"Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination and ended with mass murder. “The destructive process was a development that was begun with caution and ended without restraint,” Hilberg wrote. The Palestinians over the past few decades have endured a similar “destructive process.” They have gradually been stripped of basic civil liberties, robbed of assets including much of their land and often their homes, have suffered from mounting restrictions on their physical movements, been blocked from trading and business, especially the selling of produce, and found themselves increasingly impoverished and finally trapped behind walls and security fences erected around Gaza and the West Bank."

Chris Hedges: Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ (via azspot)

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outofthenest said: Can you please cite some of the ways in which Palestinians living in Israel are discriminated against?


This is a good resource. Some quotes:

  • Population Registry Law {1965} — Requires all residents of Israel to register their nationality [i.e., Jewish, Arab, Druze] with the Population Registry and obtain an identity card carrying this information. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Says: “a dual system of law discriminates between Jewish Israelis and indigenous Palestinians based on a constructed status of ‘Jewish nationality’. This prejudicial application of law is apparent in all processes of the legal system, from the rights to information and fair trial to detention and prison treatment.”
  • Family Unification {2003} — Under the 2003 policy for “family unification” non-citizen spouses and children of Arab Israeli citizens are prohibited from entering Israel [and living with their spouse/parent]. This means if you are a Palestinian from outside Israel, married to an Israeli, you are barred from living with your spouse in Israel. This does not apply to any other nationality beside Arabs. This “interim” provision has been regularly extended, most recently in January, 2011.
  • Absentee Property Law {No. 20, March 1950}A law to confiscate property from Palestinians inside the state of Israel. It confiscated land from 750,000 refugees ethnically cleansed from Palestine in 1947-49 and “internally displaced” Palestinians who remained in Israel. Before 1948, Palestinians owned 90% of the land in Palestine; in 1952 they owned 3%; today, they are a mostly a landless people. The law classifies the personal property of Palestinians forced to flee (or internally displaced) as “absentee property” and places it under the authority of the Custodian of Absentee Property.
  • Development Authority [Transfer of Property Law] {July 1950}Transfers confiscated Palestinian villages and private property to the Jewish National Fund — Jewish Agency [Status] Law {1952} and Jewish National Fund Law {1953} — Establishes the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency and the Jewish National Fund as organizations with governmental status in fulfilling Zionist objectives — the immigration and settlement of Jews in Palestine. Under a complicated interplay of Israel’s Basic Law, bestowing quasi governmental status and the transfer of “public land” to these agencies whose charters restrict the sale, transfer or lease of land to non-Jews, Israel has managed to prohibit non-Jewish [i.e., Palestinian] citizens from acquiring land or leasing land, including land taken from them under various statutes [see above]. 93% of the land in Israel has this prohibition.
  • National Planning and Building Law {1965}Creates a system of discriminatory zoning and freezes existing Arab villages while allowing expansion of Jewish settlements. It also re-classifies many Arab villages as “non-residential,” thereby creating “unrecognized villages” – villages that do not receive basic municipal services such as water and electricity; all buildings are threatened with demolition orders.
  • The Law of Political Parties {1982} — Bars the Registrar of Political Parties from registering a political party if it denies “the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic State.” In 2002 both Section 7A(1) of the Basic Law and Knesset and the Law of Political Parties were amended further to bar those whose goals or actions, directly or indirectly, “support armed struggle of an enemy state or of a terror organization, against the State of Israel.” These amendments were added expressly to curtail the political participation of Palestinian Arabs within Israel – such as Azmi Bishara – who have expressed solidarity with Palestinians resisting military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza.
  • The Emergency Powers (Detention) Law {1979} and the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance {1948} have been used to detain Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel without benefit of trial and without permitting contact with lawyers. The Criminal Procedure (Powers of Enforcement, Detentions) Law {1996} has been used to target Palestinian protests and make mass arrests to stifle political decent.
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Art History Meme [1/8] Artists
↳ Gustav Klimt

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We go forward.

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"Doomed to a total failure in a deaf world of ignorance and indifference he inexorably kept on cutting out his diamonds, his dazzling diamonds, the mines of which he had such a perfect knowledge." Igor Stravinsky

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How Hobby Lobby Came To Represent Christianity — While Progressives Got Left Behind


h/t: Michael Sherrard at TPM

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"Large corporate capitalism is a breed apart from smaller scale capitalism. The former can often avoid marketplace verdicts through corporate welfare, strip owner-shareholders of power over the top company bosses and offload the cost of their pollution, tax escapes and other “externalities” onto the backs of innocent people. Always evolving to evade the theoretically touted disciplines of market competition, efficiency and productivity, corporate capitalism has been an innovative machine for oppression."

The Myths of Big Corporate Capitalism (via azspot)

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One Percent’s Rental Nightmare: How Wall Street's Scheme Blew Up in Its Face

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Security, Refugees, and Profit at the U.S. Border 

July 11 2014

As record numbers of child migrants from Central America arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, journalist Todd Miller says the crisis should be a treated as a refugee issue, not a security issue

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"Is Hamas a by-product of the Israeli occupation? Yes. Just as Hezbollah is a by-product of the Israeli occupation of Lebanon, al-Shabab a by-product of Ethiopia’s occupation of Somalia, al-Qaeda of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and the Islamic State, of the US ’ occupation of Iraq. Historical records make that clear."

Marwan Bishara

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Chris Hedges: Assault on Gaza is Murder, Not War

Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command and control, no army — and calls it a war. It is not a war. It is murder.

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Sunset over Blue Mountains
Emil Nolde - 1938-1945


Sunset over Blue Mountains

Emil Nolde - 1938-1945

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Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies Anastasia Tsioulcas, npr.org
One of the most promi­nent Amer­i­can con­duc­tors, Lorin Maazel, died today at age 84. He died at home at Castle­ton Farms, Vir­ginia, from com­pli­ca­tions stem­ming from pneu­mo­nia. His death was announced by the Castle­ton Fes­ti­val, the…

RIP, Maestro


Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies
Anastasia Tsioulcas, npr.org

One of the most promi­nent Amer­i­can con­duc­tors, Lorin Maazel, died today at age 84. He died at home at Castle­ton Farms, Vir­ginia, from com­pli­ca­tions stem­ming from pneu­mo­nia. His death was announced by the Castle­ton Fes­ti­val, the…

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Classical music world cup, Day 32: Uruguay

Composer: Carlos Pedrell (1878 - 1941)

Work: Guitarrero from Trois Pièces (1928)

Performer: Antonio Rugolo

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