I was speaking to a friend in Gaza and he told me that his little cousin is writing her name all over her body with her markers, just in case she gets blown up and no one can identify her. She is 11 years old. 11. The psychological pain and trauma the Palestinian children go through is absolutely repulsive.
Someone needs to lock Bastille in the studio until they’ve succesfully covered every song in the Western Pop Canon.
Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.
Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)
There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident), that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.
According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.
According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.
Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)
The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]
Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.
It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.
And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.
I woke up this morning with an extreme case of dja vu after reading an article that popped up on my Facebook and Twitter feeds
The three Israeli teens’ kidnapping lead to Operation Brother’s Keeper -a largely overlooked Israeli excursion into the West Bank to find the perpetrators of the kidnapping and bring the teens back home (Operation Brother’s Keeper)- the revenge kidnapping and murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir and Operation Protective Edge - the most recent invasion of the Gaza Strip that has cost more than 1,000 Palestinian lives (Operation Protective Edge).
Operation Brother’s Keeper, was based on the Israeli Government’s claims that Hamas was responsible for the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens and thus Israel had the right to search for the teens. The operation lead to retaliatory violence on both sides and culminated in Operation Protective Edge. However it turns out that Hamas WAS NOT responsible for the initial kidnapping. Rather It was a lone cell, acting independently, who committed the crime.
Now you ask where does the deja vu come in? Well let me answer that question with another question: remember this?
While only history can judge the true effects of these wars, we can never reclaim the lives that were lost due to our mistakes. I can only hope that the world can honor not only the deaths of the innocent Palestinians who have suffered and died to a large extent due to this mistake, but also those who have suffered oppression for decades by using this crisis to creating a ceasefire agreement that is accepted by Palestinians as well as Israelis; that ends the blockade of the Gaza Strip;;that finally allows Palestine to enjoy the full benefits of nationhood.
Today I saw an interesting article in the Huffington Post about US media bias in regards to the Israel-Palestine conflict. It was informative, reasonably accurate, and extremely hard to find if you weren’t looking for it. Thus I have been prompted to write what is probably my first original tumblr post in at least a year.
First of all let it be known that I am reasonably well read on this particular topic. If you have problems with the post feel free to inbox me with your arguments. However I will only accept arguments from people with legitimate, unbiased sources.
The relationship between the United States and Israel seems akin to that of a parent and the proverbial “problem child”. You all know who I’m talking about: the bratty little kid who acts all sweet and innocent when his parents are around but proceeds to kick, bite, and scream as soon as their backs are turned. And no matter how many times someone comes to the parents with a complaint like, “your child just pushed little Harry into the pool” or “your child bit little Harry” or “your child started crying because he only received 36 birthday presents (which is two fewer than last year” the parents either turn a blind eye or explain away the actions with a comment like “kids will be kids” or “my child would never hurt a fly, except in self-defense.”
If you didn’t catch the reference yes I did just insinuate that the relationship between the US and Israel is shockingly similar to that between Dudley Dursley and his parents with poor Palestine (er I mean little Harry Potter) caught up in the middle. However this isn’t the version where Harry gets whisked away to wizard school by the most magnificent man to ever wield a giant pink umbrella. It’s the real life version where Harry suffers from severe malnutrition, trust issues, and eventually leads a life of violent crime dating back to the abuse he suffered as a young boy (I’m honestly surprised it didn’t happen in the wizard version). Worse still whenever Harry tries to defend himself in a manner as pathetic and misguided as his malnourished body will allow Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley all turn a finger on Harry as the culprit of some kind of heinous crime and further justify their punishment of a boy who has lived most of his life in a state of solitary confinement and abuse that would break even the most hardened of adults, and turn many to even more desperate measures.
I condemn launching rockets at civilian targets, but I also condemn locking almost two million people in an “open air prison” with very little access to the outside world. (I further condemn locking 11 year old boys in closets for unwittingly performing magic in self defense, but I think everyone has had enough of the metaphor).