Creating people's geographies
Courtesy Carlos Latuff, Mr. Fish, David Baldinger, Michael Leunig, Derkaoui Abdellah, Clay Bennett, Mazen Kerbaj, Egyptian football player Mohamed Aboutrika, Khalil Bendib, T. @ Boomerang, Za3tar, and Simon Farr.
From Carlos Latuff just before and during the vicious, inhumane attack on Gaza by Israeli airstrikes:
From Mr Fish:
From Mazen Kerbaj:
the Guardian 31 Dec 2008
May they rest in peace:
1- Eyad Al Ashram, Male, 26
2- Musleh Abu Ali, Male, 17
3- Jakline Abu shbak, Female, 17
4- Eyad abu Shabk, Male, 14
5- Basam Muhammad Ubaid, Male, 45
6- Basam Ubaid, Male, 15
7- Hamza Al jamal, Male, 40
8- Abdallah Abd Rabu, Male, 4
9- Ibrahim Alzain, Male, 25
10- Mustafa Zaghloul, Male, 32
11- Hamada Abd Al hameed, Male, 29
12- Saeed Al hasheem, Male, 23
13- Husain Al batsh, Male, 27
14- Samah Zaydan Asalya, Female, 17
15- Salwa Zaydan Asalya, Female, 23
16- Tala’t Dardona, Male, 29
17- Mustafa Abu Jalala, Male, 28
18- Hasan Safi, Male, 25
19- Abdallah Abu Shaira, Male, 18
20- Mutasim Abd Rabu, Male, 24
21- Hamada Saleh Al abad, Male, 16
22- Mustafa Manon, Male, 22
23- Muhammad Sleem, Male, 24
24- Muhammad Abdalrahman Shhab, Male, 23
25- Ali Al Kitnani, Male, 15
26- Tal’at Dardona, Male, 17
27- Sana Ghad Al abed Saleh, Female, 16
28- Ahmed Albatsh, Male, 16
29- Muslih Muhamad Muslih, Male, 17
30- Thabet Junied, Male
31- Sultan Al zain, Male
32- Mustafa Abu Jalala, Male
33- Muhammad Al atar, Male
34- Nael Abu Alon, Male, 20
35- Muhammad Abd Al mouti Sleem, Male,
36- Saed Dabour, Male, 28
37- Hamada Saed, Male
38- Mahmoud Rayan, Male
39- Jedjad Hatem Abu Hlayal, Male
40- Thari Abu Aubaid, Male
41- Tamer Weshah, Male
42- Ahmed Saleh Abd Al rahman, Male
43- Muhammad Abd Al qader Oqylan, Male
44- Hasan Abu Harb, Male
45- Abd Al rahman Atallah, Male, 60
46- Ibrahim Attalah, Male, 30
47- Sua’d Atallah
53- Unknown in Khan Yonis City
54- Unknown in Khan Yonis City
May they rest in peace, and may the Fascist perpetrators of this crime pay a heavy price in blood and tears.
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Thanks very much, 99. Kudos to the brilliant Mr Fish.
Of course, modern ethnic cleansing by devout ultra-orthodox jews is only continuing the tradition of what is recounted in their holy books with the slaughter and rape of everyone in Canaanite towns, and the rejoicing at the death of a child in every Egyptian household before the invasion of Canaan. The Book of Joshua is nothing but a glorification of genocide and a list of spoils divided. Other books in the OT are almost as bad. Until Jews and Christians official reject Joshua (and similar books) as texts inspired by evil rather than good, they should all be considered apologists for genocide. Indeed, holding these books as holy can only encourage genocide.
Very interesting observations, Dave. Agree with you entirely as to the horrifying character of some of the unabridged rants in the Old Testament, but it’s a real challenge to draw a line directly from A to Zed, from literature to culture, whilst skipping all the letter stops in between. There are quite a few more ingredients before you can make a cake out of high criticism in religious literature.
