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Dear supporters and allies,
On the weekend of October 24, students from across the United States will gather at Tufts University in Boston for the National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) conference. The conferences goal this year is to find ways to connect struggles and build solidarity to confront injustice. With a year filled with conflict, from the recent assault on Gaza to police brutality in Ferguson, it is of the utmost importance that the students of today be given a space to discuss how they can make for an injustice-free tomorrow.
The NSJP conference is an extraordinary opportunity for students and for justice everywhere. Please consider making a donation to help students from the City University of New York (CUNY) fund their trips to Boston and pay for the conference. The paths to freedom, liberation, and equality do not come easy, but conferences like NSJP are a crucial part in connecting people with each other and with groups looking for a change.
Please donate so that students from different CUNY campuses can have the opportunity to attend this extraordinary conference so they can utilize and bring back the skills they learn to their campuses.
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Caricatures by Naji AlAli : those from books I have called ” Naji AlAli 1 and 2 : the spokesman of the poor and the cause “
Honoring his memory : Like this day in 1987 he died , he was assassinated.
Naji Al-Ali grew up to become perhaps the most popular cartoonist in the Arab world. With brutal honesty, Naji Al-Ali analyzed the relationships between the governments of the United States, Israel and the Arab regimes and the ramifications for the Palestinians. Time Magazine described him saying, “This man draws with human bones.” The Asahi Newspaper, in Japan, once wrote, “Naji Al-Ali draws using phosphoric acid.”
Naji Al-Ali was well loved for his work but was also well hated, as illustrated by the many death threats he and his family received. On July 22, 1987, in London, Naji Al-Ali was assassinated as he walked towards the offices of Al-Qabas newspaper. He died in the hospital on August 29th. His murderer has never been apprehended.
Naji Al-Ali wrote: “The child Handala is my signature, everyone asks me about him wherever I go. I gave birth to this child in the Gulf and I presented him to the people. His name is Handala and he has promised the people that he will remain true to himself. I drew him as a child who is not beautiful; his hair is like the hair of a hedgehog who uses his thorns as a weapon. Handala is not a fat, happy, relaxed, or pampered child. He is barefooted like the refugee camp children, and he is an icon that protects me from making mistakes. Even though he is rough, he smells of amber. His hands are clasped behind his back as a sign of rejection at a time when solutions are presented to us the American way.”
Handala was born ten years old, and he will always be ten years old. At that age, I left my homeland, and when he returns, Handala will still be ten, and then he will start growing up. The laws of nature do not apply to him. He is unique. Things will become normal again when the homeland returns.
“Death to Imperialism, Death to Zionism, Long live the Heroic Masses of Palestine”
If Israeli Jews were attempting to kill all Palestinians, why would 20% of the Israeli population be Palestinian Israeli citizens? Yes, there is discrimination and stigmatization in Israel proper, but that’s not genocide.
Why, if the goal is to kill all Palestinians, do you think the IDF isn’t targeting the Palestinians in the West Bank? Why do you think Gaza is the focus?
Regardless of how inefficient you think the warnings the IDF sends out are, why would anyone seeking genocide send out any warnings at all? Why do you think Israel, with its powerful army, hasn’t already obliterated Gaza?
If the end goal is genocide, then why has Israel provided humanitarian aid to Palestinians? Water? Electricity?
Here’s the thing: death on a large scale is horrifying, but it doesn’t automatically constitute genocide. The deaths in Gaza are tragic, and I want nothing more than for the violence to end, but words have meanings.
Calling it genocide erases the ideological component of genocide. It’s either an ignorant, lazy, sloppy analysis of the situation at hand (which makes you seem uneducated, and makes me far less likely to take anything you have to say seriously), or it comes from a far more sinister motive of deliberately comparing Jews to Nazis. That is not powerful; it is anti-Semitic.
Genocide requires ideology. I mean hey, maybe if the IDF had a charter that said something like, 'the Day of Judgement will not come about until Jews fight the Muslims, when the Muslim will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Jews, there is a Muslim behind me, come and kill him,' I’d see your point. But we aren’t the ones with a charter that says that. (Article 7)
Let’s work through the zionist propaganda at play in this post.
Firstly, the internationally recognized definition of genocide is found in Article II of the Genocide Convention, which reads:
In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such :
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to
bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
As is apparent, it specifically states that it need not be the entire population that is targeted — i.e. even if only one segment is targeted for mass killings, it is still genocide. So just because Palestinians inside so-called Israel are not subject to systematic killings does not change the fact that what is happening in Gaza is genocide.
As for the manner of the killings, to ask why Israel doesn’t just kill all the Gazans is to demonstrate how little the OP understands about the nature of genocide. For example, the Bosnia Genocide took place Srebrenica and Žepa in 1995, even though the war had been going on for three years previously. The massacre resulted in the deaths of around 8,500 people, most men and boys. This number, as horrifying as it is, does not constitute the entirety of the Bosnian people nor even the entirety of the towns of Srebrenica and Žepa, but it was no less a genocide committed by Serb nationalists against a largely defenseless population. Similarly, the 2200 Palestinians may not be a significant portion of our population as a whole, but they were still murdered simply because of their ethnicity and their location inside of Gaza.
