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“We are stones standing in front of bullets”.

That’s how 21-year-old Razan al-Najjar explained the situation to us last April regarding the unarmed Palestinian demonstrators on the ground facing Israeli snipers from across the fence.

In the first two weeks since the March of Great Return kicked off, Razan had already escaped death and serious injury numerous times.

She recalled how Israeli soldiers had shot directly at her more than once, threatening her to back off from reaching the wounded.

She felt a bullet narrowly miss her head and another time, a bullet flew past her leg, while she was tending to demonstrators near the fence, on the field which had turned into a shooting range.

Razan al-Najjar, photo shared with the authors by the al-Najjar family.

We were preparing a feature article about Palestinian women who were at the forefront of the protests and the topic naturally lead us to Razan – a young lady with an immense love for her nation and a steadfast determination to fight for freedom and for women’s rights.

As she sat down in the living room in her humble home located in an alley in Khan Younis not far from the border, she at first seemed indifferent to our presence and in a hurry.

Later we learned that she had come back from the field and wanted to return as soon as possible.

She was spending 13 hours each day volunteering on the field and was in charge of leading groups of 164 volunteer medics, which she had brought together.

As she began to recount instances of saving the wounded stuck near the border, her eccentricities and wild courage shone through.

“Soldiers tried to kill me so many times,” Razan explained. “I received some information that I’m targeted by the Israeli army and that I have to stay away from the field because of my activities [tending to the injured] but I ignore all of that.”

During a Friday protest last April, as Razan ran to help an injured demonstrator, an Israeli soldier threatened her that if she made a single move forward, she would end up dead. But she ignored him and without hesitation, ran to help the demonstrator.

As each Friday passed with more bloodshed, each member of Razan’s medical group of eight nurses were all hit and injured by pulverizing explosive bullets or by tear gas bombs.

Razan al-Najjar, photo shared with the authors by the al-Najjar family.

So far Razan had luckily been unscathed from the bullets, but she had fainted numerous times due to tear gas exposure, broke her wrist after running down the field to help an injured demonstrator and was hit in the face by a gas bomb.

Attending the demonstrations is risky, even if one is labeled a paramedic or journalist.

Many have been shot when they least expected it – during a lull in protesting for instance, when people were simply loitering and no tyres were even being burnt.

Paramedics have recounted instances of being intentionally targeted, a war crime under the Geneva Conventions.

But the gruesome injuries and brutal deaths that she witnessed didn’t break her down with feelings of hopelessness or despair; instead it fueled her with even more strength and determination.

Anas had tried to persuade Razan to be more careful while working (for instance not to rush near the border when a protester is wounded and to wait for other staff to come first), but Razan found his advice silly and jokingly called him a wimp.

In another attempt to shake her firm belief of immediately rushing to rescue a demonstrator, he tried to persuade her of how great studying nursing in Germany would be (a wish of hers she had expressed earlier).

But Razan’s answer was succinct.

“I’m a sacrifice for my nation,” Razan said regarding her presence at the demonstrations. “I’m always going be there for my country and home.

“It’s my duty and responsibility to be there and aid those injured.”

She recounted more of what she saw:

“Yesterday (April 16) after I left the field, three wounded protesters were stuck near the border and the Israelis prevented the ambulance from reaching them. The Israeli army was going crazy and started to shell the place around them. I received a call from people telling me that they were stuck and wounded, so I headed back to the border and rescued them without hesitation.

“I won’t ever forget 18-year-old Tahrir Abu Sabla. He was shot by Israeli snipers and is now in the ICU. He’s a person with a disability (deaf). I was several meters away from him. I was calling out his name to see if he’s okay or not but I forgot that he couldn’t hear me, so I approached him. When I came near him, he fell down. He was killed by a bullet to the head,” Razan recounted.

With sadness in her eyes, she said her heart breaks when she sees many boys taking their last breath in front of her. One of them passed his will on to her by saying: “Take care of my mother and my brothers, Razan, please Razan!”

Ever since Razan was a child, she dreamed of becoming a doctor and of achieving something great.

As she didn’t have the financial resources to attend university to study nursing, she took first aid and nursng courses on her own, accumulating over 200 hours.

When the March of Great Return kicked off on March 30, Razan was the first female nurse to arrive promptly at 7 a.m.

She wasted no time in creating tests for medical volunteers to complete to evaluate their knowledge, in order for the demonstrations to have only the most experienced medical team to help them.

“I want to be the greatest nurse in the highest rank in the whole world,” Razan said.

In difficult environments such as Gaza, young men and women often hesitant and speak modestly when they talk about their ambitions.

They seek dreams within what’s “realistic and possible” in fear of later frustrations, or to avoid the judgment of classifying their dreams as ” clichés” or too big.

But Razan was different. She was confident, great and so were her dreams. When she talked about her dreams, she said it with the confidence and faith of someone who’d already made his dreams come true.

“I want to prove to the world that we (women) are socially active and that we play a big role in the community… the power that I have will make me famous one day. I want to be a great nurse, who everyone knows of. The power that we have, even mountains can’t break down,” Razan said.

Israeli forces killed Razan, but they couldn’t kill the Palestinian resistance, the fight for freedom and the right of return, which Razan embodied.

Razan’s spirit will live on and the cause will continue, despite the odds, “stones standing in front of bullets”.

About Mersiha Gadzo

Mersiha Gadzo is a multimedia journalist. Her articles have appeared in Al Jazeera, CBC, Canadian Dimension and the Middle East Eye. She tweets at @MersihaGadzo.

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About Anas Jnena

Anas Jnena, 20, is a third-year student at Al-Azhar University, where he is majoring in English literature.

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  1. Kay24
    June 8, 2018, 2:46 pm

    This is how deceitful the zionists are. They are filthy murderers, and will stoop to gutter tactics, just to demonize their victims:

    “Israeli army edits video of Palestinian medic its troops shot dead to misleadingly show she was ‘human shield for Hamas’
    Edited clip condemned by Palestinians and rights activists as attempt to ‘justify’ 21-year-old Razan al-Najjar’s death”

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/gaza-protests-latest-idf-condemned-edited-video-angel-of-mercy-medic-razan-al-najjar-a8389611.html

    They are unscrupulous in their tactics. They also doctored an audio recording of the activists on the Gaza flotilla, and later admitted to it.
    All that to justify their crimes, and the massacre of unarmed civilians.
    Israelis do not have to wonder why they are disliked, considered liars, and have no credibility. They truly earned it, and deserve it.

