if palestinians did not raise their children to hate, terrorism would not be a way of life over there. and perhaps if you were not raised to punish those for being different than you, you would behave nicer towards others.
I’m not really sure where to begin with this one.
First of all, these two thoughts are irrelevant to one another. Ad hominem arguments are pointless - and this one is just a little strange. I’m not sure why you think you know the details of my upbringing but unless you are a parent or a sibling, on anonymous, then you’re making a huge assumption. My upbringing is irrelevant to the facts that I’ve provided however, as I have not cited my upbringing as a source for a single one of them.
However, I blame the Israeli government for this terrorism, because it is their policy. I would never blame Israeli’s for raising their children to hate, because they are not living in a vacuum, and neither are the palestinians - claiming that would be a massive, offensive and purposefully ignorant over simplification. If you genuinely think that Palestinian mothers and fathers are the cause for the current situation in the middle east then I’d suggest learning a bit more about the subject and the historical context that the current conflict exists within.
It all happened so quickly, but you felt as though the ninety seconds took three hours to take place, everything went in slow motion. You had been reading the sample reports you had just tested when you heard a shout go out and a small canister rolled into the lab you had been working in, hitting off your foot before an explosion of white light, then came the darkness.
There was gun fire and yells around you, but you could see nothing, turning helplessly you fell to the ground when a bullet struck your shoulder blade from behind. The pain was horrific, and fear took over as you heard people coming into the room, breaking different items as they went. You did not move again until silence was all that surrounded you.
Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons - they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost everyday.
Can you explain what is happening in Palestine? I see you as a reliable source, and I have not seen anything about it news-wise
Thank you for taking an interest in this very serious matter. Also, thanks for putting me on a pedestal.
A short history lesson
After WWII, United Nations told the Jews they would give them some land. The land given to the Jews is known as Israel, which was originally part of Palestine.
Of course the natives of Palestine were kind of pissed at that. Imagine someone walking into your house and claiming all of it but a closet. The closet is yours, but the rest of the house belongs to them now.
Israel has been illegally occupying more and more of Palestine. There is barely any Palestine left. The Israeli have stolen nearly all of it.
What is happening now
The Zionist Jews are in power in Israel, and they are determined to destroy Palestine.
The Israeli government has very systematically made their lives so unbearable that many commentators have described Gaza as an open-air prison.
Israel has forced some 200,000 Palestinians to flew their homes. But since the Gaza Strip is so small, they have no place to go. Some of the places they have taken shelter, including schools and UN refugee shelters, have themselves been bombed by the Israelis.
“Israel is using flechette shells which contain 5000-8000 of these metal darts which explodes in the air and releases these projectiles and disperses them in a conical arch 300 meters long and about 90 meters wide with the soul purpose of targeting every civilian in the parameter and producing the largest number of casualties.” (source)
The death toll is high. Women and girls have been taken away from their families to be raped, experimented on, and/or murdered. Same with men and boys. The Israeli have even gone so far as to drop poisoned candy from the skies for children and animals to find and consume. They have even disguised bombs as toys for children to find. That’s sick.
Protests are taking place all over the globe today. Thousands of people are standing behind Palestine. And I am one of them.
What's traveling in/out of the West Bank compared to Gaza? Is it as difficult?
Gaza -as you may already know- is the world’s largest open-air prison. Overcrowded. Unliveable. Being a Gazan means you’re not free to leave or enter the strip, nor allowed to freely export or import goods due to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade. The strip is too small, I wouldn’t call it travel. But, yes you’re free to go wherever you want within the strip, nothing will get in your way but borders. On the other hand, West Bank is torn up from the inside by Israel. Almost between every town/village and village/town, there’s a military checkpoint. Not to mention the apartheid wall, which seeks to annex Palestinian land under the guise of security and it severely restricts the travel of many Palestinians and impairs their ability to commute to work within the West Bank. In West Bank if you missed your family -on the other side of the wall- and happens that you want to pay them a visit, then you have to cross overseas to get to there, even though the distance between you is lesser than a 500 meters, you still not allowed to, because either of the wall separates you or this way is Only-Israeli-Jews way. However, traveling out of West Bank is easier than of Gaza.
Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave.
