Until you get comfortable with being alone, you’ll never know if you’re choosing someone out of love or loneliness.
(via bl-ossomed)
There is not a shred of evidence that can support Israeli claims of wanting to achieve peace based on the division of historic Israel / Palestine into two independent states. Israel has skillfully used the last 40 years to strengthen its hold on the areas occupied in 1967 and create a de facto apartheid state in all of Israel / Palestine. Consecutive Israeli governments bluntly use the so-called peace process to cover up expansion into the West Bank and execution of what has been called the slow genocide of the Palestinian people.
Miko Peled (via momo33me)
israelwc:

September 16, 1982: First day of the three-day massacre of Sabra and Shatila that resulted in the slaughter of somewhat between 700 and 3,500 Palestinian refugees at the hands of an extreme Lebanese armed group and the Israeli militia. The reasons why the range is disturbingly wide is because of (1) how self-contradictory the UN [very late] reporting on the numbers was, (2) the slaughter resulting in the dismembering of many victims which prevented accurate account, (3) many were kidnapped and killed elsewhere, and (4) the fact that there’s always [intended] tampering with our statistics— to undermine our narratives and devalue our bodies. Today stands as a reminder of what we have lost and of how those who did these crimes fled persecution, including their head commander Ariel Sharon whose recent death was commemorated and “honored” by many world leaders— without the least bit of shame. FB.com/Israelwc

israelwc:

September 16, 1982: First day of the three-day massacre of Sabra and Shatila that resulted in the slaughter of somewhat between 700 and 3,500 Palestinian refugees at the hands of an extreme Lebanese armed group and the Israeli militia. The reasons why the range is disturbingly wide is because of (1) how self-contradictory the UN [very late] reporting on the numbers was, (2) the slaughter resulting in the dismembering of many victims which prevented accurate account, (3) many were kidnapped and killed elsewhere, and (4) the fact that there’s always [intended] tampering with our statistics— to undermine our narratives and devalue our bodies. Today stands as a reminder of what we have lost and of how those who did these crimes fled persecution, including their head commander Ariel Sharon whose recent death was commemorated and “honored” by many world leaders— without the least bit of shame. FB.com/Israelwc

portraitsofmiddleeast:

Back to school in Gaza: As hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children returned to school in Gaza on Sunday, Azhar recited a poem eulogising her father, killed by Israeli shelling in the enclave’s recent conflict.

"Daddy, what can I tell you, if I say I love you it’s not enough," the nine-year-old, who was beginning the fourth grade, read to a classroom of teary children."Today is the first day of school, so even though my dad was martyred in the war — I’m happy," she told AFP with a smile.

Azhar’s father Tamer Jundiyeh was killed in an air strike on the Shejaiya neighbourhood, orphaning her and her five younger siblings.

"I’m scared the war will start again," she told AFP, recalling the missiles from Israeli aircraft that hit her house and killed her father.

Azhar’s classmate Isra shook as she spoke of the Israeli raid that killed her grandfather and aunt.

"The martyrs and wounded were lying in front of us, we were very scared," the nine-year-old told AFP. "My grandfather and auntie Layla were killed, I saw them in our house."

Another classmate, Doa, had lost her school uniform after her house was destroyed, and came to class wearing regular clothes.

pax-arabica:

Hey, so remember how Israel always falls over itself reminding us how much it cares about the well-being of the LGBTQ community? How it’s the “only safe haven for queer people in the middle east”? How it benevolently cares for injured Palestinians even though we’re all…

It is physically and emotionally draining to be called upon to prove that these systems of power exist. For many of us, just struggling against them is enough — now you want us to break them down for you? Imagine having weights tied to your feet and a gag around your mouth, and then being asked to explain why you think you are at an unfair disadvantage. Imagine watching a video where a young man promises to kill women who chose not to sleep with him and then being forced to engage with the idea that maybe you are just a hysterical feminist seeing misogyny where there is none. It is incredibly painful to feel that in order for you to care about my safety, I have to win this verbal contest you have constructed “for fun.”
a friendly reminder

marfmellow:

that calling women of color exotic is

  • fucking racist
  • dehumanizing
  • othering
  • and not a fucking compliment
You don’t owe your family affection if they are being abusive and treating you poorly. I know that it’s so difficult not to feel guilty for holding back that love. I know that there are people who will tell you that you should just grin and bear it because they’re family. People who will shame you for the way you feel. People who will try to convince you that wanting to take care of yourself in this way is selfish and unjustified. But the truth is that it’s not your responsibility to be kind or loving to people who have consistently hurt and mistreated you — especially when these people continue to disregard your feelings, ignore your boundaries, and refuse to take responsibility for their behavior. Just because the person hurting you is family doesn’t make them an exception.

Choosing not to be affectionate with family who have abused or mistreated you doesn’t make you a bad person. It isn’t selfish or disrespectful. It’s a form of self-care. It’s about you honoring your feelings and holding people accountable for their abuse. It’s about you standing up for yourself and your needs. It’s about you making your mental health a priority. So if getting distance from certain family members is what you need right now, or permanently, then you have every right to withhold your love and leave. You don’t have to sacrifice yourself for the sake of maintaining a relationship. And you don’t ever have to apologize for creating a safer space for yourself.
Daniell Koepke (via internal-acceptance-movement)
Confidence isn’t walking into a room with your nose in the air, and thinking you are better than everyone else, it’s walking into a room and not having to compare yourself to anyone else in the first place.

(via m-wol)

YES.

(via laurencurtis)

whatdoiturndownfor:

It’s my body & It is MY business.

whatdoiturndownfor:

It’s my body & It is MY business.

floozys:

floozys:

my feminist goal is not to convince men that girls are of value, my feminist goal is to achieve a future where the judgement of our value isn’t in the hands of men. 

and this goes for, especially goes for, trans girls, girls of colour, disabled girls and LGBTQA+ girls. 

girls, all girls, and if you believe otherwise don’t reblog this.

huffingtonpost:

Columbia University Student Will Drag Her Mattress Around Campus Until Her Rapist Is Gone

"I think the act of carrying something that is normally found in our bedroom out into the light is supposed to mirror the way I’ve talked to the media and talked to different news channels, etc," Emma continues in the full video which you can watch here. 

aber-flyingtiger:

Then introduce a deadly disease to their family

aber-flyingtiger:

Then introduce a deadly disease to their family

You brave, brave thing.
One day, you’re going to
stop leaving the door open
for people who only know how
to keep leaving.
Yasmin Z, We’re All Still Learning (via larmoyante)