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To paraphrase the common saying:

When Israel makes nonviolent resistance to its occupation and apartheid impossible, it makes violent resistance inevitable.


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"The tendency to hire non-disabled actors to play disabled characters presents a phony front. In the end, it’s all mimicry. Non-disabled actors can conduct all the research they want, but they can’t draw on direct experience. To those of us who know what it is actually like even award-winning, showy portrayals of disability more often than not ring false. Because they are."


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ZIONISM IS a political movement that originally emerged in the late nineteenth century as a response to anti-Semitism, particularly in Eastern Europe. Capitalist development undermined the traditional commercial roles that many Jews had played in the old feudal economy. As the economic system moved into periodic crises, ruling groups in many countries would deflect mass anger at economic hardship and political repression by scapegoating Jews.

Zionists drew the pessimistic conclusion that anti-Semitism could not be eliminated, and that to escape persecution Jews had to emigrate to a region where they could set up an exclusively Jewish state. At the time of the Dreyfus Affair in France, in which a Jewish army officer was falsely accused of espionage, Theodor Herzl–who is generally regarded as the father of Zionism–wrote:

I achieved a freer attitude toward anti-Semitism, which I now began to understand historically and to pardon. Above all, I recognized the emptiness and futility of trying to “combat” anti-Semitism.1

The Russian Zionist Leo Pinsker similarly argued that “Judeo-phobia is a psychic aberration” that is “hereditary” and “incurable.”

Herzl set out the Zionist program in 1896 in a pamphlet called The State of the Jews. He called for a Jewish state to be set up in an undeveloped country outside Europe. Herzl was explicit that the program could be carried out only with the backing of one of the major imperialist powers, who were at that time carving up the world between them. Once such support had been won, the Zionist movement would conduct itself like other colonizing ventures.

Various sites for the new state were considered, including Argentina and Madagascar, but the influence of religious Jews led the Zionists to decide on Palestine, the Biblical “promised land.”

Herzl declared that, if it were created, this Jewish state would form “a portion of the rampart of Europe against Asia, an outpost of civilization as opposed to barbarism.” In other words, the new state would be part of the system of colonial domination of the rest of the world.

Having chosen Palestine, the Zionist movement attempted to persuade one of the imperialist powers to give them support in colonizing it. Initially, Turkey and Germany were approached. According to one Zionist spokesperson,

Turkey can be convinced that it will be important for her to have in Palestine and Syria a strong and well-organized group which…will resist any attack on the authority of the Sultan and defend his authority with all its might.4

Similar advances were made to Germany.

The founders of Zionism were even prepared to ally themselves with the most vicious anti-Semites. Herzl approached Count Von Plehve, the sponsor of the worst anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia: “Help me to reach the land sooner and the revolt [against Tsarist rule] will end.” Herzl and other Zionist leaders offered to help guarantee Tsarist interests in Palestine and to rid Eastern Europe and Russia of those “noxious and subversive Anarcho-Bolshevik Jews”–in other words, to get rid of the people who wanted to fight anti-Semitism rather than capitulate to it. Von Plehve agreed to finance the Zionist movement as a way of countering socialist opposition to the Tsar:

The Jews have been joining the revolutionary parties. We were sympathetic to your Zionist movement as long as it worked toward emigration. You don’t have to justify the movement to me. You are preaching to a convert.5

When Britain took control of Palestine at the end of the First World War, Zionists turned their attention to lobbying the British government. The Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann argued, “A Jewish Palestine would be a safeguard to England, in particular in respect to the Suez Canal.”6 This argument became increasingly attractive to the British ruling class. The war had underlined the importance of the Middle East, which guarded the sea routes to the Far East and contained the immensely profitable and strategically vital Persian oil fields….


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The West is none too happy about its relations with states in the Middle East. The feudal regimes there have to make such concessions to the nationalist movements…that they become more and more reluctant to supply Britain and the United States with their natural resources and military bases…Therefore, strengthening Israel helps the Western powers maintain equilibrium and stability in the Middle East. Israel is to become the watchdog. There is no fear that Israel will undertake any aggressive policy towards the Arab states when this would explicitly contradict the wishes of the U.S. and Britain. But if for any reason the Western powers should sometimes prefer to close their eyes, Israel could be relied upon to punish one or several neighboring states whose discourtesy to the West went beyond the bounds of the permissible.
Haaretz, main Israeli newspaper, 1953

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It seems to me that the us is supporting Israel in this situation because they don't want to be seen as anti-Semitic and would much rather be anti-Islamic instead, given that they already are extremely anti-Islamic, as evidenced by the ongoing needless wars and occupation of the Middle East.
Anonymous

Well, these articles below explain some of the reasons I think the US supports Israel. Namely, that the presence of Israel as a largely-European colonial outpost —a highly militarized colonial outpost that is both inherently hostile to the region’s Arab population as well as dutifully willing to protect and serve the U.S.’s needs in the Middle East — serves the overall interests of Western/U.S. imperialism in that region.