But that seems a bit unfair to prisons - they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost everyday.
b4 1948, Jews and Arabs lived together. the UN offered to make two countries- Arab&Jewish. The Jews accepted it, the Arabs didn't (& started a war a day after Israel invented) even though they got better parts. It was THEIR decision,what could we do?
FYI, Palestinian Jews were a small and accepted minority in Palestine.
Here’s a simple question for you: What right did Britain/UN (both are two sides of the same coin) have to grant you somebody else’s country?!
‘Israel’ exists right here in this spot on the eastern end of the Mediterranean
these two points (orange) on the map are Gaza and the West Bank together known as Palestine. But it didn’t always look like this, following World War one there were approximately 65,000 Jewish immigrants that immigrated to Palestine then under British rule, that’s when Britain implemented the Balfour Declaration which promised a Jewish homeland.
Now, as Palestinians were driven out from the newly designated Jewish territory, clashes began and they would continue for years to come. During the next decade an additional 100,000 Jewish immigrants arrived and yet until the early 1930s the Jewish population in the region remained under 17%, but that change following a holocaust when international efforts to establish a Jewish homeland in the land of Palestine increased.
By 1947 the UN adopted a proposal that’d divide Palestine into two states, the Arabs were designated 43% of the land, despite the fact that they made up two-thirds of the population and owned over 92% of the land, Jews were given 56% of the land despite being only a third of the population.
Well, following this announcement Jewish leaders began occupying major Palestinian cities expelling 300,000 Palestinians BEFORE the ’state of Israel’ was even announced in 1948. The result of which led to a military offensive by neighbouring countries which overwhelmingly objected to the establishment of ‘Israel’ in the land of Palestine, but they were no match the military superiority of the Israeli army.
Israeli military effectively cleansed much of the territory and following the 1948 war they encompass 78% of Palestine.
Now, although a ceasefire was declared, peace would remain a faraway thought as now 700,000 Palestinian refugees fled into neighboring Arab states. In many ways this was the catalyst for the escalating instability in the region.
In 1967 another war led to the Israeli occupation of the remainder of historic Palestine the land that we recognize today as the West Bank and Gaza.
It became clear while the UN and other Arab countries verbally championed the play of the Palestinians there would be no international effort to actually enforce their right to self-determination.
In 1987 the First Intifada took place, a rebellion by the people of Palestine, thousands were imprisoned and over a thousand of Palestinians were killed.
In 1993 the Oslo peace talks began which laid the groundwork for the apartheid system that we know too well today. Whatever economic and social rights the Palestinians had left, well, they were then dissolved.
By 2000 a second Intifada took place claiming the lives of 5,500 Palestinians as well as more than a 1,000 Israelis. The Oslo years were failure in Palestine by the Palestinian leadership.
However when taking this entire historical narrative in the context you must consider that any attacks against ‘Israel’ by Palestinian groups is the unavoidable outcome of an aggressive military occupation of the people.
The people of Palestine are suffering, they’re still paying for the decisions of those who rashly act on their behalf over the course of the last century.
Thousands of homes are bulldozed and destroyed by the Israeli military every year against the international law. The Palestinian people are being terrorized on a daily basis with checkpoints, methods of dehumanization and all this is happening in an open-air prison in which they are confined.
Your elected leaders may be turning a blind eye to this injustice, but you don’t have to.
Last week, I had the opportunity to listen to Angela Davis speak during a lecture at my university. While she addressed her capstone positions on class, gender, race and the prison industrial complex, those aren’t the points that I want to revisit. Instead, I want to emphasize Davis’ statements with regards to what she termed “radical transformation,” and how the lack of it has enabled the perpetuation of structures of oppression in the United States and those countries that have adopted its structures.
Davis began with an extended conversation about the elimination of Apartheid in South Africa through discussing the media response to Nelson Mandela’s death. For Davis, the media’s characterization of Mandela as forgiving white South Africans for the injustices perpetuated during Apartheid and then forgetting about the trauma is fundamentally inaccurate. Instead, she argued, no such forgiving or forgetting took place: Mandela extended his hand in cooperation with the white South Africans so that the memory of Apartheid would drive a “radical transformation of the social relations” in the country as to prevent something like Apartheid from every happening again.
