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I've been asked to audition as a terrorist 30 times. If La La Land cleans up at the Oscars I'm done
I’ve worked as a professional performer in the UK since the age of 12 – and my Arab heritage has pitted me against some pretty awful racial profiling in the industry. My first film job at the age of 14 – Steven Spielberg’s Munich – featured me as an Islamic terrorist’s son. Needless to say, that was an explosive introduction into showbusiness.

“Moonlight needs to win Best Picture. Not only because it is a cinematic feat that is to La La Land what Frida Kahlo is to paint-by-numbers, but because it sends an urgent message. A message that we’re ready to empathise with any story, no matter how far away they are from us, and how much they defy our systemic misconceptions.”

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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.

يوما ما ،، قبل ١٢٠٠٠ سنة ،، 

وهو ذات الحد الأدنى .. للعمر الحقيقي لأبو الهول ،،

كانت الجزيرة العربية ، وافريقيا ، إبّان تلك الفترة ..

هكذا ،

تغيّر كل شيء ،، في حدث واحد كبير ، 

وليس على مراحل زمنية طويلة ..

ما الذي رفع منسوب المياه بهذا الشكل الكبير ؟
هل ذاب أحد الأقطاب الثلجية في تلك الفتره ؟ 

هل اقترب القمر من الأرض ؟ 

هل ،، خسف بأرض كبيره الأرض بعد زلزال وسقوطها في البحر رفع مستوى المياه ؟ 

ما الذي حصل ؟ 

الله اعلم ،، لكن ،، يبدو أنه كان حدثا كبيرا 

الغريب في الموضوع ، ان ذات المكان تقريبا 
احتوى حادثة فلق موسى للبحر .. 

و .. 

حادثة أهل الفيل .. 

ويبدو أنها رمزية شديدة الجمال ،، 

عن قصة اصحاب الجنّتين . 

،،، 

:)

noasaurus  asked:

Hey just in case you're curious what an actual Jewish person thinks; Muslims and Jews aren't natural enemies. The actions of a tiny fraction of Muslims don't represent core concepts of Islam any more than the actions of some Christians represent core concepts of Christianity. Is there antisemitism in the Muslim community and on the Left in general? Certainly, but that doesn't represent the views of every single Muslim. I'm tired of gentiles using us as a means to attack vulnerable people

I’m tired of apologists like yourself using “not all Muslims” to excuse a hugely disproportionate problem with Islam. You act as if it’s only a tiny percentage of Muslims who hold these views yet you ignore the fact the top 16 countries with the highest rates of antisemitic views are all Muslim countries, you ignore Muslims are more than twice as likely to harbor antisemitic views than any other religion, you ignore the fact 16 Muslim countries strictly forbid Jews from entering, you completely ignore the fact more Muslims than any other religion deny and mock the Holocaust, you ignore the fact that violent crimes against Jews across Europe are mostly committed by young Muslims

You ignore the fact more than a thousand Jews were killed in anti-Jewish rioting in Muslim countries which has led to mass exodus of almost a million Jews from Arab countries, you completely ignore research has found that 47 percent of Muslims in the UK stated that they hold “unfavorable” views of Jews compared with 7 percent of the population as a whole; that 28 per cent of Muslims in France hold unfavorable views of Jews compared with 13 per cent of the population generally; and that 44 percent of Muslims in Germany hold such views compared with 20 percent of the population generally, you completely ignore the fact antisemitism is spread all over Arabic news and media, it’s being taught all throughout mosques and it’s ingrained in Muslim families and history, you completely ignore the fact that right now every single neighbor of Israel is a Muslim country who are all hellbent on destroying Israel and killing every last Jew. These are entire nations, not just a small minority ffs.

You may have a case by saying a fraction of Muslims are actually butchering and hunting Jews but how the fuck can you sit there and say that only a tiny fraction of Muslims hold these views so we should never talk about it and if we do, then it’s an attack on “vulnerable people”. Are you kidding me? The evidence is right there, what the fuck is wrong with you? You do realize there’s more Muslims in the world than just the ones who go to your university and who tells you how awesome Islam is, right? Muslims and Jews aren’t natural enemies? Have you ever read a history book? What kind of Jew are you? You don’t even know your own history? You don’t even know what’s happening in Israel? Or are you just choosing to ignore it along with everything else because it shows Islam isn’t quite as peaceful as your Muslim friend tells you? Well, it seems like somebody needs a history lesson. 

