1.Ahmed (R) distributes traditional date-filled cookies ahead of the Eid al-Adha celebrations in Khan Yunis’ Khuzaa nieghbourhood in the southern Gaza Strip. (Siad Khatib/Getty Images)

2. A Palestinian woman makes traditional sweets in preparation for the Eid al-Adha celebration in Khan Yunis’ Khuzaa neighbourhood in the southern Gaza Strip.(Said Khatib/Getty Images)

3. A Palestinian stands next to sheep before it is slaughtered on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in the West Bank city of Jenin October 4, 2014.(REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)

4. An elderly Palestinian man stands above a grave of one of his relatives in a cemetery next to Hebrew graffiti during the Eid al-Adha holiday in Gaza City, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.  (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

5. Several sheep in the truck of a sedan in the livestock market in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.(Mahmoud illean/Demotix/Corbis)

6.Palestinians arrive to perform Eid al-Adha prayers in the ruins of a mosque, which  was hit by an Israeli air strike during a seven-week  Israeli offensive, on the first day of the Muslim holiday in Gaza City October 4, 2014.( REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)

7. Palestinians walk near the Dome of Rock mosque inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site, following the morning Eid al-Adha prayer in Jerusalem’s Old City on October 4, 2014. Israel is in security lockdown for the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, which is coinciding with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha for the first time in three decades. The concurrence of the holy days has not occurred for 33 years because the two faiths use different lunar calendars. (AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI )

8.Palestinian Muslim girls hold balloons during an Eid al-Adha prayer on October 4, 2014 in Gaza City. (MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

9. Palestinians pray in their town after the police closed the roads to Israeli Arab villages in the Yom Kippur holiday with stones and cement blocks which prevent them from reaching the Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray on the first day of Eid al-Adha October 4, 2014.(Mahmoud Illean/Demotix)

10. A troop of scouts play drums in the West Bank city of Ramallah during a street festival on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or Feast of the Sacrifice. (AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI)

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As women, when we’re children we’re taught to enter the world with big hearts. Blooming hearts. Hearts bigger than our damn fists. We are taught to forgive - constantly - as opposed to what young boys are taught: Revenge, to get ‘even.’ Our empathy is constantly made appeals to, often demanded for. If we refuse to show kindness, we are reprimanded. We are not good women if we do not crush our bones to make more space for the world, if we do not spread our entire skin over rocks for others to tread on, if we do not kill ourselves in every meaning of the word in the process of making it cozy for everyone else. It is the heat generated by the burning of our bodies with which the world keeps warm. We are taught to sacrifice so much for so little. This is the general principle all over the world.

By the time we are young women, we are tired. Most of us are drained. Some of us enter a lock of silence because of that lethargy. Some of us lash out. When I think of that big, blooming heart we once had, it looks shriveled and worn out now. When I was teaching, I had a young student named Mariam. She was only 11 years old. Some boy pushed her around in class, called her names, broke her spirit for the day. We were sitting under a chestnut tree on a field trip and she asked me if a boy ever hurt me. I told her many did and I destroyed them one by one. I think that’s the first time she ever heard the word ‘destroyed.’ We rarely teach our girls to fight back for the right reasons.

Take up more space as a woman. Take up more time. Take your time. You are taught to hide, censor, move about without messing up decorum for a man’s comfort. Whether it’s said or not, you’re taught balance. Forget that. Displease. Disappoint. Destroy. Be loud, be righteous, be messy. Mess up and it’s fine – you are learning to unlearn. Do not see yourself like glass. Like you could get dirty and clean. You are flesh. You are not constant. You change. Society teaches women to maintain balance and that robs us of our volatility. Our mercurial hearts. Calm and chaos. Love only when needed; preserve otherwise.

Do not be a moth near the light; be the light itself. Do not let a man’s ocean-big ego swallow you up. Know what you want. Ask yourself first. Decide your own pace. Decide your own path. Be cruel when needed. Be gentle only when needed. Collapse and then re-construct. When someone says you are being obscene, say yes I am. When they say you are being wrong, say yes I am. When they say you are being selfish, say yes I am. Why shouldn’t I be? How do you expect a woman to stand on her two feet if you keep striking her at the ankles.

