Israel’s 60th Birthday

In Diaspora: Travel, Reflections, and a mind on Justice. by Dave
September 3, 2009, 12:29 pm
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In Diaspora is a touching account of the return home to Palestine of a Palestinian-America woman.  As a sample of her work I’ve included her post on her visit to her grandparents village, Umm el Zeinat, from which her family was uprooted in 1948.

As planned, yesterday we returned to my ancestral village, Umm el Zeinat, near Daliyat al Karmel, on Mount Karmel, in Haifa.  Of course when I say “return” this is much greater than my brother and me.  This return is about my family, about an oppression that they, along with all the people of Umm el Zeinat and the people of the other 500 destroyed villages of Palestine had to endure.  What we undertook is the greatest act of resistance against the Zionist movement.  Three generations later we remember, and though not under our own conditions, we return to a village from which they hoped to erase our traces.

On our way into the village we met a man and his wife, picking cactus fruit with their four children.  My uncle pulled over to ask then how well they knew the village.  As it turns out they are from the Fahmawi family of Umm el Zeinat.  We told them we were returning and they offered to guide us through the village.  Of course all that is left of the village is rubble from demolished homes, overgrown shrubbery, and trees– both indigenous and those planted by the state in an attempt to make it seem as though no one ever lived there.

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Michael Jackson: They Don’t Really Care About Us by Dave
July 15, 2009, 12:15 pm
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An excellent Michael Jackson / Palestine remix video by my good friend Jihane. European colonialism continues to ravage Palestine.

Israel celebrates 61 years! by Dave
May 5, 2009, 10:58 am
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Israel celebrates 61 years.

Israel at 61: Denial of Catastrophe is at the root of the ‘conflict’ by Dave
April 30, 2009, 1:19 pm
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The following is by Lia Tarachansky a producer and journalist for The Real News Network.

As we celebrate the sixty-first anniversary of the creation of our state, Palestinians commemorate their Catastrophe, al-Nakba in Arabic. After all these years, it is time for us to recognize what has happened, and continues to happen in our name, and by hour hands.

Our national denial of the events of 1948, of the dispossession of at least 418 Palestinian villages, is at the root of our so-called conflict.  Many historians have uncovered what has actually happened, though the Israeli state and its educational system refuse to change the denial narrative.

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Long Live Palestine – LowKey by Dave
March 14, 2009, 1:41 pm
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Great tune, great refrain – free, free Palestine.  Thanks to Pulse.

The Human Toll from Israeli Terror by Ann
January 11, 2009, 2:15 pm
Filed under: Israel, Palestine, Video

The human toll on just one Palestinian family in the OPT, an Israeli soldier says he doesn’t know what they are doing there, “purification, maybe”. This CBC report would not have made it under Israel censorship. Condolences to the Hunwajas who can never get their mother back (3 minutes). H/T Juan Cole

Israel censors the media by Ann
January 7, 2009, 5:21 am
Filed under: Israel, Media, Palestine, Video