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"I used to wonder why some Palestinian people would engage in actions that could only provoke the aggressor further. Then I realized that to ask a people to live quietly, while they have no justice and no freedom, is to ask them to live "peacefully" as slaves. "Peace" without justice or freedom is slavery. It’s like asking a battered woman to live "peacefully" with her abuse. We all want the bloodshed to stop. But what about the daily humiliation and institutionalized oppression? 

I was reminded of a part in “The Hunger Games” when Katniss considers abandoning the resistance against the oppressor, in exchange for “safety”. Gale’s response was telling. He said: “Safe to do what? Starve? Work like slaves? Send their kids to the reaping?”

Consider this: If a woman is being raped, things would be a lot more “peaceful” if she didn’t resist. But, asking her not to resist—just because her attacker is physically stronger—is asking her to accept her own abuse and oppression for the sake of “peace”. This is what the world is asking Palestinians to do. 

And sometimes what seems to the world as just ineffective tactics, like throwing a rock at a tank, is in fact an act of resistance. It is a powerful statement to the oppressor—and the world—that they refuse to be enslaved. That dignity and self-respect are even more beloved to them than their own lives. 

It is a statement that you can take their lives. But not their freedom.”

~ Yasmin Mogahed ~ (via ophiotaurusofmordor)





Robert De Niro on #Gaza

Yay for celebrities standing up.


Rainy Day, Valbania, Italy

photo via designs

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The letter below is from a Norwegian clinical director of Emergency hospital volunteering in Gaza.
Dearest friends -
The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying - all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24hrs shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!

Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” (sic). My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the Palestinian “sumud” gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace - but we cannot afford that, nor can they. More then 100 cases came to Shifa last 24 hrs. enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here - almost nothing: electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors - all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterdays hospitals.But they do not complain, these heroes.
An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones (Arabic ‘Zennanis’, the hummers), and the cluttering Apaches. So much made and paid in and by US.

Mr. Obama - do you have a heart?

I invite you - spend one night - just one night - with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe. I am convinced, 100%, it would change history. Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people. Please This can not continue.

#gaza #israel


1 - Queers Against Israeli Apartheid at World Pride Toronto

2 - photo credit: Elizabeth Brossa

3 - 15,000 strong demonstration in London (AFP Photo)


Justice for Palestine has no religion
(Dearborn city Hall, July 18th 2014)




maybe humans are good for some things

this stuff makes me so happy 

the way the mother looks back at the end 

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I’ve seen and swam and climbed and lived and driven and filmed. Should it all end tomorrow, I can definitely say there would be no regrets. I am very lucky, and I know it. I really have lived 5,000 times over. 

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And to all those who make grand utopian proclamations of the Israeli army’s “humanity,” I give you perspective from someone actually on the ground.


  • Israel: Hey, I know we just made a deal but this is our Holy land and my god told me to kick your butt out of here so, bye.
  • Hamas: We won't leave!
  • Israel: Takes over Palestine territory and reduce it forcing 1.7 million people to live in a tiny piece of land.
  • Israel: Destroys houses in Gaza.
  • Israel: Takes fertile areas, reduce fishing area and make the citizens dependent on them to survive.
  • Israel: Shoots at humanitarian groups that approach Gaza.
  • Israel: Makes impossible for refugees to come back, separating thousands of families.
  • Hamas: We won't accept this.
  • Hamas: Fires rockets at Israel.
  • Israel: Help! We are under attack!!
  • USA: Oh no, those damn Arabs, let me help you, buddy!

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First NBC News pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza after he tweet about the brutal murder of the children playing soccer on the beach near where foreign journalists were staying and now CNN removes Diana Magnay after she tweets her disgust at crowds cheering on the hills of Sderor as rockets are dropped on Gaza.

How much truth do you really think the media wants us to know?


h/t: Tom Kludt at TPM