In Solidarity – Resistance is Existence

Palestine

The constant bombardment and occupation, the arbitrary arrests and indefinite detention, the incessant killing – an entire family of 18 killed at once from an attack – the very real fear and reality of being bombed to non-existence – regardless if you’re an infant or an elder, a student or a fighter, the deliberate policy to suffocate existence and ability of people to live lives of dignity,  crushing any possibility for ‘loving thy neighbor’  for over half a century  – if that isn’t terrorism, I don’t know what is. We must join the BDS movement  –  we must boycott, divest and sanction Israel until it stops its systematic policies of state oppression, violence, destruction, apartheid and terror against the Palestinian people.

In Solidarity. Resistance Is Existence and Existence Is Resistance.

Further viewpoints:

Marwan Bishara – On Journalistic Responsibility: Media & Palestine

‘…a military occupation is a violence-based system managed through force; one that breeds more of the same. No act, terrible as it might be, could or should be seen separately from the larger system of violence governing an occupied territory. Separating individual cases of violence from the larger context of collective violence is morally irresponsible and journalistically misleading.

The occupation is not a theological or religious issue. Not a question of Muslim and Jew, Arab and Israeli. It’s about power, its pretexts and ramifications.’

Richard Falk – Tormenting Gaza

‘Granted that such indiscriminate rocket attacks are unlawful forms of resistance, but to single out this lesser type of violence and overlook the greater violence distorts the context in biased and unacceptable ways. Surely, the greater occasion of terror is that being inflicted on the hapless Gazans as disclosed by comparing the casualty figures, and surely the political condemnation by responsible governments and even more so by the UN should be directed at the aggressor, who also happens to be the only political actor with the means to end the escalating violence.

The international reaction to this latest crisis confirms for all with eyes to see that geopolitical alignments, not law or justice, dominate the diplomacy of leading western states and the UN, when it comes to the Middle East, and especially if it concerns Israel-Palestine, and never more so than in relation to Gaza.’

Here’s an interactive map that chronicles disproportionate attacks on Gaza since 2005 and 11 Infographs that break down the injustices.

Join the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement for justice, freedom and equality.

In Solidarity and Struggle,
The Lion’ Daughter

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Police Trips Over Power

We are standing outside Nyayo House, the one-stop shop for all things immigration, whose basement is also said to have housed torture chambers during Moi’s time. You stand in line waiting for the security check, only for your bag to be prodded haphazardly and you waved on insignificantly. If you’re going to do something, might as well do it well.

We proceed to the entrance when we hear an officer in military uniform shouting at a young man who must have been in his late teens or very early twenties, “YOU COME TO KENYA TO BOTHER POLICE OFFICERS?!” The young man walks on, and infuriated, the officer continues to shout and repeat his question. He follows the young man and though a distance away, we can hear quite loud and clear the same question being shouted. We can’t hear what the young man says but the same questions are angrily repeated in increasing pitches. Unsatisfied apparently with the responses he’s getting and seemingly high off power, the officer removes the one meter rifle from his shoulder and shoves the young man. He points the rifle at him and continues to shove him with it until he is out of the gate. I hope it ended there, but only God knows…

And we wonder why we have enemies of the state when we humiliate, degrade, strip people of their dignity, point a gun at them and just make them feel utterly worthless. As a good friend says, “don’t take the job more seriously than it takes you” and that’s exactly what this officer was doing. I don’t know what the young man said to the officer, but the reaction was unwarranted and overblown. When the officer could have easily let the situation pass, he made it a point to showcase his authority and flaunt his power. It’s shameful that we are so power hungry that we use every opportunity to abuse it, and go on a power trip.

This is what we should do with all the guns in this world:

We need to end police brutality – let’s start with citizen policing.

Anger Management

“The strong is not the one who is physically powerful, but indeed, the one who controls himself when angry.” [Bukhari]

1. He who angers you controls you.

2. If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size.

3. Anger is a momentary madness, it is only one letter short of danger.

4. Anger begins with folly, and ends with regret — how much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.

5. Consider how much more you suffer from your anger and grief, than from those things for which you are angry and grieved.

6. Speak when you are angry — and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

7. For every minute you remain angry you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.

8. No man can think when his fists are clenched.

9. Anger is a killing thing — it kills the angry man, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before it, it takes something from him.

10. Holding to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing at someone else — imagine what it will do to the person’s hand who is holding it.

11. Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.

12. Anger blows out the lamp of mind — thus an angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.

13. When a man is wrong and won’t admit it, he always gets angry.

14. Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.

15. Anyone can become angry — that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way — is something we all need to practice.

16. The best remedy for anger is delay.

SOURCE: Mrs. Iffath Hasan (mrsiffathhasan@aol.com)

She is a Souljah

She is a souljah

She is a souljah
But a souljah of truth
A souljah of peace
A souljah of justice

And she will be unreasonable
If doing so means
She rebels against the norms
The status quo
She refuses
Refuses to serve
For a worthless cause
Based on nothing but deception
Supposedly defending
Yet armed to dismantle
The very bricks of society

She stands
For the right of others
To breathe
To live
To survive

She fights
To keep alive the struggle
Against oppression
Against injustice
She fights for no war
She stands-
A souljah of peace

Though they may strip her
Of her camouflage costume
What they use in order
To indistinguish her from the rest
Though they may demote her in rank
The most important component-
Her conscience-
Remains intact
And that-they can never take.

She promises to take
The true souljah’s pledge:
She swears
Never to stand idle
While her eyes
See oppression
While her ears
Hear injustice
While her senses
Feel the chains
Of the so-called freedom
Inflicted on peoples
All over the world
Shoved down their throats
Detained, questioned, and tortured
For they fail to utter their gratitude

She fights
But her pen
Replaces the rifle
Her battlefield
Is the everyday world
In which we attempt to live
Attempt I say
For with such
Injustices raging
Massive oppression
Strife and unrest
Incessant warfare-
This is not life
Rather, it is life
Yet it is not living

Perhaps one day-
The love of power will be overcome
By the power of love-
And perhaps then-

Her job will be done.
And peace shall prevail.

Till then-
She stands strong,
A souljah of peace.

-Nebila Abdulmelik, 2007

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