Residents of Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 2013. Peter van Agtmael

The portraits above are of Palestinians who live in Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Residents of Nabi Saleh have been protesting Israeli occupation of Palestinian land every Friday after midday prayers since 2009. 
Residents of Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 2013. Peter van Agtmael

The portraits above are of Palestinians who live in Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Residents of Nabi Saleh have been protesting Israeli occupation of Palestinian land every Friday after midday prayers since 2009. 
Residents of Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 2013. Peter van Agtmael

The portraits above are of Palestinians who live in Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Residents of Nabi Saleh have been protesting Israeli occupation of Palestinian land every Friday after midday prayers since 2009. 
Residents of Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 2013. Peter van Agtmael

The portraits above are of Palestinians who live in Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Residents of Nabi Saleh have been protesting Israeli occupation of Palestinian land every Friday after midday prayers since 2009. 
Residents of Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 2013. Peter van Agtmael

The portraits above are of Palestinians who live in Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Residents of Nabi Saleh have been protesting Israeli occupation of Palestinian land every Friday after midday prayers since 2009. 
Residents of Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 2013. Peter van Agtmael

The portraits above are of Palestinians who live in Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Residents of Nabi Saleh have been protesting Israeli occupation of Palestinian land every Friday after midday prayers since 2009. 
Residents of Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 2013. Peter van Agtmael

The portraits above are of Palestinians who live in Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Residents of Nabi Saleh have been protesting Israeli occupation of Palestinian land every Friday after midday prayers since 2009. 
Residents of Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 2013. Peter van Agtmael

The portraits above are of Palestinians who live in Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Residents of Nabi Saleh have been protesting Israeli occupation of Palestinian land every Friday after midday prayers since 2009. 
Residents of Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 2013. Peter van Agtmael

The portraits above are of Palestinians who live in Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Residents of Nabi Saleh have been protesting Israeli occupation of Palestinian land every Friday after midday prayers since 2009. 
Residents of Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 2013. Peter van Agtmael

The portraits above are of Palestinians who live in Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Residents of Nabi Saleh have been protesting Israeli occupation of Palestinian land every Friday after midday prayers since 2009. 

    Residents of Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 2013. 
    Peter van Agtmael

    The portraits above are of Palestinians who live in Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Residents of Nabi Saleh have been protesting Israeli occupation of Palestinian land every Friday after midday prayers since 2009. 

    Sometimes I do this thing where I dress up without having plans. Oh welllls. Sometimes I do this thing where I dress up without having plans. Oh welllls.

      Sometimes I do this thing where I dress up without having plans. Oh welllls.

      Why is the entire western media against Palestine. I feel so disheartened. How do you find a way to get through this injustice? Is there anything helpful I can do?

      whitecolonialism:

      How can the United States or any other western power condemn the occupation of Palestine by Israel when they occupy nations left and right for no other reason than greed? The truth is disheartening and as your knowledge increases on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict your disheartening will only increase along with anger and frustration, I say this from personal experience. 

      I am in a position of privilege when it comes to this conflict due to the fact that I’m thousands of miles away but yet I still feel pain for the innocent civilians that are currently being massacred without any second thought by the brutal zionist state. As a human I’ve slowly but surely have grown to understand that I must feel the pain of any oppressed person, wherever they may be. For how can I call myself a decent human being when I see injustice and remain silent? The truth is this injustice against the Palestinian people angers me therefore I translate my anger by attending protests by voicing my opposition to Israel’s crimes wherever I go and I recommend that you do the same.

      You can be of aid to the Palestinian cause by joining protests in your area and if there aren’t any gather some friends and start one. You can be of help to the Palestinian cause by informing yourself on the issue and informing others. But most importantly you can be of aid to the Palestinian cause by not losing sight of the truth and that is that the Palestinian people have a right to live in their land, a right to sovereignty and self determination. Don’t ever stop fighting until Palestine is socially, economically and politically independent for the words said some time ago by Nelson Mandela still stay true to today and that is that "our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of Palestinians."

      From The Desk Of

      Zionist:"Did you know that in Palestine gays are killed? Gays can't walk proudly in the streets? As a matter of a fact the State of Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the gays can be gay. We even allow them to walk in a parade every year in Tel Aviv. "

      Me:"Omg? Really? Oh wow I didn't know that. But now that I do I understand why you're occupying Palestinian land, killing innocent children, killing innocent men and women and targeting hospitals and schools. It all makes sense now you want to destroy Palestine and other countries for us gays. I love you Israel, thank you so much!"

