From 2009 to 2018, the United States is scheduled to give Israel–the largest recipient of U.S. assistance–$30 billion in military aid. Through its illegal 44-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, Israel misuses U.S. weapons in violation of U.S. law to kill and injure Palestinian civilians, destroy Palestinian civilian infrastructure, blockade the Gaza Strip, and build illegal settlements in West Bank and East Jerusalem.

So where is this money coming from? This 30 billion dollars comes from US tax money. Several states (find out how much tax dollars are disgustingly used from your state) will give over 4 billion dollars to this heinous cause and I think all of us can think of thousands of better ways to use this money. Click here to learn more and see how you can help.

From Gaza to Yarmouk: This, too, will pass by  Belal Dabour

It is as if we were made to suffer. The Palestinians in Gaza face wars and relentless sieges; those in West Bank are left alone to endure the theft of their land, settler violence and daily raids; Palestinians in today’s Israel live under apartheid policies, accustomed to being a minority in lands which belonged to their ancestors for centuries. Additionally, there are six million refugees, four generations, who live in the diaspora, atoning for a sin they did not commit.

But what pains us the most is that a share of our suffering is inflicted on us by those we call brothers. As we now stand helpless, watching our brothers in Yarmouk refugeee camp in Damascus suffer, there is nothing we can do to help. Nothing that is, except remind them that this, too, will pass.

Like you have now, we have experienced barrel bombs and indiscriminate artillery fire. It is true that they were thrown at us by those who are directly responsible for our plight. But at the hands of your brothers or the hands of your enemies, death tastes the same. Fear not; this, too, will pass.

Our misery might differ in time or scale, but the pain is the same. We hear that you are dying from hunger, with food being held at the camp gates, forbidden from entering by those who claim to be fighting for your cause. We have been through this too. When Israel left us to starve we made underground routes so we could get food, but then our brothers shut down those routes, also in the name of our cause.

To our refugee brothers in Yarmouk: You have been living a few kilometers away from your original villages, probably able to see your original homes but never able to reach them. But we too, are living the same ordeal: 80 percent of Gaza’s population is made of refugees. Like you, we have lived through this for 67 years, believing that one day it will pass.

We were too hungry to listen to their justifications and probably you are too, but with time we got used to living hungry, and so will you. And if you die from lack of medication, we have been there too. People here are dying as they wait to receive treatment, pleading for a chance to get to hospital. We too have gates, and since the start of this year they have been opened for only five days. But have no worries; this, too, will pass.

And do not care too much if the regime calls you traitors or the Islamic State group (IS) calls you infidels. We have been called the same, and we have been called terrorists, and we have been called ungrateful. But care not for they too will pass – or find other topics to fixate upon.

To our refugee brothers in Yarmouk, Israel is responsible for what we have all been through. We lived in dignity in our homes until we were pushed into the diaspora. Even on the darkest days never think otherwise.

They had no place to go to

Sometimes I hear people say things like “Of course Jewish people suffered badly during the Shoah, but why did they have to go to Palestine and why did Arab Palestinians have to pay the price for the Shoah?” People who say stuff like this obviously don’t know what the situation for survivors of the Shoah was like after the war. They had no place to go to. They couldn’t return to their homes, because gentiles had taken over their houses and flats and did not return stolen Jewish property. Jews who returned to their places of origin were threatened with death and even killed by former antisemitic neighbors in various cases. The germans had turned Europe into a Jewish cemetery so it’s not surprising many survivors felt the need to leave Europe behind. But most countries in the world refused to accept immigration of Jewish survivors and refugees. They had no place to go to. Next time you wonder why Jewish survivors of the Shoah went to Palestine/Eretz Israel consider this.

Fatah terrorists steal iconic Iwo Jima image for terror poster

Fatah terrorists appropriate iconic Iwo Jima imageFrom the Fatah Facebook page,
This is, of course, appropriated from the famous iconic photo of US Marines raising the American flag on  Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945, as this comparison of the mirror image of Fatah’s poster with the original picture shows:
There is one change, though: US Marines are replaced with masked terrorists.

There is nothing that they won’t steal and claim as their own.

Last night, Israeli forces arrested 16 year old Awne Imad Abu Shamsiyeh in Tel Rumeida, Hebron. He was physically assaulted by the soldiers before his arrest, and left with marks on his neck. The Israeli soldiers claim that he attacked a soldier and therefore was arrested. Eyewitnesses can disprove these claims. After he was taken to Kiryat Arba police station he was formally arrested and transferred to the Israeli jail in Hebron. His court date is the 5th of May at Ofer military court.

Awne Imad Abu Shamsiyeh lives in H2 close to Israeli settlements in Hebron (Al Khalil) and both him and his family experience extensive harassment from both Israeli settlers and soldiers. Just two months ago settlers tried to kill the whole family by poisoning their water tank. Luckily they noticed it before drinking the water. 3 May 2015
via ISM
Read a report specifically on Awne Imad Abu Shamsiyeh and his family a year ago here



Ethiopian Israelis protest police brutality in Jerusalem

Ethiopian Israelis took to the streets of Jerusalem on the evening of April 30 to protest police brutality and systemic racism. Haaretz reports that approximately 1,000 protesters gathered, principally from the Ethiopian Jewish community.

The citizens condemned racism and police brutality toward the Ethiopian Jewish community, calling for the end of impunity for cops who harass them.

See more - http://mondoweiss.net/2015/05/ethiopian-brutality-jerusalem

Some people speak of their own and others issues act on them and educate those around them.
Some people speak of their own and others issues act on them,educate those around them, and organize them to action.

This is Rasmea Odeh, who even in the face of an attack by the US Federal Government on her not made time to march in the chi2baltimore rally