thepeoplesrecord:

Israel using illegal weapons in GazaJuly 21, 2014
Israeli occupation forces are using lethal and internationally banned weapons in their aggressive war against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, experts and witnesses said this morning.
Israeli warplanes fired white phosphorus munition in the eastern Gaza Strip. White phosphorus burns fiercely and can set cloth, fuel, ammunition and other materials on fire, and cause serious burns or death. It was heavily used by Israel during its savage war on Gaza in 2008/2009, and caused many severe casualties.
Meanwhile, witnesses said that the Israeli occupation used flechette bombs on Saturday in the Shujaya neighbourhood causing the death of 100 civilians in the bloodiest day Gaza has witnessed so far.
Doctors saw bodies with nail shrapnel, and removed them from the wounds of those who came into hospital. While, several people and journalists collected nails from bomb sites and posted their photos on Facebook.
In the early days of the Israeli war, Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert told a press conference in Al-Shifa Hospital that he found effects of DIME weapons on the bodies of the Palestinian casualties.
"A good number of the injuries seen here are consistent with the use of dense inert metal explosives, or DIME, that we saw during the 2009 attack and also in 2006," said Gilbert.
He continued: “The bodies are pretty much destroyed by the enormous energy released by the explosives that are shot near them or at them.”
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Illegal weapons supplied by $8.5 million daily aid from the US to Israel.

thepeoplesrecord:

Israel using illegal weapons in Gaza
July 21, 2014

Israeli occupation forces are using lethal and internationally banned weapons in their aggressive war against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, experts and witnesses said this morning.

Israeli warplanes fired white phosphorus munition in the eastern Gaza Strip. White phosphorus burns fiercely and can set cloth, fuel, ammunition and other materials on fire, and cause serious burns or death. It was heavily used by Israel during its savage war on Gaza in 2008/2009, and caused many severe casualties.

Meanwhile, witnesses said that the Israeli occupation used flechette bombs on Saturday in the Shujaya neighbourhood causing the death of 100 civilians in the bloodiest day Gaza has witnessed so far.

Doctors saw bodies with nail shrapnel, and removed them from the wounds of those who came into hospital. While, several people and journalists collected nails from bomb sites and posted their photos on Facebook.

In the early days of the Israeli war, Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert told a press conference in Al-Shifa Hospital that he found effects of DIME weapons on the bodies of the Palestinian casualties.

"A good number of the injuries seen here are consistent with the use of dense inert metal explosives, or DIME, that we saw during the 2009 attack and also in 2006," said Gilbert.

He continued: “The bodies are pretty much destroyed by the enormous energy released by the explosives that are shot near them or at them.”

Source

Illegal weapons supplied by $8.5 million daily aid from the US to Israel.

my resentment is with the dominant capitalist system that prioritizes maintaining a culture of excess for a privileged few, & the fact that their excess is only possible with a systematic deprivation of resources from other people. with the most horrible thing being that some of these resources are basic, necessary needs.

i agree that making the rich aware of how the poor have to make difficult choices even for the simplest things can help.. because i believe that empathy is a driver for change! so if they knew, they’d want to help do something about it. but then there’s also the fact that systems aren’t something cold & completely divorced from human activity. they are propped up, maintained & fiercely protected by a privileged elite that have a vested interest in maintaining that system. because they want to maintain their benefits. for these people, empathy is not enough. 

its-okei replied to your post “these days i can’t even stand to look at rich kids, especially those…”

Guilt is a mental affliction. If people are happy indulging, lucky them! Why resent it? After kindness and compassion, the third immeasurable is “joy in the joy of others”. Children do this easily before they are brainwashed by consumerist ideology.
xezene replied to your post“these days i can’t even stand to look at rich kids, especially those…”
I understand your feeling. But always try to keep the feeling in your heart that these are people. What truly separates the rich from the poor? The tall from the short? The big from the small? In the end, we all are human beings, living and dying.

thanks guys but you’re misunderstanding my anger. i’m not saying i hate the rich, or that i resent them & don’t want them to be happy. i resent that their enjoyment has to come at the expense of others (so many others) & that they are clueless as to who are suffering & how this suffering is like. my resentment is with the systems that prioritize their enjoyment rather than the basic needs of others. it is precisely the feeling of finding people to be equal, deserving of equal opportunities, that we are all human beings, that gives me this sadness. because this equality that i believe is inherent to our species is not reflected in the way people are treated nor the systems that distribute resources.

just because i want to show them who they are hurting whether deliberately or not, doesn’t mean i hate them. please don’t mischaracterize what i say. it comes from a position of love. my priority is the afflicted. my hatred is not for people but systems. people get caught up in systems & it is most likely not their fault. anyway, this all seems a bit pointless. if their feelings get hurt, they still have their money. someone like my friend whose feelings are hurt every day are the people i prioritize. & if i want other people who are enjoying every day with cluelessness to see how the systems breaks someone in order to give excessively to others - can you blame me?  would you not have wanted to show them too?

these days i can’t even stand to look at rich kids, especially those just rolling in their indulgence without guilt. it makes me too angry. i’ve known too many people, & i’ve lived it too, the difficulty of having to compromise, hide, stretch yourself, work harder, just for the same opportunities. today during the activism programme i talked a lot about my big aim of trying to ask for a more gender-neutral reading of the the qur’an & a less literalist experience of Islam that will help the marginalized. But I was also thinking a lot about class. Especially when it comes to youths & how they experience their education & academic life. How so much far ahead their richer friends are in so many different areas — social, financial, & psychological support. I have been so unhappy these past few days. I go home worrying about transport costs; my ez link card & how I don’t want to go out too much so I can save money (bet some don’t have to even think about that). And I really just want nothing more in my life than to shake these privileged people who are unaware they are sitting tall on a system that squashes so many people to give them their enjoyment. To take their hand & rip the curtain from their eyes & make them see how many people suffer so that the systems can give them their bacardis & parties & holidays to 5 different destinations in a year & their chanel bags. Then hopefully I want to sell their chanel bags & give the money to my friend who is struggling to just keep a roof over his family’s head, who had to spend all the money he earned in a month just for one more week of having a home.

Nearly 300 palestinian civilians dead. 1 Israeli civilian dead. & people STILL think it’s an equal battle. people STILL think that Israel is actually oppressed. Well they seem fine lounging around even being able to watch as rockets bomb Gaza while cheering every time one drops & burns. They’re not the ones being told to move away (move where? to the sea?) as an army is doing a ground offensive against them. In the future I hope these people feel nothing but burning shame for their support of an apartheid, brutal state. 

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The high plains of Oregon. One of my favorite areas. 

huffwell:

The high plains of Oregon. One of my favorite areas. 

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