      From The Desk Of

      Settlements in East Jerusalem

      • 200,000 settlers reside in East Jerusalem.
      • 35% of land in East Jerusalem has been confiscated from Palestinians for the development of Israeli settlements. 
      • Thousands of new settlements were approved for construction in 2011, putting Palestinians at risk of forced displacement. The Old City, Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods are particularly affected.
      • At least 32% of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem lack Israeli permits, placing them under threat of demolition and 86,000 residents at risk of displacement. 
      • Since 1967, 14,000 Palestinians have had their Jerusalem residency revoked. 
      • Israeli settlements consume 75% of the water in the West Bank, in other words 75% of the water in the West Bank goes to 200,000 Israeli settlers and only 25% of the water in the West Bank goes to 2.4 million Palestinians. In times of drought settlers are given priority of access to water over Palestinians.
      • Roads reserved for Israeli settlers only are built to connect the new towns and settlements outposts with Israel and to each other. 500 checkpoints, roadblocks and other physical obstacles impede Palestinian movement, including children’s access to school, pregnant women to hospitals and farmers to their fields. The checkpoints exist solely for the settlers protection and to facilitate their movement, but they further fragment the West Bank and inhibit freedom of movement for Palestinians. 
      The Faces of Israeli Settlements. Halimish, West Bank, 2013.

The Mok family pictured above prepares to move from their old home to a new illegal settlement located in Halimish, West Bank. As seen in the first image most settlers carry handguns with them at all times. 
The Faces of Israeli Settlements. Halimish, West Bank, 2013.

The Mok family pictured above prepares to move from their old home to a new illegal settlement located in Halimish, West Bank. As seen in the first image most settlers carry handguns with them at all times. 

        The Faces of Israeli Settlements. 
        Halimish, West Bank, 2013.

        The Mok family pictured above prepares to move from their old home to a new illegal settlement located in Halimish, West Bank. As seen in the first image most settlers carry handguns with them at all times. 

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          this has dominican hickness excellence written all over it, oh well, enjoy or don’t. whatever.

          “But I ask you, and I always ask rich intellectual people that like to talk about Palestine, I always ask them if someone came inside your home and you asked them why are you here, they respond by saying ‘because in the scripture that God gave to me He said this house belongs to me’. You would say no get out of my house. But they ignore you and go on to kill your father, your brother, they kill your mother, they kill your uncle they kill everyone except the children and they stay in the house. And those children that they did not kill even though they cannot get back into their house every time those children pass by that house they pick up a stone and throw it at that house. Now I would ask you are those children criminals? If those children if that’s all they can do is throw rocks at the people that stoled their house would those children be criminals? The person said ‘no that is a very pathetic situation’ I said that is the condition of Palestine. There is nothing but children throwing stones and facing tanks, but that’s all they can do. And I will always say that if these children have rocks to throw and the heart to face tanks they must face the tanks and they must continue to throw stones. Because that is an act of honor, and if there are no more men to throw stones to carry on the honor of these people then the children they must continue to throw stones.”
          Khalid Yasin on Palestinian children. 

          atane:

          slimgoodymakeba:

          rissaisangry:

          dglsplsblg:

          Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO

          A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.

          “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, repeatedly screamed after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he balked at being handcuffed.

          Within moments Garner, a married father of six children with two grandchildren, stopped struggling and appeared to be unconscious as police called paramedics to the scene. An angry crowd gathered, some recording with smartphones.

          “When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Garner’s wife, Esaw, told the Daily News.

          She got no details from police until after she had gone to the hospital to identify his body, she said.

          “I saw him with his eyes wide open and I said, ‘Babe, don’t leave me, I need you.’ But he was already gone,” she said.

          and people wonder why black people don’t trust or have any love for cops. they murdered this man. this black man. and for what? fucking cigarettes. yea, WE’RE the fucking problem.

           

          Nypd police are a plague on society.

            #how do you tag something so fucked up?

