It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought. The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives
This theft of language, this technique of usurping words and deploying them like weapons, of using them to mask intent and to mean exactly the opposite of what they have traditionally meant, has been one of the most brilliant strategic victories of the czars of the new dispensation. It has allowed them to marginalize their detractors, deprive them of a language to voice their critique and dismiss them as being “anti-progress,” “anti-development,” “anti-reform,” and of course “anti-national” - negativists of the worst sort. To reclaim these stolen words requires explanations that are too tedious for a world with a short attention span, and too expensive in an era when Free Speech has become unaffordable for the poor. This language heist may prove to be the keystone of our undoing.
Arundhati Roy- “What have we done to democracy?” Huffington Post.
At my door are standing two moons
One in the sky
and the other is more precious than the eye
People have one moon and I have two
Milhim Barakat -3ala babi wa’if amarain
This is super informative, accessible, and important. You should get informed! Especially if you’re misinformed.
Myth 1: Jews & Arabs have always been in conflict in the region
Myth 2: The UN created Israel
Myth 3: The Arabs missed their opportunity to have their own state in 1947
Myth 4: Israel has a “right to exist”
Myth 5: The Arab nations threatened Israel with annihilation in 1967 and 1973.
Myth 6: UN SC Res 262 called only for a partial Israeli withdrawal
Myth 7: Israeli military action against its neighbours is only taken to defend itself against terrorism
Myth 8: God gave the land to the Jews, so the Arabs are the occupiers
Myth 9: Palestinians reject the 2-state solution because they want to destroy Israel
Myth 10: The US is an honest broker and has sought to bring about peace in the Middle East
With so many missiles from Hamas every day for many many months- it is as relevant as ever.
Since June 12, 240+ rockets have been launched toward israel civilians. Each rocket has potential to kill scores of people.
That’s courageous. Since Palestinian mothers don’t even have bomb shelters, presumably they do this all the time.
Via Anti-Imperialist League
لقد احتجت إلى عشر سنوات كبيرة جائعة كي تصدق أنكَ فقدت شجراتك وبيتك وشبابك وقريتك كلها
You needed ten big hungry years to finally believe that you have lost your trees, your house, your youth, and your whole village
"The Palestinian cause is not a cause for Palestinians only, but a cause for every revolutionary, wherever he is, as a cause of the exploited and oppressed masses in our era."
— Ghassan Kanafani (غسان كنفاني)
Today, July 8th, marks the 42nd anniversary of the assassination of Ghassan Kanafani by the Mossad. Political and literary voice of the Palestinian revolution.
In the second of our exclusive extracts from “The Case For Sanctions Against Israel,” Ilan Pappé, celebrated Israeli Historian and author, argues that the BDS movement is the best means to end Israel’s oppressive occupation and prevent another Nakba.
"Supporting BDS remains a drastic act for an Israeli peace activist. It excludes one immediately from the consensus and from the accepted discourse in Israel. Palestinians pay a higher price for the struggle, and those of us who choose this path should not expect to be rewarded or even praised. But it does involve putting yourself in direct confrontation with the state, your own society, and quite often friends and family. For all intents and purposes, this is to cross the final red line—to say farewell to the tribe.”