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umm al-hamam

pigeons are an unjustly mistreated bird. free them

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  • Palestinians protest in Ramallah against the 'Authority of Shame'
  • The unwarranted presumption of Israeli soldier innocence in the killing of Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar
    • I *suspect* that what Ronel was reporting was that no specific orders were given to kill her. For all that the IOF claims it knows "where every bullet landed" and all its pretensions of hypercompetence and discipline, it's very likely individual snipers are treating the protests as a free fire zone and shooting at will to satisfy their genocidal desires. (Note also the number of children killed & severely injured over the past few months.) It still comes down to premeditated murder, but murder inevitably resulting from the IOF & Gadi Eisenkot's cynical decision to station snipers around the apartheid fence in the first place in full knowledge that this would happen, with the plausible deniability of no "direct orders" to kill 12 year olds or medics or journalists. The culture within the IOF has shifted in the past few years to become even more overtly genocidal incl rabbis preaching that it is their duty under Jewish law to kill all Palestinians. (which is untrue, btw. that's basically an ISIS level of distance from mainstream jewish thought)

  • How to tell when defending Israel is actually racist
    • >>Zionism has nothing to do with economics.<<

      Gershon Shafir's book Land, Labor and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1882-1914 is the most in-depth & effective analysis of the Zionist project from a labour and economics perspective. The basic summary is:
      1) Zionism is almost entirely an economic project based on land exploitation
      2) The "prosperity" and "economic miracle" of the Zionist entity post-1917 and especially post-1948 is based on expropriation of land and resources that rightfully, if not legally, belonged to the indigenous people
      3) The partition plan in 1947 granted the Zionists the bulk of Palestine's most fertile arable land, and one of the main purposes of the 1948 war was for the Zionists to seize as much of the remaining arable land as possible, particularly in the north. So e.g. the 1948 conquest of Jerusalem was also, and just as significantly, a conquest of the highly fertile & productive Wadi es-Sarar (Nahal Soreq) valley, one of the few permanent rivers in Palestine, & one that is now almost entirely diverted for Zionist agricultural purposes
      4) until 1988, and to a lesser extent from then until the present day, the continued economic growth of the Zionist entity owes a significant amount to the existence & exploitation of cheap Palestinian labour
      5) the settlements in the West Bank & East Jerusalem derive their prosperity entirely from these two factors—cheap Palestinian labour and expropriation of natural resources. If Palestinians launched a general strike and took control of the water, land & agricultural resources that rightfully belong to them under international law, the settlements would collapse overnight
      6) although the USA primarily supports Zionism at the moment in order to have a client state/military base in the Middle East, economic concerns are an important secondary concern, especially the large military and technological industries within the Zionist state & their close working relationship with military forces and private military contractors throughout the USA & Europe. place an arms embargo on the Zionist state and its ability to sustain itself would collapse.

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