Please write, share and take action against “Hunger Games” Gaza!!

The situation in Gaza is literally sinking, to filthy new depths. A zionist-made humanitarian crisis; created by an illegal but internationally accepted ‘siege’, held in place by an apartheid regime, fully supported and financed by the U.S., made possible by Egypt and the corporate media’s silence/complicity.

Judging by media sources, the unknowing observer might think a typhoon hit the Gaza Strip last week, causing extreme and severe levels of flooding, damage and suffering – and that there’s actually help on the way! You can’t blame them though, after reading such headlines (IF it even makes it into “mainstream” press): from the Washington Post Gaza Strip receives fuel after battered by storm OR CBC: Gaza receives first fuel shipment in weeks as storm causes havoc . In fact, not only would one not know it is a zionist made catastrophe, one might even believe that those responsible for creating it, are actually doing something to ease the suffering…



Carlos Latuff

Carlos Latuff

Gaza government estimated initial material losses at 64 million dollars and according to Maan News:

UNRWA spokesperson said that large regions of the Gaza Strip are a “disaster area” and called on the world community to lift the Israeli blockade in order to allow recovery efforts to proceed, in a statement sent to Ma’an. Areas around Jabalia have become a massive lake with two meter high waters engulfing homes and stranding thousands. Thousands have been displaced into freezing died Gaza has been unable to pump sewage for more than a month, as power plants have shut down for lack of fuel. The fuel shortages – which were causing daily power cuts of 12-16 hours even before the crisis caused by storm Alexa – are mainly a result of the Egyptian authorities’ destruction of most of the smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Egypt.



The “blockade” which began in 2006 – is really collective punishment of 1.7 million people, for the crime of participating in democratic elections, which results are unfavorable to zionists. Since then Gaza has become the world’s largest open air prison, much like a “hunger games” or survival experiment in pushing people to their limits. In some room with a large glass ceiling, I can practically hear military and political elite asking questions like: how far can we turn up the pressure cooker before reaching the boiling point? What are the newest tactics and techniques we can use to do so, what weapons should we test, and how much humiliation can we enact before the whole world wakes up. Because, at the end of the day this ‘conflict’ is ultimately a war of public opinion.

Upon learning about the insidious hidden nature of zionism, well intentioned observers often say things like: “I don’t understand how, after what Jews have suffered as a people, they can be so cruel and unfeeling.”

Ultimately those that care to dig further, begin to see the stark comparison between zionism and nazism. Today the US, and Europe unconditionally support zionism, just like they did with other morally and politically bankrupt systems – that practice white supremacy before it. The US supported apartheid in South Africa, until the very end – which is why it’s nauseating to hear all the official tributes to Mandela, after the same criminals labeled him a terrorist until 2008. The US and Europe also supported Nazism in Germany until the bitter end–before they were shamed, or forced to stand against it.

Recently musician Roger Waters, formerly of Pink Floyd earned the ire of zionists because he dared to state what is obvious to those ‘in the know’: “Israeli treatment of the Palestinians can be compared to the atrocities of Nazi Germany. “The parallels with what went on in the 1930s in Germany are so crushingly obvious.”

For anyone intimately aware of the current situation on the ground in Palestine, the similarities are crushingly obvious: they are both exclusive European political ideologies, premised on the notion of a superior race, with the goal of eliminating the rest. They both come from settler colonial mentalities, both seek to control the resources and land over the indigenous people and they will both go to any lengths necessary, to fulfill what they see as their divine destiny.

Some of the differences of Zionism is that Nazism headed by Hitler lasted from 1921-1945, and zionism has been the political system in Palestine for more than 65 years. Ironically, the current system of apartheid officially began (it was another type of colonialism form before that), for Afrikans under apartheid in 1948 (same time the zionist state was created), and ended in 1994. Of course all of those racist systems and regimes had intricate ties to each other, were selling and/or receiving weapons and learning from one other.

In order to reverse the situation from going from catastrophic to worse in Gaza, we must address the root cause of the problem. Unless we look at the political and economic systems that ultimately drive the agenda, at the end of the day no amount of “peace talks”, negotiations or humanitarian aid, will change a thing.

Today the growing global movement for justice has removed all hope from political leaders, and taken matters into our own hands. BDS undermines this inherently corrupt and racist system at its most vulnerable areas, economically, culturally and politically.

Information is severely lacking, but I will try to post updates of the deteriorating crisis here.


Sign this petition: Calling on the United Nations to investigate and hold Israel to account for the war crimes & crimes against humanity they commit on a daily basis

Call, email, fax:
1 The U.S. State Department. Insist it tell Israel and Egypt to Open the Crossings to the Gaza Strip. Call 202-647-4000; select option 4 and ask the operator for the comment line. (You get one minute to record your message.)

