The Realist by Asaf Hanuka //  BOOM! Studios

Archaia, an imprint from BOOM! Studios, will be publishing Israeli illustrator Asaf Hanuka’s autobiographical graphic novel The Realist.

This will be the first time Hanuka’s award-winning weekly strips will be collected in English. It tells the emotional and very personal story of life and raising a family in Tel Aviv, Israel. (X)

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On Wednesday, Palestinian youths from a village in the northern West Bank attacked Israeli Border Police officers outside Damascus Gate, in Occupied East Jerusalem, killing one and wounding another. The three assailants were killed on the spot.
But no one speaks of a ‘wave of violence’ when the fingers on the trigger are wearing Israeli army uniforms; it is the violence of the occupied that begins chronologies, not that of occupation forces or the colonists they protect. Yes, there has been an uptick in violence since the beginning of October – but it has not come out of the blue.
On January 26, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated a simple truth: “as oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation.” Disappearing the violence of occupation and misrepresenting the Palestinians’ anti-colonial revolt is to be expected from Israeli authorities; but the media should not be helping them.

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British Consul in Jerusalem in 1864 Confirms the Jewish Majority

By 1864 the resident Jewish population of Jerusalem constituted a majority of the city’s inhabitants, according to the British consul in Jerusalem, Noel Temple Moore, who estimated the total population of the City at 15,000: 8,000 Jews; 4,500 Muslim Arabs, and 2,500 Christians and Christian Arabs [or Arabic-speaking Christians].

All 8,000 Jews lived within the Old City, mostly in the Jewish Quarter.

[Martin Gilbert, Jerusalem, Illustrated History Atlas (New York, London, 1977), p 47]


No. 238, “Report of the Commerce of Jerusalem During the Year 1863,” F.O. 195/808, May 1864. “…

From A.H. Hyamson, ed., The British Consulate in Jerusalem, 2 vols. (London, 1939-1941), Vol. 2, p. 331.

Shell-Shocked by Mohammed Omer
In Shell-Shocked, journalist and Gaza resident Mohammed Omer provides a first-hand account of life on-the-ground during Israel’s assault.



“Mohammed Omer could easily have escaped the horror of Israel’s impending assault on the trapped and helpless people of Gaza. Instead, he chose to stay, to record, in searing and vivid detail, the savagery of Israel’s latest escapade of ‘mowing the lawn’ and the steadfastness of the victims of a hideous tragedy. Few can match his courage and integrity, but all of us who live in countries providing the arms and diplomatic support that made Israel’s actions possible should ponder his words and ask ourselves what has been done in our name and what we should do about it.” —Noam Chomsky

“Read Shell-Shocked. It’s author says, ‘I’m a journalist and I owe it to my people and the Israeli people to get to the truth.’ Thank you, Mohammed, the truth is like water, a basic necessity – without it we will not survive.” —Roger Waters

“Written with painful immediacy, these are more than dispatches from a war zone: They convey the human reality of people who manage to survive and endure in conditions that have grown grimmer and more inhumane over the years.” —Rashid Khalidi

“With a terrible and necessary exactitude, Mohammed Omer’s war chronicle lets the world know the devastating losses borne by the Gazan people bombarded by Israeli forces in 2014.”
                                                                                                                              —Judith Butler

“The truth about Israel’s crimes in Gaza can never be forgotten, never successfully lied about and covered-up, because Mohammed Omer was there. This great reporter and his family were under fire day after day. When I phoned him, I could hear the explosions outside his front door. Yet, day after day he produced eyewitness dispatches of such clarity and brilliance that, almost single-handed, he reclaimed the honour of real journalism.” —John Pilger

“From the very heart of Gaza, a witness to war: history will record Mohammed Omer’s searing testimony about what was done to his homeland by Israel’s 'Operation Protective Edge’ … This is journalism of the highest order.” —Jon Snow, Channel 4 News

“If you only have time to read one book on Israel’s 2014 war on Gaza, let it be this one. Mohammed Omer’s on-the-ground reporting is stunning and unforgettable, giving access to a daily reality few can imagine let alone endure. Omer describes the landscape of Palestinian life and death in this tiny strip of land during this horrific period. Yet, his accounts are not only about the immense suffering of Gaza’s people but about their remarkable resilience and dignity, which cannot be destroyed. An act of conscience and documentation, Omer’s book will remain with the reader long after it is read.” —Sara Roy

anonymous asked:

Do you think Palestine can survive the monster of geopolitics? It seems to me that the US, Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia and their interests will overrun the goal of Palestinian self determination. I may be overly pessimistic

I fully believe that by 2048, there will be no more Palestine, and that Israel will reign supreme from the Golan Heights to the Sinai Peninsula, from the Jordan to the Mediterranean. 

Jerusalem will be its capital, with a thriving tourist economy, and a population that is decidedly more conservative and religious than the more secular and liberal Tel-Aviv. Of course, the people of Jerusalem would say, it is no wonder that those in Tel-Aviv are so liberal, because they do not have to suffer the indignity of sharing the East side of their city with undesireables who keep throwing rocks at the APCs that patrol the ghettos.

