The people in Gaza are living through yet another Israeli assault, the third such assault in six years, with nowhere to flee. As missiles hit civilian houses, entire families are obliterated. How else could one possibly characterize the killing of twenty-five members from one family in one strike, or the killing of another eighteen members from another family in just another strike? How can one describe the arbitrary and indiscriminate shelling of one of the most crowded and impoverished areas in Gaza City with endless barrages of missiles and mortar shells all night long while preventing ambulances and civil defense forces from entering the area to rescue and evacuate the victims?
We don’t target civilians,” Israel tells us. “You’re simply lying” should be a sane person’s response to these, at best, baseless claims. Israel does target civilians with its sophisticated high-precision weapons, hence the over 1,000 [1,437 on July 31] deaths in Gaza so far, 80 percent of whom are civilians, according to human rights groups. Over 200 children have been killed, some charred, others decapitated and many disemboweled. Israeli warships have killed four young children from Bakr family playing on the beach in broad daylight, an incident witnessed by NBC’s reporter in Gaza Ayman Mohyedin. A sniper killed a distressed young man looking for his lost cousin amongst the debris in the wake of its unspeakable massacre in Al Shujayeh.
Its unmanned drones killed two young brothers from Areef family with a missile while they were on their way to buy yogurt for their breakfast. In another incident, it fired missiles at and killed three children feeding their pigeons and chickens on the roof of their building. Israel has dropped thousands of tons of explosives on one of the world’s most densely populated areas, killing 26 members from Abu Jame’ family in one airstrike, 20 members from Al Najjar family, 18 from Al Batsh family, nine from Al Qassas family, 7 from Al Keilani family, 8 from Kaware’ family, five from Hamad family and on and on. These are the stories we hear as we wait death in the comfort of our home.
A ceasefire might be negotiated and agreed upon. Hamas might soon stop firing rockets, but then will Israel cease to exercise its violence against Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank on a daily basis? The reality is that if Palestinians stop resisting, Israel won’t stop occupying, as its leaders repeatedly affirm. The besieged Jews of the Warsaw ghetto had a motto “to live and die in dignity.” As I sit in my own besieged ghetto, I think how Palestinians have honored this universal value. We live in dignity and we die in dignity, refusing to accept subjugation.
We’re tired of war. I, for one, have had enough of bloodshed, death and destruction. But I also can no longer tolerate the return to a deeply unjust status quo. I can no longer agree to live in this open-air prison. We can no longer tolerate to be treated as sub-humans, deprived of our most basic human rights. We are trapped here, trapped between two deaths: death by Israeli bombs and missiles, and death by Israel’s blockade of Gaza.
We want to be able to get in and out of Gaza freely, whenever we choose. Why should our students not be granted their right to study at universities of their own choice? Why should our patients be left for their own death as Israel deprives them of receiving medical treatment in hospitals outside of Gaza? Our fishermen want to fish in our sea waters without the prospect of being shot at and killed. We deserve the right to access clean water, electricity and our most basic needs. And yet we can’t because Israel occupies. It occupies not only our land but our bodies and our destinies. No people can tolerate this injustice. We, too, are humans.
Who is really using human shields? The IDF of course.
I think the most ironic thing about this whole “Hamas uses human shields” allegation, is that the IDF is notorious for using Palestinians as human shields.
This is far from unusual:
Israel has constantly used this allegation not only against civilians in Gaza, but also when it bombed civilian populations in Lebanon during the 2006 war. Witness accounts and international rights organizations have stated time and time again that no evidence to this has been found either in Lebanon or in Gaza.
But somehow, the word of Israel, a country that needs to hire people to spread its propaganda online, still has a shred of credibility.
The world is letting fascist Israel continue its genocide of Palestinians so they’re not even hiding it any more. There’s no need to because instead of facing consequences for it they are rewarded with extra military aid from the US.
Here’s a pdf version of the article which has since been taken down.
Happy 25th Birthday Tiffany~
Norah Jones - Chasing Pirates
happy 26th birthday Hwang Mi Young ♡ #happybirthdaytiffany #010889
I cannot believe that over 900 people have managed to be hoodwinked by that outrageous post by owning-my-truth by now. He admits in his own post that he rarely listens to K-pop any longer and therefore, he wouldn’t have taken time to even find out where and how Hyunah’s song originated from.
Guess what? It’s from a Korean nursery rhyme! Do you see any implications about black people in there?
(Thanks to dream-fighter for the comments above.)
He doesn’t even want to listen to explanations apparently because according to his post and his K-pop tag, the genre is inherently evil and full of racists. Context no longer matters when you see things that ring alarm bells in your head so let’s just hang Hyunah out to dry with lies and misinformation.
That nursery rhyme is where Hyunah found inspiration for her new song. She sees HERSELF as a monkey personality-wise and also because she was born in the year of the monkey (1992). Her holding a monkey and riding a banana have nothing to do with black people as much as you wish it did so you could write her off.
Also, the dancer, Lex, has been with them since Hyunah did Trouble Maker’s Now. He is not just there as a prop designed to give off maximum racist effect, he has been with her dance team (Star System & Switch) in performances ever since she started promoting. Other people and myself have reached out to him to see how he feels being painted as a victim of racism without his knowledge because unlike others, I don’t enjoy stripping people of their voices without informing them.
All in all, this entire business is entirely disgusting and I wish people would look for the facts first before believing a post made without context. It took two paragraphs and three photographs for you to believe someone who doesn’t even know what he’s talking about in this case. It’s inexcusable.