Palestine Always.

I secretly journey in the night. Palestinian. 22. New York.
“Allah is the Protector of those who believe. He brings them out from Darkness into Light.”
“I am not a graceful person. I am not a Sunday morning or a Friday sunset. I am a Tuesday 2 a.m., am gunshots muffled by a few city blocks, I am a broken window during February. My bones crack on a nightly basis. I fall from elegance with a dull thud, and I apologize for my awkward sadness. I sometimes believe that I don’t belong around people, that I belong to all the leap days that didn’t happen. The way light and darkness mix under my skin has become a storm. You don’t see the lightning, but you hear the echoes.”

Overnight, 46 Palestinians died in Israeli bombings of 150 targets, including five mosques, a sports complex and the home of a late Hamas military chief, a Gaza police official said.

As of Tuesday, the conflict had claimed the lives of at least 609 Palestinians

Aljazeera.

socialismartnature:

Below commentary via a Palestinian friend:

Unbearable and dehumanizing. Headline from today’s Washington Post: “2 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza clash” is BOLD and on the TOP and in LARGE font. The subheading, “Death toll tops 330 as Hamas militants step up attacks” is in regular font and on the bottom.
The 330 Palestinian lives (the overwhelming majority of which are innocent civilians) are not as worthy or important to the American press as 2 Israeli lives. In fact, they do not even deserve to be named (Palestinians). Whereas the Israelis are named and described as having been “killed,” the Palestinians are just “dead”— either they mysteriously stopped breathing, or they are responsible for their own killing, or Hamas is to blame (as is insinuated). And no mention of Israel’s massacres and war crimes.



I am sick and tired of being told that my life is worthless. Sick and tired of being told that Hamas are terrorists whereas the Israeli occupying soldiers are not. Sick and tired of being told that as a Palestinian male, just because of my gender, I am marked as a legitimate target of colonial violence, and that few tears will be shed on my behalf.
The corporate mainstream US media, heavily influenced by the Zionist lobby, will not quote Chris Hedges: “The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel. It is not about achieving peace. The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battle field on a largely defenseless civilian population is the final phase in the decades long campaign to ethnically cleanse Palestinians.”
It will not quote Noam Chomsky: “When Israel, in the occupied territories now, claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population that they’re crushing.”
For 66 years, Palestinians have been saying the same thing. Even our voices are inferior, dispensable, and contemptible to the American Zionist elite and establishment. Imperialism is alive and well. Our voices are growing hoarse. We cannot do this alone— we need solidarity. We need Jewish people of conscience and US tax payers to have the courage to say “Not in my name.”

socialismartnature:

Below commentary via a Palestinian friend:

Unbearable and dehumanizing. Headline from today’s Washington Post: “2 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza clash” is BOLD and on the TOP and in LARGE font. The subheading, “Death toll tops 330 as Hamas militants step up attacks” is in regular font and on the bottom.

The 330 Palestinian lives (the overwhelming majority of which are innocent civilians) are not as worthy or important to the American press as 2 Israeli lives. In fact, they do not even deserve to be named (Palestinians). Whereas the Israelis are named and described as having been “killed,” the Palestinians are just “dead”— either they mysteriously stopped breathing, or they are responsible for their own killing, or Hamas is to blame (as is insinuated). And no mention of Israel’s massacres and war crimes.

I am sick and tired of being told that my life is worthless. Sick and tired of being told that Hamas are terrorists whereas the Israeli occupying soldiers are not. Sick and tired of being told that as a Palestinian male, just because of my gender, I am marked as a legitimate target of colonial violence, and that few tears will be shed on my behalf.

The corporate mainstream US media, heavily influenced by the Zionist lobby, will not quote
Chris Hedges: “The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel. It is not about achieving peace. The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battle field on a largely defenseless civilian population is the final phase in the decades long campaign to ethnically cleanse Palestinians.”

It will not quote Noam Chomsky: “When Israel, in the occupied territories now, claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population that they’re crushing.”

For 66 years, Palestinians have been saying the same thing. Even our voices are inferior, dispensable, and contemptible to the American Zionist elite and establishment. Imperialism is alive and well. Our voices are growing hoarse. We cannot do this alone— we need solidarity. We need Jewish people of conscience and US tax payers to have the courage to say “Not in my name.”

mirelamonte:

Doctors Spooked by Israel’s Mystery Weapon - 

Israel firing experimental weapons at Gaza’s civilians, say doctors

DIME munitions were developed by the US Air Force in 2006 and have since been tested repeatedly on the people of Gaza, who have long served as involuntary lab rats for Israel’s weapons industry. 

DIME bombs contain tungsten, a cancer-causing metal that helps to produce incredibly destructive blasts which slice through flesh and bone, often decapitating the lower limbs of people within the blast radius.

Renowned Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, who witnessed the horrific injuries caused by DIME bombs during Israel’s 2009 Gaza onslaught, told The Electronic Intifada over the phone from al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City that patients are showing up with DIME-related injuries. 

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/israel-firing-experimental-weapons-gazas-civilians-say-doctors

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Erik Fosse, a Norwegian doctor working in Gaza says that the weapon “causes the tissue to be torn from the flesh”.

According to Fosse and his colleague Mads Gilbert, the weapon typically amputates or tears apart lower limbs and patients often do not survive. 

Ares speculated that the IDF is using weapons supplied by the U.S. Air Force; a spokesman told the site that “we cannot release sensitive information on foreign military sales.”

