Condition of the Working Class in England, by Engels, 1845 (via commiekinkshamer)
Ashkelon became an Israeli city when Israeli armed forces invaded the city in 1948, forcing out most of its native inhabitants. In the shadow of Israel’s latest war against the Palestinian people, Portland’s City Council can take a stand against colonialist, imperialist war-making by the Israeli government against the Palestinian people.
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WHAT TO DO ABOUT GAZA
I have seen a lot of people in my life, myself included, going through hard times right now with the extreme escalation of colonial violence in Palestine. People are sad, angry, and praying. Many people are overwhelmed. Worried for our families. Many people in our communities are learning more about Palestine for the first time, and want to know ways to connect. It’s hard to know what to do from so far away, and easy to feel helpless when you don’t know what to do.
This list is for all of us, to recommit to the work we’ve been doing, to get grounded when this massacre has knocked us off our feet, and to get connected where we haven’t been before.
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1. BDS – BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, & SANCTIONS
Boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) is a movement that was called for by Palestinian civil society. It is a grassroots, nonviolent form of resistance that there are so many ways to participate in.
Get involved with (or start) a campaign for your university, workplace, union, etc. to pull out its investments in companies that are connected to Israeli human rights offenses.
Consumer boycott is about individually deciding not to buy these products, but it’s also about popular education. Flyering to educate people about what’s behind this stuff. Encouraging local shops not to sell these products. There are ongoing successful consumer boycott campaigns against SodaStream and Sabra Hummus, for example.
Cultural and Academic Boycott:
As artists and academics, it’s very important that we decolonize the way we produce our work, and don’t let it be used to normalize violent structures.
There is a set of guidelines for cultural and academic boycott from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) that artists and academics can sign on to (Academic boycott guidelines here & Cultural boycott guidelines here).
An excellent resource, which can help you find information for whichever kind of BDS campaign you decide to get involved with, is the Who Profits? database.
Donating money is not an action that everyone can afford to get involved with, but if you have even a small amount to spare, here are some great places to donate to:
3. PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL PROTESTS & VIGILS
Protests and vigils are a great way to make the Palestinian struggle visible in your city, and also to build community with other people who are feeling the same way you are.
If you go to a protest, come through with good friends that you can trust, and have a plan for what to do if police or counterprotestors escalate.
For organizers: Palestinian liberation is connected so intricately with all of our liberation. Reach out to members of other oppressed communities and build coalitions, feature their voices at your demonstration (for example, African, Latin@, and Indigenous activists). Keep racial, gender, and disability justice as the foundations of your work.
4. MAKE ART! & SUPPORT ARTISTS
This is giving us a whole lot of feelings, right?! Write/draw/paint/act/sing/print/dance it out! Bring attention to Gaza and Palestine within your artistic communities.
Endorse the USACBI statement, commit to its principles. Educate other artists you know about it, and encourage them to sign as well.
Tell your story and tell it true. Be ethical and accountable in the way you handle the stories of others.
If you are not an artist: Help support Palestinian artists, and artists from other communities in struggle against Israeli apartheid. Donate, purchase work, host events, for example.
5. CHECK YOURSELF
Make sure that the information you have is accurate. Behind every single news story is a human being with a life as full as your own, and you owe it to them to get the facts straight. Do not re-post gory images of dead children on social media with no context—this is extremely disrespectful.
Below are a few (but not the only) reliable English-language news sources:
Read and understand the BDS call, and its demands and guidelines, and do not present false information about it. This is very important, because oftentimes even people who are part of the Palestine solidarity movement can misunderstand the guidelines, and fall for Zionist misinformation about them. Read the calls for yourself and figure out how you can plug in. (see above for the guidelines). Think about what your role is in this movement.
Ask yourself some questions before you take action:
- What is your relationship to Israeli apartheid historically, and the recent colonial violence?
- What are you directly complicit in and what can you do to address that?
- Who are you being accountable to?
Amplify the voices of, and support people who are more directly impacted than you. Step back when you need to and when you are told to. Avoid false and oppressive binaries, like Arab/Jew. Remember that Israeli apartheid is a multi-layered system, and bring that understanding to your work. Think about your social position in the country where you’re doing this work, and consistently check yourself on this, too. Again, keep racial, gender, and disability justice as the foundations of your work. Don’t judge people for not being able to take part in the same forms of resistance as you.
6. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF & EACH OTHER
- Mourn the dead. Speak their names. Publicly and privately. Do rituals if this helps you.
- Read/watch/listen to/share poems/music/film/art by Palestinian artists.
- Make art. (even if you are not “an artist.”)
- Write it out. (even if you are not “a writer.”)
- Cook Palestinian food. Share it with your loved ones.
