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Pictures from the Palestinian Naksa, 1967

Today, June 5th, commemorates the 50th year of Israel’s illegal occupation of Gaza, and the WB (aka Palestinian Naksa)

In 1967, Israel occupied Gaza, and the West Bank, where 280,000 to 325,000 Palestinians were uprooted from their homes, 10 Palestinian villages were destroyed, and 2 Palestinian refugee camps destroyed.

This event is known as the Naksa, the second Palestinian exodus.

(not be confused with the Nakba, the first Palestinian exodus.)

anonymous asked:

what's wrong with metal detectors at al aqsah/the temple mount? israel does shitty things but this is just protecting a holy site

“security” was the reason behind building the apartheid wall, same reason 85% of it route runs inside of palestinian territory, most of which is fertile land

the same reason once vibrant and rich shuhada street is now virtually a ghost town

same reason why palestinain women would die at israeli checkpoint during childbirth

same reason cancer patients are dying in gaza

same reason at least 2000 palestinians were massacred in 2014 a third of which were children

same reason why palestinian fishermen are continuously attacked at sea

same reason jewish bds activists are now barred from entering israel

same reason palestinian children are detained and tortured

i can go on…

let’s not be purposely unreasonable and foolish. it has nothing to do with security and everything to do with enforcing further control on palestinians and restricting their already restricted freedoms, under the guise of “security”.

we have the city of hebron standing as the perfect example of why these “new measures” are not about security. israel had installed security cameras inside of the ibrahimi mosque in hebron and has “security” gates literally at every corner outside of it. why? because in 1994 an israeli settler opened fire at palestinain worshipers during prayer, killing 29. so how does it makes sense that these revolving gates and metal detectors and camera are installed for palestinians when they were the victims of this attack in the first place?

same reason why the gates in jerusalem were installed at the entrance of the mosque itself and not the gates of the old city. had these gates been about ensuring the safety & security of israelis, then they would be installed at the entrances to the old city, one of which the attackers came in from– not from the direct entrances to the mosque itself. what security are we talking about when installing metal detectors for muslim worshipers going into their own place of worship, a place that is almost strictly palestinian?

basically, these supposed security measures “exceed what Israel, the occupying power, is allowed to do to ensure safety and public order.” and just as israel did in hebron before, “these measures seem to aim to ensure control and impose a de facto sovereignty over the site, which israel does not have under the law.

let’s not try to find logic in israel’s policies and let’s not sit here, detached af, and try to justify and reason with policies brought forth by an occupier against an occupied population.

IDF are all over my village currently, and I had to stop at a checkpoint just to leave my house

It’s not an unusual occurrence, but after being allowed to leave my house and seeing even more IDF jeeps everywhere, I saw two busses full of white tourists and settlers (as if there’s a difference) no doubt sightseeing the biblical ruins throughout my village.

But just think about that for a moment. The occupying military force, Israel, has shut down my village in order to allow white evangelicals to tour and sightsee, giving their movement, safety, and autonomy precedence over those of us actually living here…. And these white folk are none the wiser of the misery and inconvenience their privileged presence is causing.

I have to sneak into Jerusalem, the birth city of my parents, while complete foreigners are allowed not only a full military escort, but to also have an entire village shut down for them.

This is life under Israeli occupation

“We [Palestinians] have triumphed over the plan to expel us from history.” -Mahmoud Darwish  (March 13th, 1941 – August 9th, 2008)

Today, August 9th, marks the death anniversary of Palestine’s national poet, Mahmoud Darwish. 

 Mahmoud Darwish was a Palestinian poet and one of the leading artists of the Arab world who gave voice to the struggles of his people. His poetry, which painted the Palestinian experience as a profound and painful embodiment of separation, rootlessness, and loss, was able to transcend mere politics and reach for an intimation of something universal, something embodied in the human condition itself. He received international acclaim for his work which focused primarily on the strong devotion to a lost homeland. 

 Born to a family of landowners from the Palestinian village of Al-Birweh, Darwish fled with his family to Lebanon upon the establishment of Israel. They resided there for a year before secretly re-entering Occupied Palestine [Israel] and settling near Haifa after finding out their village was destroyed and an Israeli settlement was built on top of it. 