There are multiple lessons we must teach our young girls so that they render themselves their own pillars instead of keeping male approval as the focal point of their lives. It is so important to state your feelings of inconvenience as a woman. We are instructed to tailor ourselves and our discomfort - constantly told that we are ‘whining’ and ‘nagging’ and ‘complaining too much.’ That kind of silence is horribly violent, that kind of insistence upon uniformly nodding in agreement to your own despair, and smiling emptily so no man is ever uncomfortable around us. Male-entitlement dictates a woman’s silence. If we could see the mimetic model of the erasure of a woman’s voice, it would be an incredibly bloody sight.

On a breezy July night, my mother and I were sleeping under the open sky. Before dozing off, I told her that I think there is a special place in heaven where all wounded women bury their broken hearts and their hearts grow into trees that only give fruit to the good and poison to the bad. She smiled and said Ameen. Then she closed her eyes.

A Woman of War by Mehreen Kasana  (via rabbrakha)
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A Palestinian refugee holds up his old identification card


A Palestinian refugee holds up his old identification card

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First day of school in Gaza Sep 14th,2014.

School was delayed in Beit Hanoun because people is taking shelter in schools as they lost their houses were destroyed in the recent israeli attack on Gaza. The school plan is about outside class rooms activities to help children get over the psychological trauma after war .

Children prayed for their dead friends and put up their names instead of the place they should have be using is school.


Disarming Design from Palestine

Disarming Design from Palestine is an inclusive design label that presents functional products from Palestine, that provide an alternative narrative from what you might usually find in the high street. The collection includes objects such as hourglasses that use cement from the separation wall, a dress made out of one keffiyeh, embroidered car decorations, scarfs depicting landscapes, olive leaves as earrings and an impossible chess game with water tanks and watch towers. The growing collection of products is presented on-line and through a traveling exhibition.* As a collection it aims to represent Palestinian culture in its current reality and reflect upon the function of art in situations of conflict.
The goods are developed, designed and produced by contemporary designers, artists and students in collaboration with local artisans and producers. During several ‘create-shops’ they engage in an enriching design dialogue with small emerging businesses and international colleagues. The project aims to catalyze the development of design as a discourse in Palestine.

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To call the place “Palestine” and not “Israel” or “Zion” is already an act of fairly consequential political interpretation. This in part explains the insistence in much pro-Zionist writing on the dubious assertion that “Palestine” was used only as an administrative designation in the Roman Empire, and never since, except of course during the British Mandate period after 1922. The point there has been to show that Palestine too is also an interpretation, one with much less continuity and prestige than Israel. But here we see an instance of interpretive mischief, using a future or past dream to obliterate realities lying between past and future. The truth is of course that if one were to read geographers, historians, philosophers, poets who wrote in Arabic from the ninth century on, one would find innumerable references to Palestine; to say nothing of innumerable references to Palestine in European literature from the Middle Ages to the present. The point may be a small one, but it serves to show how epistemologically the name of, and of course the very presence of bodies in, Palestine are—because Palestine carries so heavy an imaginative and doctrinal freight—transmuted from a reality into a non-reality, from a presence into an absence. My more important point is that so far as the Arab Palestinian is concerned, the Zionist project for and conquest of Palestine was simply the most successful and to date the most protracted of many such European projects since the Middle Ages.

Edward Said, Zionism from the Standpoint of Its Victims

Can we all just trip out a bit at the ridiculous beauty of this sentence both stand alone and in context: “But here we see an instance of interpretive mischief, using a future or past dream to obliterate realities lying between past and future.”

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Gaza, 1988 by Robert Croma

"Wherever I went in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1988, Palestinian children spontaneously gave ‘V’ signs in response to my camera."

More photographs from the First Intifada by Robert Croma here.

