do u mind if u reblog this? for the reference list?
I attended a rally for Gaza this evening in Durham, North Carolina. One of the speakers was also an organizer at the protest I was at in Raleigh last Saturday. Since then, 20 of his family members were killed in a single attack. They saw the footage on every news channel, and they recognized the house immediately, demolished. Inside were twenty innocent civilians — children, mothers, fathers, elderly — finishing up their prayers. The family had no connection to Hamas whatsoever. They had no weapons located in the vicinity. They did not receive a “warning” rocket, a leaflet, or a phone-call, nor could any other piece of Israeli propaganda be used to justify their murders. They were simply massacred, like so many other Palestinians, leaving the remaining family to pull their bodies from the rubble with their bare hands.
It’s inexplicably disappointing knowing that both of these protests combined yielded a measly 600 or so people in attendance. Please remember that keyboard activism only goes so far. See if there is a demonstration in your area. A list of many of them can be found here. Show your support for the people of Gaza.
Police shot dead a teenage boy on Saturday in restive Indian Kashmir during a protest against Israel’s military offensive against Gaza, officials said.
The youngster’s death marked the first fatality in a string of demonstrations across the Himalayan territory that have been staged against the Israeli military campaign.
The boy, a ninth-class student, was killed in the village of Khudwani, 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of Srinagar, the main city of the disputed Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.
"The boy died in (police) firing on anti-Israel protesters who were also angry about injuries suffered by other protesters during earlier demonstrations," a senior police officer told Agence France Presse.
A police statement called the killing “unfortunate”.
The Indian police officer said the Kashmri youngster, identified as Suhail Ahmad Lone, was believed to be around 14 or 15.
Dozens of protesters have been injured in the protests against the Israeli military campaign in Gaza.
The protests have been occurring on an almost daily basis in the Kashmir valley which has been at the center of a quarter-century revolt against Indian rule.
The demonstrators, some holding placards with “Save Gaza” written on them, chanted “Down with Israel”, “Down with America” and hurled stones at government forces.
Indian government forces are seeking to prevent the protests from spreading in the volatile region.
On Thursday, the Kashmir valley was mostly shut in response to a call by separatist leaders to protest against the Israeli military campaign.
About a dozen rebel groups have been fighting Indian forces since 1989 for independence or merger of Kashmir with Pakistan, which also claims the territory.
Israel has long been a key arms supplier to the Indian government.
Occupier helping occupier.
This rhetoric of “both sides” implies that pain and fault belong equally to Palestinians and Israelis. It erases manifold, unmistakable, qualitative and quantitative differences at play in Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip and the political-historical context in which this is taking place — most centrally, that what is occurring is part of a settler-colonial invasion.
“Both sides” rhetoric refuses to make even the easiest, most obvious judgment, to which any honest evaluation of the information points: that Israel is massacring Palestinian adults and children, 77% of whom are civilians, and subjecting them to collective punishment; that Israel evidently claims for itself a right to extra-judicially execute anyone who it says is a Hamas member, a practice too few among even Palestine’s allies have denounced; that Israel is bombarding what is essentially a giant refugee camp home to an imprisoned population of a people Israel has ethnically cleansed, occupied, subjected to apartheid, and repeatedly slaughtered; that international law does not grant Israel a “right to defend itself” against the Gaza Strip. And that international law does grant Palestinians a right to resist using armed struggle.
To employ “both sides” rhetoric completely misrepresents the situation. It is not “both sides” who take thousands of political prisoners. Both sides do not systematically torture each other. Both sides do not control each other’s freedom of movement, or access to the sea, drinking water, and education."
Greg Shupak - "A Plague on One House" via Jacobin Magazine
In addition to these distinctions, the “both sides” idea is dangerous because it is immobilizing. With its use, it becomes impossible to demand an end to colonial practices. And that is exactly the point.
st. vincent has NO chill
remembering that time i nearly had a seizure at a CHVRCHES show
Many of our patients were panicking, the nurses were panicking, because they had not been in this situation before. They did not know what to do, so they started calling the management asking what to do. They were instructed to move down to the first floor. None were hurt, thank God, and they were all safe. They were moved to be hosted on the first floor, men and women in the same section. In the morning, I went to them and I saw the panicking of the nurses — and one of the patients, her name is Hiba, she’s 85 years old, she was acting normally. The minute she heard the bomb, it was if a back memory just woke up in her and she remembered things, so she started screaming, acting abnormally, and shrunk into her hands and around her, trying to hug herself, as if she was trying to hide from something.
I tried to comfort her because she knows me by voice and by face. She was comforted a little bit, but the minute I leave her or get away from her sight, she started screaming. These are the kinds of patients we are taking care of at the hospital, and many of them are in chronic situations, unable to move, unable to take care of themselves, so we have to [keep] the hospital open, and the nurses have to stay in the hospital 24 hours to take care of these patients."
Basman Alashi, executive director of the al-Wafa rehab hospital in Gaza City, which Israel fired missiles at on Friday.
Jewish people in New York protesting for Palestine’s freedom.
Gaza Under Attack
Wow. - Waterman12053
Guys, please verify these things before reblogging. These pictures are from a 2013 protest against plans by Israel to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into the IDF. “Organizers tried to hide anti-Zionist sentiments and focus only on the anti-draft message during the two-hour rally. Speakers on the stage repeatedly asked the crowd to put away any signs with messages against the State of Israel, and there were at least three cases in which protesters physically took down anti-Zionist signs held up by other protestors, according to a ‘Forward’ report.” (x)
that guy at 0:48 is like 70% of Muslim men… how do any of us ever get married
Images by:Akassi Photography
"A Simple Nikaah at the Badshahi Mosque Pakistan"
This is so pure, I love it. Weddings nowadays are so ostentatious and tacky:
Pakistani weddings make me so happy.
ahh a family friend took these! Also started by the same photographer: Zujaja Creative, which has produced some really great short films starring a diverse range of Muslim voices. Highly recommend everyone check them out here.
yo but at least working overtime means the company paid for my iftar
i’d have gone to like subway otherwise but i just sat there in a fancy ass restaurant looking at the menu like