    • Misterioso
      June 9, 2018, 10:48 am

      @Kay24

      Well said!! Do not despair! The fascistic entity known as “Israel” is digging its grave.

  2. JWalters
    June 9, 2018, 7:04 pm

    Intentionally assassinating medical personnel. Calling the Israeli army “moral” is a classic example of the “brazen lie” tactic. It’s very brazenness gives it a degree of immunity with some listeners. In reality, Israeli “morality” is what most people mean by “evil”.

    God will certainly bless Razan al-Najjar for her holy work, practicing love in the face of evil.

  3. CigarGod
    June 10, 2018, 10:58 am

    That lead photo is a masterpiece.

  4. Stephen Shenfield
    June 16, 2018, 9:12 am

    I agree with Anas. I am not against sacrificing one’s life when it achieves something worthwhile, but if Razan had taken greater care and lived longer (I know there was no guarantee of that) she could have looked after more people and perhaps survived to do other things for her cause. In Germany she could not only have raised her qualifications. She could have been an effective spokesperson for the Palestinians in a country where such are sorely needed.

    It was of course extremely courageous of her to behave as she did, but I wonder whether it also reflected an undervaluation of her own life. I wonder whether admiration and approval of such behavior is altogether healthy. Does it accord with the motto “Palestinian lives matter”? Is it only the Israelis and their allies who believe that individual Palestinian lives do not matter?

    • Mooser
      June 16, 2018, 11:12 am

      ” but if Razan had taken greater care and lived longer”

      If she hadn’t been so lazy and uncaring, a quick little step to one side would have taken her out of the path of that IDF sniper’s bullet.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        June 17, 2018, 8:30 am

        I didn’t say she was lazy or uncaring. Obviously not. But those snipers apparently had it in for her and were going to get her sooner or later. Her best bet may have been to move to another site and continue her work there, and then move on again when she started to attract too much attention. Because it wasn’t the whole Israeli army that was targeting her but a particular team of snipers.

      • Mooser
        June 17, 2018, 12:38 pm

        “Her best bet…”

        Ah, no wonder you asked for the “Rules of Engagement” for the Israeli gunmen, earlier.

      • LHunter
        June 18, 2018, 12:22 pm

        AP – the only surrendering that needs to happen is on Israel’s front – Israel needs to surrender to universal human rights and humanity. Plenty of plans that promote this type of surrender. Mondo highlighted one such plan by a group called the One Democratic State Campaign – http://mondoweiss.net/2018/05/democratic-multicultural-palestine/

        The plan you are pushing has as much chance as the one above.

    • echinococcus
      June 16, 2018, 12:54 pm

      Shenfield,

      Agreed, the lambs to the slaughter approach is not useful, to say the least. Organized, armed and effective is much better.

      But if I remember well, you are the same guy who was writing

      …stone throwing. Fire kites are also mentioned. Arguably these actions should not be called violence in view of their ineffectiveness. They might be called symbolic violence or simulated violence or pseudo-violence or quasi-violence. Whatever they are called, their political effect is very harmful to the Palestinian cause.

      There’s no pleasing you. No effective violence, no non–violence or “symbolic violence”, no suicidal meekness, no manifestations. I guess Palestinians should also stop breathing to be approved by the onlookers.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        June 17, 2018, 8:14 am

        Whether I am pleased doesn’t matter, but I am sure it is necessary to think through the likely consequences, positive and negative, of alternative strategies. I believe that such discussions are going on among Palestinians themselves but they are not publicized for fear of undermining the facade of national unity and also because open criticism of the dominant faction is dangerous in both Gaza and the West Bank. Websites like The Electronic Intifada and Mondoweiss could serve a useful function by airing these matters in public but they don’t. Going on endlessly about how horrible the Zionists are gets boring after a while. (I’m not denying that they are horrible — far from it.)

      • Annie Robbins
        June 17, 2018, 11:50 am

        I am sure it is necessary to think through the likely consequences, positive and negative, of alternative strategies. I believe that such discussions are going on among Palestinians themselves but they are not publicized for fear of undermining the facade of national unity and also because open criticism of the dominant faction is dangerous in both Gaza and the West Bank.

        facade of palestinian national unity? stephen, i can assure you there are many palestinians who are not afraid of criticizing their leaders. in fact they just had a huge protest in ramallah. https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-palestinian-forcefully-police-break-up-anti-abbas-protest-in-ramallah-1.6175290

      • echinococcus
        June 17, 2018, 11:49 am

        Shenfield,

        Of course one has to think things through and avoid unnecessary risks –first and foremost to try to be as effective as possible.

        Which essentially brings us back to the starting point, i.e. that whatever most hurts the enemy is the best. I cannot see any merit, at this stage, of non-violence for non-violence sake, or any non-violent action that is guaranteed to bring disaster. This because the enemy is in a position of not having to negotiate, or even bother about appearances any longer. Pointedly non-violent mass sacrifice for no gain (“Charge of the Light Brigade” as Keith appropriately called it) is not producing results in the short or middle term. Not any that are even worth mentioning.

        That said, the popular imagination in Palestine (largely including Hamas, too) surely is under the suffocating domination of the sacrificial lambs ideology. I suspect this is in large part due to the contribution of Zionist (and “liberal” imperial) propaganda and infiltration. There is as much sense in peaceful resistance to the Zionist-US empire as there was in peaceful resistance to Nazi occupation, period.

        Now that situation is a fact and there is no point in staying away or shirking one’s duty if one is (as you and I are not) a Palestinian resistant. The clear-thinking people in the resistance see that; I talk to a number of them. I am also sure Najjar was more than smart enough to be one of them. The resistants do try to prepare conditions for effective harassment of the invader. But as long as the situation is what it is, they can’t afford not to be constantly and visibly in the forefront, taking the most risks because doing so will cost them the leadership.

