set my body on fire by khulud khamis

Set my body on fire
But before that,
Run me over
With your truck
Kidnap me
Take me to the woods
Hit me with a hammer
Then, just to make sure,
Hit me 11 more times until
my skull is fractured.
Then set my body on fire.
My name is –
My name was –
Raneen Rahal. I was brutally murdered by my brother.


khulud khamis is a Palestinian feminist writer, author of Haifa Fragments, published by Spinifex Press (Australia), New Internationalist (UK), and translated into Italian and Turkish. Born to a Slovak mother and a Palestinian father, khulud grew up in two countries and between two cultures, her identity composed of both, and her multicultural background is reflected in her writing. She writes fiction, poetry and non-fiction. khulud holds a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Haifa. In her fiction, poetry, as well as non-fiction, she deals with political and social issues as they relate to and affect women’s lives, striving to bring forth local marginalized and unheard voices. khulud is a member of the radical feminist collective Isha L’Isha – Haifa Feminist Center, where she has been an activist for many years, fighting for the rights of the most marginalized groups of women. She lives with her daughter in Haifa. khulud blogs at

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