For my sister, who witnessed four wars in the past 10 years, and who survived, I wrote this piece.https://twitter.com/PostOpinions/status/1395856688033505287 …
"An in-depth look at the alarming rise of lawfare, politically motivated attacks that abuse the legal system, to suppress civil society. Nowhere is this trend more pronounced than
#Palestine & #Israel."https://twitter.com/CharitySecurity/status/1442859100094619653 …
I took this picture of the Mediterranean coast near Gaza in 2012. I miss going to the beach in Gaza. I used to walk there almost everyday to lay down the burdens of Gaza’s daily life. It was a therapeutic experience, especially around Gaza’s gorgeous sunsets.pic.twitter.com/a5kZ1H940H
I’m not sure which side actually embraces fictional narratives more. I’m not sure which side keeps referring to religious scriptures as a historical texts, and as foundations for their modern nationalism. I’m not sure who keeps pushing for erasing Palestine’s last 2000 years.https://twitter.com/michaeldickson/status/1441843225740726278 …
No Iron Dome to protect Mohammad from Beita, and more importantly, no moral courage to end the daily killing of Palestinians.https://twitter.com/sakirkhader/status/1441436413182894082 …
So basically Israel is an expensive US protectorate? And will remain so forever? That's your vision for Jewish self-determination?
It's remarkable that the people who go on so much about their belief in Israel as beacon of proud Jewish sovereignty also depict it as a helpless ghetto in danger of annihilation without generous US subsidising and protection. You call yourself Zionist?
The replies from accounts that disagree about with my tweets are so nasty. Are these real people with real lives, families, friends, and feelings? How can people be that nasty?
Rashida Tlaib (
@RashidaTlaib) standing firmly by what is just and what is right, unapologetically. We love you, Rashida. To those who remain silent, your silence is noted.
This history is relevant. This history is alive. This history, and this context, are not memories stored at a museum of time; they are what Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere experienced then and now. You can't dismiss this history and present a partial narrative about Gaza.
There was no mention of thousands of Palestinians killed, injured, and imprisoned by Israel throughout the decades. There was no mention of Palestinians from Gaza who can't see their families due to the blockade.
There was no talk of who controls Gaza's border crossings, waters, airspace, population registry, freedom of movement of individuals, exports and imports, access to hospitals in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
There was no mention of how Israel's occupation of the Gaza Strip since 1967 has led to Gaza's economic de-development and how Israel ruled Gaza with an iron fist, cracking on symbols of Palestinian nationalism and censoring thought and culture.
Between 1967 and 2005, Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip caused severe environmental, demographic, and urban effects. They depleted Gaza's freshwater aquifer, and 8,000 settlers stopped the lives of a million Palestinians because of checkpoints, road closures, and curfews.
There was no mention of how in 1967, Israeli forces conquered the Gaza Strip again. And to add insult to the injuries of history, Israel launched a settlement project on almost one-third of Gaza's territory, which already was struggling to accommodate 1948 refugees.
In 1956, Israel occupied the Gaza Strip and committed the notorious Khan Yunis massacre in which more than 275 innocent Palestinians were slaughtered by Israeli forces. Between 1956 and 1957, one percent of Gaza's population was killed, injured, or imprisoned by Israel.
There was no mention of how Israel repeatedly occupied and conquered Gaza and committed war crimes way before there was a need for an Iron Dome. In 1948, Israel committed massacres around Gaza and turned hundreds of thousands of Gaza district natives into refugees.
There was no mention of how 2.2 million Palestinians are trapped in a "Strip" of land because the majority of them were expelled by Israel in 1948. Palestinians in Gaza come from 50 towns and villages Israel destroyed in 1948.
Gaza is treated as this mysterious place, full of darkness and violence, where terrorism reigns. There's no mention of how the modern-day Gaza Strip was created in 1948 due to the Nakba.
They talk about Gaza as if Gaza was this superpower that could eliminate a nuclear state with state-of-the-art military and surveillance technology. There's no mention of how Gaza ended up in the place where it is today. Palestinians are constantly deprived of context.