Category Archives: Palestine

VIDEO: The Empire Files: Inside Palestine’s Refugee Camps

“In our first on-the-ground report from occupied Palestine, we take you inside two of the most attacked refugee camps in the West Bank—where Palestinians live just miles from the villages they were ethnically cleansed from. Special thanks to Harrabic Tubman & Dan Cohen for the access!” Abby Martin and Michael Prysner of The Empire Files

 

The Empire Files On-the-ground Investigation in Palestine: Long History of Zionist Colonization, Expansion and Expulsion of Indigenous Inhabitants

abby-martin-1“Previewing Abby Martin’s on-the-ground investigation in #Palestine, The Empire Files looks at the long history of Zionist colonization, expansion and expulsion of Palestine’s indigenous inhabitants.” via The Empire Files
Israel-Palestine Timeline : The Human Cost of the Conflict
Noam Chomsky Israel and Palestine Full Lecture
 

“Movement of Movements”

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“The mainstream Left – or at least the people who still identify with what the corporate elite tries to passes off as a “Left” – having watched their own revolt smothered in its cradle, are now reduced to defending the Corporate State against an analogous revolt from the Right. As few are voting for corporate candidates this year, this amounts to a losing strategy. Of course Trump can’t be expected to dismantle corporate power either and will likely end up serving much just as Obama did, with some added racism and nastiness. And it’s pretty clear that media-stoked fear of him and blackout of third parties have made a Bernie-style surge for Stein unlikely. Whoever wins this election, our job as citizens will be to resist them. We are merely voting on the face of Power we will have to oppose.
 
I’m done discussing with Hillary supporters, especially if it involves insulting people for voting their consciences. (If you really want our votes, instead of abuse and fear-mongering, you might try , for starters convincing your candidate to release the Goldman speeches.) This election has brought out the worst in nearly everyone. Do we really have to choose between racism and plutocracy? between anti-immigrant hysteria and endless war? between blacklisting Muslims at home and bombing them abroad? Of course these choices make people angry, because they’re so deeply unfair. This is what happens when we allow “democracy” to become the selection by an elite of two candidates and a vote by us against the one we fear most.
 
But I also suspect it also has something to do with to the fact that, as much as our media and politicians may pretend that we’re not hurtling toward imminent and catastrophic economic, political, resource and climate collapse, we all know on some level that it is. Maybe those who know are angry at all the denial, and those in denial are angry at being confronted with truths they refuse to accept, but people are clearly angry – and their anger clearly masks fear. The reality-show politics of our money-soaked pseudo-democracy, with its money-soaked pseudo-press, are just too disconnected from the true reality we face for people not to feel uneasy.
 
The horrifying flood of Blue-on-Black murders, the parallel State violence against unarmed civilians in Occupied Palestine (a 13-year-old girl was just gunned down at a checkpoint on her way to school), and the many similarities between them are outrageous and unbearable. They will only end when the perpetrators face real consequences.
 
At the same time, the call for accountability is rising. Resistance movements are swelling and coalescing. #BlackLivesMatter now stands with #BDS. Both stand with #StandingRock, #IdleNoMore and the growing anti-pipeline and anti-fracking #ClimateJustice movements, and all kneel with Kaepernick. This is our real hope for the future of political action – not participating in rigged corporate referendums out of fear, but rising above them and all the pettiness they evoke in us, in the face of the predictable onslaught of Media silence or derision and the naked violence of the State. As these movements continue to grow into what Rivera Sun calls a “Movement of Movements,” their power of action grows.
 
This “election” has brought us to the limits of a politics that can be considered credible by the majority of Americans. It has focused us on frivolities and meanness at a time of unprecedented challenges. May it serve as the final proof, for those who still needed it, that it is too late to change the system through its own means – for these are not means of change, but of self-perpetuation. Just as so many young people who worked for Obama in 2008 filled the Occupy camps 3 years later, may this be the turning point for millions more. We will not vote the corporations out of our government. We need to oppose them with our bodies and beings. The system thrives on our failure of imagination; our incapacity to imagine something better and ways of making it real. But its own lack of imagination is also its weakness. The challenges we face as a race are so great, they demand true Greatness from us. Nothing less will save us.”
Peter Cohen

The BDS Movement with Mikod Peled and Chris Hedges

Image by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr
Image by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr

“On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement with Israeli human rights activist Miko Peled. They discuss the global campaign to economically and politically pressure Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian land, grant equality to Arab-Palestinian citizens and allow Palestinian refuges the right of return to their homes. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines the history and breadth of the BDS movement.”

Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement is so far effectively putting pressure on Israel. BDS brought down the apartheid regime in South Africa, and it will work against Israel to bring down their apartheid regime there.

