Tenth Salisbury Candle Light Ceasefire Vigil 10.2.24

Posted: 11th February 2024

A group of around 60 people gathered as dusk fell to call for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank Palestinian Territories.  This was the tenth occasion that the gathering had taken place, outside the Library in Salisbury.

A short video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/a1MDQgwTNEI

There is a poem at the end of the video that was brought along by one of the people at the vigil.  It is the last poem written by Dr. Refaat Alareer
 who was then killed in an Israeli air strike.  A beautiful rendition of the poem is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCP1KF2mDhk

Our next vigil will be on 17.2.24 at 5:15 pm.  Please join us if you can.

Refaat Alareer

(1979 – 2023)
Refaat Alareer

Dr. Refaat Alareer was a Palestinian writer, poet, translator, university professor and activist from the occupied Gaza Strip. On December 6, 2023, he was murdered by an Israeli airstrike along with his brother, sister and their children in Israel’s ongoing genocidal siege of Gaza of 2023.

Just five weeks prior to his killing, he shared his poem titled “If I must die”, and pinned it to his Twitter profile. Amidst the outpouring of grief, as news of his death spread online, many people from around the world paid tribute to Refaat by offering their own translations of his prophetic poem in to their local languages.

This website is a collection of some of these dozens of heartfelt translations in memory and honor of Refaat Alareer, @itranslate123, and in support of the the Palestinian struggle for liberation.

let it be a tale.

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