voeu-a-l-univers asked:

Palestines don't want peace. They shouldn't get a state. Long live Israel.

You’re thinking backwards. 

Your starting point should be the fact that the state of Israel is built on stolen Palestinian land, founded on terrorism and genocide. It should not exist.

“Palestines don’t want peace”? Right of course, because they absolutely love living under Israeli occupation, constant terror and starvation. 


Israeli activists protest in support of the Sub Laban family outside their home on 22 March.

A Palestinian family that has lived in Jerusalem’s Old City since 1953 is being forced out of their home by Israeli settlers backed by the state.

Since 9 February the Sub Laban family of eight have been twice subjected to eviction attempts by Israeli settlers and police. The family are expecting a third attempt to come at any time.

Approximately seventy Palestinian, Israeli and international activists demonstrated outside the family’s home on Sunday in a display of solidarity.

The family believe that were it not for a similar action last week, an Israeli district court would not have issued a temporary injunction which gave them enough time to stop the eviction. However, since then the injunction has expired.

Although the family have an appeal hearing before an Israeli district court to challenge the eviction on 31 May, the court has refused to give an order that would prohibit an eviction before that date. The constant fear of invasion and eviction by Israeli settlers, police — or both — has effectively put the family’s lives on hold.

“Right now if we are inside and we hear anything— if someone comes to the door, or if someone passes by outside — we are afraid that it’s going to be the Israeli forces,” Ahmad Sub Laban told The Electronic Intifada.

“Protected tenants”

Ahmad Sub Laban in the courtyard of his family’s threatened home.

The Sub Laban home is located in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, a short distance from the entrance to the Haram al-Sharif compound (which includes the al-Aqsa mosque), as well as the Western Wall and the continually expanding Jewish quarter. The residence’s main entrance off Maalot Khaldiyya Street is shared by two Israeli settler families who also live in the building.

In one part of the family’s home settlers live on the floor above. On sunny days, laundry from the settlers hangs above the Sub Labans’ courtyard. An Israeli flag flies high above from the roof of the shared building.

Rafat Sub Laban, Ahmad’s brother, said that when his maternal grandparents first moved into the house in 1953, they were renting as “protected tenants” from Jordan’s Custodian of Enemy Property (CEP). That body was established to handle property taken from or left by Jews in the West Bank in 1948, the year that the State of Israel was declared on part of historic Palestine.

Today the lease is held by Nora — Rafat and Ahmad’s mother — and allows the family’s tenancy to be protected as long as she and her heirs live in the home. Rafat says that in theory, this should mean that they are immune to eviction or rent increase.

But since Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967, the property has fallen under the control of the Israeli Guardian of Absentee Property. Although Ahmad says that the family maintained their protected status through the transfer, the Israeli government has tried various means to push the Sub Labans out.

Personal mementos were packed in a bag by Nora as Israeli police gathered outside to evict the Sub Laban family from their home on 16 March.

In the late 1970s the two Palestinian families who used to live in the building alongside the Sub Labans were evicted to make way for Israeli settlers, and things began to get much more difficult.

Ahmad explained that in 1984, the settlers remodeled their residence, blocking off what had been a shared main entrance and leaving the Sub Labans with no way to access their property. “We had to go inside the settler house and jump from their kitchen window just to get to our own house,” with police escort, he said.

But very quickly the settlers blocked the family from entering at all. For the next sixteen years, both settler violence and court orders prevented the Sub Labans from accessing their home, compelling them to rent an apartment in the Beit Haninaneighborhood.

The family were finally allowed back into their Old City home in 2001 after an Israeli judge visited the property and ruled in the Sub Labans’ favor.

Relative peace

For the next decade there was a period of relative peace, Ahmad said.

That changed in 2010, when the Israeli Guardian of Absentee Property transferredownership of the Sub Laban home to the settler group Ateret Cohanim. The group has publicly declared its aim of creating a Jewish majority in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City and is one of several private settler organizations that the State of Israel collaborates with to Judaize Palestinian homes and neighborhoods, as the Israeli daily Haaretz has exposed.

