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July 24th
1:20 PM


The fact that Israel:

  • has a Ministry of Propaganda (with a minister and everything) which includes 100,000 social media accounts and many bloggers [+]
  • pays students to circulate pro-Israel propaganda online [+]

should tell you all you need to know about pro-Israeli pro-Zionist information that you read on this website.

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July 20th
9:25 AM


Things the Israel/Palestine conflict is about

  • Nationalism
  • Racism
  • Colonialism
  • Economics
  • Land use
  • Water

Things the Israel/Palestine conflict is not about

  • Religion

(via somepalestiniankid)

8:41 AM


As we pat our ourselves on the back for our protests, fascists are massacring Palestinians.

As we celebrate and share photos of our ‘activism’, our governments do nothing and won’t even criticize the fascist state of israel, some pressure they’re feeling.

Many media outlets have shown themselves…

8:32 AM

Briefs: France bans Palestine demos; Gaza health ministry declares emergency; US blames Hamas | Green Left Weekly


France bans pro-Palestine protests

“France’s Socialist government provoked outrage today by becoming the first in the world to ban protests against Israeli action in Palestine,” the Daily Mail reported on July 18.

“In what is viewed as an outrageous attack on democracy, Socialist Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said mass demonstrations planned for the weekend should be halted … Thousands were set to march against the ongoing slaughter in Gaza.

“Anyone who turns up to an illegal demonstration now faces up to a year in prison, and a 15,000 euro fine … Even those who publish details of an illegal rally on social media face up to a year in prison, and a 15,000 euro fine.”

Gaza health ministry declares emergency

“As Israel continues to bomb hundreds of targets in the Gaza Strip, hospitals are facing a shortage of medical supplies,” said IRIN, a United Nations humanitarian news and information service, on July 14.

Pre-existing shortages were worsened by heightened need caused by Israel’s bombings, as well as by the border policies of the Egyptian government, which continues to limit entry into Gaza.

Gaza’s health ministry announced a state of emergency, with the danger of acute shortages of basic medication. Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qedra said the needs would soon become critical.

“We are already facing a severe shortage — 35 to 40% — of needed medicines and disposables, which impacts the treatment of the growing number of injuries because of the current escalation,” he told IRIN.

The World Health Organisation said 3% of the essential drug list and half the disposable medical supplies were out of stock in Gaza before the current crisis began.

US blames Hamas for Israel’s slaughter

The US State Department absolved Israel of responsibility for the murder of four Palestinian children in Gaza on July 16, placing the blame squarely on Hamas.

The four children were killed and three others badly wounded by Israeli fire as they played on a beach in Gaza. Dozens of international journalists stationed at the nearby Al-Deira Hotel watched in horror as after an initial strike, Israeli fire chased after the terrified children as they ran for their lives screaming for help, firing at them a second time.

As of July 17, 46 children have been killed and hundreds more injured during Israel’s relentless bombing of the besieged Gaza Strip, now in its 10th day.

During a press briefing on July 17, US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said the loss of life in Gaza is “absolutely tragic”, but she blamed Hamas for the deaths. Psaki cited Hamas’ rejection of a unilateral ceasefire proposal by Egypt and Israel, which Hamas was never consulted on.

Reporters continued to raise questions about the rising civilian death toll caused by Israeli air strikes in Gaza, and each time Psaki blamed Palestinian rocket fire on Israel, saying, “Hamas is putting their own people in Gaza at risk by continuing their actions.”

8:29 AM
"… after the 1973 war the Arab appeared everywhere as something more menacing. Cartoons depicting an Arab sheik standing behind a gasoline pump turned up consistently. These Arabs, however, were clearly “Semitic”: their sharply hooked noses, the evil mustachioed leer on their faces, were obvious reminders (to a largely non-Semitic population) that “Semites” were at the bottom of all “our” troubles, which in this case was principally a gasoline shortage. The transference of a popular anti-Semitic animus from a Jewish to an Arab target was made smoothly, since the figure was essentially the same."
—  Edward Said - Orientalism, 285-286 [Emphasis added by me] (via arabicquotes)
8:24 AM

our nakba is not over. allahu akbar.


our nakba is not over. allahu akbar.

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July 19th
9:35 AM

Asylum seeker whose baby was stabbed is sent to detention


Mulo, the Eritrean asylum seeker whose baby daughter was stabbed in the head in January, gazed despairingly at the summons he received Sunday to report to the open detention facility in Holot. “It’s not enough that we were hurt?” he muttered, over and over. Kako, then about 18 months old, was stabbed while in her mother’s arms at Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station and severely injured.

The assailant, Mordechai Zaretsky, admitted to police that he had wanted to kill a black baby, but he was never indicted because he was ruled unfit to stand trial. Instead, he was hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital.

After two and a half months in intensive care, Kako was released. But her mother, Yordanes, must still take her to a rehab hospital every day. Kako is lame in her right leg and has problems with concentration and motor skills. Because she is so young, it’s not yet clear how much brain damage she suffered.

Her family has had trouble coping, especially given the lack of help from the authorities. “We didn’t get any help from the Tel Aviv municipality, the Social Affairs Ministry or the Health Ministry,” Mulo said. “Nobody’s helping us. The girl was stabbed, and we’re financing her medical treatment. We get help only from volunteers.”