As the major Israeli newspaper, Haaretz put it in the 1950s, during a time when Arab nationalism was on the rise against British, French, and U.S. imperialism:

The West is none too happy about its relations with states in the Middle East. The feudal regimes there have to make such concessions to the nationalist movements…that they become more and more reluctant to supply Britain and the United States with their natural resources and military bases…Therefore, strengthening Israel helps the Western powers maintain equilibrium and stability in the Middle East. Israel is to become the watchdog. There is no fear that Israel will undertake any aggressive policy towards the Arab states when this would explicitly contradict the wishes of the U.S. and Britain. But if for any reason the Western powers should sometimes prefer to close their eyes, Israel could be relied upon to punish one or several neighboring states whose discourtesy to the West went beyond the bounds of the permissible.

http://isreview.org/issues/04/Israel_watchdog.shtml

http://www.isreview.org/issues/52/israellobby.shtml

http://www.isreview.org/issues/15/israel_colonial.shtml


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wow. genocide, literally.


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ABC7 News:
UNSPEAKABLE LOSS: A South Bay man is in mourning after learning that an [Israeli] air strike in Gaza killed 30 members of his family. It’s the largest number of people killed in a single family since the fighting started. http://abc7ne.ws/1p9K1bW
wow. genocide, literally.

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UNSPEAKABLE LOSS: A South Bay man is in mourning after learning that an [Israeli] air strike in Gaza killed 30 members of his family. It’s the largest number of people killed in a single family since the fighting started. http://abc7ne.ws/1p9K1bW

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The New York Times falsely claimed that Israel’s bombing of Gaza started after Hamas fired rockets into Israel. Hamas started firing rockets only after Israel had already bombed Gaza.

James Marc Leas, “In Gaza-Israel Coverage, The New York Times Purveys Pro-War Propaganda on Page One”:

The July 23 article "Hamas Gambled on War as Its Woes Grew in Gaza" by New York Times reporter Anne Barnard wrongly states, “When Hamas sent a barrage of rockets into Israel, simmering hostilities, and back and forth strikes, erupted into war.” That statement about the war’s origin is pro-war propaganda. It has no basis in fact.

The statement contradicts the report issued by the authoritative “Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center" (ITIC), a private Israeli think tank that "has close ties with the country’s military leadership,” according to The Washington Post.

The ITIC July 8, 2014, report, “News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 2 - 8, 2014),” states: “For the first time since Operation Pillar of Defense [November 2012], Hamas participated in and claimed responsibility for rocket fire [on July 7, 2014].”

Thus, Hamas rocket fire only restarted on July 7 after a 19-month cease-fire. As we will see, this was nearly a month after Israeli forces launched massive military operations in the West Bank and Gaza starting on June 12….

"James Marc Leas is a Vermont attorney and is a past co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild Free Palestine Subcommittee. He collected evidence in the Gaza Strip from November 27 to December 3, 2012, as part of a 20 member delegation from the United States and Europe and co-authored several articles describing findings. He also participated in the National Lawyers Guild delegation to Gaza after Operation Cast Lead in February 2009 and contributed to its report, "Onslaught: Israel’s Attack on Gaza and the Rule of Law.""


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saturdaychores:

Saturday Chores #6, July 5, 2014
This sign was all Grayson’s idea. I couldn’t stop laughing.

omg, this whole tumblr is amazing.
“A pro-choice husband/wife team from Raleigh, N.C.”

saturdaychores:

Saturday Chores #6, July 5, 2014

This sign was all Grayson’s idea. I couldn’t stop laughing.

omg, this whole tumblr is amazing.

A pro-choice husband/wife team from Raleigh, N.C.”


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Just like Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress — who were declared “terrorists” by the U.S. and the South African Apartheid government, because they supported armed struggle — the Palestinian people have the right to fight for their freedom from occupation, apartheid, and genocide, by any and all means; be it via mass protest, boycott, rockets, slingshots, nonviolent disobedience and violent disobedience.

