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September 15th
2:34 PM
Via
ratak-monodosico:

Comparison between Berlin Wall and the israeli apartheid wall in Palestine

ratak-monodosico:

Comparison between Berlin Wall and the israeli apartheid wall in Palestine

August 25th
11:17 AM
The War Inside: Fighting Depression in Palestine
Jesse Hicks  |  Verge Video »

Ever since he was 18, when Omar Danoun started med school, they’ve called him “doctor.” Friends and family, cousins and neighbors — everyone in Rantis, the West Bank village he’s lived in his whole life. It’s a close-knit population of around 3,000, belonging to six clans and spread over a little more than 100 acres of arid, rocky hillside, dotted with olive trees that cut hard shadows in the ochre earth. The carved-stone ruins of Roman wells and cisterns abound, traces of a centuries-long history of human habitation…
Omar wants to pay back his parents not only by becoming the village doctor, but in another way, one almost completely foreign to Palestine. He’s among a group of students and researchers who’ve formed the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative, hoping to kickstart sophisticated scientific research in a country with only the most basic medical infrastructure, and where specialization — in narrow but vital areas including pediatric cardiology, but also broader fields such as neurology and psychiatry — is almost completely absent.  >continue/view video<

An interesting lens on Palestine, sharp for what is left out of frame and yet still shows.

The War Inside: Fighting Depression in Palestine

Jesse Hicks  |  Verge Video »

Ever since he was 18, when Omar Danoun started med school, they’ve called him “doctor.” Friends and family, cousins and neighbors — everyone in Rantis, the West Bank village he’s lived in his whole life. It’s a close-knit population of around 3,000, belonging to six clans and spread over a little more than 100 acres of arid, rocky hillside, dotted with olive trees that cut hard shadows in the ochre earth. The carved-stone ruins of Roman wells and cisterns abound, traces of a centuries-long history of human habitation…

Omar wants to pay back his parents not only by becoming the village doctor, but in another way, one almost completely foreign to Palestine. He’s among a group of students and researchers who’ve formed the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative, hoping to kickstart sophisticated scientific research in a country with only the most basic medical infrastructure, and where specialization — in narrow but vital areas including pediatric cardiology, but also broader fields such as neurology and psychiatry — is almost completely absent.  >continue/view video<

An interesting lens on Palestine, sharp for what is left out of frame and yet still shows.

July 4th
7:43 PM
Decades of Displacing Palestinians: How Israel Does It
Munir Nuseibah  |  al-shabaka policy brief &#160;&#187;

Most discussion of Palestinian dispossession – including by Palestinians themselves – focuses on the 1948 Nakba and the forced exile of more than 700,000 Palestinians by Zionist forces intent on creating an Israeli state in mandate Palestine. However, the various measures that Israel has used to forcibly displace Palestinians since 1948 have received far less attention even though it is estimated that it has forcibly displaced 66% of the whole Palestinian population as part of its deliberate, longstanding plan to create and maintain a Jewish majority.  &gt;continue&lt;

Decades of Displacing Palestinians: How Israel Does It

Munir Nuseibah  |  al-shabaka policy brief  »

Most discussion of Palestinian dispossession – including by Palestinians themselves – focuses on the 1948 Nakba and the forced exile of more than 700,000 Palestinians by Zionist forces intent on creating an Israeli state in mandate Palestine. However, the various measures that Israel has used to forcibly displace Palestinians since 1948 have received far less attention even though it is estimated that it has forcibly displaced 66% of the whole Palestinian population as part of its deliberate, longstanding plan to create and maintain a Jewish majority.  >continue<

June 4th
5:10 PM
Juan Cole  |  Informed Comment&#160;&#187;

&#8230;if we came to the Palestinians, their situation of citizenship is obviously deformed. There’s no state. They’re lacking an entire section of the column. And then their market is not very robust and of course in Gaza there is no market to speak of, the Israelis have Gaza under siege. There’s no airport, there’s no harbor, and the Israelis don’t permit the Palestinians in Gaza to export most of what they make, some strawberries, off of which the Israelis take a cut. But mostly the export market doesn’t exist in Gaza. So the market and the separation wall and the politics of the neighboring states are such that the Palestinians don’t have a strong relationship to the market, they don’t have a state at all, there are a lot of NGOS, and so for the Palestinians, the NGO sector is the one place where there’s a little glimmer maybe of some citizenship. But that’s weird. And that’s unexampled in the world. There’s no other group of people that look like that. In the world, right now.  &gt;continue&lt;

Juan Cole  |  Informed Comment »

…if we came to the Palestinians, their situation of citizenship is obviously deformed. There’s no state. They’re lacking an entire section of the column. And then their market is not very robust and of course in Gaza there is no market to speak of, the Israelis have Gaza under siege. There’s no airport, there’s no harbor, and the Israelis don’t permit the Palestinians in Gaza to export most of what they make, some strawberries, off of which the Israelis take a cut. But mostly the export market doesn’t exist in Gaza. So the market and the separation wall and the politics of the neighboring states are such that the Palestinians don’t have a strong relationship to the market, they don’t have a state at all, there are a lot of NGOS, and so for the Palestinians, the NGO sector is the one place where there’s a little glimmer maybe of some citizenship. But that’s weird. And that’s unexampled in the world. There’s no other group of people that look like that. In the world, right now.  >continue<

May 31st
11:48 AM
Via
yallair7al:

Palestinians set fire to aid donated by Hezbollah in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon. They refused to accept the aid on the grounds that Hezbullah is sending it’s fighters to massacre Syrians on behalf of Assad.

yallair7al:

Palestinians set fire to aid donated by Hezbollah in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon. They refused to accept the aid on the grounds that Hezbullah is sending it’s fighters to massacre Syrians on behalf of Assad.

