maarnayeri:

I’ve seen more hollow think pieces about what Gal Gadot means to representation in a “feminist” lens with this role of Wonder Woman than anti colonial feminist critiques and commentary of Israeli apparatus and Palestinian women under IDF surveillance (precisely the work the likes of Gal Gadot pride themselves upon).

Mainstream feminism is a morally bankrupt institution. Nothing more than an agent and normalizer of neoliberal violence.

i am not a fan of gal gadot and as such will probably exhibit zero enthusiasm over wonder woman

airgeatlamh:

JK Rowling said she would have made Seamus/Dean canon but she felt it would be distracting from the main trio

Literally how much space do you need to have a line about Dean asking Seamus to the Yule ball

Look, I’ll try

"Parvati had tried to ask Dean to the ball, but he told her he was going with Seamus instead."

DONE

openlyawesome:

Updated: July 26, 2014

  • April 29, 2014: The deadline for the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Israel was supposed to release a number of prisoners as part of the deal. They failed to do so when the deadline arrived. This prompted the Palestinian president to apply to various international treaties and agreements, since Israel was clearly not respecting the peace negotiations. Meanwhile Israel approved thousands of illegal settlement units in the West Bank, eliminating any chance of a 2-state solution. US officials mediating the negotiations expressed privately and publicly that they blame Israel’s continued settlement construction and failure to commit to the negotiations for their collapse.
  • June 2, 2014: After the peace talks collapsed. The Palestinian Authority (governing the West Bank) negotiated with Hamas (governing Gaza) the forming of a unity Palestinian government. The European Union, the United Nations, the United States, China, India, Russia and Turkey all agreed to work with this new government. The Israeli government condemned the unity government because it views Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, as a terrorist organization. As any settler-colonial state would.
  • June 14, 2014: Israel announced that 3 teenage Israeli settlers were kidnapped near Hebron in the West Bank. Within less than 24 hours Israel publicly blamed Hamas for the kidnapping and vowed revenge. Hamas denied involvement.
  • June 14 - July 29:  Israel then went on a rampage (Operation Brother’s Keeper) in the West Bank arresting 530 Palestinians without any charge or trial, and killing at least 6 Palestinians including children in raids on most West Bank cities. Palestinian universities were raided and vandalized by the Israeli army. It was later confirmed that the operation was planned ahead of the kidnapping as a response to Palestinians forming a united government. Claims that the operation’s goals were to find the kidnapped teens were further refuted when it was later revealed that Israel knew the teenagers had been killed shortly after the kidnapping. It was also later revealed that from the beginning they knew Hamas was not involved in the kidnapping and killing of the teenagers. This is crucial in understanding what happened next.
  • June 30, 2014: Bodies of the three teenagers were found 10 minutes away from the location of their kidnapping. Israel blamed Hamas for the killing and vowed revenge, even though they already knew they were killed from day 1, and they knew that Hamas wasn’t responsible as mentioned above.
  • July 2 - Countless appearances and speeches by Israeli government officials blaming “Palestinian terrorists” for the murder, and multiple members of Israeli Parliament tweeting and posting on Facebook calling for genocidal acts of violence against Palestinians. Many incidents of settler violence were reported after this incitement. On July 2, Israeli settlers kidnap Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir and burn him alive. Later that week, the teenager’s Palestinian-American cousin is beaten by Israeli police.
  • June 29 - July 7: Some Palestinian resistance movements from Gaza warned Israel from continuing its violent operation and mass arrests in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and to stop violence against Palestinians. When Israel’s operation continued to cause more Palestinian casualties, a few resistance movements in Gaza fired rockets at Israel. Hamas admitted to firing some of the rockets for the first time since the 2012 Israeli assault on Gaza.
  • July 8 - Israel launches Operation Protective Edge, bombing Gaza with airstrikes. Palestinian resistance movements unanimously respond with rockets.

  • July 8 - NOW: Israel hits Gaza with thousands of airstrikes, which Israel claims are targeted ‘terror sites’. In reality the sites bombed are dozens of hospitals, schools, medical centers, beaches, and thousands of homes. Over 857 Palestinians have been killed, more than 700 of them unarmed civilians and a large number of them children, less than 160 were Palestinian resistance members [UN statistics]. Over 5000 Palestinians are injured. And the number of displaced people has passed 150,000 people. People in Gaza are not allowed to leave it so they cannot seek refugee status. Meanwhile Israeli casualties are 2 Israeli civilians killed by rocket fire. After the Israeli military began its ground invasion on July 17, about 37 Israeli soldiers have also been killed during clashes with Palestinian resistance in Gaza.

What do we learn:

  1. Israel knew that the 3 Israeli settlers had already been killed. They lied about it to use it as an excuse to commit acts of violence in the West Bank under the guise of looking for the kidnapped teens.
  2. Israel knew Hamas didn’t kill the 3 Israeli teens from day one, yet they publicly blamed them and vowed revenge leading to the current massacre in Gaza.

A note on human shields: Although Israelis love to respond with “there are civilian casualties because Hamas uses human shields”, they offer no proof of these claims. This is propaganda 101 and has been repeatedly debunked by Amnesty International and other international agencies who found that it is actually Israel who uses human shields in its operations. During the current operation, many Gazans reported Israeli snipers commandeering the roofs of their homes as bases and preventing them from leaving their homes, using them as human shields.

