Electric Abstractions

As I stood staring down from the ledge of the tallest roof top; I saw two world offered to me, hell and hell-on-earth. Peace is found in the free fall. | Palestine.

metaphorformetaphor:

humans are equal like air and water outside the map’s kingdom!

Mahmoud Darwish, from “The ‘Red Indian’s’ Penultimate Speech to the White Man,” trans. by Fady Joudah, If I Were Another. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011)

metaphorformetaphor:

and time is a river, when we stare into the river time wells up within us …

Mahmoud Darwish, from “The ‘Red Indian’s’ Penultimate Speech to the White Man,” trans. by Fady Joudah, If I Were Another. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011)

A Modest Proposal

Nationalism must end. Palestinians should learn from Zionism that nationalism is scary and extremely dangerous. We must reinvent our identities to be inclusive and allow the fluidity of human identity to be expressed.

Political devisions must end. Palestinians need to rise against all their leaders and demand unity and inclusion. End subsidized occupation, end excessive presidential power, end state execution, end colluding with any and all state powers in countries of residence.

Hamas needs to condemn ISIS and other radical terrorist militant groups. If you are a resistance movement than you must differentiate yourself from theological militant movements. Improve your PR campaign! You will never defeat Israel with a rifle and you know that. Start thinking, start speaking…. You know which audience you need to reach, the West, craft your message to both cater to their ears without undermining your goals.

Remember, your goals are about the people not the power!

Palestinian teen: I was used as a human shield in Gaza

Ahmad Abu Raida, now 17, was separated from his family by Israeli soldiers on July 23 as he and his family were trying to flee to safety. During Abu Raida’s five-day captivity, an Israeli soldier, who insisted he be called “captain,” repeatedly asked the boy about alleged Hamas tunnels and rocket launching sites in his neighborhood.

“I told him I did not know,” Abu Raida, who was 16 years old at the time of the incident, said. “‘I’m young. I’m 17 years old. How am I supposed to know these things?’ I said to him, but he became angry and started punching and kicking me.”

“I heard a soldier on one of the tanks ordering women, children and old people to stand on one side, and those between 20 and 40 years old to stand on the other side of the street,” Abu Raida said in the affidavit.

After seeing that men in the 20-40 group were taken to an empty field and made to strip down to their underwear, the 17-year-old “took two steps back to see what was going on.”

When he did, Abu Raida said an Israeli soldier took him to the open field, about 100 meters from the group of men, tied his hands with a plastic chord, and forced him to kneel down. According to Abu Raida, the soldier then proceeded to punch him in the stomach and face while saying repeatedly, “You’re not human, you’re a dog.”

“When the blindfold was removed, I found myself inside the house surrounded by more than 20 soldiers,” Abu Raida told DCI-Palestine. Someone “in military uniform” then approached him and shouted in broken Arabic: “I need to settle the score with Hamas. Are you Hamas?”

Abu Raida described a similar experience that occurred the following day. After being forced to enter two more houses “to search for tunnels” and finding none, he was again scolded by one of the soldiers and placed in a room by himself. “While I was in the room, I found a notebook and a pen inside a bag… so I decided to write my will and leave it for my family,” Abu Raida said in the affidavit.

“I spent Friday, 25 July with Israel occupation soldiers who were locking me in this room. I do not know whether I am going to live or they would kill me. I do not know anything about what would happen next to me. I am writing this letter hoping someone would find it and inform my family about it. In case I die or get arrested, please send my greetings to my family. Ahmad Jamal Abu Raida.”

“I told them I did not know anything about the tunnels, so they would slap me across the face or on my neck, or punch me or kick me whenever they wanted,” Abu Raida said.

After a night of repeated questioning and physical abuse – including being forced “to sit and stand up again more than 60 times” – Abu Raida was asked the following morning if he would “work for them as a spy.” After he refused, a soldier “pointed to the police dogs they had with them and said, ‘You see that dog, it’s better than you.’”

