As a Jewish youngster growing up in Budapest, an infant survivor of the Nazi genocide, I was for years haunted by a question resounding in my brain with such force that sometimes my head would spin: “How was it possible? How could the world have let such horrors happen?”
It was a naïve question, that of a child. I know better now: such is reality. Whether in Vietnam or Rwanda or Syria, humanity stands by either complicitly or unconsciously or helplessly, as it always does. In Gaza today we find ways of justifying the bombing of hospitals, the annihilation of families at dinner, the killing of pre-adolescents playing soccer on a beach.
In Israel-Palestine the powerful party has succeeded in painting itself as the victim, while the ones being killed and maimed become the perpetrators. “They don’t care about life,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says, abetted by the Obamas and Harpers of this world, “we do.” Netanyahu, you who with surgical precision slaughter innocents, the young and the old, you who have cruelly blockaded Gaza for years, starving it of necessities, you who deprive Palestinians of more and more of their land, their water, their crops, their trees — you care about life?
There is no understanding Gaza out of context — Hamas rockets or unjustifiable terrorist attacks on civilians — and that context is the longest ongoing ethnic cleansing operation in the recent and present centuries, the ongoing attempt to destroy Palestinian nationhood.
The Palestinians use tunnels? So did my heroes, the poorly armed fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto. Unlike Israel, Palestinians lack Apache helicopters, guided drones, jet fighters with bombs, laser-guided artillery. Out of impotent defiance, they fire inept rockets, causing terror for innocent Israelis but rarely physical harm. With such a gross imbalance of power, there is no equivalence of culpability.
We desire food and sleep more than we desire Jannah.
If hatred knocks at your door,
Greet it with a smile,
But tell it it has come too late,
For love is already having tea inside.
I’m more passionate in discovering myself than I am in finding my ‘other half’. What’s the use of doing the latter if I don’t know myself?
There are days when you dont feel like praying. When your soul feels dark and your heart feels down. Those are the days when you need to pray. Those are the days when you need it most. And if you find the strength to bow before your Lord in those days, you have defeated a big part of your nafs and taken a huge step towards your Lord. So pray no matter what. Lead your heart to prayer and one day your heart will lead you to prayer.
''I don’t get how you can be a feminist and an Israeli nationalist at the same time.I guess the Palestinian women dying while giving birth at Israeli checkpoints don’t count?'' What does dying have to do with feminism you idiot. @Anonymous
I believe in you anon, I believe you can find the connection if you focus hard enough. We’re all rooting for you.
Allaahu akbar Allaahu akbar
Laa illaah illa Allaah
Allaahu akbar Allaahu akbar
Wa lillaah al Hamd!
Taqqabala Allaa minna wa minkum! May Allaah accept from us and you.
I sincerely wish you all the happiest and most blessed ‘Eid! Have a wonderful time
تقبل الله منا و منكم صالح الاعمال
cool and relevant ppt presentation but jsyk, the term “ethnic cleansing” is a gross euphemism for “genocide”.
THIS. Thank you. This isn’t a “conflict,” this isn’t a complex issue. I was discussing it with a friend earlier - if you want to put this into perspective, view it as the modern day creation of the United States. What could only complicate this, is that it’s condoned legally and promoted through state-sponsored programs.
A food for thought on one side of the plate. I wonder about the other side too which may or may not answer this question on my mind about..why such measures for the sake of having an only-my-kind state that wipes out differences; such failure in bringing solution to the diversity of humans.