An open air death prison

Google Images: Unknown author 

A cartoon that can sum up the entire situation in the occupied Gaza strip. An open air death prison led by a militant occupier. No way in, no way out. Military checkpoints along every square mile. Daily life in Gaza. 36 hour electricity cuts, no food, denial of imports of exports, military occupation and checkpoints, and a massive water crisis.

 

An indigenous people whose international human rights are consistently violated on a minute by minute basis. A people who have no army, no navy, no aviation.

I acknowledge apartheid exists.

Read Noam Chomsky’s account of what Gaza really is here.

 

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The Oppressed Saving their Occupiers

 

Palestinians rescuing an Israeli soldier who was injured in a car accident near occupied city of #RamAllah 1/24/16 Video by: Adel Slem

Oppression and military occupation cannot taint the hearts of Palestine. As we witness daily atrocities committed by Israeli Defense Forces towards Palestinians, we still see the Palestinian peoples humanity towards their occupiers.

#FreeAhmadManasrah

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Image by Suzanne Awartani

DID YOU KNOW? Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes CHILDREN in military court! Since 2000, at least 8.000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children.

Several hours after their arrest, children arrive at an interrogation and detention center alone, sleep deprived and often scared. Interrogations include a variety of verbal abuse, threats and physical violence that ultimately result in a confession. Blindfolded, cuffed, no parents, no lawyers, no trial, no child’s rights, nothing.

This has to stop! As a member of the United Nations Israel must act in compliance with the United Nation Convention for the rights of a child as stated in the convention: Convention on the Rights of the Child Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989.

Please learn about 13 year old #AhmadManasrah’s story AND support us by signing our petitions on Change and Avaaz! We have reached 10, 274 signatures from around the world and have our campaign translated into French, German, Spanish, Arabic, and Italian!

Join us every Monday for our #FreeAhmadManasrah Social Media Storms 9PM Jerusalem time. Visit our Tweet Sheet here.

Please take a moment to watch this brutal video of 13 year old Admad, shot in the neck by Israeli Defense Forces, as he lay bleeding on the ground, while Zionist settlers chant “die you son of a whore, die.” Where is humanity!

Ahmad survived his wounds, and is now imprisoned in Israeli jails, awaiting trial for a crime that cannot be proven with any type of physical evidence. Watch this video of the Israeli police interrogation and psychological torture of 13 year old #AhmadManasrah.

As we see clear violations of international law, violations of the rights of the child, and injustices committed by Israeli authorities, we decided to launch a global campaign for Ahmad Manasrah’s freedom: Free Ahmad Manasrah Campaign.

The campaign’s objectives are to work for his immediate release without postponing trial, and Ahmad’s return to his family without condemnation.

THIS IS NOT MY PETITION THIS IS YOUR PETITION!!! PLEASE SHARE THIS IN EVERY GROUP ON EVERY PAGE ON TWITTER, FACEBOOK, EMAIL AND EVERY OTHER WAY OF GETTING THE WORD OUT!! WE THE PEOPLE CAN CREATE AN EPIDEMIC SO THE WORLD CAN NO LONGER IGNORE THE SUFFERING!! IF WE ALL ACT TODAY, TOMORROW AND EVERY DAY AFTER THEY CANNOT IGNORE US THE PEOPLE ANY LONGER!!!! AGAIN I THANK YOU FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA!!!!!

Please view our webpage to get up to date information on Ahmad’s arrest and trial, as well as international support and peaceful protests. Don’t forget to join us every Monday 9pm Jerusalem time for our Social Media Storms! #freeAhmadManasrah

Palestinian Loss of Land 1946-Present

This series of interactive maps shows the land that has been forcibly taken from Palestinians since 1946, 2 years before Israel was created, accompanying the expulsion of upwards of 1 million indigenous Palestinians to make way for a Jewish state.

During the creation of the Israeli state in 1948, Israel dispossessed over 4 million acres of Palestinian land. In the process more than 400 Palestinians cities were completely destroyed by Israeli forces, or repopulated by Jews. Most of the cities were demolished to prevent the return of their owners; now refugees outside of Israeli, or displaced within Israel. Take a look at this Nakba map to see all of the cities that were  destroyed during Israels creation.

The systematic dispossession of Palestinians is an ongoing occurrence today, as Palestinians living under occupation continue to be forcibly removed from their homes. Just yesterday reports of Palestinian villagers in a remote corner of the occupied West Bank surfaced, as they begun to brace themselves for more demolitions this week, just days after Israeli army bulldozers left more than a hundred people homeless.

These maps are part of a campaign to educate Americans about what’s really going on in Israel-Palestine, and attract attention because they graphically tell a story of dispossession.

