palestinian land

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES. West Bank. Kfar Qaddum. January 8, 2016. A Palestinian protester walks past burning tyres during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel.

Photograph: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

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Every year since 1976, on March 30, Palestinians around the world have commemorated Land Day. Though it may sound like an environmental celebration, Land Day marks a bloody day in Israel when security forces gunned down six Palestinians, as they protested Israeli expropriation of Arab-owned land in the country’s north to build Jewish-only settlements.

The Land Day victims were not Palestinians from the occupied territories, but citizens of the state, a group that now numbers over 1.6 million people, or 20.5 percent of the population. They are inferior citizens in a state that defines itself as Jewish and democratic, but in reality is neither.

On that dreadful day, in response to Israel’s announcement of a plan to expropriate thousands of acres of Palestinian land for “security and settlement purposes,” a general strike and marches were organized in Palestinian towns within Israel, from the Galilee to the Negev. The night before, in a last-ditch attempt to block the planned protests, the government imposed a curfew on the Palestinian villages of Sakhnin, Arraba, Deir Hanna, Tur'an, Tamra and Kabul, in the Western Galilee. The curfew failed; citizens took to the streets. Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as those in the refugee communities across the Middle East, joined in solidarity demonstrations.

In the ensuing confrontations with the Israeli army and police, six Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed, about 100 wounded, and hundreds arrested. The day lives on, fresh in the Palestinian memory, as in 1976, the conflict is not limited to Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but is ever-present in the country’s treatment of its own Palestinian Arab citizens.

The month following the killings, an internal government paper, written by senior Interior Ministry official Yisrael Koenig, was leaked to the press. The document, which became known as the Koenig Memorandum, offered recommendations intended to “ensure the [country’s] long-term Jewish national interests.” These included “the possibility of diluting existing Arab population concentrations.”

Israel has been attempting to “dilute” its Palestinian population - both Muslims and Christians - ever since.

the situation is as dire as ever. Racism and discrimination, in their rawest forms, are rampant in Israel, and are often more insidious than physical violence. Legislation aimed at ethnically cleansing Palestinians from Israel is part of public discourse. Israeli ministers do not shy away from promoting “population transfers” of Palestinian citizens - code for forced displacement.

Palestinians have the right to resist occupiers rampaging on their land. Occupiers are not the victims, they are violent aggressors. There are no “two sides” to this. One side is occupying, the other is occupied and has the right to resist occupation. You can’t steal, shoot, bulldoze, beat, torture, and collectively punish on colonized land and expect the colonized to sit on their hands. Armed combat soldiers who violently sqaut on Palestinian land and terrorize Palestinians every single day are not civilians. Palestinians are not the problem. Palestinian reactions to Israeli aggression are not the problem. Israeli settler colonialism is and has always been the problem

anonymous asked:

19 Muslim countries have banned Israeli citizens from traveling to their countries and nobody gives a shit, Trump bans 7 Muslim countries for 90 days and suddenly he is worse than Hitler.

America has always claimed to be an open melting pot of different cultures. We claim to be stronger and more beautiful because of our diversity. While we often fail to live up to those values, Lord Dump’s Muslim ban is an open betrayal of American values of inclusion, diversity, and religious freedom that we claim to hold dear. This policy is an enshrinement of bigotry, nativism, and racism as national policy, and the majority of Americans do not support it–especially considering the fact that homegrown white-supremacy and Christian terrorism is a much greater threat to the American public than foreign terrorist organizations that use Islamic beliefs as justification for their violence. This is confirmed both factually and statistically.

As for Israel, many Muslim majority countries believe they have very valid reasons for a travel ban as a protest of continuing Israeli occupation and settlement of Palestinian lands. That’s their choice to make and their concerns are not unfounded.

While Trump has been getting attention for his push to build a stupid wall on the border with Mexico. The American taxpayers have been subsidizing Israel allowing them to build an apartheid wall cutting through Palestinian owned land at our own expense and making life difficult for Palestinians.

Regardless if it’s Trump’s stupid wall or Israel’s apartheid wall. No wall should ever be build. Only bridges for mutual respect and friendship be build which makes far more sense than any stupid walls.

