Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
We learn new things every day. In one of our classes-- Cultural Studies: Modern and Contemporary European Civilization (a university requirement)-- we've covered Machiavelli, Bacon, Descartes, and Locke. We're wrapping up Immanuel Kant now. Still, we can't help but flinch involuntarily whenever his name is called out. We HATE that word. Saying it in an Arabic accent doesn't help either.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
UPDATE: Sadly, Useid didn't make it. Another two Palestinians were shot and killed today. That makes FOUR Palestinians dead in the last 24 hours, all from Nablus. How many more until assertive action is taken up by Palestinians?
Friday, March 19, 2010
What is this conflict all about? Religion? Land? Palestinians have no problem with religion. This may sound ground-breaking, but we are NOT Anti-Semitic. Do Zionists know what the hell a Semite is? Hi, we're Semites! Very briefly, the conflict is about war crimes (massacres, ethnic cleansing, etc) committed against an indigenous people, stripping these people of their basic human rights, injustice, lies, propaganda, unlawful detainment of Palestinian men, women, and children and so on. You get the gist.
"Call for all Muslims living in "Israel "
In this message, we would like to explain the view of Torah regarding non- Jewish inhabitants in Israel. Firstly, we say that all human beings were created by one God and every faithful man must be treated respectfully. Therefore, the view of Judaism is not racial nor inhumane! It is all about religion!"
Shall we infer that Judaism is NOT Zionism, and vice versa?
"The gist of our religions both is the belief in God, the creator. As we both believe, God gave us Torah which contains the duties and messages that we must achieve."
Ooh, drawing upon comparisons between Muslims and Jews! Could this be to pacify us for what's going to come next?
"As what Holy Qur'an says, there is no contrast between what Torah says and what Qur'an says. As faithful Jews, we must achieve our duties. In many parts of Torah, it is written that the land of "Israel" was promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their grandsons ONLY!"
The Quran says there's no contrast between it and the Torah? Which Torah exactly, the modified one or the one directly sent by God? Wait, we can't judge, let's leave that to the theologians.
"All the people agree that we are the grandsons of the ancient people of Israel, grandsons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!!"
Jesus, you must be old. It's pretty funny, because these prophets are in all three religions, yet only one can claim ancestral heritage? The mind boggles.
"Moreover, it is written in Torah that this small land is a property of the Jewish people ONLY! And it is forbidden to let others live here permanently. It is also written in Books of Nevi'im (Books of the Prophets) that we were dismissed because we did not achieve this divine order!"
Lordy. In this day and age, a group of people can claim land they have no biological connections to at the expense of an indigenous population based on...a holy book? Superstitions? False beliefs? Messianic revelations? Notions?
"The Jewish people were dismissed and stayed outside their homeland for 2000 years. Now and after we have returned back to the land of Israel, as we were promised by Prophets; it is time for the Israeli people to achieve this divine order. So, we ask you to leave the land of Israel!!!"
Loving the exclamation marks. But since you asked so politely, the answer, forever and ever, will always be a resounding ear-shattering NO.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Tuesday was the last day to register your name for the Palestinian local elections, provided that you are 17 and older and carry an Israeli-issued Palestinian I.D (haweeya). The elections will take place in July. We did not bother with the whole hullabaloo. Posters were hung everywhere around campus, sides of buildings were covered with gargantuan posters, and in each building on campus, a couple of students sat behind a table with an encouraging smile. Sure. Our votes are gonna rock the damn world. Oh, but we shouldn't take this pessimistic view, because if everyone feels that way then they might make a difference if they actually voted. The government in Gaza rejected these upcoming local elections, saying that reconciliation between Fateh and themselves should occur first. We remember the elections in late 2005, everyone was excited and the people around us were relieved and proud to vote for Hamas, since they were beyond fed up with the corrupted Fateh party. We're not going to discuss the political views of both parties, God knows we get enough of it from heated arguments between narrow-minded students around us, but just to make things clear, we are definitely not affiliated with any political faction. Palestinian unity yeah! It's a farce to vote while under occupation. That about sums our feelings up. Many elements come into play, but they're so obvious we're not going to bother depressing ourselves with recounting them. Democratically elected Hamas--leave the 'terrorist group' name tag to the idols of the marketplace (Bacon! We actually learned something here!)--was shunned by the international community and subsequently after over-throwing Fateh from the Gaza strip, collective punishment was imposed on the civilian population, which is illegal under international law blah blah blah. And the President extended his own term by a year. Democracy people! This is what it does to you. How dare you vote for such a party? Hmm..we might become Marxists now.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Admit it. The first thing that comes to mind when you hear 'Women's Day' being touted out you think of an AA kind of meeting, where women sit around in one circle effusing praise for their femininity while at the same time asserting their rights to everything men can get away with. They're also plotting an ingenious plan to make the world a woman's one, which is not a bad idea at all. Bathrooms will never run out of toilet paper. Minus the likes of Condoleezza 'Kundara' Rice and Tzipi Facial Hair Livni and Margaret Iron Lady Thatcher, the world will be most likely full of more bitch-slapping and skanks, as opposed to war and terrorists. Plus each woman would adopt three impoverished children, protect the environment, and share recipes across the globe. This is not to deter from the meaningfulness of what this holiday-in-the-sense-you-don't-get-a-day-off-but-still-gets-its-own-name is about. March 8th is celebrated around the world (for those countries who give a flying hoot) for the emancipation and equality of women which has drastically changed over the last century. Duh. Women can vote, go to universities, run for President (SO glad you did not win Hilary, but every presidential candidate is cut out of the same cloth so eh to you Obama) and wail that they cannot juggle working and raising kids at the same time.
The group integrates the talent and interests of all three of its members. Aswatt, Boikutt, and Ruanne Abu-Rahme, the first two of the now disbanded Ramallah Underground and the latter who used to occasionally work with them, merged together to form this unique collaboration that incorporates samples of film recordings, archives, and sound productions to re-narrate the material.
Not sure all can be divulged here...just read the article about them in next month's This Week in Palestine!
Tashweesh will be giving their first full performance in Nablus May 3rd as part of PALfest.