Community Update

World Pulse Toolkits Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits are all available here.

We are especially excited to share our signature Citizen Journalism and Digital Empowerment Curriculum. Start learning today!

war is not my language - الحرب ليست لُغتي

war is not my language

الحرب ليست لُغتي
war is not my language

no more of yours F-16s
no more of your tanks!
(and your other American made deadly toys)
no more of your Qassams

no more!
we are sleepless
our bodies – collapsing, shaking, bloodied, amputated, dead.

الحرب ليست لُغتي
war is not my language

rule and divide
rule and divide
rule and divide

we refuse.
we scream in desperation
let us live
stop the murder.

LIFT the siege off Gaza
LET the fishermen fish
and let the boys PLAY football.

الحرب ليست لُغتي
war is not my language

LIFT the siege off Gaza
LET the women live with dignity
and let the girls SWIM in the sea

divide and rule
divide and rule

we refuse!
we stand up and loudly, clearly say
together, Jews and Palestinians –
we refuse your wars
we refuse to be enemies

الحرب ليست لُغتي
war is not my language

divide and rule

(c) khulud khamis, خلود خميس
Haifa, 19 July 2014
حيفا, تموز 2014

a link to a photo album "war is not my language" - by Haifa feminist activists:



olutosin's picture

War is not my language, yes

It is not our language GlobalPeace we want.

Thank you, I wish the World peace, peaceful coexistent and love.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


Amriyota's picture

Give peace a chance

They need war, they need blood , they need malnourished under educated 3rd world to feed them. But they forget they r only 20% n we are 80%. you can try to divide us, you can kill us even you can work hard to misguide the whole world but you can not justify attack on Gaza, or any other war.....war is not the language of humanity.

shamee's picture

#we are with Palastine

Beautiful poem,we are sleepless too because of Gaza.

War is terrifying and destructive, and your poem has beautifully pictured this. Nepal saw one of the most destructive civil war for a decade in its peaceful land. Blood, killings and rape were nightmarish. I detest war. It is never justifiable; and I oppose it with all my strength. I'm with you Khulud on your peaceful fight against war, against genocide. Let's stand together against war and killing, and hope for a day when it ends and peace be prevailed.

In solidarity,


Safecity's picture


It is frightening how so many places in the world are in conflict and continue to be in conflict. On one hand everyone recommends collaboration as an indicator and driver of progress. Yet we have so much of destructive conflict. Women and children continue to be the major recipients of the brutality of war. When will it end? When will we live in a peaceful world?

Your poem captures exactly what I feel. Thanks for sharing.

In solidarity,

ahdihassan's picture

Beautiful poem,you have to do

Beautiful poem,you have to do is to make one small change

Lea's picture

Thank you so much,

Thank you so much, Khulud,
for writing this powerful poem. It's absolutely devastating what is going on Gaza and your poem really captured the desperation and cry for an end of the violence and an end to the suffering of the Palestinians and particularly Gazans. These senseless attacks have caused so much death and destruction and for what? Yes, war is not the solution. The bloodshed needs to stop. I support you, Khulud and I agree with everyone who posted that those attacks are unjustifiable and affect the most vulnerable individuals. I wish for an end of the suffering and for justice and peace to prevail.

SSD's picture

In Solidarity !

This poem is very dear and meaningful to me -- such a powerful poem is certainly needed in a form of 'voice' - this platform unites such voices into one thunderous echo.
Thank you for posting - in solidarity with you.
Long Live Palestine !



Sahro's picture


War is not my language neither!
Stop the wars!
make love, not war!

Thank you for sharing!

WorldPulse Community Advisory Board Member
Globcal Ambassador at:

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Letters to a Better World

Letters to a Better World

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

Mkandeh's picture

Ebola: Sierra Leoneans feel like prisoners

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative