Q:Salaam, hope you're well. :) Can you recommend me some good books about the Palestinian struggle please?
Walaykum as salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu! Alhamdulilah I’m well I hope you are too?
What I’m going to do for you, anon, in light of you asking so nice, is write up a masterlist of stuff to do with Palestine and Israel. I’ve been meaning to do something like this for a while, so thanks for the impetus!
- The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine — Illan Pappe
- Peace Not Apartheid — Jimmy Carter
- The Question of Palestine — Edward Said
- The Gun & The Olive Branch — David Hirst
- Disappearing Palestine — Jonathon Cook
- Imperial Israel — Michael Palumbo
- The Politics of Dispossesion — Edward Said
- Gaza In Crisis — Noam Chomsky & Illan Pappe
- The Fateful Triangle — Noam Chomsky
- The Israel Lobby & US Foreign Policy — John Mearsheimer
- Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions — Omar Barghouti
(I’ve left out, purposefully, opponents of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement (BDS Movement) like Finkelstein and the New Historians of Israel (except Pappe). I’ve included two books by Chomsky (an opponent of BDS and liberal Zionist) because they are really valuable sources.)
- Palestine Is Still The Issue
- Occupation 101
- 5 Broken Cameras
- Children of Gaza
- Louis Theroux On Ultra-Zionists
- Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby
- The Gatekeepers
- Tears of Gaza
- Peace, Propaganda & The Promised Land
- The Israel Lobby
- Electronic Intifada
- Palestine Solidarity Campaign
- I Stand With Palestine
- Informed Consent
- International Middle East Media Centre
- St Pete For Peace
- Gaza Solidarity
- Palestinian Centre For Human Rights
- UN Resolutions Concerning Israel
- A list of national and international law offences committed by Israeli state and Israeli individuals.
- International legal opinions on Israeli policies and happenings
- US vetos of action against Israel
- International law and Israel-Palestine
- A list of UN resolutions regarding Israel
- Another list of UN resolutions
- The illegal acquisition of land: An international legal analysis
- Israeli violations of international human rights laws
- A list of UN resolution violations
- Pro-Israel lobby in the UK
- UK Conservative party bankrolled by Israeli lobbyists
- Friends of Israel groups lobby UK political parties
- UK Zionist lobbys
- The Israel Lobby & US Foreign Policy
Palestinians in the Knesset (Israeli parliament)
- Israeli apartheid doesn’t stop at the West Bank
- Silencing Dissent: Violation of Political Rights of Arab Political Parties
- Knesset bans main Arab political parties
- The vision of an Arab-free Knesset
- Knesset panel recommends revoking Arab politician’s privileges
- Knesset conduct prohibits Palestinian representation
- Israeli MK proposes anti-Palestinian legislation in US Congress
- Discrimination against the Arab citizens of Israel
- Demoting Arabic in the Knesset
Privileged Social Security & Welfare
- Benefit subsidies and grants for international Jews, but not Israeli Arabs
- Disproportionate allocation of welfare to Jews, despite Arabs in Israel being in general poorer
- No tax breaks for poor Arabs
The Demographic Threat
- Israeli government policy to strategically reduce Arab citizens of Israel.
- Israeli Housing Minister: “Spread of Arab population must be stopped!”
- Costs and subsidies, not ideology, facilitates Jews to go to Israel.
- The Zionist dream to extinguish the Palestinians since Day 1
- Ethnic cleansing and displacement: Israeli violations of international law
- Segregated buses for Arab Israelis
- Identification: ID system for segregating Palestinians
- Segregated roads in Israel and West Bank
"Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East!"
- It’s not… but so what if it was?
- Israeli democracy in pictures
- An island of freedom.. really?: Israeli democracy
- Israel: A democracy or ethnocracy?
"The Israeli Defence Force is the most moral army in the world!"
- Israeli Defence Force White Phosphorous Use
- Israeli Defence Force confessions of human rights violations.
- IDF Poison Gas Attacks
- War of Gaza 2012 Timeline
- Israel’s Nuclear Capability
- Israel’s chemical weapons
- Israel’s armed with nuclear capabilities
- Human shield use was not only legal, but encouraged in IDF policy and commandments.
- IDF use children as human shields
- IDF use Palestinian children to open suspicious packages
- More children shield use by IDF
- Even more children used as shields
- And again…
- And again…
- IDF Generals command human shield use
- Israeli Defence Force’s use of torture
- Rocket attacks stats: Israel drops more bombs.
- If a rocket from Gaza falls in the middle of the desert, does it make a sound?
