palestine israel conflict

Jerusalem. June 9, 1967. In this iconic picture, several Israeli soldiers stand close together in front of the Western, or Wailing, Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, following its capture from Jordanian rule in the Six-Day War.

Photograph: David Rubinger/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

because the priest at my parents’ church gave a painfully abstract and apolitical sermon on the Beatitudes in Matthew today. as if the Beatitudes weren’t explicit enough. 


Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land. I.E. THOSE WHOSE VOICES HAVE BEEN SUPPRESSED AND SILENCED BY STATE VIOLENCE

Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. I.E. THE MOTHERS OF BLACK MEN KILLED BY THE POLICE STATE 

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after justice, for they shall have their fill. I.E. THE CROWDS OF PROTESTORS AT MAJOR AIRPORTS ACROSS THE US STANDING AGAINST THE RACIST BAN ON MUSLIM IMMIGRATION

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. I.E. THOSE WHO OPPOSE THE DEATH PENALTY AND THE PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX 


Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. I.E. THOSE WHO WORK TOWARD A JUST RESOLUTION TO THE ISRAEL/PALESTINE CONFLICT 

Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. I.E. DISSIDENTS AND POLITICAL PRISONERS (LIKE JESUS) 

@ the church: ur vague “Christian” platitudes don’t cut it. 

100 Days of Trump Day 61b: Vlogbrothers (Current Events)

Follow up for the last episode on how most Americans just don’t have the basic information of a lot of complicated problems but think they understand them which has them make a lot of mistakes, and this is even more true for international incidents, where most Americans have a vague notion of what is going on “over there” and so for those who are kind of confused about what to think about the situation check out these videos.  

Follow up Episode on the first Muslim Travel Ban here

Follow up here 

What is going on in the Central African Republic here

What is going on in Burma here

What is going on with Boko Harem 

What is going with the Hong Kong Protests here

So what is going on in Egypt? 

Follow up here

What is going on with Boko Haram here

What is going on with Brazil’s goverment here 

And what is going in Haiti’s poverty here

The situation in Urkraine which is becoming more and more relevant to our lives here.  

Brief history of North Korea here

More on North Korea here

The Situation in the Israel/Palestine Conflict here

What is going on with the Libyan War and Benghazi outside Clinton here

And of course his series on Iranian Politic situation 

Stupid Islamaphobia bullshit here 

The way we talk about religion is deranged here 

WTF is going on with Pakistan here

The death of Bin Laden here

The role of Poverty in World instability (and how it can be fixed) here 

The Trap Poor countries are trapped in here

Agriculture innovations in Africa here

follow up here

College in Ethiopia here 

His thoughts on the election here 

Why our political elections are so awful here

And finally, good things that happened in 2016,  I thought you guys would enjoy here

Also follow up here 


Part of Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture series, this documentary examines the use of design as a weapon of intimidation and subjugation within the Palestine Israel conflict. The film also looks at the practice of Forensic Architecture, a technique sometimes utilised in the aftermath of battle to map events and expose possible war crimes.

Forensic Architecture was also used, more recently, in collaboration with Amnesty International, to create models of Syrian internment facilities based on the auditory experiences of past prisoners. This occurred after the Rebel Architecture series was produced, but is explored in:  INSIDE SYRIA’S SAYDNAYA PRISON (2016) .

I literally just tried watching two comedy specials that within the beginnings of their intro seemed promising but bill burr ended up making fatphobic comments and then bo burnham downplayed the palestine/israel conflict all within like the first minute or two of their sets so like i’m remembering why i don’t watch mainstream comedians lmao

anonymous asked:

I follow you, but also zarabotu, and you two seem like complete opposites to me, so I was wondering if you would check out that blog and give me an opinion on it here.

I’m a high church Anglican, and so I can’t exactly say I’m in love with the idea of following someones conversion to Judaism, not because I have a problem with Jews as people (one of our greatest Prime Ministers was Jewish), just because I believe they’re on the wrong path. 

