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I am not sorry for the language.

I am very tired of Israel and I proudly say, again and again: Fuck the Occupation.

I also know that since Hamas came to power by being democratically elected in 2006, the international community rejected democracy and refused to deal with them.

Then some Fatah leaders, these so-called ‘socialists’ and ‘seculars’, used this opportunity to limit Hamas’ power which created greater tension in our country, resulting in Hamas’ military factions expelling the PA/Fateh from Gaza.

And that’s the short version.

I love the people of Gaza. I love them more than Hamas and Fateh love them.

No human deserves to live like the people of Gaza.

I was forced to grow up in this political climate. It made it very difficult for us political activists to realize our potential to end the occupation and build a Palestinian state where we can live with freedom, justice, dignity and peace and without any affiliation with any of those parties.

Having to spend so much of our energy to struggle against these co-called ‘Islamic’ or ‘secular’ parties, I am growing more tired of them everyday.

In Gaza, I had to watch behind my back when I talked, when I wrote articles, when I wrote posts on Facebook and Twitter, when I gave seminars or when I walked in the streets of Gaza.


Because Hamas jailed me for all of that. I have been jailed for calling for social justice, for protesting against the Israeli occupation, for criticizing Hamas on Facebook, for protesting for students’ rights, for demanding to travel out of the country to speak about the Gaza blockade in different countries with different solidarity groups and political organizations.

Hamas has used the last 10 years in Gaza to not only strengthen their presence but to drown out the voices of all those who spoke out against them. The leftists, the seculars or even just young activists beginning to be politically or artistically aware. Anyone who wasn’t sharing their so-called ‘Islamic values’, who weren’t part of this sect/party, have to watch their back.

When I was in Gaza, I was kidnapped, imprisoned, interrogated and abused. I was prevented from traveling and was even prevented from writing online sometimes.

My family was so scared for me after I received death threats from so-called ‘Islamists’ who are part of Hamas.

In those days, I said fuck Hamas many times. I said it, and I say it again, every time, my friends were jailed or whenever I heard about their brutality as I do now in the Jabalia Refugee Camp, where I’m from, where people simply asking them to solve the 12 year-long electricity problem were met with violence.

I am sorry for all these Hamas members who have to go through Islamic brainwashing making them forget that we have a bigger cause to fight alongside everyone. And by everyone, I mean everyone. The seculars, the leftists, the Jews, the Christians. Anyone fighting for human rights and justice deserves our support. This struggle is a political one, one of justice and human rights.

Before I forget: Fuck Fateh.

The PA/Fateh played a big role in creating mistrust, insecurity and fear. It is the PA’s corruption which was the main reason why Hamas won the elections in 2006 in the first place. Fateh, which refused to be transparent with the Palestinian people and which also violated their rights in the West Bank, isolated Gaza and has refused to reunite with Hamas after more than 10 years.

We need to come together and focus on finding a just peace soon to make the life of Gaza’s remaining children better. I just want peace.

Majed Abusalama

Majed Abusalama was born and raised as a proud refugee from the Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza. He has been human rights defender since his birth as a refugee, and has been an independent journalist for several years and was a finalist at the International Mediterranean Journalist Award in 2010. He also received the Freedom of Expression Award in 2011 for his writing on different critical topics on human rights and social justice in Palestine.

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10 Responses

  1. Citizen on January 13, 2017, 10:11 am

    I’m with your simple equal rights & justice agenda, & so are many supporting #BDS Too bad TPTB R not.

  2. xanadou on January 13, 2017, 3:20 pm

    The birth pangs of a nation whose people seem to have finally accepted the ugly truth about what it takes to join the world in fighting for self-determination and independence as a modern nation that has been forced by a vicious occupier to fight back, sometimes to the death, to save their national identity and their hope to survive into the future.

    The sooner the Palestinians accept what the zios know and practice (for and by themselves) as they (the zios) simultaneously corrupt their own people with pseudo-religious b/s to maintain the fading Jews-are-a-nation nonsense, not a faith-based community. Politics and religion are like water and oil -> they can exist side by side but cannot and never will mix. To know this is to survive. To ignore this is to, with time, succumb to the rot of both the elements that is the current reality of ghetto israel.

    • annie on January 14, 2017, 2:02 pm

      The sooner the Palestinians accept what the zios know and practice (for and by themselves) as they (the zios) simultaneously corrupt their own people with pseudo-religious b/s to maintain the fading Jews-are-a-nation nonsense, not a faith-based community.

      the sooner they accept this then what? the better? the statement appears to assume you may know more about the situation than palestinians do, or Abusalama does. it appears to assume palestinians do not know (or accept) that zionists “corrupt their own people with pseudo-religious b/s to maintain the fading Jews-are-a-nation nonsense, not a faith-based community.”

      so if they accept this as a fact, a present reality, then they will survive?

      succumbing to “the rot of both the elements that is the current reality of ghetto israel” is still surviving. giving advice on how to survive to palestinians — who currently, are arguably the most experienced ethnic group on the planet in terms of surviving against all odds (especially the youth), seems strange. like all people palestinians seek more than mere survival, they seek human rights, equality, civil rights, justice etc.

      birth pangs of a nation whose people seem to have finally accepted the ugly truth

      really not understanding where you’re coming from. do you think their fathers and grandfathers were not aware of the “ugly truth”? that they were “forced by a vicious occupier to fight back, sometimes to the death, to save their national identity”. i guess i am just not understanding where you are coming from xanadou. not to be overly critical, but it sounds a tad patronizing, although i don’t think, or mean to imply, that was your intent.

