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Arzitekt

Ask   Submit   London architecture student who breathes art and design, Iraqi by birth, a global citizen at heart with a quad-cultural identity. Passionate humanitarian and an Islamic feminist. Avid reader and appreciator of culture and philosophy.

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

— 6 days ago with 73 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.

— 4 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.

— 4 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 →
— 7 months 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 →
— 7 months 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)

— 8 months ago with 5204 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)

— 9 months 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

— 9 months 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 →
— 9 months 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 

A Muslim and a Jew Make Music Together - The Epichorus - Nanaa al Genina.

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#Jew  #Muslim  #Music  #Epichorus  #The Epichorus  #Nanaa al Genina  #Palestine  #Israel  #Muslim Jewish Relations  #Jewish  #Islam  #Politics  #Political music  #women 
The sign reads: ‘The Palestinian Martyr : Sarah Al-Dalu' 
Today was the first day of the Gazan schools after 8 days of war. Sarah was killed along side 10 of her family members (mother , father , sisters , brothers and aunts) when the Israeli Army targeted their home that collapsed over 14 members of the Al-Dalu family.
This photo brings memories from my own childhood, we had similar themes in my elementary school, where each one of us was asked about our ‘dead or alive’ parents, and I can’t help but think of children with no childhood.

The sign reads: ‘The Palestinian Martyr : Sarah Al-Dalu

Today was the first day of the Gazan schools after 8 days of war. Sarah was killed along side 10 of her family members (mother , father , sisters , brothers and aunts) when the Israeli Army targeted their home that collapsed over 14 members of the Al-Dalu family.

This photo brings memories from my own childhood, we had similar themes in my elementary school, where each one of us was asked about our ‘dead or alive’ parents, and I can’t help but think of children with no childhood.

— 1 year ago with 393 notes
#Palestine  #Gaza  #Israel  #war  #martyr  #middle east  #childhood  #humanity  #sympathy  #life  #crime  #pain  #suffering 

WAR MATADOR / TRAILER // JMT Films Distribution

A film by Avner Faingulernt & Macabit Abramson / Israel 2011

In January 2009, during the war in Gaza, two courageous Israeli directors grabbed their cameras to shoot material along the common border. The bombs are filmed from a distance, out of focus and at extreme focal length — the tourists’ point of view. The impact of the bombs in the distance is muffled, which is why the visual opposition between close up/long shot draws the attention to the spoken words, which are blunt, without compassion. The result of their journey is a disturbing essay about war and tourism, an absurd, surreal journey.

— 1 year ago with 3 notes
#gaza  #israel  #palestine  #war  #war matador  #hebrew  #arabic  #middle east  #humanity  #film  #israeli  #occupied palestine 

Author James Barr discusses A Line in the Sand. This book is definitely hitting my Amazon Wish List!

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#A Line in the Sand  #James Barr  #arab  #arab israeli conflict  #book  #books  #british empire  #imperial expansion  #iraq  #israel  #jewish  #jews  #middle east  #mideast  #muslims  #ottoman empire  #palestine  #politics  #the holy land 

Humiliation: Israel’s harsh restrictions on Palestinian prayer

— 1 year ago
#palestine  #israel  #zionism  #RT  #eid  #eid mubarak  #muslims  #islam  #human rights  #conflict  #eid prayer  #ramadan