March 30th, 2017, will mark the 41st anniversary of Land Day in Palestine.

On 30 March 1976, thousands of people belonging to the Palestinian minority in Israel gathered to protest Israel’s plans to expropriate 60,000 dunams of Palestinian-owned land in the Galilee. In the resulting confrontations with the Israeli army, six Palestinians were killed, hundreds wounded, and hundreds jailed. In the intervening years, those events have become consecrated in the Palestinian memory as Land Day.

After years of military rule and political docility, Land Day 1976 was the first act of mass resistance by the Palestinians inside Israel against the Zionist policy of internal colonization, a systematic process of expropriation that had reduced Palestinian land ownership from around 94 per cent of all territory in pre-1948 Palestine to less than three per cent in what is now considered to be Israel.

After years of quiet ostracism by the PLO and the Arab states, Land Day reaffirmed the Palestinian minority in Israel as an inseparable part of the Palestinian nation.

And this day today, resembles unity between Palestinians no matter where they are across the globe over the struggle and fight for the land. 

Israeli streets, parks, towns, and shrines named after Jewish terrorists

While Benjamin Netanyahu and co continue to berate and accuse Palestinians of naming streets after terrorists, while also forbidding a street from being named after Arafat, I thought I’d compile a small list of a few of the terrorists that Israel continues to worship and immortalize themselves, something Bibi seems to forget -

  • Lehi Street, Jerusalem, named after the Jewish terrorist organization Lehi, that carried out numerous massacres against innocent Palestinians leading up to the establishment of Israel
  • Kokhav Ya'ir, named after Avraham Stern’s nickname, as well as several streets named after him. Stern was a leader of Irgun Jewish terrorist organization who went on to found the Lehi group mentioned above. Mastermind of numerous attacks and massacres against Palestinian civilians.
  • Etzel street, named after the Irgun Jewish Terrorist organization responsible for numerous massacres against Palestinian civilians.
  • A park named after, along with a shrine dedicated to, Meir Kahane, who was a rabid anti-Palestinian racist who proposed expelling the remaining Palestinians from their lands. His shrine is frequently visited by supporters throughout Israel. Also has a street named after him.
  • Goldstein Memorial - a memorial dedicated to Baruch Goldstein, who carried out the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre of Palestinian worshippers, killing 30 and wounding over a hundred more, in 1994.
  • Groups of Israelis celebrated Purim by taunting Palestinians while singing songs praising Baruch Goldstein.
  • Kashani Street - Named after Eliezer Kashani, who carried out attacks against the British
  • Numerous streets named after Shlomo Ben-Yosef, who carried out attacks against busses of Palestinian civilians.
  • Numerous streets named after Eliyahu Hakim and Eliyahu Bet-Zuri, who assassinated a British minister in Palestine
  • Numerous streets, squares, and even a town named after Dov Gruner, who carried out numerous attacks against British and Palestinian targets
  • Three streets are named after Mordechai Alkahi, who carried out attacks against British targets and is hailed as a national hero throughout Israel
  • Numerous streets named after Yehiel Dresner, who carried out attacks against British and Palestinian targets, murdering several in the process


This list is by no means exhaustive, and it absolutely does continue on with more repugnant individuals who slaughtered civilians and promoted hatred against Palestinians, but I’ll leave it at that for now.

That’s not even to mention the fact that Israel also celebrates terrorists and murderers by freaking electing them into office, including people like Ariel Sharon who was elected as Prime Minister of Israel AFTER being forced to resign as defense minister due to being found as PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE [by an Israeli commission, no less] for the Sabra and Shatila massacre that resulted in the rape and slaughter of thousands of innocent Palestinians, only to eventually suffer a stroke and die as a national hero.

Suffice to say, Israel and Israelis have absolutely no moral high-ground when their entire state was literally founded on terrorism, slaughter, ethnic cleansing, and massacres, and continue to honor and worship the very heroes responsible for these massacres.

anonymous asked:

You still haven't explained how hummus and falafel are "Israeli food", though. I mean, those dishes have been around for centuries, whereas the illegitimate settler-colonialist apartheid state of Israel has only been around for less than seventy. Wasn't it enough for you to steal the Palestinians' land? Why must you also steal their culture?