The whole family has suffered. Rut, the elder daughter, was present when Kako was stabbed, and Yordanes said she still wakes up crying in the middle of the night. Yordanes herself has had trouble functioning and hasn’t been able to work; she suffers from depression and anxiety, and cries frequently. Mulo returned to his job at the Hetzi Hinam supermarket, but it doesn’t pay enough for the family’s needs.

On Sunday, Mulo went to the Interior Ministry to renew his visa. Because of the notoriously long lines for asylum seekers, he arrived at 4:30 A.M. After eight hours of standing in line with no water, he was finally admitted at 12:30 P.M. – only to be handed a summons to report to Holot for questioning. “I couldn’t believe it,” Mulo said. “After our baby was stabbed by an Israeli who hasn’t spent even a month in jail, this is what I get from the state? The State of Israel is sending me to jail? Where’s the justice?

“I explained to the clerk that I was married with two daughters,” he continued. “The clerk asked me where my wife was and why she hadn’t come with me. I explained that my wife was at the hospital. He asked, ‘What happened?’ I explained that my younger daughter had been hurt, that she was stabbed by an Israeli. The clerk asked for my wife and daughter’s documents. I explained that my wife doesn’t need to extend her visa, that she has a visa for six months. I didn’t understand why she needed to come. I explained to the clerk that she’s in the hospital with the daughter who was stabbed … In any case, they have her documents in the computer.”

Mulo said he then asked the clerk, “Haven’t I been hurt enough in Israel?”
Not enough,” the clerk replied contemptuously. “You know how many Israelis have been hurt by Eritreans?” “I didn’t know how to answer,” Mulo said, drying his tears at the memory. “In my mind’s eye, I saw Kako hooked up to the respirator after she was stabbed. I was ashamed for him, that he spoke like that about a little girl who was stabbed.” Then, after examining the documents he had been issued by the Interior Ministry, the clerk claimed they were forged.

“How could I forge a visa that I got from the Interior Ministry?” Mulo demanded. But the clerk wouldn’t budge. “Then I asked, ‘Who will take care of the girl?’ And he answered, ‘Get a babysitter.’ I asked him, ‘Will the state give me one?’ And the clerk answered, ‘The state doesn’t have to give you anything!’” Afterward, Mulo was made to wait for two hours, during which time various clerks came over and threatened, “Soon they’ll come and take you to jail.” Finally, he was handed the summons to report to Holot next Monday.

“I don’t know what to do now,” Mulo said. “Does the state really intend to imprison me in Holot? What crime did I commit? After everything we’ve gone through, a clerk talks to me like that? And what now – do I need to abandon my wife and daughters and go to jail?”

Yordanes burst into tears. “If my husband is in jail and I’m at the hospital with one daughter, who will take care of Rut, who’s 3?” she demanded. “Who will support us?” “Nobody took responsibility for Kako’s stabbing,” Mulo added, bitterly. “No state representative ever came to talk with us. Nobody in the country checks to see how we’re coping. Nobody checks whether we need help. And finally, when I come to the Interior Ministry, they speak to me contemptuously, humiliating me and threatening me with jail?”

MK Michal Rosin (Meretz), chairwoman of the Knesset Committee on Foreign Workers, wasn’t surprised by his story. “The Interior Ministry bureaucracy has been revealed over and over as hardhearted and incapable of seeing the people behind the names and numbers,” she said.

She promised to contact the head of the ministry’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority and demand that Mulo’s summons to Holot be canceled. She also said she would seek legal status for the family on humanitarian grounds.

Anat Ovadia, spokeswoman for the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, said it was “outrageous” that the family should be treated in such a fashion. “Instead of handling them with sensitivity at a time when the damage and effects of the stabbing aren’t even fully clear yet, they’re threatening them with unlimited detention and treating them as if they were criminals,” she said. “Unfortunately, we get many complaints about humiliating, coarse, violent and provocative questions by Interior Ministry representatives while they’re interrogating couples, which are meant to break the asylum seekers’ spirit.”

Welcome to your Only Democracy in the Middle East!™ that pardons self admitted white supremacists who attempt to kill Eritrean babies, but the families who are subject to such violence are sent away to languish in concentration camps.

(via somepalestiniankid)

July 17th
10:00 PM


Disgusting image circulating among Israelis on social platforms: “Bibi [Netanyahu, Israeli PM], finish inside this time —Civilians for invasion”

Another shocking reminder of the depravity of Israeli society. Rape culture meets Islamophobia meets colonialism meets genocide.

What is there even to add to this? This is your settler colonial “oasis of democracy”. May it burn.



Disgusting image circulating among Israelis on social platforms: “Bibi [Netanyahu, Israeli PM], finish inside this time —Civilians for invasion”


Another shocking reminder of the depravity of Israeli society. Rape culture meets Islamophobia meets colonialism meets genocide.

What is there even to add to this? This is your settler colonial “oasis of democracy”. May it burn.

3:20 PM


Why does it take such a clear and obvious case like 4 boys being purposely targeted, double tapped, and murdered on a wide open beach with no structures and visible children running away conveniently in front of a hotel full of reporters with cameras for people to…

2:43 PM

NYTimes changes “Four Young Boys Killed Playing on Gaza Beach” headline to obfuscatory “Boys Drawn to Gaza Beach, and Into Center of Mideast Strife”


NYTimes changes “Four Young Boys Killed Playing on Gaza Beach” headline to obfuscatory “Boys Drawn to Gaza Beach, and Into Center of Mideast Strife”

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