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We remember ‪Mohammed Abu Khdeir‬

During Ramadan last year, Mohammed was abducted outside a mosque in east Jerusalem and taken by car to a forest where he was beaten unconscious with a crowbar and burnt alive by ‎Israeli‬ settlers.

Here is the story

Video shows faces of suspected killers of Palestinian teen (x)

Kidnapped Palestinian teen was burned to death, autopsy shows (x)

Autopsy report shows Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burned to death; reports spread of other possible abductions (x)

Israeli court orders release of Muhammad Abu Khudair murder suspects (x)

And now it’s one year on:

Trial of Abu Khdeir killers ‘a sham’, says family (x)

Class of Palestinian teen burnt alive graduates without him (x)

Mohammed Abu Khdeir: Palestinians urge new new intifada one year on from teen’s brutal murder (x)

Mohammed was burned once. Me and his mother are burning every day. They don’t even burn animals, so how could people burn someone? They have no heart and no conscience.

aljazeera.com
Are Palestinian children less worthy?
As Palestinian children endure lives of suffering, Obama's love for their Israeli counterparts knows no limit.
By Joseph Massad

What is it about Jewish and Arab children that privileges the first and spurns the second in the speeches of President Barack Obama, let alone in the Western media more generally? Are Jewish children smarter, prettier, whiter? Are they deserving of sympathy and solidarity, denied to Arab children, because they are innocent and unsullied by the guilt of their parents, themselves often referred to as “the children of Israel”? Or, is it that Arab children are dangerous, threatening, guilty, even dark and ugly, a situation that can only lead to Arabopaedophobia - the Western fear of Arab children?

Innocence and childhood are common themes in Western political discourse, official and unofficial. While it is a truism to state that since the end of European colonialism the US and Europe have been, at the official and unofficial levels, friendly to and supportive of the Zionist colonial project and hostile to Palestinians and Arabs in their resistance to Zionism, the expectation would be that a West that insists rhetorically on the “universalism” of its values would show at least a rhetorical commitment to the equality of Arab and Jewish children as victims of the violence visited on the region by Zionist colonialism and the resistance to it. Yet, the only Western sympathy manifest is to Jewish children as symbols of Zionist and Israeli innocence. This Western sympathy is deployed primarily to denounce Arab guilt, including the guilt of Arab children.

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This is an important read concerning how the Israelis/settlers dehumanize and terrorize Palestinian children, follow the link to read the article in its entirety. 

Mohammad Abu Khdair. A young Palestinian brother who was murdered on this date last year. He was kidnapped, made to swallow gasoline and then lit on fire by Israeli Settlers.

Also, and this is important point, Israeli officials and media claimed Abu Khdair was killed by his own family because they believed he was gay, as a way to steer the investigation away from any possible Israeli citizen.

Rest in Peace, my brother.

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Grinnell, Iowa
Population: 9,218

“Grinnell was founded as a “Yankee” settlement, that is to say it was founded and originally settled by settlers from New England (as well as those from upstate New York whose parents and grandparents had come to that region from New England) who were descended from the English Puritans who settled New England in the 1600s. Grinnell was founded in 1854 by Josiah B. Grinnell a Congregationalist from Vermont. The city was originally slated to be named “Stella,” but J.B. Grinnell convinced other members of the colony to adopt his own name for the city, citing it as a rare and concise name. Grinnell was incorporated on April 28, 1865, and by 1880 Grinnell had a population of around 2000. Located at the junction of two railway lines (east-west line of the Rock Island Railroad and the north-south Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway), it became and remains the largest community in Poweshiek County.“

As many of you know today marks one year since Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian kid, was kidnapped and murdered by Israelis/settlers. He was brutally murdered by being forced to drink gasoline and then later being burned. As gruesome as that sounds it’s vital that I point that out, as many others have done so as well, because it shows the precise nature of Israelis/settlers. 

Last year when he was murdered his pictures were posted around the internet with the caption “the Arabs killed him for being gay [sic]”. I point this out because Israelis/settlers often this tactic of utilizing the politics of ‘homophobia’ among Palestinians to depict them as irrational/angry/backwards people who don’t know any better. While having that juxtapose with Israelis/settlers who are the opposite civilized/accepting/rational. This tactic is important to the Zionists because it plays into the already established mindset of many people and how they perceive Palestinians and israelis/settlers. 

By utilizing these false claims of Mohammed Abu Khdeir many Zionists hoped to not only criminalize and further stigmatize the family of the victim by blaming them of murdering him (as if they were already not in enough pain) but also hoped to depict the actual murderers as innocent. This tactic is very commonly utilized. Where by continuously criminalising and dehumanizing Palestinians Israelis/settlers are able to go on about their lives while committing various crimes because people/media/politicians would rather believe complete fiction. So when you remember the brutal murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir today also remember the tactics and the extent Zionists go to absolve themselves of their continuous crimes. This tactic was not a one time thing, Israelis/settlers often utilize it often and on a very systemic level too. 

anonymous asked:

I keep seeing posts about Bernie Sanders being "pro-Israel" getting responses such as "fuck Israel!" by goyim who clearly 1) have never researched anything about Bernie Sanders and automatically assume his stance based on him being Jewish and 2) understand nothing about Israel and it so frustrating.

