GoingtoGaza – June 2015 lora lucero

#GoingtoGaza – June 2015

Keeping a daily journal of my efforts to return to Gaza helps me retrace my steps. This pilgrimage certainly isn’t easy and my gut tells me the path is just as important as the destination.  For previous months, check out my blog posts: September 2014, October 2014,November 2014, December 2014, January 2015, February 2015,March 2015, April 2015 and May 2015.  What follows are entries for the month of June 2015.

Day #273 – Communicating about hot button issues (religion, politics, Israel-Palestine) is so challenging.  Rethinking my whole approach (especially after reading “The Righteous Mind” by Haidt). Going to write a book review today. Take away message—-we try to convince the “other” person with our rational arguments but the “other” person can’t hear or appreciate rational arguments when his/her opinions originate from intuition. Likewise, our opinions very likely originate from intuition, followed by strategic reasoning. Haidt says that conservatives understand this, but liberals typically don’t. #GoingtoGaza

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Day #274 – Thinking electoral politics is for the birds!

Fact No. 1 – Palestinians haven’t had an election in 9 years and the old farts in office don’t seem eager to hold another.

Fact No. 2 – Israeli P.M. Netanyahu wins his election by warning Israelis that the “Arabs are coming to the polls in droves” thus proving Israel is a racist state.

Fact No. 3 – Millions of Palestinians living under occupation can’t vote in Israeli elections despite the fact that Israel has so much control over their lives.

Fact No. 4 – Elections in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, NM, USA run like clockwork but the elected officeholders prove like clockwork that they are corruptible or corrupted.

Fact No. 5 – My generation has screwed things up so royally that future generations will feel the full blunt force trauma of our actions, despite having no voice and no voting power.

I agree with Tracy Chapman — We’re Talking About a Revolution.#GoingtoGaza

Day #275 – News from Gaza. Some militants in Gaza fired something (rockets?) into southern Israel today. No fatalities or damage reported. ISIS claimed responsibility. Hamas has been battling ISIS operatives in Gaza. Tonight Israel’s jets scrambled; lots of noise and several air strikes were reported. No fatalities. I’m thinking of the young children who survived last summer’s assault on Gaza that lasted 51 days. While Bruce Jenner commands too many soundbites and photo spreads documenting his “freedom to be himself/herself” — these Palestinian children have no freedoms and can’t just be innocent kids. What a screwed up universe.#GoingtoGaza

Day #274 – Watching “activists” on FB and Twitter, I’m struck with our ineffectual communication skills. (I include myself.)

1) Some activists refuse to have an exchange with anyone who disagrees with them. “Unfriend” option is so childish.

2) Some activists prefer to lecture or “educate” but are clueless about what others think.

3) Some activists really believe that meaningful change can occur via social media alone, and it sounds like they are stuck on their divans.

Here’s a book I hope activists will pick up. If we want to change the status quo, which I presume we all do, we have to understand the other side. The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt (2012) #GoingtoGaza

Day #275 – On this day in 1967, Israel launched an attack against Egypt, known today as the Six Day War but to the Palestinians as the Naksah. I wonder how many of my American friends know about the attack on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967. #GoingtoGaza

Day #276 – Here is a good account of the difficulties traveling across the Rafah Border from Egypt to Gaza, written in 3 parts. Part 1  –  Part 2  –  Part 3  Very discouraging!  #GoingtoGaza

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Days #277 – 278 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Zivotofsky family and said they will not get “Israel” marked as the place of birth on their son’s passport. Kennedy’s opinion said that the President has the sole responsibility for recognizing a sovereign nation. Time for Obama to recognize the State of Palestine.#GoingtoGaza

Day #279 – “Confirmation bias” … a new phrase that a psychologist-friend recently taught me. Confirmation bias is a tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions. I clearly see it among pro-Israeli activists, pro-Palestinian activists, and with greater scrutiny, I can now see it with myself. We want to find the “facts” to support our world view, and we disregard facts that may negate our world view.  This is very interesting stuff….   #GoingtoGaza

Day #280 – Feeling very pleased that over 600 letters have been sent to members of Congress asking them to invite former President Carter to speak about his recent visit to Israel & Palestine.  I’m planning to visit Capitol Hill with these signatures once we reach 1000+ letters.  Check out the petition here. Add your signature!  #GoingtoGaza

Carter in DC

Day #281 – Netanyahu and his cabinet are doing everyone a favor by using blunt and vulgar language concerning their real intentions towards the Palestinians. Nothing new, of course, except that they aren’t pretending to hide behind a veneer of reasonableness any longer. Obama is going to find it increasingly difficult to side with the Israelis or pretend to be a peace broker. #GoingtoGaza

Day #282 – Palestinians in Gaza may be blockaded and under Israel’s lethal siege, but they are CONNECTED to the world.  Case in point. Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the “Fast Track” bill which many Americans opposed. I waited for news about the vote. I sat in Baltimore about an hour from the Capitol listening to public radio and watching news sites for the results. Finally, my friend in Gaza half way around the world posted a message on Facebook with the good news! The Fast Track bill was defeated! Thank you Internet. Thank you social media! Thank you friends!

