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AramramTV: Social media for social change 0

Part of AramramTV coverage commemorating one year since the Israeli Assault on GAZA winter 2008/2009 was this video containing interviews with me, Ali Dahmash and Ghassan Yonis.

Funny that they called the feature “Electronic Jihad” not sure i would call it that. Would call it of course Electronic Activism instead!

A call to blog/tweet about the upcoming Gaza Freedom March 2

The International Coalition to End the Illegal Siege of Gaza  an organization formed after the 22-day assault on Gaza in winter2008-2009 is holding and coordinating the Gaza Freedom March which will take place on Dec 31 to mark one year since the assault through mobilizing an international contingent for a nonviolent march alongside the people of Gaza to end the illegal blockade.

Though participation is now closed, this post is to call on everyone who supports this effort to blog about it on Dec 31st as well as to to tweet and try to make #GAZA a trending topic on Twitter on that day.G

For more information please add a comment to this blog post so I can arrange for us to meet one of the participants and activists who’s a fellow Jordanian. Together we can find the best way she can update us about the march as its happening.

UK Jewish MP: Israel acting like Nazis in Gaza 1

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Gaza, the Momentum 1

The following post is a result of several conversations I had first hand with friends, facebook status messages I read, twitter messages I received. News articles I read. YouTube videos I watched…

From calls for for bloody Zionist Israel to stop its genocide in Gaza, to calls to Egypt, Jordan to cut their ties with Zionist Israel, to calls to Arab states to open the borders for Jihad in reflection upon news reports of children murdered, to innocent civilian life butchered for 22 consecutive days (till date), after years of blockade over Gaza.

From hundred of rallies walked, all sorts of flags risen, all sort of chants cried, all sort of boycott calls, of strikes, of prayers.

The momentum created by this new Zionist Israeli massacre should be carried not for days or months or years.

But for as long as it takes.

To save this momentum, action needs to happen. This same obsession over the past three weeks should result in grassroots actions. Forget our governments, forget the US, European officials. We need to bring our message to the masses around the globe.

Those were the words of many people around me.

What’s happening today in Gaza is the new deir yassin, the new sabra and shatila and the world needs to know the details of what has been happening. The gory details. Every story should be told. Those who died. Those who were injured and those who got the shock of their lives.

“I don’t want to forget what’s happening and how it made me feel a year from now…” – Ola

“We need to continue to donate to save more lives over there…” – Diala

“we need lawyers to start preparing a law suit against the murderous Israeli government.” – Ahmad

We need people to better brand this massacre, we need to launch hundreds of  websites to  put faces to all those who were killed & injured and collect each and every story, with any kind of media we can use.

Let’s have an action plan…

Children of Gaza speak… 1

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A song that says it all 0

My friend Duha was watching the news of what the Israeli killing machine is doing in Gaza and got reminded of this amazing song by Ultravox “All Fall Down” and she sent it to me.

Never heard it before but the music and lyrics says it all to me. Strong amazing visuals in the video too (watch till the end to see it).

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Mad Sad World.

The day I was called a zionist 15

Today was many things. Today was fun, was lovely was dramatic and quiet.

But today I got called a Zionist. And for a Palestinian that’s more than an insult.

I got called that because I said that “I hate Hamas and Hezbulla as I hate Zionist Israelis” on my Facebook status.

And I do hate all three and hundreds of other violent parties/states whom believe that violence is the solution to every problem there is.

Hamas and its leaders decide to sacrifice life and precious Palestinian life every day. You can call it resistance. You can call them heroes. You can call them anything but read this.

I refused to be naive, I am disgusted by anyone using only George Bush’s idiotic thinking that “if you are not with us you are against us” which seems to be the case today with all the terror that is happening in Gaza.

I stand by all the civilians who didn’t choose to die for Hamas’s mistakes. Even if they elected them out of despair few years back.

I refuse the term “casualties of war” used by the killing Israeli/US machine. Everyone knows how condensed the population in Gaza are. And how ridiculous it is to say that they are targeting Hamas.They waged a war against the Palestinian Population.

Hamas knows this as well as the Israelis when they launch their rockets. They know how disproportionate the Israeli force will be. And still they decide to sacrifice everyone else for it. That is never justified to me either.

Are we that mute? 1

The following is something I wrote 5 years ago, around the Israeli invasion of the West Bank in 2002. Reflecting on the disaster in GAZA I just had to say the words to myself again…

MUTE

They got you “Mute”,

the “how” and the “why” are loads of theories

you can’t choose from,

but you sense it mute along with the rest of you.

 

Saddened by your state, you bleed silently from within,

your wounds are growing and you sense more of the pain, the pain of despair.


You cling to hope yet when you give it another thought you know that hope is not the next thing in line.

Hope is there for you to survive and who says you can’t?

The expectations of a better tomorrow become dreams with no vision;

since you think you have no control…then again you are on mute.

Proud of others down in the line of fire,

is all that you think you can do who does this help? Only you.

 

You do care, you care so much to the degree of despair

But what more do you need to see, to happen

for you to scream, to rebel to finally act and be LOUD?

 

Are you that “Mute”?

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