Lenin and the debates that shaped the Russian Revolution have been misunderstood by friends and foes alike.
The Russian Revolution of 1917 has long been an object lesson suitable for drawing edifying morals. Everyone looks at it in order to discover the great mistake — moral, political, ideological — that led to disaster.
Having discovered the mistake, we can feel secure that we would have avoided disaster and superior to all those who have not yet seen the error of their ways. The human reality of the revolution — the overpowering sense of being caught up in a whirlwind of events — is lost as we hurry to draw lessons and point fingers.
Over 80% of Palestinians murdered by Israel have been non-combatants. Over 96% of Israelis killed have been occupation soldiers.
Over 1,000 people in Boston rallied, marched through the streets, and held a sit-in in front of the Massachusetts State House in support of Palestine and against Israel’s war on Gaza (22 July 2014).
A truly Israeli experience! Exclusive access to Jewish-only roads while we caravan in Judea and Samaria—roads just for Jews? Umm, yes sign me up plz #vipaccess #israelisMYbirthright
Holy shit this entire Tumblr is amazing.
Nothing reveals the plain truth like juxtaposition.
UPDATE: To those of you who have no conception of art and satire, of course all these pictures are “photoshopped.” What the author did, though, is take two real pictures and juxtapose them on top of each other in one image to demonstrate the ludicrousness of Jews taking all-expense-paid trips to Israel as if it were some sort of summer camp, on the one hand, and the lived realities of Palestinians living on the other side of the Apartheid wall, on the other.
It’s actually a very effective form of political imagery.
Israel says that its targeting of civilians is justified since rockets are kept by Gazan residents in civilian locations.
Even if we ignore for a moment the fact that this claim rings hollow when we look at Israel’s murder of children playing out on an open beach, or its sniper fire at doctors and relief workers, it is easy to understand why Gazans would feel compelled to do such a thing.
Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Owing to the seige maintained at its borders by Israel and Egypt it is also prison.
Maybe if Israel didn’t steal all their land and impoverish them, the people of Gaza would be able to have sprawling air force bases, military compounds, and industrial weapons factories/armories spanning over huge tracts of surface area, as does Israel.
But until then, what choice do an oppressed, occupied people have — a people without an airforce, standing army, or first-rate weapons donated by the U.S. — but to stash their weaponry anywhere they are able in the hopes of avoiding their oppressor’s omnipresent air strikes?
six million died in the holocaust... palestine has no right to complain!
that makes no sense. that would be like if i were to point out that approximately 10 million Africans died as a result of the trans-Atlantic slave trade — or that tens of millions of Native Americans were killed by European colonialism — so therefore Jews have no right to complain …
this isn’t a contest, it’s a protest against the mass slaughter of human beings!
also, palestine had nothing to do with the holocaust. that was the product of European fascism. trying to connect the two issues only serves as an empty justification for Israel’s CURRENT genocide against the palestinians.
and most jewish ancestors of holocaust victims today actually don’t live in israel, but are rather quite assimilated into europe, the united states, and elsewhere around the globe. but you don’t see those jews using the holocaust as justification to carry out mass genocide within their new homelands.
in actual fact, israel’s genocide against the palestinians has absolutely nothing to do with the holocaust, but rather everything to do with Western colonialism and imperialism.
in any event, people have a “right” to “complain” about any and all genocides that take place, regardless of who is the perpetrator and who the victim.
the real question is — what kind of sick barbaric fuck are you that only cares about the genocide carried out against some people, but not others?
Chicago protest for Gaza - 20 July 2014
The death toll in Gaza is now over 600, but the Apartheid State of Israel can never slaughter its way to legitimacy. The world is watching. Palestine will be free.
Even though it is still mercilessly killing civilians in Gaza, Israel has, in political and strategic terms, already lost the “war” it launched on Gaza on the false pretext of stopping rockets.