A new poem by Aryeh Bernstein.
Chorus:
City of David, City of Peace
Criminal haven, den of thieves.
Spiritual knaves, as Jeremiah preached
We’re digging our graves with our arrogant greed.
The undivided, eternal, Come all, come one,
never mind the person behind the curtain.
The fix is in, the deal’s sealed, hon.
El-Ad can drill on and steal Silwan
Arab permits to build — you won’t see one
but strike ’em down, they get stronger like Obi Wan
I’m game to come to Zion, but baby, get real, mon
no game; you can’t steal home like Neon Deion
What kind of pioneer relies on theft and con
your claims of pioneer’s straight frontin’ agwon
A real pioneer is creative, original
integrates indigenous aboriginals
my watchdog clock, tick tock, it don’t stop
I’m such a pioneer that my name is La Rock
You’re liars and thieves, a fake a crock
in the houses that you take in Sheikh Jarrah.
you’re ecstatic — you shock me like sweater static
spastic ’bout the land like heroine addicts
we’ll be the first to die like Crispus Attucks
grow uncontrolled — that tactic’s cancerous
I came into the door; I’ve said it before
I’ll block you like Emeka Okafor
You gladiate with child’s play like patty-cake, I’ll vaccinate
evacuate you, bat your best away like Shane Battier

City of David, City of Peace
Criminal haven, den of thieves.
Spiritual knaves, as Jeremiah preached
We’re digging our graves with our arrogant greed.
Lemme tell a tale that suggests you’re fascists
Abdullah or Nasr goes to study for a Master’s
In France or really anywhere in the Diaspora
To enhance his chances of plans to advance.
The point of the matter — after wrapping up on campus
He tries to prance on back to Nablus
or whatever, wherever home in Palestine.
Border cops turn him out like he’s a party crasher.
Invent defense threats that amount to slander
cheat like Mike bitin’ the ear off Evander
What’s happ’nin’ is a gradual de facto Transfer.
You say you banned Kahanists, but you’re not being honest.
I can’t take solace when you lock out the moderates.
Immodest to cover up indecent policies;
can’t fool us, cause it’s truly Gilui Arayos*
To catch you is hardest if the warden ain’t watching
When you thought we’d bought what y’all been plottin
But you not as smart as you think you are
Cause we’re onto you; we’ll stop you cause we launched an audit
Whose tale of our remaining neighbors we should harvest
It reports that they resort to fighting us as martyrs
Cause the posse w/ the hottest chance of stopping ’em you’ve barred
We see urgency, emergency, our cars are MADA’s**
Before you drop us on the 3rd rail on the red line to Jarvis***
City of David, City of Peace
Criminal haven, den of thieves.
Spiritual knaves, as Jeremiah preached
We’re digging our graves with our arrogant greed.
Never mind the Bollocks, the most obnoxious
Topic to follow’s your Museum of Tolerance
And we can’t talk politics if you say the word “Holocaust”
But your product, your gist, is revisionist denial.
Your land grab is frantic, so I’m gonna be candid –
To call it “tolerant” is anti-semantic.
If Goyim**** built a museum on Jewish graves
Oh boy, you’d scream “our blood’s desecrated!”
If Arabs tried this, you pricks would throw fits
You ain’t into tolerance; you’re Auschwitz hypocrites.
Don’t believe you when you tell us you’re promoting culture;
you’re thieves and deceive with Orwellian cover.
That’s why we gotta stop your deceptive con
like the Autobots on the Decepticons.
Your potion makes us sick, it’s poison/eres
tovel bemiqveh uveyadekha a sheretz*****
you dare us to sue, when our Darrow is Clarence
you won’t wear us down, ’cause we’ll vote for Meretz******.
And if they’re lame, a mirage, can’t put the kabosh
on your game, they botch…can’t get you out of Dodge
they talk too much, mouth like a garage
bon voyage, by gosh, we’ll give our vote to Hadash******.
And as for you, doing damage with your actions and words
We’ll shut you down, take you out like the sciatic nerve
City of David, City of Peace
Criminal haven, den of thieves.
Spiritual knaves, as Jeremiah preached
We’re digging our graves with our arrogant greed
* “Gilui Arayos = “revealing nakedness”, a catch-all Hebrew, legal phrase for sins of the most wanton sexual impropriety and immodesty.
**MADA — Magen David Adom, “The red star of David”, ie, Israel’s Red Cross.
***Red line to Jarvis: Chicago, yo. 2nd-to last stop on the northbound Howard St. Red line “L” train
****”Goyim” — “nations”, a colloquial term for Gentiles, sometimes with a slightly derogatory tone.
*****”tovel be-miqveh uveyadekha a sheretz” = “immerse in a ritual bath while holding an (impure) rodent in your hand.” A Talmudic phrase for the essence of an insincere, deceptive, and ultimately frivolous and pointless faux-spiritual act.
******Meretz is a left-wing political party in Israel, actively advocating Israeli withdrawal from all the occupied territories and the creation of a Palestinian state beside Israel. Hadash is a farther left, more radical party of Jews and Arabs advocating one, binational state of all its citizens, instead of partition.