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It’s never said that they only love once in their life - but it said that they only marry once in their life, and the following passage makes me think that it’s likely that they only loved once:

For Dwarves take only one wife or husband each in their lives, and are jealous, as in all…

There is a scene in And The Band Played On where Matthew Modine’s character explains the origins of the phrase “The Butchers’ Bill”: a phrase coined by British Admiral Lord Nelson when asking for the daily casualty reports of soldiers lost in the Napoleonic wars. In the film, Modine’s character creates his own Butchers’ Bill for the AIDS epidemic, and it remains one of pop culture’s most poignant visual reminders of the devastating cost of the disease in human lives.

The Butchers’ Bill in the ongoing violence on the Gaza Strip is equally heart-breaking. In less than two weeks time, Israel has launched airstrikes against Palestinian residents of Gaza targeting over 1500 sites; Hamas has also launched over a thousand rockets into Israel that have all been largely ineffective. As of today, the Butchers’ Bill for Palestinian residents of Gaza nears 350 after 11 days of fighting, nearly fifty of those dying in the last 72 hours at the hands of invading Israeli ground troops. The United Nations estimates that three-fourths of Palestinians killed in Gaza by Israeli offensive actions this month were non-militants, and approximately 50 — a third of them killed since Thursday — have been children. An additional 2000 Palestinians have sustained serious injuries in the attacksThe UN reports that yesterday the number of Palestinians displaced by the violence has nearly doubled to 40,000 — all seeking refugee status in one of 34 UN shelters.

There are no words to describe the rage and grief I feel in watching this senseless killing unfold. But the price of my silence — and the silence of too many of us in America — is also far too high.

palestinian-family-displacedA Palestinian family, displaced by the violence, flees Gaza City.

On Wednesday, reporters and bystanders watched in shock and horror as an Israeli gunship brutally slaughtered four young Palestinian children (none older than eleven) on an otherwise deserted Gaza beach. After an initial strike, the Israeli planes returned to chase and gun down the four young boys — all cousins — as they ran screaming for their lives. Just 24 hours later, seven children were shot — four of them fatally — by an Israeli naval gunboat while they were playing soccer on a Gaza rooftop.

In the last two weeks, four Israeli have lost their lives.

This past months' Butchers Bill in the Gaza StripThis past months’ Butchers Bill in the Gaza Strip.

Too many  of us are allowed by the comforts of distance to pretend that what is happening in the Gaza Strip right now does not affect us. That distance comes in many forms: geographic distance, cultural distance, religious distance, racial distance, and linguistic distance. That distance gives shelter to our assertion that what is happening to Gaza is not happening to us. It gives shelter to our rationalizations and our justifications. It gives shelter to our dehumanization of the Palestinian people. It gives shelter to our silence.

That distance is also a lie and an illusion.

David Palumbo-Liu writes about how violence in Israel-Palestine is a matter of American studies, particularly in light of our country’s hand in shaping the conflict. He and many other writers have noted the US State Department’s stance in defense of Israeli airstrikes targeting Palestinian civilians; President Obama defended that stance to Muslim American guests at the White House’s annual iftar dinner. Like it or not, America is involved in what is happening in Israel-Palestine.

Let me be clear: most of us do not know what it is like to live as a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip. As a Canadian-born (East) Asian American, I do not know what it is like to live as an occupied people in my own Holy Land. I do not know what it is like to live under constant threat of overwhelming military violence and death. I do not know what it is like to find myself staring down the barrel of an assault rifle, or be targeted by the sophisticated weapons mounted on a gunship or an F-16. I also do not know what it is like to be brown and Muslim, and to have these two simple facts of my being cast me as a villain and a terrorist.

But, what is happening in Gaza still touches me on a fundamental level.

In Gaza City, a Palestinian man stands amid debris after an Israeli airstrike. (Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)In Gaza City, a Palestinian man stands amid debris after an Israeli airstrike. (Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

For so many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the plight of colonized people is familiar and deeply personal. Most Asian and Pacific Islander countries still bear the scars of both military and cultural occupation, whether by Western powers and/or by other Asian nations; some of our lands still remain occupied to this day. Most of us in the AAPI diaspora share a blood memory of the violence that is wrought by occupying forces against indigenous peoples, and the political, cultural and militaristic tools that have been used in the exploitation of our lands and our people.

Most of us can still identify the after-shocks of colonialism on the course of our lives. Some of us share family memories of the atrocities of war that came with revolution against occupying forces. Some of us are in America as refugees fleeing the violence of war. As Americans and/or descendant of certain Asian nations, many of us are complicit as colonizers; some of us also still live as colonized peoples today, and for many of us that fight against the colonizers rages on.

