We came back to Gaza one year ago because my mother was extremely ill (totally blind because of diabetes), and with the Rafah border consistently closed it’s impossible to get someone in her condition to Cairo, let alone to Germany.
Since our return, my children are constantly asking questions. Why don’t kids in Gaza have playgrounds? Why do children play in crowded streets? Why don’t their peers have enough food? It breaks my heart to answer these questions, but at least I know how.
war [latest Israeli assault] started, though, I’m stumped more and more often — and the questions are multiplying. What is happening, Mom? Why are they killing children? (Three of their young second young cousins — Ibrahim, Eman, and Asem — died, along with a pregnant woman and four other children, when Israel fired missiles at their multi-family apartment building. No military target was identified.) Will we die, too? Why do they hate us? Don’t they have children?
Am I supposed to tell them that, yes, we could die at any time from an incoming shell? Surely, I shouldn’t tell them about 19 children of the Abu Jamei family who were killed when a missile fired at one person struck them all as they broke the Ramadan fast one recent evening. How can I explain that, yes, the soldiers who have killed so many children often have children of their own? How can I persuade them that fireworks in Germany signify joy and celebration, while “fireworks” in Gaza cause death?
The most painful question they’ve asked me is a response to our neurotic nighttime habits. One night, I make all three sleep in the same bedroom with us, hoping to increase the odds they’ll survive if a shell hits one of the empty rooms in our house. But then the next night, I’ll separate them, thinking that if I divide my children they won’t all die in an attack. (Unless we’re hit by a half-ton bomb, rather than artillery shell, in which case we’ll all be killed, anyway.)
These are the painful contortions I’d wish on no mother anywhere. Yet mothers throughout Gaza make these decisions every night — and live with the consequences of one ill-fated move. But how am I supposed to answer when Maryam asks, “Why do we sleep somewhere different each night?”
My children, as with all children in Gaza, will need therapy following this carnage. Most, of course, will not receive it. They will enter adulthood remembering these days and the soldiers, F-16s and drones that were heedless of their nighttime cries and terror. Their mothers and fathers — unable to guard their children from these horrors — will need psychological help. And grandparents may have it worse of all, since the midnight terror this month feels terribly like the nights nearly seven decades ago when they were expelled from their homes in what became Israel, never to return.
Wejdan Abu Shammala, “The awful decisions I’ve made to protect my Palestinian children”
The Washington Post op-ed. July 30th, 2014.
I am looking for a 2 bedroom apartment for fall. A Sept 1 move-in date or possibly August 15. I am not looking more roommates for a larger apartment. I would like for rent to be no more than…
I hate apartment hunting. People post the most misleading ads. Signal Boost for help.
I am in the post-dromal stage of that migraine I woke up with yesterday and I feel so drunk and weird and loopy right now. Which makes two days in a row that I can’t focus or get anything done because of it.
Shit like this is why I want to throatpunch the assholes who think a migraine is “just a headache” because no, fuckface, regular old run of the mill headaches aren’t multi-day events that leave you fucking incapacitated and useless throughout every stage.
Say this again for the people in the back.
Please spread the word.
Block 2 Israeli container ships in Oakland, California to give them a taste of what it’s like to be denied freedom of movement and access to goods.
Saturday, August 2at 5:00am in PDT
Berth 57 SSA Terminals
Oakland, California 94607
In Solidarity with Palestinians, especially those besieged and bombarded in Gaza, we will block 2 Israeli Zim container ships from docking and unloading at the Port of Oakland. We need to send a clear message that we don’t want Israel Corp, or its subsidiary Zim Shipping in our port.
The action has been endorsed by:
Al Awda, New York
Friends of Sabeel - North America
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
International Action Center
OccupySF Action Council
Workers World Party
Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace
To help organize or endorse the actions email: email@example.com
The Plan for August 2nd:
-Meet at West Oakland BART at 5 AM where we will march to SSA Berth 57 at the Port at 5:10 SHARP!
-If you can’t make the 5 am march, meet at Berth 57 ASAP! We need to have as many people as possible very early in the morning to prevent the ship from being unloaded.
-There is no parking at the port! However free parking is available at West Oakland BART. At 5am SHARP, we’ll march in as a group.
-Shuttles will be provided back and forth from the West Oakland Bart to the SSA Terminal. If you have a van and can help with the shuttles, please email us.
Bring food, water, layers, comfortable shoes, banners, and picket signs!
There have been many questions about the involvement of port workers. Please be assured that, given the short time-frame, we are working diligently to gain the support and solidarity of the workers at the Port of Oakland, both ILWU and otherwise. The ILWU does not have an executive board meeting this week, and even if they did, due to legal restrictions, they can’t technically endorse this action. Individual union members cannot publicly endorse either, or they would face consequences. Thus, the main thing organizers and supporters have been doing, and are continuing to do, is talk with multiple rank and file members of the ILWU about the plan for the day. That is exactly what is happening at the moment, and the discussions are going well. Additionally, organizers are working with rank and file members to produce a flyer aimed at gaining even broader support among the ranks of ILWU Local 10. It will be distributed at their hiring hall.
You can follow us on twitter @BlockTheBoat for updates and info! Use #BlockTheBoat to spread the word!
Also #SF2Palestine and #Youth4Palestine to connect to local networks
Sgt. Thomas McVicar of the Jersey City Police Department shot 22 year old Kwadir Felton, leaving him blind, after Kwadir pulled a gun on him, he claims. Kwadir Felton denied the accusation, stating that he doesn’t even carry guns.
"I don’t understand!" Felton yelled at a police officer before his mother was removed from the courtroom. "You didn’t have to shoot me in the head for no reason! You trying to charge me with something I didn’t do!"
Sign the Change.org petition and get this story out there.
SIGN THE PETITION. Still at least 1,000 signatures needed. SIGNAL BOOST THIS or i will judge you.
i posted this story about 2 weeks ago and i’m glad it’s gotten so popular. now the petition which i didn’t know about then, has tens of thousands of signatures!
sign the petition! signal boost Justice for Kwedir Felton!
THIS IS THE SHIT WE’RE STILL DEALING WITH. I am sick to my stomach.
Sounds like the officer keeps changing his story about what he did with the gun after he shot a fucking human being in the god damn face. Sounds guilty as all fuck.
From what I could find on the .gov site, it looks like the drug charges could stick, it doesn’t mention if Felton was a known associate of those who were selling the drugs.
All the details on the gov site seem super broad strokes, it all smells off to me. http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases11/pr20110519c.html
Petition signed. This needs to be looked at fucking hard. This smells like bullshit to me.
Reblogging again because of aideyn’s additional commentary.
Signed, sealed delivered, I’m pissed.
SIGNED IDC WHO YOU ARE< WHAT KIND OF BLOG YOU GOT
please reblog this Only need 7,722 more
fight for justice - WE CONTROL WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR COUNTRY
sounds like bullshit. Signed. IDC who you are yo need to take 10 mins out of your day to read a little and sign this. So much damn hate and prejudice in this world its pathetic.
Only needs 239 more petitions signed