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August 18th
3:48 PM
"We bear moral responsibility for those things that we can control. I am a citizen of the United States, and the United States makes Israeli apartheid possible. I am therefore responsible for it in a way that I am not responsible for the theocratic thugs in Tehran or Saudi Arabia. It’s just a fundamental failure to understand the meaning of responsibility to suggest that we are too focused on Israel in comparison to other bad actors"
August 11th
2:00 PM
Via

awkwardsituationist:

These photos were taken by mohammed salem and klaus thymann (click pic), showing the rise of parkour in gaza’s shati and khan yunis refugee camps. unemployment in the camps is high, and with little to do and limited resources, some have turned to parkour as a means of escape.

Ss abdullah enshasy, who cofounded gaza parkour team with mohammed aljkhbeer, explains, “i have witnessed war, invasion and killing. when i was a kid and i saw these things, blood and injuries, i didn’t know what it all meant.”

Adds aljkhbeer"there is a big relationship between parkour and barriers that we’re surrounded by in the gaza strip. there’s the blockade, walls are everywhere. …parkour gives us a sense of freedom and allows us to endure these conditions without getting deeply depressed.” 

For a sport that is literally about overcoming obstacles and living beyond imposed physical restraints, parkour has perhaps even greater resonance in the narrow, politically and militarily confined gaza strip, which is home to a densely boxed in population of 1.7 million palestinians.  

But enshasy notes, “at first people didn’t accept us. they would say, ‘you jump like monkeys and you climb buildings like thieves’.” but as their facebook page explains, parkour is about breaking from conventional paths in life and finding your own.

What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

August 7th
10:36 AM
Giles Fraser  |  Guardian »

Gideon Levy doesn’t want to meet in a coffee bar in Tel Aviv. He is fed up with being hassled in public and spat at, with people not willing to share the table next to him in restaurants… Levy’s unpardonable crime is vocal opposition to the war and to the bombing of Gaza. According to recent polls, support for the military operation in Gaza among the Jewish Israeli public stands somewhere between 87% 
"What is different this time is the anti-democratic spirit. Zero tolerance of any kind of criticism, opposition to any kind of sympathy with the Palestinians," says Levy.  >continue<

This seems all the more incredible given the episode’s categorization as ‘war’. As if an elite SWAT team up against impoverished 6th graders made for a war.
Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel?  |  A Primer

Giles Fraser  |  Guardian »

Gideon Levy doesn’t want to meet in a coffee bar in Tel Aviv. He is fed up with being hassled in public and spat at, with people not willing to share the table next to him in restaurants… Levy’s unpardonable crime is vocal opposition to the war and to the bombing of Gaza. According to recent polls, support for the military operation in Gaza among the Jewish Israeli public stands somewhere between 87% 

"What is different this time is the anti-democratic spirit. Zero tolerance of any kind of criticism, opposition to any kind of sympathy with the Palestinians," says Levy.  >continue<

This seems all the more incredible given the episode’s categorization as ‘war’. As if an elite SWAT team up against impoverished 6th graders made for a war.

Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel?  |  A Primer

10:07 AM
Via

"As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to (U.S. embassy economic officers) on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge"

- From a November 2008 U.S. Diplomatic Cable

video: a child’s view from Gaza

9:33 AM
Via

haaretz:

Once a Palestinian haven, affluent Gaza town reduced to rubble

Click here for the full story:
'It is like an earthquake hit:' a visit to what remains of the once-leisurely town of Khuzaa.

August 5th
10:44 PM
"I’m heartbroken to see the Judaism of love and compassion being dismissed as ‘unrealistic’ by so many of my fellow Jews and fellow rabbis. Wasn’t the central message of Torah that the world was ruled by a force that made possible the transformation from ‘that which is’ to ‘that which can and should be’ and wasn’t our task to teach the world that nothing was fixed, that even the mountains could skip like young rams and the seas could flee from before the triumph of justice in the world?"
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&#160;&#187;

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&#8230;
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.  &gt;continue/view video&lt;

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