I’ve been looking for someone to hold responsible for the Holocaust on Islam, a.k.a. the GWOT, for a long time, and of course the orthodox where the first in the lineup of the usual suspects. But the more I study the more my intuition tells me that the orthodox in all three traditions of Abraham are being hung out to dry by institutions that are not motivated by religion and are much more well funded than ascetic communities.
When he was hired by the U.S. government to recruit and lead Jihadists to undermine the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden was a highly valued employee of the federal government. And very few people in leadership positions in the U.S. government are orthodox anything. We don’t know. Osama bin Laden’s services might still be highly prized as a highly effective influence on American public opinion who has obtained excellent results for conservative politicians. His taped speeches just happen to coincide with major U.S. policy initiatives and elections, and the conservative herd responds as if they were being managed by the best sheep dog on the planet. The land of the free and the brave cries like school children when Osama bin Laden makes a video tape.
And all the kings horses and all the kings men are supposedly looking for Osama bin Laden, but somehow someone has managed not to find him. The United States can listen to anyone’s telephone conversations anywhere in the world. (I’m sure the great debate isn’t lost on anyone that it’s wrong to spy on Americans but its okay to do it to everyone else. It’s wrong to torture American citizens, but everyone else is fair game. Anything can be rationalized for national security.) We have satellites that can read my newspaper better than I can with my bifocals anywhere on the planet. We can read your emails before you press the send button. We can low-jack anybody with RFID and look up their GPS coordinates up on Google Earth. We can examine anyone’s bank records anywhere in the world simply by asking for the information. No bank has ever refused access that we know of. Now we even have banking agreements with Iran, thanks to president Ahmadinejad. See also The Fanonite: Iran wins again.
None of these operations are being conducted by orthodox religious people or even on their behalf. It is in someone’s interest to frame terrorism as an act of religious zealotry rather than an act of self defense and patriotism or nationalism, which are protected rights in the West. Israel was created by secular Jews who openly find orthodox Jews repugnant, and most of the U.S. money and influence funding Israel’s crimes against humanity doesn’t come from people who take their religion seriously. In fact, the really good rabbis will tell you straight out that the idea that Israel is a piece of real estate is blasphemy.
Of course, if you want to colonize the West Bank, the only people who are crazy enough make a living trying it are the orthodox. But you have to follow the money and you’ll see who is paying the orthodox to colonize the West Bank. You know they’re not making a ton of money chopping down Palestinian olive groves directly, so they must have some other source of income. Anna Baltzer, a Fulbright Scholar, has documented how much Israel pays the settlers to colonize the West Bank and the soldiers who support them in her book Witness in Palestine.
But I digress. Your original point was that some parts of the OT aren’t the highest expression of Western humanitarian values. That’s certainly true. But all the major religions have that problem. Even Buddhism has had its share of infamous schisms and internecine feuds. But I think almost everyone who takes their religion seriously today, in any religion, understands the context of human understanding in which those texts were produced. Of course every year there are dozens of start up hate ventures initiated by zealots of one denomination or the next. Everyone probably remembers Jim Jones?
Spelunking ancient literature is not something that you should let the kids do at home. Nevertheless, some kids get a hold of the materials and make a mess of themselves and everyone else. I always save something kind to say for the millions of believers who do not get misled by people like that and who take the ideas of human unity and community and service very seriously. I was raised by missionaries.
Ressentiment: You say… “We can examine anyone’s bank records anywhere in the world simply by asking for the information. No bank has ever refused access that we know of” – Actually, Swiss and Luxemborg banks are getting into trouble with EU agencies because they DO refuse.
You say “But I think almost everyone who takes their religion seriously today, in any religion, understands the context of human understanding in which those texts were produced”. Almost everyone? Consider (in a less emotive issue) the proportion of US Christians who reject Darwin: almost 50%.
