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Ten years ago, Rachel Corrie was murdered. She was trying to prevent the destruction of a Palestinian home when an Israeli tank ran her over.
Here’s a quote from Rachel’s mom:

 ”Ten years on I want answers for my daughter Rachel Corrie – On March 16, 2003, my daughter Rachel Corrie was crushed to death under a bulldozer driven by an Israel Defense Forces soldier.
The bulldozer was manufactured in the United States by Caterpillar, Inc. and paid for by U.S. foreign military financing aid.
My tax dollars paid for the machine used to kill my daughter.”

Ten years ago, Rachel Corrie was murdered. She was trying to prevent the destruction of a Palestinian home when an Israeli tank ran her over.

Here’s a quote from Rachel’s mom:

 ”Ten years on I want answers for my daughter Rachel Corrie – On March 16, 2003, my daughter Rachel Corrie was crushed to death under a bulldozer driven by an Israel Defense Forces soldier.

The bulldozer was manufactured in the United States by Caterpillar, Inc. and paid for by U.S. foreign military financing aid.

My tax dollars paid for the machine used to kill my daughter.”

The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel, it is not about achieving peace.

The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenseless civilian population, is the final phase in a decades-long campaign to ethnically-cleanse Palestinians.

Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command in control, no army… and calls it a war. It is not a war, it is murder.

When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing. You can’t defend yourself when you’re militarily occupying someone else’s land. That’s not defense. Call it what you like, it’s not defense.

The incident followed a report published last week by a group of eminent British lawyers that concluded Israel had breached international law in its treatment of Palestinian children in military custody.

It is the latest of a string of actions caught on camera that have caused controversy. Previous video clips have shown an Israeli soldier butting a Danish pro-Palestinian activist in the face with his rifle and settlers firing guns at Palestinian villagers.

It’s not enough for Israel to force Palestinians to live in squalor. It’s not enough for Israel to deny Palestinians to drive on the same roads as Israelis.  It’s not enough to kick Palestinians out of their homes to build more Israeli settlements.  It’s not enough to crush young women under bulldozers if they interfere with the demolition of Palestinian homes.  Maybe this is the next phase of Israeli oppression - breaking into homes, murdering whoever they find, and then issue a statement indicating their “regret.” 

Who am I kidding?  I’m sure this shit happens all the time.  

think4yourself:

robot-heart-politics:

the-semblance:

The folks at Palestinian Refugee ResearchNet thought they’d create a Facebook page only to discover: Facebook blocks the term “Palestinian”! (H/t Jillian C Cork.)

Are Palestinians the only group so blocked from making pages? Well, not really… after a little fiddling around, I discovered that al-Qaida Refugee ResearchNet and Nazi Refugee ResearchNet are filtered too.

It does seem a bit odd, however, that a population of up to 12 million people, receiving more than a billion dollars in international aid, recognized by the UN, and enjoying a degree of formal diplomatic recognition from the United States — is placed in the same filtered category as Nazis and al-Qaida.

I’ve sent an email to Facebook customer service—we’ll see what they say.

Just to be sure, I tried myself to create a “Palestinian sports” page — not allowed.

A friend from Malaysia just updated me that the Rachel Corrie (Irish ship on way to Gaza) is being intercepted by Israel right now.  Follow @Waterfordsgroup on Twitter for updates.