Posts tagged palestine
Posts tagged palestine
BELIZE CITY—Modern-day Israel has occupied the territory on which it presently sits since it defeated the Egyptian army in the June 1967 war and took control of the Gaza Strip, which was once Egyptian territory.
Since then, as a result of various treaties signed and continuing expansions of Israel’s settlements, the Palestinian people, who once lived on the land that the Israelis now rule, have been driven into a tiny, concentrated strip of land, without many of the rights most nations have.
Yet, they are determined to forge an independent state, and militants among them have used tactics such as the firing of rockets against Israel to assert their rights as a people.
Israel’s response has typically involved using far more powerful and devastating weaponry that cause massive casualties – most of them civilians, and many of them children.
In the past few weeks, this is exactly what has happened. Israel has been dropping bombs in areas of Gaza where there are many civilians, and the footage on social media and on the television screens have been so heart-wrenching that protests against this use of force have been taking place in countries all over the world.
Yesterday, about 25 Belizeans walked around Belize City’s Battlefield Park carrying placards, denouncing the latest outbreak of war in the Gaza Strip between Hamas and Israel, which has claimed almost 1,900 Palestinian lives (primarily civilians) and a little under 70 deaths (mostly soldiers) on the Israeli side.
The protest was organized by the local Muslim community, which has decried the slaughter of innocent civilians, women and children in the conflict.
listening to Uprising with Sonali Kolhatkar on KPFK 90.7- i didn’t hear the beginning of it so I will find it later and post, but i think it is an interview with a white jewish womyn from “Who Profits From the Occupation” and the overall focus of the discussion is on a movement recognized as “Queering Solidarity in Palestine” and some topics discussed include queer activism in Palestine, coalition and acknowledgement through action of white-jewish privilege, feminist activist traditions in Palestine, systematic oppression and land theft as encouraged/supported/mandated through usa and gloabl white supremacist capitalist patriachal economies, divestment and boycott of products made on occupied lands (“settlements”) and exploitation of Palestinian laborers (products such as soda stream, hewitt packer and others). organizations/campaigns/websites they talked about (in the section i heard): GLOBALEXCHANGE.ORG/EAP (economic activism in Palestine); STOP SODA STREAM. STOP HP (hewitt packered). and the activist speaking is from “Queering Solidarity in WHO PROFITS FROM THE OCCUPATION.” (i apologize for the vagueness but i will find the original interview and post it!)
so i was talking about how much i love beyoncé. it’s a complicated complicated love- the straight blonde hair, the she’s an ‘acceptable’-looking Black woman for mainstream, keeps pretty mum anything pro-Black, is a capitalist with mad money, pseudo-feminist you’ll be a leader and i’ll be a follower/”diva is a female version of a hustla”, etc. complicated love indeed but no one will ever deny me the importance of seeing a Black woman perform Black music (to largely white crowds, eek) and teaching me all kinds of bomb ass lessons with destiny’s child and her work, talent, lyrics, etc. also watching her behind the scenes, she obviously employs mostly Black people and other POC and her music is very much so in the tradition of radical bomb ass Queer Big-Bodied Black Working Class Women Blues singers- Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith (read: Angela Davis’ Blues Legacies and Black Feminism). bey has been meaningful for lots of reasons that i expect people who are not Black to not understand and people who are Black to challenge and complicate. and though i love the lost bois, i also love beyoncé. sooooo- i was talking to my housemate and they’re not down with the performing in israel thing. me neither. so wompitywomp, bey. i found an article about it, in response to the paying back of monies from qaddafi but not in monies garnered from supporting the evil apartheid of israeli government and its efforts to ‘re-brand’ itself. yuck. so though i cringe at comparisons made to south africa being “better than palestine”, that i think are insensitive and not useful in the way that i think authors hope they will be, this is overall stuff worth thinking about. why are my musical icons who are in some ways super aware of their influence globally, selectively ignoring the impact that performing in places like israel does in impoverishing communities and denying them basic human rights? also the irony of supporting white supremacist states as POC artists. and then, of course, that we live in one, amerikkka, so what does it mean to perform in amerikkka without being at the least explicit about who can spend money like that on concerts, and why, and that we are on stolen land. i’ve always wondered why artists who come to my college, for example, don’t ask that the first tickets be sold to POC, working class and queer groups, and then, of course, why are they performing in places that have actively played a role in gentrification and the pushing out of people from neighborhoods (ie staples center la) and then why aren’t there free concerts and concerts in parks and in the hood? of course, there are, and i should spend some more of my time and energy celebrating those artists and the work they are doing :)
"Those of us who have long been engaged in Palestine justice activism cannot help but notice glaring double-standards in these denunciations of the various deals with devils. And at this critical point in the history of the Arab world, we must request that our readers begin to “connect the dots” throughout the region. Is entertaining dictators a lesser crime than normalizing Israeli apartheid?
Why hold artists accountable for performing at the behest of tyrants, and let them off the hook for whitewashing Israel’s regime which engages in massive human rights abuses, all subsidized by the United States government?
Why not call artists who have performed in Israel, a state which practices a form of apartheid worse than anything the South African apartheid government had ever done? In 1973, the United Nations General Assembly defined the crime of Apartheid as “inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them.” As Israel’s official policy privileges Jewish nationals over non-Jewish citizens, creating de facto and de jure discrimination against the indigenous Palestinian people, it is hard to dispute that this supposed “democracy” is in reality an apartheid state.”
from the ghetto to gaza