“They point to an important reality: that as Israel has expanded in what was historic Palestine, the majority of the indigenous people of that land – the Palestinians – have either been driven off their land, or, where they remain, have no sovereignty and few rights.”

These maps are sponsored by Friends of Sabeel – North America, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights and Jewish Voice for Peace – Portland. These groups believe that massive American support for Israeli policies of expansion is detrimental to the cause of peace and to America’s standing in the world. “Israel’s expansionist policies and occupation of Palestinian land,” said Maxine Fookson of Jewish Voice for Peace, “is supported by virtually no country in the world except the U.S. It is our hope that these ads will promote informed dialogue and challenge American policy makers to replace their blind support for Israel with a commitment to justice and equality for all peoples of the region.”

In Memory of Martin Luther King

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Image Credit: The Seattle Times

As a tribute to Martin Luther King Day, take a look at how his battle against injustice, spread over a broad context, through the generations as we attribute his comparisons of the struggles of African-Americans to the same struggles Africans faced in apartheid South Africa, and its relation to the present-day Palestinian struggle against Israeli apartheid.

Take a look at this article and see, The legacy of Martin Luther King: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

In his speech held in London in 1964, Martin Luther King called for economic sanctions against South Africa for its role in apartheid.

We can join in the one form of non-violent action that could bring freedom and justice to South Africa – the action which African leaders have appealed for – in a massive movement for economic sanctions […] If the United Kingdom and the United States decided tomorrow morning not to buy South African goods, not to buy South African gold, to put an embargo on oil; if our investors and capitalists would withdraw their support for that racial tyranny, then apartheid would be brought to an end. Then the majority of South Africans of all races could at last build the shared society they desire.

Incidentally Martin Luther King’s struggle has spread across the globe and transcended generations as the same nonviolent movement has reappeared. It is known as the BDS Movement; Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against the Israeli apartheid of the Palestinian people.

For decades Israeli has violated international law and the rights of the Palestinians as they have “denied Palestinians their fundamental rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination through ethnic cleansing, colonization, racial discrimination, and military occupation.” – See more at: What is the BDS Movement?

A new generation of nonviolent pro-Palestinian protesters has emerged in efforts to achieve the same results of collapsing the Israeli apartheid, through nonviolent resistance, as it was achieved in collapsing South African Apartheid.

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Texas Stands with Gaza Rally 2014 photo credit: Rami Janoudi

This photo, taken at the 2014 Texas Stands with Gaza Rally, garnered nearly 10,000 non-violent protesters from across the state who walked from the State Capital to City Hall, chanting “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free!” This protest was held in response to Israel’s 50 days of death and destruction known as, “Operation Protective Edge,” during the summer of 2014. Where in a matter of 45 days, Israel brutally murdered more than 2,000 Palestinian civilians, destroying over 18,000 homes and displacing more than 108,000 people.

The case to end Israel apartheid was greatly motivated by Martin Luther Kings work and the South African’s struggle against injustice. This new generation is gathering in masses to put economic pressure on Israel, is an effort to force them to comply with international law in recognizing the rights of the Palestinians by boycotting, divesting, and demanding government sanctions against Israel.

We salute you Dr. King, and follow your lead!

Together we CAN collapse Israel’s apartheid!

 

An Introduction

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You might be wondering why this subject interests me so much or how I fall into the mix? Well, it has to do with the history of my displaced bloodline, and over the next couple of weeks you’ll really find out how passionate I am about Palestine.

Let’s go back to Palestine in 1948. We will call the year, “Nakba”, which translates from Arabic to the word Catastrophe. To Palestinians, it is know as the day of catastrophe, that came with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Which resulted in the Palestinians violent expulsion from their homeland, that continues to last up until today.

nakba dayThe first day of this tragic event is known as, Yom Tarshiha. (Tarshiha Day). Tarshiha was a Palestinian village in north-western Palestine, present day Israel, that was subjected to heavy aerial bombardment and military shelling in October of 1948 that resulted in the death of dozens of Palestinian villagers. By November, nearly all of the villagers had been forced to flee their homes and seek asylum in neighboring countries.

My grandparents and family members were just a handful of those villagers forced out of their homeland, in only a matter of days,  My family officially became Palestinian refugees in October of 1948, seeking refuge in the neighboring country of Lebanon; where I spent many years growing up in the war torn refugee camp of Al-Burajineh.

Since then, the Palestinians have been struggling to retain what little is left of their homeland, their bloodline, their history, and most importantly their identity; as Palestine has been and continues to be ethnically cleansed by military occupation over the last 67 years.

Watch this short animated video to understand the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The ethnic cleansing of an indigenous population is worth 6 minutes of your time. It’s important we do not forget history, or any persons in it.