          It’s easy actually

          This happened not far from where I live. These cops are from the 120th precinct, and that precinct is notorious for this type of bullshit. It’s just that there usually isn’t video footage of their crimes. That said, this isn’t the first time they have killed before. One case that made the headlines back in the 90s was a young Black man they killed named Ernest Sayon. His parents were Liberian immigrants. Police said he “suffered a head injury” and just died at the hospital. No explanation. They said he was struggling and hit his head. The truth is that they viciously beat him up in his own apartment and he died because of it. People took to the streets in protest. The 120th precinct also has a holding cell and people have mysteriously died or committed suicide in there. These alleged suicides are always the same. Hanging in their cell. Those rarely make the news, and if they do, it doesn’t get coverage beyond the local Staten Island advance newspaper. Essentially, no one hears about it. If the victim has priors or is a felon, then you’ll definitely not here about it. Society tends to be uncaring towards victims who are felons.

          The police here do “sweeps” where they will literally canvas a neighborhood and arrest dozens of Black men in the hopes that one of them has an outstanding warrant for something. They do it because they have quotas to fill. They are especially vicious in certain neighborhoods here like Park Hill, Stapleton, West Brighton, New Brighton, Tompkinsville, Arlington and Mariners Harbor. They operate like a gang. Also, plainclothes officers never identify themselves and they instigate on purpose. Conflicts arise because they never identify themselves as cops and they just start harassing people. People respond to what they rightfully assume is an attack and they arrest them for “assaulting an officer” and “resisting arrest”. They do whatever they like.

          This is the reason why they were brazen about literally choking Eric Garner in public in broad day light. This is how they act and they get away with it. Staten Island is a bit different from the other 4 NYC boroughs. It’s the most outwardly hostile in terms of race relations. The North Shore is predominantly Black and Brown (though white people live here too). The South Shore is predominantly white. Black folks here know not to go to the South Shore alone, especially at night. Unless you’re a student athlete who plays football on one of the high school teams. Then you can bring your black ass over!

          Outside of Black & Brown communities, the NYPD is heavily supported here. Every Italian and Irish person here seems to have a dad, brother, uncle, cousin or best friend who is a cop. Judges are their friends. District attorneys are their buddies. The guy who owns the local bar is the lieutenant’s brother-in-law. Some other guy’s grandfather knew the sergeant’s family back in the old country (Italy) etc. That’s how it goes. You’re just not going to win against these people. It’s a system and it goes beyond the cops. They’re all connected. The white folks here are compliant because these cops are their kin and they protect them at all costs, even when they kill.

          Do you remember Justin Volpe? He was the cop who shoved a broomstick up Abner Louima's rectum. His crimes were so brutal that even he couldn't get away with it. Volpe is from Staten Island. He just worked at a Brooklyn precinct. Volpe got big time support here. His family is still here. They are “pillars of the community”.

          I’ve been stopped and frisked here in the past so many times, particularly in the St. George area that one of the cops felt bad after a while because he realized he was stopping me all the time. The cops in the St. George area as well as the Staten Island ferry terminal with the K9 units are basically stationed there. The last time this cop stopped me, he just let me go. He didn’t do the routine pat down (including grabbing my junk), emptying my pockets, searching my bag and generally just wasting my time. I suppose he had some remnants of humanity left because he got ashamed that he was constantly harassing me. He was one of the “nice ones” I guess. His constant harassment and rummaging through my camera bag that yielded nothing but my camera and lenses embarrassed him. I never argue with cops (I’m not arguing with people that have guns), so even when they were rude and rough, I kept my cool. Plus, the St. George cops often have dogs. Not trying to get bit or shot.

          I know the Staten Island cop mentality well. I went to school with them. I played football with and against them. All the degenerates, lowlifes, racists and scumbags I knew are now either cops or correction officers. The thing is this though, when you point this out, some apologist (always white) will start talking about how it’s “not all cops” and that some are good etc. This doesn’t matter. The system they serve is corrupt. They work with arrest quotas, which means they will violate and brutalize people to make numbers, including choking a man in broad day light until he dies.

          I don’t expect anything major to happen to these cops that killed Mr. Garner. There will be an “internal investigation”, which just means their drinking buddies will overlook the case, maybe put them on desk duty or suspend them with pay. That’s how it goes.