"All the patients I saw had been hit by bombs fired from unmanned drones. The bomb hit the ground near them and exploded."

It is highly likely that Israel has developed its own version of DIME. 

http://www.wired.com/2009/01/mystery-weapon/

If these pictures don’t make your heart ache, there’s nothing left to say.

(via sheluvlike)

439 Palestinians have been murdered over the past two weeks, 112 of them children.

crustfundkids:

Just a heads up to everyone who doesn’t know what’s happening to the Palestinian people in Gaza right now due to the Israeli offensive. 341 Palestinians (most of them civilians, children, etc.) and 5 Israelis (2 civilians 3 soldiers) are dead. THIS IS GENOCIDE AND YOUR GOVERNMENT FULLY SUPPORTS IT

fotojournalismus:

A Palestinian medic is overwhelmed by emotion as he takes a break treating wounded people by Israeli strikes, at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya on July 19, 2014. According to the hospital, there were more than 35 wounded Palestinians from different Israeli strikes that arrived at the hospital Saturday — five with serious wounds, and three were dead on arrival. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

fotojournalismus:

A Palestinian medic is overwhelmed by emotion as he takes a break treating wounded people by Israeli strikes, at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya on July 19, 2014. According to the hospital, there were more than 35 wounded Palestinians from different Israeli strikes that arrived at the hospital Saturday — five with serious wounds, and three were dead on arrival. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

When did we become so desensitized that innocent people are murdered by the hundreds every day and we can go on living our lives normally as if nothing happened?

How agonizing, to realize you will never see someone again.

A Palestinian man carries the body of a boy, whom medics said was killed by a shell fired by an Israeli naval gunboat, on a beach in Gaza City, July 16, 2014. 
Four Palestinian children were killed on a Gaza beach and one critically wounded when Israel’s naval gunboats shelled the area, according to journalists and medics at the scene.
Over 200 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1500 have been injured since July 7. 
- Aljazeera

A Palestinian man carries the body of a boy, whom medics said was killed by a shell fired by an Israeli naval gunboat, on a beach in Gaza City, July 16, 2014.

Four Palestinian children were killed on a Gaza beach and one critically wounded when Israel’s naval gunboats shelled the area, according to journalists and medics at the scene.

Over 200 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1500 have been injured since July 7.

- Aljazeera

m7madsmiry:

There is nothing more difficult than waiting. This father carried his son to Al. Aqsa Hospital in Gaza after he was hit in the bombing of his house. He waits the fate of his son if he is still alive or not !!

m7madsmiry:

There is nothing more difficult than waiting. This father carried his son to Al. Aqsa Hospital in Gaza after he was hit in the bombing of his house. He waits the fate of his son if he is still alive or not !!

cyberintifada:

A child from #Gaza pray for Allah to protect her from the Israeli massacres. She refused to send any message to anyone in the world saying no one will listen to my appeal. She added, “I will only pray for Allah to protect me.”

cyberintifada:

A child from #Gaza pray for Allah to protect her from the Israeli massacres. She refused to send any message to anyone in the world saying no one will listen to my appeal. She added, “I will only pray for Allah to protect me.”

(Source: cyber-intifada)

ifonlyshahrazade:

thepalestineyoudontknow redphilistine palestineonthemind
I want to reply to this guy, I just want to make sure I respond right. So would any of you mind writing up a response I could send him? His last sentence says “it’s absolutely sickening.”

This would be my reply:
Ok, travel several years back in time to 2009. There was no war in Syria then. Can you say that the pictures at that time, when Gaza was brutally attacked by Israel, were from the “Syrian conflict”? Yes, thousands were injured. Yes, innocent women and children were murdered. In 2009, 960 civilians lost their lives, including 288 children and 121 women. Many also acquired severe injuries and lost their limbs. One child who had lost his eyesight appeared on TV lying in a hospital bed recalling the moment a rocket hit and killed his siblings. You claim that Palestinians run into rocket fire to be martyred. If you can’t see how ridiculous that sounds, please get your head checked. Innocent people are being murdered and homes are being destroyed. That is the reality that you are too ignorant to accept.

ifonlyshahrazade:

thepalestineyoudontknow redphilistine palestineonthemind

I want to reply to this guy, I just want to make sure I respond right. So would any of you mind writing up a response I could send him? His last sentence says “it’s absolutely sickening.”

This would be my reply:

Ok, travel several years back in time to 2009. There was no war in Syria then. Can you say that the pictures at that time, when Gaza was brutally attacked by Israel, were from the “Syrian conflict”? Yes, thousands were injured. Yes, innocent women and children were murdered. In 2009, 960 civilians lost their lives, including 288 children and 121 women. Many also acquired severe injuries and lost their limbs. One child who had lost his eyesight appeared on TV lying in a hospital bed recalling the moment a rocket hit and killed his siblings. You claim that Palestinians run into rocket fire to be martyred. If you can’t see how ridiculous that sounds, please get your head checked. Innocent people are being murdered and homes are being destroyed. That is the reality that you are too ignorant to accept.

At night we wait for day. In the day we wait for night. Waiting for our turn in the slaughterhouse…

We should always remain together, in one room. If a missile comes, we’ll all be killed, so none of us is left alive, alone.

Gaza civilians waiting ‘for the slaughterhouse’ , July 13, 2014. Life  described by a Palestinian woman with her family in Gaza. Article from haaretz.com (via narrativehuman)

I once met a woman on the border from Jordan to Palestine who lost five children to Israeli bombings and the remaining child lost his eyesight.