Oh sweetie, when you get caught in a lie like “Iraqis don’t eat hummus,” amidst the inconvenient fact that Iraq is about a whole entire 20 years older than Israel, maybe it’s time for you to find a new hobby.  Your current one is turning you into a clumsy and obvious liar for the sake of your racism.  It’s unhealthy.  Though with your attitude you could probably get a nice gig in the Trump Administration.   

Palestiners have constructed a chauvinist Confederate-styled dreamworld where there was never a Temple in Jerusalem, it was always always allllwaaaaaaays a Muslim site for thousands of years before Mohammed was even born. They have settler-colonized time itself, so, I guess, why not also say “ALL FOODS IN ALL OF THE MIDDLE EAST WERE INVENTED BY MAHMOUD ABBAS, JUST LIKE HOW BIG BROTHER INVENTED THE AIRPLANE.”  And whenever they want some contradictory history books to be burned, people like you will just follow orders.

This “who owns hummus” mass psychosis is the most intellectually worthless, self-disqualifying bullshit I have ever seen.  Every single person who has ever advanced it has been an uneducated lying racist with no understanding of Middle Eastern history whatsoever.  I didn’t let myself hope too much that you would turn out to be different - thank you, I suppose, for reassuring me that I was right. 

(p.s. how is the weather in uppsala)

anonymous asked:

sorry im so clueless but i have no idea whats going on in regards to palestine so if you're able to, could you explain it in simple terms please? or provide some info sources

i was hoping you’d be more specific but i’ll try to cover as much as i can

palestine was under the british mandate. as it was coming to an end, the un general assembly voted to partition plaestine. while palestinians made up two thirds of the population, they were allocated only 47% of their own land, with the remaining 53% to be allocated to zionist jewish settlers. palestinains obviously declined this “offer”. yet, what’s known as the partition plan was passed and soon israel would be created at the expense of palestinians.

this time period is known as the ‘nakba’, which is the arabic word for ‘catastrophe’, and it is used to refer to the events that led to the ethnic cleansing of palestinians and the destruction of palestinian communities. during the nakba, over 500 palestinian villages were ethnically cleansed, the majority of which through direct expulsion by zionist terrorist gangs that carried out terror campaigns of attacks and massacres against civilians. as a result, these villages were depopulated of its palestinian inhabitants but were soon repopulated by jewish settlers.

due to this, almost 800,000 palestinians found themselves stateless refugees. soon, and on this basis, the “state of israel" was formed and legislations were made to prevent these refugees from ever returning to their homes and their lands became state land and a law called the law of absentees declared their homes and possessions to become the property of jewish settlers.

the zionist movement is what brought about the so called state of israel. it is a jewish nationalist movement— a settler colonial ideology that led to the dispossession, displacement and ethnic cleansing of palestinians that continues to this day, as over 6 million palestinian refugees and their descendants live all over the world with no right to return to palestine.

the israeli occupation and ethnic cleansing of palestine continues; palestinains still face land and resources theft and jewish-only settlements (which are illegal under international law) are built on palestinian land almost everyday. the ethnic cleansing continues as well. not only that, but israel’s terror continues against palestinains with its use of lethal and disproportionate force against unarmed palestinains. racism, segregation and discrimination are rampant in israeli society and are key components of what makes israel the apartheid state that it is today.

contrary to what people think, the palestinian cause is not a complex one. it is a fight against colonialism and occupation.

here are more resources for you:

@antisemitism-us @antisemitism-eu @jewishmagpie why do all of you suddenly assume I’m not Jewish? I am Jewish. Listen, Israel should not exist as a state because it stole land from Palestinians and constantly terrorizes them. To pull the United States government’s defintion of antisemitism out of your ass like the United States didn’t refuse Jewish refugees and then immediately turn around and fund the Israeli military once they realized Israel planned to destabilize the Middle East is what’s really antisemitic. The United States government treats Jews like pawns by assisting Israel. Israel is a stolen country, it’s an unjust country, they just disallowed a Palestinian Olympian from leaving the Gaza strip in order to compete in Rio. And I may be Jewish and I may have a lot of Jewish followers on this blog but as popular Jewish pulitzer-winning writer Michael Chabon, who travelled to Israel and saw the terror firsthand, says, there is no shame in being disliked by Zionists. If speaking out against Israel loses me any support, it is not support worth having. All of you should be ashamed for thinking you’re “better Jews” or something. You’re just racists. That’s the beginning and end of it.