To stand for anything less would be like those who criticized African-American slaves for rising up and killing their white masters; the Irish rebels who attacked British imperial forces; Vietnamese who took up arms against the US empire; Jews in the Warsaw ghetto who plotted to detonate bombs amongst the ranks of their Nazi jailers; or Iraqis who burned the bodies of occupying US soldiers in Fallujah.


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Jewish Voice for Peace:
NOW: Thousands of Palestinians march from Ramallah to Jerusalem in largest protest in decades! Follow hashtag #48KMarch

NOW: Thousands of Palestinians march from Ramallah to Jerusalem in largest protest in decades!

Follow hashtag #48KMarch

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I am sorry for the innocent who were killed in Palestine. However, the number has been greatly exaggerated. Most of those who were killed were 18-35 year old men linked to Hamas. Israel cannot accept a truce, because they would be recognizing a terrorist organization. Please do some research before you speak on an issue. Some of us here actually have a real stake in this conflict. To you it's just some game you can get high off of by pretending you understand or care. Thank you

Wow. You have no clue.

In fact, Hamas is no more nor less of a terrorist organization than is the Israeli Army if you look at the historical record in terms of sheer destruction, innocents killed, war crimes committed, and the mass slaughter of civilians. Actually, the Israeli Army is the far greater terrorist in that respect.

Beyond that, Israel has spent the last several decades and years systematically stealing and dispossessing the Palestinians of their land; occupying Palestine through brute military force; maintaining a system of racial Apartheid within Israel and the occupied West Bank; refusing to let Palestinian refugees return to their homelands; bulldozing and destroying thousands of Palestinian homes and farmlands; murdering and imprisoning thousands of Palestinian children; and placing a criminal siege upon the people of Gaza that leaves them in a state of utter poverty, desperation, and malnutrition, all of which constitutes a crime against humanity.

It is not Hamas or Palestinians doing all of the above to Israelis. It is Israelis doing this to Palestinians. THAT is the number one source of the problem. For there can never peace where there is no justice.

Finally, I would argue that that the entire world has a “stake” in Israel’s genocide against the Palestinians. Your problem is that you think this is only a narrow regional conflict. It’s not. It effects the entire human species.

It is not without reason that the greatest fighters for justice in the history of the world have all raised the common refrain: “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and “No one can be free while others are oppressed.”

Such statements are more true than you apparently realize.


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Didn't a bunch of Turkish Muslims try to help Palestinians and their boat was boarded and several of them shot by Israel?

Yes, that’s basically correct. It happened on 31 May 2010.

It was a Turkish boat — the Mavi Marmara — carrying aid workers from an array of countries [including, actually, some personal friends of mine]. They were bringing humanitarian supplies into the besieged Gaza Strip. Israeli soldiers boarded the unarmed ship by force off the coast of Gaza, and opened fire, killing nine people and injuring dozens more.

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/turkish-court-issues-historic-arrest-warrants-israeli-army-commanders


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The website “Walla!” published comments from Israelis on a Haaretz article about the four children killed on the Gaza beach
Shani Moyal: “I couldn’t care less that Arab children were killed, too bad it wasn’t more. Well done to the IDF.”
Stav Sabah: “Really, these are great pictures. They make me so happy, I want to look at them again and again.”
Sharon Avishi: “Only four? Too bad. We hoped for more.”
Daniela Turgeman: “Great. We need to kill all the children.”
Chaya Hatnovich: “There isn’t a more beautiful picture than those of dead Arab children.”
Orna Peretz: “Why only four?”
Rachel Cohen: “I’m not for children dying in Gaza. I’m for everyone burning.”
Tami Mashan: “As many children as possible should die.”

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How does the Israel-Palestine situation relate to America-Mexico?
Anonymous

A parallel exists between the US and Israel, viz, the colonization and theft of indigenous land.

The entirety of the Southern border states in the US were stolen from Mexicans and Native Americans by the Protestant European colonists who came to America and declared it their “manifest destiny” to annex into the newly-formed United States all the land between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Similarly, Israel was created by Jewish European colonists who came to historic Palestine and declared it their “religious destiny” to annex into the newly-formed Jewish state all the land that belonged to the native Arab and Palestinian inhabitants between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

Also, a further, more direct connection exists because the US is by far the largest political, financial, and military supporter of Israel. This effectively makes the US the global imperial patron to Israel’s sub-imperialist aspirations, viz, the suppression and domination of Arab rebellion against attempts to assert Western hegemony over the Middle East.


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