Now one of the key components of genocide is intent. The OP hints at this with the claim that there is no ideological component to the massacre that Israel perpetrated in Gaza. Unfortunately, this claim is false. There have many reports of Israeli demonstrations during which the main chant is “Mavet la-Aravim” (Death to the Arabs). This is one of the latest examples, and googling the phrase will turn up many results over the years. More importantly, over the past two months we have seen repeated calls in prominent newspapers from government officials and others “to suspend the laws of war,” to attack the entire Gaza Strip with no consideration for civilian casualties, describing the entire Palestinian people as the enemy and Palestinian mothers as snakes, and so on. The notion that Israelis are not calling for genocide or that genocidal intent plays no role in Israel’s actions is belied by the words of zionists themselves.
What Israel perpetrated in Gaza these past 7 weeks was genocide by every definition of the word. To deny that and to accuse people who describe it as such of bigotry is obscene.
Aside from “killing members of the group”, meeting the (a) qualification of genocide, the other qualifications describe in more detail what life is like under besiegement and occupation.
The Israeli-engineered humanitarian crisis in Gaza is so atrocious that 80% of Gazan households now live under the poverty line, and 80% of all Palestinian families in Gaza would literally starve without food aid from international agencies. Remember that even after the UN released a report on Gaza stating that it will likely not be “liveable” by 2020 because of Israel’s besiegement, in this latest “Israeli” operation, water and sewage systems were destroyed or affected, hospitals were destroyed, homes, mosques, UN schools serving as shelters, more than 360 factories destroyed or affected, and Gaza’s only power plant, leaving millions without electricity who already suffered from long power shortages every day.
Over 17,000 hectares of cropland in Gaza has been directly damaged by Israeli attacks.
The decimation of Gaza’s buildings and structures, shelters and any type of facility to aid in food, water or health irrefutably meets the (c) qualification of genocide in Gaza, being “conditions to cause destruction in whole or in part”. There are so many facts and statistics to list about Gaza from only the recent Israeli onslaught that evokes so many descriptions of genocide, which doesn’t even take to account all of the years of besiegement and other waves of massacre.
As for the “causing serious bodily or mental harm” (b) qualification of genocide, “at least 373,000 Palestinian children in Gaza require direct and specialized psychosocial support (PSS).”
As for (d), “measures intended to prevent births”, all the above qualifications apply obviously, as well as Palestinian women forced to give birth at checkpoints and then dying, or pregnant Palestinian women being targeted and killed by the Israeli Occupation Forces.
As for (e), “the forcible transferring of children”, we cannot forget that Palestinian children, 8,000 since the year 2000, have been detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system, which involves being abducted in the middle of the night by heavily armed Israeli soldiers, leading to many cases of PTSD.
Of course you can either transfer children, or exceed that qualification of genocide by outright murdering children. From the year 2000 to before the launching of Israelis recent operation, 1523 Palestinian children have been killed by the IOF. If calculated, that is one Palestinian child killed every three days for a decade.
Most of these statistics apply only to Gaza. There’s much to add from Israeli’s policy of demolishing homes in the West Bank for the expansion of colonies, or of the many killings in the West Bank, as well as arrests, ethnocide, and harshly unequal distribution of resources, etc. I mentioned Gaza because Gaza alone epitomizes the pinnacle Israeli genocide.
Now imagine if a high Israeli official demanded that Gaza be sent “back to the Middle Ages”, or an IOF general stating that all food and water should be cut off to Gaza – oh wait – that was actually said. And that is spoken on behalf of the settler-state of “Israel”, with all its advanced high-tech precision weaponry, which should therefore be held to incredibly higher standards when they have the capacity to NOT destroy homes, kill over 2,200 people, or wipe out, partially or in whole, 140 Palestinian families in Gaza.
Could it mean, they intend to?
dabkeh across 18 cities of palestine.
'Resistance Is Not Terrorism'
Gaza, 1988 by Robert Croma
Wherever I went in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1988, Palestinian children spontaneously gave ‘V’ signs in response to my camera.
It should be noted that these images are a blow-up of contact prints as Croma no longer has access to his original negatives.
More photographs from the First Intifada by Rober Croma here.
This anon exemplifies exactly how much of a disconnect and asymmetry there is between Palestinians and those who stand against them.
You think we’re doing this for a crummy PUBLIC RELATIONS campaign? How bloody disconnected from earth are you?
People are LITERALLY fighting for survival. Do you know how many people have suffered and died under siege? Do you have any idea of all the crap people in Gaza have to live in?
You think we can take the privileged detached position of public relations, like you?
Great victim blaming. You sound exactly like how abusive men justify their abuse “look what you made me do.” You’re acting as if Hamas threw people off a cliff, and not that Israel has been butchering Palestinians for over a month and a half.
Get your head out of your ass.