Anonymous said: How much land was actually "given" to the Israelis by the UN, as Israelis claim?

pax-arabica:

I take it you mean the 1947 partition plan. Alright, this might be a tad bit long, but let’s talk about that, shall we?

The 1947 partition plan, was a framework proposed by the UN in an attempt to divide historical Palestine into 2 states for 2 peoples. This was to be implemented at the end of the British Mandate of Palestine. There would be as they named it one “Arab state”, and one “Jewish state”. Jerusalem would remain an international city open for all.

Unsurprisingly, the Palestinians and the rest of the Arabs, refused this. Why? Let’s go over the basics. And I mean the very bare basics, you could write a book on this, so I’m just sticking to the essentials.

A common argument I see from a lot of pro-Israelis, is that Palestinians had the chance to have peace, and have a state of their own if they had just accepted this plan. The state we could have gotten, would have been much larger and all of this fighting would have been unnecessary.

As you know, historical Palestine has always had a Jewish community. This was never contested, there never were issues with the indigenous Jewish Palestinians.

No, the root of the matter truly began with Zionism. Zionism was an ideology developed by Theodor Herzl (and others) that promoted the creation of a Jewish state. This ideology in practice is basically very heavy on the settler colonialism. If you read any of Herzl’s books you will find them chock full of “White man’s burden” mimicry, and other examples that would make any colonial proud.

There were many candidates for the location of this Jewish state, including Argentina, but in the end they chose Palestine, despite the fact that Palestine was already inhabited.

The first significant waves of European Zionist migration began at the end of the 19th century. So in the 1880s upward. The partition plan was proposed in 1947. So by the time this plan came along, the vast majority of the Zionist population in Palestine had barely been on the land for a few decades, at most.

Despite this massive immigration to Palestine, the Zionist population was still a minority. The most generous of estimates are that they made up only a third of the population, and owned land no more than 6-7% of historical Palestine.

So what exactly were the specifics of the partition plan?

The “Arab” state, despite the Arab Palestinians being the vast majority, would receive ~43% of the land of historical Palestine, relegating them to the mountainous regions, a third of the coast, and losing any access to the red sea.

The “Jewish” state, despite the Zionists being a minority with not a single district outside of Yaffa having a Jewish population majority (port city, most immigrants off the boat ended there), were given around ~56% of the land of historical Palestine. With the majority of the coastline and fertile agricultural lands.

Btw, just to show how small the Zionist population was, even the “Jewish” state would have only had a 55% Jewish population.

So, answer me this: Why should the indigenous population give up more than half of their historical homeland? What sense would that make? And not only that, they’d be giving it up for a minority of newcomers fresh off the boat. Who in their right mind would not resist this?

This is not a question of living together peacefully, the only way Zionists could have their self determination in this context was to deny Palestinians their self determination. The only way they could have a Jewish state with a vast Jewish majority (A Zionist goal), was if the Palestinians were removed from the picture. And we were.

Just so you understand what I mean by this, here is but one example of a quote from David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel in 1948:

"We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population."

So when people ask me why we didn’t accept the 1947 partition plan..the only thing I can think of is this line by Ghassan Kanafani:

“They rob you of your bread, but leave you a small chunk, they then command you to thank them for their generosity. Oh their audacity.”

riseabovethemadness:

This Bitter Earth/On the Nature of Daylight || Dinah Washington & Max Richter

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heyfranhey:

Whipped Green Tea & Coconut Oil Moisturizer (Light)

Having scraped out every last bit of coconut oil, it was time to whip up a replacement. A gallon-sized Costco tub is better for hand access but not so much for a tiny bathroom. Which brings us to a perfectly good invention: green lotion. Something that’s totally awesome for your skin.

You might remember green-tea infused oil from this SPF lip balm. I love this stuff. You get the benefits of coconut oil and green tea all in one. Coconut oil hydrates without clogging pores, and green tea can actually reverse sun damage. Whipping it makes a nice frothy texture that’s easier to apply and feels less greasy (if that bothers you). And did I mention that it’s green? No it won’t turn your skin green, but it does make me smile every time I see it.
 
Recipe here.

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"There are at least three ways in which [U.S. foreign] aid to Israel is different from that of any other country. First, since 1982, U.S. aid to Israel has been transferred in one lump sum at the beginning of each fiscal year, which immediately begins to collect interest in U.S. banks. Aid that goes to other countries is disbursed throughout the year in quarterly instalments.

Second, Israel is not required to account for specific purchases. Most countries receive aid for very specific purposes and must account for how it is spent. Israel is allowed to place US aid into its general fund, effectively eliminating any distinctions between types of aid. Therefore, U.S. tax-payers are helping to fund an illegal occupation, the expansion of colonial-settlement projects, and gross human rights violations against the Palestinian civilian population.

A third difference is the sheer amount of aid the U.S. gives to Israel, unparalleled in the history of U.S. foreign policy. Israel usually receives roughly one third of the entire foreign aid budget, despite the fact that Israel comprises less than .001 of the world’s population and already has one of the world’s higher per capita incomes. In other words, Israel, a country of approximately 6 million people, is currently receiving more U.S. aid than all of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean combined when you take out Egypt and Colombia."

andrewclifton:

My Nephew Paul Gets his sink Bath

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It’s not about you!

