a cranky, hungry, ramadan rant

News of Israeli terrorism in Sur, Lebanon is certainly not as horrible as being subjected to it, but I found it interesting that on the same day that the Zionist state announces it is giving back the Lebanese villages it currently and illegally occupies, the Israeli Terrorist Forces (ITF) decide to violate Lebanese airspace and terrorize the population:

Six Israeli warplanes flew over South Lebanon and broke the sound barrier twice over the port city of Tyre on Wednesday, a security official said. “Six Israeli warplanes flew all over southern Lebanon and the city of Tyre at low altitude for more than an hour and broke the sound barrier twice over Tyre,” the official told AFP. The overflight prompted scared shoppers to flee Tyre’s main market, witnesses said.

That is what “peace” looks like to the Zionist state. The more papers you look at, think about signing, agree to sign, the more under siege and the more terrorized you will be. This is the post-Oslo legacy. American readers, of course, see such statements and think that I’m the one who is nuts. They think Israel is a democracy; that they are somehow more moral than other people. Ah, yes, the spread of Jewish supremacy has spread to your brains: go now and seek treatment at your nearest hospital. Here are some examples, just from today showing you all just how “humane” and “moral” the Zionist state can be (read: racist, terrorist):

Amnesty International said on Thursday it feared for the safety of 91 African migrants deported by Israel to Egypt last month, saying they risked being held incommunicado and then sent on to unsafe countries. Those deported by Israel in late August include migrants of Sudanese and Eritrean origin who slipped across the sensitive Sinai desert border into the Jewish state, Amnesty said.

You see, all of those young, white Save Darfur activists, who are not aware that they are under the spell of the Zionists in the U.S. who control the discourse on what constitutes racism or genocide don’t realize that the Israelis deporting refugees has a very long history–sometimes they are refugees who are Palestinian and whose land the Zionists stole, sometimes they are refugees seeking refuge from other places. But they are brown, not Jewish, and therefore removed. It’s not that I don’t think that the cause of what is happening in Darfur is not a worthy one; certainly it is. But you must ask yourself: when and how did it come about (what role did the U.S. Holocaust Museum and Elie Wiesel play in this)?; why is it dependent upon a completely inaccurate perception of Sudan as Arab against Black African?; who would have something to gain from that lie and what?

Is there any doubt that similar such intertwined interests between American and Israeli racism is responsible for the imprisonment of Dr. Sami Al Arian for the last 5.5 years? There is a great interview with his daughter, Laila, on Democracy Now! today. It does a great job of showing just how racism and Islamophobia, played a huge role in jailing a man whose life has been (and hopefully will be again) devoted to Palestinian resistance. Yes, Americans have learned well from the Zionist state (and vice versa).

Which brings me to my daily kidnapping count by the ITF in Palestine during their daily, nightly incursions into the West Bank. But first I think it is useful to read a brief report based on findings about Israeli prisons (better described as torture chambers) and their kidnappings of late:

The Israeli forces carried out more than 250 raids in the West Bank during July, and detained more than 420 Palestinians, including children and members of local government councils, statistics released by the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs in Gaza show.

According to the ministry, Israel has detained 3,900 Palestinians so far this year. 40 children under the age of 18 were detained during August.

900 prisoners from the Gaza Strip have been denied the right to family visits for more than 15 months on the pretext that Israel will not coordinate the visits with the de facto government in Gaza. The International Committee of the Red Cross normally facilitates such visits.

41 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council are still in Israeli prisons.

Over the course of the last month, Israel issued 150 administrative detention orders, under which Palestinians can be held without charge or trial.

So I’m wondering, especially among American readers: what exactly about the above report sounds “democratic” or “moral”? I fear that the U.S. has gone so far down the rabbit hole that at this point it is difficult to see right from wrong any more. I can just imagine my former students in the U.S. reading such a report and expecting that “they deserved it” and thinking that this is just what we ought to be doing in Iraq and Afghanistan (and they would likely argue in Pakistan, Iran, take your pick).

