If you landed on earth from another planet this week, knowing nothing other than the most common use of the word “terrorism,” which side do you think would most frequently be referred to as “terrorists”?
… In American media discourse, when Palestinians overwhelmingly kill soldiers (95% of the Israeli death toll) who are part of an army that is blockading, occupying, invading, and indiscriminately bombing them and killing their children by the hundreds, that is “terrorism”; when Israelis use massive, brutal force against a trapped civilian population, overwhelmingly killing innocent men, women and children (at least 75% of the Palestinian death toll), with clear intentions to kill civilians (see point 3), that is noble “self-defense.” That demonstrates how skewed U.S. discourse is in favor of Israel, as well as the purely manipulative, propagandistic nature of the term “terrorists.”
—Glenn Greenwald (July 29, 2014). Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza.
Actually, I think that the land should be shared by all, equally — though those who have been made refugees from their lands and have been subjected to genocide, such as Native Americans and Palestinians, should be given reparations, either monetarily or in kind.
The irony, however, is that the people most opposed to sharing the land are not the oppressed indigenous population, but rather the ancestors of the invading, colonizing population.
It has been white Americans who have kicked Native Americans out of their homelands. It is white Americans who stole Mexican land and now tell Mexican and other “immigrants” to “go back” to where they came from. It is white Americans who refuse to share the land with its original inhabitants.
Likewise in historic Palestine. It was the Israeli colonizers who kicked the native Palestinians out of their homelands and told them to “go back” to the surrounding regions. It is Israelis who want to remove all Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza and prohibit refugees in Jordan and Lebanon from returning to their homelands which Israel has annexed.
So what we see is that if we want a world in which all of the Earth’s inhabitants can share it and prosper equally, we have to fight against the white supremacist and European-colonist-supremacist notions which reject the very idea of sharing the land with the natives, but rather seek to ethnically cleans native lands, and then refuse the ancestors of those native populations the right to return to the lands that they were kicked out of by the colonial ancestors of the present-day dominant population.
If you are, as you say, in principle against “kicking people out of certain lands” or “claiming that they don’t belong there”, then you need to stand up to the racism against indigenous people, the chauvinism and ignorance of the ancestral colonial population, the refusal of the dominant society to recognize the just claims of the historically colonized peoples.
Otherwise, your concern about people being “kicked out of their homelands” will ring utterly and completely hollow.
For why should Native Americans or Palestinians — or even anyone who cares about social justice — given a damn about your right, as the descendant of a colonizer, to stay on occupied land, when you do not recognize the right of the indigenous population to seek redress for the injustices committed against them when they were kicked off their land by your ancestors.
Here is a short list of a few of the hundreds of examples of the media intentionally manipulating the public to support Israel’s recent offensive against Palestinians
July 24, 2014
- CNN journalist re-assigned from the region after tweeting that Israelis celebrating the death of civilians were scum.
- NBC journalist re-assigned after reporting too honestly on the situation on-the-ground.
- FOX News putting images of Gaza reduced to rubble with captions indicating (falsely) that it is damage done to Israel inflicted by Palestinian rockets. (image attached)
- The New York Times changing the headline about four children playing on the beach being killed by Israel to something that is intentionally vague/ambiguous.
- Diane Sawyer misidentifying photos of Palestinians in the conflict, claiming they are Israelis.
- MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal calling out the network bias toward Israel and then having her TV appearances canceled as repercussion.
- Unfair coverage from the BBC which was protested widely in England.Please reblog or message with additions as you see/think of them and I will edit with the additions. I am sure we can create quite a large list of examples.
This is important. Hold media accountable. Publicly call out news outlets that are fucking up. Spread the truth beyond your circle of tumblr fans. Raise awareness and mobilize.
The Israel Broadcasting Authority banned a radio broadcast made by the human rights organization B’Tselem about children killed in Gaza, claiming its content was “politically controversial.”
Life in Gaza
Israel puts on a show for the world’s media by reminding them over and over again how they tell Palestinian civilians to “evacuate” (which is an insult in itself since they’re not allowed to leave Gaza due to the illegal blockade), but the reality on the ground is that they tell Palestinians ‘we will kill you no matter where you go - you are our targets’ by bombing all the places they’re taking shelter in - ambulances, hospitals and UN schools.
Robert Turner, director of operations in Gaza for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), confirmed the bombing, saying that no warning was given by Israel before the missile hit.
"There are certainly multiple dead and injured," he told Al Jazeera.
The strike comes as the United Nations continued to stress the urgent need for an end to the bombardment of Gaza amid rising civilian deaths and a growing humanitarian crisis.
There is literally no limit to what Israel will do and get away with.
URGENT!!! PLEASE SHARE this with your contacts!! Pres. Obama will be in South Central LA (at LA Trade Tech College) this Thursday!! We are going to protest/march to demand an end to deportations and an end to the attacks on the people of Gaza!!
If these font sizes don’t speak to the relative value of Palestinian life, I don’t know what does.
Not to mention the noble Israeli “soldiers” vs Hamas “militants”
The number of displaced persons in Gaza doubled in one day and more than 25,000 Palestinians moved into UNRWA schools only on July 18, 2014. The number of displaced Palestinians seeking shelter in UNRWA schools in Gaza has now equaled the peak number from the 2008/9 conflict, and exceeds 50,000 in 44 schools. UNRWA is now warning that its funds and supplies are running critically low. (www.unrwa.org/donate)
As death toll climbs to 343 on the 12th day of the Israeli assault on Gaza, “at least 73 Palestinian children have been reported killed as a result of airstrikes and shelling by Israeli aerial, naval and ground forces” UNICEF’s Catherine Weibel told AFP. She said the youngest was reportedly three months old and more than half of the children killed are under the age of 12. (Naming the dead)
Above: Pictures of Palestinians staying at a United Nations-run school in Rafah by Reuters photographer Ibraheem Abu Mustafa on July 19, 2014.