Returning to the ancestral void

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."


Australian pro Palestine rallies this weekend


Australian pro Palestine rallies this weekend

(via golpe-de-estado)

As I speak, I can hear the tut, tutting of governmental and media tongues trotting out the well worn mantra of the apologists, but “Hamas started it with their rocket attacks, Israel is only defending itself,”

Let us examine that argument. Did Hamas start “It”? When did “It” start?

How we understand history is shaped by when we start the clock. If we start the clock at a moment when rockets are fired from Gaza into Israel on a certain afternoon that, is one history. If we start the clock earlier that morning, when a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli soldiers as he played soccer on a Gaza field, history starts to look a little different. If we go back further we see that since “Operation Cast Lead”, according to the Israeli human rights organization B’tselem, 271 Palestinians were killed by Israeli, bombs, rockets, drones and warplanes, and during the same period not a single Israeli was killed. A good case can be made that “It” started in 1967 with the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. History tells us that the invasion and occupation of a land and the subjugation of its people almost always creates a resistance. Ask the French or the Dutch or the Poles or the Czechs, the list goes on. This crisis in Gaza is a crisis rooted in occupation.

—   Roger Waters, Speech to the UN Secrutiy Council on Nov. 29th, defending Palestine’s right to observer status. (via involutus)







The original video is amazing

When I was in my ceramics class I loved trying to do this. I didn’t make anything nearly as cool as this tho.

(Source: cantgeddynuffofthatbass, via cosmicsymmetry)


Bunny Relaxes in the Grass and Feels the Breeze in Her Fur
Thanks, Sia-sofie and bunny Savannah!

الجنوب وهيك #لبنان

Beautiful south Lebanon


الجنوب وهيك #لبنان

Beautiful south Lebanon



So, like every other one of the world’s 1.28 billion monthly active Facebook users, you blindly agreed to Facebook’s Terms and Conditions without reading the fine print.

Read on and see more of what Facebook’s fine print says. 


Israeli prime minister says that the Palestinian resistance wants “telegenically dead Palestinians" (at 3:30). What kind of monster refers to the images of the hundreds of mutilated Palestinian bodies as "telegenic"? This is what the zionists actually think of us as Palestinians. We are tools or talking points or propaganda, anything but human beings.

…[B]y this weekend Israel was so clearly losing the public relations war that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complained to reporters, tersely, that Hamas uses “telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause.”

If Netanyahu is so bothered by how dead Palestinians look on television then he should stop killing so many of them….

Netanyahu's 'Telegenically Dead' Comment Is Grotesque but Not Original - The Intercept


Benjamin Netanyahu, yesterday, on CNN, addressing worldwide sympathy for the civilian victims of Israeli violence in Gaza:

They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can. They use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause. They want the more dead, the better.

Joseph Goebbels, November 16, 1941, essay in Das Reich, addressing Germany sympathy for German Jews forced to wear yellow stars:

The Jews gradually are having to depend more and more on themselves, and have recently found a new trick. They knew the good-natured German Michael in us, always ready to shed sentimental tears for the injustice done to them. One suddenly has the impression that the Berlin Jewish population consists only of little babies whose childish helplessness might move us, or else fragile old ladies. The Jews send out the pitiable. They may confuse some harmless souls for a while, but not us. We know exactly what the situation is.

If George Orwell were alive today, the sequel to 1984 would be about Israel.


"Self genocide"??? "Telegenically dead"???? I mean, come on. You wouldn’t make this stuff up.



Letter from Norwegian hero doctor who is in Gaza right now 
Dr. Mads Gilbert MD PhD

Dearest friends -
The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying - all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24hrs shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!

Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” (sic!).

My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the Palestinian “sumud” gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace - but we cannot afford that, nor can they.

Ashy grey faces - Oh NO! not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding, we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out - oh - the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes,cannulas - the leftovers from death - all taken away…to be prepared again, to be repeated all over.

More then 100 cases came to Shifa last 24 hrs. enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here - almost nothing: electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors - all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterdays hospitals.But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormous resolute.t

And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flows, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!

An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones (Arabic ‘Zennanis’, the hummers), and the cluttering Apaches. So much made and paid in and by US.

Mr. Obama - do you have a heart?

I invite you - spend one night - just one night - with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.

I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.

Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.

But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another “dahyia” onslaught on Gaza.

The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night. I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death.

Please. Do what you can. This, THIS cannot continue.

Gaza, Occupied Palestine
Mads Gilbert MD PhD
Professor and Clinical Head
Clinic of Emergency Medicine
University Hospital of North Norway

Mr. Obama - do you have a heart?

I invite you - spend one night - just one night - with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.

I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.

Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.

But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another “dahyia” onslaught on Gaza.

7 Nobel Laureates Among 64 Public Figures Calling for Arms Embargo Against Israel - International Middle East Media Center

The letter reads as follows:

"Israel has once again unleashed the full force of its military against the captive Palestinian population, particularly in the besieged Gaza Strip, in an inhumane and illegal act of military aggression. Israel’s ability to launch such devastating attacks with impunity largely stems from the vast international military cooperation and trade that it maintains with complicit governments across the world," read the statement.

“Israel’s military technology is marketed as “field-tested” and exported across the world. Military trade and joint military-related research relations with Israel embolden Israeli impunity in committing grave violations of international law and facilitate the entrenchment of Israel’s system of occupation, colonisation and systematic denial of Palestinian rights.”

"We call on the UN and governments across the world to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid," the letter concluded.

Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu from South Africa was one of the signatories. He was a major opponent of apartheid practices in South Africa, and has compared Israeli policies toward Palestinians with those of the South African government under the racist apartheid system.

The other Nobel laureates who signed the letter were Betty Williams, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Jody Williams, Adolfo Peres Esquivel, Mairead Maguire and Rigoberto Menchu.

Two Israeli academics, Ilan Pappe and Nurit Peled, joined international colleagues in calling for an arms embargo against Israel.

Full list of signatories:
Adolfo Peres Esquivel Nobel Peace Laureate, Argentina, 
Ahdaf Soueif author, Egypt/UK, 
Aki Olavi Kaurismäki film director, Finland, 
Alice Walker writer, US, 
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Nobel Peace Laureate, South Africa, 
Betty Williams Nobel Peace Laureate, Ireland, 
Boots Riley rapper, poet, arts producer, US, 
Brian Eno musician, UK, 
Caryl Churchill playwright, UK, 
Chris Hedges journalist, Pullitzer Prize 2002, US, 
Cynthia McKinney politician, activist, US, 
David Palumbo-Liu academic, US, 
Etienne Balibar philosopher, France, 
Federico Mayor Zaragoza former Unesco director general, Spain, 
Felim Egan painter, Ireland, 
Frei Betto liberation theologian, Brazil, 
Gillian Slovo writer, UK/South Africa, 
Githa Hariharan writer, India, 
Giulio Marcon MP (SEL), Italy, 
Hilary Rose academic, UK, 
Ilan Pappe historian, Israel, 
Ismail Coovadia former South African ambassador to Israel, 
James Kelman writer, Scotland, 
Janne Teller writer, Denmark, 
Jeremy Corbyn MP (Labour), UK, 
Joanna Rajkowska artist, Poland, 
Jody Williams Nobel Peace Laureate, US, 
John Berger artist, UK, 
John Dugard former ICJ judge, South Africa, 
John McDonnell MP (Labour), UK, 
John Pilger journalist and filmmaker, Australia, 
Judith Butler philosopher, US, 
Juliane House academic, Germany, 
Karma Nabulsi Oxford University, UK/Palestine, 
Ken Loach filmmaker, UK, 
Kool AD (Victor Vazquez) musician, US, 
Liz Lochhead national poet for Scotland, UK, 
Luisa Morgantini former vice president of the European Parliament, Italy, 
Mairead Maguire Nobel Peace Laureate, Ireland, 
Michael Mansfield barrister, UK, 
Michael Ondaatje author, Canada/Sri Lanka, 
Mike Leigh writer and director, UK, 
Naomi Wallace playwright, screenwriter, poet, US, 
Noam Chomsky academic, author, US, 
Nurit Peled academic, Israel, 
Prabhat Patnaik economist, India, 
Przemyslaw Wielgosz chief editor of Le Monde Diplomatique, Polish edition, Poland, 
Raja Shehadeh author and Lawyer, Palestine, 
Rashid Khalidi academic, author, Palestine/US, 
Richard Falk former UN special rapporteur on Occupied Palestinian Territories, US, 
Rigoberta Menchú Nobel Peace Laureate, Guatemala, 
Roger Waters musician, UK, 
Ronnie Kasrils former government minister, South Africa, 
Rose Fenton director, Free Word Centre, UK, 
Sabrina Mahfouz author, UK, 
Saleh Bakri actor, Palestine, 
Sir Geoffrey Bindman lawyer, UK, 
Slavoj Zizek author, Slovenia, 
Steven Rose academic, UK, 
Tom Leonard writer, Scotland, 
Tunde Adebimpe musician, US, 
Victoria Brittain journalist, UK, 
Willie van Peer academic, Germany, 
Zwelinzima Vavi secretary general of Cosatu, South Africa