fascinasians:


Asian Americans need to support our brothers and sisters in Palestine!

—remember when I thought I could make Fascinasians into a reputable and dignified blog ha—

fascinasians:

Asian Americans need to support our brothers and sisters in Palestine!

—remember when I thought I could make Fascinasians into a reputable and dignified blog ha—

(Source: yourhue)

Some Tentative Conclusions

youdontneedtofollowme:

  • The Israeli operation against Gaza was long in the planning.  You don’t just suddenly identify thousands of targets and mobilise a large part of your armed forces in a few days.
  • The decision to assassinate Ahmed Jabari was taken months if not years ago.
  • The assassination of Ahmed Jabari was timed to prevent him concluding a deal for a permanent ceasefire.
  • The only weapon Gazans have in their defence are a range of small rockets, many of which have no active warhead.  They have no navy, army, tanks, airforce or heavy weaponry of any kind.  Israel is using nearly the full range of its arsenal against a largely defenceless and largely civilian population.
  • This is as much a psychological as physical war against Hamas and Gazans.  The IDF are using the media shield of international news outlets to present this as a war of defence when it is a war of aggression.
  • For Israel, as it is with the US drone policy, civilian casualties are ‘collateral damage’ - people who were ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’.  Except that Gazans civilians have no where else to go. They have no bomb shelters.  They are sitting ducks.
  • Analogies calling Israelis Nazis are inappropriate, unhelpful and wrong on so many levels. Just stop.
  • This is not a war of Jews against Muslims. This is a massacre carried out by nationalist fanatics who are seeking to drive out Palestinians from Israel.  There are hundreds of thousands of Jews worldwide who abhor and condemn Israel’s action against Gaza as crimes against humanity and war crimes.
  • A lasting peace in which a Palestinian State is allowed to flourish and develop is the main objective the Israeli Government is working against.  Their idea of peace is a unified Israel that includes the West Bank, Gaza and Golan Heights in which they are permanently the majority. They regard the existence of any form of a Palestinian State in Israel as a betrayal of the vision of the founders of Israel in 1948 and of the Irgun who birthed the nation by terror and occupation.
  • It is tragedy when anyone is killed as a result of this utterly contrived and cynically maintained conflict, be they Palestinian or Israeli.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak should be tried by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.  This will never happen because the US Government will block this.
  • The Israeli assault on Gaza, and the military state they have imposed on the Palestinian people in general, has been chiefly armed and funded for decades by US and European governments.
  • This is not 1948, 1967 or 1973.  The Arab world is divided over the Palestinian question.  Any reductionism and simplification in this respect leads to the kind of misunderstanding and miscalculation that exacerbates the problem and only serves to hurt the Palestinian people further.
  • Not all Israelis support this war or their Government. Far from it.
  • This is a massacre. A total war carried out against a largely defenceless people. This is the second ‘cleansing’ of Gaza by Israel in the last five years.
  • War and occupation is never the solution to the search for lasting peace.  Neither is trying to wipe your ‘enemy’ off the face of the earth.
  • The world is watching.  This operation has undoubtedly cost Israel its last remaining credibility.  Hysterical cries about defending oneself, backed up with justifications that run back to WWII and beyond no longer convince as a moral case for these actions in the present.
  • I was born in Israel. I am half Jewish. I am also British. I am disgusted with the Government of Israel. I am also disgusted with the US Government’s tacit support of Israel, as I am with the British Government’s position, as I am with the majority of international media that have aided and abetted the Israeli Government by refusing to properly contextualise this massacre and by their attempts to paint Israel and Hamas as equally responsible for a conflict that has killed 5 Israelis but over 150 Palestinians, most of whom have played no role in attacking Israel.     

(via roger-sterlings-lsd-trip)

“Most” killed in Gaza “deserved it” even though they were children and civilians, says Israel’s Danny Ayalon

In a clear indication of Israel’s shocking callousness and disregard for civilian lives, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon today told PRI’s The Takeaway that most of those killed and injured in Israel’s eight day long bombardment of the Gaza Strip “deserved it.”

