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anonymous asked:

sorry im so clueless but i have no idea whats going on in regards to palestine so if you're able to, could you explain it in simple terms please? or provide some info sources

i was hoping you’d be more specific but i’ll try to cover as much as i can

palestine was under the british mandate. as it was coming to an end, the un general assembly voted to partition plaestine. while palestinians made up two thirds of the population, they were allocated only 47% of their own land, with the remaining 53% to be allocated to zionist jewish settlers. palestinains obviously declined this “offer”. yet, what’s known as the partition plan was passed and soon israel would be created at the expense of palestinians.

this time period is known as the ‘nakba’, which is the arabic word for ‘catastrophe’, and it is used to refer to the events that led to the ethnic cleansing of palestinians and the destruction of palestinian communities. during the nakba, over 500 palestinian villages were ethnically cleansed, the majority of which through direct expulsion by zionist terrorist gangs that carried out terror campaigns of attacks and massacres against civilians. as a result, these villages were depopulated of its palestinian inhabitants but were soon repopulated by jewish settlers.

due to this, almost 800,000 palestinians found themselves stateless refugees. soon, and on this basis, the “state of israel" was formed and legislations were made to prevent these refugees from ever returning to their homes and their lands became state land and a law called the law of absentees declared their homes and possessions to become the property of jewish settlers.

the zionist movement is what brought about the so called state of israel. it is a jewish nationalist movement— a settler colonial ideology that led to the dispossession, displacement and ethnic cleansing of palestinians that continues to this day, as over 6 million palestinian refugees and their descendants live all over the world with no right to return to palestine.

the israeli occupation and ethnic cleansing of palestine continues; palestinains still face land and resources theft and jewish-only settlements (which are illegal under international law) are built on palestinian land almost everyday. the ethnic cleansing continues as well. not only that, but israel’s terror continues against palestinains with its use of lethal and disproportionate force against unarmed palestinains. racism, segregation and discrimination are rampant in israeli society and are key components of what makes israel the apartheid state that it is today.

contrary to what people think, the palestinian cause is not a complex one. it is a fight against colonialism and occupation.

here are more resources for you:

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES. West Bank. Near Ramallah. February 1, 2006. A Jewish settler struggles with an Israeli security officer during clashes that erupted as authorities evacuated the West Bank settlement outpost of Amona.

Ten years ago today, AP photographer Oded Balilty captured the powerful image, winning the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography, becoming the first and thus far only Israeli to be awarded the coveted honour. He is the most recent AP photographer to win the prize with a single image.

Photograph: Oded Balilty/AP


PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES. West Bank. Hebron. November 2015. Part of the series Inside the Cauldron of Hebron by Lorenzo Tugnoli. [Part 1]

Photograph 1: Muhannad Qafesha smokes shisha outside the headquarters of Youth Against Settlements, a Palestinian activist organization located in the Tel Rumeida neighbourhood.

Photograph 2: Youth burn tires during a demonstration.

Photograph 3: Palestinian youths among tear gas canisters at a demonstration.

Photograph 4: Residents of Tel Rumeida walk home at night.

Photograph 5: Amer Quneibi plays in the courtyard of his house, where his family has lived for generations. The metal cover was installed to protect the family from stones and garbage that is regularly dumped by Jewish settlers who live nearby.

Photograph 6: The homes of Jewish Israeli settlers can be seen on the left side of the road just over the closed shops in this area of Hebron’s Old City, once a thriving market.

In a perfect world, Hebron would be a showcase of co-existence. The city in the southern section of the Palestinian West Bank is built around the burial plot of Abraham, the patriarch from which Judaism, Christianity and Islam all descend. But even on its best days, Hebron is a cauldron. And Lorenzo Tugnoli showed up during the worst time in years.

When the Italian photojournalist arrived on Nov. 1, what some are calling the “third Intifada,” or uprising, was well underway, especially in Hebron and in East Jerusalem, 18 miles to the north. Tugnoli would spend time with a Palestinian family in the historic heart of the city, a warren of stone buildings where the most combustible elements of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict come together: Ordinary Palestinians, intensely ideological Israeli Jews, who have settled in a handful of houses, and, finally, Israeli soldiers, on hand to guard the settlers.

Friction is a way of life, perhaps best appreciated by the hurricane fence atop the neighbourhoods main pedestrian route: the mesh ceiling was installed to protect Palestinians from the garbage that settlers throw toward them from their windows, along with epithets.

“I’m trying to tell the story of that part of town, the neighbourhood that’s closed for the settlements,” Tugnoli says. He’s familiar with conflict areas. Tugnoli moved to the Middle East after years in Afghanistan. 