-Stephen

anonymous asked:

I wonder why you don't hate Jordanians - they "stole" a lot more of "your" land than Israel ever could. 90% of Jordanians are Palestinians. If you wanted a better life, if you truly wanted your own state - not to steal already made state from Jews - you'd have concentrated on Jordan, and your "right of return" there. But your kind are lazy, thieving cowards. You don't care about a state, you simply want every single Jew dead.

Like honestly, if you’re gonna try to make a bullshit argument like this, at least put SOME effort into it. 

Jordanians aren’t responsible for the Nakba and ethnic cleansing of our lands, they’re not responsible for the destruction of over 500 of our towns and cities, they’re not responsible for the numerous massacres committed against us, they’re not responsible for the day to day occupation of Palestine and the extreme limits placed on our movement and freedoms. 

Our Right of Return refers to the land that Palestinians were forced out of at gunpoint, our villages that were ethnically cleansed by Israel, something Jordan played no part in.

You try to paint the Palestinian cause as inherently anti-semitic, a lazy, disingenuous, and wholly ignorant argument, while you yourself present everything you have to say in highly racist rhetoric, and throw in “facts” that have no basis in reality or the matter at hand.

You present Arabs as some monolith, implying that it’s no different for Palestinians forced out of their to simple ~relocate~to ~some other Arab country~. You mention that a majority of those in Jordan are Palestinian……yet ignore the fact that those Palestinians are overwhelmingly Palestinian refugees, forced out of their homes by Israel.

So yeah, keep on with your racist rantings behind anonymity like the typical Israeli coward

Hamas terrorists 'crawling through the tunnels' - 21 April 2017

Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar declared on Thursday that the terror group was continuing its preparations for “the liberation of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and all the Palestinian land.”
Speaking at a memorial event in Gaza for a Hamas terrorist, al-Zahar said, “The tunnels of the fighting forces are blessed because there the blood of our heroic shaheeds was sacrificed.”
“The cuts in salaries (by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah) will not block our path, either from the ground or from under it, towards Al-Aqsa,” he continued.
Speaking at the same event, a spokesman for Hamas’s so-called “military wing”, the Al-Qassam Brigades, called on the “occupation” to quietly leave the land, because, as he put it, “the Al-Qassam Brigades are crawling through the tunnels”.
Hamas has been busily reconstructing its terror tunnel network breaching into Israeli territory which was targeted by Israel during the 2014 counterterror Operation Protective Edge.
A senior Israeli security official estimated several months ago that the terror group continues to dig 10 kilometers in tunnels leading into Israel per month.

How to Pro-Palestine 101:
  • Understand this whole conflict is about land and not religion, we are not fighting over whether we should fast on Ramadan or on Yom Kippur, or fighting Israelis just because the majority of them is Jewish. 
  • Understand that not all Palestinians are Muslims, about 15%-20% of Palestinians aren’t.
  • You support Palestinians for losing their land and facing atrocities, you don’t support Palestinians just because Palestine is holy to you. 
  • You support all Palestinians equally, don’t put Muslim Palestinians over non-Muslim Palestinians and vice-versa, we are all going through the same struggle.
  • Don’t speak on our behalf (In other words, lead our cause), we don’t want you to mess up and then we end up getting the blame. You could support us, teach about our cause but don’t lead us, we lead you.
  • Don’t support us just because you hate the Jewish people, we don’t want your antisemitism.
  • Understand that Palestine is our land before anyone else
  • Don’t romanticize our struggle, no it’s not cool to suffer.
  • Understand we also face atrocities from other Arabs not just from Israelis.
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I decided to make this to try and shed light on the Israeli-enforced segregation of roads within the West Bank.

