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the BBC’s coverage of what’s going on in jerusalem right now is absolutely sickening with how biased it is, anyone who can possibly put israel at fault for installing metal detectors in response to a terrorist attack is simply looking for ways to hate israel. this measure is to keep everyone safe?? there are metal detectors to get to the kotel??? 

anyway as an angry jew with an english degree i’m just going to dissect a part of one of their horrifyingly written articles from this weekend (the bullet points are the lines from the article exactly as they are written, in order. i have added the bold.):

  • “Three Israeli civilians have been stabbed to death in a settlement near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.”

 - stabbed to death??? how about murdered in their home while celebrating shabbat?? the structure of this sentence with the emphasis being on the location of the settlement makes it seem like this was justified. this was an act of terrorism. they were murdered because they were jews living somewhere palestinians don’t want them. 

  • “Another Israeli was wounded in the attack in Halamish.The Israeli army says the attacker was shot and caught.” 

but this line is later followed by the much more detailed explanation later in the article:

  • “On Friday, four Israeli civilians were stabbed in Halamish (also known as Neve Tsuf) after “an assailant infiltrated a private home”, the Israeli army saidIsraeli media reported the victims were a man in his sixties and his son and daughter, both in their forties. Another woman in her sixties is being treated in hospital for injuries sustained in the incident.”

- why were they minimising the details of this attack in the opening paragraph? almost like they know to put the information they are pushing at the beginning, leaving less important details to the middle of the article. almost like a family of four being seriously attacked with three of them dead, again an attack on a jewish family on shabbat, is not an important fact. again, no mention of terrorism. 

- whats with the quotation marks man

- three times in this short space do we have ‘israel said’, delegitimizing the attacks by making it seem like these are not facts, but opinions of ‘’‘big bad israel’’’“

  • The attack came near the end of a day of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces over new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site.” 

- the terrorist attack. on shabbat. 

- it’s not a vague site, its the most important site in judaism, where jews are forbidden to enter because they could be murdered. its also one of the most important sites in islam. muslims are free to go there, and now they have to go through a metal detector…. just like pretty much anyone in israel has to do to get just about anywhere. every time i go to the kotel (western wall), i go through a metal detector. what’s the difference here? why is it so important to palestinians to bring metal to their holy site??

  • Three Palestinians were killed and hundreds were hurt in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.” 

- contrast this statement with the description of the israeli jews that were killed - “Three Israeli civilians have been stabbed to death” - the narrative the bbc are presenting is absolutely blatant here. ‘have been’ is much more passive than ‘were’, making it seem like the israelis ‘just happened to have been’ killed.

tl;dr beeb are disgusting. the situation in jerusalem right now is much more complex than is reported here. i strongly urge people to get their news elsewhere.


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Request: Vampire!Wonwoo AU???
A/N: Hello anon! This is really long so I hope it was worth the wait~ -Admin Madi

  • Ok so Vampire!Wonwoo would have insanely pale skin
  • His everyday eyes were a deep chocolate brown but when he began to feed?
  • A deep crimson
  • His lips would be a faint red that seemed bold against his porcelain skin
  • Unlike what most people think, Wonwoo wouldn’t have the patience to do his hair every morning so he would just let his bangs grow out until he was forced to cut them
  • Wonwoo would wear all black, all the time
  • It didn’t matter if it was 1000 degrees out bc it never affected him
  • His black sweaters would be baggy and he would subconsciously pull the sleeves over his hands and knead at the fabric whenever in close proximity to a stranger
  • Even though he was supposed to be the scary vampire, Wonwoo never did well in crowds
  • What did Wonwoo do to complete his full black outfits you ask?
  • Eyeliner.
  • He would put just a teensy but on his lower waterline and smudge it out for a better effect
  • This made him feel more confident  how precious
  • To draw any attention away from his dark attire, Won likes to wear his round glasses every so often
  • Vampire!Wonwoo only feeds at night when he has privacy
  • He stalks his prey when the sun is out to make sure he knows what he’s getting himself into
  • Enjoys coffee when he’s not drinking blood
  • When he gets bored of following people, he goes to his favorite cafe and orders something new every time
  • This adds some excitement into his very non-exciting life
  • Wonwoo is essentially a shadow
  • He sits in corners and hides behind people so that he can’t be seen most of the time
  • He saw you in a bookstore window one day and knew you were his next victim
  • Wonwoo followed you around all day and realized that you two had similar interests
  • He would smile when he sees you struggling to reach for a book on the top shelf or trip over your own feet
  • Won eventually sees that you’re reading the same book as him and would strike up a convo
  • This is very out of character for Wonwoo, but literature is his weakness
  • He loves the way your eyes come to life when talking about your favorite books and  characters
  • You two became friends after that
  • You would meet up at the bookstore every day and just sit and talk about everything under the sun
  • Eventually, he decides to not kill you
  • How nice of him :)
  • It takes a lot of willpower for him to not bite you