- Take time and space to feel.
- Lean on your friends and let them lean on you.
- Tune out the news if you need to. (Keep the news on, if you need to be reassured by the steady flow of information.)
- Don’t go to protests/demos/events alone.
- Take alone time if you need it.
- Turn to your faith if that helps you.
- Stay committed to healing, and recognize healing as part of the work.
- If you are close with them, stay in touch with your family and friends in Palestine.
- Remember, it is not your responsibility to educate your oppressors!
- Keep checking yourself.
- “We teach life, sir” by Rafeef Ziadah
- “What I Will” by Suheir Hammad
- Affirm life. Affirm life. Affirm life.
Editor’s Note: This submission’s author wished to remain anonymous. Feel free to add to this list upon sharing, and please, please, signal boost!
If you can donate money to a fucking hypothetical cooler then chip in to save this doctor.
This guy is a true Lower East Side gem.
It would be dope if people would reblog this. If this guy gets evicted it’s gonna be a ton of (mostly black and brown) poor people not getting healthcare services because they dont have/cant afford healthcare.
He’s legit. My mom went to him when she had pneumonia and didnt have health insurance.
The Israel Broadcasting Authority banned a radio broadcast made by the human rights organization B’Tselem about children killed in Gaza, claiming its content was “politically controversial.”
You’ll never hear the end of Israeli spokespeople on our television screens offering their condolences, how they “deplore” the loss of innocent lives and how they “don’t target children”, but back in Israel where they show their true character, naming those very kids they’re oh so sorry about would be “controversial”. Welcome to the master of two-facedness and genocide - welcome to Israel.#Israel is a War Criminal
When Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh went before the world at the United Nations Convention in 1951 to expose Britain’s colonialist domination of Iran, he boldly confronted his country’s imperialist oppressors:
"They [The British government] are trying "to persuade world opinion that the lamb has devoured the wolf."
International law affords special protection to vulnerable populations through Protocol I of the Geneva Convention by designating “armed conflicts in which peoples are fighting against colonial domination, alien occupation or racist regimes” as international conflicts. This principle does not excuse or exonerate atrocities perpetuated from the victimized population, as it holds both state and non-state actors accountable for their actions. Rather, recognition of the victimized population entails acknowledging their plight and understanding the root causes of their grievances — and seeking greater accountability from their oppressors.
Regardless of the true circumstances behind the casus belli of this latest phase, the fact of the matter is that this current round of conflict — like every round and phase of it — has a stark disparate impact on one community. This grossly disproportionate nature is not just confined to a vastly inflated body count on one side, but extends to the very essence of behavior. Sentiments like “it’s both sides fault” may be true in the strictest sense of the principle that it takes two parties to have a conflict, but in practice the gulf is stark.
One side routinely have their houses demolished, while another is building mansions in their place. One side are routinely expelled from their homes; the other side is adverse possessing them like it’s a monopoly game. One side has water use rationed down to the drop; the other draws upon the same water supply to support swimming pools and fountains in illegal settlements. One side routinely has pregnant women and/or their newly born children die while trying to get through a maze of checkpoints in order to get to their local hospital, the other has roads criss-crossing occupied territory exclusively for their own use. One side can be jailed, shot, and even killed for protesting, while the other can vandalize, harass, and assault with impunityand has the full resources of a sovereign state act as their personal security guards.
The list of disparities goes on and on, and again does not even take into account a stark reality of each and every phase of this six decade tragedy — that one sideroutinely loses far more of their sons, daughters, husbands, and wives than the other.
We can blame both sides all we want for the sake of maintaining “objectivity.” Yet one of these kids must belong in the timeout corner for far longer. In my world, that kid should be the bully. It’s up to you to decide who it is in yours.
Throughout history, BBSS [Blame Both Sides Syndrome] has long served oppressors and their defenders as politically correct pretense to deflect responsibility and blame. For far too many others, it is simply a convenient crutch to cop out of confrontation and remain apathetic. On the choice between supporting the oppressed or excusing and enabling their oppressors, I choose the former — as has countless citizens of conscience from all walks of life around the world. A growing number of Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Muslims alike are embracing this reality and realizing that to be truly “pro-Israel” is to be anti-occupation and pro-two state solution, and to be “pro-Palestinian” as its essense to be pro-peace, pro-human rights, and to be a defender of the fundamental and universal right to self-determination.
I hope you will join us in doing the same. History is watching — and taking attendance.
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There are places in Japan where they will NOT serve any forgeigners. Won’t even let them in the building. All these white people who have fantasies of going to Japan and living out their Geisha Otaku fantasies are in for a wake up call.
The President of Zimbabwe is trying to kick…