Jan 12 2009

Globe & Post: Protesters With A Dark Sense of Humor?

Interesting juxtaposition of the Palestinian flags at the protest on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery this weekend, below a giant poster promoting the art of the feminist revolution.
Israel Palestine Protest Jan 09 051
As the Palestine Monitor (most definitely NOT part of the CanWest media empire) will tell you, Palestinians have a serious issue to address in their own civil society irrespective of the current conflict with Israel:

The women of the West Bank and Gaza strip also face more a personal and hidden danger. This danger is far less documented than the ongoing Israeli human rights violations, and is a danger that Palestinian society is far less willing to challenge. It leaves Palestinian women humiliated, maimed, and sometimes dead. This danger is physical, sexual and psychological domestic abuse.

Violence against women in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) is widespread and chronic, yet it remains under the radar. Women find it difficult to report abuses because there is little or no legal framework in place to protect them – and because the “honor” of their families is considered more important than the crimes committed against them.

The challenge for both Israelis and the Palestinians is determining what kind of societies they want to have in a post-war environment. Particularly for Palestinian women, these questions can’t be left to wait for final-status talks on the future Palestinian state.

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8 Responses to “Globe & Post: Protesters With A Dark Sense of Humor?”

  1. Blairon 12 Jan 2009 at 2:34 pm

    You are correct when you say that sexism and patriarchy are questions internal to the Palestinian society. And I worry in particular that as as relgious political factions gain sway, that these groups will impose their will and seek to restrict womens lives and choices. Amnesty International for example documents the rise of violence against women in Palestine which often goes unpunished. But the same report also shows how women in particular bear the brunt of the Israeli occupation. Tens of thousands of Palestinians – most of them women and children – have been made homeless by Israeli home demolitions, the report says. The organisation blames the Israeli military for not allowing Palestinian women unimpeded access to medical treatment.
    Scores of women have been forced to give birth at army checkpoints, the group say.

    How is it that you are able to reconcile support a blockade on Gaza which has brought about a humanitarian crisis according to the Red Cross? You support a the a bombardment which has killed over 900 people, many of them women and children, tearing apart familes and making people internal refugees. It is rapidly turning Gaza into a kind of squalid, hopeless ghetto disconnected friom the outside world, preciselu the kind of conditions in which fundementalist patriachy tends to flourish.

  2. Dagon 12 Jan 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Here’s the title of a piece from the Downtown Eastside Enquirer on the rally at the synagogue last Thursday:

    A Thousand Israel Supporters Turn Out to “Battle for Truth” Rally in Vancouver.


    Regarding the lives of women in Islam, I call it “whimmitude.”

  3. Blairon 12 Jan 2009 at 2:36 pm

    The langauge of war, domination and destruction seems to me identical to that of chauvinism and patriarchy. It’s well past time for you to seriously reconsider your approach

  4. jnarveyon 12 Jan 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Blair, it is well past time for your to seriously reconsider sounding like a douche-bag.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  5. melvilleon 12 Jan 2009 at 10:27 pm

    You’re concerned about what the state of women in Gaza will be after you’re done destroying their infrustrucrue, killling their kids, attacking thier school and buildings, blocking paramedics from reaching their loved ones and terrorizing them. Talk about hubris

  6. jnarveyon 12 Jan 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Melville’s comment is a perfect example of a disturbing phenomenon I’ve noticed from the willing stooges of Hamas: Anyone who explains the right of Israel as a democratic UN-member state to defend itself from rocket attacks is not merely seen as being aligned with the “Little Satan”, but accused of being guilty of violent acts.

    Notice Melville’s language: It’s not the IDF “destroying their infrustrucrue” (sic). It’s not the IDF “killing their kids”. It’s me. I am personally wandering around Gaza causing mass destruction and terror.

    It’s this kind of sick thinking that leads gangs of Muslim youth in Europe to beat up Jews, jihadi-spouting thugs to firebomb synagogues, and other Muslim fascists to target Madonna for beheading, from the perspective that maiming or killing Jews in North America or Europe will somehow solve the conflicts in Gaza, Kashmir or Chechnya.

    I’ve let Melville’s comment stay only as an illustration of the phenomena, but I will automatically delete any comment from this lunatic in future.

  7. Earnest Canuckon 14 Jan 2009 at 1:33 am

    I would note that Hamas can’t skate; that Fatah can’t dance; and that Jews generally can’t boogie. However! Let’s pipe up some good THC, JN., and go see *Defiance* tomorrah/ today.

  8. jnarveyon 14 Jan 2009 at 9:13 am

    Sounds like a plan!

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