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Ask   Submit   London architect-in-the-making who breathes art and design. nomad at heart with a quad-cultural identity. leftist. vegetarian. intersectional feminist with an inter-religious spirituality. sociology. politics. philosophy. music.

"Please, please stop posting conspiratorial claims about links between the US/Israel and Isis or Baghdadi based on alleged ‘NSA documents’ revealed by Edward Snowden. Snowden NEVER said anything about Isis and the US or Israel and never released any documents to that effect - and that’s been publicly confirmed, on Twitter, both by Snowden’s lawyer Ben Wizner and Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke the NSA story and is now a friend of Snowden. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet without trying to fact-check it first. Thanks."
Mehdi Hasan
— 2 months ago
#Mehdi Hasan  #israel  #isis  #baghdadi  #nsa  #snowden  #edward snowden  #gaza  #palestine  #iraq  #politics 
LRB · Patrick Cockburn · Isis consolidates →

Brilliant piece on ISIS by Patrick Cockburn!


As
 the attention of the world focused on Ukraine and Gaza, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) captured a third of Syria in addition to the quarter of Iraq it had seized in June. The frontiers of the new Caliphate declared by Isis on 29 June are expanding by the day and now cover an area larger than Great Britain and inhabited by at least six million people, a population larger than that of Denmark, Finland or Ireland. In a few weeks of fighting in Syria Isis has established itself as the dominant force in the Syrian opposition, routing the official al-Qaida affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, in the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor and executing its local commander as he tried to flee. In northern Syria some five thousand Isis fighters are using tanks and artillery captured from the Iraqi army in Mosul to besiege half a million Kurds in their enclave at Kobani on the Turkish border. In central Syria, near Palmyra, Isis fought the Syrian army as it overran the al-Shaer gasfield, one of the largest in the country, in a surprise assault that left an estimated three hundred soldiers and civilians dead. Repeated government counter-attacks finally retook the gasfield but Isis still controls most of Syria’s oil and gas production. The Caliphate may be poor and isolated but its oil wells and control of crucial roads provide a steady income in addition to the plunder of war.

— 2 months ago with 2 notes
#iraq  #iraq war  #isis  #isil  #Patrick Cockburn  #syria  #syria war  #gaza  #palestine  #kurdistan  #baghdad  #middle east conflict  #we are n  #iraqi christians  #suadi arabia  #politics  #qatar  #turkey 

I dare you to watch this - One of the best documentaries I have seen about the subject - made by an Israeli.

The Zionist Story 

The Zionist Story, an independent film by Ronen Berelovich, is the story of ethnic cleansing, colonialism and apartheid to produce a demographically Jewish State.

Ronen successfully combines archival footage with commentary from himself and others such as Ilan Pappe, Terry Boullata, Alan Hart and Jeff Halper.

"I have recently finished an independent documentary, The Zionist Story, in which I aim to present not just the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, but also the core reason for it: the Zionist ideology, its goals (past and present) and its firm grip not only on Israeli society, but also, increasingly, on the perception of Middle East issues in Western democracies.

These concepts have already been demonstrated in the excellent ‘Occupation 101′ documentary made by Abdallah Omeish and Sufyan Omeish, but in my documentary I approach the subject from the perspective of an Israeli, ex-reserve soldier and someone who has spent his entire life in the shadow of Zionism.

I hope you can find a moment to watch The Zionist Story and, if you like it, please feel free to share it with others. (As both the documentary and the archived footage used are for educational purposes only, the film can be freely distributed).

I have made this documentary entirely by myself, with virtually no budget, although doing my best to achieve high professional standard, and I hope that this ‘home-spun’ production will be of interest to viewers.” - Ronen Berelovich.

— 2 months ago with 7 notes
#the zionist story  #israel  #gaza  #palestine  #zionism  #ronen berelovich  #west bank  #gaza strip  #documentaries  #documentary  #the middle east conflict  #middle east conflict 

Over 5,500 Iraqis have been slaughtered since the invasion of ISIS, with tens of thousands of Christians, Shias and Kurds demonised and forced to flee their homes. The world doesn’t seem to care because Iraq is not in Gaza. For those of you posting about Gaza only, I wish you just make an effort to see what’s been happening in Iraq and stand up to this cancer that’s plaguing both Iraq and Syria… Isn’t it about humanity after all?!

— 2 months ago with 1071 notes
#iraq  #mosul  #Gaza  #Palestine  #israel  #iraqi christians  #baghdad  #middle east 

Incredible young women, a Jewish and a Muslim, break down bad religious and cultural stereotypes. Splendid poetry!

— 6 months ago with 86 notes
#poetry  #jewish  #muslim  #religion  #culture  #art  #islam  #judaism  #palestine  #Israel 
Nelson Mandela's long history of support for Palestine →

The death of South African liberation icon Nelson Mandela last night has brought in floods of well-deserved tributes. But the hypocrisy of many of these, often from the very same politicians who formerly denounced him a “terrorist,” seems to know no bounds.