2. The White House at Alternatively, write to: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 Call: 202-456-1414 Fax: 202-456-2461

3. The Office of Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations at

4. Contact the Near and Middle East Desk at The International Committee of the Red Cross Ms. Dibeh FAKHR Tel: +41 22 730 37 23 Mobile: +41 79 447 37 26 or fill out the form at

4. Contact the Near and Middle East Desk at The International Committee of the Red Cross Ms. Dibeh FAKHR Tel: +41 22 730 37 23 Mobile: +41 79 447 37 26 or fill out the form at

Palestinian Refugees Right to Return, Al-Awda wants to HELP PALESTINIANS IN GAZA URGENTLY

The “Lawless” Sinai and Israel’s Biblical Pipedream

The latest chapter in Egyptian political drama is set in the ‘lawless Sinai’, or ‘Wild Wild West’ as it’s also called – and took front and center stage this week. The murder mystery, also known as the “Ramadan Massacre”, which killed 16 Egyptian soldiers came complete with a showdown of political rivals, Arab/Muslim extremists and riveting plot twists, has all its viewers at the edge of our seats, and is far more fascinating than any Hollywood blockbuster.

In typical fashion of any good political drama, the absolute lack of evidence did not prevent mud slinging by political rivals, followed by a variety of conspiracy theories, and those with the most entrenched interests trading accusations. The lack of clear evidence, gave all the political parties the green light to throw around their opinions of who was responsible, and of course the parrot media followed with their rein of articles, and within minutes officials blew up the internet, blogosphere and social media sites speculating about events and reporting them as facts–thus utterly confusing the public. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas blamed Israel’s Mossad, and Israel blamed militants from Gaza and within hours the borders were shut, the notorious travel ban was enacted and the collective punishment of 1.5 million Palestinians, was intensified. The Egyptian army then deployed troops to respond to the situation and media reports spread widely, announcing that 20 insurgents had been killed. But the initial report was never confirmed, and it has become clear now that it was almost certainly false.

President Morsi did not disappoint and proved to be a (news) worthy actor. In a move deserving of an Academy Award, he created for his presidency a triple win scenario. By reshuffling key positions and appointments, he removed the much hated Field Marshal Tantawi from his position-thus averting a showdown with the Egyptian street, and provided him a dignified exit strategy by making him an adviser in his cabinet and decorated him with the country’s most prestigious honor, pleasing the high level military brass which to everyone’s surprise, did not even utter a word of disagreement..and in the end – consolidating his Presidential powers.

So, who’s to blame

With it still unclear as to who was responsible, and evidence unlikely to be forthcoming – what’s clear across the board, is that the killing of the army officials was a complete military disaster. Yet, the security failure should not be seen as the shortcomings of the Egyptian army alone. The incoming government, inherited a legacy of lawlessness which began in 1979 as a result of Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. According to he “Security annex of Camp David accords Egypt can not have army officers or soldiers in the areas, only police and lately borders guards with light arms and armored vehicles.” . This was the first time since 1967, the Egyptian Air Forces sent its planes from air fighters like F16 and helicopters to the area. Today, there are said to be approximately 1,500 ‘extremist’ groups in the lawless territory, now the big question is, WHO will be able to control the situation and prevent future attacks.

When viewed in the above light, it seems that the most logical question is if the goal of Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel is truly to secure the troubled region, limiting its military presence from their mutual ‘borders’, would seem a rather foolish policy. The Bedouin community has been warning Egypt of the growing danger on its border for many years:

”but no one listened to us,” the Sheikh said in reference to yesterday’s raid by a jihadist commando on an Egyptian border patrol barracks, which left 16 soldiers dead. The situation might drive Israel to occupy parts of northern Sinai, especially the el-Arish border access points, al-Maniei said. An Israeli military spokesman yesterday called the Sinai ”a great hothouse for the flowering of international terrorism.” And in that vacuum, you’re starting to see and residents complained that Islamist militants are finding a home. And they say a lot of the tribes up there that we spoke to in light of recent events are saying we’ve been begging for help, we’ve been begging for security, but the army hasn’t responded.1

Still, the barrage of analysts and commentators fail to ask the most important questions – such as, what is the history of ‘extremism’ in the region? Who are the groups present – what are their objectives, where are they from, and what are their ideologies? And, perhaps most importantly – why/were they allowed to flourish, unchecked for decades when violence and ‘terror’ was a easily foreseeable outcome.

If Securing the Sinai isn’t the Goal, then What is?

