Israel puts on a show for the world’s media by reminding them over and over again how they tell Palestinian civilians to “evacuate” (which is an insult in itself since they’re not allowed to leave Gaza due to the illegal blockade), but the reality on the ground is that they tell Palestinians ‘we will kill you no matter where you go - you are our targets’ by bombing all the places they’re taking shelter in - ambulances, hospitals and UN schools.
Thank you Chile!! Hopefully others follow in your footsteps, in sha Allah.
In other news, while the Pakistani Army shells and carries out airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan and while foreign militants intensify their bombardment of Afghan civilians in crowded places, Afghanistan pledged $500,000 in aid to Gaza residents. Hopefully it will benefit the people of Gaza during these difficult times.
What they think they sound like:
“I’m so rational. The truth is somewhere in the middle, they’re both wrong. I’m so nuanced and enlightened with my views.”
What they actually sound like:
“History and context are things that do not exist to me. In whatever dimension I exist in, I believe that there is an equivalence between an advanced occupying army that is notorious for war crimes, and an occupied brutalized population.”
Dear friend who had to Google “map of Gaza” before being able to put up a cover photo saying “pray for Palestine” with a lot of red in the design. Or alternatively, dear friend who knows only that people are dying in Gaza and that this seems to happen every other year.
First of all, thank you for making it feel like the world actually gives a shit about Palestine. It’s a nice change for once, however transient.
Secondly, and this part is important the important bit, you must understand that this does not begin or end with Israel’s current assault on Gaza. As long as the occupation of Palestine continues this will happen again and again (as we have already seen) because the maintainence of the state of Israel depends on the ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Palestinian people. There has emerged a pattern of widespread protests and five seconds of indignant support every time Gaza is bombed, but it seems everyone’s righteous rage turns into amnesia as soon as a “ceasefire” is negotiated. I put ceasefire in quotes because there is never a ceasefire in Gaza, only the pace at which Israel continues to kill Palestinians is slowed down to a level that is more acceptable to the world. So your posts on Facebook and Twitter right now don’t mean shit, your prayers don’t mean shit, your anger at Arab leaders doesn’t mean shit because what the fuck have YOU done.
And there is so much you can do. If you truly care about those in Gaza then invest some time and energy into making sure this never happens again.
First of all there is the ever growing Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. Based on the campaign that helped end apartheid in South Africa, BDS aims to apply substantive economic pressure on Israel to end the occupation. On an individual level you can boycott Israeli companies and those international companies that profit from or are directly participating in the oppression of the Palestinian people (a well researched list of companies can be found here: http://www.inminds.com/boycott-israel.php#companies). Secondly you can pressure organizations and institutions you are part of to refrain from investing in companies complicit in the occupation. You can also pressure these institutions (and individuals) to participate in a cultural and academic boycott of Israeli cultural and academic organizations. This includes, for example, putting pressure on musicians to not perform in the state of Israel.
Depending on where you live and your current government’s relations with Israel, you can also write to your representatives making it clear that they will not get your vote if they support Israel, financially or politically, due to its numerous and widespread crimes against humanity. You can also attend protests—raising awareness on social media is a start but it doesn’t do much in of itself, physical presence on the streets demands to be heard and puts much more pressure on your respective governments.
Being informed, at least on some level, about the history and context of the occupation is essential to make sure your efforts to “help” aren’t actually doing the opposite. Take an hour out of your time and please watch Occupation 101 for starters. You don’t have to read anything and the entire thing is availible on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wms0b4zwvuQ). If you want to pursue a better and more thorough understanding of the situation, feel free to message me and I can recommend more resources/answer any questions.
Finally, if you don’t know anything about the situation and only started caring about Gaza this past week please shut up about what you think the Palestinians should or shouldn’t do. Your opinion on violent resistance is literally the most irrelevant thing and nobody cares."