The mythology that has grown up around Mandela over the decades in the west has sought to de-politicise and disarm him and his history of struggle.

It is too easy to forget now that Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1963 precisely because he helped form the armed wing of the African National Congress, Umkhonto we Sizwe. In fact, he was not removed from the US “terror” watch list until 2008, and had to be granted special exceptions when he travelled to there.

In his June 1961 Letter From Underground, Mandela wrote: “Only through hardship, sacrifice, and militant action can freedom be won. The struggle is my life.”

Margaret Thatcher, who Mandela thankfully outlived, denounced Mandela’s ANC as a “typical terrorist organization”. The British and American governments backed apartheid South Africa until the end.

Although Mandela is famous for pursuing peaceful negotiations with the white supremacist regime, he never renounced the right to use violence. Crucially, he only entered negotiations with the white regime when it was already being defeated. These are two crucial differences with the Oslo accords: Israel’s apartheid system was never dealt a deadly blow, and Arafat renounced the use of “terrorism”.

Another aspect of Mandela’s legacy often buried by the mainstream press is his support for the Palestinian struggle.

The ANC was a national liberation movement. In that era, revolutionary freedom fighters looked not to placating the west, but to each other as they built not only rhetorical, but very real material links.

Mandela visited the revolutionary leaders of Algeria in 1962, he built links with Fidel Castro’s Cuba, and with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

A video copy of a 1990 televised town hall meeting with Mandela in New York was uploaded to YouTube earlier this year and was being shared on social networks last night, as the news of Mandela’s death broke. There are many interesting aspects of this historical footage.

It took place only a few months after Mandela’s release from prison. Democratic elections were still four years away, and the apartheid regime was still very much in power.

Although the audience is clearly loaded with Mandela’s supporters and fans, a large part of the conversation was taken up by supporters of Israel who challenge Mandela: mainly on his support for the Palestine Liberation Organization leader. This is then manufactured as a “controversial” aspect of ANC policy.

There are references to private meetings that Mandela held with “Jewish leaders”. It is clear from the programme that Mandela was coming under massive amounts of pressure to cut ties to Arafat and denounce him.

Pro-Israel lobbyists were clearly making veiled and not-so-veiled threats about using their claimed influence to pressure Congress to end sanctions on the then-still-existing South African apartheid regime. Indeed the anchor of the show, ABC’s Ted Koppel pressed just this point: “If you were very political you might have been more concerned about not alienating some people in this country who have it in their hands, within their power, either to continue sanctions against South Africa or to raise them.”

But Mandela stood firm: “We identify with the PLO, because just like ourselves they are fighting for the right of self determination.”

His position was not particularly radical: he also expressed support for a two state solution, while being adamant that Israel must leave the West Bank, Gaza and Syria’s Golan Heights. Despite several challenges he concluded: “Arafat is a comrade in arms, and we treat him as such.”

Remember that at this time, Arafat had not yet made the grave mistake of signing the sell-out Oslo accords and was still regarded in the west, particularly in America as an arch-terrorist. Mandela was in a tough position in the US, Israel’s number-one supporter, but stood firm.

In 1999, he toured the Middle East, visiting Palestine. In Gaza he closely identified the South African struggle for freedom with the Palestinian struggle: “The histories of our two peoples, Palestinian and South African, correspond in such painful and poignant ways, that I intensely feel myself being at home amongst compatriots … The long-standing fraternal bonds between our two liberation movements are now translating into the relations between two governments.”

It’s clear that Mandela was over-optimistic to hope the Palestinian Authority would develop into a genuine free or democratic government. There are also genuine criticisms to be made of his legacy in South Africa: structural economic apartheid still exists for the vast majority of the black population.

But looking back on Mandela’s revolutionary past now is a reminder of another era. Of a time when the Palestinian struggle inspired and was inspired by revolutionary liberation movements around the world.

— 10 months ago with 10 notes
#nelson mandela  #mandela  #apartheid  #palestine  #asa winstanley  #gaza  #west bank  #israel 
Why are we building new walls to divide us? →

Almost a quarter of a century after the Iron Curtain came down, the walls are going up again. In steel and concrete, with watchtowers and barbed wire, mankind is building separation barriers at a rate perhaps unequalled in history - at least 6,000 miles in the last decade alone, according to a Guardian analysis.

Now, in a unique project, Guardian journalists have visited 10 of the most controversial, striking, contested and extraordinary walls, from the US-Mexican border to the West Bank, and from Europe’s eastern and southern frontiers to the divided cities of Homs and Belfast. We have tried to establish why these new divisions are going up now, in an age when globalisation was supposed to tear the barriers down - particularly when, as history shows, walls rarely did what they set out to do.