But on this blog I try to bring a dose of reality and I try to educate people about what their U.S. tax dollars are being spent on. Normally, this includes rounding up innocent Palestinians every day and kidnapping them away from their families, where they can be held without trial, tortured, and essentially disappeared. Here are some of the newest such cases from the last 24 hours:

Wednesday, Septmeber 3rd in Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarem: Israeli troops invaded the West Bank cities of Nablus, Jenin, Tubas and Tulkarem kidnapping 7 civilians on Wednesday dawn as reported by local sources. In Nablus, a number of Israeli military vehicles invaded the city, centered in the streets and surrounded several houses. Troops searched and ransacked several houses before kidnapping 6 civilians taking them to an unknown detention camp for investigation. Israeli military claims that these 6 are wanted for allegedly being members of the Palestinian armed resistance. In addition, Israeli troops invaded the West Bank city of Jenin and 3 nearby cities, kidnapping a civilian. Troops centered in several streets in the area, they shot sound bombs and heavy gun fire at random before surrounding a number of houses and kidnapping a civilian.

Wednesday, September 3rd, Nablus: Border Police troops manning the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus on Wednesday evening uncovered seven handguns in a vehicle attempting to cross the checkpoint. The concealed firearms were confiscated and the five Palestinians traveling in the car were taken for questioning by security forces.

Wednesday, Wednesday, September 3rd, Nablus: Israeli forces on Wednesday morning seized ten Palestinians during raids in the West Bank. According to Israeli sources, the arrestees were from Nablus and Qabatiya in the northern West Bank as well as Halhul in the southern West Bank. Palestinian security sources said that Israeli military vehicles invaded the old city of Nablus and forcibly searched several homes before they arrested 6 young men. The sources identified the arrestees as, 16-year-old Ra’id Hamdan, 17-year-old Nasr Mabroukah, 21-year-old Ramiz Jum’ah, 20-year-old Eyhab Al-Arboudi, his brother 23-year-old Tha’ir and 19-year-old Zahi Fatayir.

Thursday, September 4th, Beit Lahem: The Israeli military forces invaded the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Thursday dawn kidnapping 7 civilians, as reported by local sources. Israeli military vehicles invaded the city and 2 nearby villages in addition to Aida refugee camp. Eyewitnesses reported that 10 Israeli military vehicles invaded the village of Beit Ta’mar southern the city of Bethlehem. Troops searched and ransacked 4 houses with the help of dogs after forcing the civilians out of their houses for couple of ours. Moreover, 5 Israeli military vehicles invaded the village of Tqu’, kidnapped Kamil Al Badan aged 39 after searching his house, troops took him to an unknown detention camp for investigation. The Israeli military forces also invaded Aida refugee camp, located north of Bethlehem, and kidnapped Imad Ayyad aged 35 taking him to an unknown destination.

Thursday, September 4th, Khalil: The Israeli military forces invaded the West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday dawn kidnapping 2 civilians local sources reported. Troops searched and ransacked Mahmud Jamjum aged 22, and Salamah Abu Hadeed aged 40 before kidnapping them. The two were taken to an unknown destination.

So that brings my count up to 194 from yesterday. That means just 5 more and we’re back to where we started before the Zionists released Palestinian political prisoners a week and a half ago. Who’d like to bet how long this will take? How many more days? The winner will receive a box of Nabulsi soap.

Oh, but there is some good news to report. More Palestinians are getting organized and realizing that 22% of historical Palestine, with no right of return for Palestinian refugees, is NOT A STATE! An article in the Guardian newspaper today reports on a Palestinian Study Group that has released a new report detailing how damaging the road to Oslo and back has been for Palestinians. For those of you who wish to read it in English or in Arabic they have the 52 page document posted on their website. One of their initial arguments is that there needs to be a change in discourse from the internationally-imposed state-building or peace-making to decolonialism. Here are some excerpts:

There is no space to pursue this in detail further here, except to note the importance of combating a central idea in the peacemaking discourse that what is at issue is two equivalent ‘Israeli’ and ‘Palestinian’ ‘narratives’. No doubt there are Israeli and Palestinian narratives. But what is centrally at issue is not a mere Palestinian narrative, but a series of incontrovertible facts – facts of expulsion, exclusion, dominance and occupation bitterly lived out by Palestinians day by day over the past 60 years and still being endured at the present time. This is not a narrative. It is a lived reality. Finding the best strategy for ending this lived reality is the main purpose of this Report. Transforming the discourse within which it is discussed is a major part of that effort.

