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Friday, 22 August 2014

The General's Son Comes Home: Miko Peled: "Gaza reminds us of Zionism's original sin"

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Two men were targeted in Rafah on a motorcycle just few minutes ago: photo via Solidarity Gaza on twitter, 21 August 2014

Gaza reminds us of Zionism’s original sin: Miko Peled, The Electronic Intifada, 19 August 2014

The morning after Lailat al-Qadr, the death toll in Gaza was approaching its first thousand.

Al-Qadr -- the night before the last Friday in the holy month of Ramadan -- is believed to be the night when the Quran was revealed to the prophet Muhammad. I spent this special night with friends in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah after participating in the “48K March” for Gaza.

The march began in Ramallah and went to Qalandiya checkpoint. What began as a peaceful event with families bringing their children and even babies in strollers, ended with young Palestinians with gunshot wounds being rushed in ambulances to the local hospital.

Qalandiya crossing was fortified and air-tight, and the Israeli soldiers stationed on top were shooting live ammunition at the crowd.

As the ambulances were speeding through the crowd, I couldn’t help but wonder why there is no hospital between Qalandiya and Ramallah, a good distance which includes the municipalities of Jerusalem, al-Bireh and Ramallah.




Today morning in Beit Ommar, 21 August 2014: photo via CemDM, 21 August 2014


The following night I was scheduled to leave Palestine to return to the United States. But Israeli forces sealed all the roads from Ramallah to Jerusalem for the night, and they were likely to be sealed the following day as well.



Today morning in Beit Ommar, 21 August 2014: photo via CemDM, 21 August 2014

At the crack of dawn, when things had quietened down, my friend Samer drove me to a checkpoint that he suspected would be open. It was open, albeit for Israelis only, and from there I made my way back to Jerusalem.

That evening, as I was preparing to leave for Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, people around me were trying to calm me down. “Don’t aggravate them, cooperate and they will be nice,” they said. “Why go through all this unnecessary inconvenience?”

They were talking about the “Smiling Gestapo,” Israeli security officers at Tel Aviv airport that go by the squeaky clean name of the Airport Security Division.



Israeli police arrest a protester in Haifa during a protest against the assault on Gaza, 18 July: photo by Faiz Abu Rmeleh /  Active Stills via Electronic Intifada, 19 August 2014


Non-cooperation and resistance

Listening to this, I was reminded of Jewish communities under the Nazi regime who believed that if they cooperated and showed they were good citizens then all would be well. But the road from cooperation to the concentration camps and then the gas chambers was a direct one.

The policies of racist discrimination and humiliation at Ben Gurion airport, and the policies of ethnic cleansing and murder of Palestinians in Gaza, emanate from the same Zionist ideology.

As we have seen over the past seven decades, cooperation and laying low do not make things ok.

Cooperation with the Israeli authorities might lead to short-term relief but it also validates Israel’s “right” to terrorize and humiliate Palestinians with our consent, “we” being all people of conscience. Whether we are Palestinian or not, the call of the hour is non-cooperation and resistance against injustice.


Free Gaza protesters in Oakland  block Israeli cargo ship Zim Piraeus from docking on the West Coast: photo via Block the Boat / Joe Catron on twitter, 18 August 2014

Today, Israel and its supporters lay the blame for the violence in Gaza on Hamas. But Israel did not start its assaults on the Gaza Strip when Hamas was established in the late 1980s. Israel began attacking Gaza when the Strip was populated with the first generation refugees in the early 1950s.

Palestinians, particularly in Gaza, are not faced with an option to resist and be killed or live in peace. They are presented with the options of being killed standing up and fighting or being killed sleeping in their beds.



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Shuja'iyya, Gaza City: photo by Heidi Levine / SIPA / REX via Ben White on twitter, 18 August 2014

“Sea of hatred”

Gaza is being punished because Gaza is a constant reminder to Israel and the world of the original sin of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the creation of a so-called Jewish state. Even though Palestinian resistance has never presented a military threat to Israel, it has always been portrayed as an existential threat to the state.

Moshe Dayan, the famed Israeli general with the eyepatch, described this in a speech in April 1956. He spoke in Kibbutz Nahal Oz, an Israeli settlement on the boundary of the Gaza Strip where Israeli tanks park each time there is a ground invasion of Gaza.

“Beyond the furrow of this border, there surges a sea of hatred and revenge,” Dayan said then. Ironically, when six months later Israel had occupied Gaza and my father was appointed its military governor, he said that he saw “no hatred or desire for vengeance but a people eager to live and work together for a better future.”




We just want to know.. "HOW" to protect innocent children from the criminal army??!: photo via Sabreena-Gaza on twitter, 21 August 2014

Still, today, Israeli commanders and politicians say pretty much the same: Israel is destined to live by the sword and must strike Gaza whenever possible. Never mind the fact that Palestinians have never posed a military challenge, much less a threat to Israel.

After all, Palestinians have never possessed as much as a tank, a warship or a fighter jet, not to say a regular army.