According to the affidavit, at around 1 p.m. on July 27, the fifth day of Abu Raida’s captivity, the soldiers allowed him to put his clothes back on and released him.

momo33me:

We are human, we suffer, we cry, we have a heart, JUST LIKE YOU, we are the people of Gaza, we do not have an ARMY, nor an AIR FORCE able to defend ourselves, with few resources we try to resist the MASS MURDER that goes on and on! This is not a war is GENOCIDE, this is not self-defense is ETHNIC CLEANSING, help us before it is too late !! 
Photos relatives of victims of the bombing in Gaza TODAY

(via palestine-forever)

ragemovement:

Huey P. Newton Gun Club
A group of 30 black men and women (and growing), in Dallas, who wish to resurrect the black movement of self-defense and self-determination in the name of the past Black Panther leader. 
Wednesday they publicly debuted staging an armed, but peaceful rally and march/police-the-police patrol around Malcom X and Martin Luther King Boulevard for just under and an hour and a half.

The Gun Club’s Demands are as follows:
 1. We demand the immediate end to police brutality, harassment, and murder of the people.
2. We assert the right of the people, particularly those of color, to bear arms and protect themselves where local, state, and the federal government have historically failed to do so.
3. We demand that the media, in coordination with police, cease immediately assassinating the character of victims subject to police terrorism.
(Source)

ragemovement:

Huey P. Newton Gun Club

A group of 30 black men and women (and growing), in Dallas, who wish to resurrect the black movement of self-defense and self-determination in the name of the past Black Panther leader. 

Wednesday they publicly debuted staging an armed, but peaceful rally and march/police-the-police patrol around Malcom X and Martin Luther King Boulevard for just under and an hour and a half.

The Gun Club’s Demands are as follows:

 1. We demand the immediate end to police brutality, harassment, and murder of the people.

2. We assert the right of the people, particularly those of color, to bear arms and protect themselves where local, state, and the federal government have historically failed to do so.

3. We demand that the media, in coordination with police, cease immediately assassinating the character of victims subject to police terrorism.

(Source)

(via nolandwithoutstones)

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

PFLP leader Jarrar ordered deported to Jericho from Ramallah in dawn raid
Occupation forces raided the home of Khalida Jarrar, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, in Ramallah early on Wednesday morning, August 20, handing her an order for deportation within 24 hours to Jericho for an indefinite period.
The occupation forces attempted to force Jarrar to take sign the order, which she refused. A soldier read the text aloud, saying that the military courts, due to information from the occupation intelligence and security services, have ordered Jarrar to be deported to Jericho within 24 hours and to remain for an indefinite period within the city limits of Jericho; the soldiers left a map of the Jericho city limits.
Jarrar, a well-known prisoner advocate and chair of the prisoners’ committee of the PLC, refused to sign the order and plans to meet with her lawyer today. This is the one of the first times occupation forces have attempted to deport Palestinian political leaders internally, from one city to another inside the West Bank, since the mid-1980s.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

PFLP leader Jarrar ordered deported to Jericho from Ramallah in dawn raid

Occupation forces raided the home of Khalida Jarrar, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, in Ramallah early on Wednesday morning, August 20, handing her an order for deportation within 24 hours to Jericho for an indefinite period.

The occupation forces attempted to force Jarrar to take sign the order, which she refused. A soldier read the text aloud, saying that the military courts, due to information from the occupation intelligence and security services, have ordered Jarrar to be deported to Jericho within 24 hours and to remain for an indefinite period within the city limits of Jericho; the soldiers left a map of the Jericho city limits.

Jarrar, a well-known prisoner advocate and chair of the prisoners’ committee of the PLC, refused to sign the order and plans to meet with her lawyer today. This is the one of the first times occupation forces have attempted to deport Palestinian political leaders internally, from one city to another inside the West Bank, since the mid-1980s.

(via nolandwithoutstones)