Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine

Sydney, Australia

Singing for Palestine this Christmas

This event was a big success – scroll down past the video for words to the carols we will sing on Thursday 15th Dec. watch us here

ALTERNATIVE CAROLS – here are the words:

1. “Ode to Boycott”
Israel, end your occupation:
There’s no peace on stolen land.
We’ll sing out for liberation
‘till you hear and understand.
Ethnic cleansing and apartheid
Should belong to history.
Human rights cannot be silenced:
Palestine will soon be free.

2. O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
O come all ye faithful,
All who care for justice,
O look ye, O look ye at Bethlehem;
Come and behold it
Walled and segregated.
O come, let’s not ignore it,
O come, let’s not ignore it,
O come, let’s not ignore it,
Tell the world.

Sing, all ye faithful,
Sing in indignation,
Be with the citizens of Bethlehem;
Sing out for justice,
Freedom from oppression.
O come, let’s not ignore it,
O come, let’s not ignore it,
O come, let’s not ignore it,
Tell the world.

3. O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
A wall is laid where tourists stayed,
And people can’t go by.
And in thy dark streets shineth
No cheerful Christmas light;
The grief and fears of these sad years
Are met in thee tonight.

How silently, how silently
The world regards it all,
As now thy heart is torn apart
By Israel’s ghetto wall.
They terrorize a people –
A war crime and a sin;
Their winding “fence” can make no sense;
Revenge can still get in.

O ye who now rule Bethlehem,
Cast down the iron cage,
The walls of hate that separate
And harden and enrage;
The land grab and apartheid –
This violence must cease;
If there’s to be a land that’s free,
A Bethlehem at peace.

4. ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID’S CITY
Once in royal David’s city
Stood a big apartheid wall;
People entering or leaving
Had to pass a checkpoint hall..
Bethlehem was strangulated,
And her children segregated.

Though this city is a symbol
To the world of peace and love,
Concrete walls are closing round her,
Settlements expand above.
And Apartheid Israel stands
All around on stolen lands.

David’s people once instructed
All the world in righteousness;
Once they spoke of truth and justice,
Now they ravage and oppress.
Nations, look at Bethlehem,
And speak out the truth to them.

5. WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED
While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
Some occupying soldiers came
And bulldozed all around.

“Fear not”, said one, for mighty dread

Had seized their troubled mind;
“We will not do you any harm,
For we are good and kind.

We’re forced to confiscate your land
To build ourselves a fence
To keep our people safe from all
Your people’s violence.

Some fields will stay, although cut off,
But access won’t be banned;
Yes, permits we will give to you
To visit your own land.

For in the middle of this fence
We will construct a gate,
And open it at certain times,
Though you may have to wait.

However, to your flocks of sheep
This access is denied;
We don’t make permits out to sheep,
So they must stay inside.

You say that sheep need pastureland
To feed or they will die;
I’m just obeying orders here;
Not mine to reason why.”

6. THE OLIVE AND THE IDF (Tune: The holly and the ivy)
The olive and the IDF
When they are both full-grown,
Every olive tree on the West Bank
The IDF cuts down.

O the rampaging of settlers
And the rolling of the tanks;
The grinding of the bulldozers
As the olives fall in ranks.

The olive bears a berry
As green as any grass;
When the owners go to pick the fruit
They’re not allowed to pass.

O the rampaging of settlers
And the rolling of the tanks;
The grinding of the bulldozers
As the olives fall in ranks.

This oppression bears a berry
As red as any blood,
As the owners see their livelihoods
All trampled into mud.

O the rampaging of settlers,
And the rolling of the tanks;
The grinding of the bulldozers
As the olives fall in ranks.

If you want to buy the olives,
You”ll find it very hard;
To those that make it to checkpoints
The way outside is barred.

O the rampaging of settlers,
And the rolling of the tanks;
The grinding of the bulldozers
As the olives fall in ranks.

The olive and the IDF,
When they are both full-grown,
Every olive tree on the West Bank
The IDF cuts down.