This is something that has never happened in America, Davis argued. Put simply, following the abolition of slavery, America never embarked on a self-conscious project of radical transformation of the social relations or social structures of the country such that slavery could not be perpetuated again. We, as a country, have failed to generate a vocabulary to speak about the far reaching and ongoing effects of slavery in our era which is a result of the way in which both Black and white Americans have failed to acknowledge the past of slavery.
In Davis’ words, slavery makes white Americans feel guilty and Black Americans feel ashamed, and we treat it as though speaking about it would invite its return. It is this collective attitude of “moving on” for a variety of reasons, as though slavery is something that we, as a country, have triumphed over, that has prevented us from seeing the ways that slavery is still present within the social, economic, and political structures that structure the present-day America.
It is at this point that Davis returned to familiar ground. Drawing on the work of Douglas Blackmon, Davis presented the emergence of the current prison industrial complex from the convict-lease system which exploited the last lines in the Thirteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, enabling slavery “except as punishment for a crime."To this end, Davis argued that slavery never actually "ended,” it was perpetuated through a new system of incarceration, imprisonment, and legal apparatuses designed to cloak slavery from view. As Davis said:
“How can slavery be abolished by an amendment that is only six lines long?”
The truth of the matter was that the convict-lease system, which enabled the use of convicted prisoners as unpaid laborers, was the further perpetuation of the institution of slavery. It caused the local police to prosecute African-Americans on increasingly dubious legal standing resulting in the generation of the increasingly restrictive and racist laws during Reconstruction and on into the Jim Crow era (a name which she described as an oxymoron, since Jim Crow was a blackface character). To this end, the legal apparatus of the convict-lease system served the purpose of not only controlling Black bodies, but generating the labor force necessary to rebuild and modernize the South. This is a role that the prison-industrial complex still serves in our era.
But it wasn’t just the Black bodies that were managed by this legal apparatus: yellow bodies, brown bodies, even poor white bodies were subject to the structures of the convict-lease system, as they are today. Thus, for Davis, resistance is a necessity. And not just mere violent resistance that seeks to demolish the structures, but transformative resistance that seeks to transform the conditions of society so that these structures of oppression cannot be reproduced. To this end, Davis argued that this form of resistance is not merely the resistance of one group, but must include all groups oppressed not only along the lines of race, but along the lines of gender, sexuality, religion, disability and class.
True resistance, under Davis’ conception, would have to be intersectional and coalition-building, as the structures generated by slavery that evolved into the prison-industrial complex extend through-out American society and the world. She offered the example of the Israel-Gaza barrier, which uses the same technologies as the US-Mexico border fence, as the “largest open-air prison in the world,” cementing the link between the technologies that emerged from the American institution of slavery and the perpetuation of oppression world-wide.
Thus, as she concluded her talk, Davis urged us to recognize the interconnections between all of our social justice projects, as they all have common linkages within the structure of oppression as exported through US/American culture. For Davis, it is a historical fact that the failure to transform the conditions that enabled slavery has resulted in the rearticulation of the institution of slavery through multiple forms (including student loan debt), which is then exported beyond the borders of the US, thereby globalizing the prison-industrial complex and slavery itself.
To this end, Davis repeated her call for radical transformation. It is not simply enough to break the structures themselves, the very conditions that enable the construction of the structures must be transformed, and it must be done with a recognition that the very conditions themselves also impoverish those that they benefit. For Davis, under the conditions that enable slavery in our era in its multiple forms, we are all slaves.
I’ve been mulling over and ruminating in my thoughts these past couple weeks, desperately attempting to make sense of the senseless. Feverishly trying to patch and weave the pieces of history together to really understand and grapple with the calamities that have bestowed us today.
Reality has begun to satirize itself. By the time we update the list of murdered Palestinians, the list is outdated. Four children are killed on the beach and Hamas is the culprit, despite being nowhere in sight. Israeli leaders can sign off hundreds of missiles into Gaza everyday and go on record to accuse Gazans of self inflicted genocide. 66 years after nakba, Israel has become the most funded and equipped nation in all of Asia per capita, as an individual country receive more aid by America than all of Africa, wage war and occupy illegal territory in most surrounding regions and claim to be in a precarious situation at the hands of those who it has massacred and laid cruel siege to.
