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Old January 1st, 2011, 05:46 PM   #1
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A hope for the Palestinians caught in between political forces?



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Gazan youth issue manifesto to vent their anger with all sides in the conflict



An anonymous group of students has created a document to express their frustration born of Hamas's violent crackdowns on 'western decadence', the destruction wreaked by Israel's attacks and the political games played by Fatah and the UN



Ana Carbajosa

The Observer, Sunday 2 January 2011



The meeting takes place in a bare room in a block of flats in the centre of Gaza City. No photographs, no real names those are the conditions.



This is the first time that a group of young Palestinian cyber-activists has agreed to meet a journalist since launching what it calls Gaza Youth's Manifesto for Change. It is an incendiary document written with courage and furious energy that has captivated thousands of people who have come across it online, and the young university students are visibly excited, but also scared. "Not only are our lives in danger; we are also putting our families at risk," says one of them, who calls himself Abu George....
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011...to-palestinian



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"F**k Hamas. F**k Israel. F**k Fatah. F**k UN. F**k UNWRA. F**k USA! We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the international community!



"We want to scream and break this wall of silence, injustice and indifference like the Israeli F16s breaking the wall of sound; scream with all the power in our souls in order to release this immense frustration that consumes us because of this f**king situation we live in...



"We are sick of being caught in this political struggle; sick of coal-dark nights with airplanes circling above our homes; sick of innocent farmers getting shot in the buffer zone because they are taking care of their lands; sick of bearded guys walking around with their guns abusing their power, beating up or incarcerating young people demonstrating for what they believe in; sick of the wall of shame that separates us from the rest of our country and keeps us imprisoned in a stamp-sized piece of land; sick of being portrayed as terrorists, home-made fanatics with explosives in our pockets and evil in our eyes; sick of the indifference we meet from the international community, the so-called experts in expressing concerns and drafting resolutions but cowards in enforcing anything they agree on; we are sick and tired of living a shitty life, being kept in jail by Israel, beaten up by Hamas and completely ignored by the rest of the world.



"There is a revolution growing inside of us, an immense dissatisfaction and frustration that will destroy us unless we find a way of canalising this energy into something that can challenge the status quo and give us some kind of hope.



"We barely survived the Operation Cast Lead, where Israel very effectively bombed the shit out of us, destroying thousands of homes and even more lives and dreams. During the war we got the unmistakable feeling that Israel wanted to erase us from the face of the Earth. During the last years, Hamas has been doing all they can to control our thoughts, behaviour and aspirations. Here in Gaza we are scared of being incarcerated, interrogated, hit, tortured, bombed, killed. We cannot move as we want, say what we want, do what we want.



"ENOUGH! Enough pain, enough tears, enough suffering, enough control, limitations, unjust justifications, terror, torture, excuses, bombings, sleepless nights, dead civilians, black memories, bleak future, heart-aching present, disturbed politics, fanatic politicians, religious bullsh*t, enough incarceration! WE SAY STOP! This is not the future we want! We want to be free. We want to be able to live a normal life. We want peace. Is that too much to ask?"
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Old January 1st, 2011, 05:57 PM   #2
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http://www.guardian....sto-palestinian



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The writing style of the manifesto seems to have a suspiciously American diction, syntax and slang style.
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Believe it or not, but the single most powerful "weapon" ever devised to unseat tyrants was and is blue jeans and rock 'n' roll.



Even in the darkest days of the USSR, this force was powerful. It remains powerful today.
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Believe it or not, but the single most powerful "weapon" ever devised to unseat tyrants was and is blue jeans and rock 'n' roll.



Even in the darkest days of the USSR, this force was powerful. It remains powerful today.




True, but is Gaza really a big " blue jeans and rock n roll" kind of place?



If it works to settle that place down, good.
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True, but is Gaza really a big " blue jeans and rock n roll" kind of place?



If it works to settle that place down, good.




Why wouldn't it be? I know that the image of all Arabs as terrorists screaming "Allah Akbar," who hate anything Christian and anything Western was planted deep in the psyches of Americans (not pointing a finger at you, Leigh, to be clear), but it a bogus image.



In the final analysis, people are people, and especially young people, unattached to the crap of their elders, are people. While their elders debate who did what to whom and who's to blame and who's to hate, Gazan young people are positioned pretty well to call "BS" on everybody, because everybody takes their turns screwing the Palestinian people, and first in line is indeed Hamas although sometimes Israel cuts in line.



A similar manifesto could be written about the tag-team gangbanging of Americans by the Ds and the Rs.
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The best advice anyone can offer Gazan youths is to get the fuck out before it is too late.
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As said in the article, that's exactly what some try to do, and are thwarted by the Israelis.
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As said in the article, that's exactly what some try to do, and are thwarted by the Israelis.




Have you ever noticed that in Israel, Jews and Arabs essentially look alike? You could always disquise yourself as one of the other to get by a checkpoint.
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The best advice anyone can offer Gazan youths is to get the fuck out before it is too late.


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