Bernie is the most critical of Israel of all the Candidates in the race right now. Hillary Clinton is to the right of Obama on Israel policy and has frequently defended Netanyahu’s positions. The Republicans treat Netanyahu like a folk hero. But because Bernie is a Jew he gets more scrutiny for his position. It’s really that simple. 

As for Israel itself, yeah. The difference between Israel and the USA is about 170 years, actual indigeneity on the part of the “settlers” and no slavery. Israelis are treated as inhuman abstractions when they’re normal people for all the good and bad that implies. But they’re held to a different standard by people who either live on colonized lands they don’t have a historical relationship to or people who live in countries that have expelled, murdered and oppressed their Jewish populations in living memory. People should be spending more time trying to find a way to end the conflict, not to vilify Israel for the sake of sanctimony while accomplishing nothing except making the country feel even MORE misunderstood and persecuted.

Abolition is the collective practice of productive refusal. It is an immoderate rejection of white supremacy (and whiteness itself), patriarchy, hetero-normativity, ableism, settler-colonialism, border imperialism, political hierarchy, and the rule of capital. It is a politics of discomfort, constant reflection, continuous analysis, and what Alisa Bierria has eloquently named, a practice of “subversive proposition.” It is a demand that those at the center take on what the late Iris Marion Young calls the fearless practice of “respectful listening” to those relegated to the margins (which also means starting from a serious skepticism about anything said about abolition by folks like myself). It is an insistence to actively support and center those most targeted by intersecting axes of oppression and domination.

me: draws from my position to the means of production (materialism and the ways in which I am constituted by power and discourse to develop an anti-politic of resistance, accompliceship and solidarity.

you: idk man I mean isn’t it antisemitic to oppose settler-colonial states? IDK man identity politics are pretty cool. Vote Sanders.

Theory Boner Zine is exploring and celebrating intersections of feminist queer and anti-racist theory and creative practice. We are uniting in creative ways to manifest our mutual rejection of the white-supremacist-settler capitalist and heterosexist patriarchy. This is a call for multi-voiced manifestos that incite intentional feminist, queer and anti-racist contemplation about the processes of being here, surviving now, and resisting together. We are in a time when slut walks, flawless talks, pussy riots and black lives matter generate new perspectives and performances. In this climate the measures of domination change, negotiating majority culture changes, and sustaining resistance to and optimism against the white-hetero- patriarchy changes. Theory Boner wants artists and academics to come together and consider our various climates of change through either written or visual work we want your feminist manifesto.

This is our call for your manifesto – your rant, your bitch-fest, your radical rejection, your feminist intentions!

Please send your submissions to theoryboner@gmail.com by July 15th at midnight
If you’re submitting a written text: 250-500 words max.
if you’re submitting visual work - please submit a jpeg/300dpi file.
Please also include your bio and statement of intent.
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Hey does anyone know any fun board games? I was thinking of buying one, preferably something that could be played by three people, and doesn’t take longer then 3 hours to play (even if you’re many). 

I’ve played 7 wonders which I loved, and Carcassonne, and Settlers. Does anyone have anything else they would like to recommend :)?

Accidents Happen (Final Fantasy XIII Snippet)

A long, hot shower was one of the few luxuries that Lightning afforded herself. She was very much of the opinion that it was the least she deserved after another day of keeping the peace and saving some of the more naive settlers from themselves and the local wildlife. It should have been obvious to most people by now that anything with teeth and claws was dangerous. Apparently, however, there were still a few people who believed that all animals were friendly.

All animals were not friendly. Not even close.

As she stepped into the shower and turned the tap to unleash a cascade of soothing hot water, Lightning gave a small sigh… that promptly turned into a most un-Lightning-like shriek as icy cold water sprayed all over her. She stumbled back, caught her foot on the bottom of the shower door, and promptly fell over, cracking her head on the sink on the way down.

Lightning, epitome of all that was awesome about the Guardian Corps, had finally met her match in her bathroom sink. In her defence, they had to replace the sink after her head actually cracked it in half. Serah, it seemed was right. Lightning really was hard headed.

When Lightning regained consciousness, she found herself looking up into a very concerned pair of green eyes.

“Thank the Maker.” Fang squeezed Lightning’s hand. “I was worried about you.”

“What happened?” Lightning groaned. Had she been ambushed by some kind of deadly animal? Maybe someone had bombed her office? And then she remembered. She’d knocked herself out on her bathroom sink. “Wait, don’t answer that.”

“Your sink kicked your ass.” 

Lightning glared at Vanille. The redhead wasn’t smiling, but Lightning just knew she was about to burst into laughter now that she knew Lightning was okay. “A sink did not kick my ass. I slipped and hit my head. It could have happened to anyone.”

“Well, it’s never happened to me.” Vanille darted out of reach behind Fang as Lightning made a grab for her.