  3. MHughes976 on January 13, 2017, 4:12 pm

    You are saying f-occupation but not, at least not explicitly, f-Israel, though Israel wearies you as do Fateh and Hamas. Is it your view that you and we all have to be resigned to Israel 48’s existence or that the occupation is simply the worst feature of Israel, revealing the true nature of the whole?

    • gamal on January 14, 2017, 3:08 pm

      “at least not explicitly, f-Israel,”

      he is explicit on FB “fuck Israel first” he says, getting the order right.

      “we all have to be resigned to Israel” buck up old man, no one in the region is resigned to anything, can you imagine being 29 in Gaza? my oldest girl was born ’88 like Majed, for Arabs the “Fuck List” is extensive…don’t get me started, but i think Muhammad Asad below has a point too, once you are factionalised, which is they hated and why they killed Arafat after neutering him, frustration is the atmosphere everywhere in the Arab world, fuck America is well up on my list.

      and he is right with many of the “Islamic” factions the “Islam” is embarrassing, the nationalists are not nationalist, the secularists are not secular and the Islamic parties are tedious. it tries the patience of the saints.

  4. Boo on January 14, 2017, 1:37 pm

    I’ll say only that one of the most pernicious effects of blockading and isolating the people of the West Bank and Gaza is that Israel — to some extent — eventually succeeds in setting Palestinians against Palestinians. Can’t you hear Israeli leadership cackling with glee? Stand strong against their evildoing, brothers and sisters!

  5. Mohammed Asad photojournalist on January 14, 2017, 1:46 pm

    Let me say that the whole Palestinian factions are struggling against the occupation since decades. I DON’T know how could you insult that resistance by using “Fuck”? I am sure you are not aware of your national issue.

    This respectful news site is interested in the Palestinian issue since years, and you seek to corrupt all the previous achievements in this article?

  6. annie on January 14, 2017, 2:11 pm

    i think there’s been a concerted effort to guarantee palestinians have a very narrow window on their options regarding their leadership/political parties. both extremists and compliers serve the interest of the occupying regime. great leaders are killed or jailed. moderate competent leaders are thwarted by all means from accessing power. it sucks!

    thanks for your honest assessment majed. by the way, are you related to Tamam? same surname and also from gaza. integrity, smart, talented, beautiful and young. just curious.

    • Maghlawatan on January 14, 2017, 3:11 pm

      The Israelis have assassinated, poisoned, exiled and imprisoned leaders but none of it has changed the fact that half of the people in Eretz Israel hashlemah are Palestinian.

  7. Frank Blankenship Bacharach on January 14, 2017, 3:14 pm

    Just as israel declared itself (albeit illegitimately by STEALING every bit of land they occupy from a people wholly un-prepared, and unequipped to defend themselves (the way the zionists like their victims) … the Palestinians should declare THEMSELVES / PALESTINE’s independence / freedom / sovereignty. The Balfour Declaration was nothing but yet another zionist scam … wherein they get someone who has no real ownership to ‘sign over’ / promise to give something which IS NOT REALLY THEIRS to give away (then they fight to keep whatever it is, saying they got it legally and in good faith – until they wear down the other side and they give up & go away … sort of like Badgers, that way, huh ? (no offense, Badgers – comparing you to zionists !).

    Here is the text of the ‘Great Britain’s’ American Colonies’ Declaration of Independence of 1776 (aka the US Declaration of Independence) (Before that, though – as much as I’ve waken every day for decades hoping for the destruction of zionism and the independence of the good people of Palestine; I am coming to think that no matter the ‘independence’ – the zionists / israelis will continue to PROVOKE attacks … AND THEN declare that it had been the Palestinians who were the aggressors. I think that when it comes to being dirty and duplicitous like that – there is none as lowly as israel / the zionists. The ‘one state’ solution would have to be Democratic, and FROM THAT the Palestinians would eventually have their homeland back. Funny how the zionists lay claim to something their ancestors never had / possessed …. yet don’t see the irony that they now fight tooth and nail to deny the return of lands which they deprived people of / stole 70 years OR LESS ago.

    * ps: for those who would say I am disrespecting the zionists / (so-called) israelis by not Capitalizing the first letter in those words – I say simply RESPECT IS GIVEN, WHERE RESPECT IS EARNED. NO LIAR, THIEF, OR GENOCIDAL / WAR CRIMINAL MURDERER …. TO THE DEGREE THAT BOTH ARE …. IS IN ANY WAY DESERVING OF RESPECT (LEST THE VERY CONCEPTS AND DEFINITIONS OF THOSE WORDS BECOME, THEREBY, MEANINGLESS).

    IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

    For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

    Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

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