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/
… the art provoked important conversations about how Israeli occupation and apartheid impacts Palestinians, and how Palestinians create art through that struggle. “Palestinians creating art is commentary on the fact that we are here and resisting occupation, apartheid and genocide in unexpected and creative ways. And that’s important to think about,” Shehadeh said.
Continue reading at https://mndaily.com/263430/news/students-for-justice-in-palestine-use-art-to-further-social-justice-initiatives/
Palestine’s population in the West Bank and Gaza is over 5 million people. As previously stated, since the year 2000, over 10,000 Palestinians have been brutally murdered by Israel’s army and settlers, funded exclusively with hard earned U.S. tax dollars. To extrapolate, that means that between the year 2000 and 2020, 660,00 American citizens would have been murdered.
Would we allow such a genocide?
Continue reading at https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/04/10/a-lethal-virus-called-israeli-occupation-another-somber-easter-in-occupied-palestine/
If those who desecrated Remy’s wall really read this, perhaps they would understand that their version of the Holocaust leaves out the ethnic cleansing and genocide of Indigenous people, both here and in Palestine. Moreover, by erasing his murals, they are actively promoting the erasure of that history, and with that, contributing to a genocide that continues to this day.
Continue reading at http://www.palestinechronicle.com/heres-why-you-cant-extinguish-us-on-broadening-holocaust-remembrance-day/
The images on that stucco wall show the truth of settler colonialism and the effects it has on Indigenous people. They were put there to show solidarity with our Palestinian relatives in the face of brutal occupation; to illuminate injustice and shed light on this nation’s complicity in Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian people.
Continue reading at https://therednation.org/2020/01/21/santa-fes-palestine-murals-remind-us-this-is-stolen-land/
To claim and support these foods as Israeli, is to contribute to the ongoing cultural genocide of Palestine. It is on Massoud, and everyone else who is complacent and contributes to this ignorance to do better, and to recognise their wrongs when called out. It is crucial, because the impact of these choices, in particular for people who are in the spotlight, go beyond their individual choice, and can influence thousands either negatively, or positively.
Continue reading at https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/05/27/mena-massoud-doesnt-understand-the-politics-of-claiming-middle-eastern-food-as-israeli/
My practice in the mental health clinic of Ramallah where I see many rural people has taught me much about the local myths about our natural plants and herbs… Most Palestinians are farmers who simply want to live productively on their land, but are not allowed to because of Israeli practices and discriminatory laws of land confiscation, expansion of settlements, wall-building and sanctioned state and settler violence and intimidation. Among other things, Palestinians are very fond of their food. We have several inspiring myths that affirm the supra healing power of Palestinian wild weeds and herbs… The role of food in human life becomes more important in an ethno-political conflict, especially in the face of a national genocide.
Continue reading at http://www.onislam.net/english/culture-and-entertainment/traditions/439160-stories-of-siege-and-thyme.html