- Hamas rockets: pretty crap really…
- Hamas rockets v Israeli rockets
- 90% of rockets are intercepted
- Drones over Gaza: Searching for dignity
This list is not exhaustive. There are far too many sources to cite for violations of prisoners rights, house demolitions, illegal settlements, the blockade of Gaza, a history of apartheid Israeli policy.
Maybe one day I’ll expand this some more. This is a fraction of the sources I’ve collected over the past 3/4 years alone… now imagine, the subjugation and ethnic cleansing is roughly 100 years old.
Where do Americans come by the sheer gall of demanding sanctions on all Israelis when they themselves have never been subjected to sanctions for the crimes of our government? After all, if every Israeli including old socialist kibbutzniks, school kids, and opponents of the occupation, deserve to pay a personal price for an occupation they may not support, shouldn’t all Americans pay a price for American crimes that Israel could not match in a hundred years?
Start with the Iraq war, a war engineered by American politicians and their neocon cheerleaders that killed (in addition to almost 5,000 Americans) at least 500,000 Iraqis. Then there is Afghanistan which, thanks to our glorious efforts (read Charlie Wilson’s War) fell to the mujahedin and ultimately the Taliban and which is now a killing field where American drones kill whoever we suspect is allied with the crazed religious extremists we helped install there. And, of course, there was Vietnam. where the U.S. was responsible for millions of dead. And the coups we engineered in Iran, Chile and Guatemala and the death squads we supported in El Salvador. There was the Nixon administration’s enthusiastic support for the Pakistani slaughter of hundreds of thousands in, what is now, Bangladesh.
I could go on and on. But I won’t because you get the point.
And the point is this: Who are we to support punishing all Israelis for the crimes of their government when we ourselves are equally complicit in the crimes of ours?
Maybe I missed it, but I didn’t see the bit where you mentioned Palestinians.. you know, the people who’ve undergone systematic ethnic cleansing and apartheid for the best part of 100 years…
By the way…
A list of nations the US currently has sanctions against, but you don’t seem to care too much about the innocent citizens of:
- Bosnia & Herzogovina
- Ivory Coast
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- North Korea
Pack your shit and fuck off elsewhere, liberal Zionist scum.
Five Broken Cameras is on BBC4 at 10:30pm and you need to be watching it.
Edinburgh University Students Union passed a divestment motion last night!
It should be clear to us that there is no room in Palestine for these two peoples. No ‘development’ will bring us to our goal of independent nationhood in this small country. Without the Arabs, the land will become wide and spacious for us; with the Arabs, the will remain sparse and cramped.
Yosef Weitz’s diary 1941. Weltz was the co-head of the Jewish National Fund, which appropriated land for Jewish settlement.
"Palestine didn’t exist!" they say.
"The land was empty!" they say.
"The land was given by the international community!" they say. (What do you think Weltz means by “‘development’" except it being a euphemism for international intervention?)
"Why can’t we all just get along?" they say.
- Liberal Zionist proverbs.
Although the ancient Israelites and Judeans had sovereignty over the region for only 1,300 of it’s 10,000 years of recorded history (and a third of which was under Babylonian, Greek or Roman suzerainty), in Zionist thought out claims trump any others, including the 1,300 years of Muslim rule.
Jeff Halper, from the Israel Committee Against House Demolitions.
A heinous symptom of settler colonialism: an unbounded entitlement and exceptionalism.
There has to be sensitivity and nuance for the colonialists to maintain their project, with it’s pseudolegitimacy depending upon a certain mythological foundation. In other words a taboo has to be established, and parameters set, so that the genetic parables can function to license indigenous dispossession and subjugation.
Undermine the colonial mindset at any and all opportunities, ‘cause it thrives on being indisputable.
There is no history that can legitimise Israeli policy of dispossession and expansionism.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement seems to have really established itself in the public concern, especially within Israel.
In Israeli media there’s constant acknowledgement that it, Boycott, is happening; not just on a small commercial sale, either, but in some cases on a large institutional scale; so much so, in fact, that huge companies are coming forward to justify the links with Israel.
Of course, we don’t want people to rationalise profiteering from cooperation war criminals, but the fact that they feel they have to make public statements about BDS is huge. The Jerusalem Post are running a story today, for example, that a Dutch pension fund, which is apparently one of the biggest in the world, has issued a public statement on why it still engages with Israeli banks.
The successes of BDS are huge recently, but even the non-successes generate so much publicity!
The Psychology of Settler-Colonialism
Avigail Abarbanel, an Israeli psychotherapist, is speaking about the psychology of Israeli settler-colonialism in Palestine.
Glasgow: Monday 3rd February @ Scottish Trades Unions Congress 7pm onwards.
Edinburgh: Tuesday 4th February @ St Johns Church, Princes Street, 7:30pm onwards.
Just come along, it’s free and it’ll be fascinating.