Aug 242014
 

As many of you know, I have been spending the past month or so in and out of the hospitals in Jerusalem and Nablus where many wounded Palestinians are being brought for medical care during the brutal Israeli attack on Gaza. In between these visits I have been attending various demonstrations which always end with the Israeli Occupying Forces shooting live ammunition at everyone. In one demo which I wrote about in an earlier post over 281 people were shot including many of my friends which meant more hospitals….in the most recent demo 72 people were shot including two journalists. I can not explain the feeling of hopelessness I feel witnessing all of this. Then of course,, I feel bad complaining because I have the luxury of leaving any time.

A couple of days ago I came back to my home in Haifa to be with my family and of course to try and put together all these thoughts and feelings so that I can write about it with a clear mind. I am not a professional writer and for some reason I just can not collect myself in the way that I want, in order for me to be able to fully relay everything I am seeing.

I still have not and cannot process it all. For the past two days I have sat down with all my notes and all these pictures and tried to put it together but every single time I try it means I have to remember what personally happened to each of the people I visited as well as their pain….whether they showed it to me through smiles, laughs or tears, I saw it and it is past painful. It’s so painful, you become somewhat numb. Most of them don’t cry when they tell me about what they saw or about their loved ones being blown to pieces in front of them so I follow suit and swallow the hurt and anger and tears away. Now that I am alone, I don’t have their strength so I just switch off.

There are many people I want to tell you about and we still need donations to get the wounded and their families whatever they need while they are stuck in the hospitals with only the clothes on their back they left with….so here are a few of the most recent people I have been visiting frequently.

14 year old Mohammed Amin Siyam from Rafah stole my heart. While I was checking in on other kids I had been visiting for a few weeks, I noticed Mohammed was new in their room. He was in extreme pain and every time he would scream or attempt to cry I would look up and he would see me and stop. As if he didn’t want to cry in front of me. I walked over and told him its ok to cry if he is in pain. His grandfather who was the only guardian with him looked up at me, smiled and teared up. I had to leave for a minute so I could go slap myself in the bathroom to fight back my tears and returned to hear his story.

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Mohammed was wounded when the house next door to his home was rocketed by an Israeli F16. The first rocket hit and the windows in his home shattered. The second, third and fourth rockets hit  and Mohammed lost his leg. The doctors saved his right arm but the nerves are all damaged which means he cannot move that arm from the shoulder down.

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Mohammeds grandfather told me there has never been any presence of resistance fighters in their area. Mohammed asked me for a Dishdasha and to make sure it was long so it would cover his missing leg. The next day I went with a friend Alaa from Ramallah, picked out the best dishdasha and brought it for him from the kind donations everyone has been making.

10 month old Ahmad AbedJawad Abutala is from Rafah. His mother was breastfeeding him when 5 rockets within minutes of each other hit their home. His mother who is still in Gaza lost her legs and her arms and chest were burnt so his grandmother accompanied him to Jerusalem.

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Ahmad lost his right eye, has shrapnel in his head, broken leg and arm and shrapnel in his other leg.

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Youseff Astal, 16 years old. He told me how his father had been murdered by Israel a couple of days before his injuries. Youseffs father had been targeted by an F16 whilst he was in the back yard of his brothers home. Youseff found him. A few days later Youseff was filling water from a barrel when Israel rocketed him too. He said the only thing that saved him was the barrel. He sustained injuries to his arms and face as well as shrapnel in his stomach. Youseff also lost a kidney which was torn to shreds by the shrapnel.

 

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Youseff asked me for a cell phone which we brought him also from the donations people have been making.

There are so many more stories and pictures I want to share with you and I will. Inshallah in the coming days.

In one week I will return to the hospitals and spend another three weeks with the wounded. We truly hope that people will continue to donate as new injuries are being brought in daily. No matter how small or large your donation, it all makes a difference. Please donate directly via paypal to Questions@Existenceisresistance.org or email us if you want to send a check at the same email address.

Thank you for all the support everyone has been sending. It’s not over until its over.

Aug 182014
 

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The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home
& The International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal

A Message of Solidarity

From Ferguson to Gaza We Charge Genocide

Those standing up against police brutality and state repression in Ferguson, Missouri are leading one of the most important human right struggles of our time.

In the context of the history of Sundown Towns in that region, which legislated that people of color had to leave white towns by sundown, the imposition of a curfew and deployment of the National Guard by the governor represents a racist suppression of the right to self-defense and a gross violation of the freedom of assembly. Its message is clear: the people most likely to rebel against injustice have to be controlled, their right to protest quashed, and the absolute power of the police state restored.