According to Aviv Tatarsky, a researcher with the group Ir Amim, which works to promote equality in Jerusalem (Ahmad Sub Laban is a field researcher with the group), there are now approximately five hundred settlers affiliated with Ateret Cohanim living in the Muslim and Christian quarters of the Old City. All of them reside in properties from which Palestinian tenants like the Sub Laban family were evicted.

Five months after acquiring the family’s property, the settler group submitted a new suit against the Sub Labans that claimed they had deserted the house, and that the family had another property in the West Bank.

The locked main entrance to the Sub Laban family home, long blocked from use by Israeli settlers.

The settlers are also invoking the 1970 East Jerusalem Law that allows Israelis to reclaim property owned by Jews before the establishment of the state in 1948. The lawpermits heirs of the original owners to make a legal claim to take back the property and evict current residents if they can prove that the current residents have not lived there or paid rent consistently.

It is not lost on the Sub Laban family that Palestinians have been denied the right of return to and compensation for their property seized during the ethnic cleansing of Palestine at the time of Israel’s establishment in 1948.

“Palestinians have many lands in West Jerusalem and everywhere in Jerusalem that they no longer have access to,” Ahmad said. “There are many Palestinians who have the original ownership documents for their land which should allow them to get these lands back.”

Rigged system

Nora Sub Laban inside her Jerusalem hom

The Sub Laban case was hanging until September 2014 when an Israeli magistrate court ruled against the family, revoking their protected tenant status and declaring that they must leave the house and pay a fine.

Among the “evidence” the settlers used to show that the family weren’t actually living there was that they used very little electricity.

Ahmad told The Electronic Intifada that in 2010, when the family hooked up an air conditioner to the house, the Israeli authorities immediately issued an order to remove it.

“At the time we didn’t understand why they were doing this, and we thought that this was just another form of pressure against us to make us want to leave,” Ahmad said. “But now we know that this was part of [the settlers’] strategy: they didn’t want us to use a lot of electricity, because this would have provided a record to show that we had been living here.

“It’s a small house. There is not a lot of electric equipment,” he added. “Without the AC we use very little electricity.”

The Sub Laban family have little hope for justice in such a rigged system, and have started an online petition to raise international awareness of their case.

“We know it’s not a fair court or a fair trial,” Rafat said, referring about the family’s appeal hearing scheduled for the end of May. Rafat pointed out that Ram Winograd, the district court judge who rejected the injunction on the eviction order, is himself a settler.

“The simple fact is that our house in particular is being targeted because it is the last Palestinian household left in the building and the neighborhood. If we are evicted, Ateret Cohanim will have a huge property [in the Muslim quarter] that is only inhabited by Israeli settlers,” Rafat added.

 Protecting Our Families.

These soldiers do not sacrifice part of their youth just to defend land and do not put their lives at risk just to support an ideology or politics.These soldiers do everything they do so their families and loved ones can have another Shabbat in peace and quiet.

UN says Israel is the world’s #1 violator of women’s rights.

That’s right.. not North Korea,  country that is home to government policies of torture, starvation, enslavement, rape, disappearances, and murder – to name just some of its crimes against humanity. 

Not Syria or Saudi Arabia or any of those other Islamic countries that don’t allow women to vote, drive, own property, or have any rights at all. 

Israel. The only country in the Middle East that allows equal rights to people of every gender, race, sexuality, class, etc. 

Feel free to read the whole article here. jewishpolitics tagging you because you might be interested in this one. 

I’ve been saying it for a while now.. the UN is a complete joke. The US should leave the UN and remove it’s headquarters from NYC. 


Video: Israeli night raids on sleeping Palestinian children

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem today released two harrowing videos of heavily armed Israeli soldiers raiding the bedrooms of Palestinian children in the middle of the night.

The first video, above, is titled “Night search of Sameeh and Mai D’ana’s home, Hebron, 24 February 2015.”

