Category Archives: Culture and Genocide

TIFF Review: Farha Vividly Depicts Palestinian History Through the Eyes of a Teenager by Jared Mobarak

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To simply call it an exodus, however, is misleading. Most of these people didn’t choose to leave as a means of finding settlement elsewhere. They were driven out by Israeli military forces who in turn destroyed villages and murdered so-called “rebel forces” in an ethnic cleansing that continues today.

As anyone following the news knows, using the term genocide for what happened / is happening has always been a hotly disputed topic thanks to some people’s inability to separate anti-Zionism from anti-Semitism. 

Continue reading at https://thefilmstage.com/tiff-review-farha/

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Designing a Hopeful Vision for Gaza by Deen Sharp, Mahdi Sabbagh, Salem Al Qudwa

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In Jerusalem we obsessively long for Gaza because Gaza is the one stretch of Palestine that Palestinians from Jerusalem are barred from visiting. I have never once stepped foot in Gaza. And likewise, many Gazans have never stepped foot in Jerusalem, a mere 45 miles away. Geographic proximity coupled with this immeasurable distance between our two cities results in our inability to see Gaza for what it is. We instead opt to mythologize each other in the hope of forming a connection. This distance also leads to a paralyzing inability to think about Gaza, to imagine it beyond the Israeli blockade and the incremental genocide of its people. A goal of the Israeli blockade is to fragment the Palestinian psyche and to limit the ways in which we imagine our future liberation. If an entire generation cannot see Gaza, how will they know it exists? 

Continue reading at https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2021/09/03/gaza-hopeful-vision

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THORNTON: Media silence does not necessitate yours on The Vanderbilt Hustler

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“I think Americans largely get it,” the former Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu told us in 2014. “They know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.” The ways in which we are presented information prompts us to “get it.” This is not to say there isn’t biased reporting that exists in the opposing favor, because there is, but it would be a lie to say it’s frequent or comparable. We get, as past presidents of the United States have reminded us, that Israel is a shining democracy, despite Palestinian and Arab second-class citizenship. We get that this alliance withstands violent apartheid and military regime. We get discriminatory laws, reminiscent of American Jim Crow, and mass Palestinian incarceration. We get ethnic cleansingimperialist blockade and systemic economic strain. We get periodic bombing. Get massacres. Get slow-motion genocide. We get it without question and without concern, and most importantly, get it while being too stupid to understand such a complicated conflict.

Continue reading at https://vanderbilthustler.com/41746/opinion/thornton-media-silence-does-not-necessitate-yours/

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Palestinian Labour, Unconquered by Salvage Editorial Collective

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When Israel conquered Gaza and the West Bank in 1967, one of their first moves was to ban the Palestinian flag and to ban books evoking Palestine’s existence. The attempted eradication of historical memory is part of a process that Israeli historian Baruch Kimmerling once called ‘politicide’. To destroy the idea of Palestine need not entail the physical destruction of the Palestinians. However, as the increasingly overt calls for genocide from Israeli politicians suggest, it need not entail their survival either.

Continue reading at https://salvage.zone/articles/palestinian-labour-unconquered/

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This Game Set in the Gaza Strip Doesn’t Let You Win on WIRED

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That empathy that games generate makes them a “more engaging way to share messages, feelings, and experiences with everyone,” he says. But how does this work in Liyla, where the events being shared are the horrors of war, occupation, and genocide? “I had to break the rules of game design,” Abueideh admitted.

In one instance, for example, the game presents you with a choice. After barely surviving bombings and shootings, you make it to the beach. There, you encounter four boys playing football. Your daughter, Liyla, asks you if she can go offer the kids to join both of you. Most of the players choose for Liyla to try and save the kids, but that leads to the death of both your daughter and the boys, who are shot and killed by naval fire.

And then, it’s game over.

Continue reading at https://www.wired.com/story/liyla-shadows-war-game-gaza-strip-palestine-israel/

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Catalan TV Commentator Criticises Israel During Swimming Tournament on TRT World

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“I would like to point out that Israel’s international presence in the field of sport and culture is another strategy to whitewash the genocide and violation of human rights that they are committing against the Palestinian people. We have seen it here in the Pre-Olympic Games in Barcelona, we have seen it repeatedly at Eurovision. It seems that during these events, the war crimes of Israel disappear. We have to be aware as spectators and make this situation visible so as not to normalize it.”

Continue reading at https://twitter.com/trtworld/status/1407302093870972935

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NYC Peaceful Protest For Palestine In Manhattan by Farrah Sarafa

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The protest for Palestine in Manhattan this past month was one of a kind. Erected in wake of ongoing displacements, settlement expansions, and militarized upsurged in East Jerusalem, Palestinian voices have risen to the surface. Loud and clear, “Free Free Palestine, from the River to the Sea,” descendants of grandparents dispossessed of their land, freedom, and integrities are shouting out against Israeli apartheid and genocide. 

Continue reading at http://fractyll.com/nyc-free-palestine-protest-apartheid-israel/

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On ‘conflict’, ‘peace’ and ‘genocide’: Time for new language on Palestine and Israel by Dr. Ramzy Baroud

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On 25 May, famous US actor Mark Ruffalo tweeted an apology for suggesting that Israel is committing “genocide” in Gaza.

“I have reflected and wanted to apologise for posts during the recent Israel/Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing ‘genocide’,” Ruffalo wrote, adding: “It’s not accurate, it’s inflammatory, disrespectful and is being used to justify anti-Semitism, here and abroad. Now is the time to avoid hyperbole.”

But were Ruffalo’s earlier assessments, indeed, “not accurate, inflammatory and disrespectful”? And does equating Israel’s war on besieged, impoverished Gaza with genocide fit into the classification of “hyperbole”?

To avoid pointless social media spats, one only needs to reference the “United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide”. 

Continue reading at https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210612-on-conflict-peace-and-genocide-time-for-new-language-on-palestine-and-israel/

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