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On Monday, March 14, Israeli snipers opened fire on unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza. At least 52 were killed and over 750 injured from the live fire, which used expanding bullets that collapse bone upon impact. The Israelis also used drones to drench the protesters with tear gas.

Since March 30, Palestinians in Gaza have been peacefully protesting for an end to the 11-year-long siege and the right to return to the lands and villages they were displaced from in 1948. Israel has responded with lethal force, killing over 90 protesters since the start of the demonstrations.

Congress must condemn Israel’s massacres, reaffirm the right of all people to gather in peaceful protest, and demand an end to the siege of Gaza.

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  • chantal dubeck
    commented 2018-05-15 21:11:35 -0400
    Follow up on my previous posts from before : Thank you to these great people for taking a stand for Palestine, Senators : Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy , Congressmen and women : Tulsi Gabbard, Barbara Lee, Steve Cohen, John Yarmuth David Price, Gerry Connolly, Representatives : Alan Lowenthal, Betty McCollum, Pramila Jayaypal, Keith Ellison, Ro Khanna, Danny K Davies, Don Beyer, Jim McGovern, Mark Pocan, Jamie, Raskin, Loyd Daggett, Earl Blumenauer, Jan, Schakowsky. . There are no words to describe the way I feel except to say Thank You, standing up for Palestine is the right thing to do, and more and more things have to change so that Palestinians can have peace , their own Embassy and lands and dignity back. There is much to do to repair the injustice they have suffered at our hands, lets make it right.
    Maybe the rest of the government can all get copies of the wonderful books: “Against our better judgment” by Alison Weir, and “The Lemon Tree” by Sandy Tolan. It is never too late to make things right, on this Nakba day, I thank you for a small start.
  • neysha sima
    commented 2018-05-15 16:14:00 -0400
    “We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “War settles nothing.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • chantal dubeck
    commented 2018-05-15 14:48:27 -0400
    Glad that the World knows and is outraged by the actions of Israel and the killings of many Palestinians. Nikki Haley has insulted Gazans , Palestinians in the West Bank, and all Palestinians by that ignorant speech this morning. Hamas has no presence in the West Bank, and does not control Gazan’s and their rights to protest. Lets reverse this and see what the Israeli’s and the world would do then if it was them? Hamas protests for freedom. Gazan’s protest for their freedom and the entirety of Palestine protest for their freedoms.It seems that the US only concern is the right to exist of the Israeli’s, certainly not the Palestinians people. I am still waiting BTW, for the Democrats to issues a comment condemning the actions of Israel. Please stop thinking AIPAC for one minute and show decency.
  • neysha sima
    commented 2018-05-15 13:02:01 -0400
    “I come from there and I have memories
    Born as mortals are, I have a mother
    And a house with many windows,
    I have brothers, friends,
    And a prison cell with a cold window.
    Mine is the wave, snatched by sea-gulls,
    I have my own view,
    And an extra blade of grass.
    Mine is the moon at the far edge of the words,
    And the bounty of birds,
    And the immortal olive tree.
    I walked this land before the swords
    Turned its living body into a laden table.

    I come from there. I render the sky unto her mother
    When the sky weeps for her mother.
    And I weep to make myself known

    To a returning cloud.
    I learnt all the words worthy of the court of blood
    So that I could break the rule.
    I learnt all the words and broke them up
    To make a single word: Homeland…"

    by Mahmoud Darwish (poem)
  • neysha sima
    commented 2018-05-15 12:46:52 -0400 · Flag
    Human Rights June 27,2015

    Human rights for you and me
    Palestinian children living free

    People free without a tear
    Children playing without fear
    Irish children white, orange and green
    A united Ireland without the queen
    A new Ireland for me and you
    Living in peace with thirty-two
    No death squads in our country
    Make killing is a memory of our past
    First nation people have their land
    No dividing line in the sand
    Mount Rushmore Mountain Time for change
    Those faces on the rock