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Illustrated poetry: ‘Oh rascal children of Gaza’

Rafah-born author and poet Khaled Juma wrote a heartbreaking tribute to the children of the Gaza Strip amidst the missiles striking his hometown. At least 506 Palestinian children have been killed since Israel commenced its latest invasion of Gaza on July 8, 2014

Photograph #1: A Palestinian boy, who fled with his family from their home during Israeli air strikes, bathes his brother at a United Nations-run school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 31, 2014. The school is a designated shelter for Palestinians who were displaced by Israel’s offensive. Photo credit: Mohammed Salem

Photograph #2: A Palestinian girl reacts at the scene of an explosion carried out by the Israeli military that killed at least eight children and wounded 40 more in a public garden in Gaza City on July 28, 2014. Photo credit: Finbarr O’Reilly

Photograph #3: A traumatized Palestinian child is comforted by a man arranging care for him in a hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli air strike on July 9, 2014. Photo credit: Momen Faiz

Photograph #4: A Palestinian child pulls out toys from a box at a local market in Gaza City during a temporary ceasefire on August 6, 2014. Palestinian and Israeli delegations met in Cairo with Hamas demanding an end to the siege on Gaza and Israel demanding a demilitarization of the territory. Photo credit: Lefteris Pitarakis

Photograph #5: A Palestinian boy sleeps at a United Nations-run school in Gaza City on July 14, 2014, after fleeing with his family from their home in Beit Lahya. Photo credit: Mohammed Salem

Photograph #6: Doctors tend to injured children while a young girl sitting on her mother’s lap cries at a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 4, 2014. Photo credit: Eyad El Baba

Photograph #7: A Palestinian girl cries while being treated at a hospital in Beit Lahya following after sustaining injuries from an Israeli air strike on a United Nations school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp on July 30, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

Photograph #8: Two Palestinians girls celebrate the first day of Eid Al-Fitr on the grounds of a United Nations school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014. Their families are among the dozens that have fled their homes and sought refuge in the school. Normally, Muslim families in Palestine celebrate Eid Al-Fitr by visiting one another and gifting children with new clothes and shoes. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

Photograph #9: One-and-a-half year old Razel Netzlream was killed after she was fatally hit by shrapnel from an Israeli air strike on an adjacent home the previous day. Her father carries her body to the funeral in Khan Younis on July 18, 2014. Photo credit: Alessio Romenzi

Photograph 10: A portrait of Shahed Quishta, 8, is fixed to a pillar in her home in Beit Lahya on August 16, 2014, after an Israeli tank fired a shell into the living room. She was killed on July 22, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

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You are like the tree
whose magnificence
lies not in the length
of it’s branches,
but in all the birds who
trust those branches
to build their homes.
— Pavana पवन (via maza-dohta)
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There is beauty in the sinner who feels guilt, for something in him says “There is more to me than this.”

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Day 7: Israeli troops kill Palestinian stone-thrower in West Bank, Gaza running out of medical supplies as Palestinian death toll passes 172, OCHA estimates 25,300 children are in need of psychosocial support | July 14, 2014

1. A young Palestinian boy poses in front of a tarpaulin hiding a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

2. Relatives of three Palestinian members of Abu Muamar family, who were killed in an Israeli air strike on their house, mourn next to one of the bodies during their funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

3. A Palestinian inspects a house which was damaged in an Israeli air strike that destroyed a neighbouring house in Deir El-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

4. Palestinian girls mourn before the funeral of their uncle, Adham Abed el-Al, who was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza a day earlier. (Mohammed Asad/APA)

5. A Palestinian boy walks amongst the rubble of a house which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Deir El-Balah. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

6. Four-year-old Palestinian girl Shayma Al-Masri, who was wounded in an Israeli air strike that killed her mother and two of her siblings, lies on a bed next to her doll as she receives treatment at a hospital in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

7. Palestinians look at damaged cars amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following an Israeli air strike. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

8. Palestinians, who fled their family homes in the northern border town of Beit Lahiya, stay at a United Nations-run school in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

9. Palestinians look at a missile which was fired by an Israeli aircraft, as they stand in front of a house which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

10. A Palestinian woman reacts in front of the remains of her house, which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4 | Naming the dead)


يا الله .. أنت وليّهم

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Zed Nelson: The Keys of Palestine

via instituteartists:

The declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel took place on 14 May, 1948.