I went out last night with a couple of friends and in the space of 3 or so hours, had my bum slapped by a stranger who looked surprised when i rose my hand to slap his face and got called “fucking rude” when I said “no” to a guy that grabbed my waist as I was walking with my friends to the car.

I tweeted this in addition to a couple of other things this afternoon and a friend decided to make jokes about it on twitter and whatsapp asking who had been ‘moving to’ me and I was only making noise cos people were moving to me.

I told him street harassment is not a joke, he started apologising and saying i know how to make him feel bad. I kept telling him it’s not about him. He said he’d deleted the tweet and apologised and I was dragging the issue. I told him I won’t just accept his apology without telling him how his actions were offensive to me and women. He kept saying bye he has to go.

I swear to God people need to teach their sons that women do not exist for their pleasure. I’m not a bitch ‘cos I refuse to be grabbed and groped by strangers. They need to learn that those are not ways to show interest and someone complaining about being harassed is not an opportunity to make jokes.

All men should please fall in a ditch and die, you lot don’t amount to shit right now. 

Maybe just all street harassers.

There were so many people and so many placards. It was good to see the support for Palestine and the Palestinian people cut across religious, national and racial boundaries

Free Palestine

I went to the free Palestine protest at High street Kensington (the location of the Isreali embassy in London) today and I was overcome with emotion. I took loads of pictures; I’ll upload them later.

It was good to see orthodox Jews in the crowd, there was even a rabbi who got to speak to the crowd amidst chants of ‘Free Palestine!’ ‘Isreal is a terrorist state’,  and ‘We’re all Palestinians’.

Shame on Netanyahu and everyone that condones the oppression and murders going on in Gaza.

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Oscar de la Renta Ready to Wear S/S 2013.

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Oscar de la Renta Ready to Wear S/S 2013.

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Anonymous said: Hey :) whats your current skin care routine?

Hi,

I have no major routine but shower with moisturising shower gels, use a super moisturising body lotion - only ever use products from Garnier’s hydrating line and exfoliate once a week with lush’s Ocean salt scrub or St Ives Apricot scrub.

I sit in my clay mask mixture once every month or when I feel like it.

I also try to drink at least 2 litres of water everyday (I fail often but I try). I don’t drink fizzy drinks and try to avoid drinks with extra sugar in them.

That’s pretty much it.

I have no money for food.

soulology:

I feel so embarrassed to ask this, but can you guys donate a little money to help me buy groceries. I have been going through a tough situation, most of my followers know and I am homeless at the moment. I was living in a shelter for a week until a friend let me stay with her. I had money for groceries but my money was taken away due to wage garnishments because I owe 4k for a hospital bill (I don’t have insurance). It is frustrating because I could have enough to have my own place and afford groceries but because of all these bills I have to pay I never have enough for the rest. My friend is nice enough to let me stay with her to get on my feet but she can not afford to feed me and her. If you could donate and help me be able to buy food and other necessities it would mean the world. My donation button is on the top left corner of my blog and honestly any amount is greatly appreciated. Please pray for me and send positive energy my way. I could really use it.

Guys, please help this young woman. I don’t know her but her story is incredibly sad. Please go to her page and donate, it doesn’t take long at all.

On the train today, I saw a young man dressed in a way that can only be described as the personification of gaudy.

He had on one of those obnoxious caps with a word on it with stick on silver spikes at each corner of the letters of the word, A black hoodie with faux gold chain worn on the outside, a smart phone with faded gold plated plastic knuckle duster case, black shorts with leggings worn under, shiny white running shoes and a monogrammed designer bag with more stick on gold spikes.

I generally don’t bat an eyelid at people’s fashion choices as I’m not one to critique really but the whole outfit just made me wonder if people ever try to make fashion trends theirs or just follow the same outfit they see on catwalks.

Something’s gotta give. 

My only consolation was that he was young, hopefully he’ll outgrow it, Lord knows I had to grow up to realise my poor taste too.

50 Question Part 3

11 If you could go back to any point and time and do things differently, where would you go and why would you change things?
I’d go back to that summer in 2003; I’d report him to everyone and not be scared of him or what people would think of me.

12 Your Pokemon team consists of six Pokemon, which six Pokemon would you choose to be on your team?
I don’t know anything about pokemon

13 You have the opportunity to meet any musician, dead or alive. Who would you meet and why?
I’d love to meet Jill Scott. She has an aura of gentleness and wisdom about her. I’d love to sit at her feet and just listen to her speak.

14 What was a constant thought that passed your mind today?
"I need money. I need to plan this experiment out. I should go get my card fixed"
15 Are you going to school? What are your classes like/what’s your major?
I’m a student, yes. I’m still in school but I don’t have any classes, at least not any more. My classes were generally fun and weird as is expected when you have lecturers like I did. I’m a masters student in the UK education system, I don’t have a major. My course title is Human Computer Interactions with Ergonomics (I suppose in the grand scheme of things, HCI could be my major)