After a long illness and great suffering Nelson Mandela, the father of our nation has died. We mourn his passing with all the world and with all our collective endeavours to carry on the great fight to emancipate our country and the world from oppression, exploitation, racism, sexism and exclusion. Yet Mandela was no God, no saint but a man of the people. He reaffirms that people born of humble beginnings can rise and achieve extraordinary feats. Victory is possible against all odds.
Although the Palestinian solidarity movement has existed for a long time, it has been the growth of SJP activism across American university campuses, more than anything else perhaps, that has expanded the possibilities for discussion of Palestinians within the American academy.
Zakusilo admits killing Palestinians including Palestinian children. She answers the question “did you kill people” with “yes”.. she explains “we had to fire, had to kill, because it was either they [get] us, or we – them.”
As an American citizen, I’m outraged that Senator Boxer and her colleagues are trying to pass a law that allows Israel to discriminate against U.S. citizens. All elected officials took an oath to defend the Constitution. By legalizing discrimination against U.S. citizens they will violate that oath in both word and spirit.
As you're sitting around that nostalgic table of food, presents, and fun, imagine a loud banging outside the house. Imagine a man in a green uniform with a backpack, a large gun, and a helmet on his head. These young soldiers shout in a language you don’t understand. They push your family into a small room and lock the door.
These are not the memories of your youth. These are a far stretch away from the childhood memories, but these are the memories of many Palestinian boys.
When childhood ends for a Palestinian under occupation is impossible to tell. Many who try to carry on with a normal life under the circumstances hope to enjoy the innocence of youth without having it shattered by the oppressive regime that surrounds them. Not all are so lucky. Atta Sabah is one of them.
Iara Lee of the Cultures of Resistance Network writes "In the end, accidental diplomacy is better than no diplomacy at all. So we must continue to put pressure on our elected officials to move in this direction and to use negotiations over chemical weapons as an opportunity to bring all the major stakeholders into further diplomacy that could end the civil war in Syria. Such intervention does not involve more weapons or bombings, but rather brings a framework for ending the violence and moving towards the peaceful democracy that the Syrian people rightly deserve."
The massacre was not the first, nor the last, as Israeli soldiers carried out numerous massacres against the Palestinian people in different places including Deir Yassin, Qibya, Tantour, Jenin, Jerusalem, Hebron and so many are
After four and a half years the Israeli army closed the investigation in the case of Bassem Abu Rahme, for lack of evidence. The event was documented with three cameras, showing Bassem getting hit in the chest by a tear gas canister shot directly at him, at close range by an Israeli soldier. Still, this did not suffice for the Israeli State Attorney.
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"It reminds me when we were young and Israel established special jails to target the new generation. We were arrested when we were 13, 14 years old. And they used different kinds of torture styles with us, tried to break us down. But I don’t think that all the prisoners will break down."
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