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anonymous asked:

I don't think colonised is the right word, since an indigenous population can't really colonise our own homeland. The modern State of Israel has done some terrible things, and shouldn't be occupying the West Bank, but colonise is the wrong framework for an indigenous group returning home.

lmao do you hear yourself? not to sound rude but saying it isn’t colonisation is dismissing the situation at hand. “indigenous group returning home” is oversimplifying it. i’m not saying jews aren’t indigenous but israel is an example of settler-colonialism. afterall what else would you call the displacement of its inhabitants only to be replaced by another population (not inc. jews who had been living in palestine for centuries) and the re-appropriation of land to where the israeli state sees fit? not to mention israel trying its hardest to redefine the landscape and its character, even trying its best to wash away any sort of arab/muslim character it has.

but even besides that, israel was built in the shadow of british imperialism. not to mention zionism is a european ideology which takes on eurocentric ideals and models!! even early zionist leaders weren’t afraid to call it “colonisation” either. 

please don’t kid yourself 

Bacharach in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany. Its original name Baccaracus points to Celtic origins. Above the town looms Burg Stahleck, the local castle which now is a youth hostel. The town was first mentioned in the early 11th century. In 1344, building work began on the town wall. In 1545, it became Protestant under Friedrich II. The castle and the town wall could not stop Bacharach from undergoing 8 changes in military occupation in the Thirty Years’ War. Further destruction was wrought by several fires. In 1689, French troops fighting in the Nine Years’ War blew up the castle and 4 of the wall towers. In 1794, French troops occupied the Rhein’s left bank and in 1802, it became temporarily French, later it was part of Prussia. Today Bacharach thrives on tourism and winegrowing. Local events include the Kulinarische Sommernacht every 4th weekend in August, Tal to Tal - a car-free adventure day, Upper Rhine Gorge (last Sunday in June), and the Vierthälermarkt – a mediaeval market.

The Warsaw Uprising (Polish: Powstanie Warszawskie) was a major World War II operation by the Polish resistance Home Army (Polish: Armia Krajowa) to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany. The rebellion was timed to coincide with the Soviet Union’s Red Army approaching the eastern suburbs of the city and the retreat of German forces. However, the Soviet advance stopped short, enabling the Germans to regroup and demolish the city while defeating the Polish resistance, which fought for 63 days with little outside support. The Uprising was the largest single military effort taken by any European resistance movement during World War II.

The uprising began on 1 August 1944, as part of a nationwide plan, Operation Tempest, when the Soviet Army approached Warsaw. The main Polish objectives were to drive the German occupiers from the city and help with the larger fight against Germany and the Axis powers. Secondary political objectives were to liberate Warsaw before the Soviets, to underscore Polish sovereignty by empowering the Polish Underground State before the Soviet-backed Polish Committee of National Liberation could assume control. Also, short-term causes included the threat of a German round-up of able-bodied Poles, and Moscow radio calling for the Uprising to begin.