Here’s what Israel actually means by human shields: “The people who go into a house despite a warning do not have to be taken into account in terms of injury to civilians, because they are voluntary human shields. From the legal point of view, I do not have to show consideration for them. In the case of people who return to their home in order to protect it, they are taking part in the fighting.” - a senior figure in the International Law Division (ILD) of the Israeli Military Advocate General’s Office.

So when Israelis say ‘human shields’ they mean people who were sitting in their home after they were told to leave. The status of these people is legally changed from “non-combatants” to “combatants” under Israeli law. The warning mentioned in the quote can be:

  1. Leaflets dropped from the air onto hundreds of thousands of people’s homes. Evacuation warnings to entire areas are illegal under international law. They are illegal even for small areas, and are considered a form of collective punishment.
  2. A phone call or text message telling the person their house will be bombed between one and five minutes from the time of the call. Again, under international law, this does not turn the person or their home into a legitimate target even if they do evacuate it.
  3. A “knock on the roof” which is a small missile dropped on the house which means the house will be bombed within one minute, giving no time to the inhabitants to actually leave before the second missile completely flattens their home.

On July 16, Israel dropped leaflets on 100,000 Gazans in northern Gaza to evacuate (5% of the entire population of Gaza). This means that Israel legally changed the status of 100,000 civilians to ‘combatants’, and Israel can legally kill them if they do not evacuate.

Besides, many homes were bombed while families were still evacuating. And countless homes, and a few schools sheltering people who fled their homes were confirmed bombed without any form of warning. So Israel has absolutely no legitimacy, even by its own twisted standards.

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Anonymous: How much land was actually "given" to the Israelis by the UN, as Israelis claim?

pax-arabica:

I take it you mean the 1947 partition plan. Alright, this might be a tad bit long, but let’s talk about that, shall we?

The 1947 partition plan, was a framework proposed by the UN in an attempt to divide historical Palestine into 2 states for 2 peoples. This was to be implemented at the end of the British Mandate of Palestine. There would be as they named it one “Arab state”, and one “Jewish state”. Jerusalem would remain an international city open for all.

Unsurprisingly, the Palestinians and the rest of the Arabs, refused this. Why? Let’s go over the basics. And I mean the very bare basics, you could write a book on this, so I’m just sticking to the essentials.

A common argument I see from a lot of pro-Israelis, is that Palestinians had the chance to have peace, and have a state of their own if they had just accepted this plan. The state we could have gotten, would have been much larger and all of this fighting would have been unnecessary.

As you know, historical Palestine has always had a Jewish community. This was never contested, there never were issues with the indigenous Jewish Palestinians.

No, the root of the matter truly began with Zionism. Zionism was an ideology developed by Theodor Herzl (and others) that promoted the creation of a Jewish state. This ideology in practice is basically very heavy on the settler colonialism. If you read any of Herzl’s books you will find them chock full of “White man’s burden” mimicry, and other examples that would make any colonial proud.

There were many candidates for the location of this Jewish state, including Argentina, but in the end they chose Palestine, despite the fact that Palestine was already inhabited.

The first significant waves of European Zionist migration began at the end of the 19th century. So in the 1880s upward. The partition plan was proposed in 1947. So by the time this plan came along, the vast majority of the Zionist population in Palestine had barely been on the land for a few decades, at most.

Despite this massive immigration to Palestine, the Zionist population was still a minority. The most generous of estimates are that they made up only a third of the population, and owned land no more than 6-7% of historical Palestine.

So what exactly were the specifics of the partition plan?

The “Arab” state, despite the Arab Palestinians being the vast majority, would receive ~43% of the land of historical Palestine, relegating them to the mountainous regions, a third of the coast, and losing any access to the red sea.

The “Jewish” state, despite the Zionists being a minority with not a single district outside of Yaffa having a Jewish population majority (port city, most immigrants off the boat ended there), were given around ~56% of the land of historical Palestine. With the majority of the coastline and fertile agricultural lands.

Btw, just to show how small the Zionist population was, even the “Jewish” state would have only had a 55% Jewish population.

So, answer me this: Why should the indigenous population give up more than half of their historical homeland? What sense would that make? And not only that, they’d be giving it up for a minority of newcomers fresh off the boat. Who in their right mind would not resist this?

This is not a question of living together peacefully, the only way Zionists could have their self determination in this context was to deny Palestinians their self determination. The only way they could have a Jewish state with a vast Jewish majority (A Zionist goal), was if the Palestinians were removed from the picture. And we were.

Just so you understand what I mean by this, here is but one example of a quote from David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel in 1948:

"We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population."

So when people ask me why we didn’t accept the 1947 partition plan..the only thing I can think of is this line by Ghassan Kanafani:

“They rob you of your bread, but leave you a small chunk, they then command you to thank them for their generosity. Oh their audacity.”

queerlibido:

repeat after me: 
1. our immigrant families are not just ‘homophobic’ they are also ‘colonized.’
2. our parents have histories, genders, and sexualities, too.
3. they are just as broken as we are (but we have the words — i mean the english — to say it)
4. the diaspora responds to racism with heteronormativity
5. trauma seeps through generations