Day #283 – As much as I want to return to Gaza, this weekend I’m praying that my young friend in Gaza will exit the Rafah gates when they open for 3 days. He was accepted abroad to pursue graduate studies but Israel has treated him like a prisoner all of his life in Gaza. May Allah protect him in his travels! #GoingtoGaza

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Day #284 – Al-hamdulillah! My young friend made it out of Gaza through the Rafah border crossing. He said there were many military checkpoints through the Sinai, and the place looked like a military zone with all of the tanks, etc. But his bus made it to the Cairo Airport. Now I’m saying prayers that he makes it on to a plane. I can’t imagine what his family back home must be feeling.#GoingtoGaza

Day #285 – Lots happening this week. Yesterday Israel released its250-page report about its investigation of Operation Protective Edge last summer … as a preemptive move against the pending release of the UN Human Rights Council investigative report. This week marks the 8th anniversary of Israel’s siege on Gaza. Ramadan begins Sundown on Wednesday, I think. Denny Cormier and my young Palestinian friend both left Gaza. #GoingtoGaza

Day #286 – What is the difference between me wearing my “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt and Rachel Dolezal changing her hair, eye color and skin pigment to look like she is African American? Answer: I’m not trying to be someone I’m not. I’m standing in solidarity with African Americans. I’m acknowledging the injustices. But I’m not pretending to step into their shoes and understand their life experience, their reality, their oppression. Same goes for the Palestinians. I won’t pretend to stand in their shoes, but I wonder if some zealous activists have tried to cross that line. #GoingtoGaza

Day #287 – First day of Ramadan. I de-activated my Facebook page. Started listening to the audiobook The Haj by Leon Uris.#GoingtoGaza

Days #288-289 – Going cold turkey from Facebook might not be as hard as I thought.  I’m checking Twitter more often and don’t really miss the FB clutter. Today I submitted application for UN Human Rights Officer in Gaza.  I really, really, really hope I’m selected. #GoingtoGaza

Day #290 – The closer one is to realizing his Personal Legend, the more the Personal Legend becomes his true reason for being. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: fear of failure. The Alchemist #GoingtoGaza

Day #291 – Felt very good today to talk with Basya and, later, Jeremy.  Connecting with family is the glue that keeps us all together! #GoingtoGaza

Day #292 – Spent the day reading the UN Human Rights Investigation into the war in Gaza last summer. Utterly devastating to read. I can’t begin to imagine what it must have felt to live through it. #GoingtoGaza

Days #293-294 – Taking a month off of Facebook is a good thing. But I may have substituted one addiction for another. Now I find myself checking Twitter every few minutes. Uh-oh! Finished reading the UN’s report on the Gaza 2014 war. Devastating words!#GoingtoGaza

Days #295 – 298 – Disconnected from Facebook is a really good thing.  But it also feels good when friends from Gaza and NM reach out to me to find out if I’m OK because they’re worried that I’m not on FB.  #GoingtoGaza

Israel THE PROMISED LAND,ONLY TO A FEW

NOT ZIONIST JEW ,?TOUGH SHIT YOU GET THIS

Lee Adam WilshierPalestinian child who looks like they had something harvested…

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 TOMIE JONES SAYS THIS IS WHAT YOU GET
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A combination of revisionist history and group mentality maintains a significant Zionist consensus among Diaspora Jews – we see Palestinians living in poverty, their families killed and their homes destroyed, and are told that this is because Hamas does not care for its own people, unlike Israel. […] While today a majority of observing Jews identify with the state of Israel, there is both growing  and visible minority of anti- and non-Zionist Jews, and a rich history of anti-Zionism within Judaism. Political movements like The Jewish Labour Bund and thinkers such as Abraham Serfaty, Emma Goldman and Leon Trotsky are often ignored or dismissed as “self-hating traitors”. In the UK today , Jewdas, Young Jewish Left Ray Filar, “Why I am an anti-Zionist Jew”, openDemocracy (13 October 2014)

So not all but many Jews are Zionists, groups like Jews for Justice for Palestinians and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist network are active voices against the occupation,apartheid,genocide,and the final eradication of the race,creed and culture of the PALESTINIANS.