        We, now, don’t get to tell them what to do. These are smart people, fully dedicated to what they are doing. If a majority of Palestinians are into the idea that mass slaughter, as a result of naive expectations about the Empire and its vulnerability to “public opinion”, is necessary, well then our job still is to support them by placing all the blame where it exclusively belongs, i.e. the very presence of the invader in Palestine. Not to lecture them about sucking eggs, as if they never heard that staying away from bullets is the only way not to get shot.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 17, 2018, 12:04 pm

        the popular imagination in Palestine (largely including Hamas, too) surely is under the suffocating domination of the sacrificial lambs ideology.

        what do you mean? this reminds me of the hasbara that ‘when hamas sees the dead bodies they like it because it serves their cause’. do you believe that or am i misunderstanding you?

      • Annie Robbins
        June 17, 2018, 12:22 pm

        There is as much sense in peaceful resistance to the Zionist-US empire as there was in peaceful resistance to Nazi occupation, period.

        Now that situation is a fact and there is no point in staying away or shirking one’s duty if one is (as you and I are not) a Palestinian resistant. The clear-thinking people in the resistance see that; I talk to a number of them. I am also sure Najjar was more than smart enough to be one of them.

        iow, you are transmitting the clear thinking resistance and someone such as razan would agree with you that peaceful resistance makes no sense. and yet, her resistance was peaceful and non violent. i’m just not clear how it is that you are in a position to speak, for palestinians, about “shirking one’s duty”, because you claim to “talk to a number of them”. there are millions of them. many very serious about resistance who embrace non violence and think it is the only solution that will work, like bds.

        without advocating one over or above the other (because i won’t) how is it that you can basically denounce the effectiveness of bds, the most powerful force of non violent resistance as essentially “peaceful resistance to Nazi occupation”, which i might add, may have worked had zionists not broken the boycott against germany.

      • Mooser
        June 17, 2018, 12:43 pm

        “Whether I am pleased doesn’t matter, but I am sure it is necessary to think through the likely consequences, positive and negative, of alternative strategies”

        Just so we know, “Stephen”, could you list the “alternative strategies” that have had ‘positive consequences’?

        Have the Israelis (and this would be very helpful) made known which “alternative strategies” are likely to have ‘positive consequences’?

      • Annie Robbins
        June 17, 2018, 1:15 pm

        i can’t think of any “strategies” palestinians haven’t tried — except perhaps total, em masse, surrender.

      • American Perspective
        June 17, 2018, 1:43 pm

        Annie:

        Surrender.

        The assumption that some kind of natural justice or “arc of history” bends toward the petty ethnic passions of the Arab nationalists living in Palestine has been devastating. It’s been a Century since Colonel Lawrence invented the idea of Arab nationalism to encourage the backwards countryfolk to rebel against the Caliph. It’s long past time we acknowledge that Lawrence’s invention has been a failure.

        Since Arab nationalism was invented a century ago, the Egyptian Arab Republic went from being a cosmopolitan, multicultural, economic powerhouse to a poor, dusty backwater. Half of the Syrian Arab Republic is displaced (5 million refugees, yes, but an additional 7 million internally displaced persons). The Hashemite Kingdom is a schizophrenic transit camp. The Lebanon still hasn’t fully recovered from the war that the Palestine imposed on it in the 80s.

        Rather than wasting another 70 years trying to regain some “authentic” Arab identity, and an imagined ethnic purity – folks who love the Gazan people should be encouraging them to Surrender. And there is a plan for it.

        You can google “Global Palestine, Connected Gaza” which discussed the plan in detail.

        Rather than trying to conquer Israel or create an Arabic-speaking hermit kingdom on the Med; Connected Gaza sees the Arab nationalists surrendering. Surrendering to globalization, surrendering to Israel, surrendering to the future.

        Gaza Connected has a vision where Gaza will be a wealthy hinterland of the Tel Aviv Metropolitan hub (that would include Jerusalem and Haifa). Gaza will have a regional airport, a port that will work well with its neighbors as Israel becomes more chareidi (the Gaza port will pick up the slack on Saturdays), abundant housing, and international connections overseas to Israel, the Arab Republic, and even to the Hashemite Kingdom and Saudi.

        You can like the idea or hate it – but watch the presentation first, though, it’s very convincing.

        If I may say so, this lack of imagination and understanding of the material reality has been devastating to the Arab nationalists. Like this “non-violence” shtick. Israelis are not American Ashkenazim in the 70s (the heyday of Jewish liberalism in the US); Israelis are not 1930s British colonial officers in India; Israelis are not 1980s Boer activists.

        Arab nationalists seem to think that Israelis are some or all of these things – and how has that worked out for them?

        You’re not doing the Arab nationalists in Gaza any favors by tricking them into thinking that they are going to conquer Israel or that Surrender is not an option. You’re not doing the Arab nationalists in Gaza any favors by making them think that Israelis are elderly American Ashkenazim or British colonists. It will only end in tears.

        Mondoweiss (and you, Annie) would be better off providing folks accurate, clear-eyed information about Israel – provide articles from Yediot and Yisrael Hayom (newspapers that Israelis read) rather than crackpot editorials by marginal European-focussed rags like Ha’aretz. Teach folks about the Israeli political scene, from UTJ to Shas to Nash Dom Israel to Bayit Yehudi – instead of marginal cranks like Meretz and the Joint List.

        The best thing Mondoweiss can do for Palestine and its supporters is provide a clear-eyed understanding the material reality on the ground. Rather than some imagined dystopia, or some American Ashkenazi perspective.

      • echinococcus
        June 17, 2018, 2:48 pm

        Annie

        Not sure you are really rejecting what I said:

        …there are millions of them. many very serious about resistance who embrace non violence and think it is the only solution that will work, like bds.

        Of course there are, and of course many are sold on it. In fact, they command the general mood today, which somehow hopes against hope to have an impact without physically hurting the enemy; that the Zio-US occupation is likelier to go away than the Nazi one by using *only* so-called non-violent means .

