Judas who does not do his duty and learns nothing from what happened before… in doing so, he lets the most evil Judas gloats when he commits his crime in the same way again and again through the same gaps of remissness and not paying attention.

While searching for Judas, we have to notice carefully as maybe every one of us has his own Judas inside… that Judas who keeps discouraging us from doing something useful so that we do the same thing to others who are active… it is that Judas who pushes us to doubt everything… to downgrade any achievement done… and to belittle any effort exerted… also blackening our vision for the future to block the light from reaching our eyes and souls.

Translated into English by: Dalia Elnaggar


This article was published in Al Ahram newspaper on April 13, 2017.

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