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—
Some Tentative Conclusions
- 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 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.
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."
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
This is just a fraction of what the media doesn’t show you.
Taken from the documentary, Occupation 101
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.
A Palestinian woman in training camp. Jordan, 1969.