Anonymous asked:

You know Amnesty International is known to be antisemitic AND anti-Israel, right? So using an article by them as a defense is kinda worthless. (btw, I'm not saying Israel doesn't have problems, I'm just saying AI is not the place to go for at least somewhat unbiased sources)

pax-arabica answered:

Yaaaaawn. Transparent, but not unexpected.

I knew this was going to pop up sooner or later. Notice how nobody ever mentions HOW or WHY they are “Antisemitic”. It’s an easy allegation to toss. Are they Antisemitic in the same way Desmond Tutu was suddenly branded “Antisemitic” after he criticized Israeli occupation and compared it to Apartheid?

Check these out:

A/HRC/1/106, A/HRC/S-1/1, A/HRC/S-2/1, A/HRC/S-3/1, A/HRC/2/3, A/HRC/2/4, A/HRC/3/1, A/HRC/3/3, A/HRC/4/2, A/HRC/5/1, OM/1/1, OM/1/2, A/HRC/6/18, A/HRC/6/19, A/HRC/S-6/1, A/HRC/7/1, A/HRC/7/30, A/HRC/7/17, A/HRC/7/18, A/HRC/9/18, A/HRC/S-9/1, A/HRC/10/17, A/HRC/10/21, A/HRC/10/20, A/HRC/10/18, A/HRC/10/19, A/HRC/S-12/1, A/HRC/13/5, A/HRC/13/6, A/HRC/13/7, A/HRC/13/8, A/HRC/13/9, A/HRC/14/1.

No this isn’t a coding error, these are all resolutions targeting Israel for human rights violations adopted by the Human Rights Council.

106, 111, 127, 162, 171, 228, 237, 248, 250, 251, 252, 256, 259, 262, 265, 267, 270, 271, 279, 280, 285, 298, 313, 316, 317, 332, 337, 347, 425, 427, 444, 446, 450, 452, 465, 467, 468, 469, 471, 476, 478, 484, 487, 497, 498, 501, 509, 515, 517, 518, 520, 573, 587, 592, 605, 607, 608, 636, 641, 672, 673, 681, 694, 726, 799, 904, 1073, 1322, 1402, 1403, 1405, 1435, 1544, 1860, 1937, 2004, 2064.

These are all 77 resolutions targeting Israel for international law violations adopted by the UN.

Organizations like B’tselem, Human Rights Watch, and even the International Court of Justice have all issued countless reports and advisory opinions stating that Israel breaks the Geneva Conventions more often than Abraham Foxman cries “Khamas!”.

So now you have to ask yourself. Could every single one of these organizations be wrong, and Israel is right?

Is it seriously easier for you to believe, that every single international Human Rights organization, the UN, the Interntional Court and any other party documenting war crimes, are in on some MASSIVE conspiracy /specifically/ targeting Israel… than to believe that Israel juuuuust might have done something wrong?

How full of yourself do you have to be, how big must your ego be to think that tens of thousands of people, billions upon billions in funding…are all somehow mobilized and dedicated /just/ for poor little Israel?

This might come as a shock to Israelis, but the world actually doesn’t revolve around Israel, as much as you’d like to believe that it does. I’ve actually seen Israelis suggest that the EU would be the biggest loser in the case it boycotts Israel. In their minds, the world owes them a favor for existing.

All these organizations are branded and demonized as “biased” and “Anti-Israel”. Yeah well reality has an Anti-Israel bias. Bias is not a dirty word. You have a moral obligation to be biased against injustice.

Israel doesn’t “have problems.” Israel is the problem.

I have never seen more arrogant and ahistorical people than those who defend Israel. They demand you provide proof, and nothing you provide is ever good enough. And it’s incredibly easy to defame someone when you call them antisemitic. It takes you 3 seconds to say it, no proof needed, and a month to dispel its effects.

It’s a disgusting silencing tactic, and you should feel ashamed of yourself. If not for the countless people victimized by Israel, then for the actual victims of Antisemitism throughout history.

Anonymous asked:

so basically you're against jewish self determination?

maarnayeri answered:

Right, because creating the largest refugee population in the world and the largest open air prison around a 4 mile piece of land with 1.7 mil people who overwhelmingly reside in refugee quarters and depend on foreign aid for survival, openly calling for (and perpetuating) genocide, setting children on fire/throwing thousands of them into a torture prison without any substantial charges, allowing women in labor to die because they’re holed up at a military checkpoint for five hours, deploying an entire rifle’s worth of bullets into a defenseless 13 year old and emptying hundreds of rockets into one of the most densely populated regions on Earth, killing over a hundred in less than 72 hours and turning it into a community spectacle to laugh at has to do with self determination.

Shut the fuck up, you moral lacking parasite.

lmfaaaaoooooooo @ moral lacking parasite 

*follows*

People who go “both countries are at fault”

pax-arabica:

What they think they sound like:

“I’m so rational. The truth is somewhere in the middle, they’re both wrong. I’m so nuanced and enlightened with my views.”

What they actually sound like:

“History and context are things that do not exist to me. In whatever dimension I exist in, I believe that there is an equivalence between an advanced occupying army that is notorious for war crimes, and an occupied brutalized population.”

Anonymous asked:

i'm definitely trying to stay caught up on what's happening in Palestine, but I feel so powerless. what can we do to, i don't know, do something or help? is there ways to send money or supplies?

noor3amoor answered:

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I saw this tweet today and thought it was appropriate for this ask. Money and supplies are not immune to rocket fire, but you can focus on the bigger picture: an end to the occupation.

Here are 5 ways you can support Gaza through BDS:

1. Boycott Israel! Don’t buy Israeli goods!

Profits from exports from Israel help to fund the Israeli government and its crimes against the Palestinian people. Refuse to buy Israeli goods and tell retailers that you are doing it. Persuade friends and family to stop buying any Israeli products too!