“If you compare the situation in Gaza to the situation in Syria today,” Ayalon said, “where the Assad regime just mercilessly butchers people and children there is a big difference and I would say that most of the people that were hit in Gaza deserved it as they were just armed terrorists.”

But in fact, the vast majority of those killed and injured were unarmed civilians. Up to 20 November, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, 91 of the 136 Palestinians killed were civilians, including 28 children and 13 women, and 922 of the 941 wounded were civilians, including 258 children.

So 66 percent of those killed, and 97 percent of those injured were civilians. Almost one third of the dead are children.

PRI, notably, did not challenge Ayalon on his false assertions.

(Source: so-treu, via karnythia)

Israel's Manifest Destiny

Nineteenth century America was pockmarked with deplorable actions which were justified with the concept of “Manifest Destiny” (a quasi-religious ‘right’ for America to expand it’s borders across all of North America), notably the genocide of the indigenous Americans. Similarly, since its creation in 1948 (and the ensuing conflict), Israel has expelled Palestinians from their homes, prohibited economic development and annexed Palestinian land- all justified with a religious mandate to return ‘home’.

(Source: jonathan-cunningham, via moniquill)

ymoja:

acruelambition:

mehreenkasana:


Via Mariam Nawas: “Sharon Udasin, a “journalist” for Jerusalem Post, is literally writing an article on Israeli pets “freaking out because of the rocket sirens” while almost 100 Palestinians have been murdered.”

I’m just sitting here, shaking my head, trying not to smash the screen.

ANIMAL RIGHTS B4 HUMAN RIGHTS.

ymoja:

acruelambition:

mehreenkasana:

Via Mariam Nawas: “Sharon Udasin, a “journalist” for Jerusalem Post, is literally writing an article on Israeli pets “freaking out because of the rocket sirens” while almost 100 Palestinians have been murdered.”

I’m just sitting here, shaking my head, trying not to smash the screen.

ANIMAL RIGHTS B4 HUMAN RIGHTS.

(via jchans)

tw: death of child

alostbird:

stfunithingas:

is

afrocentricmiss:

inothernews:

“What did my son do to die like this?  What was his mistake?  He is 10 or 11 months old. What did he do?”

—BBC Arabic journalist JIHAD MASHAWARI, whose son, Omar, was killed during an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.

BBC Middle East bureau chief Paul Danahar posted a photo of Omar to Twitter, asking “If Israel can kill a man riding on a moving motorbike (as they did last month) how did Jihad’s son get killed?”

(Photo: Majed Hamdan / AP via NPR; caption via NPR)

:-(

PUT A TRIGGER WARNING ON THIS YOU FUCKING ASSHOLES! 

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

fuldagap:

Glory and immortality to the martyrs and the struggle of Tel Al-Zaatar. (1976)

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

fuldagap:

Glory and immortality to the martyrs and the struggle of Tel Al-Zaatar. (1976)

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

"I learned that the wild rice that is sold in expensive packaging in supermarkets across the United States is nothing but the rebranding of settler colonialism. In fact, hummus is to Palestine as wild rice is to Native America. As Israel continues to claim the Palestinian kitchen as its own, so does the United States with Native America: consuming corn, wild rice, quinoa, cranberry, cornbread and turkey with the confidence of a national cuisine. In the United States, settler colonialism has been so complete, and so successful, that the world has forgotten that South Africa, Australia and Israel are all reproductions, all approximations of the ongoing victory back home."

Maya MikdashiWhat is Settler Colonialism? (via nezua)

(via stopwhitewashing)

myampgoesto11:

Politically-Driven Portrait Made of 3,500 Lipsticks

For a show at Birzeit University, Palestinian artist Amer Shomali chose to create a portrait of Leila Khaled, the woman known as the “poster girl of Palestinian militancy.” Unlike a typical portrait, Shomali’s medium of choice for this project is lipstick. Rather than painting the iconic member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine with paints or even drawing her image with lipstick, the artist uses a custom-built board on which fully intact tubes of lipsticks are affixed—3,500 tubes, to be exact.

