Mawtini (My Homeland), the poem written by Palestinian poet Ibrahim Tuqan and composed by Muhammad Fuliefil, is an anthem that sings the praises of the Palestinian resistance. This anthem unifies the Arab nation in support of the Palestinian cause.
The idea of #لنغني_موطني_معاً (Let’s sing Mawtini together) came from a group of Palestinians who had a message to send to the world through this anthem:
“We do not want, we do not want
An eternal humiliation, nor a miserable life
We do not want, but we will bring back
Our storied glory, our storied glory
My homeland, my homeland”
This campaign was widely received by various countries around the world, mostly focused in 70 areas with a large number of Palestinians in the Diaspora, as well as Arabs in European and Arab countries. They recorded themselves singing the anthem and posted the videos on various social networking sites, as well as other media outlets.
In Gaza, a chorus was formed by Palestinian children and they gathered at Al-Qita’a Centre to sing this song together. This received great popular support as well as Arab and foreign media coverage.
Photo story by MEMO photographer, Mohammad Asad.