Initially, the Poles established control over most of central Warsaw, but the Soviets ignored Polish attempts to establish radio contact and did not advance beyond the city limits. Intense street fighting between the Germans and Poles continued. By 14 September, Polish forces under Soviet high command occupied the east bank of the Vistula river opposite the insurgents’ positions; but only 1,200 men made it across to the west bank, and they were not reinforced by the bulk of the Red Army. This, and the lack of Soviet air support from a base 5 minutes flying time away, led to allegations that Joseph Stalin tactically halted his forces to let the operation fail and allow the Polish insurrectionists to be crushed. Arthur Koestler called the Soviet attitude “one of the major infamies of this war which will rank for the future historian on the same ethical level with Lidice.”

Winston Churchill pleaded with Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt to help Britain’s Polish allies, to no avail. Then, without Soviet air clearance, Churchill sent over 200 low-level supply drops by the Royal Air Force, the South African Air Force and the Polish Air Force under British High Command. Later, after gaining Soviet air clearance, the US Army Air Force sent one high-level mass airdrop as part of Operation Frantic. The Soviet Union refused to allow American bombers from Western Europe to land on Soviet airfields after dropping supplies to the Poles.

Although the exact number of casualties remains unknown, it is estimated that about 16,000 members of the Polish resistance were killed and about 6,000 badly wounded. In addition, between 150,000 and 200,000 Polish civilians died, mostly from mass executions. Jews being harboured by Poles were exposed by German house-to-house clearances and mass evictions of entire neighbourhoods. German casualties totalled over 8,000 soldiers killed and missing, and 9,000 wounded. During the urban combat approximately 25% of Warsaw’s buildings were destroyed. Following the surrender of Polish forces, German troops systematically leveled another 35% of the city block by block. Together with earlier damage suffered in the 1939 invasion of Poland and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943, over 85% of the city was destroyed by January 1945, when the course of the events in the Eastern Front forced the Germans to abandon the city. (x)


Tourists train at Israeli ‘counter-terrorism boot camp’

Taking in the scene of a simulated fruit market in an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, a group of tourists ponders whether a poster-size figure of an Arab man holding a cellphone is a threat and should be shot.

The aim of the mock scenario is to teach rapt foreign visitors how to deal with an attack on a market. It is part of a counter-terrorism “boot camp” organized by Caliber 3, a company set up by a colonel in the Israeli army reserves.

Entrance to the gated compound in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc - built on land the Palestinians want for their own state - costs $115 for adults and $85 for children.

Admission includes watching former Israeli commandos take down an “attacker” and other means to thwart assaults, including the use of an attack dog. Adults can shoot live rounds at a firing range.

While most of those signing up are American visitors, there have also been tourists from China, Japan, India and South America, keen to experience Israeli-style security training in an attraction condemned by the Palestinian mayor of the nearby town and an anti-settlement group.

Photography by Nir Elias/Reuters

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Youngest Palestinian prisoner finally free.

Dima Al-wawi, 12, is finally free from the Israeli prison this Sunday morning. Dima was one of the youngest girls in the world to be

She was received by the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners, Issa Qaraque, and her family at the Israeli military checkpoint in Tulkarem, in the occupied West Bank.

On February 18, the Israeli military court at Ofer prison sentenced the 12-year-old Palestinian girl to four months and a half in prison and an eight-thousand-shekel.

Al-Wawi, a 7th grader from the occupied West Bank town of Halhoul, near Hebron, was arrested on February 9 while on her way to school wearing her school uniform.
Since her arrest, Dima’s family were living under extremely difficult psychological circumstances.

They received a letter from her, though the hands of her lawyer.
Subhia al-Wawi, Dima’s mother, in an interview with a PNN reporter stated that her daughter sent her and her family a the letter through their lawyer, since they are not allowed to see the child.

With tears in her eyes, al-Wawi read the letter: “My beloved mom, dad, and dear brothers:  I miss you all so much and I know that you are with me.  I am good, healthy, fine and happy. With love, Dima.”

Al-Wawi said that as any other child, her daughter has the right to play and to eat properly, referring to Dima’s arrest and captivity in an Israeli jail, violating Dima’s children rights.

She added that Dima’s lawyer tried to appeal and to prove that the accusations against her daughter are false, but all in vain.

Female Palestinian students stand during a protest against Israel near the illegal Jewish settlement of Beit Hagai, at the southern entrance to the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, on October 18, 2015. (Hazem Bader/AFP)