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Outraged by Slate.com on world refugee day

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Wednesday, June 21, 2006 4:04:29 AM
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    I was shocked and appalled by Slate.com for the way the have absolutely disregarded the Palestinian refugees. The hundreds of thousands that were driven out of their lands, forced into the conditions worse than Auschwitz and suffered ethnic genocide by their oppressors. These opressors were rewarded today by Slate which showed a picture from "Sha'ar Ha'aliya" in Haifa in 1950. For those who don't know "Sha'ar Ha'aliya" was just a triage point to manage the huge influx of Jewish occupiers that were flocking from all over the world to take over the ancestral land of the Palestinians. The Palestinians were consequently driven from their homes, farms, schools universities and businesses into the humiliating life of refugees. Helpless and hopeless in scattered refugee camps.

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    Here's the slate page: http://todayspictures.slate.com/20060620/?GT1=8295

    The Palestinians of today STILL suffer from the 58 year occupation of their homeland. Where they were driven by force by the vastly aggressive Israeli war machine. From the gangs of the Hagana to the Israeli "Occupation" forces. Which were trained in Europe and other parts of the world to be Assassins, terrorists, murderers, rapists and above all thieves. Yet the atrocities are never mentioned when the Palestinians of today are returning the favor. What the west is branding as terrorism in Palestine is nothing more that the result of the terrorism that was inflicted unjustly on these people. If anyone wants to be fair. Bring back the war criminals and put them to trial for the atrocities they've committed. Do this before branding one organisation or another with being terrorist.

    boats

    Let me state here that I'm against terrorism in all ways, shapes or forms. I'm against killing civilians on both sides and I am 100% WITH putting the evil doers to trial. Starting with the aggressors

    mother

    I found it extremely disturbing and offensive that the Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees didn't make it to the list of refugees that slate.com posted. While "Sha'ar Ha'aliya" was on the first page. A make shift camp for people to be situated in after they have immigrated from the west to the land of Palestine.

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    The hundreds of Thousands became millions that are STILL till this day after 58 years living in Refugee camps in West bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Jordan. It is such a shame that Slate would pick their oppressors to be on their front page while people who are still living the holocaust are not even mentioned.

    Have Slate even looked at the UNRWA reports?

     

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    Therefore I will be appealing to all Palestinian, Muslim, Arab and other humanitarian organizations to make counter posts, to show the world and Slate in particular that this will not pass unnoticed and that the voices of millions of refugees living in poverty and pain are louder than their ill attempt to wipe them out. Not only did Israel try to wipe them out, but now Slate and the likes are attempting the same. This is such a sad day for humanity.

    Nakbeh

     

    I decided to post few pictures to counter what Slate has posted. Feel free to link and to copy. There are literally oceans of these pictures on the Internet. Yet Slate picked only the ones relating to the oppresses to show. I am so disappointed and appalled by such act Just to put the Palestinian refugee catastrophe in perspective. Check out these numbers Checkout the wikipedia article on Palestinian refugees: Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_refugee

    jalil

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    That is outragous. It's as if the editors of this magazine are trying to make the world forget about Palestinian refugees. There's absolutely no excuse that I can find that would justify this seemingly deliberate act of hypocricy.

    I've noted this on my blog. I wish one of the more articulate Jordanian or Arab bloggers would write a template letter that individuals can then send to the editors of Slate magazine and maybe even send letters to other people on the internet and bring this to their attention, like the folks at Electronic Intifada, or maybe the Palestinian diplomatic mission to the United States.
    Exactly Hamzeh. Thank you. Spread the word ...
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    • Danah
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    • On: 6/21/2006 9:57:09 AM
    I would only say same as I commented on Hamzah's post.. Simply :( what should we expect from a media that supports the American invasion of Iraqi lands as much as it supports the Israeli right to kill and bomb innocents and civilians on the "beach"! To ignore a whole nation in one of the biggest refugee incidents in twentieth century is in my opinion a deliberate "mistake"! )
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    • Karin
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    • On: 6/21/2006 10:14:27 AM
    Quaider, it was supposed to be "a land without people for people without a land"! The fact that it was very obviously NOT that way attests only how utterly ignorant they are ... with "they" meaning Zionists of ALL categories! Some 3.6 million Palestinian refugees all over the world speak for themselves ...

    You may want to check from time to time Hanan Ashrawi's website "miftah" ... here's the link:  http://www.miftah.org/
    She has GREAT info as well as solid analysis and background information together with quotes, not only about the past but as well the presence! Pay her a visit!
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    • Karin
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    • Said
    • On: 6/21/2006 10:28:22 AM
    One more links you might want to check ...
    http://www.dheisheh-ibdaa.net/home.htm

