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Ten hip-hop tracks that demand freedom for Palestine

  Ana Tijoux, featuring Shadia Mansour — “Somos Sur”

“Hip-hop is the land of the people that don’t have a land,” Chilean hip-hop artist and musician Ana Tijoux recently told the news program Democracy Now!
Tijoux was born in France and raised in Chile, which hosts one of the largest Palestinian communities in the world. “Somos Sur” draws parallels between acts of resistance in Chile and in Palestine. The song is about the importance of resistance around the world.
“Global resistance movements, whether in Latin America, Africa or the Middle East, are fighting against the same patterns of violence that have repeated themselves throughout history,” she has said.
“Somos Sur” is a collaboration with Shadia Mansour, a British-born Palestinian rapper, and is performed in Spanish and Arabic.

Genocide — “Free Palestine”

Genocide (Jusuf Dzilic), now based in New Zealand, is originally from a small town in Bosnia. As a kid in Bosnia, he witnessed the ethnic cleansing of Muslims. His song “Free Palestine” references the massacres of civilians during Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s three-week attack on Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009.

Free Radicals, featuring The Niyat and H.I.S.D. — “Every Wall”

Texas-based band Free Radicals team up with two hip-hop ensembles: The Niyat and H.I.S.D. The lyrics discuss apartheid, separation walls and the ruinous economic policies of the International Monetary Fund.

Shadia Mansour, featuring M-1 — “El Kofeyye Arabeyyeh”

Known as the “first lady of Arab hip-hop,” British-Palestinian Mansour chooses to rap in Arabic. Her single “El Kofeyye Arabeyyeh” (“The Keffiyeh is Arab”) refers to the traditional Palestinian checkered scarf, the kuffiyeh. She sings about protecting the kuffiyeh as a symbol of the Palestinian struggle and Arab identity.
Guest vocalist M-1 from New York City, one half of Dead Prez, spits: “The kuffiyeh ain’t no scarf/it’s a part of the movement/the symbolism is resistance.”

Don Martin, featuring Immortal Technique, Tumi, Eltipo Este, Tonto Noiza — “Boycott Israel”

Don Martin, a Norwegian hip-hop star from the group Gatas Parlament, recently teamed up with artists from Cuba, South Africa, the US and France in a brilliant show of support for the Palestinian-led movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.


DAM — “Meen Irhabi?” (Who’s the Terrorist?)

DAM, reputedly Palestine’s first rap group, formed in 1998. The trio, based in Lydd (Lod) — approximately twenty kilometers from Jerusalem — know first hand what it’s like to live as Palestinians in present-day Israel.
They rap mostly in Arabic, but sometimes in English and occasionally in Hebrew. The name DAM is an acronym for Da Arab MCs in English.

Ragtop/The Philistines — “Free the P”

Palestinian-American rapper Ragtop and his band The Philistines perform the title track from Free the P, a CD compilation of hip-hop and spoken word, dedicated to the youth of Palestine. The song “Free the P” features handclaps and a sing-along chorus.

Lowkey, featuring DAM, The Narcicyst, Hasan Salaam, Shadia Mansour — “Long Live Palestine (Part II)”

This is the second outing for 2009’s “Long Live Palestine” by London-based British-Iraqi rapper Lowkey. Here, Lowkey enlists help from members of DAM, Iraqi-Canadian rapper The Narcicyst, Lebanese-Syrian Eslam Jawwad, Hasan Salaam from New York, Hich-Kas from Tehran and British-Iranian Reveal.

Invincible — “No Compromises”

Invincible (Ilana Weaver) is a Detroit-based MC. They spent their early childhood in present-day Israel and moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1988.
At age seven, they taught themself English by listening to hip-hop records. Within two years, Invincible started writing their own lyrics. They were fluent in English by the time they were ten, having dropped their first language, Hebrew.
Here they rap about the need for resistance until “the day when you don’t even gotta fight no more.”

Mic Righteous — “Don’t it make you wonder?”

Mic Righteous (Rocky Takalbighashi) is from Margate in Britain. His family fled Iran during the 1979 revolution.
The BBC caused a censorship controversy in 2011 when it used sound effects to mask the lyric “Free Palestine” from Mic Righteous’ performance on the channel Radio 1Xtra.

Carrie Giunta is a philosophy lecturer in London. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieGiunta.

Fuck Israel

He expressed his emotions for All of us! I want to revisit the Taxi guy.