        As a result, the savvier resistance is forced to risk life ad limb for no good purpose other than remaining in the leadership. Of course non-participation in the collective self-immolation of these days is unthinkable, duh.

        without advocating one over or above the other (because i won’t) how is it that you can basically denounce the effectiveness of bds, the most powerful force of non violent resistance as essentially “peaceful resistance to Nazi occupation”

        Keep the word games. I am doing nothing of the sort (I am advocating boycott of any and all things Zionist and the most severe sanctions on all Zionists.) Boycott and sanctions are most effective as a tool to move things but if and when as a complement to physically effective resistance in the belly of the beast. So are passive resistance and unarmed resistance, too. As long, that is, that there is any effective resistance that hurts, harasses and disorganizes the enemy. News, now: there is nothing like anything that hurts the enemy worth mentioning right now in Palestine, if not the occasional personal initiative. There was resistance, and it was mostly killed or put to bed. The Najd fireworks only count as enemy provocation.

        Anyone who maintains that non-violent-only resistance will work against the US empire and the Zio crazies should have his head examined.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 17, 2018, 4:33 pm

        Keep the word games. I am doing nothing of the sort

        you ignore my question and cite me out of context. ok, not a problem, here we go again:

        i’m just not clear how it is that you are in a position to speak, for palestinians, about “shirking one’s duty”, because you claim to “talk to a number of them”

        as i see it, here’s the word game. not content with putting your opinion out there solo style, as in (your words) “There is as much sense in peaceful resistance to the Zionist-US empire as there was in peaceful resistance to Nazi occupation, period.”

        (unless i am to believe your intent here was to communicate it make a lot of sense to resist nazis peacefully, in which case disregard what i am about to say). here’s the game:

        “that situation is a fact”
        there is no point in staying away or shirking one’s duty if one is…. a Palestinian resistant.
        “clear-thinking people in the resistance see that”
        “I talk to a number of them”
        “I am … sure Najjar was more than smart enough to be one of them.”

        in these quotes of yours above it seems like you’re bolstering your anti-“peaceful resistance” (your term, also a term used for non-violent resistance) argument by telling us

        a) your opinion is fact
        b) insinuating palestinians are ‘shirking their duty’ by limiting their engagement to “peaceful resistance” (bds)
        c) insinuating your personal opinion is shared by the “clear-thinking people”
        d) your opinion is right because you talk to palestinians
        e) claiming a dead martyr who engaged in non violent resistance would be “smart enough” to not only share your opinion, but “be one of them” (a violent resister?).

        again, i’m just not clear how it is that you are in a position to speak for palestinians. it’s not so much your claim that i don’t agree with, it’s points a through e.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 17, 2018, 4:54 pm

        and as an addendum to this i have been to gaza, i conferenced with a room of hundreds of women in hamas and ask many of them why they chose hamas over fatah, and every single one of them told me they believed in their right to bear arms. so my point is not to argue against that position.

      • eljay
        June 17, 2018, 3:37 pm

        || American Perspective @ June 17, 2018, 1:43 pm ||

        Silly rapist’s victims and their assumptions that some kind of “arc of history” bends toward their petty feminine passions. Instead of fighting to regain their lives and liberty and to see the rapist brought to justice, his victims should lie back and enjoy the ride and maybe even cook his meals and do his laundry.

      • Mooser
        June 17, 2018, 3:43 pm

        You are right, “American Perspective”, all the information at Mondo tastes like poison, and all the articles are so short!

      • American Perspective
        June 17, 2018, 6:51 pm

        Eljay:

        Neither the land of Palestine, nor the Arab nationalist cause are a body that can be raped.

        The 19th Century volkïsch theme of the Romantics – that Judea “raped” Allgemeine by diluting her racial purity and he defiled Prussian soil with his sophistry and mercantilism – is delusional. It was delusional back then in Central Europe, it’s entirely unmoored from the material reality in the 2018 Eastern Mediterranean.

        Palestine yields archaelogical evidence at The Giant’s Circle (5,000 years ago) and Jericho (10,000 years ago) of a thriving, cosmopolitan civilization with influences from Britain to China – from the Indus to the Tana Rivers (Mei’Hodu v’ad Kush, for the Biblically literate).

        The idea that Palestine – literally the center of the world in the T-in-O maps – was some sheltered, volkïsch, race pure virgin who was raped by the Zionists is delusional. It reveals a profound error in your understanding of Palestine and of the Romantic idea.

        And like I’ve been saying – the greatest weakness of you hardline Arab nationalists is that you simply do not understand your enemy. I’ve noted here a few times that in the few days I’ve participated here, I’ve seen Mondoweiss writers incessantly analogize Israelis to 1920s Yiddishist immigrants to the United States, Boer activists in Southern Africa, German Nazis during WWII, and British colonial officers in 1940s India.

        Eljay wants to resurrect Romantic motifs about Palestine as some virgin land, untouched by civilization until the 1890s Zionist movement.

        You’re free to believe what you want. And I don’t begrudge you if this satisfies some emotional need of y’alls.

        But do recognize that what you are saying is unmoored from reality. And the best thing you can do to promote the Arab nationalist cause (and protect residents of Gaza) is get back to reality. It doesn’t do Arab nationalists favors to send them into cloud cuckoo land.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 17, 2018, 7:33 pm

        You’re free to believe what you want. And I don’t begrudge you

        AP, I’m just going to suggest that objectively speaking, you sound entirely unmoored from the material reality. And while I’ve no doubt that the passion you exhibit is intended to “help”, in reality this delusion approach is profoundly counterproductive to the actual people living in Israel. But do recognize that what you are saying is unmoored from reality.

      • eljay
        June 17, 2018, 7:59 pm

        || American Perspective: Eljay:

        Neither the land of Palestine, nor the Arab nationalist cause are a body that can be raped. … ||

        Dunno about the “Arab nationalist cause” but Zionists have been raping geographic Palestine and its indigenous inhabitants for decades.

        || … Eljay wants to resurrect Romantic motifs … ||

        I have no interest in “Romantic motifs”.

        || … about Palestine as some virgin land, untouched by civilization until the 1890s Zionist movement. … ||

        Correct and thank you: Palestine wasn’t a “virgin land” – it was a land inhabited by (geographic) Palestinians. Foreign nationals had no right to occupy it, colonize it and establish in it a religion-supremacist “Jewish State”.

        || You’re free to believe what you want. … ||

        You’re so sweet.  :-)

      • American Perspective
        June 17, 2018, 8:34 pm

        Annie –

        I think I’m pretty grounded in reality..

