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Katie Miranda is an illustrator, jewelry designer, calligrapher, and cartoonist living in Portland, OR. Her Arabic calligraphy jewelry and apparel are favorites of people in the Palestine solidarity community. Katie runs Palbox: a quarterly subscription box containing Palestinian goods benefiting the Northern California branch of the International Solidarity Movement. Connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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  1. joemowrey
    January 26, 2016, 3:56 pm

    Wonderful. Especially the one about the septic system. I’ve seen with my own eyes sewage from a settlement draining directly onto agricultural lands in a Palestinian village. It is one of the most disgusting images I carry about my experiences in Palestine. The overflow line from the sewage treatment system for the settlement was engineered to spill out on the village land. Such deliberate disdain for the humanity of the Palestinians living there was something I could hardly integrate into rational thought. It says it all about the racist, exceptionalist and overtly cruel and abusive nature of Zionism.

    • diasp0ra
      January 26, 2016, 4:22 pm

      Yes, unfortunately West Bank settlements are attractive investment opportunities for dirty industries, which produce large quantities of pollutants.

      Environmental regulations on soil, air and water are less strictly enforced in the West Bank by the Israeli military administration and there is usually more leniency with regards to the environmental quality levels.

      This has had catastrophic effects on the Palestinian villages and towns adjacent to settlements, whereas a popular practice by settlers is to dispose of settlement sewage by dumping it on Palestinian lands, damaging crops, farmlands and public health.

      These health concerns are reflected in the abnormally high rate of cancer among Palestinians living near settlement factories, which were erected not only at the expense of Palestinian land, but also at the expense of Palestinians health and well-being. A notable example of the above would be the Salfit Governorate, as it is the location of the Ariel settlement based Barkan industrial park.

    • Marnie
      January 27, 2016, 12:04 am

      Years ago an american/israeli Jew told me that Palestinians fertilize their crops with human waste. It was something I never forgot and after finding out that settlers drain their sewage directly onto Palestinian lands I realized this woman wasn’t lying. She never said whose waste it was, that’s all. “The banality of evil”. That expression fits the zionist enterprise to a “T”.

      • CigarGod
        January 28, 2016, 11:00 am

        Huh…I need a scientist. Can I trace that Palestinian carrot dna back to a specific Jewish settler?

  2. Kay24
    January 26, 2016, 9:43 pm

    Perhaps if there was some contact information for Airbnb, we could write to them and show our outrage. My family has used Airbnb during our travels, but certainly not after this.

    Shame on any company that puts aside their principles and ignores international laws, just to make profits. It truly reflects they are willing to make their money off the suffering of other human beings. There is no excuse for this.

    • Marnie
      January 27, 2016, 12:00 am

      There are a few petitions out there wrt Airbnb.

      I didn’t realize that Airbnb was also active in US. It seems it’s not only interested in the displacement of Palestinians from their lands, but African Americans. Typical.

      MoveOn Petitions – Airbnb: Stop Listing Vacation Rentals in …

      Airbnb.com – Airbnb – Official Site‎

      • Annie Robbins
        January 27, 2016, 12:51 am

        I didn’t realize that Airbnb was also active in US

        they are headquartered in SF, it started here first.

  3. iResistDe4iAm
    January 27, 2016, 7:27 pm

    The following petition is sponsored by: American Muslims for Palestine, CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and US Palestinian Community Network.

    Airbnb: Say No to Stolen Homes

  4. CigarGod
    January 28, 2016, 10:55 am

    Katie knocks one out of the park!

  5. gingershot
    January 29, 2016, 3:12 pm

    Beautiful! Let ’em have it girl!

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