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Onu tanımıyordum, bugün tanıştık. Adı Zeynep, 7 yaşında, Suriyeli bir Türkmen olduğunu söyledi. Annesini savaşta kaybetmiş, şimdi babası başka bir kadınla evliymiş. Kendinden başka 4 kardeşi daha var. Marketten çıktım ve yanıma yaklaştı “abla” diye seslendi evlerinde yağ, sabun olmadığını zor durumda olduklarını vs söyledi. Haribo istedi bir de yılanlı haribo! Fotoğrafını çekebilir miyim Zeynep dedim, hemen saçlarını düzeltti ellerini beline koyup poz verdi. Bu çocuklar çok zor durumda lütfen onları her gördüğünüzde maddi bir şey yapamasanız bile hâl hatıralarını sorun bundan mutlu oluyorlar. Hatta öpüp ne kadar güzel olduğunu söylerseniz size sarılıyorlar. Bugün yaşadığım bu hadise bir kez daha bana bu çocuklar için biz Müslümanların çok çalışıp çok iyi insanlar olması gerektiğini hatırlattı. Rabbim bu yavruları yuvasız bırakanları kahretsin!

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Chicago: Powerful action against Israeli Pinkwashing at Creating Change conference, January 22, 2016.

Intifada! Intifada! Fuck ICE! Stop pinkwashing! Defend queer and Trans lives!

Hundreds turned up in solidarity with an action to #CancelPinkwashing at Creating Change conference where a Zionist organization, A Wider Bridge, was given space to hold a propagandizing pro-Israel, pro-settler event. 

Over 500 hundred people–Palestinian, Black, Brown, and white allies, undocumented folks, and immigrants–marched through the halls of Hilton Hotel to confront the Zionists. Zionists rushed through the crowd and became violent with Palestinians leading chants on the microphone–shoving, ripping a Palestinian flag from an activist, and accusing the crowd of choking people trying to enter the reception, as a way to justify physical violence.  

At least 15 security guards and cops showed up to protect property, the reception, and Zionists. Threats of arrests were made but no one was detained. . 

Here are some videos:

https://twitter.com/seyyedreza/status/690739030842044420

https://www.facebook.com/jenniceteva.gutierrez.9883/videos/1749659921921482/

check @wwpnatl for tweets as well as #CC16 and #cancelpinkwashing

Photos and report: Durham WWP


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Every year since 1976, on March 30, Palestinians around the world have commemorated Land Day. Though it may sound like an environmental celebration, Land Day marks a bloody day in Israel when security forces gunned down six Palestinians, as they protested Israeli expropriation of Arab-owned land in the country’s north to build Jewish-only settlements.

The Land Day victims were not Palestinians from the occupied territories, but citizens of the state, a group that now numbers over 1.6 million people, or 20.5 percent of the population. They are inferior citizens in a state that defines itself as Jewish and democratic, but in reality is neither.

On that dreadful day, in response to Israel’s announcement of a plan to expropriate thousands of acres of Palestinian land for “security and settlement purposes,” a general strike and marches were organized in Palestinian towns within Israel, from the Galilee to the Negev. The night before, in a last-ditch attempt to block the planned protests, the government imposed a curfew on the Palestinian villages of Sakhnin, Arraba, Deir Hanna, Tur'an, Tamra and Kabul, in the Western Galilee. The curfew failed; citizens took to the streets. Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as those in the refugee communities across the Middle East, joined in solidarity demonstrations.

In the ensuing confrontations with the Israeli army and police, six Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed, about 100 wounded, and hundreds arrested. The day lives on, fresh in the Palestinian memory, as in 1976, the conflict is not limited to Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but is ever-present in the country’s treatment of its own Palestinian Arab citizens.

The month following the killings, an internal government paper, written by senior Interior Ministry official Yisrael Koenig, was leaked to the press. The document, which became known as the Koenig Memorandum, offered recommendations intended to “ensure the [country’s] long-term Jewish national interests.” These included “the possibility of diluting existing Arab population concentrations.”

Israel has been attempting to “dilute” its Palestinian population - both Muslims and Christians - ever since.

the situation is as dire as ever. Racism and discrimination, in their rawest forms, are rampant in Israel, and are often more insidious than physical violence. Legislation aimed at ethnically cleansing Palestinians from Israel is part of public discourse. Israeli ministers do not shy away from promoting “population transfers” of Palestinian citizens - code for forced displacement.

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Palestinians praying on the streets today because Israel didn’t allow them to pray in Al-Aqsa mosque

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Palestinian liberation is “key matter of our time,” say Black leaders
Cornel West, Angela Davis and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors among 1,000 historic call for solidarity, joint struggle.

More than 1,000 Black activists, artists, scholars, students and organizations have released this statement reaffirming their “solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and commitment to the liberation of Palestine’s land and people.”

The list of signatories includes scholar-activists Angela Davis and Cornel West, political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal and Sundiata Acoli, rappers Talib Kweli, Boots Riley and Jasiri X and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. Forty organizations signed, including the Florida-based Dream Defenders and St. Louis-based Hands Up United and Tribe X, which were founded after the killings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, respectively, as well as the 35-year-old Organization for Black Struggle in St. Louis.

This statement was originally published at blackforpalestine.com and also appears in Ebony. You can also read this statement in Arabic.