The militarized repression on display in Ferguson is a reflection of a world in crisis. Although separated by thousands of miles, the plight of the people of Ferguson and the Gaza Strip share too much in common for people of conscience to ignore. Michael Brown, an African American youth, could just have easily been a Palestinian youth mercilessly shot by an Israeli soldier.

We understand that in both cases a long history of colonialism and racism justified land dispossession in Palestine and slavery in the US. That history is alive today with the continued gross economic deprivation of these communities and their isolation through universally enforced discrimination in housing. This pattern of ghettoization has been inflicted on both of these communities since the founding of the US and Israel. The systematic exploitation, repression and targeting of these populations by the state has led and continues to lead to genocide. According to a 2012 study, a black person is killed every 28 hours by the police, other security agency, or individuals acting as the police. In Gaza, as of today, there have been more than 2,000 civilians killed from recent Israeli bombing attacks. If we take Gaza’s small population into account this killing is proportional to double the entire population of Providence, Rhode Island.

The same U.S. government policies that arm the State of Israel have also turned police departments across the nation into localized military garrisons armed with sophisticated weapons aimed at citizens. As one Palestinian youth tweeted recently, “Made in USA teargas canister was shot at us a few days ago in #Palestine by Israel, now they are used in #Ferguson.”

This police onslaught in Ferguson is reminiscent of what occurred in Philadelphia in 1985 when the police dropped a military grade, fire-bomb from a helicopter on the MOVE house. That police attack of black people killed 11 MOVE members, including 5 children and burned down 61 homes, destroying an entire African American neighborhood.

Political Prisoner and black journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal is imprisoned today because during his youth he exposed this kind of systematic police terror against the black community. He stands in solidarity with Ferguson and Palestine and we call for his immediate release.

At a moment’s notice any of us could face the terror experienced in Ferguson or Palestine. A people subjugated by racist oppression have a moral right to resist.

In solidarity with the people of Ferguson, We Call For:

1. The Immediate Arrest of Officer Darren Wilson and an Investigation for Justice with Full Community Oversight

2. Just Reparation for the Brown Family

3. The Withdrawal of the National Guard, the Removal of the Curfew and No Fly Zones and Full Media Access to the Area

4. The Disbanding of Ferguson’s Racist Police Department and the Re-Appropriation of Police Funds for a Massive Jobs, Housing, & Schools Program for the Residents of Ferguson

In Solidarity with the people of Palestine, We Call For:

1. The Right of Return, the Right to Self Determination, and the Right to Self Defense

2. A Free and Independent Palestine

3. A Re-Appropriation of US Supplied Israeli Military Funds for an Economic Reparations Program for Palestine

Join us:

@bringmumiahome

www.bringmumiahome.com

https://www.facebook.com/cbmhome

bringmumiahome@gmail.com

Aug 072014
 

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Venezuelan TV station Telesur has finally launched its English version.

Ñ Don’t Stop is one of the new programs hosted by Claudia De la Cruz and Rebel Diaz. The show is filmed and directed by Sense Hernandez.

This episode is dedicated to Palestine. Interview with Nancy Mansour and Ayman El-Sayed, co-founders of Existence is Resistance about the zionist bombing of Gaza.

Taking the hashtag ‪#‎FreePalestine‬ to the streets of NYC.

Rooftop performance by South Bronx artist YC the Cynic.

Watch Part 1:

Watch Part 2:

Aug 062014
 

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Palestinian hip hop artist and activist Raffoul drops his new video dedicated to Gaza with a powerful intro by Professor Dahlia Wasfi.

Watch below:

Aug 062014
 

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By Nancy Mansour

I want you to read this and really think about the situation.

Yesterday I went with Basem Ammous Young-b and Moh Imi to Jerusalem to check on the Palestinians from Gaza I have been visiting for the past week.

There were new wounded people who had come in and I met a few. One of them is the woman in the picture above whose name is Najah Abed Dayem, 51 years old. She was there with her brother. She did a video interview with me which I will release soon. She told me that after Israel blew her brothers house to bits with NO prior notice she had taken refuge with her family in the United Nations School. She made sure to tell me that no Hamas rockets nor any resistance had been present in the school since they had tight security provided by the United Nations themselves.

