In truth, it is a Palestinian Holocaust, not a conflict.

Muslim Human

Tomorrow my nephew, like many other children across the globe, will celebrate his 7th birthday. He will blow out candles, eat cake and open Lego presents. That is the harsh reality for many children and parents as the sunsets this evening.

Elsewhere children are given handguns and stuck in the back of jeeps to fight for their lives, are blown up on the beach playing football whilst dreaming of being the next Ronaldo, or are held at gunpoint in front of their parents and yet the wider public say and do nothing. Why? We should not beat around the bush, it is because successive governments and mainstream media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic have told us that the words ‘Muslim’ and ‘Islam’ are synonymous with terrorism. We have been bred to view Muslim’s and Islam as aggressors ‘getting theirs’. The middle east peace envoy and war criminal Tony Blair said as much on the BBC recently when he said Israel has the right to defend itself in this conflict.

Iraqs-young-fighters2Harry fear Gaza

 

Where as the world rose up against apartheid in South Africa, it sits idly on its hands whilst a modern-day holocaust plays out in front of our eyes and our media is complicit in this.

Aparthied

They use terms such as conflict and war to give the viewer a sense of parity to what is happening in Palestine, the reality is that the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) is shooting fish in a barrel, only it is women and children who are at their mercy. The power of our language is always at its greatest during atrocities, we find all manner of ways to justify or legitimise what we see by way of our language. This is not a conflict or a war, it is a holocaust, an attack on indigenous people on their way of life by an occupying force, we and our media should start calling it just that. Even the term Israeli Defence Force, versus the more common Hamas Militants, is a one-sided way to describe the two opposing forces; one is a defender of the people, the other the aggressor, but which in reality is which?

R2D2-free-Palestine

 

Our governments have remained silent, David Cameron has given Netanyahu his staunch support, but it is because of our historic complicity in the events unfolding today – our governments pursuit of imperialist aims which drives their silence. If we want justice for Palestine and the innocent Jewish people who are swept up in these atrocities, then we must take collective action. If our media refuses to cover these events unbiased, then we boycott, them. The papers, the T.V license, whatever it takes and by any means necessary. We boycott the goods that pay for the weapons of mass destruction that the IDF is using against innocent children, such as the oranges and other fruits sold here in the UK and lest we forget to hold the American government to account for the role they play in appeasing the violence perpetrated by the IDF and the political elite on the people of Palestine.

 

Death count – Israeli – Palestine

MLK had a dream, now I have a nightmare – 2013

Martin Luther King (MLK) spoke of a dream, a dream whereby the content of someones character becomes more important than the colour of their skin. In Washington this week thousands gathered to listen to three Presidents; Carter, Clinton and Obama, along with members of MLK’s family to pay tribute to his speech that has transcended the ages. Unfortunately that dream, regardless of what Obama and Clinton said yesterday, is yet to be realised for billions on this planet, including Americans and of course us Brits.

The ghetto looks the same from the front of the bus and now people are being left behind from all cultures at a phenomenal rate.

We live in a time where a country that supported Saddam Hussein whilst he gassed a million Kurds, selling him chemical weapons, now finds itself prepared to start a war with Syria over an allegation via YouTube that the government used chemical weapons on its own people. Unwilling to wait for a United Nations inspection report, the Nobel Peace Prize winning President Barack Obama, is preparing public opinion and wants to get on with it ahead of his trip to Petersberg on Tuesday for the G20. His lap-dog David Cameron is upset that the opposition, Labour, have vetoed any action until such time as the UN inspectors report has been digested. Labour of course were the puppets in charge when Tony Blair lied through his teeth with Jack Straw and told us Saddam was stock piling Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and so have steadied the surge for action, conscious of a backlash from the people of the UK for condoning another illegal war. I have a nightmare.

We live in a time where America, the land of the free, use depleted uranium in their munitions that left thousands of Iraqi children deformed and with cancer, they reigned down white phosphorus on  civilians, said nothing when Israel did the same and yet they find the alleged actions of the Syrian regime unacceptable. The Syrian civil war has been waging for over two years and at no time have the American or UK government been interested in anything other than selling arms to a rebel group that has not been properly vetted and that has served only to perpetuate and escalate the war. I have a nightmare.

We live in a time where America, who dropped an atom bomb on the people of Hiroshima just to flex their military might, speak out against the Israeli right to retaliate against indiscriminate bombing, who will now chastise the Syrians when they retaliate to any intervention carried out by the axis of peace. I have a nightmare. We live in a time when Madeline Albright said it was justifiable for the U.S. to be responsible for the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children through sanctions and bombings and now claim to care about Syrian children, I have a nightmare. I have a nightmare of a UK pilot being shot down by Syrian forces using a surface to air missile sold to them by Russia, which will result in ‘boots on the ground’ and the Middle East spontaneously combusting. I have a nightmare. I have a nightmare that Russia and China will take an exception to the world police mobilising to annihilate Assad and will offer their services to stop them. I have a nightmare that Hezbollah will see any action by the West as an act of aggression and that this will result in the Syrian civil war spilling on to the streets of the UK and America. I have a nightmare.

We live in a time where in the UK we have go home vans driving around the streets, 50 years on from the I have a dream speech by MLK in America. The UK has not had a Civil rights struggle the same as America but the cry is the same, we all want to be free. I have a nightmare. I have a nightmare of the black shirts, police, stopping people in the streets and asking them if they have the correct paper work. I have nightmares that doctors will ask to see our paper work to ensure we have the right to medical treatment. I have a nightmare that the fire and ambulance service will end up privatised and we will only receive their help if we have the correct insurances, I have a nightmare.

We live in a time where America and the UK attack China and Russia for vetoing the option for action on Syria until the UN inspectors results are in, when somewhat hypocritically they veto any decisions taken that involve Israel.

We live in a time where Tony Blair, who has the blood of men women and children on his hands, should be arrested for his war crimes but instead has been appointed a Middle East Peace envoy and now we have to listen to him bleat on about how we should resolve the conflict and his talk of intervention. It is like asking a heroin addict for advice on the best way to dispose of methadone. 30-50 people a day dying in bombing incidents Tony Liar, well done!

We live in a time where MLK had a dream but Barack Obama has a drone and they operate out of America, the UK and a host of other airbases across the planet and they kill people indiscriminately without trial. They focus on first responders because they too may be ‘the bad guys’. When it is American or British first responders to scenes of ‘terror’ on our streets, they are commended for their bravery; in Yemen, Pakistan and soon to be Syria, they are regarded as the enemy. I have a nightmare.

MLK’s dream is one that changes with each generation, today we have civil partnerships and gay marriage, or as I like to call it, marriage. I have a dream was a call to mobilise on the back of peaceful direct action and civil disobedience that has been lost in the MTV generation, but it is one that I feel is being slowly regained as more and more people are becoming aware of the deceit and corruption of the power principle personas at the head of our states. If we want freedom to ring across the continents and throughout the ages we must rise up together against the tyranny and corruption of these people in position of influence and stand for each other across the variety of issues that face us all. There are no problems but human problems.

“We can bomb this world to pieces but we cannot bomb it into peace” ~ Michael Franti