 

 

Americans Against Genocide In Gaza (AAGG).

The video, where the disabled Palestinian young man got killed In COLD blood by ZIONIST Egypt. The sea FULL with blood cry emoticon
Alberto Smith Saravia wrote:
Egyptian soldiers shot and killed a young mentally-ill Palestinian man swimming in the sea off Rafah, despite Gazan security yelling to them that the man was impaired. He crossed only feet into Egyptian territory and was clearly not doing ANYTHING except swim – he was naked, for goodness sake – but that was enough to kill him for. The Egyptians have learned much from their Zionist masters….

 

 

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders next president of u s a

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders's photo.
 At least someone is still willing to stand up for the people all the people whatever color race or creed.  This comes  from a man who marched with Marther Luther King Jr, and fought for people’s rights even before we were born. He did this out of his heart and not out of interest like Hilary Clinton trying to win the Hispanic vote. He walked to work, rides coach and his campaign is funded by the people. When you have the most iconic civil movement groups, smartest individuals, bands, Veterans and even the youngest YouTube Conservative icon like CJ Pearson supporting you, it’s for a reason! He’s always been part of the Independent Party. He’s running as a Democrat for political reasons. So who should be worried about a so called “Democratic Socialist?” I’ll tell you who; The Rich and Wall Street! The Democrats are with Hilary, The Republicans are with Trump, but the people are with BERNIE SANDERS.

Donald Trump is a billionaire who thinks that wages in America are too high. He thinks we should not raise the minimum wage. He wants to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to his millionaire and billionaire friends.

He is playing off the anxiety and the fears of the American people, the fears about terrorism, the fears about our economy and then trying to get us to hate Mexicans or to hate Muslims. That is not what America is supposed to be about.

SO SUPPORT  BERNIE SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT

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Bodies of murdered Palestinians are being returned by israel with organs missing

Israel ‘harvesting Palestinians’ organs’

The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations (UN) says the Tel Aviv regime is harvesting the organs of Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied territories.

Riyad Mansour said in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday that the bodies of the Palestinians killed by Israeli forces are “returned with missing corneas and other organs, further confirming past reports about organ harvesting by the occupying power.”

“A medical examination conducted on bodies of Palestinians returned after they were killed by the occupying power found that they were missing organs,” Mansour wrote in the letter.

The Palestinian envoy further protested Israel’s “persistent aggression against the Palestinian people” over the past month and the regime’s “insistence on use of violent force and oppressive measures.”

The issue of organ theft by Israel was first brought to the fore in a report published by Sweden’s most highly-circulated daily Aftonbladet in 2009.

US daily The New York Times also said in an August 2014 report that transplant brokers in Israel have pocketed enormous sums of money. Based on the Timesanalysis of major organ trafficking cases since 2000, Israelis have played a ‘disproportionate role’ in organ trafficking.

The Palestinians whom Mansour was referring to were killed amid tensions in the occupied territories, which have dramatically escalated in recent weeks.

This file photo shows an Israeli soldier checking the identity card of a Palestinian woman crossing the Kalandia checkpoint between al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo by AP)

 

The Israeli regime’s imposition of restrictions in August on the entry of Palestinian worshipers to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) has become the lightning rod for the surge of recent confrontations.

According to the latest figures by the Palestinian Health Ministry, at least 74 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of October. At least 11 Israelis have also been killed during that period.

The bodies of the Palestinian victims are most often held in Israeli custody for long periods of time before they are returned to relatives.

 

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tomie jones says -enough you Zionist Jewish bastards.killing palesItian men, women, and children, You steal the organs from the bodies for transplant and then only then do you return to their loved ones IF THEY ARE LUCKY. The unlucky ones do not even get that. I WANT TO WRITE MORE MUCH MORE BUT NOT NOW. I am too depressed and upset. I really do not know what to do.

I SAY THIS THOUGH IF THE WORLD GOES TO WAR. ISRAEL, AS THEY HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS, THEY WILL USE THEM.WE WILL HAVE ARMAGEDIN.OH, AND YOU SHOULD SHOVE THAT PIECE OF PLASTIC UP WHERE THE SUN DOES NOT SHINE YOU HARBINJER OF DEATH THAT YOU ALL ARE.

 

 

45th president of the u s a SANDERS OR TRUMP?