    Free the people you and me
    First Nations people must be free
    Africa, Madiba’s dream
    Eyes blind to bigotry
    He showed the world the way
    Let the people have their say
    Black Americans locked in jail
    The justice system did surely fail
    Homeless people, you know what I mean
    Give them a home, the American dream
    Feed the people, ban the bomb
    The politicians got it wrong
    Make our world a better place
    Save our children and the human race
    Human rights for you and me
    Palestinian children living free

    Gerrard McGeachy
    Copyright © Gerrard McGeachy | Year Posted 2016
  • neysha sima
    commented 2018-05-15 12:23:34 -0400
    By Aida Qasim

    Salt of the earth
    Lead me to the water
    Noble sons and daughters
    Of this
    Free earth
    That spreads through
    Your mother’s land
    All the birds
    And olive trees
    Prostrate
    At your feet
    At the hills
    Of resistance
    Salt of the earth
    Lead me to the water
    Heroic fathers and mothers
    Of the torch bearers
    Between the links
    Of your shackles
    I see the light
    Of the Galilee
    Baptizing wounded doves
    Salt of the earth
    Lead me to the water
    Valiant Strugglers
    For liberation and self determination
    I see rays of
    Freedom and Dignity
    Over the horizon
    Salt of the earth
    Lead me to the water

    – Aida Qasim is a Palestinian American social worker and poet living in Princeton, New Jersey. She contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com.
  • neysha sima
    commented 2018-05-15 12:04:07 -0400
    In Jerusalem

    BY MAHMOUD DARWISH
    TRANSLATED BY FADY JOUDAH

    “In Jerusalem, and I mean within the ancient walls,
    I walk from one epoch to another without a memory
    to guide me. The prophets over there are sharing
    the history of the holy … ascending to heaven
    and returning less discouraged and melancholy, because love
    and peace are holy and are coming to town.
    I was walking down a slope and thinking to myself: How
    do the narrators disagree over what light said about a stone?
    Is it from a dimly lit stone that wars flare up?
    I walk in my sleep. I stare in my sleep. I see
    no one behind me. I see no one ahead of me.
    All this light is for me. I walk. I become lighter. I fly
    then I become another. Transfigured. Words
    sprout like grass from Isaiah’s messenger
    mouth: “If you don’t believe you won’t be safe.”
    I walk as if I were another. And my wound a white
    biblical rose. And my hands like two doves
    on the cross hovering and carrying the earth.
    I don’t walk, I fly, I become another,
    transfigured. No place and no time. So who am I?
    I am no I in ascension’s presence. But I
    think to myself: Alone, the prophet Muhammad
    spoke classical Arabic. “And then what?”
    Then what? A woman soldier shouted:
    Is that you again? Didn’t I kill you?
    I said: You killed me … and I forgot, like you, to die.”

    Mahmoud Darwish, “In Jerusalem” from The Butterfly’s Burden, translated by Fady Joudah. Copyright © 2007 by Mahmoud Darwish. Translation copyright © 2007 by Fady Joudah. Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc. on behalf of Copper Canyon Press, www.coppercanyonpress.org.
    Fred Courtright
    The Permissions Company Inc
    Rights Agency for Copper Canyon Press

