Existence is Resistance

The searing hypocrisy of the West →

cathersiss:

"When our children throw rocks at heavily armed Israeli tanks and jeeps rolling through our streets, we are contemptible parents who should be bear responsibility for the murder of our children if they are shot by Israeli soldiers or settlers. When we refuse to capitulate completely, we are “not partners for peace,” and deserve to have more land confiscated from us for the exclusive use of Jews. When we take up arms and fight back, kidnap a soldier, we are terrorists of the extreme kind who have no one to blame but ourselves as Israel subjects the entire Palestinian population to punitive collective punishment. When we engage in peaceful protests, we are rioters who deserve the live fire they send our way. When we debate, write, and boycott, we are anti-Semites who should be silenced, deported, marginalized, or prosecuted."


The detainees of Guantanamo do not have the status of Prisoners of War, they have absolutely no legal status. They are subject now only to raw power; they have no legal existence. In the Nazi camps, the Jews had to be first fully “denationalised” and stripped of all the citizenship rights remaining after Nuremberg, after which they were also erased as legal subjects.

— Giorgio Agamben, ‘Life, A Work of Art Without an Author: The State of Exception, the Administration of Disorder and Private Life.’  (via dialecticsof)

(Source: bustakay)


momo33me:

Since the Israeli offensive on Gaza started on 7th July: 
121 Palestinians killed (30 children, 17 women, 12 older people) 
924 wounded (221 children, 225 women, older people unspecified) 
317 houses leveled the ground and 195 houses severely damaged uninhabitable 
542 displaced families (3,250 individuals) (as of 11th July 15:00) 
13 schools sustained major damage 
Five primary healthcare centers damaged 
3 mosques totally destroyed


Dear friend who had to Google “map of Gaza” before being able to put up a cover photo saying “pray for Palestine” with a lot of red in the design. Or alternatively, dear friend who knows only that people are dying in Gaza and that this seems to happen every other year.

First of all, thank you for making it feel like the world actually gives a shit about Palestine. It’s a nice change for once, however transient.

Secondly, and this part is important the important bit, you must understand that this does not begin or end with Israel’s current assault on Gaza. As long as the occupation of Palestine continues this will happen again and again (as we have already seen) because the maintainence of the state of Israel depends on the ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Palestinian people. There has emerged a pattern of widespread protests and five seconds of indignant support every time Gaza is bombed, but it seems everyone’s righteous rage turns into amnesia as soon as a “ceasefire” is negotiated. I put ceasefire in quotes because there is never a ceasefire in Gaza, only the pace at which Israel continues to kill Palestinians is slowed down to a level that is more acceptable to the world. So your posts on Facebook and Twitter right now don’t mean shit, your prayers don’t mean shit, your anger at Arab leaders doesn’t mean shit because what the fuck have YOU done.

And there is so much you can do. If you truly care about those in Gaza then invest some time and energy into making sure this never happens again. 

First of all there is the ever growing Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. Based on the campaign that helped end apartheid in South Africa, BDS aims to apply substantive economic pressure on Israel to end the occupation. On an individual level you can boycott Israeli companies and those international companies that profit from or are directly participating in the oppression of the Palestinian people (a well researched list of companies can be found here: http://www.inminds.com/boycott-israel.php#companies). Secondly you can pressure organizations and institutions you are part of to refrain from investing in companies complicit in the occupation. You can also pressure these institutions (and individuals) to participate in a cultural and academic boycott of Israeli cultural and academic organizations. This includes, for example, putting pressure on musicians to not perform in the state of Israel.

Depending on where you live and your current government’s relations with Israel, you can also write to your representatives making it clear that they will not get your vote if they support Israel, financially or politically, due to its numerous and widespread crimes against humanity. You can also attend protests—raising awareness on social media is a start but it doesn’t do much in of itself, physical presence on the streets demands to be heard and puts much more pressure on your respective governments.

Being informed, at least on some level, about the history and context of the occupation is essential to make sure your efforts to “help” aren’t actually doing the opposite. Take an hour out of your time and please watch Occupation 101 for starters. You don’t have to read anything and the entire thing is availible on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wms0b4zwvuQ). If you want to pursue a better and more thorough understanding of the situation, feel free to message me and I can recommend more resources/answer any questions.

Finally, if you don’t know anything about the situation and only started caring about Gaza this past week please shut up about what you think the Palestinians should or shouldn’t do. Your opinion on violent resistance is literally the most irrelevant thing and nobody cares.

— Your friend who would like you to know that this has been going on for over half a century and it’s gonna take more than a week of “omg this is so horrible” to help. (via stay-human)


standwithpalestine:

Israel bombed this rehabilitation centre for the disabled in Jabaliya, Gaza last night, killing three patients and a nurse. 
Tell me again how Israel is only “targeting Hamas”. 
You can bet your life, your house, everything your extended family owns that no Israeli will be held accountable for the murder of these 4 innocent people.
Can you take a moment to think about how the three patients and nurse had hopes and dreams? Had families? Will you ever hear their stories? Their grief? 
No, all you’ll hear about is how Israel is “defending itself”. Over and over and over again.
Photo: A Palestinian man carries a damaged wheelchair as he walks amidst the rubble of a rehabilitation centre which was bombed by Israel last night. Mohammed Salem / Reuters View Larger

standwithpalestine:

Israel bombed this rehabilitation centre for the disabled in Jabaliya, Gaza last night, killing three patients and a nurse

Tell me again how Israel is only “targeting Hamas”. 

You can bet your life, your house, everything your extended family owns that no Israeli will be held accountable for the murder of these 4 innocent people.

Can you take a moment to think about how the three patients and nurse had hopes and dreams? Had families? Will you ever hear their stories? Their grief? 

No, all you’ll hear about is how Israel is “defending itself”. Over and over and over again.

Photo: A Palestinian man carries a damaged wheelchair as he walks amidst the rubble of a rehabilitation centre which was bombed by Israel last night. Mohammed Salem / Reuters

(Source: standwithpalestine)


The rockets are both a practical and a symbolic representation of our resistance to the occupier. They are a constant reminder that the occupier is in fact an occupier, and that no matter how they may engage in sieges, massacres, fence us in, deny us the basic human needs of life, we will continue to resist and we will continue to hold fast to our fundamental rights, and we will not allow them to be destroyed. So long as one rocket is launched at the occupier, our people, our resistance and our cause is alive. This is why they targeted the rockets – the rockets do make the occupier insecure, because every one is a symbol and a physical act of our rejection to their occupation.

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) spokesperson

(via lastuli)

(Source: gradesky)