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“Give light and people will find the way”

by Rana Abu Asaker

“Give light and people will find the way” – Ella Baker

Jabalia Camp, Gaza

Jabalia Camp, Gaza

I would like you to imagine for one minute – or a dozen dark years – your life without light. If your imagination leaps to these dark scenes it has arrived in a shadowy oppressed corner of this world called GAZA.

They extinguished the flare of our minds, the glow of our hearts and the light of our houses and streets, then they asked us to live!

Now it’s my turn.

What is the shape of the life you ask us to live? A life without light is not a life, it’s a hell, sir!

We spend a lifetime in search of light and we don’t know it’s inside our hearts – if we see that, we will see our way, and if the path towards justice costs us our lives and souls, so be it.

Let’s revolt against injustice and oppression, revolt against the fear of being dragged behind silence, revolt against marginalization and deficit.

What do you expect from people who live a lifetime in the dark?

You will not be able to mute our voices. You will not be able to subdue our strength or determination.

It’s a time of REVOLUTION.

Three Gazan youth weren’t afraid of the truth, they cried out and demanded their simplest rights. Injustice forced a scream from their throats, a peaceful mass movement from their darkness.

Their revolution needs no factions, just a conscience.

The sound of two hands clapping is louder than one beating the cheek of its own.

Long live the unity of our people, the glory and immortality of our martyrs, the freedom of our prisoners, the healing of our wounded, the greetings of our resistance which continues even though the laggards despise.

Is this the beginning or the end?

I do not know, but I do know that “To realize the value of light, you must walk in the dark.”

Israel’s Vision for the Future is Terrifying

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Empirical historical evidence combined with little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people: perpetual Apartheid or ethnic cleansing, or a mix of both. Read more »

Do Not Let Go of the Green Line: It Is Israel’s Achilles Heel

Nadia Hijab
Al Shabaka

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The poet Dylan Thomas urged his father – and all those approaching death – “Do not go gentle into that good night” but “rage, rage against the dying of the light.” The death of the two-state solution has been foretold for nearly 20 years, after it became clear that Israel had signed on to the Oslo peace process in 1993 with no intention of allowing a sovereign Palestinian state.

And yet the light has refused to die. It has been in every country’s interest, including Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization/Palestine (PLO/Palestine), to maintain flickers of life in the two-state possibility despite Israel’s relentless colonization of the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) that has so far planted some 200 settlements and 600,000 settlers there, acts that constitute war crimes under international law.

For Palestinians living in the gray area of occupation the most basic freedoms of life, liberty, movement, health, and access to water, among others, are violated daily. Palestinian refugees and exiles are largely left to their fate, and the Palestinian citizens of Israel are expected to deal with the Israeli state’s discrimination and dispossession as best they can. Overall, the stagnation of the Palestinian body politic prevents effective, collective Palestinian action. Read more »

Abu Marzook Again Calls for Forming National Unity Government

Hamas

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Mousa Abu Marzook, Vice-president of Hamas Politburo, reiterated the call to expedite procedures needed to form a national unity government comprised of the Palestinian factions agreed on during the National Council meeting.

“We are in unison regarding many texts which call for resisting the Occupation and criminalizing security collaboration between the PNA and the Israeli Occupation,” he said in an interview with Al Araby TV on Monday. Read more »

Academic terrorist sympathisers call for sanctions on Israel

Opinion – Shalom.Kiwi

According to the NZ Herald a number of NZs leading academics on conflict resolution have slammed the countrys dangerous double standard on the Israel-Palestine problem. These leading academics include two University of Auckland Dance … Read more »

The passing of the so-called settlements Regularisation bill

Press Release – UN Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General deeply regrets the adoption of the so called “Regularisation bill” on 6 February by the Knesset. This bill is in contravention of international law and will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel. Read more »

Trump’s Election Promises Will Haunt Him

Article – Ramzy Baroud

I’m the best thing that could ever happen to Israel, he boasted at the Republican Jewish Coalitions Presidential Forum in Washington DC, in December, 2015. Read more »

Paris Peace Conference: An End to a Western-dominated Era?

Article – Ramzy Baroud

No, it was not just ‘another Middle East peace conference, as a columnist in Israeli Jerusalem Post attempted to depict the Paris Peace Conference held on January 15, with top official representations from 70 countries attending. Read more »

The deceitful words of Israel’s UK Ambassador Mark Regev

Article – Redress Information

Why wasnt this dangerous individual sent packing after the Israeli embassy plot to take down senior UK government figures? Read more »

2017: Palestine’s Three Dark Commemorations

Richard Falk

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Increasingly, Palestinians seem doomed to become subjects, or at best second-class citizens, in their homeland. Israeli expansionism, United States unconditional support, and UN impotence. These factors are combining to create dismal prospects for Palestinian self-determination and for a negotiated peace that is sensitive to the rights and grievances of both Palestinians and Jews.