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  • chantal dubeck
    commented 2018-05-15 11:51:27 -0400 · Flag
    Just watched Nikky Haley speak. It is very hard to remain calm when one has to listen to such lies. I guess the US really has no integrity anymore when it comes to Palestine, it really never had. Blaming Hamas has been the rationale for a long time. Every “operation one thing or other” has been to start and get a reaction from people who actually are in an open air prison, where they are rationed electricity, food, medical treatments and jobs. Yesterday, they were protesting 70 years of this, " A land without people for people without land" that was the propaganda in 1948. Except that there were people in these lands. And these lands were theirs, they had to leave, with most of their belongings, furniture, everything remaining, because others decided to give out their lands because of the guilt of the Holocaust. So they make it seem like there were no one there. We know there was. Yesterday as Netanyahu and his extremists friends celebrated their 70 years of land thievery, the US had chosen this date to stick it to Palestine. I am ashamed of the deaths, I am ashamed of being a US citizen, and I do not support, do you hear Nikki Haley ? I do not support what the US is doing to Palestinians, so do not use my name to justify what our government is doing to Palestinians.
  • Bill Samuel
    commented 2018-05-15 11:32:01 -0400
    It’s a nice idea to allow us to edit our emails. However, that is only an idea. The form does not actually allow one to edit the text. I would like to say more than just the one short paragraph, but the form does not allow that.
  • Brian O'Keefe
    commented 2018-05-14 20:48:10 -0400
    Oh Ariel, you are so ignorant of facts otherwise you wouldn’t make such statements. You don’t know anything about the border, why it’s there or the context it has within the theft of Palestine by the Zionists. But as I suspect that you are a fan of our prez, a chap named Dump or Chump or something that sounds like that, and what may be his view, and apparently yours, I offer this from The Onion:
    “WASHINGTON—After spending the better part of Monday afternoon watching live television coverage of the demonstrations in the hotly contested Gaza Strip, Donald Trump declared himself “absolutely fascinated” by the Israeli cultural tradition of slaughtering protestors. “It’s very beautiful, such a beautiful custom,” said Trump of the cherished Israeli pastime of mowing down unarmed Palestinians with rifle fire. “They’ve been doing this for years, but this is the first time I got a chance to watch the whole ritual. It’s really something, very powerful. Other countries use just tear gas, but here, they outright murder people for throwing glass bottles. I can really see something like this catching on in the United States.” Trump added he was “particularly moved” by the portion of the festivities that celebrated a 13-year-old Palestinian boy becoming a dead man.”
  • Francis Collins
    commented 2018-05-14 20:14:50 -0400
    To Ariel,
    Yes Israel always blames everthing on Hamas, but Hams is not controlling this, they are not even that popular. None of those protestors are armed excep a few with pipe bombs that can not even reach the Israeli’s. most of whwat I’ve seen is video’s of people just holding the Palestinian flag and being shot in the knees. The video’s don’t lie The Red Cross and Human Rights Watch do not lie. The Israel’s are purposely shooting people in the lower extremities to cause permanent disabilities and journalist and children and women are being targeted especiaklly if you have a camera. The blockade is violence. 54 killed just today. Injured thousands. The International criminal court is monitering these war crimes Israel will have to pay for it’s war crimes.
  • chantal dubeck
    commented 2018-05-14 20:07:37 -0400
    Francis , you are right as well. Kamala Harris has been bought by AIPAC like most of our congress and senate. Bernie Sanders is one of the few senators who supports Palestinians rights. A few others as well. They have bought the propaganda about them defending themselves, when they actually are the occupiers. It is maddening. How can an occupied people be a threat to anyone ? If this was reversed and it was the Jews that were occupied this way again, this would have been over a long time ago.
  • chantal dubeck
    commented 2018-05-14 20:03:10 -0400
    Who would Israeli’s blame for their violence and use as an excuse to do it and kill innocents if they didn’t have Hamas ? Hezbollah, Iran, …Take responsibility for the genocide you are committing. You are NOT the only ones with rights. STOP violating Palestinians rights !
  • Ariel S
    commented 2018-05-14 19:45:05 -0400
    These are not peaceful protests. Protest all you want, but stay on your side of the border and if you are going to resort to violence, for God’s sake don’t bring little children.