        As Steven Crowder likes to say: “Change my Mind”! Show me 6 things I’ve said which are inconsistent with reality. If I have some major blind spot, I’d love to have it pointed out!

        And I’m confused about your reference to “Israel”. Neither I, nor anyone else here, has discussed Israel – this website is about promoting, what your national anthem calls “Wa’aswaqi dam l’ard” (The race-yearning for the Land).

        Mondoweiss is about centering the hardline ethnic passions of the Arab nationalists living in Palestine. Nobody here has discussed Israel, at least as long as I’ve been participating in these conservations. (* except for Eljays’s volkïsch complaints about Judea).

        Keep your eye on the ball, Annie!

      • echinococcus
        June 17, 2018, 9:22 pm

        Annie,

        This becomes tiring. I don’t know how you can read things other than can be parsed. When I was mentioning the appearance of one’s shirking one’s duty it was referring to the usual obligation, in all WW2 resistance movements, to be present even if that represented an unnecessary risk. Meaning that as far as I know, resistance organizations or leaders feel they have to be at the forefront even if what’s happening is unnecessary. Also, there being no one representative of all Palestinian resistance, with or without quotes, talking to a number of them enables no one to know anything done “in their name”. It only allow one to know that some think this or that way. Also, today the unfortunate consensus seems to be meek pacifism without an effective fighting organization. Apart from that, obviously what I consider fact is clearly marked as fact (which I believe to be so, by the way, not a law of physics) and the rest is also my opinion as per 1st Amendment.
        This said, it’s of course a matter of opinion, bolstered by history and some personal experience, to say that believing that so-called non-violent action (which can be extremely important according to the moment, but never without other effective action) can ever achieve anything by itself is stupid.
        I still have the impression that you are biting and heckling and then you end up saying more or less similar things in another style.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 17, 2018, 11:16 pm

        ech, sometimes, with what appears as rhetorical props thrown in, i don’t know what you’re really saying. so i asked for clarification by relating what i heard. i didn’t know what you meant by “sacrificial lambs ideology” either (which you attributed to “the popular imagination in Palestine (largely including Hamas, too).”

        that said, when you answer by accusing me of playing word games, it’s understandable you might feel a bite when i break it down in starker terms. btw, your “sacrificial lambs ideology” reminded me of a poem by the amazing palestinian performer jowan safadi called “message from a lab”. originally he published it only in arabic, so i google translated it and tweeted out the machine translation. he responded to me by via dm with his own translation which is much better:

        We’re the no good Arabs
        Living in the weapons lab
        Targets without a fight
        We are the lab mice

        More relevant than the winners and the losers
        If you ask the dealers

        Because we can raise the price
        Of killing and destruction machines
        tested on human beings, far stronger than those on mice

        our blood fumes out of anger and frustration
        our water is poisoned
        every day we drink a sip of death
        we are the manifestation of: died in the blink of an eye

        The world changes and goes forward
        but to us, the door of hell is the only exit

        With blood and lives
        We try to steal the lights

        If only for a moment, occupation would excuse us
        Away from your pleasures and pressures
        To the children of massacres and blockade, look over

        Throw a hello, salute the resistant Gaza
        The sad emojy on the face of the planet
        And a stain on the face of humanity

      • Sibiriak
        June 18, 2018, 1:08 am

        American Perspective: Connected Gaza sees the Arab nationalists [sic] surrendering. Surrendering to globalization, surrendering to Israel, surrendering to the future.
        —————————————————————-

        Connected Gaza sees Gaza as:

        Part of an independent Palestinian State, contributing to an emerging transnational city region.

        http://www.connectedgaza.com/whynow

        Creation of an independent Palestinian state is the first step–everything else in the Connected Gaza vision, whatever its worth, follows from that.

        Surrender would not lead to an independent Palestinian state.

        You’re spewing nonsense.

      • eljay
        June 18, 2018, 7:47 am

        || American Perspective: … Nobody here has discussed Israel, at least as long as I’ve been participating in these conservations. … ||

        If you haven’t noticed discussions about Israel, you’ve been monologuing.

        || … (* except for Eljays’s volkïsch complaints about Judea). ||

        What’s a “Judea”? It sounds like a volkïsch Zionist anachronism.

      • Mooser
        June 18, 2018, 11:08 am

        “This said, it’s of course a matter of opinion, bolstered by history and some personal experience…”

        “Echin” there is nothing less persuasive than recommending a violence you will neither participate in or could possibly be the victim of.

      • American Perspective
        June 18, 2018, 11:16 am

        Eljay –

        The motif of Judea raping Prussia (which you use constantly) goes back to the late 19th Century.

        The Romantics imagined the Rheinland and Bohemia, etc . . . as these pure volkïsch lands with a “natural” population of Germanic-speaking natives.

        Judea, by contrast, represented civilization, unrooted cosmopolitanism, sophistry, and mercantilism. The motif is that the der Ewige Jüde came from far away and took advantage of the naïve noble savage Germanic tribesmen and women and imposed on them with their Judaizing presence.

        Germanic political ideas have always been popular among Arabic-speakers, of course. The Caliph was allied with the Germans for centuries and during the great wars, the Arabic speakers stood four-square behind Germany. That’s why after WWII, the SSNP and Ba’athist leadership in Syria, Palestine, and Egypt were largely German-speaking.

        So ideas like “Judea is raping the simple, volkïsch Arabic-language tribeswomen and men”, or these Ostjuden foreigners are “Judaizing” our race-purity . . . these are popular themes among your far-right Arab nationalists. If you are not familiar with their origin, I’m happy to educate you about where the motifs you use are coming from.

        In modern political thinking (including in Germany), the idea that a land and its people are a “body” which can be “raped” by the presence of foreigners is regarded as anachronistic and even racist.*

        * I am not accusing you of racism.