March 22nd
10:21 AM
"Put yourself in their shoes – look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents every single day. It is not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished. It is not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands; to restrict a student’s ability to move around the West Bank; or to displace Palestinian families from their home. Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer. Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land."
—  President Barack Obama, Address to the Israeli People
March 4th
9:48 AM

An advertising drive is expected to take Washington D.C by storm on Monday as the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Visualizing Palestine call on the United States to halt $30 billion of military aid to the Jewish state.
“At a time when the sequester is cutting billions of dollars from programs to help those in need, it is grotesque that AIPAC is lobbying Congress this week for ever-increasing amounts of military aid to Israel, especially as these U.S. weapons are used by Israel—in violation of U.S. laws—to abuse Palestinian human rights” &#8230;   &gt;continue&lt;

"I believe my distinguished colleague from Vermont is thinking of mules&#8230;"

An advertising drive is expected to take Washington D.C by storm on Monday as the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Visualizing Palestine call on the United States to halt $30 billion of military aid to the Jewish state.

“At a time when the sequester is cutting billions of dollars from programs to help those in need, it is grotesque that AIPAC is lobbying Congress this week for ever-increasing amounts of military aid to Israel, especially as these U.S. weapons are used by Israel—in violation of U.S. laws—to abuse Palestinian human rights” …   >continue<

"I believe my distinguished colleague from Vermont is thinking of mules…"

January 17th
6:00 AM
Via
paxmachina:

Gaia - Capetown, South Africa

paxmachina:

Gaia - Capetown, South Africa

January 5th
10:14 PM
Via
November 19th
3:34 PM
"We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too… This needs to end quickly – with a bang, not a whimper."
—  Gilad Sharon, positing in “A decisive conclusion is necessary" that there is no middle path, and direct reoccupation of Gaza may be necessary
3:20 PM

"The day the president of the United States decides to put an end to the occupation, it will cease."

Interview with Gideon Levy by Johann Hari

Gideon Levy is the most hated man in Israel – and perhaps the most heroic. This “good Tel Aviv boy” – a sober, serious child of the Jewish state – has been shot at repeatedly by the Israeli Defence Force, been threatened with being “beaten to a pulp” on the country’s streets, and faced demands from government ministers that he be tightly monitored as “a security risk.” This is because he has done something very simple, and something that almost no other Israeli has done. Nearly every week for three decades, he has travelled to the Occupied Territories and described what he sees, plainly and without propaganda. “My modest mission,” he says, “is to prevent a situation in which many Israelis will be able to say, ‘We didn’t know.’” And for that, many people want him silenced.

…“My biggest struggle,” he says, “is to rehumanize the Palestinians. There’s a whole machinery of brainwashing in Israel which really accompanies each of us from early childhood, and I’m a product of this machinery as much as anyone else. [We are taught] a few narratives that it’s very hard to break. That we Israelis are the ultimate and only victims. That the Palestinians are born to kill, and their hatred is irrational. That the Palestinians are not human beings like us… So you get a society without any moral doubts, without any questions marks, with hardly public debate. >continue<

2:24 PM

Calibrated Disgust: Gaza, agony & contradiction

The Agonies of Susan Rice: Gaza and the Negroponte Doctrine
Vijay Prashad  |  Jadaliyya »

In the dark of night, on 14 November, the United Nations Security Council met to discuss Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. As elections in Israel are on the horizon, the Israeli Defense Force conducted an extra-judicial assassination of Hamas’ Ahmad Jabari, who only hours beforehand had received a draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel (according to Nir Hasson at Haaretz). Jabari’s assassination was followed by a barrage by Israeli aircraft and warships. A few rockets were fired from Gaza, but these have had a negligible impact. The war on Gaza is not between two armed forces, even matched, each flying the flag of a country; it is a war between a major military power and a people that it has occupied, whose means of warfare used to be the suicide bomber and has now devolved to the erratic rockets (propelled by sugar and potassium nitrate, a fertilizer, and made deadly by TNT and urea nitrate, another fertilizer). Most of the rockets fired over the past two days have been intercepted by Israel’s sophisticated Iron Dome system. No such luck for the Palestinians, who have faced US-designed F16 jetfighters and Apache helicopters and have no defensive systems.  >continue<

May 21st
12:20 PM

Israeli Settlers Fire on Palestinians while Police Look On

According to B’Tselem, which uploaded the footage to YouTube, a large group of settlers, some masked and armed, approached the village from the nearby settlement of Yitzhar and began throwing rocks and starting fires. After a group of Palestinians gathered and threw rocks in return at the settlers, Israeli police and soldiers arrived on the scene.

 "The soldiers did not try to remove the settlers and in fact are seen standing by settlers while they are shooting and stone throwing." >continue<

April 27th
4:54 PM
Via

Y files: The Crisis of Zionism

yfiles:

… I guess I’ve lost interest in fighting for control of Brand Zionism. It’s clear to me that the actually existing Israeli polity is fully committed to political and military domination of the entire land between the Jordan and the Sea and doesn’t really care what I or anyone else thinks about that. The American Jewish establishment has covered up the crass immorality of this agenda with the kind of two-wrongs-make-a-right ethical “reasoning” that they counsel you against in kindergarten, whereby somehow if Hamas is bad then immoral Israeli conduct is transmogrified into acceptable behavior….  >continue<