Helpless

I feel so helpless, fellow sojourner… )’: Whenever I see so much injustice going on, I can’t help but feel so little and incapable. I feel weak because I couldn’t do anything strong enough to end such atrocities. It hurts me, really, to know that I can only do *this much* right now. It pains me to see hundreds of people die from greedy wars. But somehow… It pains me more that I couldn’t do anything to stop it.

If only I had more power–be this political, economic or social–I would go out and be dauntless in defending those who are severely persecuted. If only I were in a position of great influence, I would honorably maximize every connection possible so as to deliver a stronger blow against large forces that continue to abuse, harm and dehumanize people. I would not be afraid to speak up and go against the Goliaths of this generation. Let the David rise up against the oppressor.

Oh God… May you help me help other people better.

Break the Wall, End the Seige

Break the Wall, End the Seige

Once again, the “Visualizing Palestine” team has released another infographic. I am sharing this in order to help raise more awareness about the injustices happening in Palestine. Of course however, more than awareness, ACTION must be taken upon. The Israeli state may continuously pursue acts of injustice (along with the support of its powerful allies) but, it must be known that so long as repression continues, resistance shall go on as well.

As more and more people, from around the world, realize how disturbingly alarming the injustices are in Palestine, the time will come, I believe, that these occupiers will soon be defeated. The time will come when children like Gibreel can enjoy a life of peace and freedom, under the canopy of a thousand olive trees.

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Here is what “Visualizing Palestine” has to say about this infographic:

“Bil’in has been one of nine Palestinian villages engaged in regular demonstrations against the Israeli wall, which continues to be built despite being declared illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004. Bilin’s community have been conducting weekly nonviolent protests against the annexation of their land, the building of settlements and the destruction of their farmland, all the time facing violence from the Israeli military and settlers, and indiscriminate raids and arrests in their village.

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End the Occupation

Violence is part of the resistance to occupation. The basic fact is not the violence; the basic fact is the occupation. Violence is a symptom; the occupation is the disease–a mortal disease for everybody concerned, the occupied and the occupiers. Therefore, the first responsibility is to PUT AN END TO THE OCCUPATION. And in order to put an end to the occupation, you must make peace between the Israeli and Palestinian people. This is the real aim, this is the real task.” -Uri Avnery

How many times do we have to reiterate this? The road to peace starts by ending the occupation. No matter what “peace” platform the Occupying State gives out, no concise peace will be achieved so long as they refuse to end the occupation.

Birthplace: Military Checkpoint

Qalandia Checkpoint

I’m currently subscribed, via e-mail, to the “Visualizing Palestine” team. Their organization creates socially-responsible infographics which I highly appreciate.

Shown above is their newest infographic release as of this month.

Shown below is the statement that comes along with their e-mail. Need I say more?

Born at Qalandia Checkpoint (the title of this infographic) focuses on the impact of Israeli movement restrictions on the everyday lives of Palestinians. The phenomenon of Palestinian women forced to give birth at military checkpoints peaked during the Second Intifada (2000-05). Since this time, Palestinian women in remote areas have increasingly resorted to coping strategies of relocating in the weeks prior to delivery, or giving birth at home.

By supporting humanitarian remedies such as the training of midwives but not mounting legal or diplomatic challenge to Israeli abuses, the UN and international agencies have sought to address the symptoms but not the root cause of the problem, which remains Israel’s policies of settlement, segregation and contol over the lives of Palestinians.” (emphasis added)

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The Free and The Unfree

“Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to encounter one.” -From John Boyne’s “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”

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The flag that the child’s waving is the Palestinian flag. This internationally-criticized wall/barrier has been set up by the Israeli government.
*Photo from Abayomi Azikiwe

I closed my 2012 by reading “The Boy in Striped Pajamas”. I also watched the movie right after. The fiction, in itself, is very sad.

But.

What’s even sadder is knowing that fictions like these have happened and still do happen up to this day. It’s heart-breaking, really.