I understand and respect Jewish-born individuals who live as the Torah commands them, as they’re embracing their heritage and traditions. What I don’t understand why a gentile, when given the opportunity to follow Christ, would opt for the discredited and obsolete 613 laws instead.

Other than that, the main differences would be politics. I’m High Tory, right-wing conservative whereas they seem to be somewhat liberal when it comes to things like Brexit and immigration.

If pushed, I suppose I agree with them on the Israel-Palestine conflict, simply because Israel can quite obviously run a country better than Hamas or the PLO and as a nationalist I can sympathise with the Jewish people’s desire for a homeland.

I hope that answers your question.

BTW I’m rethinking my two state stance, due to both actually being here now and having spoken with multiple people on the subject whilst here.
We spoke with a very right wing, settler, Bennett supporting lady, and right after we spoke with a very leftwing Christian Palestinian man who grew up going to Israeli Zionist schools, and the morning prior we spoke with a man who wasn’t really on the left/right divide, and was a secular Israeli Jew.

This has been pretty intense, to say the least, but one point was consistent: one way or another, a two state solution isn’t practical and just doesn’t have the population supporting it, and if it was forcibly implemented it would likely only worsen the conflict and hatred.

The Palestinian man suggested something like the “Swiss system”, where the Jews would have control of Jewish areas, Palestinians/Arabs would control their areas, possibly other larger sections could get separate control over their areas, and a larger government would connect these groups through joint control over military, food, water, roads, electricity, etc.

In his words, he said both Israeli and Palestinian populations due to their histories have developed a severe victim complex and thus both are reacting to a threat that they are creating BY reacting in the first place, in a two way fashion. Think if it like a causation loop, but it’s two circles stuck together.

I actually like this idea a lot, because it gives each group local autonomy and room for intra-politics, and then it gives another layer for national politics between the groups. It doesn’t stamp out Palestinian national aspirations, it doesn’t push the Israelis into the sea, it doesn’t murder this group or that group, and even opens the door for other groups to get a stronger voice, if they want it. The goal of this idea is to remove the stigma and slowly reduce the hatred, without there being a loser. Jews can still have law of return and Jewish culture protected, Palestinians can build up their infrastructure and resources without worry, the land itself stops getting blown up, the people are not stuck in constant anxiety with rockets overhead, and the Old City is jointly protected.

I think this is a more nuanced version of the “binational one state solution”, that rather that inspiring competing nationalisms and reactionary IntraPolitik, would instead foster brotherhood and autonomous respect.

To sum him up, he said “this land is a holy land to all of us, religiously and culturally. Dividing it, that wouldn’t help. It’s like the baby brought before king Solomon, cutting it in half would only kill the land and no one who really cares about the land would want that, only those who hate would want such a thing. The people of this land, regardless of ethnicity, have dealt with terrible governments and deadly conditions, and there is now a larger culture of hatred. The thing about hatred is that it is drinking poison and expecting the other to die from it. No, what actually happens is the reactionary hatred and religious fanaticism will swallow the people’s culture and destroy it from within. Look no further than Hamas or militant Charedim as my evidence. When all the focus, all the spending, and all the conversations are focused on hatred, revenge, separatism, and murder, then who is feeding the people, planting the trees, building the communities, or educating the children? Who is helping the poor, the needy? Who is watching and checking the culture? No one. With that route, there is no future, not because it isn’t possible to implement, but because it means death. I do not mean hold hands, sing, and everything will be fine, no, there is still negotiations to be had, repercussions and justice, apologies and learning, but it is this other path that can redeem the people.”

He also spoke briefly about BDS, in a manner that I adored. It was yo the effect of “the minority that is seeking change and has a nuanced conversation going, they are exploring, good for them. The majority, however, is antisemitic, actually exasperate the issues and fanaticism, and are not working with the Palestinians best interests in mind, rather they are imposing their British, American, Canadian etc ideological niche on a nuanced middle eastern context that they cannot relate to. I don’t believe in boycotts, they stop conversation, they stop thought, and they put walls where we should make bridges.”