In the images of the map, the town on the right is my hometown of Deir Dibwan. On the left is Ramallah, the de facto capital of Palestine. The two are a little less than two miles apart. Two miles, not that far, right? Hell, there’s even a direct road joining the two!

Using the road joining the two cities, outlined in blue in the first picture, it’s a little over 5 minutes driving to get from one to the other.

Israel has, however, restricted Palestinians from being allowed on the road in order to “protect” the illegal and racist Israeli settlement of Psagot, established on Palestinian-owned land, yet completely restricted to all Palestinians. The road is now exclusively reserved for Israeli settlers only, and any Palestinian vehicles found driving on the road are subject to arrest, or target practice by the settlers.

Because of this closure, Palestinians are forced to use a very complicated series of unmarked roads to reach Ramallah, two of which have been highlighted in green in the second picture.

In order for a Palestinian from Deir Dibwan [or any of the surrounding regions, including every town and city to the East and South of Deir Dibwan] to reach Ramallah now, they must drive through the Palestinian towns of Baytein, Ein Yabrud, Dura al-Qare, Jifna, Beir Zeit, Abu Qash, Surda, and Al-Bireh.

The road connecting Deir Dibwan to Ramallah is approximately 2 miles in length. The length of road Palestinians must now drive instead totals approximately 22 miles. What was originally a 5 minutes trip is now almost an hour long.

Ramallah houses most of the region’s schools, as well as serving as a hub of jobs for those living within the Ramallah Governate. My brothers and I would drive an hour each way to get to school everyday, with frequent checkpoints often doubling that time. My brothers, as well as every other Palestinian in the region who goes to school in Ramallah, to this day continue to follow this same route to school daily.

Palestinians have, however, established a sort of “shortcut”, which I have highlighted in red in the second picture that cuts from Dura, through Jalazon, and into Al-Bireh.

This road has managed to cut down on the time it takes to get to Ramallah, making it around a 35 minute trip. The issue with this road, however, is that Israel deems it as an “illegal road”, and subjects it to frequent closures, despite the fact that it avoids any Israeli Settlement and is completely on Palestinian land, meaning that by taking this road, it may cut down on the amount of time it takes to get to Ramallah, or it may greatly increase it if the IDF happen to be in the area and turn cars around.

This is just one of countless segregated roads in the West Bank, with every road showin in yellow on the maps being off-limits to Palestinians. Israeli settlements have completely cut off Palestinian towns from one another. The cut-off is so severe that towns with historical ties have now grown so far apart to the point that they have developed their own dialects and accents.

“How does Israel know if a Palestinian is driving on an Israeli-only road?”

Israeli cars have yellow license plates

While Palestinian cars have green ones

So a green-plated car seen driving on an Israeli road is subject to being stopped and arrested, or simply shot at by Israeli settlers, while Israeli vehicles are allowed to drive on any roads they choose. They are allowed to enter Palestinian villages, while Palestinians are absolutely forbidden from even approaching Israeli settlements without the threat of being shot.

Israel: The only country left practicing such a barbaric system of apartheid democracy in the Middle East!

16 February 2015 - IDF soldiers threw stun grenades and pepper sprayed protesters in the West Bank, Palestine. The Palestinian protesters were there to protest plans for the building of another of many illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine. This one would block of the connection from the West Bank to Jerusalem. 

Also, I hate the fake ‘neutral’ tone news media use. The truth isn’t in the middle here, Reuters. It isn’t 'a scuffle over disputed land’ or a 'geographically sensitive piece of land’, it’s Palestinian land being annexed by an occupying foreign army. Disgusting. [video]

“Okay so I am all for recognizing Palestine, but if you are landing in Tel Aviv then that is apart of Israel and thus should be called Israel.”

im still speechless lmfao how can you say ur “all for recognizing palestine” and then follow it up with THAT. in the very same sentence. like idk if its just a fundamental misunderstanding of the whole issue but israel was LITERALLY created by expelling the indigenous palestinian population from the land, its all palestine. all of it. or at least it /was/ until 70 years ago. like………. holy shit lmao