How to Pro-Palestine 101

  • Understand this whole conflict is about land and not religion, we are not fighting over whether we should fast on Ramadan or on Yom Kippur, or fighting Israelis just because the majority of them is Jewish. 
  • Understand that not all Palestinians are Muslims, about 15%-20% of Palestinians aren’t.
  • You support Palestinians for losing their land and facing atrocities, you don’t support Palestinians just because Palestine is holy to you. 
  • You support all Palestinians equally, don’t put Muslim Palestinians over non-Muslim Palestinians and vice-versa, we are all going through the same struggle.
  • Don’t speak on our behalf (In other words, lead our cause), we don’t want you to mess up and then we end up getting the blame. You could support us, teach about our cause but don’t lead us, we lead you.
  • Don’t support us just because you hate the Jewish people, we don’t want your antisemitism.
  • Understand that Palestine is our land before anyone else
  • Don’t romanticize our struggle, no it’s not cool to suffer.
  • Understand we also face atrocities from other Arabs not just from Israelis.
  • Don’t turn Palestine into a Muslim issue. 
  • Understand that there are diverse opinions amongst Palestinians, both in the diaspora and at home. 
  • Don’t use Palestine as a springboard to derail and promote your own cause.
  • Bringing awareness to Palestinians should not be done through grotesque means; in other words, Nazi comparisons or even spreading pictures of dead bodies everywhere.
  • Support Palestinians and DO NOT undermine them
  • You DO NOT represent Palestinians, no matter what your intentions are, and you do not need to attempt to do so in spaces that aim to create dialogue (see OTI, MLI)
  • Don’t call yourself Pro-Palestine if you’re a Zionist, take your Liberal Zionism away and get lost. 
  • Do not glorify/romanticize resistance. 
  • Do not dictate Palestinians on how we should feel/react. 
  • Do not criticize their method of resistance. You are not the one suffering from the consequences. 
  • Don’t steal our narrative.
  • We are not helpless victims. We do not need to be saved. So please, enough with this saviorship complex. 
  • It’s not about you.

Attacking churches in Palestine: An Israeli policy since 1948

palestinians in a church

Israeli documents have revealed that the Israeli army deliberately adopted a policy based on the destruction, vandalism and harm of the sanctity of churches in Palestine, during and after the 1948 war. An Israeli book, which will be published next month, explains how the Israeli army carried out seizure and destruction operations against churches located in the Palestinian cities, towns and villages the army took control off after expelling their people.

The book, which will be published by the Moshe Sharett Heritage Society, is based on the statements and testimonies of former Israeli Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Moshe Sharett, regarding the brutal attacks on Palestinian churches.

According to the book, which Haaretz newspaper published excerpts from, Sharett, in his capacity as foreign minister, strongly criticised the policy of destruction and looting adopted by the Israeli army during the meeting held by the government under the presidency of David Ben-Gurion on 5 July 1949.

The author of the book mentions that Sharett’s description of the actions committed by the Israeli army against the churches was not only limited to his participations in government meetings. Instead, he took advantage of every partisan meeting with the representatives of this political party, Mapai, to describe what he considered “heinous acts” committed against churches.

The book reveals the text of the protocol of the meeting held on 5 July 1949, although the Israel State Archive prohibits the revelation of the full original text due to the fact that it includes Sharett’s testimony regarding the atrocities committed against the churches.

According to the protocol, Sharett described the army’s violations of the church saying, “the officers and soldiers deliberately harmed the Christian sanctities; their behaviour is that of beasts, not human beings.” Sharett also said, “The attacks suffered by the churches at the hands of the soldiers and officers are a shameful page in Israel’s history.”

This book also revealed that Sharett compared Israel, which allowed such acts, to “an evil and brutal Caesar that promotes nothing but destruction.” He added: “The soldiers and officers turned the churches to toilets where they would tend to their needs.”

The book also goes on to reveal that Sharett told members of the Mapai party, in a meeting in July 1949, that Israel deliberately declared the areas containing churches as military zones in order to justify its refusal to allow foreign visitors and tourists to enter these areas and churches in an attempt to prevent them from witnessing the army’s heinous violations.

Sharett also said that the soldiers stole a very valuable crown made of precious stones from one of the churches. He also noted another incident where the soldiers broke the hand off a sculpture of Jesus in one of the churches in order to steal the gold bracelets that were on it, as an example of the systematic looting and stealing from the churches which lasted for months.

He stressed that the Israeli officers and soldiers also intentionally harmed the sanctity of the churches and tore holy books, mentioning that the acts of destruction committed against the churches were not only committed by the officers and soldiers, but also by many settlers, especially those who newly immigrated.

Haaretz newspaper reported that the Israel State Archive revealed the archives from the government meeting on 5 July 1949 after omitting 30 sentences said by Sharett during the meeting in which he described the atrocities committed against the churches. The revelation of the Israeli army’s acts against the churches has gained great attention in light of some Jewish religious figures expressing their support for the burning of churches committed by Jewish terrorist groups.