“Quiet, you.” Fang bopped Vanille over the head. “Or have you forgotten that time you gave yourself a concussion when you accidentally shut the fridge door on your own head?”

“Did you have to mention that?” Vanille whined. “I’m pretty sure Lightning didn’t know that.”

“I didn’t, but I do now.” Lightning frowned. “Where’s Serah?”

“Threatening to shoot people with her bow.” Vanille cackled and made a shooting motion with her hands. “She was the one who found you, actually. She said that there was cold water coming out of the shower even though the tap for hot water was turned way up. She guessed that you slipped after cold water came out instead of hot. Once we got you to the hospital, she went off to threaten the people who made our water heater.”

“And?” Lightning knew firsthand how scary Serah could be.

“Apparently, we’re getting a brand-new, top-of-the-line model by tomorrow morning. It turns out that the company doesn’t want the world to know that their dodgy water heater almost killed someone who saved the world.” Fang patted Lightning on the shoulder. “So I guess everything worked out… except the sink. We need to buy a new one.”

“Screw it,” Lightning muttered. “I’ve been meaning to renovate that bathroom for months.”

Vanille perked up at the word ‘renovate’. “Do you mean just the en suite bathroom to your bedroom, or did you mean all the bathrooms?”

Lightning made a face. “I suppose, we might as well renovate all the bathrooms, we can certainly afford it with all the money the three of us pull in.” Lightning’s job paid very well, and Fang and Vanille had both found their niches in the growing economy of New Bodhum. “And, yes, I’ll even let you help design the new bathrooms as long as you promise not to do anything too crazy.”

“I promise.” Vanille paused. “Would putting in an indoor water slide be too crazy?”

Lightning stared at her. “What do you think?”

“No…?”

“Yes!”

Fang shook her head at the two other women. “Lightning, we’re just glad you’re okay. Serah insisted we keep this whole thing quiet, so the others don’t know exactly how you got hurt. We only know because Serah started screaming when she found you. We were downstairs.”

Lightning’s brows furrowed. “Who else saw me naked?”

“Uh…” Fang trailed off. “Nobody.”

If that wasn’t a lie, then Lightning wasn’t a soldier with some serious problems with expressing affection. Still, she let it slide. She couldn’t blame Fang for rushing over if Serah had been screaming.

“Anyway,” Fang said, smirking. “I was wondering what you’d like me to tell the others. I’m guessing you don’t want them to know it was a sink that did you in.”

“That would dent my image,” Lightning murmured. She felt her lips curve up at the teasing look in Fang’s eyes. “Tell them I was fighting some wyverns… wait, make it ten wyverns.”

“With lasers,” Vanille said. “You can’t forget that.”

“Of course not.” Fang inclined her head at Lightning. “I’ll be right back. I’ve just got to tell Snow, Hope, and Sazh that you hurt your head while fighting ten wyverns with lasers. Naturally, you won.”

“Naturally.”

Many people misunderstand the nature of the struggle for Palestine. They consider Palestine to be contested land between Israelis and Palestinians. The facts about the struggle are simple: 
1. There was no entity called Israel before 1948 
2. There was no Israelis before 1948 
3. There is no meaningful verifiable connection between modern Israeli and the Israelites of the Bible. Modern Israelis are not Semitic and came to Judaism through conversions.Also, the Hebrew Bible, the only source of the mythology about Israel and the Israelites, is unreliable. 
4. European colonial settlers transported mainly from Europe settled and colonized historic Palestine by force and without the consent of the indigenous population, the Palestinians. 
5. The settler colonists established Israel in Palestine in 1948 by Jews of Jews for Jews with the active support of western colonial powers after ethnically cleansing the majority of the Palestinians, destroying more than 530 Palestinian towns and city sections, and committing scores of heinous crimes against Palestinian civilians to bring about their expulsion. 
6. Since 1948 Israel created an elaborate apartheid system that favors Jews, discriminates against the Palestinians, and is designed to maintain control and dominance of Israeli Jews over Palestinians by using genocidal methods and preventing their return, equality and normal living conditions. 
Palestine is not a contested territory. Palestine has its rightful owners, the Palestinians.Palestine is settled, colonized, and occupied by a foreign population..!

Died on this day in 1822 Denmark Vesey, originally Telemaque, (1767 – July 2, 1822) was an African-American man who was most famous for planning a slave rebellion in the United States in 1822. He was enslaved in South Carolina. After purchasing his freedom, he planned an extensive slave rebellion. Word of the plans was leaked, and authorities arrested the plot’s leaders at Charleston, South Carolina, before the uprising could begin. Vesey and others were convicted and executed.
Many antislavery activists came to regard Vesey as a hero. During the War for Southern Independence, abolitionist Frederick Douglass used Vesey’s name as a battle cry to rally African-American regiments, especially the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
Although it was almost certainly not Vesey’s actual home, the Denmark Vesey House at Charleston was named a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

From Palmetto Patriots, Settlers, Natives and Heroes Facebook page.