— 10 months ago
#walled world  #globalisation  #the guardian  #israel  #west bank  #homs  #belfast  #palestine  #mexico  #city planning  #urbanism  #architecture  #europe  #united states  #divided cities  #journalism 
How the British Divided Up the Arab World →
— 1 year ago with 3 notes
#iraq  #syria  #jordan  #middle east  #islam  #history  #politics  #culture  #religion  #islamic history  #lost islamic history  #baghdad  #turkey  #Balfour Declaration  #israel  #wwi  #wwii  #war  #palestine 
British writers back Palestinian villagers against Israeli army - Telegraph →
— 1 year ago with 3 notes
#palestine  #israel  #ian mcewan  #john le carre  #julian barnes  #IDF  #israeli army  #human rights  #humanity  #news  #politics  #activism  #writer  #nobel prize  #Orhan Pamuk  #inspiring  #inspiration 

in-the-midst-of-winter:

readyokaygo:

Drawings from children in Gaza.

Hit me like a tonne of bricks.

(via sogandzakerhaghighi)

— 1 year ago with 6284 notes
#palestine  #gaza  #israel 
Israel must take action to regulate the status of tens of thousands of Gazans living without IDs
Imagine not having an I.D:
"In 2004, I finished high school with a 95.5% average. I got two scholarships from the Palestinian Ministry of Education, one to study engineering in Turkey and the other to study medicine in Tunisia. Because I don’t have an ID card, I couldn’t go. I stayed in Gaza and studied information technology at al-Azhar University, even though I wasn’t interested in this profession. I wanted to study dentistry abroad, but I couldn’t. I stayed in Gaza and finished my studies.After I finished my studies, I was unemployed for two years. Then I got a job with the welfare agency, as head of their information department. I’d like to study for a Master’s degree outside of Gaza, but I can’t, because I don’t have an ID card.”
40,000 to 50,000 individuals currently live in the Gaza Strip without ID cards recognized by Israel, nor do they have any official status elsewhere in the world. Some of them were born in the Gaza Strip but were never recognized as residents by Israel: some fled the Gaza Strip during the 1967 war, or left Gaza for various reasons after 1967 and later returned. A small number were born in the Gaza Strip and have never left it, but do not have ID cards for various reasons. Israel, which still controls the Palestinian Population Registry, must allow all stateless individuals in Gaza to obtain status.

Israel must take action to regulate the status of tens of thousands of Gazans living without IDs

Imagine not having an I.D:

"In 2004, I finished high school with a 95.5% average. I got two scholarships from the Palestinian Ministry of Education, one to study engineering in Turkey and the other to study medicine in Tunisia. Because I don’t have an ID card, I couldn’t go. I stayed in Gaza and studied information technology at al-Azhar University, even though I wasn’t interested in this profession. I wanted to study dentistry abroad, but I couldn’t. I stayed in Gaza and finished my studies.

After I finished my studies, I was unemployed for two years. Then I got a job with the welfare agency, as head of their information department. I’d like to study for a Master’s degree outside of Gaza, but I can’t, because I don’t have an ID card.”

40,000 to 50,000 individuals currently live in the Gaza Strip without ID cards recognized by Israel, nor do they have any official status elsewhere in the world. Some of them were born in the Gaza Strip but were never recognized as residents by Israel: some fled the Gaza Strip during the 1967 war, or left Gaza for various reasons after 1967 and later returned. A small number were born in the Gaza Strip and have never left it, but do not have ID cards for various reasons. Israel, which still controls the Palestinian Population Registry, must allow all stateless individuals in Gaza to obtain status.

(Source: btselem.org)

— 1 year ago with 39 notes
#israel  #Palestine  #human rights  #gaza  #gaza strip  #occupied territories  #occupied palestine  #middle east  #middle east politics  #west bank  #politics  #humanity  #religion  #stateless  #freedom 
The Drone That Killed My Grandson  →

A must read article on drone strikes!

The Drone That Killed My Grandson

— 1 year ago with 14 notes
#drone strikes  #drone attacks  #drones  #yemen  #drone  #middle east  #united states  #Obama  #obama administration  #democracy  #justice  #politics  #news  #البمن  #يمن  #صنعاء  #palestine  #iraq  #syria  #cairo  #baghdad  #egypt  #israel 
Palestinian national strike to stop Israel's "Prawer plan" ethnic cleansing →
— 1 year ago with 76 notes
#land confiscation  #palestine  #israel  #ethnic cleansing  #palestinians  #bedouins  #negev  #arab  #arabs  #israeli occupation  #gaza  #west bank  #middle east  #naqab  #discrimination  #racism  #racial discrimination  #human rights  #humanity  #architecture  #construction  #design  #city  #city planning  #jewish  #nakba  #colonialism  #land day