      • eljay
        June 18, 2018, 11:46 am

        || American Perspective: Eljay –

        The motif of Judea raping Prussia (which you use constantly) … ||

        I checked my Comments archive: There’s no mention of “Judea raping Prussia”.

        || … So ideas like “Judea is raping the simple, volkïsch Arabic-language tribeswomen and men” … ||

        Is “Judea” the new word for “Zionists”? Because Zionists have, in fact, been committing acts of injustice and immorality against (geographic) Palestinians for ~70 years.

        || … or these Ostjuden foreigners are “Judaizing” our race-purity … ||

        Who said anything about “‘Judaizing’ our race-purity”? You must have far-right Arab nationalists on the brain.

        || … these are popular themes among your far-right Arab nationalists. … ||

        I don’t have any “far-right Arab nationalists”. Rape is simply an evocative analogy. The biggest difference between the reality of Zionism and my analogy is that the self-righteous rapist doesn’t cry tears of aggressor-victimhood while he deliberately abuses his victims.

        || … * I am not accusing you of racism. ||

        That’s nice. But I am accusing you of Zionism.

      • American Perspective
        June 18, 2018, 12:41 pm

        Eljay – just replace “Prussia” with “the State of Palestine”; replace “Germanic blood” with “race-pure Arabic-speakers”; replace “Judaizers” with “Zionists”.

        Exact same language, exact same beliefs. And welcome to them.

        I’m just pointing out that no Land is “Arabic-speaking”, Arab nationalists have no unique connection to Palestine, and that using a “rape” analogy for immigration is just flat-out weird in 2018.

        And the claim that you (and other Mondoweiss writers) aren’t far-right Arab ultra-nationalists is delusional. You guys are obsessed with “authentic” racial identity, with maintaining the race purity of particular geographic areas, and are opposed to modernity and (legal and illegal) immigration.

        Those are the primary themes of the far-right everywhere.

      • Sibiriak
        June 18, 2018, 1:43 pm

        American Perspective: You guys are obsessed with “authentic” racial identity, with maintaining the race purity of particular geographic areas…
        ————————————————–

        Don’t feed the troll.

      • eljay
        June 18, 2018, 2:51 pm

        || American Perspective: Eljay – just replace “Prussia” with “the State of Palestine”; replace “Germanic blood” with “race-pure Arabic-speakers”; replace “Judaizers” with “Zionists”. … ||

        Taking things I haven’t said and replacing them with other things I haven’t said = different things I haven’t said.

        || … I’m just pointing out that no Land is “Arabic-speaking” … ||

        Sure, just as no Land is “Jewish”.

        || … using a “rape” analogy for immigration is just flat-out weird in 2018. … ||

        I don’t use a rape analogy to represent immigration – I use it to represent the injustice and immorality that is Zionism.

        || … And the claim that you (and other Mondoweiss writers) aren’t far-right Arab ultra-nationalists is delusional. You guys are obsessed with “authentic” racial identity, with maintaining the race purity of particular geographic areas, and are opposed to modernity and (legal and illegal) immigration. … ||

        I advocate a solution to the I-P issue that comprises:
        – two secular and democratic states;
        – of and for their respective citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally;
        – established within their respective / Partition borders.

        What happens after those states are established – do they remain apart? do they merge into one? – is up to the democratic will of the people of those states.

        I say ‘yes’ to equality, justice, accountability and respect for international laws and human rights; and ‘no’ to injustice and immorality (including colonialism and supremacism).

        If that’s “far-right Arab ultra-nationalism”, I guess I’m guilty.

      • Talkback
        June 18, 2018, 3:20 pm

        American Perspective: ” You guys are obsessed with “authentic” racial identity, with maintaining the race purity of particular geographic areas, and are opposed to modernity and (legal and illegal) immigration.”

        Say American Perspective. Do you support the right of return for refugees? Something tells me that you are projecting your racial and purety obsessions unto others.

      • Talkback
        June 18, 2018, 3:43 pm

        American Perspective: “The Romantics imagined the Rheinland and Bohemia, etc . . . as these pure volkïsch lands with a “natural” population of Germanic-speaking natives.”

        Sounds like Zionism. Israel’s Judea and Samaria = German’s Bohemia and Moravia. Blood and soil ideology. Lebensraumpolitik. Expansion to the East. Israel even differentiates between nationals and citizens like the Nazis did to privilege the former. And boy do they dream since Herzl of an arab-“rein” and only hebrew speaking population in his offically declared “Judenstaat”. It there hadn’t been some humane Jews they would have expelled any Nonjew in 1948. And of course they wanted to become member of the UN and had to make some ‘impure’ decisions.

        “* I am not accusing you of racism.”

        I won’t accuse you of racism, if you unconditinally support the right to return of every refugee according to the declaration of human rights and condemn the crime of Apartheid which includes to deny people to return to their country in order to maintain a regime that is dominated by another people.

      • echinococcus
        June 18, 2018, 4:03 pm

        The “American” obviously never had an education but “teachers” like Johnny S in the Zionist coccoon. If he were an American of the common-or-garden cultivar, he would have learned something. Namely that the Völkische Bewegung arose late, way later than Zionism and openly inspired by and emulating it. Nazism was based, for a lot of it, on theories formulated by Zionists.
        He is just incredibly jealous because no matter how much the

        Zionists were precursors in the business of blood-and-land reactionary, Romantic nationalism, it’s the Johnny-come-lately Germans who had both the Blut and the Boden that Zionists never had –and never will have. Eat your heart out, you’re not even first in racism!

      • echinococcus
        June 18, 2018, 4:21 pm

        Talkback,

        It there hadn’t been some humane Jews they would have expelled any Nonjew in 1948

        Nothing to do with any humane Jews. The plan, already discussed at their congresses in the 30s and organized with “Transfer Committees”, was to keep a small non-Jewish population in a first stage, for the benefit of onlookers. This “Weitz quota” was fixed at 15%, which is approximately what they achieved after the Nakba and the forced immigrinvasion.

        Makes one puke:
        http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Famous-Zionist-Quotes/Story644.html

    • Mooser
      June 16, 2018, 6:49 pm

      .” I am not against sacrificing one’s life when it achieves something worthwhile,”

      A large contingent of non-Israeli marchers would pose a big problem for the IDF.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        June 17, 2018, 8:00 am

        Yes. This was one of the proposals of the Coordination Committee of the public associations that originally planned the march (not the committee of the political factions that supplanted it). (see their statement of principles on their Facebook page and at afsc.org). Their idea was to have people from the foreign media and from international and human rights organizations present as monitors to ensure that the march remained peaceful and deter IDF attack. The trouble is that Israel controls who enters Gaza. A more favorable location for a march might have been along the Lebanese border.