In November 1988 the Palestine Liberation Organisation, recognised by Palestinians as their sole representative, made the extraordinary sacrifice of accepting the existence of the State of Israel and determining to establish an independent Palestinian state on the remaining 22% of historic Palestine in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 (PNC Political Communique, Algiers, 15 November, 1988). Has a national movement ever made a concession on a similar scale? To this day this remains the basis for official Palestinian strategic objectives. Yet for twenty years these objectives have not been realised. Why? In negotiations Israelis repeatedly say ‘we do all the giving and the Palestinians do all the taking’. This is the opposite of the truth. Palestinians continue to demand no more than 22% of their historic land. It is Israel that has done all the taking through continuous government backed settler encroachment on this remaining 22%. The aim has been to create ‘facts on the ground’, now reinforced by the ‘security wall’, in order to reduce the land left for a future Palestinian state below even 22%.

It is not surprising that, under the intolerable pressures of occupation, deep internal divisions have surfaced, particularly since the passing away of the charismatic national leadership of Yasser Arafat. It is also true that external powers – particularly Israel but also others – have adopted a deliberate policy of ‘divide and rule’. But this is all the more reason for Palestinians to rise above such rivalries, pressures and provocations when formulating a strategy for national liberation. The future in this respect is in our own hands.

For Palestinians there are three main linked strategic objectives. These aspirations are unanimously shared by all Palestinians. These strategic objectives guide everything that follows.

The first strategic objective is to end occupation of Palestinian lands.

The second strategic objective is to establish a fully independent and sovereign Palestinian state.

The third strategic objective is to honour the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

These strategic objectives are often misunderstood by non-Palestinians, and are also deliberately misrepresented.

The one state scenario is now daily gaining momentum among Palestinians. What had counted against it, namely its relative unavailability given relative power distribution (see next section), is being progressively reduced as prospects of a two state outcome recede, and more thought is given to as yet barely explored possibilities such as the reconfiguration or even abolition of the Palestinian Authority (see below). Highly informed Palestinian strategists are now actively advocating such scenarios in preference to what is perceived to be the alternative – a permanently frozen and deteriorating status quo or other scenarios into which the two state option is currently seen to be collapsing (see below). Many Palestinian citizens of Israel in particular favour a one state outcome. In other words that Palestinian citizens in the State of Israel and Jewish citizens in the State of Palestine both enjoy full individual and collective rights (the State of Israel becomes a democratic state rather
than a Jewish and democratic state). But the one state solution also receives good support among Palestinian citizens of Israel. These views are strongly represented within the Palestine Strategy Study Group.

The second main category of means of implementation is national resistance. Here threat power predominates. The range of options open to Palestinians under the general heading ‘resistance’ is great, reaching from noncooperation, through various forms of boycott and economic measures, and on to more active forms of resistance. This broad category of implementation can be deployed in support of all the strategic options so long as the tools are selected and applied with strategic precision. Again there is no room to do justice to this here. The distinction between civilian resistance and armed resistance is critical, and, within the latter, the distinction between armed attack on Israeli military assets and armed attack on Israeli civilians raises additional moral issues. Members of the Palestine Strategy Study Group were clear that in choosing means of implementation Palestinians must make sure
that the overwhelming justice of their cause is implemented by means that are also seen to be just.

Those are just a few highlights from the report; I don’t agree with all of it, but I think it is one of the more sound documents to be circulated of late. I wholly support the shift to a discourse of decolonization and especially a resistance movement that seeks to dismantle that colonialism. This is something we have not read in a long time in official Palestinian discourse. I was reading some statements Yassir ‘Arafat made in the 1970s and he was so much more powerful then. So much stronger as a leader. Oslo killed his discourse like it killed everything else.

1.5 hours until iftar. I’m starving.


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