Arab Muslims will be a second class minority in the Jewish State, and thriving Israeli settlements will dot what was once known as the West Bank but will then be known as Judea and Samaria.

Gaza, once a bombed out ruin, will have been rebuilt into a bustling, majority Ashkenazic glass and steel metropolis, the gateway between Western Europe and the Middle East. They might even erect a large statue of Judah Maccabee off the coast, holding aloft a humongous Menorah to light the way for Jews around the world.

Palestine at that point will be a memory. Perhaps the American liberals of the time will find themselves free to chastise Israel in the media for the “potential acts of genocide” that had transpired, once it is too late to stop them. Israeli liberals likewise may find themselves so overcome with guilt, if they acknowledge that there had been any wrongdoing on their part at all, to fund comprehensive welfare and affirmative action programs for those Arabs that desire to live and attend university outside of their reservations.

At such a point, I can only hope that the evangelicals were right, and that Christ, the Son of Man, will descend from the heavens and kill us all, because if we let this happen, none of us deserve to live.

Egypt flooded Gaza tunnels at Israel's request: minister
An Israeli minister said Egypt flooded tunnels on its border with the besieged Gaza Strip at the Jewish state's request, before a spokeswoman on Sunday said the remarks were misinterpreted. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, a member of the ruling Likud party, said on Saturday that Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi "did flood a large part of the tunnels between Gaza and Sinai", calling it a "good solution". The Palestinian coastal enclave's southern border with Egypt's Sinai Peninsula is significantly shorter than its eastern border with Israel.

Typical discussion with a Jewish Zionist:

Jewish Zionist: My ancestors lived on that land!
Palestinian: Do you have proof?
Jewish Zionist: No, but Jews used to live there!
Palestinian: The vast majority of your ancestry isn’t from Palestine.
Jewish Zionist: Some of it is and that is the part I choose to care about.
Palestinian: Well all of my ancestry is from Palestine. Can I return?
Jewish Zionist: No!!!! Go live in Morocco, Jordan or one of your other Arab states!
Palestinian: I’m not from those places.
Jewish Zionist: You all share enough of an overlap that you are almost the same!

The “immovable” or “status quo” ladder of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher.  It has perched on this ledge of the facade since at least 1757. The ladder is referred to as immovable due to an understanding that no cleric of the six Christian groups in the basilica may move, rearrange, or alter any property without the consent of the other five orders.

Israeli Research Into Zika Virus Contradicts World Health Organization Findings
Research led by Haifa University indicates that the relevant factor associated with the virus is in fact the wave of exceptionally hot and dry conditions, which have reached record levels in the latter half of 2015...
By TPS / Tazpit News Agency

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

Haifa University has conducted a preliminary study that has identified a correlation between the exceptionally hot and dry winter of northeast Brazil and the recent outbreak of the Zika virus which has led to numerous of birth defects.

The study was led by Dr. Shlomit Paz of the Department ofGeography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa and Professor Jan Semenza of the Stockholm-based European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The main findings of the provisional research contradict the conclusions drawn by the World Health Organization (WHO), which declared a state of emergency last week over the outbreak of the virus.

According to the WHO, the virus is associated with heavy rains in parts of Central and South America as a result of El Nino, a phenomenon that involves a substantial increase in Pacific Oceanwater temperatures.

Preliminary research led by Haifa University, however, indicates that the relevant factor associated with the virus is in fact the wave of exceptionally hot and dry conditions, which have reached record levels in the latter half of 2015 in northeastern Brazil where the Zika virus has broken out.

The research argues that the outbreak is not attributable to heavy rains rather it can be attributable to another factor involving climate change and global warming patterns that have affected the planet over recent decades.

“It is very preliminary research, but we found a linkage and overlap between regions in northeastern Brazil with extreme climatic conditions such as record-level extreme temperatures and a severe drop in water levels,” Dr. Paz told Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

She added that it is well known that the high temperatures encourage the growth rates of the Aedes mosquito population through which the Zika virus is transmitted. The dry conditions, however, deprive the mosquitoes of the water they need for survival. In turn, the mosquitoes swarm around water containers left in the open by local residents.

She also explained why the findings of her research undermine those of the WHO. “The WHO’s conclusions are a mistake. They talk about a linkage with El Nino and about extreme rainfalls, etc. We found, however, that the main regions of the Zika outbreak were characterized by a severe drop in water levels.”

While Paz acknowledged that mosquitoes are known to prevail under conditions of intense rainfall as suggested by the WHO, she cited previous studies that demonstrate the correlation between dry conditions and the risk of an upsurge in mosquito populations.

“People don’t know it, but by putting all their water in open containers, they prepare very comfortable conditions for the mosquitoes,” she said.

The Zika virus has been known to researchers for several decades, but the reason for the sudden severe outbreak has not yet been found. “It is very important to highlight that the reasons are multifactorial and the climate is only one of the factors that may have an impact and that is very important. But it is not the only factor,” Paz said.

She concluded that further research would take significant periods of time and that the University of Haifa is currently continuing its research through the collection and analysis of related data on a broader scale.