President Bernie Sanders

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The nearest candidate to JEREMY CORBYN BRITISH LABOUR PARTY LEADER. Who I might add has the tories running scared in Britain ,oh and one brain dead ejit who is not even British ,nationality second generation migrant born in Ireland.NATIONALITY ZIONIST  JEW HOMELAND IZRAHELL
His American candidate is
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that republican mindless idiot DONALD TRUMP.THEY ACTUALLY MAKE A GOOD PAIR.So who is going to be right ?
I AM!

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BernardBernieSanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Vermont. A Democrat as of 2015,[5] he had been the longest-serving independent in U.S. Congressional history. Sanders has been the ranking minority member on theSenate Budget Committee since January 2015.[6] He is a candidate forPresident of the United States in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Sanders was born and raised in the borough of Brooklyn, in New York City. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964. While a student, Sanders was a member of the Young People’s Socialist League and an activecivil rights protest organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality and theStudent Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.[7][8] In 1963, he participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.[7]

After settling in Vermont in 1968, Sanders ran unsuccessful third-partycampaigns for governor and U.S. senator in the early to mid-1970s. As an independent, he was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont’s most populous city, in 1981. He was reelected three times. In 1990, he was elected to represent Vermont’s at-large congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1991, Sanders co-founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He served as a congressman for 16 years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. In 2012, he was reelected by a large margin, capturing almost 71% of the popular vote.

Sanders has long been critical of U.S. foreign policy, and was an early and outspoken opponent of the Iraq War. He rose to national prominence following his 2010 filibuster[9][10] against the proposed extension of the Bush tax cuts. A self-described socialist[11][12] and democratic socialist,[17] Sanders favors policies similar to those of social democratic parties in Europe, particularly those instituted by the Nordic countries.[21] He is a leadingprogressive voice on issues such as income inequality,[14] universal healthcare, parental leave, climate change,[22] LGBT rights, and campaign finance reform.[23] He is also outspoken on civil rights and civil liberties, and has been particularly critical of mass surveillance policies such as the USA PATRIOT Act,[24] the NSA surveillance programs,[25] and racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

SO THIS SITE IS BACKING  BERNIE SANDERS,

NOT PERFECT BUT HONEST ,BUT NEITHER ARE THE REST NOT PERFECT ,NOT HONEST.WOULD YOU TRUST YOUR TEENAGE CHILD IN TRUMPS HANDS ?

Beware: The ZIONISTS ARE Coming !!THE GENOCIDE PROGRAM,”THERE IS ONLY ONE GOOD PALESTINIAN, A DEAD ONE SO SAYS RABBI MANIS FRIEDMAN. MINISTER OF JUSTICE,DEPUTY MINISTER DEFENCE ALSO PREACH GENOCIDE.

Beware: The ZIONISTS ARE Coming !!THE GENOCIDE PROGRAM,”THERE IS ONLY ONE GOOD PALESTINIAN, A DEAD ONE SO SAYS RABBI MANIS FRIEDMAN.

MINISTER OF JUSTICE,DEPUTY MINISTER DEFENCE ALSO PREACH GENOCIDE.T

Over the past year I have faced a tremendous pressure from “pro-Palestinian activists” not to write the truth about what is going on here … they wanted me to write of “peace”, “love”, “coexistence” and about the “lovely” zionist occupiers and to draw a shining image for our death, of our blood … If you cant see the reality I write, you are blind, you are zionist !!

In spring 2002, I used to camp and work in construction in the Galilee Arab villages. As an “illegal” workers, (which I never recognized theZionist legal system, which constitutionalises assassination, but a racist one) we used to camp in huts outside the villages. At that time, and even up to now, the Zionists don’t issue permissions for workers to stay the night, but just to work and go back home in the occupied West Bank when the workers finish at the end of the day. The local Palestinians in the Galilee villages used to rent apartments to the workers, starting from 2001 they stopped due to the Zionist “legal system” which forbids the local Palestinian of the Galilee to rent the Palestinian workers from the West Bank or Gaza, and who violates that “law” is subject to imprisonment plus thousands of dollars as a punishment fine which could reach to over 12,000 in some cases.

Within this context we were forced to sleep the night in the open nature under the olive trees when there was no rain and build huts during winter. I never traveled out of Palestine, and never applied for a Zionist permission, knowing that I would never get one as a “dangerous” person, and thus I was obliged to follow the “illegal” way of staying and working with our Galilee brothers. A long time before that I took a decision not to work with or for a Zionist occupier, I only worked for and with my Palestinian brothers.

