- What is the value of a Palestinian life?
- Is the current Israeli bombing of
a feminist issue? Gaza
- What actions can those of us who are far away from
take to ensure solidarity with the Palestinian people? Palestine
Even though I had access to the internet, many years ago I was one of those people who believed the mainstream news when it came to the situation of
I do not think it is the responsibility of any Palestinian person, any Middle Eastern person or any Muslim or Jewish person to explain the history and current situation of
When Hamas is supposed to take full or the most responsibility for what is happening, then it does not matter how many bodies are shown on whatever mainstream channel. The HAMAS or the PALESTINIANS started it route precipitates regressive, defiant and indifference towards Palestinian lives. This is not objectivity but debased, fascist cruelty. The Western/objective version of events is that
I do not think it is an exaggeration to state that all of this is linked to the (non)value of a Palestinian life. This media bias is a manifestation of the Western propensity for colonialism and the Ideology of Peace (both betray its whiteness origins, but that we can all fall victim to) which are orchestrated through arms, occupations, an unerring belief in governments, political leaders and parties i.e. liberal Western democracy, an inroad into Middle Eastern politics to spread Western values, misogyny and Western guilt regarding the Holocaust. To people who want to shut down conversation around Palestinian-Israeli politics, it is anti-Semitism that underpins criticisms of
I want to go back a number of months to the 6th of March 2008 when UNIFEM hosted an International Women’s Day breakfast that featured speakers Wafa' Abdel Rahman (Palestinian) and Romy Shapira (Israeli) of the International Women's Commission (IWC). According to its website, the IWC “aims to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through immediate final status negotiations leading to a viable sovereign Palestinian state alongside the state of
So besides a feminist breakfast held at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre in a lavish hall with delicious toast, cakes, jams and a goody bag: What does anything to do with
There are also the facts of state (Israeli) torture of the women and men, 36% of women prisoners were sexually harassed or threatened with rape, and an overwhelming large percentage of the 10000 Palestinian prisoners are in Israeli prisons subject to military law. 40% of Palestinian men have been imprisoned in
Many women activists whether under the guise of feminism or not have written about how in anti-colonialism and anti-imperialism movements (as in others), women are not given the platform to speak, and/or fulfil more supportive roles while the men do the *real* work. At said Sydney protest, I did not hear Palestinian activist Rawan Abdul speak but heard only good things about her speech. It was also awesome to see a girl leading a chant with such passion, vigour and spirit – made all the more bittersweet from memory when reading about how Palestinian children are gravely affected. However there must be a space for all different female identities. So while I think it is important that mothers are generally not devalued, I do feel perturbed anytime *families* is the term on which justice must be based. It just seems like the word *family* is deployed in a heterosexist way most of the time - even though a lot of people come from or create a family that possesses many different meanings. Women are not just mothers – whether a woman has children or not, her life has intrinsic value. I cannot bear watching a Palestinian baby being put on a stretcher, but yes what about women? What about the women who do not have children, who are transgender and/or queer?
Peace...or something like it.