It is true that I am not Muslim and I am not Palestinian. I also do not need to share in those identities to see the connection between their struggles and my own political narratives. I do not need to share in those identities to recognize the humanity of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, and to lament their devastating and senseless slaughter. I do not need to share in those identities to stand in solidarity.

I need only be human.

The mother of one of the children killed Wednesday on a Gaza beach by Israeli forces grieves the death of her child. (Photo credit: Daily Mail)The mother of one of the children killed Wednesday on a Gaza beach by Israeli forces grieves the death of her child. (Photo credit: Daily Mail)

I do not know how to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. All I know is that this bloodshed has got to end.

Millions of activists around the world — including protesters in many Asian countries — have taken up the cause of the Palestinian people fighting against occupying Israeli forces. It is time for Asian Americans to join our voices to this expanding international chorus of outrage.It is time for us — as AAPI and as moral humans —  to take a vocal stand in solidarity with Palestinian people, and all our Muslim American brothers and sisters in the States. We can no longer allow others to pay the price for our silence; for now we are again reminded that the price of our silence is too high.

Acknowledgement: Many thanks to Tazila Ahmed (@tazzystar) for inspiring, and providing many resources, in the writing of this article.

iluvjessemac:

I just want to know how ANYONE can consider killing 4 innocent children playing soccer on a beach “self defense”…

thedemsocialist:

Remember what Malcolm X said

thedemsocialist:

Remember what Malcolm X said

oneclassywhore said: Hamas uses their own people as human shields, tells them to ignore Israeli warnings. Israel provides food and aid for them. More than 100 rockets fired from Gaza landed in Gaza and killed people. Your blog is just sad..

standwithpalestine:

I’ve just had an idea. Whenever I get messages full of lies like this one I’m going to reply with 3 things off the top of my head people should know about Israel that mainstream media doesn’t tell them.

Since the deliberate murder carried out by the Israeli military of four Palestinian kids on the beach is still fresh in my head I’m going to make these three points football related:

  1. Israeli soldiers shot and killed 13-year-old Hamid Younis Abu Daqqa while he was playing football. He was wearing the Real Madrid jersey at the time.
  2. Israel can’t stand the idea of Palestinians being successful. They want them to remain living like dogs. What happens when they manage to find two promising Palestinian teenagers on their way home from football practice? 

    They shot ten bullets into the feet of 19-year-old Jawhar Nasser Jawhar and a bullet in each foot of Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17. The boys were then mauled by checkpoint dogs and beaten.
  3. Israel imprisoned and tortured Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak for three years claiming he was part of a JiHaDi gRoUp. They released him only after a 96-day hunger strike. No evidence or anything of course, simply an excuse to stop his career.

oneclassywhore said: Hamas uses their own people as human shields, tells them to ignore Israeli warnings. Israel provides food and aid for them. More than 100 rockets fired from Gaza landed in Gaza and killed people. Your blog is just sad..

standwithpalestine:

I’ve just had an idea. Whenever I get messages full of lies like this one I’m going to reply with 3 things off the top of my head people should know about Israel that mainstream media doesn’t tell them.

Since the deliberate murder carried out by the Israeli military of four Palestinian kids on the beach is still fresh in my head I’m going to make these three points football related:

  1. Israeli soldiers shot and killed 13-year-old Hamid Younis Abu Daqqa while he was playing football. He was wearing the Real Madrid jersey at the time.
  2. Israel can’t stand the idea of Palestinians being successful. They want them to remain living like dogs. What happens when they manage to find two promising Palestinian teenagers on their way home from football practice? 

    They shot ten bullets into the feet of 19-year-old Jawhar Nasser Jawhar and a bullet in each foot of Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17. The boys were then mauled by checkpoint dogs and beaten.
  3. Israel imprisoned and tortured Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak for three years claiming he was part of a JiHaDi gRoUp. They released him only after a 96-day hunger strike. No evidence or anything of course, simply an excuse to stop his career.

momo33me:

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign demonstration, Dublin 19. July 2014

standwithpalestine:

It’s actually bigger than huge.

standwithpalestine:

It’s actually bigger than huge.

ijustsneeze:

Am I the only one who gets kind of upset that Tumblr seems to care more about Nash Grier saying stupid shit than a civillian airplane most likely being shot with a missile and Israel basically invading Gaza? Maybe it’s because I’m Dutch and a lot of Dutch people died on that plane but it really just bothers me how selective Tumblr seems to be with what they freak out about.

richxsoul:

Sad how accurate this is

richxsoul:

Sad how accurate this is

ridge:

i have never felt so bad for a confused mother

ridge:

i have never felt so bad for a confused mother