If individuals (whether a minority or not) can be charged for hate speech, or inciting violence, (and Ruddock was trying to change these laws so that the “reasonable listener” test was irrelevant, the speaker/publisher needing to take into account the resulting actions of irrational audiences) then quoting texts like Joshua with approval, the slaughter of people because they are not Jewish, and implying that this is the will of a deity and therefore a good thing, is not different to the mad mullahs (who ARE charged) claiming that it is ok to kill unbelievers.
Further, as Zionists (whether Israeli or US christians) demand that leaders in the moslem world to explicitly reject violence and the so-called “sword verses” of the Q’ran, then Zionists cannot object to any demand that Israeli leaders explicitly and publicly reject Joshua.
Without explicit rejections of the “genocide verses” of Jewish and Christian texts, Zionist attitudes will continue to be fostered. Such rejections won’t solve the problem, but they will help to moderate it.
just recently become aware of mr fish. brilliant stuff.
2014. Again. http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/victims-gaza-list-palestinians-killed-israels-ongoing-assault
Tuesday, July 8:
1. Mohammed Sha’aban, 24, was killed in a bombing of his car in Gaza City.
2. Ahmad Sha’aban, 30, died in the same bombing.
3. Khadir al-Bashiliki, 45, died in the same bombing.
4. Rashad Yaseen, 27, was killed in a bombing of the Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.
5. Riad Mohammed Kawareh, 50, was killed in a bombing of his family’s home in Khan Younis.
6. Seraj Ayad Abed al-A’al, 8, was wounded in the same bombing and succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday evening.
7. Mohammed Ayman Ashour, 15, died in the same bombing.
8. Bakr Mohammed Joudah, 22, died in the same bombing.
9. Ammar Mohammed Joudah, 26, died in the same bombing.
10. Hussein Yousef Kawareh, 13, died in the same bombing.
11. Mohammed Ibrahim Kawareh, 50, died in the same bombing.
12. Bassim Salim Kawareh, 10, died in the same bombing.
13. Mousa Habib, 16, from Gaza City’s al-Shujaiyah neighborhood, was killed along with his 22-year old cousin while the pair were riding a motorcycle.
14. Mohammed Habib, 22, was killed with Mousa Habib.
15. Sakr Aysh al-Ajouri, 22, was killed in an attack on Jabaliyah, in northern Gaza.
16. Ahmad Na’el Mehdi, 16, from Gaza City’s Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, was killed in a bombing that wounded two of his friends.
17. Hafiz Mohammed Hamad, 30, an Islamic Jihad commander, was killed in the bombing of his home in Beit Hanoun, along with five of his family members.
18. Ibrahim Mohammed Hamad, 26, died in the same bombing.
19. Mehdi Mohammed Hamad, 46, died in the same bombing.
20. Fawzia Khalil Hamad, 62, died in the same bombing.
21. Dunia Mehdi Hamad, 16, died in the same bombing.
22. Suha Hamad, 25, died in the same bombing.
23. Suleiman Salman Abu Soaween, 22
Wednesday, July 9:
24. Abdelhadi Jamaat al-Sufi, 24, was killed in a bombing near the Rafah crossing.
25. Naifeh Farjallah, 80, was killed in an airstrike on the town of Moghraqa, southwest of Gaza City.
26. Abdelnasser Abu Kweek, 60, was killed in the bombing of Gaza’s central governorate along with his son.
27. Khaled Abu Kweek, 31, Abdelnasser Abu Kweek’s son, was killed in the same bombing.
28. Amir Areef, 13, died in a bombing in Sha’af.
29. Mohammed Malkiyeh, one and a half years old, died in a bombing along with his mother and a young man.
30. Amniyeh Malkiyeh, 27, Mohammed Malkiyeh’s mother, died in the same bombing.
31. Hatem Abu Salem, 28, died in the same bombing.
32. Mohammed Khaled al-Nimri, 22
33. Sahar Hamdan, 40, died in the bombing of her home in Beit Hanoun.
34. Ibrahim Masri, 14, Sahar Hamdan’s son, was killed in the same bombing.
35. Sumoud al-Nawasra, a mother, was killed in a bombing along with her two children.
36. Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra, 4, arrived at the hospital “in shreds.”
