Category Archives: Culture and Genocide

Eurovision tells us everything about Europe’s ‘vision’ for Palestinians: acquiescence by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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That Israel is hosting Eurovision tells us everything about Europe and the western world’s “vision” for Palestinians: acquiescence. 

Accept your oppression, the theft and occupation of your land, the slow genocidal erasure of Gaza, the airstrikes and slaughter. 

Do not envisage freedom, resistance, liberation. 

Do not imagine we, the international community, will hold Israel to account for its defiance of international and human rights law. 

Continue reading at https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2019/5/13/eurovision-tells-us-everything-about-europes-vision-for-palestinians

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Sun, Gays, Misogyny, and Shawarma: Eurovision promo yet another failed Israeli bid for legitimacy by Denijal Jegić

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Eurovision is a mere example of how Israel is desperately trying to gain legitimacy through a stubborn insistence on old myths and the almost comical exhaustion of the same talking points. Because Zionism is a modern colonial movement that is incompatible with universal human rights and international law, and because Israel does not have any moral or legal justification for the colonization of Palestine and for the genocidal maltreatment of Palestinians, the Israeli regime will continue to desperately necessitate absurd propaganda in its efforts to narrate to the outside world, and probably to itself, a modified version of history, trying to prove that it has some sort of legitimacy.

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2019/05/misogyny-eurovision-legitimacy/

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VIDEO: Silence is the Fuel of Genocide by Palestinian Voices

As Israel’s bombs rained down on them, Palestinian youth advocacy group in Gaza, Palestinian Voices, issued this video, raising awareness to the violence and calling for a boycott of the upcoming Eurovision song contest, hosted this year in Israel.

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Israeli Technion Professor, Yitzhak Birk, incites to genocide against the people of Gaza as Israel bombs for a second day in a row post by Sivan Tal

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Gaza is portrayed as an innocent population, captive of terrorist organisations. However, the root of the Gaza problem is population explosion, those same innocents are responsible for. It’s not from Allah and not from Hamas. UNRWA contributes to this by supplying them with food and basic health services, and in this way prevents nature from balancing excess birth rate with infant mortality. Those are the bull’s horns.

The Gaza problem is population explosion, that stems from a deadly and unsustainable combination of rat level birth rate and UN food and basic health services, preventing the high rate of infant mortality like in Africa and in animals. The responsible parties are the women of Gaza and their husbands. Those are the bull’s horns.

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Zionist Problems with Intersectionality by Denijal Jegic

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In a Tablet piece, Benjamin Gladstoneadvocated for the inclusion of Jews into intersectionality. While the author seems to understand Crenshaw’s theory, he fails to view Jews outside of Zionist frameworks. His argument that “Jewish issues do belong in the intersectional justice movement,” is of course correct. However, by equating anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, he postulates both as “serious intersectional problems,” and thus alleges anti-Jewish racism to be a feature of intersectionality. Even more, the author paints Zionism as a “liberation movement” that “has the potential to not only coexist with but also support and energize other liberation movements, from women’s liberation to Palestinian nationalism.” This attempt to romanticize a genocidal settler-colonial movement overwrites the plight of Palestinians and marginalizes Jewish opposition to Zionism.

Continue reading at https://www.palestinechronicle.com/zionist-problems-with-intersectionality/

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A Heated Fifth Week of Protest at the Whitney Museum Centers Palestinian Liberation on Hyperallergic

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Members of Within Our Lifetime, a youth organization for Palestine, broke the tension in the air with a cheerful Dabka (Palestinian folk dance) flash-mob. The dance was followed by a string of chants including: “Warren Kanders you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide”; “from Brooklyn to Palestine, occupation is a crime”; and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
…“Kanders is art washing through his blood money as a profiteer. We see this normalization in Israel, where they’re trying to attract famous artists to come and perform, while Palestinian women and children are being attacked with rubber bullets and tear gas,” said another member of Within Our Lifetime. “We won’t let those who profit of Israel’s settler colonialism and the genocide of Palestinians hide in the board rooms of museums.”

Continue reading at https://hyperallergic.com/496205/a-heated-fifth-week-of-protest-at-the-whitney-museum-centers-palestinian-liberation/

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The Problem with Apology by Steven Salaita

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Omar has made anti-Israel statements and antagonized AIPAC, but has nothing to say about Zionism.  The distinction matters.  Without analysis of Zionism as a settler colonial ideology central to a capitalist order that fosters massive global iniquity, we end up reifying the notion of a fundamentally decent United States prone to incomprehensible lapses of judgment, a perspective Omar likesto utilize.  In fact, reducing US support for Israel to effective lobbying absolves the architects of genocide on both sides of the Atlantic.  

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In ‘Zaitoun,’ Yasmin Khan Looks at Palestinian Food With an Activist’s Eye by Cassandra Landry

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To Assil, it’s actually Khan’s perspective as an informed outsider that allowed her to capture nuance and present a clear chorus of voices. “Obviously, the Palestinian community is one of many that has experienced war and genocide and imperialism. Khan is in a unique position to understand how all those struggles are connected,” she says. “It’s important to evaluate those intersections and see that it’s not just one microcosm or one group of people. She comes from that history. She understands the root causes.”

Continue reading at https://www.bonappetit.com/story/yasmin-khan

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