      • Mooser
        June 17, 2018, 12:48 pm

        . “A more favorable location for a march might have been along the Lebanese border.”

        Yes, several people have said that.

      • echinococcus
        June 17, 2018, 2:54 pm

        Mooser,

        A large contingent of non-Israeli marchers would pose a big problem for the IDF

        Judging from past and current Zionist behavior, that problem is only as “big” for the “IDF” as the firepower and number of bullets, rockets and bombs needed to exterminate said marchers. And Zios don’t even have to pay as long as we do.

      • Talkback
        June 17, 2018, 6:29 pm

        Shenfield: “Their idea was to have people from the foreign media and from international and human rights organizations present as monitors to ensure that the march remained peaceful and deter IDF attack.”

        Well, “monitoring” could cost them years in a Zionist dungeon:
        Ministers advance bill criminalizing some filming of IDF, despite AG opposition
        https://www.timesofisrael.com/ministers-approve-bill-criminalizing-filming-idf-soldiers-despite-ag-opposition/

        You get nine months for killing an unarmed wounded Nonjew if you are a Jewish “medic”. But you get five years if you film it. That’s called “Jewish democracy”. Not to be confused with democracy as such.)

      • oldgeezer
        June 17, 2018, 11:39 pm

        @Talkback

        You are too kind. You get 9 months and have to put up with being considered a national hero if you are a murdering medic.

        No there isn’t a country more debased or immoral than Israel in the middle east. Some countries have less rights but in all countries, including Israel, those rights are at the mere whim of the rulers anyway. They aren’t real rights. Saudi doesn’t pretend or extol it’s rights. Israel in absolute denial of it’s vile history deludes itself as being a beacon.

        After/during the 73 war I felt guilty for not volunteering. Several people I know did. Knowing what I know now the guilt is solely in ever having thought standing with Israel had any moral basis. There wasn’t and isn’t. There are others equally immoral but none more so.

      • Mooser
        June 18, 2018, 11:12 am

        “A large contingent of non-Israeli marchers”

        “Stephen” said: ” I am not against sacrificing one’s life when it achieves something worthwhile,”

        It was just a suggestion of “something worthwhile”.

      • Talkback
        June 18, 2018, 4:10 pm

        oldgeezer: “You are too kind. You get 9 months and have to put up with being considered a national hero if you are a murdering medic.”

        Yep. But you can achieve much more in Israel. I you empty your rifle in a 13 years old Palestinian girl rom point-blank range and claim that you would have done the same even if the girl was a 3-year-old you even get promoted and your trial costs compensated. There are a lot of opportunities in Israel to live the Zionist dream.

  5. Maghlawatan
    June 17, 2018, 10:08 am

    She reminds me of Sophie Scholl, the German dissident who was murdered by the Nazis. She too saw the madness of the system and wanted to stop it but was murdered by goons and did not live to see the system collapse.

  6. Ossinev
    June 17, 2018, 2:37 pm

    @American Perspective
    “Gaza Connected has a vision where Gaza will be a wealthy hinterland of the Tel Aviv Metropolitan hub (that would include Jerusalem and Haifa). Gaza will have a regional airport, a port that will work well with its neighbors as Israel becomes more chareidi (the Gaza port will pick up the slack on Saturdays), abundant housing, and international connections overseas to Israel, the Arab Republic, and even to the Hashemite Kingdom and Saudi”

    Inc in the document (nb prepared April 2016) is the following statement:

    “Looking forward, it becomes clear that the current status
    quo cannot be sustained. In the absence of meaningful
    progress towards greater openness, conditions in Gaza
    will inevitably continue to deteriorate, most likely leading
    to a profound humanitarian crisis and resulting in renewed
    conflict – effectively having adverse implications not just
    for Gaza, but for Palestine as a whole and the broader
    region. An easing of current restrictions, coupled with
    major investment in housing, infrastructure and economic
    development is required to help promote sustainable
    growth, address the most pressing challenges and change
    the conversation around Gaza’s future”

    Obviously things haved moved on since then. Zioland is hell bent on maintaining the”Status Quo”. It has zero intention of “easing current restrictions” and has now initiated an entirely new killing fields dynamic into the equation and clearly the psychpathic freaks who are running the Zioshow have FA interest in doing anything to adjust or change that “Status Quo”. The Portland Trust declared ambitions and aims are simply a fleshed out complete with fancy drawings Disneyworld variation on the classic Ziocrap “Gaza could be the New Singapore if only” Hasbara. Nothing on the horizon is going to disturb that Zio mindset especially now that they have had a exhilarating feast of live killings and maimings in recent weeks. Well it has been such a long time since Protective Edge and Cast Lead and Lebanon is not really an option given that Hezbollah are grown ups with real weapons,real battle hardened soldiers and are not a captive population of defenceless civilians (inc one million children being progressively poisoned by the Chosen ).

    The only thing which will give these Ziobots pause for thought is if the untreated sewage starts to drift up the Med and decorates the Tel Aviv beaches. If the smell itself starts to drift across into Sderot etc they may have to seek further US taxpayer money for state of the art odour proof bunkers.

    Tens of thousands of innocent children dying from drinking untreated water won`t even cause a Zioblink. After all “they started it”.

    • American Perspective
      June 17, 2018, 3:47 pm

      “Zioland”, “Zioblink”, “poisoned by the Chosen”, and “psychpathic freaks who are running the Zioshow” . . .

      Ossinev – I’m sure in your mind these are brilliant turns of phrase which are the edge of the spear of the inevitable victory of the Arab nationalist movement in Palestine. And there are Jewish liberals in the United States and Israeli Communists who read what you write and tremble for the future of the “Zioland”.

      I’m just going to suggest that objectively speaking, you sound entirely unmoored from the material reality. And while I’ve no doubt that the passion you exhibit is intended to “help”, in reality this delusion approach is profoundly counterproductive to the actual people living in Palestine.

      Another future is possible.

