i want to make this excruciatingly clear, so i will say it again: outside the context of israel/zionism, anti-semitism is a gigantic issue, and history will attest to that. but within the context of israel/zionism, anti-semitism is a non-issue in the same way that “racism against white people” is a non-issue in all contexts, in the same way that “heterophobia” is a non-issue in all contexts, in the same way that “oppression against the oppressors” is a non-issue in every context.
but then there’s this— my grandmother grew up in haifa. she was one of the many palestinians who was forced out of haifa during the nakba. then she went to jerusalem, where she had children. her entire family was subject to countless humiliations. her son, my uncle, was beaten— as a child, no more than 13 years of age, i think he was around 9— by israeli soldiers who raided his school— an ELEMENTARY school full of CHILDREN. my uncle- a 9 year old kid- was deemed a threat and the israeli soldiers punished him accordingly. somehow he managed to get away, he hid in the basement, and when the soldiers had left he limped back home, beaten and bruised from head to toe. i will stress this again: israeli soldiers, full grown men, raided an elementary school and deemed one of the students— a child around 9 years of age— so great a threat that they beat him. members of my grandmother’s family were subjected to strip searches. my mother wasted two years of her life at university before israeli soldiers shut the university down and the work that my mother had completed in those two years became invalid. my grandfather’s business was shut down and eventually my mother’s whole family— and her extended family, too— had to leave the country. we ended up all over the place.
we were the lucky ones. the departure from palestine saved us, in the long run, from further strife at the hands of the israeli authorities.
but back to my grandmother. she endured so much suffering and strife at the hands of the israeli occupation. soldiers raided her house, humiliated and impoverished her family, beat her children— all in the name of israel. and israel, in a larger context, did all of this in the name of judaism, of world jewry, of jewishness/yidishkeyt. so in the end, this is the impression my grandmother ended up with: all the strife she endured was at the hands of jews for the sake of jews. this wasn’t the impression that she was given by the worldwide machinations of anti-semitism: this is what she was told by the israeli soldiers and authorities who oppressed palestinians as a whole. the israeli soldiers themselves claimed to do what they were doing in the name of jews worldwide.
i grew up in america, my father is american, i’m marginally white-passing with a white name, first and last. i was, relatively, spared the aggressive, direct contact with racism— anti-arab racism in the west as a whole, anti-palestinian racism in zionists contexts in particular. but my grandmother had no such privileges.
i do not deny oppressed groups their anger. i do not deny their right to make bold, generalized statements about their oppressors. as a queer man, i know how liberating— and quite frankly, justified— it is to say shit like, “man, fuck straight people, they’re just the goddamn worst and i hate them all.” do i mean it, literally? no, because i don’t hate all straight people, and i don’t hate all straight people for being straight.*** but anybody who’s had any contact with issues of social justice would know that it’s totally a-ok for oppressed groups to vent their anger and frustration in ways that may seem “hurtful” to members of a dominant group.
so in my grandmother’s case, we are operating STRICTLY WITHIN the context of zionism/israel. all her life, she, as a palestinian, was subject to violence, oppression, and humiliation at the hands of israeli soldiers, as jews. so she, and many of the older generations of palestine, has grown resentful. my grandmother is a gentle woman- she would never make such bold statements as “jews are the worst and i hate them.” but she also does not go out of her way to make distinctions between israelis, jews, zionists, etc. when talking about her experience, she says things like “the jews want to take our land, and they will say we are anti-semitic for fighting back.” and who are we to deny them that anger?
*** (on a side note— even if i did, it would STILL be totally fine and justified. my “heterophobia,” for a straight person, amounts to little but a minor social inconvenience— queerphobia, in contrast, for queer people, amounts to a reification of decades/centuries of institutional oppression— violence, marginalization, denial of jobs, exclusion from society, forced homelessness, unjust imprisonment, to name only a tiny fraction of all the injustices queer people have faced.)
this should go without saying but anne frank is not your ~historical queer writer icon~, she wasn’t a political activist, she wasn’t an outspoken theorist on her time, she was a murdered child whose private diary was published after her death
you weren’t robbed of a ~bisexual historical figure~,…
references to her jewishness and her hatred of nazis were also edited out of anne frank’s diary but yeah you guys are really fighting the good fight imagining how biphobia was the REAL reason she was killed
Capitalism has taught him that, at all costs, his property can and must be protected.
Patriarchy has taught him that his masculinity has to be proved by the willingness to conquer fear through aggression; that it would be unmanly to ask questions before taking action.
Mass media then brings us the news of this in a newspeak manner that sounds almost jocular and celebratory, as though no tragedy has happened, as though the sacrifice of a young life was necessary to uphold property values and white patriarchal honor.
Viewers are encouraged to feel sympathy for the white male home owner who made a mistake. The fact that this mistake led to the violent death of an innocent young man does not register; the narrative is worded in a manner that encourages viewers to identify with the one who made the mistake by doing what we are led to feel we might all do to “protect our property at all costs from any sense of perceived threat.”