Since clear evidence as to who was responsible for the “Ramadan massacre” may never be forthcoming – as with any murder mystery, a good detectives strategy is to uncover motive. To analyze the motive, we can look first look at the fall out, of which three major policy developments have resulted. The first is the ever increasing and tightening of the illegal siege of Gaza, the second is the ‘major shakedown’ of the top military brass and key cabinet positions – and the third was the (at least limited/temporary) increase in the military’s presence. The first and second serve to uphold the status quo, which the Egyptian government was under attack for upholding (following which, now public criticism has largely disappeared). For the final fall out, of who will control the troubled region, long term – is perhaps the most important question of all.

Recent and regular statements made by Israeli officials, reflect that of former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt,  Zvi Mazel, who following the attack stated: “If terrorism continues from Sinai to Gaza or from Sinai directly to Israel or from Sinai-Gaza-Israel, at a certain time at a certain point Israel will be forced to act, even to penetrate into Sinai, and it may change everything.”  this standpoint, the whole charade begins to become much clearer to understand. This is why most outside observers conclude that none of the ‘extremist’ or other suspected groups had anything to gain by such an operation, besides Israel.

Map of “Greater Israel” Published by Radical Settler Movement

Israel’s declaration of independence, on May 14, 1948, makes no mention of the new state’s borders; it vaguely declares “the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the State of Israel.” Eretz-Israel is a Biblical term meaning the “Land of Israel,” the borders of which are variedly defined in Scripture. A maximalist interpretation would extend it from the Nile to the Euphrates.

Here, the Israeli settler movement published what it calls “the map of greater Israel.” Israel’s borders in the map include the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. You can see the map here.

“The settler movement quoted Rabbi Avrom Shmulevic of the Bead Artzein (“For the Homeland”) Movement as saying, “The process of national revival of the Jewish people is irreversible and has its internal logic. We shall have no peace as long as the whole territory of the country of Israel will not return under Jewish control. This might sound too hard, but such is the logic of history. The war on the Holy Land has been already fought for 4,000 years and the end cannot be seen. A stable peace will come only then, when Israel will return to itself all its historical lands, and will thus control both the Suez and the Ormudz channel. The state will find at last its geostrategic completeness. We must remember that Iraqi oil fields too are located on the Jewish land. This may seem utopia to many now – but an even greater utopia seemed a hundred years ago the revival of the Jewish state…If you want it, this will not be a fairy tale.”

Once we remove the theatrics of so called experts, commentators and analysts, and focus on the basis and substance to which these attacks and expected responses by all the players, we can see the clear theme in place. This biblical pipe dream is in no way an unlikely goal, according to every Israeli leaders fantasy. Still pragmatism aside, there is every reason to believe zionists will risk everything to see just how far they can take it.  So before the charade carries on any further, someone needs to yell “Cut!” and ask ourselves how we can contribute to returning Egypt back to its original owners, the Egyptian people.

1) Kidnapper: Why I nabbed two Americans in Egypt’s Sinai – The recent kidnappings in Egypt’s Sinai are not motivated by religious extremism or a desire for money, but a desperate desire to make the government listen to a marginalized group. Christian Science Monitor -By Kristen Chick, Correspondent / July 17, 2012

Finally made it! Update from Gaza :)

After 43 days of exile in AlArish, I finally made it to Gaza! I was given permission to enter for only three days, which incidentally are up, but thankfully received an extension. I was greeted by the friend and Hamas official that worked for weeks, and were the ones who made it possible for me to enter. I must first say that, without their help I would have never been able to get in. Secondly, neither of which knew me personally but were effected by my case, and felt it would be shameful to deny me as a Palestinian from the diaspora, entry into my historic homeland.

We have sat now for several hours together, and discussed the issues that prevented me from entering. The official allowed me to ask any and ALL questions I had relating, not only to my case, but to all the questions I had as to their governance etc. It turns out, as many conflicts do, that this was mainly an issue of misinformation and miscommunication. Long story short, a complicated series of events which snowballed, created a massive amount of mistrust, skepticism and uncertainty of intentions (from both sides) calling into question my character, and for me the character of the others.

Despite the hardship, difficulty and 43 days spent waiting to get it cleared up, I must say that I’m glad it all went down in the way it did and I wouldn’t change a thing if I could. Not only did I make amazing friends for life in Sinai, suffice it to say that for me, this chapter has shed light on and revealed much about people’s character’s, as well as what’s going on – internally here. It will obviously take time for me to fully understand on a personal and intimate level what is really going on. However one thing I learned is that I can not, and should not over simplify matters for the sake of convenience and expediency, or “being right”. One must take into account the entire picture, as well as the social, historical and political context before forming opinions, stating “facts” and/or jumping to conclusions.