    Hamas is completely to blame for the violence and its use of kids as human shields should be condemned universally.
  • Francis Collins
    commented 2018-05-14 17:37:01 -0400
    Hi this is Francis, I agree with Chantell that democrats are a part of supporting the apartheid government of Israel not just Shumer but Kamala Harris who might be think ing of running for president and is getting cozy with AIPAC. i sent her an email about the draconian laws against BDS and she sent me back an email about how Israel has a right to defend itself and the two state solution balony Dian Feinstein has almost the same response about the dead two state solution. And anyway do the Palestinians not have the right to defend themselves from home demolitions and occupation and segregated roads blacade and discrimination etc.? Kamala Harris email for any one who wants to send her something about this is www.harris.senat.gov
  • chantal dubeck
    commented 2018-05-14 17:20:45 -0400
    Forgot to add, even Democrats like Schumer is for the Embassy move. AIPAC rules our government and it shouldn’t be.I resent having my tax money supporting the occupation and genocide of Palestinians. Lets vote him out and all the supporters of this injustice. It’s been 70 years and it’s enough !
  • Lisa Petrie
    commented 2018-05-14 17:03:05 -0400
    The US should be imposing sanctions on Israel, not rewarding them with a new US embassy in Jerusalem.
  • Francis Collins
    commented 2018-05-14 16:56:19 -0400 · Flag
    Not one Israeli soldier dead, 100 Israeli snipers on the border of Gaza and Israel, thousands of Palestinians protesting thier right of return which when Israel became a state promised and was granted the right of return by the United Nations, After Israel expelled 180,000 Palestinians from Palestine which became Israel. Israel won’t let them return because they are not Jewish.
    I am appaled at the carnage going on in Gaza. Israel is commiting war crimes shooting dead 74 persons some journalist and some as young as fifteen. Even though some of them are throwing pipe bombs that can not reach the Israeli soldiers mostly the protesters are peacful and some who have been killed were just holding Palestinian flags. acording to the Red Cross Israel is purposly shooting people in the legs causing permenant disabilities and amputations. more than a 1,000 injured. And please don’t send me an email about the two state solution because it has long been dead. The Liqud platform say’s there will be no Palestinian state west of the Jordan river and you know Netanyahu was caught promising the settlers there would never be a two state solution.. And now that the U.S. embassy is being opened in Jerusalem and declaring jerusalem as Israel’s capital shows the U.S. is not an honest broker.
  • chantal dubeck
    commented 2018-05-14 16:52:51 -0400
    This is a complete disgrace. Today is Nakba day, the day of the catastrophe. Protesting is the only way Palestinians have to take a stand. Killing people and blaming Hamas like the US always does is completely irresponsible. These people are occupied, have been for years. Take Hamas away and I guarantee you that Israel would do the exact same thing. I am ashamed.
  • Kathy Schoggen Watson
    commented 2018-05-14 15:20:48 -0400
    Agreed, Israel and the U.S. must be held accountable.
  • John Maxwell
    commented 2018-05-14 15:08:10 -0400
    Israel and the U.S. must be held accountable.
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  • Marian Cruz
    commented 2018-05-14 14:34:37 -0400
    On May 14, Israel again opened fire on unarmed protesters in Gaza, killing at least 52. I ask you to immediately condemn Israel’s use of lethal force against peaceful protesters. All people must be guaranteed the right to demonstrate peacefully for freedom and dignity. Speak out to stop Israeli massacres and call for an end to the siege of Gaza.
  • neysha sima
    commented 2018-04-11 22:54:44 -0400
    Ernest Hemmingway

    “They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.
    But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying.
    You will die like a dog for no good reason.”
  • neysha sima
    commented 2018-04-11 22:49:38 -0400
    Ernest Hemmingway

    “They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.
    But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying.
    You will die like a dog for no good reason”
  • Jodee Scott-Fyfe
    commented 2018-04-10 11:30:33 -0400
    I am embarrased to be an American whose leaders allow this genocide and violence to continue, especially since we give so much financial support to Israel. Unacceptable human rights abuses that are ao blatent and the world is watching and sees our complicity. I am especially embarrased about our use of the veto at the UN. What a circus we have turned that governing body into. It is a joke on us. We are Israel’s puppet. It is time to stand up and take back America and regain our morality and human rights stance.
  • Brian O'Keefe
    commented 2018-04-10 10:00:16 -0400
    “Though violence is not lawful, when it is offered in self-defence or for the defence of the defenceless, it is an act of bravery far better than cowardly submission. The latter befits neither man nor woman. Under violence, there are many stages and varieties of bravery. Every man must judge this for himself. No other person can or has the right.”

    Mahatma Ghandi
  • neysha sima
    commented 2018-04-09 23:23:19 -0400
    “My main aim in ‘Gandhi’ was to project him as the vanguard of non-violence.
    Nowhere in the world has a movement of non-cooperation sans violence received so much support from masses as Gandhi’s movement in India did. He was, to a great extent, responsible for freeing his nation from the British Raj\”
    Richard Attenborough
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