 As a young man, after completing his secondary education, he joined the Communist Party of Rakah and began publishing poetry and articles for newspapers and magazines. He faced house arrest and imprisonment for his political activism and for publicly reading and publishing his poetry. 

 Later in 1970, he left for Russia, where he attended the University of Moscow for one year. From there he moved to Cairo and Beirut, where he worked in the research and publishing institutes of the PLO, from which he resigned following the Oslo Accords. His poetry became more sophisticated over the years, and he soon gained international fame. His poetry was characterized by the honesty of his emotions and the poignance of his imagery and symbolism centered around the concept of a lost homeland. During his long and flourishing career, he published around 30 collections of poetry and prose, which were translated into more than 22 languages. His compositions received positive response throughout the Arab world, several of which were put to music. He earned numerous awards for his literary works, and the honor of being Palestine’s most eminent poet was bestowed upon him. 

 He lived in exile for twenty-six years between Cairo, Beirut, and Paris, until his return to Occupied Palestine in 1995 when he settled in Ramallah in the West Bank; even here he said he felt he was living in exile and did not consider the West Bank his “private homeland.” 

 Mahmoud Darwish died on August 9th, 2008 at the age of 66, three days following a heart surgery after suffering from serious heart problems. 

A Palestinian father kisses his young son goodbye before being displaced from his home around Hebron. Circa. 1967.

In 1967 after Israel occupied the Palestinian territories (WB and Gaza), 280,000 to 325,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes, 10 Palestinian villages were destroyed, and 2 Palestinian refugee camps destroyed. 

This event is known as the Naksa, the second Palestinian exodus.

(not be confused with the Nakba, the first Palestinian exodus.) 

All of israel is occupied Palestine, all israelis are settlers and colonizers, and all Israeli cities and towns are illegal settlements. Almost 7 decades of Zionist racist apartheid is more than enough, how many more civilians does Israel need to murder before people speak up
—  Miko Peled

That is a really powerful tweet.

anonymous asked:

Its so ridiculous to demand the Palestinians to be peaceful. All throughout history people who were under occuption didnt respond with peace. They fought back. I cant believe that so many people have a hard time grasping this

I can’t believe people are stupid enough to think that the Palestinians are under some kind of thumb of occupation. Although I have to wonder…where was Palestinian liberation in 1948? Why didn’t Jordan push for Palestinian liberation against the “occupation”????

Seriously? Why do people message me with stupid asks like this? Like you really think a bunch of pseudo emotional, factless arguments will somehow change my mind and I’ll become a Palestinian superhero? You’re wrong. 

Why wasn’t Judea and Samaria considered occupied until Israel took it back from Jordan who took it in 1949???? Gaza was part of Israel’s capture of the Sinai, that Egypt  didn’t want back…so when was Israel occupying something???? Just wondering??? Does that mean Jordan and Egypt are occupying Palestinian land???

This is the scene yesterday in Ras Al-Amud, often described as “a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem.” That’s the language of occupation since all of East Jerusalem is supposed to be under Palestinian control but after Israel occupied it in 1967 it has been building & expanding Zionist settlements.

Palestinians are refusing to accept the new Israeli restrictions over Al Aqsa mosque & in protest are praying outside in the streets–something they are used to doing since Israel began a few years ago banning all men under 50 from praying in the mosque.

Yesterday, Palestinians were just finishing Friday prayers in Ras Al-Amud when Israeli police attacked them with stun grenades & tear gas. These unarmed worshippers are clearly running from an attack but that did not stop media from describing it as a “clash” with Israeli troops. Incidents like this took place all over East Jerusalem, sending nearly 400 Palestinians to the hospital with injuries from live ammo, rubber bullets, beatings, tear gas inhalation. Three Palestinians were killed: 17-year-old Mohammed Sharaf & 20-year-old Mohammed Abu Ghannam of gunshot wounds, & 18-year-old Mohammed Lafi. May they Rest In Peace.

their right to religious freedom & worship. It is not a coincidence that the Indian army is creating the exact same havoc & violence at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, Kashmir.

End the occupation. Self-determination for Palestinians.

(Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters)