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Why Palestinians (sort of) Support Hamas

letterstomycountry:

Noam Sheizaf:

Over 2,000 Palestinians were killed in all three military operations in Gaza, not including the Second Intifada. Most of them were civilians. I’ve exchanged emails with people in Gaza in the past few days. These are people who don’t care much for Hamas in their everyday lives, whether due to its fundamentalist ideology, political oppression or other aspects of its rule. But they do support Hamas in its war against Israel; for them, fighting the siege is their war of independence. Or at least one part of it.

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For the Palestinians, the choice is between occupation by proxy in the West Bank and a war in Gaza. Both offer no hope, and neither are forms of freedom. The Israeli promise — that an end to armed struggle will bring freedom — is not trustworthy, as the experiences of past years has shown. It simply never happens. The quiet years in the West Bank have not brought the Palestinians any closer to an independent state, while the truce in between wars in Gaza has not brought about a relief from the siege. One can debate the reasons for why this happened, but one cannot debate reality.

Hamas tells the Palestinians the simple truth: freedom comes at the cost of blood. The tragedy is that we usually provide the evidence. After all, the evacuation of settlements in Gaza came after the Second Intifada, not as a result of negotiations. The Oslo Accords came after the First Intifada; before that, Israel turned down even the convenient London Agreement between Shimon Peres and Jordan’s King Hussein.

Israelis are convinced they are fighting a terror organization driven by a fundamentalist Islamic ideology. Palestinians are convinced Israelis are looking to enslave them, and that as soon as the war is over the siege will be reinforced. Since this is exactly what Israel intends to do, as our government has repeatedly stated, they have no reason to stop fighting.

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oominous:

shimshang:

iampunkassbetch:

You know what to do, internet.

Free Palestine.

^^^

oominous:

shimshang:

iampunkassbetch:

You know what to do, internet.

Free Palestine.

^^^

The world is a mess, it’s true. You’re not sure how you got here but there’s no turning back now. You forgot what year you’re born and the whole next year looks like a rust colored haze but one thing is for dang sure…you’ve got the cardboard.

The world is a mess, it’s true. You’re not sure how you got here but there’s no turning back now. You forgot what year you’re born and the whole next year looks like a rust colored haze but one thing is for dang sure…you’ve got the cardboard.

If I had made this joke on fb then found it on tumblr with 20k notes and my name was blacked out there’s a good chance I might have become a terrorist

If I had made this joke on fb then found it on tumblr with 20k notes and my name was blacked out there’s a good chance I might have become a terrorist

(Source: tastefullyoffensive)

Senate passes resolution in support of Israel

concepthuman:

and who says bipartisanship is dead

The machine charges on

♫    Tune-Yards | Find a New Way

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"And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard."

Big ups to the app store for providing some games that finally give a realistic depiction of war.

kakuzu:

seoulll:

korean fashion is to die for

it’s classy but still cute

rough but still elegant

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(Source: ohmyhyungwae)

miraclehinacle:

a cruel angel’s prius


*cool angel

miraclehinacle:

a cruel angel’s prius

*cool angel

(Source: rintezukas)

hamacidal:

ultrafunnypictures:

You can read up to 500 words per minute

THIS MADE ME CRY WHAT THE FUCK

hamacidal:

ultrafunnypictures:

You can read up to 500 words per minute

THIS MADE ME CRY WHAT THE FUCK

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Waking up to a hangover and turkish protesters burning down the israeli embassy ranks v low on the radometer