In conversations about Gaza, I have heard many thoughtful people in the Jewish community lament the loss of Palestinian lives in Gaza but then say, “But Hamas…,” as if that were the heart of the problem. I’d like to suggest that, when we have these conversations about Hamas and Israel’s current bombing campaign, we begin with the necessary context and historical perspective.
Re: The Nakba
1. To create the Jewish state, the Zionist movement destroyed more than 400 Palestinians villages and expelled 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and land. Palestinians who remained in what became Israel were relegated to second-class citizenship, had much of their property confiscated, and, to this day, have fewer rights than Jewish Israeli citizens.
Re: The 1967 Occupation
2. In 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem and still occupies them until this day.
Re: Settlement expansion; the apartheid wall; and the siege of Gaza
3. Over the past 47 years of occupation, Israel has illegally confiscated more and more Palestinian land; built an apartheid wall; systematically denied Palestinians basic human and civil rights and engaged in state-sponsored violence; and forced the Palestinians in Gaza to live in appalling conditions that make it increasingly impossible to survive. Israel’s latest bombing campaign, Operation Protective Edge, has killed over 1,900 Palestinians, at least 450 of whom are children, and has displaced hundreds of thousands more.
If those of us in the Jewish community who are committed to justice begin from these facts, I think it would become clearer – regardless of who the Palestinian leadership is – that the underlying problem really is the denial of freedom and basic human rights to millions of people, for decades. And, as a community, it should also become clearer where priorities need to be in order to have any integrity on this issue: addressing the Nakba of 1948 and the responsibility for the Nakba head-on – including the right of return for refugees; ending the occupation; ending the siege on Gaza; and recognizing the right to full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel.
a cop just threatened to shoot the livestream operator in the face please continue to boost the stream links all over so that these journalists life and death efforts reach as many people as possible
Everyone once and a while I see people trying to make Beyblades into an ironic meme but c’mon guys can’t we just leave well enough alone? Is there nothing from the mid-2000s that won’t be brought back from the dead? Let Beyblades rest in peace. Please, Let it RIP.
As something I want to say;
I’m not sure why, but I feel I have a responsibility to say something about a lot of the events that have been going on all over the world these past few weeks, however I never really make these stands because I honestly don’t feel I have anything to add to the discussion except my outrage. That said, whilst I realise my audience is tiny, and therefore the likelihood that anyone even bothers to think about where I stand on various matters is miniscule, I need to say the following.
I have, and shall continue to stand with the people of Gaza.
I have, and shall continue to stand with the community of Ferguson.
I have, and shall continue to stand with the multitude of oppressed communities and people of the world.
And whilst this means very little in the spectrum of tumblr and its millions of users, it means a lot to me to make my standpoint known on this platform even as I use it for reblogging comics about cats and idle commentary on the minutiae of my life.