Muhammad traveled to Medina in 622 to attract followers to his new faith. When the Jews of Medina refused to convert and rejected Muhammad, two of the major Jewish tribes were expelled and in 627, Muhammad’s followers killed between 600 and 900 of the men, and divided the surviving Jewish women and children amongst themselves. The Muslim attitude toward Jews is reflected in various verses throughout the Quran. "They [the Children of Israel] were consigned to humiliation and wretchedness. They brought the wrath of God upon themselves, and this because they used to deny God’s signs and kill His Prophets unjustly and because they disobeyed and were transgressors" (Sura 2:61). According to the Quran, the Jews try to introduce corruption (5:64), have always been disobedient (5:78), and are enemies of Allah, the Prophet and the angels (2:97­98).

The traditional concept “dhimma” (“writ of protection”) was extended by Muslim conquerors to Christians and Jews in exchange for submission to the Muslims. People subjected to Muslim rule usually had a choice between death and conversion, but Jews and Christians who adhered to the Scriptures were allowed as dhimmis (protected persons). This “protection” did little to insure that Jews and Christians were treated well by the Muslims. On the contrary, an integral aspect of the dhimma was that, being an infidel, he had to openly acknowledge the superiority of the true believer the Muslim and pay Muslims “tributes” (jizya), as a yearly tax, symbolized the inferiority of the Jews and Christians. Muslims also forced Jews to wear yellow badges, setting a precedent that would be followed centuries later in Nazi Germany.

Later the inferior status of Jews and Christians was further reinforced through a series of regulations that governed the behavior of the Jews and Christians. They were forbidden to criticize the Quran, Islam or Muhammad, to proselytize among Muslims or to touch a Muslim woman (the scary part is they still practice this today.) Jews and Christians were excluded from public office and armed service and were forbidden to bear arms. They were not allowed to ride horses or camels, to build synagogues or churches taller than mosques, to construct houses higher than those of Muslims or to drink wine in public. They were not allowed to pray or mourn in loud voices as that might offend the Muslims. Jews and Christians were not allowed to give evidence in court against a Muslim and his oath was unacceptable in an Islamic court. To defend himself, Jews and Christians would have to purchase Muslim witnesses at great expense. This left them with little to no legal recourse when harmed and attacked by a Muslim.

When Jews were perceived as having achieved too comfortable a position in Islamic society, antisemitism would surface with often devastating results: In 1066, Joseph HaNagid, the Jewish vizier of Granada was crucified by an Arab mob that proceeded to raze the Jewish quarter of the city and slaughter its 5000 inhabitants. The riot was incited by Muslim preachers who had angrily objected to what they saw as inordinate Jewish political power. Similarly, in 1465, Arab mobs in Fez slaughtered thousands of Jews leaving only 11 alive, after a Jewish deputy vizier treated a Muslim woman in “an offensive manner.” Other mass murders of Jews in Arab lands occurred in Morocco in the 8th century, where whole communities were wiped out by Muslim ruler Idris I, North Africa in the 12th century, where the Almohads either forcibly converted or decimated several communities, Libya in 1785, where Ali Burzi Pasha murdered hundreds of Jews, Algiers, where Jews were massacred in 1805, 1815 and 1830 and Marrakesh, where more than 300 hundred Jews were murdered between 1864 and 1880. And most recently in the 1940s where more than a thousand Jews were killed in anti-Jewish rioting in Muslim countries which has led to mass exodus of almost a million Jews.