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As Israel Prospers, Obama Set to Give Billions More in Aid While Netanyahu Demands Even More

Hillary Clinton
“All of this means that the U.S. generally, and Democrats specifically, bear direct responsibility for the hideous brutality and oppression imposed by Israel on Palestinians through decades of occupation. That’s because, as a 2012 Congressional Resources Service report documented, “almost all U.S. aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance. U.S. military aid has helped transform Israel’s armed forces into one of the most technologically sophisticated militaries in the world. U.S. military aid for Israel has been designed to maintain Israel’s ‘qualitative military edge’ over neighboring militaries.” And, of course, Clinton herself has vowed in a letter to Democratic Party billionaire funder Haim Saban and her speech to AIPAC to do everything possible to oppose a boycott of Israel in order to end the occupation.”

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My Response to Bill Clinton

 
 
12801555_1026481370760527_6357830755163346864_n“Hi Bill,
 
You made a statement concerning me, my children and millions of Muslims in America. This is my response.
 
You said:
 
“If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together. We want you.”
Yes, I am a Muslim, but I don’t love the America you stand for and represent, but an America that is both peaceful and inclusive. When that America exists, I will be the first to die for it. (I know you won’t)
 
Yes, I love freedom, too, but not your freedom to violate international law, to wage war at will, to further increase the income disparity between rich and poor, to violate the sanctity of an elected office and to wreak havoc upon an already devastated world. Considering how many Muslims lost their lives because of policies you have espoused throughout the years, the freedom you speak of has been my very captivity, even demise.
 
Yes, I hate terror, including the terror that you and your wife inflicted upon the world: your ‘clean war’ in Kosovo, your Operation Desert Fox in Iraq and her war on Libya and coup in Honduras; let alone the terror committed by your friends in Israel, by dictatorial Arab rulers and your other brutal allies everywhere.
 
If I stay I have no intentions of helping you (or your wife) build a future for the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor and abandoned, but demolish your own doing of a past and present rife with bloodletting abroad and inequality at home.
 
However, If I leave, on my own accord, mind you, I will seek a world that doesn’t condition my being on underhanded ultimatums and blind loyalty to a system so corrupt that is willingly destroying itself for the sake of money and the fleeting illusion of ‘power.’
 
Dear Bill,
 
‘We want you’, along with your wife, to stand a trial for crimes against humanity, remorselessly committed during your presidency and her term in office as Secretary of State.
 
Fair is fair.” Ramzy Baroud

Feminist Issue: Assault, Harassment, Murder of Palestinian Women by Israeli Defence Forces

Unarmed Palestinian women humiliated in Palestine by Israeli Defence Forces on daily basis.  Soldiers and colonial settlers abuse Palestinian women, track them, spit on them, insult them (swearing and offensive words), beat them, sexually assault them to provoke them so they can eventually shoot them or arrest them. There is no protection at all and the world is mostly silent.

Please read: Why I support the BDS Movement Against Israel | Chris Hedges

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Israel’s extermination of whole families in Gaza reflects genocidal impulse

Mourners carry the body of one of four Palestinians from the Juda family, whom medics said were killed in an Israeli air strike, during their funeral in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip August 24, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians on Sunday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel took the Gaza war to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower. Palestinian health officials say 2,114 people, most of them civilians and more than 400 of them children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since July 8, when Israel launched an offensive with the declared aim of ending Palestinian rocket fire into its territory. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and four civilians in Israel have been killed.. Photo by Ashraf Amra
Mourners carry the body of one of four Palestinians from the Juda family, whom medics said were killed in an Israeli air strike, during their funeral in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip August 24, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians on Sunday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel took the Gaza war to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower. Palestinian health officials say 2,114 people, most of them civilians and more than 400 of them children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since July 8, when Israel launched an offensive with the declared aim of ending Palestinian rocket fire into its territory. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and four civilians in Israel have been killed.. Photo by Ashraf Amra

 

Israel’s extermination of whole families in Gaza reflects genocidal impulse

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“Eighty-nine families that existed seven weeks ago in Gaza have been exterminated by Israel.

On Sunday 24 August an Israeli missile tore through the home of Issam Jouda in Gaza’s Tal al-Zatar neighborhood east of Jabaliya without warning, killing Issam’s wife Rawiya and their four children—Taghrid, Tasnim, Usama and 
Muhammad.

According to the Palestinian health ministry , the Joudas were the eighty-ninth family wiped out in Gaza since the Israeli army started bombarding the besieged coastal enclave on 7 July.

A ceasefire that took effect on Tuesday evening may stop the flow of blood, but it will not heal the raw wounds of the families of more than 2,100 people killed, nor of the more than eleven thousand injured and 100,000 whose homes were destroyed.

Between 7 July and 21 August, the UN documented 140 families in Gaza partially or completely annihilated by Israeli attacks.

Many were crushed beneath the rubble of their homes. Eight members of the Wahdan family, for instance, were killed in their house in Jabaliya refugee camp after being instructed by Israeli forces to stay put.

Others were summarily executed in broad daylight by invading Israeli forces in the catastrophically devastated Shujaiya neighborhood. This was the fate of several members of the Shamaly and al-Areer families according to testimony collected by journalist Max Blumenthal.”

Read full essay here