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          warkadang:

This was the bombing of Tarok Kolache village in Arghandab valley, Kandahar. It was literally wiped from the map - with 25 tons of coalition bombs after an offensive by the U.S. army.
And after two attempts at clearing the village led to casualties on both sides, Lieutenant Colonel David Flynn, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force 1-320th gave the order to pulverise the village.
His men were ‘terrified to go back into the pomegranate orchards to continue clearing [the area]; it seemed like certain death’, writes West Point graduate Paula Broadwell on the Foreign Policy blog.
Instead of continuing to clear the tiny village, the commander approved a mine-clearing line charge, which hammered a route into the centre of Tarok Kolache using rocket-propelled explosives.
The destruction only escalated, however, with ’49,200 lbs of ordnance’ dropped on the village via air strikes and ground-launched rockets, which saw it swiftly blown off the face of the earth.


Before and aftermath: The picture above shows the village of Tarok Kolache in the Arghandab River Valley. The picture below is the same location following allied air strikes, which completely obliterated the village.

          warkadang:

          This was the bombing of Tarok Kolache village in Arghandab valley, Kandahar. It was literally wiped from the map - with 25 tons of coalition bombs after an offensive by the U.S. army.

          And after two attempts at clearing the village led to casualties on both sides, Lieutenant Colonel David Flynn, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force 1-320th gave the order to pulverise the village.

          His men were ‘terrified to go back into the pomegranate orchards to continue clearing [the area]; it seemed like certain death’, writes West Point graduate Paula Broadwell on the Foreign Policy blog.

          Instead of continuing to clear the tiny village, the commander approved a mine-clearing line charge, which hammered a route into the centre of Tarok Kolache using rocket-propelled explosives.

          The destruction only escalated, however, with ’49,200 lbs of ordnance’ dropped on the village via air strikes and ground-launched rockets, which saw it swiftly blown off the face of the earth.


          Before and aftermath: The picture above shows the village of Tarok Kolache in the Arghandab River Valley. The picture below is the same location following allied air strikes, which completely obliterated the village.

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          “The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others.

          Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weaknesses, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects — his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity. Never believe in the honesty or disinterestedness of anyone who disagrees with you.

          This basic hatred is the heart of Marxism. This is its animating force. You can throw away the dialectical materialism, the Hegelian framework, the technical jargon, the ‘scientific’ analysis, and millions of pretentious words, and you still have the core: the implacable hatred and envy that are the raison d’être for all the rest.”

          Henry Hazlitt, “Marxism in One Minute” (via laliberty)

          Hahaha libertarians are idiots. 

          “For if it is true that no production of knowledge in the human sciences can ever ignore or disclaim it’s authors involvement as a human subject in his own circumstances, then it must also be true that for a European or American studying the Orient there can be no disclaiming the main circumstances of his actuality: that he comes up against the Orient as a European or American first, as an individual second. And to be European or an American in such a situation is by no means an inert fact. It meant and means being aware, however dimly, that one belongs to a power with definite interests in the Orient, and more important, that one belongs to a part of the earth with a definite history of involvement in the Orient almost since the time of Homer.”
          Orientalism, Edward Said. (via whitecolonialism)
          United Nations Plaza, NYC, July 15, 2014.

A Muslim and a Jew share a beautiful moment together holding a Palestinian flag during a protest against “Operation Protective Edge" and the occupation of Palestine by the State of Israel. 
United Nations Plaza, NYC, July 15, 2014.

A Muslim and a Jew share a beautiful moment together holding a Palestinian flag during a protest against “Operation Protective Edge" and the occupation of Palestine by the State of Israel. 

            United Nations Plaza, NYC, July 15, 2014.

            A Muslim and a Jew share a beautiful moment together holding a Palestinian flag during a protest against “Operation Protective Edge" and the occupation of Palestine by the State of Israel. 

            fearandwar:

            This was an actual headline on a New York Times articles.

            "Missile at Beachside Gaza Cafe Finds Patrons Poised for World Cup"

            A missile found Palestinians? How can you write that unless you don’t value Palestinian lives at all? Not to mention it completely obscures the fact that Israel targeted a cafe full of people watching a soccer match.

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