DIME bombs unearth entire societies, released on rehabilitation clinics and centers for the disabled and they are labelled human shields who were unfortunate and unintended, but an inevitable sacrifice and collateral damage. White phosphorous is abundantly and indiscriminately used in some of the most densely populated neighborhoods on Earth, while Israeli politicians gain interviews and are globally heralded as crusaders of a noble cause. Palestinian life has proven so cheap to many. More Palestinians have died in this week than Israelis have been injured in the past several years.
Fact has become fiction and fiction becomes fact. 441 miles of apartheid wall that jeopardize agriculture and irrigation is security. Homes inhabited by several generations of families are obliterated in minutes to erect illegal Jewish settlements and is touted as a means of self determination. Billions of dollars continue to be funneled into a genocidal campaign touted around as a settler nation state’s right to self defense against a colonized populace that overwhelmingly relies on foreign aid and has been under heightened blockades with food and drink being counted to the individual calorie. Body count, political leverage and extensive history of settler brutality exemplify one reality. Media exemplifies another.
Israel is the most transparent example of what settler colonial violence is in the age of neoliberalism. How it can deliberately target areas that are unanimously civilian populations and gets off with complete impunity. It distorts truth and history until it becomes eroded from public consciousness altogether. Palestinians are an illegitimate people and their indigenous villages were barren because in Zionist mythology, it was a land without a people for a people without a land. Colonial fabrications dominate public discourse, tangle themselves in media circuits and mock any and every intelligible and dignified approach to account for demolished villages, vibrant humans turned unidentifiable carnage and a military siege on what’s regularly referred to as the largest open air prison on Earth.
The truth is this world failed Palestine. In every conceivable way. Refusing to divest was a failure on every student body member who voted otherwise. Providing arms and military aid was a failure and an obscene act of violence. Using revolutionary language and utilizing one genocide to lay the road for another was a tremendous failure. Invoking racist and Islamophobic rhetoric in a post 9/11 age to justify unjustifiable violence was a failure. Not holding one’s own government accountable for its enabling and apologist stances is a failure. These varied failures allowed this to take place and one day, perhaps not tomorrow or in a year or even in a decade, but the day will indeed arrive where we reminisce on this ongoing bloodshed and realize the ways in which both action and inaction was the catalyst in which this nightmare occurred.
Remember, 95% of the Israelis killed over the summer were heavily armed combat soldiers, while the vast majority of the 2,150 Palestinians massacred were unarmed civilians trapped in an open air prison.
Speaking of his life in Egypt, he said Syrians were poorly treated and he felt Palestinians in Gaza would understand what it means to be a refugee, given many Gazans were forced from their homes in 1948 and 1967 and are refugees themselves. “Gazans never made me feel that I am a second-class citizen. I became their people”
so basically you're against jewish self determination?
Right, because creating the largest refugee population in the world and the largest open air prison around a 4 mile piece of land with 1.7 mil people who overwhelmingly reside in refugee quarters and depend on foreign aid for survival, openly calling for (and perpetuating) genocide, setting children on fire/throwing thousands of them into a torture prison without any substantial charges, allowing women in labor to die because they’re holed up at a military checkpoint for five hours, deploying an entire rifle’s worth of bullets into a defenseless 13 year old and emptying hundreds of rockets into one of the most densely populated regions on Earth, killing over a hundred in less than 72 hours and turning it into a community spectacle to laugh at has to do with self determination.
In this surreal, upside-down vision of the world, it almost seems as if it is the Israelis who are occupied by the Palestinians, and not the other way around. In this skewed universe, the inmates of an open-air prison are besieging a nuclear-armed power with one of the most sophisticated militaries in the world.
Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University’s Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, on the United States’ support of current Israeli policy: http://nyr.kr/1nZTIwZ
The people in Gaza are living through yet another Israeli assault, the third such assault in six years, with nowhere to flee. As missiles hit civilian houses, entire families are obliterated. How else could one possibly characterize the killing of twenty-five members from one family in one strike, or the killing of another eighteen members from another family in just another strike? How can one describe the arbitrary and indiscriminate shelling of one of the most crowded and impoverished areas in Gaza City with endless barrages of missiles and mortar shells all night long while preventing ambulances and civil defense forces from entering the area to rescue and evacuate the victims?
A ceasefire might be negotiated and agreed upon. Hamas might soon stop firing rockets, but then will Israel cease to exercise its violence against Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank on a daily basis? The reality is that if Palestinians stop resisting, Israel won’t stop occupying, as its leaders repeatedly affirm. The besieged Jews of the Warsaw ghetto had a motto “to live and die in dignity.” As I sit in my own besieged ghetto, I think how Palestinians have honored this universal value. We live in dignity and we die in dignity, refusing to accept subjugation.