Recalling three notable commemorations to be observed in 2017 may help us understand better how this distressing Palestinian narrative unfolded over the course of the past hundred years. Perhaps, such remembrances might even encourage the rectification of past failures, and encourage flagging national and international efforts to find a way forward even at this belated hour. The most promising initiatives are now associated with a growing global solidarity movement dedicated to achieving a just peace for both peoples. For now, neither the United Nations nor traditional diplomacy seem to have much leverage over the play of social and political forces that lies at the core of the Palestinian struggle. Only the nonviolent resistance of Palestinians to their prolonged ordeal of occupation and transnational civil society militancy seem to have any capacity to exert positive leverage over the status quo and to sustain hope. Read more »

The Paris conference will drive peace further away

Press Release – Shalom.Kiwi

Another spectacle. Another photo-op to say I care and to feel like Im doing something. But the cause of peace will be set back. This is what the Paris Middle East Peace Summit is about. Its in Paris but its not about the Middle … Read more »

McCully rewarded with ingratitude

Press Release – Palestine Human Rights Campaign

Leslie Bravery | www.palestine.org.nz Because it has overreached itself, Israel is in a state of fury and its Zionist mouthpieces around the world are in overdrive. Shalom Kiwi’s press release McCully’s explanation reinforces bias, flawed logic cannot, … Read more »

Paris peace conference: Renewing hope for two-state solution

Press Release – General Delegation of Palestine

On January 15, 2017, 70 foreign ministers and United Nations organisations will gather in Paris for an international peace conference aimed at resuscitating the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the two-state solution. Read more »

Sgt Elor Azaria convicted of the crime of occupation

Press Release – General Delegation of Palestine

The case of Sgt Elor Azarias cold-blooded execution of Abdel Fattah al-Sharif is not an isolated incident; it is the result of a system of occupation that encourages grave injustices against Palestinians, with extrajudicial killing being just one … Read more »

ConSiences of Humanity

Mazin Qumsiyeh

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

John Kerry is delusional if he thinks he can temporarily curb the appetite of those who believe in an ideology of conquest, subjugation and exceptionalism (“chosen people”) to save “Zionism”.

His claim that Shimon Peres told him that 78% of Palestine is enough, and that they should let the Palestinians have the other 22%, is simply not believable. Shimon Peres never changed his views from his youth as a disciple of Ben Gurion (Rabin and the two of them masterminded the ethnic cleansing and destruction of 500 towns and villages between 1948 and 1950).

To his last breath Peres was a racist, a bigot, and an unrepentant war criminal – not to mention his build-up of Israel’s arsenal of WMD. He always believed Jews are smarter, chosen, and are entitled to rule over greater Israel and like his mentor, he thought a two-state support is mostly for propaganda. Read more »

UNSC Vote – Palestine’s options

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh

Will Mahmoud Abbas turn success into failure (again) or will he finally show backbone to use the UNSC resolution to save what remains of Palestine?

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DEDICATION

This post is dedicated to Mohammad Al-Ghaz and all similar suffering children of Gaza. Mohammad was interviewed a year ago while selling newspapers in the streets. He was asked what he wishes for the new year 2016 and he impulsively answered “like die.” He went on to explain that his life is so miserable and he cannot go to school and has to work hard to find food for his family. Mohammad got his wish this Christmas season as he slipped on the roof of a four story building as he was trying to get some wood (video in Arabic here). The UN says Gaza will be uninhabitable by 2020. The two million people of Gaza including 1 million children are threatened with massive deaths (genocide). Please remember these one million children who are losing hope in humanity and do something to end Israeli apartheid. And of course the over 400 million children in the world who go to sleep hungry like those Palestinians in Gaza. Read more »

McCully and Ban Ki-moon do nothing about anti-Israel bias

Press Release – Shalom.Kiwi

Murray McCully and Ban Ki-moon acknowledge but do nothing about UN anti-Israel bias Shalom.Kiwi The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has used his final speech at the UN Security Council to admit that the organisation he heads is … Read more »

NZ welcomes UN resolution on Middle East Peace Process

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 regarding the Middle East Peace Process. The resolution passed with 14 votes in favour and an abstention from the US. New Zealand voted for and co-sponsored … Read more »

Christmas memo to Theresa May: Stop worshiping Israel

Article – Redress Information

Stuart Littlewood writes: Prime Minister, This is still a Christian country, as your colleague David Cameron reminded us not so long ago. But you wouldnt think so when non-Christian creeds are given exceptional protection and privileges to smooth … Read more »

Fatah’s Seventh General Congress and the Reelection of Abbas

Article – INSS Insight

Buttressed by his election at the Fatah Seventh General Congress to another five-year term as leader of the organization, Mahmoud Abbas immediately renewed diplomatic activity to block an American veto of a UN Security Council resolution against the … Read more »

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