So yeah. He was a very powerful speaker. I find this idea preserves Zionist goals, Palestinian liberation and justice, the will of the average person regardless of affiliation, and would (hopefully) satisfy the international community. This conflict is a true test of humanities maturity, I think. If this can be sorted out, then the rest of our issues can be also. If not, we are doomed to eternal wars and suffering for profit.

One of the most upsetting images I have seen in my life time. It speaks for itself a million word. It says how humane you can be. A normal kid who didn’t commit any crimes except for being a Palestinian. 

A Palestinian child the only survivor from the fire set into his family home by extremist Israeli settlers killing both his parents and little brother leaving him scarred for ever. The settler is free. Ahmed holds his best mate’s face tight close and expresses his mixed feelings of happiness to see his Neighbour friend and a sad feeling which reminds him of what was a normal life with his family and neighbors like all the other kids around the world. Palestine is a sad story Palestine had suffered for decades and Ahmed in this photo is one example of many other stories created by the only democracy in the Middle East as the west claims called Israel. Apartheid Israel. 

One of the worst inhumane and most hideous apartheid that existed in human kind history. Belgium, Paris and all other terrorist attacks are condemned but who will condemn this act of terror which deprived this beautiful kid from the most precious thing in life called family. Sad…

Rami Abusamra


Thoughts? Seems like what you’ve been saying about the topic.

-History Nerd

I think that the only issue that I have with the video is Rabbi Sacks’ clumsy wording when it comes to the “scapegoating” segment, and I wonder if that’s down to time constraints for the video produced.

When he says, “When bad things happen to a group, its members can ask one of two questions: what did we do wrong, or who did this to us? The entire fate of the group will depend on which it chooses. If it asks, “What did we do wrong?” it has begun the process of healing the harm. But if instead it asks, “Who did this to us?” it’s defined itself as a victim. It will then seek a scapegoat to blame for all its problems,” it’s clearly referring to things like economic issues or other issues that arise due to problems in a community/country/etc, not actual horrible things imposed on a group for no other reason than bigotry.

To put that more into context, his quote is about situations like the complex banking crisis in Greece. One of the biggest reasons that Greece is in so much trouble is because of the country’s so-called “shadow economy,” where earnings weren’t declared to the government to avoid tax, amongst other things. Obviously, the Greeks have been suffering. But if they chose to ignore everything that contributed to the harm and instead simply said, “Who did this to us?” and pinned the blame on Germany, or on non-Greeks living inside the country, then that wouldn’t help at all, that would just fuel bigotry.

It’s not talking about things like LGBT people being abused for being LGBT and saying, “LGBT people should ask themselves what they’ve done to deserve that” in any sort of victim-blaming capacity.

In fairness, I see the context very clearly, but as per usual, there are always people that – unless the context is so clearly and irrefutably pointed out – will do whatever they can to twist it, like this comment:

That’s just straight-up antisemitic victim-blaming.

In regards to the Israel/Palestine conflict, it’s the same thing again.

When there are still Palestinians living in bad conditions underneath their own government, choose to ignore the rampant corruption and refuse to accept that there are border controls thanks to blatant antisemitic incitement and constant terror attacks, where terrorists are paid by their governments and yet do nothing blame Israel and Jews for every last one of their problems instead of demanding better from those in charge, that’s antisemitic scapegoating.

However, when there are individual cases of Israeli Jews who have attacked or abused Palestinians for no other reason but bigotry, and there’s a demand for justice and (understandable) hatred against those individuals, that’s completely different.

It’s the same the other way around, too. 

As I’ve said, I think that the context is obvious, but I’m sure that there are those that will wilfully ignore it and twist it unless it’s spelled out clearly with no room for them to dig their bigoted claws in.