Even a monkey can understand.
Hits hard this does. Make an effort to pray your namaz and instil the habit this Ramadan
Genocide is going on and the world is ignoring it and making lies.
The world stands with Palestine.
I was physically attacked at a pro-Israel rally in DC today. I wasn’t even there for five minutes before it happened.
I’m “okay.” Physically. But I feel so disgustingly violated and horrified. Today, an Israeli man felt entitled to put his hands on me, an Arab woman, hitting me so hard that my bracelet ripped off my wrist, while onlookers yelled slurs at me in Hebrew, cursed at me in English, and made obscene gestures at me simply for standing with a counterprotest. One man told me, “You’re in Israel right now!” (that’s a mild version of how they treat Arabs in Israel) — and I think that really sums up the attitude of our government and the pro-Israel camp as a whole. Last I checked, this was the United States of America. And I’m an American.
Israeli man: “You can’t stand with us! You should be standing on the other side of the fence!”
Me: “This isn’t Israel. We don’t have apartheid here. I don’t have to stand on the other side of a fence from you.”
Worse, the cops watched this all happen and did nothing, ignored my pleas to file a police report before the man got away, and even responded condescendingly and dismissively to me when I told them I worked for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. They were not there to protest or help. Not me, at least.
The cops wouldn’t let us use our megaphone and threatened us with arrest. They claimed that we were violating the first amendment rights of the pro-Israel protesters — who outnumbered us by hundreds, had a stage and a sound system, and had congressmen pandering to their every need with speeches and promises. One congressman literally interrupted me on the sidewalk while I was trying to explain my assault to a cop, took the cop aside, and had him move all the counterprotesters.
And with all that, many of us fasting, many of us with voices frayed in the heat, REFUSED to have the horrible plight of Palestinians be silenced. We interrupted Senator Ted Cruz’s speech. When he started reaffirming Israel’s right to self-defense, we screamed, “Four children were killed on a beach yesterday! Four children!” and even though our voices were all we had, they were strong enough to carry over to the audience, forced Ted to either take pause or try to talk louder, and were probably why pro-Israel supporters were so angry about our presence.
But no matter how many congressmen you have on your side, how many fancy stages and sound systems and mass produced rally signs you have, you will never drown out — not even EQUATE to — the truth.
You are a paramedic.
You risk your life to reach the scene of a bombing.
You arrive too late, and the victims are already dead.
You discover that the victims are your own family.
This is Gaza.
(via Jewish Voice for Peace)