The video was shot during a night raid on ten homes in the occupied West Bank city. B’Tselem does not say who shot the video, but typically the videos it releases are made by Palestinians.

After forcing the children – at least one as young as four – out of their beds, the video shows the soldiers in full combat gear, armed with rifles and hand grenades, photographing and interrogating them.

The father asks the soldiers why they are invading his home in the middle of the night.

“Because stones are thrown at us all day long,” one soldier replies.

“What’s that to us?” the father asks. “I don’t have to explain my schedule,” the soldier shouts and orders the father to “go wake up your children.”

We see the soldiers follow the father into the room and order the children – one of whom is visually impaired – out of bed.

The soldiers then interrogate the children, including the four-year-old.

“Do you think he understands?” the father asks.

“Yes, I think so,” the soldier says. A short time later the soldiers leave.

Children terrorized

This video is titled “Night search of Nayef and Dalal D’ana’s home, Hebron, 24 February 2015.”

It shows the soldiers forcing their way into a home and shouting to wake everyone up, demanding their ID cards.

The mother protests that the children are young and asleep. The soldier shouts at her, “Get them all here.”

The mother tries to persuade the soldier, telling him the children will be terrorized, but the assault on the home continues and the soldiers enter a bedroom occupied by the family’s sleeping children.

Frequent night raids

Such night raids are a frequent occurence.

In 2013, more than half of Palestinian children detained in the occupied West Bank were taken from their homes in the middle of the night, according to Defence for Children International–Palestine.

The children’s rights group estimates that annually 500-700 Palestinian children are prosecuted in Israeli military courts after being arrested, interrogated and detained by occupation forces.

These disturbing scenes underscore that many more children who are not arrested are nonetheless subjected to traumatizing assaults in the very place they should feel safest.

B’Tselem has posted more information about the videos and testimonies from the parents on its website.

No accountability

They also provide an insight into what Palestinians live and have lived through for decades with no respite in sight as Israel continues to enjoy immunity and impunity for its violations.

“Not only is this policy of entering Palestinian homes by night unjust and terrifying,” B’Tselem says in its description of the video, “it illustrates how casually and arbitrarily the lives of Palestinians under occupation are disrupted and their rights violated.”

B’Tselem “calls on the military to discontinue this policy without delay.”

B’Tselem should call for those who perpetrate these harrowing attacks and those who order them to be brought to justice.

These videos depicting systematic violence against children should also give pause to the UN officials who are allegedly sabotaging moves to have Israel’s army included on a UN list of serious violators of children’s rights.


Gareth Bale scores absolute stunner for Wales in Euro 2016 qualifier

Not that we doubted Gareth Bale’s scoring abilities, but we’ve just been reminded of his free kick skills.

In Wales’ 3-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory against Israel, Bale scored a beautiful curler from just outside the box.

It’s so pretty that it freezes the Israeli goalie in place.

The win helped Wales leapfrog Israel atop Group B.

Maybe Real Madrid should reconsider who takes their free kicks in the future?

Photo courtesy Action Images.


Watch this and understand what really happened.
Two striking things about this documentary, the complicity of the British Empire in securing Israel’s welfare, even to the point where they disarmed the Palestinians so they could not resist the Zionists. And secondly the complete incompetence of the Arab people to defend their own people, so much so that they seem to have abandoned the Palestinian people to their fate. We should be ashamed of ourselves that we have allowed this to continue.
Liberation for all of Palestine…!  


(I’ve done research on the climate in Ancient Israel for a while now, it’s one of the things that really interest me > v <

Back then, weather has been pretty much the same except for a few things - the rain reason was shorter, actual rain was really rare. Droughts were worse than today - in fact, somewhere between 1,500 and 1,100 BC, they have caused the end of some Ancient Kingdoms in the region due to mass migration [lack of food]! That’s before the climate change from back then, though, which made it a little easier on nations living in the region.


Back in the BCs event/childM!A: 3/5)