“Basically, what’s happened is after spending lots of time in Afghanistan, I want to try to develop some kind of photographic voice that is more personal,” he says.

In Hebron, that meant embedding with the Quneibi family. “The hand of the little boy holding this metal fence, that’s the place where I was living. I had a room there and you can hear the Israeli soldiers speaking between them all night, because they have like guard posts on that roof. They are bored at night so they talk to each other.”

Tugnoli got to know some of the soldiers, but his photographs of necessity capture the reality of the Palestinians—the tear gas canisters cascading toward you; the rangy teenagers hefting the rocks they throw in turn. Those exchanges, though hardly Kabuki, have a familiar feel. The terrifying new element—in the absence of any meaningful political outlet—is scores of sudden, apparently random attacks, often with knives, by young Palestinians against Israeli civilians and soldiers.

“Basically what’s happening now is the young guys, something snaps, and they just get out there and stab somebody,” Tugnoli says. “They don’t tell their family, they don’t have party affiliation. They’re just angry. It’s a kind of a suicidal mission, with a knife.”

In a city living on a hair trigger in the best of times, the consequences are not easily controlled. The photo of the dead man, wrapped in khafiyas [Part 2], was a driver caught in the crossfire at a checkpoint where a Palestinian tried to run down an Israeli soldier. “This guy, who was a bystander really, becomes a martyr,” Tugnoli said. “He got the full martyr treatment. He’s not a militant, but he’s made into an actor of war. Because everybody is—just because you are there.”

Article by Karl Vick.

Does Zionist tumblr just search for Palestinian Jews so they can attack and belittle them and try to discredit their lives experiences? Like I got a Palestinian Jewish friend who’s family was attacked and her cousin was beat up by Jewish settlers and now that family is no longer living in Palestine because it’s unsafe for them, but dear god no, they not only don’t exist but any harm done to them is just paliwood lies am I right?
Honestly the Palestinians that must have it the hardest are Palestinian Jews, they get double the persecution from zionists for daring to be Palestinian and Jewish and they have to feel ostracized from both Jewish circles and from Palestinian circles by people who claim to support us but are using us as an excuse to express antisemitism.
I hate it, and if anyone ever hurts a Jewish Palestinian they are dead to me.


Jewish Settler Kills Palestinian Baby In Arson Attack

18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha was killed when two homes were firebombed at night in the Palestinian village of Duma in West Bank. The attacker is thought to live on stolen Palestinian land in the form of a nearby Jewish settlement. They are illegal under international law.

The baby’s mother, Reham, father, Saad, and four-year-old brother Ahmad, suffered burns and have been taken to hospital. Graffiti sprayed in Hebrew was found outside one of the homes.

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) said it held the Israeli government “fully responsible for the brutal assassination” of the child, Ali Saad Dawabsha. “This is a direct consequence of decades of impunity given by the Israeli government to settler terrorism,” it said.

Jews are given incentives by the Israeli government to live in illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land as the Zionist state continues the genocide of Palestinians. 

A Palestinian farmer looks at Israeli army soldiers after he planted an olive trees near the West Bank town of Tubas in the Jordan valley, during a protest against the closure of land to Palestinians by the army and Jewish settlers, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP/Mohammed Ballas)


August 24th 1929: Hebron Massacre

On this day in 1929, around 67 Jews were killed by an Arab mob in Hebron, Palestine. The massacre took place during the 1929 Palestine Riots, which in total resulted in the deaths of 133 Jews and 110 Arabs. At this time, Palestine was under British administration and was known as the British Mandate of Palestine. The local Arab majority resented the immigration of Jews into their homeland, especially Hebron, a city considered a holy site for both Muslims and Jews. The tensions came to a head when false rumours spread that Jews were killing Arabs in the holy city of Jerusalem and were threatening Muslim holy sites. Violence thus soon erupted in Hebron, where many Jews (both foreign settlers and Palestinian Jews) were killed and wounded, with scores of homes and synagogues also targetted and destroyed. Around 435 Jews survived the massacre, largely due to the support of local Arab families who hid them, allowing them to survive the violence and soon be evacuated. Despite repeated warnings of possible violence in the area, the British authorities in Hebron were woefully unprepared, with just one British policeman stationed there. The rest of the police force was made up of local Arabs, some of whom actually joined in the killings. Hebron, located in the West Bank, remains a place of tensions between local Palestinians and Jewish settlers.


