When the smoke clears in Gaza

by Robin D. G. Kelley, August 8, 2014


“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians” –Nelson Mandela

Israel’s illegal, genocidal war on the people of Gaza has the characteristics of a massive tsunami.
Waged with even greater ferocity than Operation Cast Lead or any other assault since the Nakba of 1948 or the 1967 War, its destructive impact may even be worse. Masked as a war of “self-defense,” the euphemistically-named “Operation Protective Edge” is state violence at warp speed; it is completely indiscriminate yet calculated in its targeting of children and adult civilians, hospitals, schools, shelters, markets, and neighborhoods. So massive the onslaught, so swift the reports on social media, that my twitter feed resembles a ticker-tape machine. No one can write or speak fast enough to keep up with the body count.

As I write now, the Palestinian dead is inching toward the 2,000 mark, the injured close to 10,000; a quarter of Gaza’s population is displaced; about 10,000 homes were destroyed—including 141 schools; entire neighborhoods have been razed to the ground; morgues are filled to capacity as dead bodies lay strewn in streets, under rubble or placed in vegetable refrigerators or commercial ice cream freezers. The lack of electricity, clean water, food, sanitation, medical supplies, among other things, means a variety of infectious, nutritional and water-borne diseases are imminent.

If you are reading this, you’re probably familiar with these terrifying facts. Continue reading

Occupy Boston Occupies Israeli Consulate

Nov 4, 2011

A flotilla with as many as a dozen activists — including Code Pink’s Kit Kittredge- was bound to Gaza bearing humanitarian aide on November 4th. The Israeli military boarded seized the ship, and took all of the activists into custody.

Occupy Boston then marched on the Israeli Consulate in solidarity

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Morocco’s Militant Hackers

Afrik-news.com,  October 18, 2010

Militant hackers are busy doing what they do best. And their latest feats include a site belonging to a Spanish disco, Meca. Meca looks like a mosque and has a dome and a minaret. September 13, hackers replaced the homepage with a picture of the Haram al-Sharif (Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem), accompanied by a hacker’s signature: a male face adorned with a red cap bearing a star. The hacker also left a message: ‘Do you want to discover one day that your church has become a place dedicated to livestock or garbage?’

Spain was not the only country to suffer that month. Egypt’s Ministry of Communications saw its site falling prey to Moroccan hackers after the broadcast of a TV movie, Dishonor. According to the group, the movie insults the integrity of Moroccan women.

This type of online activism emerged in 2006 with ‘Team Evil’. The group hacked over 750 Israeli sites in response to an offensive by the Jewish state in the Gaza Strip. The affected sites had warning messages posted on their screens, some of which read: “Site hacked by Team Evil Arab Hackers. As long as you kill Palestinians, we will kill your servers”. Continue reading