Every year since, on May 14th, Israel celebrates its ‘Day of Independence’ a national holiday marked by family meetings, fireworks, barbecues, picnics and concerts. 

The Palestinians mark the same day every year, but they call it the ‘Nakba’ meaning catastrophe.

Palestinian refugees still keep the keys to their former homes which they fled during the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1948. When war broke out and Arab armies went to war with the newly self-declared state of Israel, thousands of Palestinians fled their homes. They initially believed their exile was to be brief. In the manner of other civilians who are forced to abandon their homes in the midst of battle, they assumed they would return to resume the life they had left behind.

It was for this reason that many of them carefully locked their front doors as they left. Those who had time also diligently collected their deeds of ownership to property, the maps of their orange groves and fields, their tax returns and their identity papers going back to Ottoman times - and packed them into bags and tins along with their front door keys.

But by one of the more subtle cruelties of Middle East history, the keys were to prove the most symbolic and most worthless of possessions to the Palestinians. An estimated 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled, and hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages were depopulated and destroyed. These keys acquired a significance that grew ever more painful as weeks and then months away from home turned into years. The next generation of young Palestinians can remember how their parents became increasingly angry as the true meaning of these possessions became clear; because they proved ownership of a world that had disappeared. The new owners of those homes in the newly declared state of Israel forbade any return.

The keys are still kept by Palestinian families today symbolic of the enduring demand of their ‘right to return’ the dream of returning to the land and homes they left behind. 

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Palestinians Dream of Return (June 2014)

A lifetime has passed since hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced out their homes in the Mideast war over Israel’s 1948 creation.

Today, those who were uprooted and their descendants number more than 5 million people, scattered across the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. About one-third of the refugees still live in camps, or tent cities that have been transformed into crowded urban slums. Some families live in the camps for the fourth generation.

The plight of millions of refugees everywhere is marked June 20, 2014 on World Refugee Day. The United Nations Refugee Agency says that at the end of 2013, more than 50 million people have been forced to flee their homes worldwide, the highest figure of displacement since World War II.

More than 700,000 Palestinians fled or were driven out in the 1948 Mideast war, according to U.N. figures. The war began after Israel declared its independence and surrounding Arab nations invaded. Tens of thousands more Palestinians were displaced in the 1967 war in which Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem.

In the Jenin camp in the northern West Bank, murals express the hardships of life in exile and the yearning to return to what is now Israel. 

Fatimah Jalamneh, 85, spends her day sitting by the doorway of her house in an alley in the camp. She was in her late teens when her family fled from the village of Noures near what is now the Israeli town of Afula. ”Until death takes me away, my only dream is to go back to my village and sit under a tree in my home which was taken away from me and my children,” said Jalamneh, a great-grandmother.

Abduljalil Al-Noursi, 70, sat in front of a large mural showing a ship and the words “We will return” written on the sail. Al-Nursi was 4 years old when he and 19 relatives fled with just the clothes on their backs. “I won’t let go of my right of return,” he said.

The fate of the Palestinian refugees is one of the most explosive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Israel saying it cannot accept a mass return because that would dilute the state’s Jewish majority. Palestinian negotiators say each refugee has the right to choose between return and resettling, whether in a future state of Palestine or a third country.

Photos by Muhammed Muheisen/AP

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Tags: refugees



What’s a Palestinian life worth compared to an Israeli?

Israeli forces shot and killed 13-year-old Mohammed Dudin this morning as they continued terrorizing the Palestinian population in what they say is a search for 3 Israelis who are supposedly missing. This young boy was from Dura near the West Bank city of Hebron.

He is the third Palestinian to have been killed since Israel reported the disappearance of 3 settlers 8 days ago. 20-year-old Ahmad Sabarin was killed in Jalazoun Refugee Camp on Sunday and 7-year-old Ali Al-Awour from Gaza a day earlier

His friends looking at him for one last time before his burial:


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