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The Gaza Freedom March: A Look Back

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Some two years ago I was in Cairo, Egypt alongside over 1,300 people from more than 40 different countries as a part of the Gaza Freedom March; our mission was to make it into the Gaza Strip during the one year anniversary of the massacre,?calling for an end to the siege of Gaza and for Egypt to open the Rafah border, allowing for Palestinians to travel in order to pursue work, study, medical treatment.

Freedom Marchers included Max Ajl, Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada, and Madea Benjamin of CodePink.

Only a handful were allowed into Gaza by the Mubarak regime and though I was not one of those permitted entry it changed my life, in ways I cannot describe in words. So where words fail I present video footage I took during my stay in Egypt as a part of the GFM.

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Students for Justice In Palestine Confronted By Pro-Israel Camp

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The Students for Justice in Palestine Conference, being held at Columbia University in New York, was wrapping up its final day in the city October 16th; a slew of students and college alumni from across the United States of America were attending workshops which discussed legal activism, student rights, divestment initiatives and Israeli Apartheid Week on US campuses.

Students registered for a number of workshops they found most applicable to their Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) organization as well as what interested them re: Israel-Palestine. I was heading to see a friend of mine, Adam Akkad, speak alongside Jewish-American activist Anna Baltzer on how to implement an effective divestment campaign on University campuses. During the fairly long trek towards Columbia University I took notice of a group of mature individuals converging in public view in what looked like a small protest in front of Columbia’s main entrance. I was drawn towards the?crowd?out of sheer energetic curiosity; Israeli flags soon engulfed my field of vision. Pro-Israel protesters had camped out in front one of Columbia University’s gates – the entrance-way which led to the main campus lawn. There was security present; two security officers who may or may not have been stationed at the University as per their usual routine and an NYPD officer who had parked his vehicle on the side of the nearest street.

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Black Discourse On Colonialism

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The likes of Frantz Fanon and Malcolm X unashamedly rejected all forms of imperialism/colonialism and thereby supported unified black identity. Fanon?s ?Black Skin, White Masks? is a must read re: African diaspora, subjugation of colonized, struggle for self-determination. Aim? C?saire?s ?Discourse on Colonialism? is another imperative response to hegemony and occupation, authored by a black leftist ? it is an open ?declaration of war? on colonialism.

“A civilization that proves incapable of solving the problems it creates is a decadent civilization.

A civilization that chooses to close its eyes to its most crucial problems is a stricken civilization.

A civilization that uses its principles for trickery and deceit is a dying civilization.

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Sabra-Shatila Refugee Camp, Lebanon: In Pictures

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During December-January of 2011 I had the opportunity to intern in a number of Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon. I have been meaning to document the overwhelming experience and have decided that I will do so in fragments; the following pictures were taken personally in the camp of Sabra and Shatila.

I will document my experience in the Sabra and Shatila Refugee Camp in an upcoming post.


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Interview: Sabra & Shatila

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This fairly concise audio clip was cropped from a larger interview I conducted in the Palestinian Refugee Camp known as ‘Sabra and Shatila’ located in Beirut, Lebanon – December 20th, 2010. I spent 4 hours in Sabra/Shatila, as a lone free-lance journalist and without any assistance from outside news agencies, non-government organizations etc.

As of this moment it is in the purest, unedited form – I have not yet had time to create an English transcript thus the audio is still in Arabic; the transcript, along with raw footage and more interviews, will be published fairly soon.

If the link above does not work please continue to the following url: http://www.archive.org/download/SabraShatila/Memo.mp3

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