Decrees ordering the destruction of Jewish synagogues were enacted in Egypt and Syria (1014, 1293-4, 1301-2), Iraq (854-859, 1344) and Yemen (1676). Jews were forced to convert to Islam or face death in Yemen (1165 and 1678), Morocco (1275, 1465 and 1790-92) and Baghdad (1333 and 1344). Jews during the 19th century in Muslim countries of North Africa were forced to live in ghettos and Muslim children participated in the degradation of Jews, throwing stones at them and harassing them and Jews were only allowed to work as shoe shiners. The frequency of anti-Jewish violence increased and many Jews were executed on charges of apostasy. Ritual murder accusations against the Jews became commonplace in the Ottoman Empire. The attitude of the Muslims toward the Christians and the Jews is that of a master towards slaves, who he treats with a certain lordly tolerance so long as they keep their place. Any sign of pretension to equality is promptly repressed. 

This is still happening right now. It’s not only history but it’s still very real and very current and people wonder why Islam gets called the primitive religion. Their hatred of Jews, gays and women is brushed off as “not real Muslims” when it’s impossible to make it any clearer that this is real Islam, as it always has been. Sure, many Muslims have been Westernized enough to adopt our laws and values but you’re completely failing to understand these Muslims do not make up the majority. You look at countries such as Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan and almost 100% of their Muslims admit they don’t like Jews. But sure, tell me again there’s no natural tension between Jews and Muslims, keep telling me what a tiny minority antisemitic Muslims are. You’re a fucking disgrace.

March 30th, 2017, will mark the 41st anniversary of Land Day in Palestine.

On 30 March 1976, thousands of people belonging to the Palestinian minority in Israel gathered to protest Israel’s plans to expropriate 60,000 dunams of Palestinian-owned land in the Galilee. In the resulting confrontations with the Israeli army, six Palestinians were killed, hundreds wounded, and hundreds jailed. In the intervening years, those events have become consecrated in the Palestinian memory as Land Day.

After years of military rule and political docility, Land Day 1976 was the first act of mass resistance by the Palestinians inside Israel against the Zionist policy of internal colonization, a systematic process of expropriation that had reduced Palestinian land ownership from around 94 per cent of all territory in pre-1948 Palestine to less than three per cent in what is now considered to be Israel.

After years of quiet ostracism by the PLO and the Arab states, Land Day reaffirmed the Palestinian minority in Israel as an inseparable part of the Palestinian nation.

And this day today, resembles unity between Palestinians no matter where they are across the globe over the struggle and fight for the land. 

On This Day: July 8
  • 1792: Percy Bysshe Shelley drowns in Lerici, Italy. Radical poet who denounced the Peterloo massacre. He is regarded by some as among the finest lyric poets in the English language.
  • 1867: Käthe Kollwitz born in Königsberg. She was apainter and sculptor. Her most famous art cycles, including The Weavers and The Peasant War, depict the effects of poverty, hunger, and war on the working class.
  • 1885: Marxist utopian Ernst Bloch born in Ludwigshafen, Germany. He was influential in 1968’s student movements and liberation theology.
  • 1898: Anarcho-syndicalist May Picqueray born in Châteaubriant, Bretagne. Founded the Le Réfractaire magazine.
  • 1898: Georges Butaud founds colony in Paris suburbs.
  • 1900: Anarcho-syndicalist Ettore Cropalti born in Castelvetro di Modena, Italy. He was a member of the FAI.
  • 1905: The Revolution of 1905: Battleship Potemkin uprising ends.
  • 1914: Members of the all-women Harrow Road “Check Skirt Gang” rob a London pattern maker, taking everything that is not nailed down.
  • 1937: Britain sends 13,000 troops to Palestine, and martial law is declared, in an attempt to crush Arab rebellion for land.
  • 1943: Anarchist and Secretary-General of the CNT during the Spanish Civil War, Esteban Pallarols Xirgu (aka Riera), is shot and killed in Barcelona.
  • 1962: Thai military leader Ne Win orders the Rangoon University Student Union building blown up to crush emerging Student Movement.
  • 1966: Anarchist Antonio Casanova dies in Bueno Aires. He fought in the Spanish Civil War and French Resistance.
  • 1968: The Dodge Revolutionary Movement led a three day strike of 3,000 workers at Chrysler’s Hamtramck plant.
  • 1981: Irish hunger strike: Joe McDonnell dies after 61 days on hunger strike.
  • 1984: British Miners’ Strike: High Court declares National Union of Mineworkers annual conference unlawful. National dock strike called against movement of coal.
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Arab Legionnaires guard the landing ground at H4 pumping station on the Iraq Petroleum Company pipeline in Transjordan, as Gloster Gladiators of No. 94 Squadron RAF Detachment refuel during their journey from Ismailia, Egypt, to reinforce the besieged garrison at Habbaniyah, Iraq. On arrival at Habbaniyah these aircraft formed No. 1 Flight of ‘A’ Squadron for operations against the Iraqi rebels.

