When I criticize Israel I’m not saying Palestine has never done wrong. When I criticize Israel I’m saying that this is not a fair fight. When I criticize Israel I’m not saying Israelis don’t have a right to security. When I criticize Israel I’m saying this is a struggle between the oppressed and the oppressor.
There was an extra credit lecture on Jerusalem for my Islam class this past Thursday that I couldn’t attend because I had to work. Today in class our professor asked those of us who went to talk about what they learned and how it went. The lecturer talked about the ongoing conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians and how Israeli children have to run to bomb shelters during their playtime because of the bombs. There was also a Palestinian speaker, but the original speaker defended Israeli actions by saying they were only in response to the Palestinians attacks. Right. Stealing people’s land, continued harassment and intimidation, unlawful arrests… Yeah. Totally unprovoked. Apparently the audience was largely ‘pro-Israel’ as well. Suddenly working retail doesn’t seem so bad.
We did not interfere in the affairs of any country and are not involved in the events or differences or internal conflicts of any country. This [is] our position regarding … Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and all Arab and Islamic countries. We only act in the Palestinian arena and our guns are turned only toward the Zionist enemy.
A Palestinian boy is seen reflected in a broken mirror as he sleeps inside his family house near the border between Israel and northern Gaza Strip April 25, 2013. (Suhaib Salem / Reuters)
On behalf of President Obama, I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. This is a significant and welcome step forward.
Two Palestinian schoolgirls going to school THROUGH the
"Israeli" Apartheid Wall.
But the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and justice must also be recognized. Put yourself in their shoes – look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents every single day. It is not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished. It is not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands; to restrict a student’s ability to move around the West Bank; or to displace Palestinian families from their home. Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer. Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal)
Unlike Syrians, they have limited options. Jordan has stated it does not want more Palestinian refugees. They took about 5,000 and now have a population of about 2 million Palestinians. One way open to Palestinians for escape is to [flee] to Lebanon, where life for Palestinian refugees is already difficult, also where 32,000 have fled.