Against Acquiescence

stay-human:

churayl:

Kashmiris in Indian-occupied Srinagar protest against the Israeli assault against Gaza. (via)

I think I’m actually gonna cry.

My heritages come together. I’m lucky to have more than 1. Both under siege.

Top Ten Myths about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Foreign Policy Journal

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

biolological:

eretzyisrael:

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.

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biolological:

eretzyisrael:

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.

^^^^^^^

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

(Source: arabicquotes)


"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.

"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.

(Source: monochromeonsienna)

Ilan Pappé: the boycott will work, an Israeli perspective

"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.”

parapleza:

"I’m against human rights abuses whether they come from Israel or Palestine." 

Translation: “I don’t give a shit about the history of violence, land theft, racism, and ethnic cleansing that necessitate Israel’s modern existence, but I do like to posture as rational and ideologically nuanced.”

(via pax-arabica)

Palestine Reflections

"Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them." Assata Shakur.
When I think about that I think uh oh. That should frame our struggle against oppression but also tells us something too sad about humans. That even though we’re all human, what it means to be human isn’t as beautiful as perhaps we’d like it to be.
For me, that has been best illustrated right now by the Israeli settlers who kidnapped a 16 year old a few days ago, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, tortured him, forced him to drink gasoline, and burned him alive. And the fact that deep anti-Arab racism and a desire to ethnically cleanse the land is quick becoming the popular opinion among Israelis, if it isn’t already. I become immobile with frustration when I think about it mainstream Western media coverage of recent events here.
I’ve noticed a deep change in the way I see and understand the Palestine/Israel issue. Removed from secondary sources (of which most media is firmly one) things quickly become black and white. There’s frustratingly little room for nuance or any sort of systems analysis when you see things in real time with your own eyes.
In a correspondence with a friend back in Waterloo, she commented that Palestine sounds like heaven mixed with an outsider-imposed hell. I know I haven’t touched much on the former, but I found her comment to be the truest that I’ve heard to describe this place. I’ve never been more full of joy and tranquility anywhere else. 

"The kidnapping and the Israeli military operation - in numbers

Since the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers from a hitchhiking stop in the West Bank on June 12, 2014, the Israel Defense Forces has been operating all over the Palestinian territories, in Areas A, B and C. The following list attempts to provide some basic statistics on the toll it has been exacting. While Israeli media is portraying the operation as highly restrained, these numbers show the deep effect it has on the Palestinian population as of June 20, 2014. *Some numbers provided are estimates due to the difficulty in confirming exact numbers.


Number of kidnapped Israeli teenagers: 3

Number of days since operation began: 7

Number of Palestinians arrested: 388

Of them, number associated with Hamas: 240

Of them, the number released in 2011 Gilad Shalit exchange: 55

Number of indictments filed against them thus far: 0

Number of Palestinians killed: 2

Number of Palestinians wounded: Dozens

In critical condition: 1

Number of Israeli soldiers wounded: 1

Number of troops deployed to Hebron: At least 2,000

Number of residents of the city of Hebron under total lockdown:  200,000

Number of Israelis living in Hebron: 800

Number of houses raided throughout West Bank: Thousands

Number of locations/institutions raided: 1,150

Number of rockets fired from Gaza: 16

Number of Israelis wounded: 0

Structures damaged: 1

Number of Israeli air strikes on Gaza: At least 15

Number of Palestinians wounded: At least 7

Sources: IDF Spokesperson, Palestinian Prisoners Club, Haaretz, Walla, Ma’an News Agency, Associated Press, New York Times, International Middle East Media Center.

Growing up between Israeli settlements and soldiers

The report published by DCI-Palestine brings to light the devastating impact on Palestinian children of growing up near increasingly violent Israeli settlements and Israeli military outposts.

The story of Wajih al-Ramahi is in here.