Israeli Defense Force and Victims of Terror Memorial Day. 22, April

23,320 Israelis have been killed in attacks since 1860, when Jewish settlers first moved outside Jerusalem. Included in that number are the 116 IDF members killed in the past year.

The following is an excerpt from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech. “The story of our national revival is entwined with the countless attempts of our enemies to spill the blood of innocents, to initiate destruction and devastation and to break our spirits. They don’t distinguish between those who wear uniforms and regular civilians, between those who are on the front lines and those at the home front, or between Jews and non-Jews. Their hatred is blind, and from their perspective we all constitute targets.”

Lamis Deek: “Jewish settlers mock Palestinian woman who was just kicked out of her home by the Israeli colonial settler Jewish supremacist military state, they do this for fun at the border, especially to elders, at checkpoints, anywhere really … disgusting, always disgusting.”

Alaa Daoudi: “This is my neighbor in Jerusalem. The neighborhood is Sheikh Jarrah and she is standing in front of our home. This photo is a few years old but nevertheless brings up painful memories.”

Bill Dores: "It’s like a sewage pipe ruptured in Westchester and emptied into Palestine.“

“Jewish people have the right to a homeland, so there isn’t anything inherently wrong with Zionism. To say otherwise is anti-Semitic.”

Try to think this through. A country where only Jewish people are allowed. That logically isn’t possible as there isn’t a single country in the world where it only consists of Jewish people. So the only way to achieve this is to pick a country of your choice and marginalise non-Jews in it, and give Jewish settlers military power in order to domineer over the indigenous population and steal land. There is no other way around this project, so YES, Zionism, in and of itself, IS the problem. The THEORY itself is the problem AS WELL AS the modern state of Isr**l. So no, criticising Zionism isn’t anti-Semitic because it is not a particular comment about Jews - it is a statement that NO ONE has the right to claim a country as their homeland if it does not belong to them, whether they are Jewish or not. And it just happens to be so that the Zionist project is about creating a Jewish state, which isn’t the fault of critics of Zionism who aren’t necessarily criticising Jewish people.


Living Under Occupation,

Old Palestinian lady arrives home to find Jewish settlers have stolen and took over her house

Twenty settlers (with sleeping bags), accompanied by private armed security and backed by Israeli police forces, entered an extension of the Palestinian house, and started clearing it of the family’s belongings.

One Palestinian resident, Khamis al-Gawi, has been arrested shortly after the settlers arrived, and is still being held at a local police station. Two international activists, American and Swedish nationals, who were filming the settlers taking over the house were also arrested by the police and their video cameras confiscated.

anonymous asked:

I know this is going to sound ridiculous but... I am Palestinian and sadly, I don't know much about my people and my country. All I know is at "Israel" stole our land and is killing my people. I know this will take a lot of time, and explaining, but please explain to me what happened. I really would like to know what happened. I'm afraid that if I ask my parents they will be disappointed and ofcourse you can't believe everything on the net. That being said, I trust your information is true

Hi anon!

It’s okay, I’m happy to explain to you, although brace yourself because this will be pretty long. Also just to let you know I do have a FAQ page which does address what has happened, and it also contains link to websites, and also contains a list of books and movies which you can watch and read in order to get a better understanding of what is happening in Palestine. 

There is a large important pretext before 1948 which helps establish context, and I was going to skip that but I just realised how important those events are as they are the lead up to what happened in 1948. You can read more about them in detail if you’d like, I’ll just provide basic info. So Zionist Jews started immigrating to Palestine as early as the late 1800s. At the time, the Ottomans ruled, of course. As soon as the British took over in 1918 and established their mandate in Palestine, the Zionists started emigrating en masse. This was also the result of the signing of the Balfour Declaration which recognised and supported the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The Palestinians who lived there largely objected to this, and viewed mass Zionist immigration as a “threat” (and they weren’t wrong). This led to revolts in the 1930s. The Zionists also had their own militia groups known as the Haganah, Stern, Lehi etc which went onto form the IDF in 1948. 

The Zionists wanted to get the British out of Palestine so they can create their own state and they did this using terror tactics like bombings, hanging British soldiers etc. They also had another plan. They wanted to ethnically cleanse Palestine of its Arab inhabitants to make way for new Jewish immigrants, and to create a Jewish majority where one hadn’t existed before. In 1947, the British began thinking about withdrawal, and hence took the issue to the United Nations where a partition plan was drawn up. This partition plan partitioned 52% of the land to Jews and 49% to the Arabs, even though Jews were a minority at the time. The Palestinians rejected because of course you’d reject when more than half of your land is offered to foreigners. 

