When I began this blog, it was my intention to keep it strictly focused on the art of Palestine, and not to use it as a sounding block for pro-Palestinian politics. This is not to say the two things are unrelated — to the contrary, the art coming out of Palestine and from those living in exile is often explicitly political, and in all cases is shaped by the ongoing occupation of Palestine. My feeling was, and largely still remains, that this is a place for contemplation rather than debate. In light of the latest assault on Gaza, however, I have been doing a lot of talking with friends about BDS. What started as a conversation bemoaning the affiliation of MAC cosmetics with Zionist causes rapidly turned into a project; I spent the better part of a day compiling a list of cosmetics, health and personal care brands to avoid if you’re boycotting Israel, along with alternative products to use.
The process was abysmal. Surely, I have taken care never to underestimate US corporate ties with Israel, but even so, the explicit connections and the vast scope of products involved is frankly demoralizing. That said, the boycott of Israeli goods is a vital step towards liberation for Palestine, and if you are interested in learning more, visit the BDS website and consult the list below.
A note about the scope and content: I focused on health and beauty items because they are the items I use most in my daily life, and because my friends — who seem disproportionately to be incredibly beautiful and well-groomed femmes — wanted to know about the products they are using. To do an exhaustive list is impossible at this juncture, though I hope to make lists focused on different sales arenas in the future. Topically, it bears repeating that Palestine is a feminist issue — we as women and/or feminist advocates should remember this as we make choices about the kind of products we buy for our bodies.
The list is after the cut, please share widely!
HEBRON (Ma’an) More than 90 Palestinians were injured by live fire during clashes with Israeli forces in Hebron on Friday, medics said.
Three of the Palestinians were critically injured, Zaloum told Ma’an. Many others were in moderate condition after being shot in the lower extremities.
Organizers said 50,000 people marched in central Hebron in protest against Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip.
Hundreds of youths approached a military checkpoint at the entrance of Shuhada street in central Hebron and threw stones and empty bottles at soldiers, witnesses said.
They also launched fireworks at the soldiers.
Witnesses said dozens of Palestinians were taken to hospital by ambulances and private cars after being shot with live fire and rubber-coated bullets, and suffering from excessive tear gas inhalation.
If you’re thinking now you want to read some in depth stuff on Palestine here are some titles to get you started: (Source: Palestine Festival of Literature)
Ilan Pappe: The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Rashid Khalidi: The Iron Cage
Edward Said: The Question of Palestine
Raja Shehadeh: Palestinians Walks
ON APARTHEID / POPULATION CONTROL
Ben White: Israeli Apartheid; A Beginner’s Guide
Ana Nogueira: Roadmap to Apartheid (film)
Eyal Weizman: Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation
ON THE OCCUPATION OF WEST BANK
Raja Shehadeh: Occupation Diaries
Joe Sacco: Palestine
Mourid Barghouti: I Saw Ramallah
Joe Sacco: Footnotes in Gaza
Amira Hass: Drinking the Sea at Gaza
Gideon Levy: The Punishment of Gaza
Paola Caridi: Hamas
Mostafa Bayoumi (ed): Midnight on the Mavi Marmara
Atef Abu Seif (ed): The Book of Gaza
Chomsky & Pappe: Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War Against the Palestinians
ON THE USA
Rashid Khalidi: Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East
Walt & Mearsheimer: The Israel Lobby & US Foreign Policy
THE 60s RESISTANCE
Jean Genet: Prisoner of Love
Edward Said: Peace & Its Discontents
[obviously everything by Said is worth reading]
ON DISSENT, SOLIDARITY & THE FUTURE
Omar Barghouti: BDS
Ali Abunimah: The Battle for Justice in Palestine
Adam Shatz (ed): Prophets Outcast: A Century of Dissident Jewish Writing about Zionism and Israel
Antony Loewenstein & Ahmed Moor (eds): After Zionism
Rich Wiles (ed): Generation Palestine: Voices from BDS Movement
Judith Butler: Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism
Walid Khalidi: Before their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians
Walid Khalidi: All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948
Joel Kovel: Overcoming Zionism
Ilan Pappe: The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel
Kathleen Christison: Palestine in Pieces: Graphic Perspectives on the Israeli Occupation
Ariella Azoulay: From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947-1950
Karl Sabbagh: Palestine: A Personal History
Sari Nusseibeh: Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life
Sari Nusseibeh: What is a Palestinian State Worth?
Israeli forces shot and killed 22-year-old Palestinian Tamer Faraj Samoor as he was protesting against Israel’s terrorist attacks on Gaza, in Tulkarem, eastern Palestine. August 1st, 2014.
Fans of the Big Bang Theory: Do you really believe in BDS?
Mayim Bialik defends her contribution the the massacring forces of Israels as:
“Every soldier is someone’s son or daughter,” wrote Jewish-American actress Mayim Bialik on Wednesday in a blog poston Kveller.com, explaining why she donated money to send bulletproof vests to the Israel Defense Forces.
The other two reasons, she wrote, were: “1. I need to feel like I’m doing something”, and “2. No matter what your politics are, soldiers sent into war zones deserve to be protected from enemy fire.”
Correction: It does matter what your politics are!!! Soldiers sent to war zones to massacre civilians should not be protected they should be put on trial!
As an engineering student, I am naturally inclined to watch the Big Bang Theory. However, after this report, never again. BDS is away to demand your voice is heard! It is the least we can do for our people in Palestine!
Hamas called upon Palestinians to take part in a march of 100,000 in Hebron city, which will set of from in front of al-Hussein mosque heading to Shuhada Street.
Marches will set off from in front of Omar Bin al-Khattab mosque in Bethlehem, al-Suq mosque in Qalqiliya, and al-Bireh mosque in Ramallah.
A march will set off from al-Jadid mosque in Tulkarem and from al-Haj Maazuz al-Masri mosque in Nablus.
An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma’an that she could confirm a “suspected abduction” of an Israeli soldier in the area, while a Hamas political leader took responsibility for the move.
The military said in a statement that at around 9:30 a.m., “an attack was executed against (Israeli) forces operating to decommission a tunnel.”
"Initial indication suggests that an (Israeli) soldier has been abducted by terrorists during the incident."
The military named the captured soldier as Hadar Goldin, 23. It said that two other soldiers were killed in the attack.
Hamas confirmed that their forces had carried out the capture, but strongly contested the version of events put forward by Israel.
The forthcoming nature of the Israeli army to proclaim this abduction deeply worries me. This is not in their nature. It feels like they are looking for pretenses to violate the ceasefire agreement, which has been done. According to polls, 95% of Jewish Israelis do not want a ceasefire. Due to the worlds demands, Netanyahu has had to kneel. However, Israel could successful quell these demands by properly exploiting this issue…..