First published at Artists for Palestine UK
How wise and thoughtful the MPs sound
talking about Israel and the ‘facts on the ground’!
They have ‘reservations about Donald Trump’,
they get a few laughs by calling him a chump
Then they add it’s such a terrible pity
he’s declared that Jerusalem’s the capital city
but then on cue they bring it back round
to talk of Israel and the ‘facts on the ground’.
Funny they should mention that word ‘ground’
’cause anyone who’s looked has always found
that that ground, that land, has always had facts:
they are people who, after many attacks
no longer have great stretches of that land
It’s almost as if, from the start, it was planned
so if it was ‘clever’ that I wanted to sound
I could say these people are facts OFF the ground
So a logical, factual, thoughtful little phrase
is used by our politicians to give some praise
to premiers and generals with a serious intention
to uproot, remove, destroy (but not mention)
the ground and the facts where this takes place.
Politicians on TV with solemn face
appear to condemn Trump for what he’s said,
but choose to ignore the dispossessed and the dead.