This led to the Zionist militias attacking the Arab militias but also Palestinian civilians in aim to ethnically cleanse them. This went from November 1947 until May 1948 when the Zionist militias defeated the Arab militias and the state of Israel was declared on 14 May, 1948. This became known as the Nakba, or “catastrophe”. During those short months, many atrocities were committed such as the Deir Yassin Massacre, and this was the beginning of the refugees fleeing. Anyway, shortly after that, surrounding Arab armies intervened but their attempt was very futile at best. However, Jordan managed to take the West Bank and East Jerusalem,  and Egypt took Gaza. The refugees were declared “absentees” and were not allowed to return. If they attempted to, they were most often than not shot at the border for being “infiltrators”. 

It wasn’t peace and quiet from 1948 until 1967 as some people would have you believe. From 1948 until 1966, Israeli Jews lived with full rights and security in their new state which as Israel, Palestinian citizens of Israel which became “Arab Israelis” (to anyone, please never refer to them as that. It’s something that is state enforced, and they don’t identify as that) were under martial law so basically the same military occupation Palestinians in the West Bank are subjected to. There were also the massacres of Palestinians in Rafah and Khan Younis in 1956 by Israel. This was at a time when Egypt controlled Gaza, mind you. 

Skip to 1967. Israel fought in what they call the six-day war and defeated the Arab countries it fought which led it to occupy the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights. Once Israel had occupied these territories, it started building Israeli settlements, planting Jewish settlers, the lot. That’s where and when the situation had gotten worse than it had been before. 1967 also saw the reunification of Jerusalem, however the statuses of East and West Jerusalem remained, Israel had annexed East Jerusalem as part of its state and Jews started living there again. Israel had already begun its ethnic cleansing process in Jerusalem, which it is still doing to this day. Many Palestinians are under risk of eviction, so that the city can have as little Arabs as possible. This is all part of Israel’s ‘Judaisation’ process.

Palestinian land started shrinking more and more, Palestinian houses were getting demolished, Palestinians were getting killed etc and the Palestinians thought it was time to resist. Although, Palestinians began resisting beforehand, and this is also what led to the creation of the Palestine Liberation Organisation in 1964, and these groups began taking resistance into their own hands, however I’ll expand on that a little later because it’s going to be relevant to what I’m talking about. Anyway Palestinians began resisting as civilians, as people, rather than as something like a militia group so they began organising themselves and this is what led to the first intifada.

The first intifada just led to a mass amount of deaths amongst Palestinians. However, it did push the US and Israel into negotiations with the PLO. The Oslo Accords were signed as some kind of ~peace process~. The Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin was hailed as a “hero” although he really wasn’t for many reasons. The Oslo Accords led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority. It did not liberate the Palestinians however. The PA had some control over how things were run, however that control wasn’t much. The PA are also largely under Israeli control, in the sense that they answer to Israel, and are Israel’s stooges when it comes to the occupation. The Oslo Accords also led to the division of the West Bank into three areas. Area A which is under full Palestinian control, Area B which is under joint Palestinian-Israeli control and Area C which is under full Israel control. 

Fast forward to the second intifada. It began in 2000 and went until about 2005. The second intifada saw the deaths of around 4, 000 Palestinians. Here is where the relevancy of the Palestinian resistance groups come in. The PLO was created in 1964 as a result of the Israeli occupation (1948), and Hamas was created in 1984 also a result of the Israeli occupation. While such groups had been conducting operations otherwise also known as armed resistance inside Israel before the second intifada, a lot of these operations pushed Israel to take “security measures” including building the apartheid wall, besieging Gaza, and generally just increasing physical force in the West Bank. We’re talking collective punishment, on a larger scale. 

After the second intifada, there have  been several attempts at “peace negotiations” however in that same time, Israel has increased its settlements and settlers, its land grab, killed more Palestinians and has made life worse for them. To this day, such policy continues.

Tldr; Palestinians are kicked out, killed, dehumanised, killed again, and if they try to resist, they get punished. All in the meanwhile while having land stolen. 

So 2014, and where are we at? Israel just killed yet again another 2, 000 people in Gaza and destroyed its infrastructure. Gaza is still besieged. It let the killers of a brutal death of a Palestinian boy called Muhammed Abu Khadeir get away. Palestinians in the West Bank are still getting killed by the IOF. The West Bank is still occupied.  Palestinians still have no rights, and even where they do, they’re discriminated against. There is a severe lack of adequate supplies in certain places  We’re nowhere near peace OR justice and Mahmoud Abbas is still the leader of the Palestinian authority. 