Brands to avoid include Ahava, Jaffa oranges, Sabra and Tribe hummus and SodaStream.

2. Join an active BDS campaign or start a new one

Initiate action in your institution, union, group, etc., against the companies and organisations that support and profit from Israel’s system of oppression over the Palestinian people.

For example, in the US, campaigners have pressured major pension funds to divest from Caterpillar, a company that provides bulldozers used to destroy Palestinian homes.

Public bodies across the world have been successfully pressured to stop awarding contracts for public services to Veolia, a company that provides infrastructure to illegal Israeli settlements. Veolia has lost contracts worth more than $14bn following BDS campaigns.

Campaigners recently persuaded a major bank to divest from G4S, a private security firm involved in Israel’s crimes against Palestinian prisoners, including children.

You can find out more about campaigns taking place in your area by contacting your local Palestine solidarity organisation. There’s a great online database of Palestine solidarity groups here or contact us for advice on whom to contact or on how to start a new BDS campaign.

3. Organise a BDS protest action

Demonstrations, banner drops and flashmobs are great ways to raise awareness of the boycott of Israel. Some actions target particular products, like the actions against Israeli cosmetics company Ahava, while others take place in supermarkets and remind shoppers not to buy Israeli goods or to target complicit companies.

There’s a useful guide to planning a BDS action here. The guide is written specifically for the Ahava campaign, but it’s full of useful ideas for similar campaigns too.

4. Urge organisations that you are a member of to divest from Israel

Trade unions, student unions, faith groups and other organisations all over the world have passed BDS-related resolutions calling for divesting from companies profiting from Israel’s occupation.

The US Quakers’ investment entity recently sold its shares in Hewlett Packard and Veolia, two companies supporting and profiting from Israeli violations of international law, after having divested from Caterpillar a few months ago for the same reasons.

Student unions around the world have voted to support divestment and have successfully campaigned to have companies like Sabra Hummus and Eden Springs removed from their campuses.

Trade unions can participate in BDS campaigns and sell any investments they may hold in Israeli companies or raise rank-and-file awareness about Israeli products to boycott.

Ask organisations that you’re a member of to hold a meeting to discuss education about and support for the BDS campaign, and find out if it’s possible to pass a resolution to support BDS when the time is right.

5. Pressure your elected officials to impose a military embargo on Israel

Military ties with Israel feed and encourage further Israeli violence. Israel wouldn’t be able to maintain its occupation and apartheid system over the Palestinian people if it wasn’t for the military aid it receives from the US or the military trade it conducts with countries around the world. Urge your government and elected representatives to support a military embargo on Israel.

- See more at: http://www.bdsmovement.net/2012/five-ways-to-effectively-support-gaza-through-boycotts-divestment-and-sanctions-10051#sthash.eLSVyodz.dpuf

Challenge the media narrative, challenge the media narrative, challenge the media narrative.

Spread the news.

mehreenkasana:

Current Palestinian and Israeli fatalities since the Israel’s Operation Protective Edge. Via Ben White.
The narrative that insists “both sides are equally guilty” falls apart each time Israel leads an offensive on Palestinian population. Whether it is Operation Protective Edge or Operation Pillar of Defence or any other attack led by Israel on Palestinians, the glaring disparity of military power of that possessed by Israel and the barely-existing means held by Palestinians is more than obvious. The narrative should have never been about the culpability of “both sides” because that indicates a semblance of equality; of both sides maintaining the same amount of power but in this case, there is none. The liberal guilt complex which insists to see “both sides” attempts to create an illusion of balance between the settler and the invaded, the colonizer and the colonized.
One side has the Obama administration funding its security with $3 billion dollars annually up to 2018, the other is regularly threatened and faced with residential demolition, forced displacement, starvation, detention for both adults and children, collective punishment and a myriad of more fascist apartheid logic. One side can afford sitting at leisure on a hilltop in Sderot overlooking Gaza and rejoice as blasts hit Palestinians, the other flees for its life. You cannot strike a balance between Israel and Palestine; you cannot compare both because the comparison requires equilibrium of some sort. Here there is none.
One has to be incredibly naive or deliberately dishonest to implore that the world see “both sides” because there is only one side and that side is being obliterated ruthlessly. And we all know which type between naive and dishonest is more in numbers.

mehreenkasana:

Current Palestinian and Israeli fatalities since the Israel’s Operation Protective Edge. Via Ben White.

The narrative that insists “both sides are equally guilty” falls apart each time Israel leads an offensive on Palestinian population. Whether it is Operation Protective Edge or Operation Pillar of Defence or any other attack led by Israel on Palestinians, the glaring disparity of military power of that possessed by Israel and the barely-existing means held by Palestinians is more than obvious. The narrative should have never been about the culpability of “both sides” because that indicates a semblance of equality; of both sides maintaining the same amount of power but in this case, there is none. The liberal guilt complex which insists to see “both sides” attempts to create an illusion of balance between the settler and the invaded, the colonizer and the colonized.

One side has the Obama administration funding its security with $3 billion dollars annually up to 2018, the other is regularly threatened and faced with residential demolition, forced displacement, starvation, detention for both adults and children, collective punishment and a myriad of more fascist apartheid logic. One side can afford sitting at leisure on a hilltop in Sderot overlooking Gaza and rejoice as blasts hit Palestinians, the other flees for its life. You cannot strike a balance between Israel and Palestine; you cannot compare both because the comparison requires equilibrium of some sort. Here there is none.

One has to be incredibly naive or deliberately dishonest to implore that the world see “both sides” because there is only one side and that side is being obliterated ruthlessly. And we all know which type between naive and dishonest is more in numbers.