BDS activist at Western University, one of the founding members of the Canadian Students' Coalition for Palestine, and bored of Zionist arguments.
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.
On 15 May, Israeli security forces fatally shot Nadim Nuwara, 17, and Muhammad Abu al-Thahir, 16, at a demonstration near the Ofer military prison in the occupied West Bank village of Beitunia. Four days after the killings, on 19 May, Defence for Children International-Palestine (DCI-Palestine) released footage from Zayed’s security cameras that showed the boys walking slowly in a calm scene when they were shot.
Now the Israeli military has ordered Fakher Zayed, the man whose security cameras captured the closed circuit TV footage that shows Israeli security forces shooting the two teenage boys, to dismantle his cameras within 24 hours or face legal proceedings/ (The footage and an earlier interview with Zayed can be seen in the DCI-Palestine video above.)
The Israeli military had already confiscated Zayed’s recording equipment on 22 May, and on 13 June seized all other recording equipment in the area — such as that owned by other shopkeepers. They now demand that Zayed remove his security camera as well, from which a live stream can be watched but not saved for subsequent viewing or examination.
I’m not even arguing in terms of the fact that Israel is a colonial state, let’s pretend it’s perfectly legitimate for 2 seconds (Hard I know) Jerusalem is still LEGALLY recognized as Palestinian land, not Israeli so there are absolutely no grounds to call it “Jerusalem, Israel”
Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop to pray at Israel’s Apartheid Wall in Bethlehem, Palestine. One of the main reasons the wall - which strategically cuts through the West Bank - was built is to serve as a tool for stealing more Palestinian land. (Photos: Ariel Schalit / AP Photo)
The Palestinian Museum is launching a new project in honor of Pope Francis’s trip to Palestine. Banners combining recent media photographs of the Palestinian landscape and its people with Western baroque paintings of biblical scenes will decorate Manger Square in Bethlehem, highlighting the tension between the popular image of the Holy Land and Palestine’s ongoing history of suffering under occupation and oppression. ( see source for details : The Palestinian museum page)
We show regular people doing everyday things – cooking and enjoying meals, playing with the children, talking about their lives and their hopes and dreams. It is a measure, I guess, of how twisted and shallow our depiction of the people is that these images come as a shock to so many. The world has visited many terrible things on the Palestinian people, none more shameful than robbing them of their basic humanity.
Al-Nakba,the catastrophe of the Palestinian people who were ethnically cleansed from their homes, lands, and villages by the Zionists before and after the creation of the State of Israel on May 15th 1948! More than 750,000 Palestinians were made homeless refugees, forced to live in inhumane conditions and squalid refugee camps that were set up by the UN. These refugee camps were only supposed to serve as a “temporary” solution until the refugees were permitted to go back home according to UN Resolution 194 (The Right of Return), The Geneva Conventions regarding refugees, and other Internationally Recognized Laws! Now after more than 65 years, the Refugees are still living in camps while Israel continues to ignore countless UN Resolutions. In fact, till this very day, Israel continues to create yet more homeless refugees in Palestine, some for the 3rd and 4th time in their lives!
On the night of 22-23 May 1948, a week after the declaration of the State of Israel, the Palestinian coastal village of Tantura (population 1,500) was attacked and occupied by units of the Israeli army’s Alexandroni Brigade. The village, thirtyfive kilometers south of Haifa, lay within the area assigned to the Jewish state by the UN General Assembly’s partition resolution. In its occupation, depopulation, subsequent destruction, and seizure of all its lands by Israel, the fate of Tantura was similar to that of more than 400 other Palestinian villages during the 1948 war. But it also shared with some two score of these villages the additional agony of a large-scale massacre of its inhabitants.
This is my grandma’s work card when she used to work in the Arab Bank in Jerusalem. It dates to 1955.
My grandma, God rest her soul, had always defied norms and took down challenges. Before she passed away, she told me about how in 1948 she was running away from the Zionist gangs’ shelling of west Jerusalem, where she lived, but this another story for another time. What I want to say that even if this card dates to 1955, She was there before 1948. She was there studying in the Greek Orthodox School. She was there. SHE WAS THERE.
Grandma spoke Arabic, Greek, and English. She was an incredible dancer. Grandma worked two jobs in Palestine, as a teacher and in a bank. To advance in her bank job, she taught herself to typewrite and some bank related skills.
Yes, this is the Palestinian woman, before and after 1948. She is the backbone of the society and the resistance. She is the embodiment of strength, endurance, tenderness, and delicacy. She is my grandmother, defying your stereotypes and your painted images of a backward civilization in the East.
Your dream of a free Palestine was passed on to you children and your grandchildren. ما تقلقي يا تيتا، ما نسينا القضية