Category Archives: Culture and Genocide

If Even Emma Watson Says Free Palestine, We’re Winning by Rivkah Brown

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Wheeler notes that the invisible cordon between Israeli apartheid and other political causes is wearing thin, a trend he attributes in part to social media. “As […] previous editorial controls have been lifted,” he says, “celebrities have become more confident that they can engage in the Israel–Palestine dispute.” Wheeler wrote this in 2014, shortly after the last but one Israeli war on Gaza. It was a period when many celebrities stood with Palestine – including, importantly, a coalition of the world’s sexiest Spaniards. Yet this outpouring of solidarity was followed by an equal deluge of apologies, as Israel’s supporters successfully framed the celebrities’ use of the term “genocide” as antisemitic (rather than, as scholars of international human rights law have frequently argued, accurate). These celebrities learned the hard way why their peers had been silent.

Continue reading at https://novaramedia.com/2022/01/04/if-even-emma-watson-says-free-palestine-were-winning/

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Greece’s Miss Universe contestant hailed for boycotting Israel pageant on The New Arab

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Rafaele Plastira announced her decision on Instagram, saying that she can’t ignore the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories… Africa4Palestine, Africa’s largest pro-Palestine group, also hailed Plastira’s “heroic” stance… “We continue to applaud the courageous voices of Miss Indonesia, Miss Malaysia and now Miss Greece and appeal to all our fellow African countries to withdraw and not allow their good name to be tainted by Apartheid Israel’s genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity perpetrated against innocent Palestinians.”

Continue reading at https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/greeces-miss-universe-hailed-boycotting-israel-pageant

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It’s time to decolonise Thanksgiving by Layla Darwish

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Our people can relate to the genocide committed against Native Americans who, like Palestinians, coveted their land until it was stolen from them. No group was more familiar with the fertile land in America than its indigenous people, who taught the white European colonists how to successfully harvest it. These colonialists in turn enslaved the Natives, and subsequently brought black slaves from West Africa to further “develop” the land and the country. This process is quite similar to the one where Jewish refugees (at first) came to Arab Palestine from Europe and were taught by indigenous Palestinians how to cultivate the land in the Mediterranean (something European Jews were not accustomed to). Palestinians enthusiastically welcomed Jewish refugees and helped them settle, until Palestinians were ultimately betrayed by the Zionist Movement. This resulted in genocide, with many Palestinian families murdered and led to the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes (and for many the forced migration from the region), and eventually the confiscation of Palestinian land which is still occurring today. This entire process in Palestine is a systematic colonisation as it was for the Native Americans.

Continue reading at https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20211119-its-time-to-decolonise-thanksgiving/

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#MUSICIANSFORPALESTINE PODCAST 4 – DRMNGNOW on Musicians for Palestine podcast

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This whole mentality of “get over it”, “move on”, that’s prevalent in so-called “Canada”, and anywhere in the world where there’s indigenous people who want justice. And so for me, you know, it’s the same thing with Palestine. I know that it’s a really tricky circumstance, and there’s people from the other side of the fence that have different views about what’s going on over there, but for me there’s genocidal activity going on, on those people. And so if there’s any way that I can support that in any shape or form, I’m always ready to do that.

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Dismantling the Violent Discourse of the State of Israel: On Zionism, Palestinian Liberation, and the Power of Language by Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo on Janus Unbound: Journal of Critical Studies

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However, Hamas is not ISIS, Al-Qaeda, or the Taliban. In fact, none of these groups are similar in any way. Hamas is a political actor that operates within a largely Palestinian political context. But what does Israel have to gain from mischaracterizing the Palestinian resistance in Gaza? Aside from satisfying its propaganda campaign of erroneously linking Hamas to anti-American Islamic groups, it also dehumanizes the Palestinian people entirely and presents Israel as a partner in the US-led global “war on terror.” In this manufactured reality, Israel’s rightwing, religious, and ultranationalist politicians assume the role of the dedicated US allies, the defenders of western civilization, and the saviors of humanity itself. Considering these supposed great moral challenges at hand, the violent language and action of Israeli leaders can then be discreetly swept under the rug where all is forgiven or forgotten. This is precisely how “genocide” can be twisted and rebranded as “self-defense.” Within this carefully molded discourse the term “colonialism,” the most relevant and accurate of all terms, is, unsurprisingly, nowhere to be found.

