Jul 282014
 

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By Nancy Mansour

Today I went to Al Najjah Hospital in Nablus to visit some wounded from Gaza. Two I can not speak about yet.

The one I can tell you about is a young 11 year old boy named Mousa. First I met his mother. She told me that her family had moved from their neighborhood of Majaza to Zowaida for safety. Mousa was in the house playing when his older cousin whom he looks up to said he was going to the store. Mousa went with him to buy bread.

An F16 blasts an area a little ahead of where Mousa and his cousin were and shrapnel from the rocket cut his intestines, his kidneys among other vitals. They rushed him to the hospital where not much could be done for him and he was losing a vast amount of blood. Eventually it was agreed via the West Bank hospitals, third parties etc that he would be allowed access via ambulance from Gaza to the West Bank.

Since Israel has a history of blowing up ambulances and since they were flying F16s near the crossing/border with 48 territories, the ambulances were so scared to move they waited until there were 8 ambulances lined up in order for them to move like a safety barrier. His mother cried as she told me of his five siblings who are ages 13, 10, 9, 5 1/2 and 3. She said when she calls home all they cheerfully ask her “Mama, when are you and Mousa coming home”?

I asked if I could go and see Mousa. Since he was in ICU the doctors told me it could be dangerous because of the many infections he has. I told them I would risk it. He has been unconscious since the incident, last Wednesday. He is on a life support machine.

As I entered the room and saw his little body attached to numerous machines I wanted to grab him and hug him and cry and say sorry….. instead I collected myself and I said (in Arabic) “Hi Mousa, my name is Nancy Mansour, I am from Haifa and I want to take a picture of you. If you smile for me I will take you to Haifa one day after you wake up”…..I swear to God, with that his eyes half opened (As you can see in the picture below) and his mother started crying joy.

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I am going to stay in touch and update you on his story.

I am going to pray everyday that he wakes up and makes it out of this.

I am going to pray everyday that at the VERY LEAST Israel is held accountable for every Palestinian child they have murdered in cold blood.

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Jul 252014
 

All Photos and Captions by Photographer Jenna Pope.

Today, about 200 people marched from the NY Public Library, through the streets of midtown, and ended up at the IDB Bank. IDB is an Israeli Bank that directly funds the occupation of Palestine, 20% owned by the State of Israel. Several activists participated in an act of civil disobedience by throwing fake blood on the windows of IDB, and then staging a sit-in on the sidewalk until they were arrested by police officers.

Pro-Palestinian activists throwing red syrup, to signify blood, on IDB Bank in New York City today. IDB is an Israeli Bank that directly funds the occupation, 20% owned by the State of Israel.

Fake blood on the front doors of IDB Bank in New York City today. IDB is an Israeli Bank that directly funds the occupation, 20% owned by the State of Israel

Pro-Palestinian activists staged a die-in outside of IDB Bank in New York City today after throwing red syrup on the windows of the bank. IDB is an Israeli Bank that directly funds the occupation, 20% owned by the State of Israel.

Today, about 200 people marched from the NY Public Library, through the streets of midtown, and ended up at the IDB Bank. IDB is an Israeli Bank that directly funds the occupation of Palestine, 20% owned by the State of Israel. Several activists participated in an act of civil disobedience by throwing fake blood on the windows of IDB, and then staging a sit-in on the sidewalk until they were arrested by police officers.

A pro-Palestinian activist being arrested while participating in a die-in on the sidewalk outside of IDB Bank in New York City today after throwing red syrup on the windows of the bank. IDB is an Israeli Bank that directly funds the occupation, 20% owned by the State of Israel.

A pro-Palestinian activist being carried away by police officers after participating in a die-in on the sidewalk outside of IDB Bank in New York City today. IDB is an Israeli Bank that directly funds the occupation, 20% owned by the State of Israel. http://whoprofits.org/company/idb-group

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Jul 252014
 

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Zionists Whipped into Racist Frenzy at Sight of pro-Palestine Activists

July 25, 2014
By Samer Abulaela

Today, a few hundred activists met outside of the New York Public Library for a demonstration and march against the string of atrocities in Gaza which have taken over 800 Palestinian lives so far (of those, at least 70% were civilians by the IDF’s own admission) and for which the US and Israel are showing little, if any, real political will to end.  While the rhetoric coming out of Washington and Tel Aviv cites the rocket-fire from resistance groups in Gaza as the cause of this latest massacre, the march sought to highlight the real root of the problem – the continued ethnic cleansing and occupation of Palestine.

Marchers stopped in front of Israel Discount Bank which supplies loans for settlement construction and mortgages to settlers.  Outside of the current daily atrocities happening in Gaza, this is Israel’s front-line in the continuing colonial project of ethnically cleansing the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine.  Palestinian villages, orchards, and/or farmland is seized by Israel, homes and trees are bulldozed, then the land is developed and sold to Jews only and Israel Discount Bank finances these racist and illegal transactions.

Shortly thereafter, en route to another institution, the march passed through NYC’s diamond district, specifically, 47th St between 5th and 6th Avenues.  Here, marchers were thronged by what appeared to be an impromptu counter-protest where chants of “Israel!  Israel!” soon echoed down the block.  I found myself lagging behind and recording the spectacle – supporters of Israel whipped into a frenzy at the sight of pro-Palestine activists, engaging in racist and Islamophobic language, calling for more ethnic cleansing, and even threatening to physically attack.

You’ll notice, I don’t say a word throughout the entire video… the only thing I was doing that could be considered provocative is carrying a sign that said “No More Blood Money” yet at one point the ire of a number of the counter-protestors turns toward me directly.  The racism, islamophobia, threats, and hatred are a reaction to my presence and this sign alone:

I think it’s important to understand the mindset that informs Zionism.  This is it in its purest state.  A frenzied, foaming nationalism that desperately expresses open hatred for anything that appears to disagree with its racist agenda to steal indigenous land.  Some choice lines:

“Get the hell out of our state… Go to Iran… Iran is your place! Go, go with your families… get out!”