I have been granted permission to stay on, indefinitely for now…and had a couple of excellent meetings which have given me the potential to stay on longer term..and includes potentially facilitating a shipment of prosthetic limbs for those injured during the Gaza massacre, i.e. Cast Lead – and also working with the families of the martyr’s. I will update this blog, as soon as I know more. I have a short window to make this all happen as my return ticket/date is at the end of this month.

Thanks again and eternal love, to all those who supported and assisted to make it possible for me to be here! You know who you are. 🙂




There are a few Hamas officials I’ve been in regular contact with and have been helpful in communicating and attempting to cooperate with me, so I can understand the reasons they forced me to leave. Like I said, it’s still unclear, but I appreciate their attempt to help me understand where they are coming from and help solve the problem.

The truth is, this is an illegal, immoral, unfair, unjust siege and there is absolutely no person or government that could do the right thing under such crippling international sanctions. That is not to justify *any* of their actions or’s only to state the obvious and try to get closer to the truth (whatever it may be). Also, after such a grueling and difficult month, it is really important and helpful for me to understand the process of which all of this has gone down, especially as it reflects the larger political context to which the current system exists.

After all the ups and downs of being able to enter then returned (twice now!) they have provided me with yet another ray of hope in saying that I WILL be able to enter Gaza soon. At this point, it’s hard to get my hopes up for anything..


DAY 28

I was just informed that if I would like to enter a government guided tour and accommodations, would be provided – and was asked to pay for this a fee / undisclosed amount! Well, let’s just say that’s NOT gonna happen…lol

the saga continues!!! Grr :/


Dreams of Return Dashed by the Bearded Traitor

I am Palestinian. Just because I happened to be born in America, due to my family who decided to flee their homeland following the 6 day war with Israel, I am sitting here. Waiting. Stuck in Al-Arish, 20 kilometers from the Rafah/Gaza border, for 10 days now waiting to get permission to enter Gaza.

Their rules for entry are unclear and confusing and with no reason given – I have been denied permission to enter Gaza. I have been denied entry NOT by the Israelis. NOT by the US government. NOT by the relentless Egyptian military who has refused to loosen the Rafah border one bit, since the great Egyptian revolution. I have been denied entry by the Gaza gov’t, Hamas – who has slowly and steadily been tightening their grip on the strip, and increasing in power and repression Daily – while under international blockade!

With such overwhelming odds such as an international blockade making it extremely difficult to rule, I felt it was important to give the Hamas government a chance to prove themselves. But not only has the “Palestinian parliament, which has a large Hamas majority, not convened” their “term effectively ended in January 2010, so it currently lacks constitutional legitimacy”1. Repeatedly, they reveal their true intention in one thing and one thing only – getting and keeping power and control over their lil fiefdom.

In providing some hope, their are those daring to speak out, such as Gaza Youth Break Out (GYBO) who wrote the Gaza Manifesto. But many of the youth have been targeted and imprisoned by the Gaza authorities, for doing so. It’s fine for those in solidarity to blame Israel and US to a certain point, then it is up to Palestine activists everywhere to draw attention and highlight this fact. We can no longer remain silent, the youth of Gaza need our support for opposing such oppression!

I never thought I would defend the corrupt PA, but imagine if one day they began to refuse entry to foreigners, for arbitrary reasons, and those coming in solidarity to resist the Israeli occupation and international embargo. That is exactly the case with Hamas! I believe their would be an immediate outcry by activists worldwide. In fact, the only reason Hamas won such an overwhelming majority of support is, according to GYBO: “We were tired of Fatah government’s corruption, wanted a change and hoped Hamas would be that change. That PRECISELY gives us the right to shout our anger at them, because they are responsible of us, responsible of our well-being, our security.”

It seems clear that Hamas is the next link in the chain of the victim becoming the oppressor. When will activists, rise up and start calling out the abuse of power, control and oppression from WITHIN Gaza?! It is up to us to FIRST stop building our own chains, that snakes and binds itself around our communities, and those who should be our most natural allies. And, if it is not stopped now – their grip on power will only grow stronger and more cemented in place making it much more difficult in the future.

Obviously, their are some perfectly good civil servants within the gov’t, but those in charge are running Gaza like a typical oppressive regime and police state. This has predictably already resulted into fear, mistrust and infighting amongst activists! Allah yustor.

So much for solidarity…it clearly appears the Gaza government has sadly become that which we, who are struggling for justice, must add to the long list of those to fight.


Dashed by the bearded traitor
from his decorated prison pen.

All I can do is sit and write
poems of exile
like so many of my brothers and sisters stuck in plight
denied, exiled and banished of the most basic human rights

Stuck in limbo
Waiting in vain

Where do we go from here
Or is it too late
did we already miss the train??

1. Hamas fears Palestinian elections will expose its waning popularity, Ha’aretz Feb 13, 11