We’re tired of war. I, for one, have had enough of bloodshed, death and destruction. But I also can no longer tolerate the return to a deeply unjust status quo. I can no longer agree to live in this open-air prison. We can no longer tolerate to be treated as sub-humans, deprived of our most basic human rights. We are trapped here, trapped between two deaths: death by Israeli bombs and missiles, and death by Israel’s blockade of Gaza.
We want to be able to get in and out of Gaza freely, whenever we choose. Why should our students not be granted their right to study at universities of their own choice? Why should our patients be left for their own death as Israel deprives them of receiving medical treatment in hospitals outside of Gaza? Our fishermen want to fish in our sea waters without the prospect of being shot at and killed. We deserve the right to access clean water, electricity and our most basic needs. And yet we can’t because Israel occupies. It occupies not only our land but our bodies and our destinies. No people can tolerate this injustice. We, too, are humans.
Banksy unveils a new series of pieces in the beseiged city of Gaza, Palestine.
Two quotes were enclosed with the images of the new stenciled pieces:
Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons - they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost everyday. – Banksy
A local man came up and said 'Please - what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website – but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens. – Banksy
Image Description: Painting of a dark-skinned disabled woman on left in a jail cell clasping hands with olive-skinned disabled woman on right in a warzone. Woman on the left uses a wheelchair and is wearing orange prison clothes with bars in the background. Woman on the right is wearing a hijab and her left arm & left leg are newly amputated & bandaged. Image on text reads: ”Disability Justice means resisting together from solitary cells to open-air prisons.” Art by Micah Bazant & Sins Invalid.
Palestinians are living under violent, military occupation. They have the right to resist this violent, military occupation. Remember that. Israel is not the victim. It is the occupier. It dispossessed Palestinians and now militarily occupies the land they were pushed into. “Palestinians threw rocks!” Israel occupies the land those rocks are thrown on, builds settlements, sets up checkpoints, bulldozes homes, tortures children, arrests thousands without charge, lays siege to an open air prison, shoots at fisherman and ambulances, commits large scale massacres, and collectively punishes millions of indigenous people with impunity. No matter what Orwellian tale you tell, the occupier will never be anything but the oppressor.
As civilian casualties mounted on Monday in the Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, Israel’s military reminded the world that it had warned people living in targeted areas to leave. The response from Palestinians here was unanimous: Where should we go?
United Nations shelters are already brimming, and some Palestinians fear they are not safe; one shelter was bombed by Israel in a previous conflict. Many Gaza residents have sought refuge with relatives, but with large extended families commonly consisting of dozens of relatives, many homes in the shrinking areas considered safe are already packed.
Perhaps most important, the vast majority of Gazans cannot leave Gaza. They live under restrictions that make this narrow coastal strip, which the United Nations considers occupied by Israel, unlike anywhere else.
Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain in 2010 called Gaza “an open-air prison,” drawing criticism from Israel. But in reality, the vast majority of Gazans are effectively trapped, unable to seek refugee status across an international border. (Most are already refugees, those who fled from what is now Israel and their descendants.)
A 25-mile-long rectangle just a few miles wide, and one of the most densely populated places in the world, Gaza is surrounded by concrete walls and fences along its northern and eastern boundaries with Israel and its southern border with Egypt.
Even in what pass for ordinary times here, Israel permits very few Gazans to enter its territory, citing security concerns because suicide bombers and other militants from Gaza have killed Israeli civilians. The restrictions over the years have cost Palestinians jobs, scholarships and travel.
Egypt has also severely curtailed Gazans’ ability to travel, opening its border crossing with the territory for only 17 days this year. During the current fighting between Israel and the Hamas militants who control Gaza, only those with Egyptian or foreign passports or special permission were allowed to exit.
Even the Mediterranean Sea to the west provides no escape. Israel restricts boats from Gaza to three nautical miles offshore. And Gaza, its airspace controlled by Israel, has no airport.
So while three million Syrians have fled their country during the war there, more and more of Gaza’s 1.7 million people have been moving away from the edges of the strip and crowding into the already-packed center of Gaza City.