You encage two million people into 140 square miles. You are surprised when the people create tunnels to smuggle goods, to resist.
You bomb hospitals, you bomb schools, you bomb water plants, you bomb sewers – and you want us to feel sorry for you.
You have politicians who say they want to kill all Gazans, academics who call for rape as war’s weapon. And you are silent? Where are you?
Your arms have killed hundreds, injured thousands, displaced tens of thousands. You clap, you cheer. You weep when your soldiers fall.
On which side of the border should my tears fall? On the side of the bombers or the side of the bombed?
Your morality is challenged, your ethics on fire. All you can say, in bad faith, is Hamas, Hamas, Hamas.
You kill a child. Hamas. You bomb a school. Hamas. You bomb a UN building. Hamas. You bomb a disability center. Hamas. Hamas. Hamas.
For you Hamas has become a full-stop, an exclamation point, a digression, a shaggy dog, a golden ring, a do-not-go-to-jail card.
Who are you that you take shelter in five letters – Hamas – when entire families are wiped out in your name?
What you bomb is not Hamas. It is Palestine. Not a dream, but a people. Not a refugee camp, but a country alive in its peoples’ hearts.
Samah, Samah, Samah.
"When people are occupied, RESISTANCE is justified."
Hmm… now I’m really considering waiting another year before I apply to grad school. Prior to getting this job, I have always felt a sense of urgency to get my master’s degree and start working in higher education/student affairs. A lot of my mentors have suggested that I pursue a master’s degree immediately or soon after my undergrad because without it, it’s rather difficult to find work in the field. And honestly, I have internalized some sort of stigma that I am a “failure” and will “lose focus on my career path” if I continue to push back this process.
But what’s the rush? Why continue to put myself in debt when I have the opportunity to pay off some loans while I gain more experience working in a related field? Why rush myself to go to grad school when my heart isn’t completely in it? And even if my original plan changes, is that necessarily a bad thing? What if I become passionate in another career path?
I know there’s still so much I can learn, do, and grow from in SF/the Bay. I can really develop professionally if I stay at my job for over a year. I have more time to immerse myself in the Pil-Am community and other organizing spaces, something that I’ve been trying to do since I’ve moved back. And I know I can really work on my own personal development and self-love/self-care in the meantime. I also won’t feel as rushed with the grad school application process and will have a better idea of exactly what programs I would like to pursue.
Definitely need to reflect on this more.
Over 1,000 demonstrators turned out for an action against injustice in Detroit and Palestine.
The event was a success, yet organizers saw significant room for growth in solidarity and building joint struggle between Palestine and Detroit. Copeland remarked that “It’s a long term work to connect black populations to the struggle in Palestine, and it’s a long term struggle to connect those groups supporting Palestine to the struggle in black Detroit.”
Organizers William Copeland and Dawud Walid. Photo credit: Invincible