“I don’t wanna normalize with you… Did I hurt your feelings?” — so go two lines in Palestinian-American poet Remi Kanazi’s brilliant new spoken-word poem.
The video for “Normalize This!” was released online today, and addresses the issue of normalization, the Israeli push for the abnormal situation of occupation and apartheid to be treated as if it were tolerable.
In another line Kanazi says: “I don’t want to indulge your amnesia about a glorious past, have a therapy session on two sides with equal grievances”.
In a statement emailed to EI, Kanazi explains the background to this, his first ever official video:
Bringing together a great crew of creative minds, and shot throughout Brooklyn, Normalize This! tackles the multitude of ways Israel attempts to normalize its policies and whitewash its crimes against Palestinians. As an avid proponent of the fast growing, rights-based Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions, and as an artist who refuses to sign onto projects that promote a false symmetry between occupier and occupied, I felt this was an essential topic to tackle.
In the video’s description, Kanazi gives the following definition of normalization:
Nor·mal·i·za·tion: a “colonization of the mind” whereby the oppressed subject comes to believe that the oppressor’s reality is the only “normal” reality… and that the oppression is a fact of life that must be coped with.
I interviewed Kanazi for EI last year during a UK tour. Watch the new video above!