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Anonymous asked: I know this is going to sound ridiculous but... I am Palestinian and sadly, I don't know much about my people and my country. All I know is at "Israel" stole our land and is killing my people. I know this will take a lot of time, and explaining, but please explain to me what happened. I really would like to know what happened. I'm afraid that if I ask my parents they will be disappointed and ofcourse you can't believe everything on the net. That being said, I trust your information is true

jurhfalastini:

Hi anon!

It’s okay, I’m happy to explain to you, although brace yourself because this will be pretty long. Also just to let you know I do have a FAQ page which does address what has happened, and it also contains link to websites, and also contains a list of books and movies which you can watch and read in order to get a better understanding of what is happening in Palestine. 

There is a large important pretext before 1948 which helps establish context, and I was going to skip that but I just realised how important those events are as they are the lead up to what happened in 1948. You can read more about them in detail if you’d like, I’ll just provide basic info. So Zionist Jews started immigrating to Palestine as early as the late 1800s. At the time, the Ottomans ruled, of course. As soon as the British took over in 1918 and established their mandate in Palestine, the Zionists started emigrating en masse. This was also the result of the signing of the Balfour Declaration which recognised and supported the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The Palestinians who lived there largely objected to this, and viewed mass Zionist immigration as a “threat” (and they weren’t wrong). This led to revolts in the 1930s. The Zionists also had their own militia groups known as the Haganah, Stern, Lehi etc which went onto form the IDF in 1948. 

The Zionists wanted to get the British out of Palestine so they can create their own state and they did this using terror tactics like bombings, hanging British soldiers etc. They also had another plan. They wanted to ethnically cleanse Palestine of its Arab inhabitants to make way for new Jewish immigrants, and to create a Jewish majority where one hadn’t existed before. In 1947, the British began thinking about withdrawal, and hence took the issue to the United Nations where a partition plan was drawn up. This partition plan partitioned 52% of the land to Jews and 49% to the Arabs, even though Jews were a minority at the time. The Palestinians rejected because of course you’d reject when more than half of your land is offered to foreigners. 

This led to the Zionist militias attacking the Arab militias but also Palestinian civilians in aim to ethnically cleanse them. This went from November 1947 until May 1948 when the Zionist militias defeated the Arab militias and the state of Israel was declared on 14 May, 1948. This became known as the Nakba, or “catastrophe”. During those short months, many atrocities were committed such as the Deir Yassin Massacre, and this was the beginning of the refugees fleeing. Anyway, shortly after that, surrounding Arab armies intervened but their attempt was very futile at best. However, Jordan managed to take the West Bank and East Jerusalem,  and Egypt took Gaza. The refugees were declared “absentees” and were not allowed to return. If they attempted to, they were most often than not shot at the border for being “infiltrators”. 

It wasn’t peace and quiet from 1948 until 1967 as some people would have you believe. From 1948 until 1966, Israeli Jews lived with full rights and security in their new state which as Israel, Palestinian citizens of Israel which became “Arab Israelis” (to anyone, please never refer to them as that. It’s something that is state enforced, and they don’t identify as that) were under martial law so basically the same military occupation Palestinians in the West Bank are subjected to. There were also the massacres of Palestinians in Rafah and Khan Younis in 1956 by Israel. This was at a time when Egypt controlled Gaza, mind you. 

Skip to 1967. Israel fought in what they call the six-day war and defeated the Arab countries it fought which led it to occupy the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights. Once Israel had occupied these territories, it started building Israeli settlements, planting Jewish settlers, the lot. That’s where and when the situation had gotten worse than it had been before. 1967 also saw the reunification of Jerusalem, however the statuses of East and West Jerusalem remained, Israel had annexed East Jerusalem as part of its state and Jews started living there again. Israel had already begun its ethnic cleansing process in Jerusalem, which it is still doing to this day. Many Palestinians are under risk of eviction, so that the city can have as little Arabs as possible. This is all part of Israel’s ‘Judaisation’ process.

Palestinian land started shrinking more and more, Palestinian houses were getting demolished, Palestinians were getting killed etc and the Palestinians thought it was time to resist. Although, Palestinians began resisting beforehand, and this is also what led to the creation of the Palestine Liberation Organisation in 1964, and these groups began taking resistance into their own hands, however I’ll expand on that a little later because it’s going to be relevant to what I’m talking about. Anyway Palestinians began resisting as civilians, as people, rather than as something like a militia group so they began organising themselves and this is what led to the first intifada.

The first intifada just led to a mass amount of deaths amongst Palestinians. However, it did push the US and Israel into negotiations with the PLO. The Oslo Accords were signed as some kind of ~peace process~. The Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin was hailed as a “hero” although he really wasn’t for many reasons. The Oslo Accords led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority. It did not liberate the Palestinians however. The PA had some control over how things were run, however that control wasn’t much. The PA are also largely under Israeli control, in the sense that they answer to Israel, and are Israel’s stooges when it comes to the occupation. The Oslo Accords also led to the division of the West Bank into three areas. Area A which is under full Palestinian control, Area B which is under joint Palestinian-Israeli control and Area C which is under full Israel control. 

