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Checkpoint 303 feat. Maloun – If I Must Die (2024) (single)

Checkpoint 303 feat. Maloun – If I Must Die (2024) (single)

Palestinian poet, writer and professor of English literature, Refaat Alareer, was tragically killed, alongside his family, by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza on December 6th, 2023. Refaat Alareer left a legacy of resistance and hope in the defiant and hopeful words of the poem “If I Must Die”, which he published on social media only a few weeks before he was murdered. The poem echoes Claude McKay’s “If We Must Die.” written during the 1919 Red Summer of racial violence in the U.S.

Alareer’s iconic poem has been translated into over a hundred languages since his death.

This piece is available for free download. Any proceeds will go to supporting the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) and Playgrounds for Palestine.

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If I Must Die

Refaat Alareer

If I must die,

you must live

to tell my story

to sell my things

to buy a piece of cloth

and some strings,

(make it white with a long tail)

so that a child, somewhere in Gaza

while looking heaven in the eye

awaiting his dad who left in a blaze –

and bid no one farewell 

not even to his flesh

not even to himself –

sees the kite, my kite you made, flying up


and thinks for a moment an angel is there

bringing back love

If I must die

let it bring hope

let it be a tale.


lançado em 2 de janeiro de 2024 

Programming and electronics by Checkpoint 303.

Vocals by Maloun.

Video and cover art by Checkpoint 303 (incl. generative AI)


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