justice in palestine

I was speaking to a friend in Gaza and he told me that his little cousin is writing her name all over her body with her markers, just in case she gets blown up and no one can identify her. She is 11 years old. 11. The psychological pain and trauma the palestinian children go through is absolutely repulsive.

Ok. Catch these T's.

-anti blackness is a global issue.
-racism is a global issue.
-oligarchy is a global issue.
-sexism is a global issue.
-homophobia/transphobia/queerphobia are all global issues.
-THE DETERIORATION OF OUR PLANET AND PROTECTIVE ECOSYSTEM IS A GLOBAL ISSUE.
-suppression of information/education is a global issue.
-debt slavery is a global issue.
-police brutality, police corruption and the prison industrial complex are all global issues.
-“surveillance state” initiative is a global issue.
-governmental corruption is a global issue.
-the physical erasure and historical white washing of indigenous and specifically black populations is a global issue.


How about we start taking down the overarching issues that are fucking us all up? There are no heroes here. We are a planet of crooks, hate filled warmongers and THIEVES.

Research these things. Ain’t nobody checking me boo. We need to pay attention.

While Trump has been getting attention for his push to build a stupid wall on the border with Mexico. The American taxpayers have been subsidizing Israel allowing them to build an apartheid wall cutting through Palestinian owned land at our own expense and making life difficult for Palestinians.

Regardless if it’s Trump’s stupid wall or Israel’s apartheid wall. No wall should ever be build. Only bridges for mutual respect and friendship be build which makes far more sense than any stupid walls.

As much as I like Radiohead’s music and have stood by their political stances in the past, Thom’s response to the Israeli concert boycott was very disappointing. I’m sorry if Roger Waters and Desmond Tutu (for fucks sake) calling you guys out “hurt your feelings”. But this issue is much larger than your bands feelings. By performing in Israel, you further legitimize their ongoing erasure of Palestinians as well as the human rights violations and military occupation.

Cultural boycotts work. Global disengagement with South Africa was the main reason apartheid ended. Thom’s unwillingness to even address the issue or acknowledge the occupation were extremely disappointing.

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Here's the Full Transcript Of Angela Davis's ~Fire~ Women's March Speech
"History cannot be deleted like web pages."

“At a challenging moment in our history, let us remind ourselves that we the hundreds of thousands, the millions of women, trans-people, men and youth who are here at the Women’s March, we represent the powerful forces of change that are determined to prevent the dying cultures of racism, hetero-patriarchy from rising again.

"We recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like web pages. We know that we gather this afternoon on indigenous land and we follow the lead of the first peoples who despite massive genocidal violence have never relinquished the struggle for land, water, culture, their people. We especially salute today the Standing Rock Sioux.

"The freedom struggles of black people that have shaped the very nature of this country’s history cannot be deleted with the sweep of a hand. We cannot be made to forget that black lives do matter. This is a country anchored in slavery and colonialism, which means for better or for worse the very history of the United States is a history of immigration and enslavement. Spreading xenophobia, hurling accusations of murder and rape and building walls will not erase history.

"No human being is illegal.

"The struggle to save the planet, to stop climate change, to guarantee the accessibility of water from the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux, to Flint, Michigan, to the West Bank and Gaza. The struggle to save our flora and fauna, to save the air—this is ground zero of the struggle for social justice.

"This is a women’s march and this women’s march represents the promise of feminism as against the pernicious powers of state violence. And inclusive and intersectional feminism that calls upon all of us to join the resistance to racism, to Islamophobia, to anti-Semitism, to misogyny, to capitalist exploitation.

"Yes, we salute the fight for 15. We dedicate ourselves to collective resistance. Resistance to the billionaire mortgage profiteers and gentrifiers. Resistance to the health care privateers. Resistance to the attacks on Muslims and on immigrants. Resistance to attacks on disabled people. Resistance to state violence perpetrated by the police and through the prison industrial complex. Resistance to institutional and intimate gender violence, especially against trans women of color.

"Women’s rights are human rights all over the planet and that is why we say freedom and justice for Palestine. We celebrate the impending release of Chelsea Manning. And Oscar López Rivera. But we also say free Leonard Peltier. Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Free Assata Shakur.

"Over the next months and years we will be called upon to intensify our demands for social justice to become more militant in our defense of vulnerable populations. Those who still defend the supremacy of white male hetero-patriarchy had better watch out.

"The next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be 1,459 days of resistance: Resistance on the ground, resistance in the classrooms, resistance on the job, resistance in our art and in our music.

"This is just the beginning and in the words of the inimitable Ella Baker, ‘We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.’ Thank you.”

We were visited yesterday by someone from Northwestern University, and he talked about the difficult position Jewish students and put in. He talked about an event that happened two days ago. Basically, there was a huge rally against the Muslim Ban, and almost all the major student organizations were formally invited besides Hillel, but it was still and open rally so Hillel invited all of its staff and students to go to the rally. The rally was organized jointly by the Muslim community in NU, some other groups, and Students for Justice in Palestine. So, the rally kicks off, and there’s these banners about Trump up there and there’s signs and there’s people holding hands in solidarity and there’s speakers. But., at some point, the students from. SFJP go up and unwrap a banner at the top, which covers the other banners and read “if you support Israeli apartheid, you support the Muslim ban”. A bunch of the Jewish students immediately fled, many others quick shoved their kippot or necklaces into their pockets.