This was our hut (me and another friend from Nablus) which we didn’t use but to store our humble belongings and have a rest, but at night we used to sleep hiding among the olive trees fearing the Zionist police raids which come usually at night. And even if the Zionists raid, which they usually do, they wouldn’t be able to catch but a few as there were some 50-100 workers spread over 1km square.

One day in the evening, me and my friend were resting under an olive tree after a long workday. I loved the Galilee landscape, it is the most beautiful and most peaceful in the world. I have long dreamed to live there for the rest of my life, die there, and stay there forever.

It was a casual chat between me and my friend; I was gazing at the horizon when he asked me: “What do you think would happen?” It took me a while to answer as I was not actually looking at the horizon, but thinking deep in my hollow head and I replied: “It is the horror, the horror is coming, dear.” That was the first time I really saw the coming horror, and from that time the horror didn’t depart my head.

“What horror? What are you talking about?” my friend asked amazed.

“We are going to be slaughtered by the zionists like what the Serbians did to the Bosnian and the world will stand watching.”I replied and took the discussion seriously then, and on the sand I started to draw the map of Palestine pointing at the Palestinian population blocks and the Zionist ones, SPECIALLY inside “israel” and the West Bank.

There will never ever be any kind of peace with the racist Zionist entity, even if you wanted, simply because the Zionist occupiers never ever wanted peace (and 25 of the futile negotiations proved that), they want more land and less native Palestinians, and if they could to get rid of the Palestinian by merely massacring them or kicking them to a concentration camp like that of Gaza.  they wouldn’t hesitate.

Every single Zionist (including the “peaceful” ones) is a well-trained military person as “Israel” is the only state on earth that obliges every person to join the military forces including the females. Every Zionist house, SPECIALLY in the West Bank, is an arsenal of the most updated weaponry, they are armed to teeth in front of the natives whom they hate and wish to see them vanish fed with their Talmudic diabolical teaching of the Armageddon Day !!

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In the Black October of 2000, the Zionist mobs of “Netzeret Elit” colony (where both Christian and Muslim Palestinians are not welcomed), raided the Palestinian Nazareth town en mass sabotaging there. “Nazareth Elit” colony is not only racist in its people, but also with its mayor backed by the Zionist government who wants his colony clean from the native Palestinians and once wondered replying a journalist: “You think I am racist? then the whole jewish state is racist.”

Once, the Zionist “defense” deputy Minster said: “Our problem is not the Arabs in Gaza or the West Bank, it is in the “Israeli” Arabs.” Another blatant zionist minister is the minster of “justice” said last year that ALL Palestinian mothers should be killed. Also the Minster of Education said once that he killed many Arabs and there is no problem with that. They all call openly, officially and repeatedly for GENOCIDE 

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This, along with the ruling racist mentality of the Zionist government, along with the Talmudic fed racist settlers who attacked Nazareth in October 2000 and attacking the Palestinians on a daily basis nowadays, drew it very clear that there will be more mass attacks against the Palestinian natives.

More and more settlers are brought into the Palestinian land, more and more Palestinians are jammed into the ghettos created by the ziuonist,there will come time, when it is too late to “reconsider the conflict” and definitely there will be no time for “mediation” !!

Some of my FB friends already know that I have been warning for years now that Srebrenica Massacre will be repeated HERE in Palestine. 

Nowadays, the armed to teeth Zionist settlers in the West Bank have been rampaging for years burning the Palestinian children, burning the native fields, uprooting the Palestine olive trees, some of these trees are older than their Zionist entity itself, and shooting the natives freely.They have recently formed an armed and trained militia for their dirty work. It is enough for ANY settler to say that he was attacked by the Palestinian to be let free, it is not only that, but the Zionist soldiers will cover his crime by planting a knife beside the dead Palestinian to make the Zionist lie authentic as it was in this video.

Fueled with their Talmudic hate and the culture of killing within their religious circles of “yeshivot”, the Zionists want Palestine, ALL of Palestine minus the natives, and they will do ALL what they can for that, just wait to see, and there is no difference between the Zionist settler or the Zionist soldiers; they are all settlers and are all armed to teeth to kill the Palestinian natives in a way or another.

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Talmudic Militia in the West Bank

It is clear from the world’s shy condemnation of the “current mutual violence” and asking “both sides to restrain from violence” that the world will keep silent in front of massacring the Palestinian natives over and over again, and as the world gave the Serbs enough time to finish the dirty job, the whole world will give the Zionist more than enough time to massacre the Palestinians in the soon to come pogrom. This is no lie  CALL IT WHAT YOU WILL GENOCIDE , MASSSACRE,MASS MURDER. THE THREE IN ONE ,THE UNHOLY TRINITY THE POGROM.