Aug 032015


By Hasan Salaam

Today I attended the funeral for 1 year old Ali Dawabshe, a child burnt beyond recognition in Duma, Palestine last night.

The result of a Molotov cocktail thrown threw his families window.  This homemade bomb also contained specific chemicals to make the fire burn hotter so that it could melt metal.

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The funeral was painful.  Burying ones child is every parents nightmare, but today both parents were unable to be there.  They are fighting for their lives in the hospital.

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In this small village of Duma I saw the home of a young Mother and Father who were raising 2 sons.  A baby carriage sits in the living room surrounded by smoke and fire stained furniture.  Broken windows where the Molotov was thrown in, baby clothes blackened and suit peeling from the walls of Ali and Ahmed’s room.  Now a Mother, Father along with their 4 year old Ahmed are in critical condition with burns over most of their bodies and Ali the youngest is dead.

The smell of burnt plastic, chemicals and charred remains attack your senses.  A large puddle of water in the entrance where signs of a struggle for life are evident.  A flipped table and broken dishes; It burns your eyes to look and nose to smell.  It destroys your heart and confuses the mind to know what happened here.  What kind of a coward attacks babies while they sleep?IMG_1418.JPG

The words “revenge” and “long live the king messiah” are written in Hebrew on walls next to the 2 houses set ablaze in the middle of the night.  Bystanders said the attackers watched as the Mother ran out of her house on fire.

This community has been under attack by Israeli “settlers” for years on end.  Children snatched, homes attacked, olive trees burned. This is all part of the apartheid state that is Israel’s tactics, terrorism.  Destroy all hope in the people by scorching the earth, cutting them off from resources, mass incarceration, drone strikes into residential neighborhoods, more unlawful “settlements” and the murder of children.

The world has sat back and watched as Israel stole the Palestinians land.  Watched as civilians were bombed in Gaza.  Watched as “settlers” have attacked Palestinian civilians.  How long will the world watch and do nothing?  At some point there will be nothing left to watch.

My prayers are with the Dawabshe family.


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Jul 312015

Both Muslims and Jews believe the Ibrahimi Mosque houses the earthly remains of Abraham (Ibrahim), Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca.

By Hasan Salaam

Hebron has a history.  In 1994 a Jewish “settler” from Brooklyn named Baruch Goldstein entered the Ibrahimi Mosque armed with a Galil assault rifle and opened fire.  It was early morning during Ramadan the Muslims holy month and the place was packed.  He killed 29 people and injured over a hundred, he was caught by worshipers and beaten to death.  Today the legacy of that fatal day is felt with every turn and on every face in the city.

Bulletproof glass at Ibrahim/Abraham gravesite in case settlers shoot into Ibrahimi mosque.

Military checkpoints, blockades and a wall stand as a shameful reminder of the apartheid state Israel rules with impunity.

What was once a thriving marketplace has given way to a cage in which Palestinian shop owners are harassed by Israeli settlers from the buildings above.  Fencing was installed above the marketplace to catch items thrown down on to the shop owners.  Once the fencing went up settlers started throwing dirty water, urine and in some cases snakes.

 Checkpoints at one end of Shuhuda Street.

Inside the cities center is Shuhada’ Street.  This street is now a ghost town.  One side is a check point, complete with fascist armed guards.  The other side is the Ibrahimi Mosque which since that mass murder has been divided 65% Jewish and 35% Muslim.  Between point A and point B are homes mostly abandoned but the Palestinians who still live in what is a Jewish settlement are subject to constant harassment and attacks on both their bodies and their homes.

This video was taken while I was in Hebron.  Above are Israeli kids playing soccer on their own special private court.  Below Palestinian kids play with what they have amongst the barbed wire and barricades put up by the Israeli government and trash thrown at them by settlers.

 Fencing above the marketplace to catch items thrown down on to Palestinians by Israeli settlers.  Once the fencing went up, settlers started throwing urine.

What hope does the future have if our children can’t even play together in peace? When they have to be separated by barbed wire, walls and fences.  When one child has more than, a better opportunity to do something with their lives in this world based on the color of their skin, their religious practice, where they live or their parents socio-economic background.  Racism and classism separate children, something that they wouldn’t do on their own.  Adults fuck up their lives before they even get a chance to live them.   

Free Palestine.  Free The People.  Free The Land. 


Palestinians Thank Lauryn Hill as Israelis Attack Her Online

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May 052015

Three Palestinian rappers whose families were displaced by the racist state of Israel send a thank you message to artist Lauryn Hill for canceling her show in Israel.

Ms. Lauryn Hill released a message saying she canceled her show, that she wanted to also perform for Palestinians in Ramallah but that was unable to be organized.


Many Palestinians have hit social media to thank Lauryn Hill on her brave decision while Israelis have been cursing her out and attacking her. Below is a small sample of some of the nasty things being said to her:




















Feb 262015





World famous British artist Banksy visited the besieged Gaza Strip in Palestine and left his mark with several pieces of his politically driven artwork.

One of the paintings is that of a kitten which was drawn on the remains of a Palestinian home destroyed by Israel during it’s savage bombing campaign last summer which killed over 2,000 people.

On his website, Bansky says why he drew the kitten, “A local man came up and said ‘Please – what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website – but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens.”

Banksy also released a short video which you can view below:

Jan 162015


From the video description:

“On a historic trip to Palestine, freedom fighters from Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, New York, Ferguson, and Atlanta were able to witness firsthand the effects of Israeli apartheid and occupation, and to learn from the people who are actively resisting on the front lines.

In Nazareth, the delegates decided to do a solidarity demonstration as a call for support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that was called for by Palestinian civil society in 2005.

This demonstration was coordinated by Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, and features “Ella’s Song” by Sweet Honey in the Rock, sung by Charlene Carruthers, National Director of the Black Youth Project 100 and Dream Defenders’ Executive Director Phillip Agnew; poet, artist, and New York Justice League member, Aja Monet; rapper and Ferguson/Hands Up United organizer Tef Poe, and Ferguson/ Hands Up United organizer, Tara Thompson. Dream Defenders Ciara Taylor, Steven Pargett, Sherika Shaw, and Ahmad Abuznaid, journalist Marc Lamont Hill, New York Justice League organizers Cherrell Brown and Carmen Perez, and Maytha Alhassen, a University of Southern California Doctoral Candidate, are seen preforming the debke, a traditional Palestinian folk dance.

Don’t forget to check out #DDPalestine on Twitter and our Instagram accounts for pictures, videos, and reflection from this trip.

Filming and Editing by Thorstein Thielow”