This is a serious problem that is reoccurring with BDS affiliated groups on college campus. They hijack, they derail, and they exclude. Their stated purpose to simply advocate the removal of harmful businesses that exploit and some minor stuff doesn’t match up with the hyperbolic and exclusive language that they use. When situations like this occur on campus, it shoves the Jewish students into the enemy box, regardless of their opinion of Israel.

We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe.
—  Elie Wiesel, The Night Trilogy

anonymous asked:

Salam Aisha. I have one question about Israel and Palestine. I was reading a lot about things that happened and I still don't understand who decided to make Israel a real state on the land of Palestinians. My friend told me ( part 1 )

That it should be logical Jews decided to have their own state since they were there from the beginning and also how can I explain that I do not support Palestine just because I am Muslim??? I hate when people say that to me ( part 2 )

To answer your question as to who decided to make Israel a state on land that belonged to Palestinians, first we cannot completely overlook the role that the abuse of the ottomans played in this, followed by the support of the British empire as the early 20th century’s world superpower (signing of the Balfour declaration and later the formation of the mandate), the manipulation of the U.N. as the presiding international governing organisation (the proposal of the partition plan by the U.N. that gave ~55% of the land to the 33% Jewish minority), and the recognition and pledge of support of the U.S. as the new world super power that emerged at that time, which continues to this day.

For the matter of whether or not our colonisation is logical, despite the absurdity of the utterly dehumanising question, I would still ask your friend to clarify why it would seem logical for a people to be massacred and displaced from their homeland because a separate ethnic group decides that they have a right to it?

As for how to convince them that you do not just support Palestine because you are muslim, make it clear to them that Palestine is not a religious issue, nor is it an arab issue. Palestinians are not made up of a homogenous religious group, nor are they made up of a homogenous ethnic group. Palestine is a Palestinian issue; a human rights issue, an indigenous rights issue, an issue of the colonised against the coloniser, about the fight of the oppressed for liberation. Supporting the Palestinian cause should never stem from one’s identity but rather from the person’s humanity and obligation to the fulfilment of justice everywhere.

Angela Davis’ Full Speech

“At a challenging moment in our history, let us remind ourselves that we the hundreds of thousands, the millions of women, trans-people, men and youth who are here at the Women’s March, we represent the powerful forces of change that are determined to prevent the dying cultures of racism, hetero-patriarchy from rising again.

"We recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like web pages. We know that we gather this afternoon on indigenous land and we follow the lead of the first peoples who despite massive genocidal violence have never relinquished the struggle for land, water, culture, their people. We especially salute today the Standing Rock Sioux.

"The freedom struggles of black people that have shaped the very nature of this country’s history cannot be deleted with the sweep of a hand. We cannot be made to forget that black lives do matter. This is a country anchored in slavery and colonialism, which means for better or for worse the very history of the United States is a history of immigration and enslavement. Spreading xenophobia, hurling accusations of murder and rape and building walls will not erase history.

"No human being is illegal.

"The struggle to save the planet, to stop climate change, to guarantee the accessibility of water from the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux, to Flint, Michigan, to the West Bank and Gaza. The struggle to save our flora and fauna, to save the air—this is ground zero of the struggle for social justice.

"This is a women’s march and this women’s march represents the promise of feminism as against the pernicious powers of state violence. And inclusive and intersectional feminism that calls upon all of us to join the resistance to racism, to Islamophobia, to anti-Semitism, to misogyny, to capitalist exploitation.

"Yes, we salute the fight for 15. We dedicate ourselves to collective resistance. Resistance to the billionaire mortgage profiteers and gentrifiers. Resistance to the health care privateers. Resistance to the attacks on Muslims and on immigrants. Resistance to attacks on disabled people. Resistance to state violence perpetrated by the police and through the prison industrial complex. Resistance to institutional and intimate gender violence, especially against trans women of color.

"Women’s rights are human rights all over the planet and that is why we say freedom and justice for Palestine. We celebrate the impending release of Chelsea Manning. And Oscar López Rivera. But we also say free Leonard Peltier. Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Free Assata Shakur.

"Over the next months and years we will be called upon to intensify our demands for social justice to become more militant in our defense of vulnerable populations. Those who still defend the supremacy of white male hetero-patriarchy had better watch out.

"The next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be 1,459 days of resistance: Resistance on the ground, resistance in the classrooms, resistance on the job, resistance in our art and in our music.

"This is just the beginning and in the words of the inimitable Ella Baker, ‘We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.’ Thank you.”

Israel’s latest stupid propaganda stunt makes them look like hypocrites when they’re repainting their fighter jets pink for “cancer awareness”. The sad part about this hypocrisy is that Palestinians (especially children) from Gaza are denied serious medical treatment by Israel since Palestinian can’t go into Israel.

There’s no appropriate words for this hypocrisy.