She told me that her husband and one of her sons had been blown to bits and two other sons were in hospitals, one in Egypt and one in Nablus. Ibrahim who had been hit in the leg with a rocket was sent Nablus. I told her I was going to there today and she asked me to visit him. I told her I would and she asked if we could call her so she could speak to him.

Today I went to Nablus to the Najjah Hospital. I asked for Ibrahim and they took me to his room. I was told to put on protective gear since he wasn’t doing so well, I thought “but its only a wound to the leg”, I walked into his room and almost fainted.

Ibrahim has nothing but a torso left. Literally. Gorgeous young man of 23, I said hi (gulping my fucking tears like a big old wimp). He said hi and I explained that I had seen his mom and she sent her love, etc.

He immediately started to cry and asked me to promise him she is ok. I told him “YES! she is amazing, she even did a video interview with me and we took a picture together…do you want to see it?”. With that his uncle looked at me and whispered, “He cannot see any more from the shrapnel that went into his eyes”, Ibrahim started crying.

Crying so hard and I could do nothing.

Helpless, I told him who I was and about Existence Is Resistance he said to me “I want to speak to my mom, please can I speak to my mom”. I told him “here is a cellphone from the donations we are receiving you can keep it”. We called his mom. He started crying when he heard her voice. There were some young men with me from Balata Refugee Camp who had to leave the room from the heartbreak they felt.

He then proceeded to tell her “My dad’s phone must have been stolen, I can not get a hold of him” unknown to him that his father was martyred at the UN school. I wanted to cry so bad. He asked his mom about his brother Abed, at which point all I heard was Ibrahim screaming at the top of his lungs “nooooooo noooooo nooooooo……not Abed…….please nooooo”….she had just informed him that Abed had been martyred (murdered by Israel). Ibrahim’s screams filled the hospital, the doctors came running in, it was pure chaos.

I can honestly say that I could not in my life had felt more helpless, sad, sick and disconnected from the world as I did in that moment. I still do. Another man in the hospital got mad at me and I felt even more horrible, I didn’t know his mom was going to tell him that, I didn’t fucking know. He doesnt even know about his father. What kind of fucking life is this? I couldn’t take a picture of him because it’s truly haunting.

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Shaima, 4 years old is a Palestinian from Gaza. We kept up with her story since activist Ashira Hakan had visited her first and told me that Shaima watched her mother, her 17 year old sister and her 15 year old brother get blown to pieces. She got rocket shrapnel in her stomach and back.

Her aunt told me Shaima stayed awake during everything, never lost consciousness even after losing a lot of blood. She has now been released to a hotel in Jerusalem and is going to be sent right back to Gaza.

She had on a pair of purple slippers that her father had brought before she was brought to Jerusalem and he told her aunt “I want to see her alive and wearing these upon her return inshallah”, that he will see.

Unfortunately, behind her gorgeous smile, she breaks down randomly screaming for her mom. I couldnt console her enough, I don’t have her Mom to give back to her.

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Meet Yazan. Yazan is 7 years old. His house was rocketed and his parents attempted to leave. An Israeli sniper shot Yazan in his back and the bullet exited through his stomach. Israel continued to bomb the area and the family was too scared to move. The EMTs were being targeted so they were too scared to go into the area.

Yazan bled at home for 1.5 days until he started losing consciousness at which point those who were not injured in his family walked for 3 miles to meet the ambulance where it was safer. He has also now been released.

We donated money to him as a Eid gift from donations along with Shaima so they could buy what they want for themselves. Just an FYI…it took me about 23 pictures before he smiled.

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17 year old Ahmad Zaznoon from Beit Lahye was sitting outside his house when a rocket hit nearby. He saw his neighbors from the AbuReesh family blown to pieces. Then after another rocket he saw two brothers he knew from the neighborhood also blown to pieces – they were 15 and 10 from the Hamoudi family. He was then hit with shrapnel from another rocket in his leg. He is still awaiting an operation. We gave him a cellphone from the donations.

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Sohaib, the 2 year old you met from my last article is doing much better. He is off life support and inshallah on the mend. We will keep checking in.

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Mohammad, 14 is now released to a hotel awaiting permission to return to Gaza. Mohammad was hit by shrapnel in his stomach and leg. We also gave him a phone from the donations which he told me was his first ever cellphone.

These families need your help. Please consider donating via our paypal (questions@existenceisresistance.org ) or if you are interested in sponsoring a child who has lost everything on a long term basis please email us at that same address. Thank you.