7. Which Side Are You On?
I was sittin’ home watching CNN
Runnin’ that government line
They say that Israel must be safe
Well what about Palestine?

CHORUS:
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Justice or oppression?
Which side are you on?

All we really want is peace
Palestinians want it too
But segregation walls and bombs
Can’t lead to anything new

In Egypt and in Palestine
Folks struggle for their rights
Until each child can say, “I’m free!”
We all must join the fight

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
BDS to be concise
You too can help Apartheid end
Make Israel do what’s just

8. We Shall Not be Moved
Chorus:
We shall not we shall not be moved
We shall not we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
We shall not be moved

Palestine, we shall not be moved
Palestine, we shall not be moved
Until Israel stops its occupation
We shall not be moved

Palestine, we shall not be moved
Palestine, we shall not be moved
Just like those Freedom Fighters in South Africa
We shall not be moved

Palestine, we shall not be moved
Palestine, we shall not be moved
We’ll boycott Israel ‘til there’s justice
We shall not be moved
Chorus

Tear gas will not stop us…
We’re fighting for our farmland…
We’re fighting for our children…
We’ll end this occupation…
No walls through our village…

9. TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
On the first day of Christmas,
Israel sent to Gaza
An uprooted olive tree.

On the second day of Christmas, Israel sent to Gaza
Two trampled doves
And an uprooted olive tree.

On the third day of Christmas, Israel sent to Gaza
Three cluster bombs,
Two trampled doves,
And an uprooted olive tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,  Israel sent to Gaza
Four phosphorus bombs,
Three cluster bombs,
Two trampled doves,
And an uprooted olive tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas, Israel sent to Gaza
Five illegal settlements.
Four phosphorus bombs,
Three cluster bombs,
Two trampled doves,
And an uprooted olive tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas, Israel sent to Gaza
Golani killings,
Five illegal settlements.
Four phosphorus bombs,
Three cluster bombs,
Two trampled doves,
And an uprooted olive tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas, Israel sent to Gaza
Seven checkpoints blocking,
Golani killings,
Five illegal settlements.
Four phosphorus bombs,
Three cluster bombs,
Two trampled doves,
And an uprooted olive tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas, Israel sent to Gaza
Eight gunships firing,
Seven checkpoints blocking,
Golani killings,
Five illegal settlements.
Four phosphorus bombs,
Three cluster bombs,
Two trampled doves,
And an uprooted olive tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas, Israel sent to Gaza
Nine sniper towers,
Eight gunships firing,
Seven checkpoints blocking,
Golani killings,
Five illegal settlements.
Four phosphorus bombs,
Three cluster bombs,
Two trampled doves,
And an uprooted olive tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas, Israel sent to Gaza
Ten wells obstructed,
Nine sniper towers,
Eight gunships firing,
Seven checkpoints blocking,
Golani killings,
Five illegal settlements.
Four phosphorus bombs,
Three cluster bombs,
Two trampled doves,
And an uprooted olive tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Israel sent to Gaza
Eleven homes demolished,
Ten wells obstructed,
Nine sniper towers,
Eight gunships firing,
Seven checkpoints blocking,
Golani killings,
Five illegal settlements,
Four phosphorus bombs,
Three cluster bombs,
Two trampled doves,
And an uprooted olive tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Israel sent to Gaza
Twelve assassinations,
Eleven homes demolished,
Ten wells obstructed,
Nine sniper towers,
Eight gunships firing,
Seven checkpoints blocking,
Five illegal settlements.
Four phosphorus bombs,
Three cluster bombs,
Two trampled doves,
And an uprooted olive tree.

Thank you
Thanks for our first song to Beethovians for Boycotting Israel in the UK, listen to them here.
Thanks to Deborah & jews4big (UK)  for the carols: http://jews4big.wordpress.com/resources/
Thanks to Codepink in the USA for the words to We Shall Not Be Moved and
Which side are you on?

Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine Inc.

PO Box 144
Glebe NSW 2037
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cjpp@coalitionfor
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