    FANTASTIC folks!!!
    Karin, I met with Ibdaa when they came to Seattle and I took many pictures for them, you can see them here: http://www.sweetestmemories.com/Activities/Ibdaa
    They are amazing from Dhaisheh refugee camp.
    asalam 3alaykom,
    That was such a perfect proof of what i said on one of your previous posts,when i said i don't trust media and i don't believe them ..they serve the west's intrests cause they rule most of their economics and they play this offensive and frustrative game of mentioning some lie over and over and over again untill the whole world believes and next generations forget all about the past and deal with this as a fact!!
    by the way i am proud to say that in egypt we don't have camps for palestanians..they live among us and we don't remember their nationality unless papers or governments are mentioned..
    i've had them in my school and they were my neighbors..
    close ones too!!
    Thanks for doing something about this, I first became aware of this from Arabesque Rhabsody and posted the following to a couple of listserves to encourage letter writing:
    http://todayspictures.slate.com/20060620/?GT1=8295
    Today is World Refugee Day. [caption on Slate on World Refugee Day]
    HAIFA, Israel—Sha'ar Ha'aliya Absorption Camp, 1950 [Caption for lead picture on SLATE'S Photo Essay].
    There are many pictures in their photo essay on refugees, with the Jews in the absorption center leading and nothing on Palestine's refugees
    Submit your comment:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/admin/help/popup/frame_pageSlateQC.html
    What some bloggers did:
    http://arabesquerhabsody.com/blog/?p=270

    http://scatterload.blogspot.com/

    http://blog.sweetestmemories.com/default.asp?Display=110
    Why are you thanking me Umkahlil? It's our duty. To all those millions of refugees.
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    • On: 6/22/2006 5:10:31 PM
    The Caller said about the media:

    "they serve the west's intrests cause they rule most of their economics and they play this offensive and frustrative game of mentioning some lie over and over and over again untill the whole world believes and next generations forget all about the past and deal with this as a fact!!"
    Sorry, my last comment was submitted before it was finished.  True to a great extent, caller, but we Arabs and Arab-Americans can make a difference.  I was so delighted to see Ohoud, Qwaider,Hamzeh take action and write letters to Slate, and I correspond regularly with a few dedicated letter writers.  More and more of our letters and op-eds are getting printed.  We must continue to reach out to the citizens of the US on behalf of right of return. I will be happy to edit anyone's letters.  Getting heard in the media is vitally important, and praising those papers who print Arab voices is also important.  
    Yes UmKahlil. Everyone should do something, even if they stared at slate and shouted NO
    asalam 3alaykom,
    i'm so much into doing something..just show me the way..
    tell me what to do exactly..write letters..sure,tell me  to whom should i adress them..
    jazakom allah kheir.
    I am really so happy that some Arab bloggers are engaging in effective resistance instead of engaging in "feel good" distracting "dialogue" with North American immigrants to Israel living on our occupied lands and I am also happy to find Arabs not willing to let the Zionists determine what the conversation will be.

    I hope that we can all work together for effective resistance.  My way, as I said in an earlier comment, is by writing letters, and also using my blog as a means of resistance, by posting history, posting stories by resolute Palestinian writers such as Dr. Salman Abu Sitta and Khaled Amayreh, the journalist and by keeping Right of Return and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions as a means to justice as my focus.

    I will write a post tonight or tomorrow, and future posts as well, inshallah, with information re whom to write and what websites to consult.  And let's continue to use our blogs as a means to work together for effective resistance.
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    • 7ala
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    • On: 6/23/2006 3:16:36 AM
    How didnt I notice this post?
    Ohoud, Umkhalil, Qwaider, and Hamzah what you are doing is great and its the right thing we should all do now.

    I hate the media:/

    I will post about this in my blog becoz it should be posted, and I will ask every body to write letters and say NO.

    Thank you all for bringing this issue up.
    Go for it ... let our voices and our thoughts ... shake the ground under their feet. Our combined voices are louder than bombs and useless killing ...
    Great post. Thanks for catching Slate in the act of erasure.
    Thanks Amal, I just visited your blog. I have no idea why I've never been there before. It's really great.
    I wouldn`t say worse than Auschwitz. Be happy you didn`t live at times, but I agree we live in bad, bad times and as Einstein said is that not the evildoers are the dangerous ones but those who are silent. My Grandmother was killed at this time. Mom adopted. Let me state I`m very sad that that young Palestinian lives are wasted by Islamic Jihad etc too. In fact I would appreciate it, if they would defend their families, friends,houses etc at place!!!Also: rebuilding houses,schools etc. If they would do this, they might put Israel much more in a bad light. Do you know www.haaretz.com? a liberal Israeli newspaper
    Do you know www.kibush.co.il/links.asp?lang=1

    you`ll find links at my website being almost daily updatet(but not perfect!)
    Luxcasta, With all due respect, The were as bad or worse than Auschwitz. Maybe the torture and murder wasn't in the same "in-your-face" style. But it was there. The humiliation, the food, water, medicine deprivation. The list of violations is a mile long.
    I know there are people who work for peace and understanding. But this one point, if left unchecked will comeback and comeback! Refugees have the right to live. To return. To be compensated for the atrocities that were done to them
    I add my voice to yours Qwaider!

    I always thought the Internet would make it impossible to hide the plight of the Palestinian people.

    They can keep it out of newspapers, TV and radio...... but Americans are going to read about it on the Internet, at places like your site when they do a Google search.

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