      The people of Gaza will be defeated and will surrender to globalization, surrender to Israel and surrender to the future.

      I’ll take your “inevitable arc of history” and raise you that in 2050, the 3.5 million Arabic-speakers living in Gaza will still need to get along with their Zioblink and Egyptian Arab neighbors. They will still need to bow to the logic of International Economics and Malthusian math.

      The only question is how they get there.

      The derech hamelech is for them to surrender. Not delusional ideé fixe like “non-violent resistance”, “international intervention”, and “the tides of history” – but take their front seat in history and surrender fully. Economists estimate that a peaceful Palestine would see a doubling of the GDP per capita in Israel and Gaza within a decade – from 42K to about 90K dollars in Israel, from 1,600 to 3,000 in Gaza!

      Or you can continue a pointless resistance that leaves Gaza at the same place economically today as it was in 2000. (IMF estimates that if Palestine doesn’t surrender, it will take until 2030 to recover from the 2014 border skirmish).

      The Gazan economists and business-people who wrote Gaza Connected are “connected” to reality and want to help people.

      Delusional accusations that the Palestine Investment Fund and Bank of Palestine are “Hasbarah shills” does not help your cause.

      • Maghlawatan
        June 17, 2018, 4:23 pm

        Zionism won’t make it. The collapse of neoliberalism will destroy elite Jewish wealth. Israel is already a pariah.

      • Mooser
        June 17, 2018, 4:44 pm

        “Delusional accusations that the Palestine Investment Fund and Bank of Palestine are “Hasbarah shills” does not help your cause.” “American Perspective”

        That’s where you have the advantage of us, “AP”. Everything and anything you say helps your cause. Just ask you. In fact, I can’t think of anything you might possibly say which would damage your cause. Can you?

        So try to go a bit easier on us. We don’t all have your advantage.

      • Talkback
        June 17, 2018, 6:15 pm

        American Perspective: “The derech hamelech is for them to surrender.”

        Surrendering actually means that the Zionsist atrocities and crimes against humanity will meet no resistance at all. You are just making an argument for the rapist.

      • American Perspective
        June 17, 2018, 7:07 pm

        Mooser – is the belief that the Palestine Investment Fund and the Bank of Palestine are “Hasbarah shills” reality-based? Or is it an entirely baseless accusation?

        Now, you personally may *want* the PIF and Bank of Palestine to be Hasbarah shills because . . . ? Maybe you have some “it’s gotta get so bad it breaks because then magic and the Arab nationalists conquer Israel” mojo. Rashid Khalidi’s been pushing that hallucination recently. Or maybe the status quo in Gaza is ideal and any suggestion that things change is a threat. Who knows? I can’t read your mind.

        If an observer comments to you that your belief that the Palestine Investment Fund and Bank of Palestine are “Hasbarah shills” is not reality-based, I think you should consider whether she may have point. Maybe they are “Hasbarah shills”, maybe they’re not. But surely you should at least consider the question and not dismiss it out of hand.

    • MHughes976
      June 17, 2018, 4:35 pm

      If we had a statement from the Israeli government defining its idea of a fair and final settlement and if it included the sort of statement about the untenability of the status quo which you quote here then the situation would be much clarified and serious negotiations might at last become possible. Not with guaranteed success, but possible. However, one of the respected commentators on these matters, Nathan Thrall, has been arguing that the s quo is much more advantageous to Israel than any alternative so far glimpsed.

      • echinococcus
        June 17, 2018, 6:44 pm

        If we had a statement from the Israeli government defining its idea of a fair and final settlement

        But we have one already, from Mr Gruen aka Bengourion, dated 1938 and never amended: “The boundaries of Zionist aspiration,” he told the World Council of Poale Zion in Tel Aviv, “include southern Lebanon, southern Syria, today’s Jordan, all of Cis-Jordan [West Bank] and the Sinai.”

        The latest official statements alternately define it as arabenrein or with a max. 15% minority without rights.

        So the statements are fully clear.

        and if it included the sort of statement about the untenability of the status quo

        There can be no doubt that today’s status is more intolerable to Zionists than anybody.

        then the situation would be much clarified and serious negotiations might at last become possible

        Negotiation is always possible, what’s impossible is relying on the b$#@s’ word.

  7. Ossinev
    June 17, 2018, 5:41 pm

    @American Perspective
    “I’m just going to suggest that objectively speaking, you sound entirely unmoored from the material reality. And while I’ve no doubt that the passion you exhibit is intended to “help”, in reality this delusion approach is profoundly counterproductive to the actual people living in Palestine”

    Been there sunshine and seen the “material reality” to which you refer so please no condesending so called American Perspective get real comments . As for my quote “delusion approach” unquote being ” profoundly counterproductive to the actual people living in Palestine” as opposed to your they should give up the pointless struggle and surrender to overwhelming Malthusion mathematics. Total BS

    Please do focus when waffling on about economic regenerations etc on the simple glaringly obvious fact the ones who are calling the shots (literally) in all of this are not the no doubt well meaning but incredibly naive Portland Trust business enterpreneurs ( whom I did not refer to as shills ) but lunatic and ruthless Zionist politicians who may not be adverse to the occasional financial backhander but who are in no way form or shape interested in an entrepreneurial solution to the Gaza crisis and they are supported in all of this by an increasingly brainwashed Jewish Israeli population ( with rapidly diminishing exceptions ). All they seek and all they are working and have been working for from day one has been a dreamscape re-establishment of an Etetz Israel. Palestinians to them are a sub species and simply an increasingly irritating impediment to the fulfillment of the”dream”.

    Your reference to a delusional idee fixee is a hoot. The indigenous population in your perverted logic should do what is best for them and surrender to the entirely non delusional Zionist idee fixe of a return to the “Ancient Homeland” to be effected through massacre,theft,exile and dispossession(check the thoughts of Chairman Ben Gurion, Golda Meir we will never forgive you for making us kill your children et al)

    As for the “Derech Hamelech” reference. Least said.

    “but take their front seat in history and surrender fully” Ditto.

    You appear to think of yourself as some sort of pragmatic geopolitical economic realist but in truth you are no more nor less than an outright racist and a twisted apologist for a bunch of child murdering war criminals.

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