Continue reading at https://journals.library.mun.ca/ojs/index.php/JU/article/view/2325/1830

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The unexceptional roots of Zionist fragility by Omar Zahzah

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When revelations of the latest instance of Zionist brutality previously came to dominate the media—such as the exposure of the Israeli Occupation Forces’ involvement in the genocidal Sabra and Shatila camp massacres in Lebanon of 1982, or the grotesquely asymmetrical death toll of assaults upon Palestinians in the Gaza strip such as in the summer of 2014—predictions that we had finally reached the point where the political mainstream must finally set firm limits upon Israeli military and colonial aggression usually proved unfounded.

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2021/10/the-unexceptional-roots-of-zionist-fragility/

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The cultural genocide in Palestine: On Sally Rooney’s decision to boycott Israel by Dr Ramzy Baroud

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One of the most interesting aspects of this conversation on language is that the Hebrew language has been used by the State of Israel since its establishment in 1948 as the language of oppression. In the minds of Palestinians, anywhere in Palestine, Hebrew is rarely the language used to communicate culture, literature, social coexistence and such. Instead, every military ordinance issued by the Israeli army, including closures and home demolitions, let alone the proceedings of military court hearings, and even the racist anti-Palestinian chants in football stadiums, are communicated in Hebrew.
…BDS does not target Israelis as individuals and, under no circumstances, does it target Jewish individuals because they are Jews, or the Hebrew language, as such. Israel, on the other hand, continues to target Palestinians as a people, downgrades their language, dismantles their institutions and systematically destroys their culture. This is rightly referred to as cultural genocide, and it is our moral responsibility to stop it.

Continue reading at https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20211019-the-cultural-genocide-in-palestine-on-sally-rooneys-decision-to-boycott-israel/

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#MUSICIANSFORPALESTINE PODCAST 3 – Büşra Kayıkçı on Musicians for Palestine

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The empathy at that moment comes very naturally, it’s impossible not to feel it. I try to imagine the fear, I try to imagine the voices of the bombs. I mean, I remember myself staying all night, that night, and refreshing her twitter page, just to see if they are still alive, if she’s still tweeting. I mean, I cried all night, I prayed all night, that was one of the horrible nights in my lifetime, too. And then I remembered this quote from Adorno, saying “it’s barbaric to write plans after Auschwitz.” Well, it’s exactly the same situation, I mean, how can you continue talking about your productions and arts and crafts, etc., while this was happening? One cannot be silent. There is a genocide going on in Palestine. It’s very cruel. It would be very cruel to stay in silence, so I wanted to say something.

Continue reading at https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/musiciansforpalestine-podcast-3-bu-s-ra-kay%C4%B1kc-%C4%B1/id1581258670?i=1000538684722

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Rifqa by Mohammed El-Kurd

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Rifqa is Mohammed El-Kurd’s debut collection of poetry, written in the tradition of Ghassan Kanafani’s Palestinian Resistance Literature. The book narrates the author’s own experience of dispossession in Sheikh Jarrah–an infamous neighborhood in Jerusalem, Palestine, whose population of refugees continues to live on the brink of homelessness at the hands of the Israeli government and US-based settler organizations. The book, named after the author’s late grandmother who was forced to flee from Haifa upon the genocidal establishment of Israel, makes the observation that home takeovers and demolitions across historical Palestine are not reminiscent of 1948 Nakba, but are in fact a continuation of it: a legalized, ideologically-driven practice of ethnic cleansing.

Continue reading at https://www.amazon.com/Rifqa-Mohammed-El-Kurd-ebook/dp/B093QVW8QC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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