‘Israel kidnapped us in international water and stole our boat and medical supplies’ – Media Diversified
Personnel of some sort or another would be at your side continually barking at you or playing the good cop bad cop routine with some depressing individual or another. Everyone was following orders. Everyone was ‘just doing their job’ when told we were were kidnapped in international water. None of us made their facade of circus easy for them. I refused point blank everything they asked of me and was vocal enough against all officials that they eventually decided I was ‘crazy’ and my voice was hoarse the next day.
We spent several days in prison in Givon, a prison for deportees, before we were eventually deported from a country we had not chosen to enter and which regarded us as illegal immigrants.
I heard enough blatant racism towards Palestinians muttered by Israeli occupation forces at all levels including from the prison guards, to show me that in spite of Israel’s status as a colonising occupying force, I was unprepared for just how deeply the hyper-nationalism Israel is maintained by had been internalised. Just like other colonies, it was many of the black and brown Israelis working in the police and prison service, who seemed the most bigoted and who had internalised Israel’s pathologization of the Palestinian people the most.
That’s why it’s important to raise international support and pressure when highlighting issues like the blockade of Gaza. The situation in Palestine cannot continue. Palestinians must secure their own freedom but it’s up to us on the outside to offer them as many ways as we can to support them. There is a link between the Palestinians and all colonised people around the world, and sons and daughters of those communities still living under the shadow and the yolk of the effects of colonialism and racism. All people have the right to freedom and determination within their own lands. The Palestinians are silenced every day and it’s up to us to speak up with them.
The fear/hatred, racism and bigotry in the US government which is controlled by the 1 percent pro corporate elite is mirrored by those nations that the US now supports with BILLIONS in military aid and best buddies status; despotic Saudi Arabia, human rights violating Communist China, dictatorial Russia, and Apartheid Israel. Fascists always support other fascists, just as birds of a feather flock together.
The last time fascist nations got together it was Nazi Germany, Italy, Japan, against anti fascist nations, which led to a world war… Where are the fascist nations going this time around?