WATCH OUT!! Israeli warplane is hovering!!: photo via Mohammed Y. Ismail on twitter, 18 August 2014

So why the fear? Why the constant, six-decade-long campaign against Gaza? Because Palestinians in Gaza, more so than anywhere else, pose a threat to Israel’s legitimacy.
Israel is an illegitimate creation brought about by a union between racism and colonialism. The refugees who make up the majority of the population in the Gaza Strip are a constant reminder of this.


Gaza severely short of water for drinking and bathing: photo via Haitham Sabbah on twitter, 21 August 2014

They are a reminder of the crime of ethnic cleansing upon which Israel was established. 

The poverty, lack of resources and lack of freedom stand in stark contrast to the abundance, freedom and power that exist in Israel and that rightfully belongs to Palestinians.





This was Palestine airport after Israel destroyed it... Israel lives off blood and destruction: photo via Gaza Writes Back on twitter, 21 August 2014

Generous offer

Back at Ben Gurion airport that night, I was told that if I cooperate and plead with the shift supervisor it would make the security screening go faster. When I declined this generous offer, I was told they “did not like my attitude.”

They proceeded to paste a sticker with the same bar code on my luggage and give me the same treatment Palestinians receive.


  20 Palestinians killed today, 48 in two days. 2069 killed & 10310 injured since July 8: photo via Dr Bassel Abuwarda on twitter, 21 August 2014


As I write these words, the number of Palestinians murdered by Israel in Gaza has exceeded two thousand. Ending the insufferable, brutal and racist regime that was created by the Zionists in Palestine is the call of our time.

Criticizing Palestinian resistance is unconscionable. Israel must be subjected to boycott, divestment and sanctions. Israeli diplomats must be sent home in shame. Israeli leaders, and Israeli commanders traveling abroad, must fear prosecution.

And these measures are to be combined with disobedience, non-cooperation and uncompromising resistance. This and only this will show mothers, fathers and children in Gaza that the world cares and that “never again” is more than an empty promise.

Miko Peled is the author of The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine




 Three kids from Reefi Family have been killed by Israeli attack this morning while they were played football: photo via MoonNor27 on twitter, 21 August 2014


We will stay as long as our flag Is waving: photo via Culé MD Gaza on twitter, 21 August 2014
 

Questions to Ask Your Pro-Israeli Friends: photo by Haitham Sabbah, 21 August 2014 


Why is Netanyahu unhappy? He heard you weren't engaging with his paid trolls on Twitter: photo via Joe Catron on twitter, 21 August 2014

U.S. accuses Israel Police of targeting slain Palestinian boy's family: photo via Ian56 on twitter, 21 August 2014


"This is GaZa: When one falls, thousands join the resistance. Israel can't bomb us to give up": photo via Aamir - GAZA on twitter, 21 August 2014


 "This is GaZa: When one falls, thousands join the resistance. Israel can't bomb us to give up": photo via Aamir - GAZA on twitter, 21 August 2014


Even the nazism didn't devastate Al Shejaiaa neighborhood like IOF did !!: photo via Hussein - Gaza on twitter, 21 August 2014


A story of a massacre that couldn't kill the will of those young kids to live!: photo via abdallahsaladi on twitter


A Good morning bombardment on Rafah city !!!: photo via Mo'men Ashour on tweiier, 22 August 2014

Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Human Abstract


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Gaza this evening!! captured by Yasser Qudih: photo via Dana on twitter, 20 August 2014


Pity would be no more,
If we did not make somebody Poor:
And Mercy no more could be,
If all were as happy as we;


And mutual fear brings peace;
Till the selfish loves increase.
Then Cruelty knits a snare,
And spreads his baits with care.


He sits down with holy fears,
And waters the ground with tears:
Then Humility takes its root
Underneath his foot.


Soon spreads the dismal shade
Of Mystery over his head;
And the Catterpiller and Fly,
Feed on the Mystery.


And it bears the fruit of Deceit,
Ruddy and sweet to eat;
And the Raven his nest has made
In its thickest shade.

 
The Gods of the earth and sea,
Sought thro' Nature to find this Tree
But their search was all in vain:
There grows one in the Human Brain.

William Blake: The Human Abstract, from Songs of Experience, 1794




 Gaza Ministry of Agriculture estimates direct damages caused by the Israeli war at around $250 million!: photo via Middle East Eye / Dr Bassel Abuwarda on twitter, 20 August 2014
 
 
A man brought water to dying animals in Gaza Zoo, even in hard times we don't forget animals!: photo via Dr Bassel Abuwarda on twitter, 20 August 2014
 
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Gaza Strip the symbol of steadfastness ♡: photo via Sabreena-Gaza, 20 August 2014
 

American-made Israeli warplanes turned Gaza morning into blood and smoke and debris: photo via Gaza Writes Back on twitter, 20 August 2014 


RAFAH NOW, most of the injured are kids: photo via Falastinian on twitter, 20 August 2014

 
Initial pix of killed & injured after airstrikes hitting three residential houses in Rafah at the same time: photo via Mohammed M Abu Sadaa on twitter, 20 August 2014
 
