short stories are horrible because i just keep saying “one more and i’ll go to sleep” and then i stay up forever and struggle to tell customers where the tank tops are
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Today , Palestine and the world have lost a great person , a person who will be present in our future in our freedom.
Samih AlQasim - a Palestinian Druze Poet - May your soul rest in peace.
He became known as one of the famed “resistance poets”, a group of Palestinian poets that included the late Mahmoud Darwish and Tawfiq Zayyad whose poetry was widely celebrated as part of the Palestinian national movement. Asked about the label “resistance poet”, Qasim says: “It was put upon me but I am proud of it. I am a resistance poet, and not only Arab and Palestinian resistance. I am a poet of international resistance.”
“I’ll resist/ to the final pulse in my veins!” He would go on to spend time in Israeli prisons for his relentless political writings and work.
Al-Qasim passed away on August 19, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.
Commenting on his battle with cancer : “I am less noisy of course. I am less sure about things. I have doubts here and there. But I didn’t give up my optimism.” He takes a sip of coffee and recites to me a poem he wrote on the subject:
I don’t like you, death
But I’m not afraid of you
And I know that my body is your bed
And my soul or spirit is your bed cover
I know that your banks are narrow for me
I don’t love you death
But I’m not afraid of you.
In conversations about Gaza, I have heard many thoughtful people in the Jewish community lament the loss of Palestinian lives in Gaza but then say, “But Hamas…,” as if that were the heart of the problem. I’d like to suggest that, when we have these conversations about Hamas and Israel’s current bombing campaign, we begin with the necessary context and historical perspective.
Re: The Nakba
1. To create the Jewish state, the Zionist movement destroyed more than 400 Palestinians villages and expelled 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and land. Palestinians who remained in what became Israel were relegated to second-class citizenship, had much of their property confiscated, and, to this day, have fewer rights than Jewish Israeli citizens.
Re: The 1967 Occupation
2. In 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem and still occupies them until this day.
Re: Settlement expansion; the apartheid wall; and the siege of Gaza
3. Over the past 47 years of occupation, Israel has illegally confiscated more and more Palestinian land; built an apartheid wall; systematically denied Palestinians basic human and civil rights and engaged in state-sponsored violence; and forced the Palestinians in Gaza to live in appalling conditions that make it increasingly impossible to survive. Israel’s latest bombing campaign, Operation Protective Edge, has killed over 1,900 Palestinians, at least 450 of whom are children, and has displaced hundreds of thousands more.
If those of us in the Jewish community who are committed to justice begin from these facts, I think it would become clearer – regardless of who the Palestinian leadership is – that the underlying problem really is the denial of freedom and basic human rights to millions of people, for decades. And, as a community, it should also become clearer where priorities need to be in order to have any integrity on this issue: addressing the Nakba of 1948 and the responsibility for the Nakba head-on – including the right of return for refugees; ending the occupation; ending the siege on Gaza; and recognizing the right to full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel.
Ferguson is not an isolated example of the US importing foreign policy onto domestic soil. Its the result of 400 years of perpetual brutality and siege on Black America. This is not a reenactment of Iraq, this is Jim Crow in a 21st century neoliberal age.
It would be of sincere benefit if some of you ostensibly “anti imperial” sensationalists would immerse yourself in the history of race relations in this country and stop reiterating “post racial” liberal talking points that attempt to portray this occupation as something unimaginable within US borders and can only be comparable with foreign imperialist initiatives.
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today i steamed a bunch of shirts so yeah i use my college degree at work
- me: i like this necklace, it looks like someone bad in harry potter would wear it
- manager: like rita skeeter?
- me: no worse
- manager: like dolores umbridge?
- me: ew no , maybe narcissa malfoy
- manager: ooooh yes