“Down with Palestine! Fuck the Palestinians!… Get the fuck outta here you mother fuckers.”

“You son of a bitch!  You son of a bitch!”

“I bet you’re Jewish!”

“You’re lucky you got cops here!… you only do this when cops are around! Pussies!… you’re a mut… you better pray there are cops around the corner.”

“How does it feel to be a terrorist? Does it feel good?”

“There is no Allah.  It’s all hell for you!”

“Die! Die!”

There are more middle fingers flying around than on the NJ Turnpike at rush hour and about as many expletives as an entire season of the Sopranos, so keep that in mind before watching if such things offend you:

Jul 242014
 

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The African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa (AAJMENA) urges President Obama to intercede to end the slaughter of innocent Palestinians in Gaza. Israel’s practice of collective punishment and its detestable killing of large numbers of Palestinian children and entire families is simply unacceptable by any standards of international law and morality. AAJMENA stands united in condemning the collective killing of hundreds of Palestinians who are besieged and confined, unable to take refuge from Israel’s military aircraft, tanks, bombs and naval shelling.

AAJMENA deplores the aggression being carried out by the Israel Defense Force. The people of the United States can no longer stand by as the government of the United States continues to both justify and fund Israel’s war of aggression, its seven year siege of Gaza, and its multiple decades long illegal occupation of Palestine. The silence of the people of the United States in the face of this horror implicates the United States in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people.

We of AAJMENA urge President Obama to make every effort possible to end the Israeli administered, and U.S. sanctioned, siege of Gaza. Israel must agree to an immediate cease fire and start negotiating in good faith for the end of its illegal occupation and settlements policy.

Only through a just peace agreement that recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to national self-determination will the predictable cycle of violence end; a violent cycle which is the outcome of Israel’s long-standing, illegal occupation–and Gaza blockade–that we, the tax payers of the United States have sanctioned and funded.

Jul 242014
 

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Alex Antioco

Llegando a mi destino en Bryant Park (Nueva York), empece a caminar rápido, y con propósito, como no quería falta un momento del procesión funeral y vine para ayudar un compañero activista y a amigos, para distribuir carteles. Entrando al parque, vi la multitud de gente , estaba particularmente llena de gente esta mañana. Juntó con otro activista, camine un rato buscando cualquier señal de agrupación, pero nada. Solamente los neoyorquinos diarios relajando, tomando sus cafés y personas mirando. Llegamos al frente del parque, y después que sentimos que éramos los primeros a llegar, vimos un señal; una multitud de kuffiyehs.

La multitud de gente era enorme y dio un sentimiento como sí fuera llegando a casa, a una grande reunión familiar, compuesto de personas de diferente razas y culturas, todos juntando por un solo propósito; Gaza, Palestina.

El ambiente era sombrío como estuvimos todos unidos para la lamentación de cientos de vidas Palestinas, perdidos por la reciente bombardeo Israelí, todo pero desolado.

En el centro del grupo, hubo una cartel grande en el piso que leía “De luto por todos que han sido masacrados en Gaza”, una bandera Palestina, un agrupación de kuffiyehs, y lo más escalofriante parte de la visualización, cuatro cuerpos pequeños envueltos en tela blanca. Los cuatro cuerpos eran representantes de los cuatro jóvenes que fueron asesinados por el bombardeo aéreo Israelí, en la playa de la ciudad de Gaza.

Miembros de la prensa aparecieron también, para entrevistar activistas y recibir sus perspectivas del propósito de la procesión y también sobre la reciente conflicto. Ahora el neoyorquino “de todos los días” en Bryant Park estaba prestando atención.

Mientras todos se estaban acomodando, los organizadores de la procesión funeral empezaron a hablar al grupo y hacerles acordar porque hemos reunidos. El grupo empezó a repetir cada palabra que decía el vocero, reminiscencias del “mic check” del movimiento Occupy Wall Street. Con las voces amplificados, muchas personas que pasaban por el parque, se pararon a escuchar y mirar a los muchos carteles y pósters que decían “Basta De Matar a Palestinos”, “Gaza”, “Todos Somos Palestina”, y “Cuantos Niños Más se Tienen Que Morir Hasta que Sacamos Nuestros Vendas del Ojo.”

Después que leyeron muchos nombres de los muertos en Gaza, la procesión empezó. Nos decían que no deberíamos decir nada a los sionistas que vinieron a enemistarnos porque era una procesión funeral. Mientras el grupo empezó a mover desde Bryant Park hasta el consulado Israelí, uno sentía ojos mirándole. Estábamos tan silenciosos pero nuestros presencias eran fuertes. Podías ver las diferentes emociones en las caras de los personas pasando.

La gente que nos apoyaron, miraron solemnemente y cabecearon sus cabezas, de acuerdo, pero como hemos previsto, apareció un sionista. Uno grito “Vamos Israel!”, desde su auto pero se hizo cero impacto. Otro hombre dijo, “Apoya a Israel, Apoya con los Estados Unidos” y luego se reía de nosotros y sacó su dedo del medio a nosotros.

Sus palabras caían sobre nuestros oídos sordos mientras marchamos en silencio. Lo que importó más era que el neoyorquino “de todos los días” estaba ahora quieto, mirando, escuchando y siendo educado porque esto también es su problema. Cada año, nuestros impuestos financia ayuda militar a Israel, en cambio cientos de Palestinos están masacrados.

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Translated from English version by Gabriela Lazaro.