This is what the worship of death looks like.
like ofc jews have always worn keffiyehs bc jews have always been living in the middle east. but israel comes along— and let’s not forget that zionism is a movement predominantly led by + for european, ashkenazi jews— and has, since its inception, been guilty of/implicated in the destruction of palestinian/arab culture + heritage. many arab jews emigrated to israel (many did not, but i am currently talking about those who did)— and now they are being used to deflect accusations of destruction of arab culture- “we have arab jews among us! they bring their own arab culture into our nation!” there’s a lot of issues with all of this— first and foremost being that, within israeli society itself, there’s tremendous racism against jews who are not white— arab jews, ethiopian jews… despite this racism from conservative zionists, liberal zionists then tout these people as evidence that israel is a tolerant, anti-racist nation. but then what of the black + brown jews of israel themselves? even if they are oppressed members within israeli society, even black + brown jewish zionists (whether they’re active zionists or complacent members of israeli society— anybody who is not actively opposing the problem is part of it) are implicated in the overall racist, anti-arab trend of zionism.
i guess race relations within israel seem complicated— the reconciliation btw black jews being heavily oppressed in israeli society w the fact that those same black jews are nonetheless implicated in white supremacist, anti-arab racism— but it all boils down to one thing: outside of the context of israel, outside of the context of zionism, jews of all origins are irrefutably an oppressed, minority group— and if you deny this, you are an anti-semite— but WITHIN the context of israel, WITHIN the context of zionism, jews— of all origins— invariably become the dominant, favored, oppressive group, even if there are, within israeli society, various social strata assigned to jews of different origins.
idk i just have a lot of thoughts right now, using my blog more like a journal than a public internet post but it’s public anyway so w.e
like, it would be unfair to deny arab jews their arab culture but when israeli arab jews attempt to reclaim “arab culture” with an israeli twist it just… is really fucked up
This Semitic Swag website is such shit holy shit.
"The symbolism of such an item is profound and far-reaching on political, social, and religious levels."
Oh FUCK NO!
what the fuck is this stupid shit? ewwww i just threw up in my mouth a little
i bought the blue and white one.#SORRY TO RAIN ON THE HATE FEST BUT
LOL CULTURAL APPROPRIATION IS ALMOST AS HILARIOUS AS COLONIALISM
this is not okay. that entire website is not okay. keffiyehs are, one one level, an ages-old arab piece of clothing, and on another level, a symbol of palestinian resistance— and these zionist assholes come and misappropriate them as “israelite” (smh what’s that even supposed to MEAN???)- marketing them for israeli and american zionists??????
this little shit has the gall to post on their website “i’m jewish + i don’t care if the pope wears a kippah” gr8 for fucking u m8 “i’m yemeni- my family has been wearing keffiyehs for generations” you turned your back on yr arab “brothers”, as you call them + joined a colonialist, racist, settler nation— now you’re claiming whatever aspects of yr arab heritage that you like? and destroying the heritage of palestine? you lost all right to call arabs your “brothers” ages ago jfc what kind of “brother” kills + expels his own?
it’s fun watching tumblr go from “hitler wasn’t that bad!! everyone is human uwu” and “look at this pretty painting SEE ADOLF WAS A NICE ARTIST!!” to “OMG ANNE FRANK WAS QUEER?/?? NAZIS ARE SOOOO EVIL DIE HET SCUM” and by fun i mean i hope you go swimming with a leviathan
the three p’s
- pfall out boy
it ok to not be ready
Please spread this shit like wildfire. People go on and sit through the whole experience and they’re uncomfortable because they just want to please their partner and they don’t tell them that they want to stop because they are not ready. It’s okay not to be ready.
where the fuck is you, romeo
Fuck you, the original line in Romeo and Juliet is “Wherefore art thou”. And maybe if you stopped being an assumption-making bag of fucking asshole, you’d know that wherefore does NOT FUCKING MEAN “WHERE”, WHEREFORE MEANS “WHY”.
SHE’S ASKING WHY HIS NAME IS ROMEO. FUCK ALL OF YOU. FUCK ALL OF YOU HARD UP THE TOENAIL. I TAKE MY SHAKESPEARE SERIOUSLY AS TITS.
why the fuck is you romeo
The Special Night Squads was a death squad organized by Zionists and the British during the Palestinian Revolt (c. 1938). The members would raid and terrorize Palestinian villages at night often disguised as Arabs, numerous Palestinians were shot and killed (often women and children who left their houses to see what was happening), and many more were forced into detention for months. According to Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld, they were trained “how to kill without compunction, how to interrogate prisoners by shooting every tenth man to make the rest talk; how to deter future terrorists by pushing the heads of the captured ones into pools of oil and then freeing them to tell the story.” The death squad was organized by Captain Orde Wingate, a Christian Zionist and noted friend of David Ben-Gurion, who called Palestinians “ignorant and primitive”. He was considered brutal and vicious by men in the squad even, and once lined up Palestinians in a row and shot them one by one. Tactics used by the SNS were tested on Palestinians before being used during WWII against the Italians in Ethiopia and the Japanese in Burma. (Walid Khalidi, 375-388)