According to these religious figures, Christians should not be allowed to perform their religious rituals, as they consider Christianity “a form of paganism”. Large groups of religious Israeli youths have adopted these convictions, and this is cited by the fact that the Hilltop Youth Jewish terrorist organisation graffitied the walls of a church in occupied Jerusalem early last week with phrases threatening the killing of Christians in the city.
Translated from Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, 27 January 2016.

Israeli women reaffirm their refusal to serve in the occupation army

Israeli refuseniks
Noa Levy writes:
At noon on Sunday 31 January Tair Kaminer, 19, will return to an Israeli army induction centre to reaffirm her intention not to serve in the armed forces.
She had already spent 20 days in a military prison for previous refusing to serve in the army.
On this occasion Ms Kaminer will be joined by another woman, Tanya Golan, 19, from Beit Shean who will also publicly refuse to join the army.

Both women are expected to be put on trial and imprisoned.

Dozens of demonstrators will accompany them on their way to the army induction centre and will call for their release and for an end to the occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Three weeks ago Ms Kaminer, from Tel Aviv, spent 20 days in a military prison for refusing to serve in the Israeli occupation army. Her refusal went viral on social media and initiated posts that were viewed by hundreds of thousands in Israel and around the world. Her incarceration was reported by the international media and was even discussed in the British parliament, when Caroline Lucas, from the Green Party, called for her immediate release.

Ms Kaminar said:
We are being talked into believing that there is no way other than the violent militaristic way, but I believe that this is the most destructive method, and there are alternatives. I wish to remind us all that there are other choices: negotiation, peace, optimism, a real desire to live as equals with freedom and in safety.
Ms Golan said:
There are those who are benefiting by the continuation of the Israel- Palestine conflict and will never willingly give up on the financial control of the occupied territories. I refuse to be part of an organisation that implements racist, fascistic, discriminatory and oppressive policies.
The demonstration is organised by Mesarvot, a new political refusal group which connects all of the letters, enterprises and refuseniks from recent years in order to work together. Joining us in this demonstration are other groups such as the refusers letter of 2014 and the political organisation Unity.
On May 15, 1948 Rothschild Jewish militias launched a massive attack on the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine to ethnically cleanse them from their land in order to establish Israel as their Jewish state. This lead more than 750,000 Palestinians to flee their homes and become displaces as refugees in the neighboring countries. Most of the families that fled did not even have time to pack their belonging or anything in fear of being massacred by the vicious Jewish militias who went through villages massacring its inhabitants who refused to leave, most of whom were poor villagers and unarmed farmers. “We must do everything to insure they never return. The old will die and the young will forget” David Ben-Gurion – First Prime Minister of Israel, 1949.

Zionist Identity Thieves

“For the Mandates Commission, Palestine had never ceased to constitute a separate entity. It was one of those territories which, under the terms of the Covenant, might be regarded as “provisionally independent”. The country was administered under an A mandate by the United Kingdom, subject to certain conditions and particularly to the condition appearing in Article 5: “The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be . . . in any way placed under the control of the Government of any foreign Power”. […] Palestine, as the mandate clearly showed, was a subject under international law. While she could not conclude international conventions, the mandatory Power, until further notice, concluded them on her behalf, in virtue of Article 19 of the mandate. The mandate, in Article 7, obliged the Mandatory to enact a nationality law, which again showed that the Palestinians formed a nation, and that Palestine was a State, though provisionally under guardianship. It was, moreover, unnecessary to labour the point; there was no doubt whatever that Palestine was a separate political entity.” DocumentLink

The Rothschild's Jews stole the identity of Judaism and then the identity of Palestine.

Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem (1867-1948)
"We wish to express our definite opposition to a Jewish state in any part of Palestine."

Contrary to the Hasbara, Palestine has existed far longer than any Jewish kingdom or Jewish State. By denying the existence of Palestine and the Palestinian people, the longer history of Jewish existence in the region, as Palestinian Jews, is being denied.


Zeev Jabotinsky.jpg
"There can be no kind of discussion of a voluntary reconciliation between us and the Arabs.... Any native people ... view their country as their national home.... They will not voluntarily allow, not only a new master, but even a new partner.... Colonization can have only one goal. For the Palestinian Arabs this goal is inadmissible. This is in the nature of things. To change that nature is impossible . . . colonization can, therefore, continue and develop only under the protection of a force independent of the local population-an iron wall which the native population cannot break through. This is, in total, our policy towards the Arabs. To formulate it any other way would only be hypocrisy."--Vladimir Jabotinsky --(18 October 1880 – 4 August 1940), was a Revisionist Zionist leader, author,orator,and founder of the Jewish Self-Defense Organization in Odessa. With Joseph Trumpeldor he co-founded the Jewish Legion of the British army in World War I and later established several Jewish organizations, including Beitar, haTzohar and the Irgun (terrorist group).
The Hebrew word for Bramble is Atad אטד which is called in Arabic Gharqad:
Hidden, difficult to penetrate.