Lawrence of Cyberia, a British woman who lives in the US, (linked on my sidebar) , blogs in detail and in depth on Palestine, putting together informative analyses from her vast knowledge and research of many years. Her posts are informative because she draws on a diverse array of sources; some of her blog posts must take days to put together, if not weeks. Any blogger who does this sort of in-depth, time-consuming investigative journalism/research and posting with links to other sites gets kudos from me. It takes A LOT of time to put together even a short post--that is, if you are working with issues that need to be articulated in such a way to express their complexity and importance, and in such a way as to bring justice to the issue and peoples that you are talking about, and it such a way to allow your readers to link to more material and to formulate their own interpretations--so her work is truly outstanding. (I also think her play on words for her title is really clever on a number of levels, as it talks back to gender, appropriates Orientalism, and plays on land/cyberspace dichotomies!) I recommend a look at her latest entry, 30 January 2009
Those People in Gaza: Where Do They Come From, And Why Are They So Mad? . In it, she compiles a number of photos from the Palestine Remembered site with other historical materials, to create a photo essay to challenge the myths that hold dominance about the land of Palestine.
Who is the Terrorist?
Lawrence of Cyberia and Gilad Atzmon (below) dismantle the false dichotomies of Jew/Arab or Israeli/Palestinian, to show that, whatever our ethnicity, religion, skin colour, "race", or nationality, we meet in cultures of resistance that transcend all boundaries.
Gilad Atzmon, a Jewish jazz sax musician born in Israel but who "feels no sympathy, compassion or nostalgia toward the occupying state of Israel" lives in the UK and is an anti-Zionist human rights activist. Atzmon was interviewed recently and has this to say about his former homeland:
"What we see in Gaza is holocaust denial in its making. The Jewish state exercises hardcore barbarism. Yet, the world keeps silent. Once again we are confronted with the realization that giving a mandate for a national home for the Jewish people has been demonstrated to be a grave lethal mistake. The only question is how to dismantle this monstrous suicidal hawkish creature without turning our planet into a fireball."
His message to the Palestinian people of Gaza:
"My Dearest brothers and sisters. It is heartbreaking to watch the death and carnage inflicted on you by the Jewish state. We all see what you are going through and we all know that justice is on your side. I beg you not to lose hope. Evil always comes to an end and Israeli evil is no different. Israel will come to an end though we may have to do something to bring this end about.
However, one thing is rather clear. The so called ‘liberal’ west failed to save you, sadly enough; the Arab states failed to join your struggle yet. As sad as it may be, as much as justice is on your side, you are alone here confronted with the ultimate evil.
Israel has many bombs in its arsenal. But you Palestinian brothers and sisters have a few things they do not have: Justice is [on] your side, humanity is in your streets, you have the spirit and you have the ultimate bomb, namely the demographic one.
Palestine is the land, Israel is a state; States come and go, land stays forever. Long live Palestine."
Gilad Atzmon & Nizar Al-Issa Cultures of Resistance Jul 07