October 4, 2023- Is Positive Change Getting Closer?
November 4th was both an encouraging and a deeply discouraging day!
It was a good day — that also was another major part of the continuation of the Genocide! Many, Many, Many people demonstrated seeking a Ceasefire and an eventual Just Peace Settlement that will hopefully eventually give the Palestinians their freedom either within a single new State of "Palestine" (encompassing Israel) or "Israel" (encompassing Palestine as a whole), a fair - Two State Solution (which would be extremely difficult to achieve given the massive Settlements carving up much of the West Bank, or some type of Confederation or other means of tying the land together.
Child Getting Medical Care - after Bombing in Refugee Camp - November 3, 2023
It was also a day of continued Genocide - aerial bombardment of Gaza, a land invasion which appears to have nearly surrounded Gaza City and conquered the area north of it, as well as significantly increased killings and destruction on the West Bank as well as dangerous actions attacking Palestinians within the Pre-1967 Israel itself.
Civic Center - San Francisco - My Part of the Genocide
I, and many others continue to grieve the major losses of lives, largely of civilians, as well as the seemingly never ending traumatizing of the Palestinian People in so many ways — as well as greatly increased harassment of Palestinian-American (as well as citizens/residents of other countries) and general Islamaphobia.
|Doctors in Gaza speak out against an letter from Israeli physicians which endorsed the bombing of hospitals by the Israel Defense Forces|
It is obvious that the lives of the Palestinian People do NOT MATTER to most, if not all, of those supporting the continued assault on Gaza, as well as the general “Israeli Cause”.
One would think, from both the mainstream news media, the politicians, and the Israelis, that being a Palestinian — human being, was somehow being “a killer” or “a collaborator” or otherwise an “oppressor” of the Jews of Israel and of the rest of the world in general.
Obviously — things could move further towards oppression — and reaction! There is plenty of money for the defense contractors — who profit greatly from the billions that are poured into weapons, jets, and much more. There are plenty of people who love to tell other people what to do! Dictatorial Leadership — often can be extremely oppressive.
Affirming, loving caring — cooperation is Not what the Establishment is seeking! Coalition Building — as is necessary and being significantly built up now — may lead to major — systemic change, if our Movement grows and prospers.
Meanwhile — Biden and the Democrats — believe — seriously believe — that those in the Movement will still come out in large numbers and support them! I find this presumption, problematic at best. Somehow — the Killing of Many thousands of innocent people and over 75 years of massive oppression — now being ignored — while things get worse and worse — will be instantly forgotten.
Our fear of the Republicans — may well prevent us from voting for the Republicans — certainly is true. Voter turnout — often is important — especially in key states. If we don’t turn out -in states like Pennsylvania or Wisconsin — a bigger disaster could easily occur in 2024. We’ll see — if this Genocide — ignoring continues and if fellow USians — turn on the Dems if they don’t change. The People often are much smarter than our supposed leaders are.
It is tragic, that voices of reason are so marginalized and ignored. I will suggest a limited number of media sources that others can use to learn a lot more as to what is going on.
Donations for Relief for Palestinians in Gaza particularly to various organizations is important (of course)!
- an Incredible Large listing of sites - including those below - from my Incredible Ally Lynn Burnett
The Electronic Intifada — https://electronicintifada.net/ — provides a free source of information — donations welcome — that one can easily subscribe to as well as currently attend live presentations — viewable from Gaza and elsewhere in Palestine. ( A Palestinian Voice — of moderation which has published for a long time)
+972 Magazine — https://www.972mag.com/ — one can also subscribe — a voice of moderate Palestinians and Israelis
Democracy Now — https://www.democracynow.org/ — an independent Global Source of News on Israel-Palestine-Gaza and much more
American Muslims for Palestine — https://www.ampalestine.org/ — American Muslims for Palestine works to educate, organize, and mobilize the Muslim-American community, as well as allies in other communities, to advance Palestinian rights.
AROC — Arab Resource & Organizing Center (San Francisco) — https://www.araborganizing.org/
Jewish Voice for Peace — JVP — (Nationally as well as having many local chapters) — https://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/ — an openly Anti-Zionist Jewish Organization — that supports a just peace for all of us — whatever our ethnicity, religion, race, or homeland/country of residence — Non-Jews are welcome — of course!!!
If Not Now — https://www.ifnotnowmovement.org/ — “We are a movement of American Jews organizing our community to end U.S. support for Israel’s apartheid system and demand equality, justice, and a thriving future for all Palestinians and Israelis.”
Additional Resources suggested by a Cal Berkeley Palestinian-American Student:
Al Jazeera - https://www.aljazeera.com/ - Al Jazeera English is a globally recognized 24-hour English-language news channel. It operates under the ownership of the Al Jazeera Media Network, which, in turn, funded by the goverment of Qatar. It is the first English-language news channel to be headquartered in Western Asia.
Qumsiyeh: A Human Rights Web - http://qumsiyeh.org/
We stayed together — after the march was over. The chants continued echoing in the BART station — It was moving!