Morocco Population 2017: 35,235,562

The majority of the population lives west of the Atlas Mountains, which protect the country from the Sahara. The commercial center and most populous city is Casablanca with about 3 million residents, although the political capital is Rabat, home to 1.4 million. Other major cities include the gateway city of Tangier, the religious center of Fez, and the tourist center of Marrakech.

Morocco is a young country with 27% of its population under the age of 15, 18% between 15 and 24, 42% between 25 and 54, 7% between 55 and 64, and just 6% 65 years and older. The median age is 27.

The vast majority of Moroccans are Sunni Muslims, primarily of Arab-Berber, Arabized Berber, Berber, and Nigero-Congo ethnic background. The country itself was inhabited by Berbers since at least 5,000 years ago, while Arabs conquered the land only in the 7th and 11th centuries, when the area was inhabited mostly by indigineous Berber and Romano-Berber peoples. Arabs & Berbers currently account for 99% of the population. While indigenous Berbers make up the majority of the population, there is a small minority that identifies as Haratin or Gnawa, black, or of mixed race. The Jewish minority, which numbered 248,000 in 1948, has decreased to about 5,000. Most of the estimated 100,000 foreign residents in Morocco are French; France is home to the largest number of Moroccans outside of Morocco. Before independence, Morocco was home to more than 500,000 Europeans.

Morocco has a comparatively high life expectancy of 76 years with a fertility rate of 2.17 children born per woman. It’s projected that the population will haven risen to 42 million by 2050.

Egypt - A Brief History. The regularity and richness of the annual Nile River flood, coupled with semi-isolation provided by deserts to the east and west, allowed for the development of one of the world’s great civilizations. A unified kingdom arose around 3200 BC and a series of dynasties ruled in Egypt for the next 3 millennia. The last native dynasty fell to the Persians in 341 BC, who were replaced by Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines. It was the Arabs who introduced Islam and the Arabic language in the 7th century; they ruled for the next 6 centuries. A local military caste, the Mamluks, took control around the year 1250 and continued to govern after the conquest of Egypt by the Ottoman Turks in 1517. Following the completion of the Suez Canal in 1869, Egypt became an important transportation hub, but also fell heavily into debt. Ostensibly to protect its investments, Britain seized control of the government in 1882, as nominal allegiance to the Ottoman Empire continued until 1914. Partially independent from the UK in 1922, Egypt acquired full sovereignty following WW2. The completion of the Aswan Dam in 1971 and the resultant Lake Nasser have altered the time-honoured place of the Nile in agriculture and the ecology of Egypt. A rapidly growing population (the largest in the Arab world), limited arable land, and dependence on the Nile continue to overtax resources and stress the population.

anonymous asked:

Hey! You know, angrybell has claimed that most Palestinians had no presence in Palestine prior to the 1920s. As in, they immigrated from other Arab countries because of the economic boom caused by all of the European Jews returning to their ancestral homeland. Actually, he says: "since most of them did not own land, it becomes even harder to prove that they have an actual, as opposed to migratory, interest in the land". What does one respond to all of this?

dude i don’t care what angrybell says lol

but aside from that, that’s obviously a lie. palestinians have been in palestine for CENTURIES. and also land ownership in palestine is usually inherited through family ties (or at least, in rural regions). many of them cultivated land for, again centuries. and many of the middle and upper class in the cities owned properties. in fact the only reason zionist settlers were able to buy land was because of arab land lords who were considered “absentee”. also i’m trying to find statistics but it’s a bit all over the place but like i think people tend to forget that the birth rate amongst arabs was so high so naturally the population would double in the span of a short time.  but even if arabs did migrate into palestine post-20′s, chances are it was a small portion of the total population.