18 stabs by an axle whirring
Through Sherbini’s breast and baby murdering
In a Faranji court they let her fall
Their response – silence from their pedestals tall
Let the memory fade, a short story,
An aberration consigned to history,
Media complicit – inert and silent
Her hijaab rendering her a miscreant
Consign her to the African page
From the European conscience purge
Wrap her in an Egyptian flag
Muslims – divided and ruled their tag
Will her memory cease
Drowned by their unholy sleaze?
Her crime modesty and purity
Their rule devilish depravity
Can the two compare?
Shall we drown in this miserable sea of despair?
Western silence bears witness
To their concealed malice
Is the French tsar cozy with his fire of hate?
Didn’t you smile as you heard of her fate?
Will hands move or have we no shame?
Is there not a flicker of belief left in our limbs lame?
On July 1st Marwa El Sherbini, an Egyptian researcher living in Germany, was stabbed to death 18 times inside a courtroom in the city of Dresden, in front of her 3-year-old son. She had won a verdict against a German man of Russian descent who had verbally assaulted her because of her veil. Her husband, who rushed in to save her when she was attacked in the courtroom, was shot by the police. Marwa’s death was not reported by any Western news media until protests in Egypt erupted after her burial. The reporting that followed focused on the protests; the murder was presented as the act of a “lone wolf,” thus depriving it of its context and its social meaning. (Walid El Houri, 8th July 2009)