Fast forward to the second intifada. It began in 2000 and went until about 2005. The second intifada saw the deaths of around 4, 000 Palestinians. Here is where the relevancy of the Palestinian resistance groups come in. The PLO was created in 1964 as a result of the Israeli occupation (1948), and Hamas was created in 1984 also a result of the Israeli occupation. While such groups had been conducting operations otherwise also known as armed resistance inside Israel before the second intifada, a lot of these operations pushed Israel to take “security measures” including building the apartheid wall, besieging Gaza, and generally just increasing physical force in the West Bank. We’re talking collective punishment, on a larger scale. 

After the second intifada, there have  been several attempts at “peace negotiations” however in that same time, Israel has increased its settlements and settlers, its land grab, killed more Palestinians and has made life worse for them. To this day, such policy continues.

Tldr; Palestinians are kicked out, killed, dehumanised, killed again, and if they try to resist, they get punished. All in the meanwhile while having land stolen. 

So 2014, and where are we at? Israel just killed yet again another 2, 000 people in Gaza and destroyed its infrastructure. Gaza is still besieged. It let the killers of a brutal death of a Palestinian boy called Muhammed Abu Khadeir get away. Palestinians in the West Bank are still getting killed by the IOF. The West Bank is still occupied.  Palestinians still have no rights, and even where they do, they’re discriminated against. There is a severe lack of adequate supplies in certain places  We’re nowhere near peace OR justice and Mahmoud Abbas is still the leader of the Palestinian authority. 

There is honestly so much more, but I tried to explain it as best as I could. 

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!

You can find more resources in my #reference tag, #books tag and even #to read tag. Here are a few links to get you started:

A few readings on Gaza 

A few readings on Palestine

The Palestine Reader

Various sources on Palestine 

Reading recommendations (list compiled by Palfest)

Films on Palestine

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shanellbklyn:

blackboybe:

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Genocide is defined by the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide as “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.” 

I wish I could send this to the anon who tried to cyber fight me when I said that white people are committing genocide against the black race. Shit is not imaginary or folklore. It’s real.

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blacksourpatch:

In New York City, 123 people have been killed by law enforcement officials since Sean Bell was slain in 2006. 

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These are just some of the lives that were stopped short due to police encounters. Look at their faces. Read their stories. Know their names. This is just the tip of the iceberg that is police brutality. Even though their lives were taken from us, do not allow them to be forgotten. 

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chakrabot:

slitheringink:

artofcarmen:

fyeahwhovians:

raygender:

themediafix:

Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.
In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.
I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.
Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.
-Morgan
P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

“ limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more”
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chakrabot:

slitheringink:

artofcarmen:

fyeahwhovians:

raygender:

themediafix:

Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.

This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. 

Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.

In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.

I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.

Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.

-Morgan

P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

“ limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more”

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

DO YOU WANT THIS? NO?? CLICK THE LINK. REBLOG.

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nativenews:

The Pentagon Is Giving Grenade Launchers to Campus Police
[PHOTO: Campus police at Ohio University. Wikimedia.]


The Pentagon’s 1033 program, which allows the Defense Department to unload its excess military equipment onto local police forces, has quietly overflowed onto college campuses. According to documents obtained by the website Muckrock, more than 100 campus police forces have received military materials from the Pentagon. Schools that participate in the program range from liberal arts to community colleges to the entire University of Texas system.
A few weeks ago, activist and journalist Mariame Kaba asked on Twitter: “How can we build a movement to divest from police? Is there a way for us to do this? Can we go after local police budgets?”
One place to start is with those college campuses whose police forces receive 1033 and Homeland Security funding. The time is ripe for student journalists and activists to use the information furnished by Muckrock and to do their own digging to take on police divestment campaigns with the tenacity, political savvy, and exuberance that’s pushed universities nationwide to divest from fossil fuels, private prisons, and Israeli occupation.
Young people in solidarity with the people of Ferguson and the families who have lost sons and daughters at the hands of militant police are poised to illuminate these connections between education, state surveillance, and state violence in a uniquely powerful way.

nativenews:

The Pentagon Is Giving Grenade Launchers to Campus Police

[PHOTO: Campus police at Ohio University. Wikimedia.]

The Pentagon’s 1033 program, which allows the Defense Department to unload its excess military equipment onto local police forces, has quietly overflowed onto college campuses. According to documents obtained by the website Muckrock, more than 100 campus police forces have received military materials from the Pentagon. Schools that participate in the program range from liberal arts to community colleges to the entire University of Texas system.

A few weeks ago, activist and journalist Mariame Kaba asked on Twitter: “How can we build a movement to divest from police? Is there a way for us to do this? Can we go after local police budgets?”

One place to start is with those college campuses whose police forces receive 1033 and Homeland Security funding. The time is ripe for student journalists and activists to use the information furnished by Muckrock and to do their own digging to take on police divestment campaigns with the tenacity, political savvy, and exuberance that’s pushed universities nationwide to divest from fossil fuels, private prisons, and Israeli occupation.

Young people in solidarity with the people of Ferguson and the families who have lost sons and daughters at the hands of militant police are poised to illuminate these connections between education, state surveillance, and state violence in a uniquely powerful way.

(via smallrevolutionary)