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Set my body on fire


Set my body on fire
But before that,
Run me over
With your truck
Kidnap me
Take me to the woods
Hit me with a hammer
Then, just to make sure,
Hit me 11 more times until
my skull is fractured.
Then set my body on fire.

My name is –
My name was –
Raneen Rahal. I was brutally murdered by my brother.


Artists Statement

This poem was written as a response to reading a media article about the brutal murder of 19 year old Raneen Rahal was murdered. Palestinian women citizen of Israel are facing a two-fold oppression: as women in a patriarchal society and as part of a national minority. The murder of women is one of the main issues we feminist activists are fighting.

SOURCEWritten by Khulud Khamis, Haifa, Israel.
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I am a Palestinian feminist writer, author of the novel Haifa Fragments, published in English in 2015 by Spinifex Press (Australia), New Internationalist (UK), and translated into Italian and Turkish. I am a feminist activist, and the co-founder of the Tuskuteesh Facebook page for Arab women to share personal experiences of sexual violence with the aim of breaking the silence surrounding this issue. Born to a Slovak mother and a Palestinian father, and growing up in two countries and between two cultures, my identity is composed of both, and my multicultural background affects my writing. I write fiction, poetry and non-fiction. I hold a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Haifa. In my fiction, poetry, as well as non-fiction, I deal with political and social issues such as identity, belonging, racism and discrimination, art as political resistance, hard-core social taboos in the Palestinian society, women and disabilities, sexual violence, and issues affecting women and the LGBTQI community, all from a feminist perspective. I am a member of the feminist collective Isha L’Isha—Haifa Feminist Center and live in Haifa with my daughter.


  1. CoiT,n“lhe degeneracy that Israel has become, the social, political, and economic corruption wrought by the occupation in both Israel and in America by the Israel Lobby, is IMO Adolph Hitler’s greatest posthumous victory.”I think Hitler would have appreciated more the Vietnam war in which you killed about 2 million Vietnamese. That was his modus operandi and to see you copying it would have made his day.If your ridiculous theories are correct, Hitler would be extremely distraught about how powerful the Jews are.


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