Using 14 different colors, Shomali has managed to recreate the famous image of the revolutionary woman wearing a kaffiyeh and holding an AK-47. Though it’s not entirely clear why Khaled’s pixelated portrait titled The Icon is made specifically out of lipstick, the piece is open to interpretations. One theory could be the intriguing and controversial juxtaposition of a powerful and independent woman with an item that is associated with frivolous materialism and femininity and how it parallels the contrasting image of Khaled herself, a woman adorned with a traditional Arab headdress typically worn by men while holding a destructive firearm.

check out the time-lapse video

(via theuppitynegras)

danceswithfaeriesunderthemoon:

This is just a fraction of what the media doesn’t show you.

Taken from the documentary, Occupation 101

(Source: maghrabiyya)

Did you know that recent surveys made by Child Psychologists, have shown that 80% of Palestinian children have lost the will to live?

I bet your government didn’t tell you that.

(Source: maghrabiyya)

Israeli Apartheid: Tourists venture to West Bank to 'shoot terrorists'

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

The white supremacists in Israel take the next step beyond “Trayvon Martin shooting targets.”

Summer camp, warfare style: Like a frozen turkey plunged into boiling oil, a group of American tourists descend from an air-conditioned van into the scorching heat of the West Bank. Flashing smiles all around, they march into Caliber 3, a local shooting range. 

“Move it!” the Israeli guide suddenly yells. “Destroy that terrorist,” he orders them, and they charge, guns loaded, at cardboard targets. 

Gush Etzion has become a hot destination in recent months for tourists seeking an Israeli experience like no other: The opportunity to pretend-shoot a terror operative. Residents of the nearby settlements, who run the site, offer day-trippers a chance to hear stories from the battleground, watch a simulated assassination of terrorists by guards, and fire weapons at the range.

Alice Walker's 'rejection letter' to Israeli publisher

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

June 9, 2012
Dear Publishers at Yediot Books,

Thank you so much for wishing to publish my novel THE COLOR PURPLE.  It isn’t possible for me to permit this at this time for the following reason:  As you may know, last Fall in South Africa the Russell Tribunal on Palestine met and determined that Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories.  The testimony we heard, both from Israelis and Palestinians (I was a jurist) was devastating.  I grew up under American apartheid and this was far worse.  Indeed, many South Africans who attended, including Desmond Tutu, felt the Israeli version of these crimes is worse even than  what they suffered under the white supremacist regimes that dominated South Africa for so long.

It is my hope that the non-violent BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, of which I am part, will have enough of an impact on Israeli civilian society to change the situation.

In that regard, I offer an earlier example of THE COLOR PURPLE’s engagement in the world-wide effort to rid humanity of its self-destructive habit of dehumanizing whole populations.  When the film of The Color Purple was finished, and all of us who made it decided we loved it, Steven Spielberg, the director, was faced with the decision of whether it should be permitted to travel to and be offered to the South African public.  I lobbied against this idea because, as with Israel today, there was a civil society movement of BDS aimed at changing South Africa’s apartheid policies and, in fact, transforming the government.

It was not a particularly difficult position to hold on my part:  I believe deeply in non-violent methods of social change though they sometimes seem to take forever, but I did regret not being able to share our movie, immediately, with (for instance) Winnie and Nelson Mandela and their children, and also with the widow and children of the brutally murdered, while in police custody, Steven Biko, the visionary journalist and defender of African integrity and freedom.

We decided to wait.  How happy we all were when the apartheid regime was dismantled and Nelson Mandela became the first president of color of South Africa.  

Only then did we send our beautiful movie!  And to this day, when I am in South Africa, I can hold my head high and nothing obstructs the love that flows between me and the people of that country.

Which is to say, I would so like knowing my books are read by the people of your country, especially by the young, and by  the brave Israeli activists (Jewish and Palestinian) for justice and peace I have had the joy of working beside.  I am hopeful that one day, maybe soon, this may happen.  But now is not the time.

We must continue to work on the issue, and to wait.

In faith that a just future can be fashioned from small acts,
Alice Walker


A Palestinian woman in training camp. Jordan, 1969.

A Palestinian woman in training camp. Jordan, 1969.

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