Hasbara (Hebrew for “explanation” or “propaganda”) is a tactic used mostly on campuses to disseminate misinformation hiding or distracting from the crimes committed by the apartheid State of Israel. Hasbara seeks to influence mass audiences explaining these actions and policies, despite the fact that many are violations of international law, UN Resolution and are ethically unjustifiable.
This is a safe space for all people: actively working against expressions of sexism, racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, Islamophobia or other forms of oppressive behaviour. That said, this is a bullshit free space and I have no illusions about or interest in “tolerating” crap.Anti-Hasbara
An #IDF #soldier helps an elderly #Palestinian #man across the street in #Hebron.
He’s graciously helping the man to the Arabs only part of the street. How kind.
Village of Deir Qaddis, Ramallah 2004
A Palestinian woman grieving the loss of her land as Israeli occupation forces bulldoze her property to make way for the building of the Apartheid Wall.
Photo by Abed Qusini
Rana Nazzal, Palestinian activist, was arrested alongside Nariman Tamimi on Friday, June 28, 2013 at Nabi Saleh village’s weekly protests against illegal settlements on Palestinian land. Both were accused of entering a “closed military zone”, and were held for four days until their release prior to trial on Monday, July 1. Rana Nazzal is a Palestinian Canadian who organizes with SAIA (Students Against Israeli Apartheid) at Carleton University in Ottawa. She blogs at http://zaytouni.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @zaytouni_rana, from which she shared her experiences of arrest, imprisonment, and connection with the 16 Palestinian women prisoners held in occupation prisons:
The following quotes are from Nazzal’s Twitter account on July 2 of her arrest and imprisonment at the hands of the Israeli Occupation Forces: “Was arrested Friday at the #NabiSaleh protest without any provocation. When I asked the soldier why, she replied ‘because I feel like it’. Nariman, myself, & a Spanish man were blindfolded, transported, & isolated from one another for some 8-9 hours before being brought to police.”
Nazzal reported that “Nariman and I were then kept handcuffed in a car with two male soldiers for 7 hours before finally being admitted to Hasharon prison [where all 16 Palestinian women prisoners are currently held]…Hasharon prison put us in a cell with cameras the first night. Only after we threatened to hunger strike they moved us to a regular cell.” She had been arrested previously by occupation soldiers while protesting, and comparing the experiences, wrote “Last year was worse. I was alone, confused, recovering from a beating, & arrest was a bit longer. Neither time was the spirit broken though, especially when you are faced with the ferocious spirits of the women prisoners.”
She related that “We met the 16 other Palestinian women political prisoners who welcomed us warmly. On Sunday they cooked mloukhieh & sent it to our cell. Lina Jarbouni and Alaa Joudeh I met when I was imprisoned last year. Lina has 6 years left on a 17 year sentence & Alaa was arrested at 17.
Sireen Khudiri, who was arrested for ‘Internet activism’ is teaching the 16 women prisoners English. Lina Jarbouni is teaching Hebrew. Tahrir Mansour told us soldiers broke everything in her house-fridge, washer- cut open sofas, even stole money, when they arrested her.”
Nazzal said that her case, and Tamimi’s, is not over. “At our trial Monday we were released on bail but the case isn’t over. We just had a trial now. Today at a follow up trial prosecutor pushed for jail time, but judge decided bail & house arrest. Tomorrow we’re appealing that decision!” noting that the “prosecutor said as part of his case for worse punishment on us, that Nariman and I aren’t afraid of the soldiers. Thanks for the compliment.”
“Lots of soldiers try to ease their consciences on us, perhaps by offering us water (wow) or telling us they don’t even like their job. It is much worse to me when a soldier knows what they’re doing is wrong but are too weak to stop doing it. I’m tired of weakness,” she wrote.
Anonymous asked: But why there is ONLY a BDS-movement against Israel. Not against any other dictatorship. You know that Marocco is occupying big parts of the Sahara? And when there should be sanctions against homophob and oppressing dictatorships like the regime in Iran you so called leftists cry out that sanctions aren't good and only hurt the people. But against Israel every sanctions are OK ?
Yes, sanctions against Iran are because America cares about queer Persians. There’s a difference between BDS being initiated and carried out by a state with power and hegemony and a desire to exploit and an oppressed group without power demanding justice. I really don’t know how to make it more clear than that. And Palestinians are not the only people to utilize BDS tactics. South Africa obviously. But the Xican@ movement is another great example. And there are countless more. Insisting it’s “only Israel” is nothing more than Zionist exceptionalism.
"We do not throw these rocks with hate.
We throw these rocks with love,
Love for a murdered brother,
Love for a sick grandmother without medicine,
Love for a family we cannot visit,
Love for a world we will never travel,Love for a freedom we will never experience,
Love for an ancient people.
We throw these rocks with love for Palestine.”
- Calligrapher: Everitte Barbee
Children with stones in their hands will reinvent this world insha’Allah
West Bank (AP) — The number of attacks on Palestinians by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank has increased every year for the past eight years, according to figures from the United Nations.
About 2,100 attacks have been launched by Israelis since 2006 and annual totals are up from 115 that year to 399 in 2013, according to the UN, which started counting such assaults in 2006. More than 17,000 Palestinians, 342 settlers and 37 soldiers have been injured and 10 Palestinians and 29 settlers killed in attacks in the West Bank.
Most recently, Jewish settlers have been suspected of setting fire to a mosque’s entrance and of writing “Arabs out” and “Revenge for blood spilled in Qusra” in Hebrew on its exterior walls.
Wednesday’s vandalism is thought to have been provoked by an incident last week where Palestinians beat and detained about a dozen settlers in the village of Qusra, near the northern city of Nablus. The settlers had attempted to cause damage and wreak havoc in the village, and had gotten cornered by the residents of Qusra.
Israeli settlers have damaged hundreds of trees, killed 18 sheep and set six cars alight in dozens of attacks in Qusra in what is called the “price tag” campaign, according to Mayor Abdel Azim Wadi. The village has also lost half of its lands to settlements.
A 76 years old Palestinian woman. She was forced to leave her home after the 1948 Nakba when she was 11. In the First Palestinian Intifada two of her sons were martyred, her husband died, and 9 of her sons and daughters were in Israeli Prisons. Their house were demolished in the Second Palestinian Intifada. She refused to leave her house during the Israeli Wars on Gaza. She witnessed wars and crises, she survived.