 
Children of Gaza prepare for more violence: photo via Middle East Eye / Joe Catron on twitter, 20 August 2014
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I don't know how many children must die before Israel is taken to war crimes court: photo via Sabreena-Gaza on twitter, 20 August 2014



Allouh family martyrs in Deir Albalah... martyred after the bombing of their home without any warning...: photo via Said Shoaib on twitter, 20 August 2014

 
 
Official: 22 Palestinian murdered by Israeli strikes since truce collapsed: photo by Anonymous Palestine on twitter, 20 August 2014
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Not how life should turn out for a baby. Children are suffering the most in Gaza Under Attack: photo via Dr Bassel Abuwarda on twitter, 20 August 2014

 
 Heartbreaking: Israel violates ceasefire and terrorizes people and kills an infant: photo via Joe Catron on twitter, 19 August 2014
  
  
What REALLY happens in Gaza: image via AKAoptimistic on twitter, 20 August 2014
  
  
Slaughter in Gaza: the lessons of history: photo via ISM Palestine, 20 August 2014
  

Netanyahu after Al Qassam speech :D: photo by Dana on twitter, 20 August 2014

 

 
 Oh my goooooood another huge explosiiiioooon: photo via HaneenElQadi on twitter, 20 August 2014
   
 
 Huge explosion right now!!!!: photo via HaneenElQadi on twitter, 20 August 2014

  
Another massive explosion shakes Gaza City!: photo via Occupied Air on twitter, 20 August 2014

   
Israeli strike killed Gaza commander's wife and child: Hamas: photo via ISM Palestine on twitter, 20 August 2014


 
 Israel kills several in new strikes on Gaza: photo via ISM Palestine on twitter, 20 August 2014 
 
 
This F16 missile targeted passengers hall at Rafah crossing today. Didn't explode, thanks God: photo via Youssef M. Aljamal on twitter, 20 August 2014
 
 
 He, little, promised much, Too soon untied: He only dreamt he lived. And then he died: photo via Gaza Writes Back on twitter, 20 August 2014 
 
 
 Gaza this morning: photo via Falasteen on twitter, 20 August 2014

 
 Israel Government teach their children to hate even before they start to hold the weapons !!!!!!: photo via Dr-Mohammed N. Ziara on twitter, 20 August 2014


 
 Israel's "pinpoint" bombardment of Gaza: image via ronnie barkan on twitter, 20 August 2014

  
Organizers saying this is the 3rd time police have come. Last night they had assault weapons: photo via ShordeeDooWhop, 19 August 2014 
 
  
Fox says man in this picture is beaten nearly unconscious w/broken eye socket. No really, the white dude: photo via the silver burrito on twitter, 20 August 2014 
 
  
St. Louis Police Not All That Interested In How People End Up Shot, Apparently: photo via R Saddler on twitter, 20 August 2014


Records show Ferguson police made more than DOUBLE the arrests they reported
: photo via The Root on twitter, 20 August 2014

 

 
 At least 47 people were arrested on the 10th night of Ferguson protests: photo via New York Daily News on twitter, 20 August 2014 
 
Arrested for being out at night without Free Papers: photo via zellie on twitter, 20 August 2014 
 
  
Officer just held a gun up and threatened to shoot me as I was walking to the distraction: photo via {Young}ist on twitter, 20 August 2014



Ferguson: photo via Annie Shields on twitter, 20 August 2014
 
The Rage in Ferguson Resists Containment — And Deserves to Spread

 Ferguson: photo by Claire Ward / Vice News, 20 August 2014



This little boy watched his home being demolished by Israel. This is why we Block the Boat: photo via 14 Friends Palestine, 20 August 2014
 

Just walked back to main entrance from side entrance. Crowd is still going strong!: photo via Not Frantz Fanon on twitter, 19 August 2014

 
Israeli ship is blocked from unloading in Oakland for four straight days: photo via ISM Palestine on twitter, 20 August 2014
 
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Around 50 picketers at Berth 22 (1599 Maritime) to Block The Boat one more time: photo via Kumars Salehi, 20 August 2014
 

California picketers prevent Israeli cargo ship from docking: photo via Joe Catron on twitter, 19 August 2014
 

Israeli ship blockade continues in California: photo via ISM Palestine, 19 August 2014
 
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Solidarity & hugs to West Coast Block The Boat whose protests stopped Israeli ship from docking: photo via Sherry Wolf on twitter, 16 August 2014
 
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Thousands of ppl -- Chanting 7th and Mandela -- Not another nickel not another dime for Israeli crime: photo via Alyssa on twitter, 16 August 2014


Won again! Made history! Longshoremen ordered 2 go home. Longest boat has been blocked: photo by Alyssa via Solidarity Gaza, 20 August 2014


Oakland police intervening to try and open our picket line at Block the Boat. We are resolved to continue resisting: photo via Todd Zimmer, 20 August 2014


A demonstrator throws back a tear gas container after tactical officers worked to break up a group of bystanders on Chambers Road near West Florissant on Wednesday: photo by Robert Cohen / MCT / ZUMA Wire, 15 August 2014