37. Nidal Khalaf al-Nawasra, a child of unreported age, died along with Mohammed and Sumoud.
38. Salah Awwad al-Nawasra, was killed in the same bombing. His body was found under the rubble of the house.
39. Aisha Nijm
40. Amal Youssef Abdel Ghafour
41. Ranim Jawde Abdel Ghafour, a young girl
42. Rashid al-Kafarneh, 30, was killed when the motorcycle he was riding was bombed.
43. Ibrahim Daoud al-Balawi, 24
44. Abdelrahman Jamal al-Zamli, 22
45. Ibrahim Ahmad Abideen, 42
46. Mustafa Abu Mar, 20
47. Khalid Abu Mar, 23
48. Mazen Farj al-Jarbah, 30
49. Marwan Slim, 27
50. Hani Saleh Hamad, 57, was killed in a bombing in Beit Hanoun along with his son Ibrahim.
51. Ibrahim Hamad, 20, was killed in the same bombing.
52. Salima Hassan Musallim al-Arja, 60, was killed in a bombing in Rafah that wounded five others.
53. Maryam Atieh Muhammad al-Arja, 11, was killed in the same bombing.
54. Hamad Shahab, 27
55. Ibrahim Khalil Qanun, 24, was killed in a bombing of Khan Younis.
56. Muhammad Khalil Qanun, 26, was killed in the same attack.
57. Hamdi Badieh Sawali, 33, was killed in the same attack.
58. Ahmad Sawali, 28, was killed in the same attack.
59. Suleiman al-Astal, 55
60. Muhammad al-Aqqad, 24
61. Ra’ed Shalat, 37, was killed in a bombing that wounded 6 others.
Thursday, July 10:
62. Asma Mahmoud al-Hajj was killed in a bombing in Khan Younis that killed eight members of the same family and wounded 16 other people.
63. Basmah Abdelfattah al-Hajj, 57, was wounded in the bombing and succumbed to her injuries shortly afterwards.
64. Mahmoud Lutfi al-Hajj, 58, died in the same bombing.
65. Tarek Sa’ad al-Hajj died in the same bombing.
66. Sa’ad Mahmoud al-Hajj died in the same bombing.
67. Najla Mahmoud al-Hajj died in the same bombing.
68. Fatima al-Hajj died in the same bombing.
69. Omar al-Hajj died in the same bombing.
70. Ahmad Salim al-Astal was killed in the bombing of a beach house in Khan Younis that critically wounded more than 15 people.
71. Mousa Mohammed was killed in the same bombing. The two bodies were recovered four hours after the bombing.
72. Ra’ed al-Zawareh, 33, succumbed to his wounds and died. The location of his death was unreported.
73. Baha’ Abu al-Leil, 35, was killed in a bombing.
74. Salim Qandil, 27, was killed in the same bombing.
75. Omar al-Fyumi, 30, was killed in the same bombing.
76. Abdullah Ramadan Abu Ghazzal, 5, was killed in a bombing in Beit Lahiya.
77. Ismail Hassan Abu Jamah, 19, was killed in a bombing of Khan Younis that injured two children, one critically.
78. Yasmin Mohammed al-Mutawwaq, 4 was killed in a bombing.
79. Mahmoud Wulud was killed in a bombing of a civilian vehicle in northern Gaza. His remains were taken to Kamal Adwan Hospital in Jabaliya.
80. Hazem Balousha was killed in the same bombing. His remains are at Kamal Adwan Hospital.
81. Alaa Abdelnabi was killed in the same bombing. His remains are at Kamal Adwan Hospital.
82. Ahmad Zaher Hamdan, 22, died of injuries sustained in northern Gaza.
83. Mohammed Kamal al-Kahlout