There is honestly so much more, but I tried to explain it as best as I could. 

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!

You can find more resources in my #reference tag, #books tag and even #to read tag. Here are a few links to get you started:

A few readings on Gaza 

A few readings on Palestine

The Palestine Reader

Various sources on Palestine 

Reading recommendations (list compiled by Palfest)

Films on Palestine


Extremist Jewish settlers set fire overnight Tuesday to a mosque in the southern West Bank town of al-Jabaa west of Bethlehem.

As worshipers arrived around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday to prepare for the dawn prayer at al-Huda mosque, they saw smoke and flames rising from inside the mosque.

Worshipers alerted the neighbors and together they joined forces until they managed to put out the fire.

Racist slogans calling for killing Arabs and Muslims were sprayed on the walls in Hebrew.

The attack coincides with the 21st anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre in Hebron when an extremist American-born Jew Baruch Goldstein opened fire at Muslim worshipers at dawn prayer.

February 25, 2015


Palestinian protesters during clashes with Israeli security forces, on August 2, 2015 on a street leading to Duma village. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)

The firebombing of the Dawabsha family’s home in the occupied West Bank that killed 18-month-old Ali Saad sparked an international outcry over Israel’s failure to curb violence by hardline Jewish settlers.

Palestinians who arrived for fajr prayer this morning in the village of Deir Istiya - near the illegal Jewish settlement of Ariel - discovered that their mosque had been set on fire in a price-tag attack by Jewish settlers, January 15, 2014. The main gate of the mosque and some of the carpeting inside were charred by the flames. Graffiti in Hebrew, reading “Revenge for spilled blood” and “Arabs Out”, was scrawled on an outside wall and a door. Photo: Agence France Presse


The ‪‎Western‬ ‪‎Media‬ and the ‎propagandists‬ like to portray ‪Jewish‬ ‪‎settlers‬ as somehow being a ‘benign" bunch are NOT telling the truth…The reality is that these extremists fanatics are armed to the teeth and protected by the ‪‎Israeli‬ army as they carry out ‪‎pogroms‬, causing widespread violence and destruction in the ‪Palestinian‬ areas…And as an FYI: Most of them are ‪American‬ ‪Jews‬!


this is silwan, a palestinian neighbourhood in jerusalem. the top picture shows (almost) the entire neighbourhood. all of what you see is ordered by the israeli government to be demolished. all of it.

ironically, opposite to the neighbourhood, is the hill slightly shown in the second picture which is occupied by jewish settlers. standing to take the second picture, i was struck by the contrasting view of the two hills opposite to one another and how living conditions differed rather drastically although both were separated by a street; for instance, silwan barely had running water while the settlement on the left had water resorts.

the residents of silwan are faced (literally) with a daily reminder of the sweeping threat that might one day befall their own neighbourhood.


No matter how much you’ve read about the struggle for land in the Middle East, it deepens your understanding to visit an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

The Israeli settlements, founded in areas that Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War, raise some of the more contentious issues in the conflict.

Israel is under pressure to stop building them, and eventually to surrender many of them to make way for a future Palestinian state. The United Nations long ago said they are not legal, and critics of Israel cite them as a reason to boycott or divest from the Jewish state.

But Israeli settlers consider themselves to be populating ancient Jewish lands, and the settlements have a powerful emotional resonance in Israel, even among many who recognize the drawbacks.

As we started an examination of the struggle for land, I climbed in a car bound for the Israeli settlement of Ariel. I had a simple question: What’s it like to live there?

In The West Bank, Living Side By Side — But Agreeing On Nothing

Photo credit: Tanya Habjouqa for NPR


Suspected Revenge Killing Causes Clashes Between Palestinians & Israeli’s

The body of an abducted Palestinian youth was found in Jerusalem on Wednesday, raising suspicions he had been killed by Israelis avenging the deaths of three abducted Jewish teens.

News of the discovery of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair, who was last seen being bundled into a van earlier in the day, triggered clashes between rock-throwing Palestinians and Israeli police in the city.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Jewish settlers of killing Abu Khudair and demanded that Israel “mete out the strongest punishment against the murderers if it truly wants peace”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged police “to swiftly investigate who was behind the loathsome murder and its motive”. He called on all sides “not to take the law into their own hands”.

Tensions were high in the West Bank, where around 40 Palestinians were arrested in raids on Tuesday, the latest in a campaign by Israel to cripple Hamas there.

Four people were wounded by live bullets early on Wednesday in an Israeli raid in the Palestinian city of Jenin.