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A brief history of Israel's wars on Gaza, 2008-2023, a 🧵.
2008-9: Israel killed 1,400 Gazans (who killed 3 Israeli civilians). The Goldstone Report found no justifiable military objective was identified in 90% of Israel's deadly attacks on Palestinian civilians & that Israel's goal was “punish, humiliate & terrorize civilians.” Image
2012: Israel killed 171 Gazans (who killed 4 Israeli civilians); 60% of Gazan victims were civilians; the war started when Israel assassinated Ahmed Jabari, who was about to sign a permanent ceasefire with Israel. Israel preferred war to strengthen it’s “deterrence capacity.” Image
2014: Israel killed >1,500 Gazan civilians (who killed 6 Israeli civilians). Israel launched 6,000 airstrikes on Gaza, mostly on residential buildings. In 40% of investigated cases, the @UN found no explanation for bombing civilians, concluding Israel likely committed war crimes Image
2018-9: Israel killed 223 Palestinians & Israeli snipers left 6,106 Palestinians with life-changing wounds (0 Israeli casualties) after 10s of thousands of unarmed overwhelmingly peaceful Gazans marched to the fence, demanding the right of return and protesting against the siege. Image
2021: Israel killed 261 Gazans (who killed 14 Israelis); 113,000 Palestinians were internally displaced; Airwars report concluded: in 70% of the deadly airstrikes on civilians, no militants or military targets were found & Israel indiscriminately targeted dense civilian areas. Image
Overwhelming evidence suggests Israel has indiscriminately targeted civilians in every war it has waged on Gaza; that it uses disproportionate force & that it imposes collective punishment on the people of Gaza. Yet not a single Israeli leader has ever been held to account.

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Oct 10
Some watching, reading & listening recommendations to educate yourself on Gaza ⤵️ Image
Watch the films /docs:

Gaza Fights for Freedom
Born in Gaza
Gaza Surf Club
Gaza: 60-Minute Warning
Gaza in Context…

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Sep 18
Many Israel enthusiasts work tirelessly to conflate Judaism & Zionism (e.g. @ADL)

They want us all to believe that rejecting Zionism is antisemitic or anti-Jewish.

This is, in a word, abso---f---ckingly---lutely insane.

A little about The American Council for Judaism ⤵️ Image
The Council was founded in 1942. Its mission: reject Zionism

That's correct, Reform Jews in the US founded an anti-Zionist organization during the holocaust

They believed a free & democratic society would provide the best guarantee for the well-being of Jews wherever they lived
The council strongly supported the political emancipation & social integration of Jews & opposed granting Jews special privileges

The council accused Zionists of sharing w/ antisemites many false notions about Jews & Judaism e.g. Jews ought to live separated lives from non-Jews
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Sep 10
If i was able to re-word this tweet, i would have re-phrased the first sentence. instead of saying "jews love to talk about antisemitism" (problematic framing, 100% agreed, apologies), i would have said: there's a powerful campaign to describe criticism of israel as antisemitism
campaign pushed by @TheIHRA & @ADL. They r zealously describing non-antisemitism as antisemitism so Israel can carry on its apartheid & occupation & forcible expulsion of Palestinians from their homes.

antisemitism is being used to commit atrocities:
they are doing this so that people are afraid to criticize Israel for fear of being labeled antisemitic. I personally know many people who have told me, "i can't say what I actually think about Israel's apartheid regime b/c i'm worried i'll be accused of being antisemitic"
Read 4 tweets
Sep 8
Jews in the US love to talk about antisemitism. That's b/c it makes Jews out to be victims.

Jews in the US don't love to talk about privilege.

Yet my *personal* experience as a Jew in the US is one of tremendous privilege, blessing & support, not of victimhood. A 🧵
Most American Jews live in communities w/ strong communal institutions that support underprivileged families and households. I benefited from this significantly. My family got money so I could go to Jewish school and Jewish summer camp.
I was informed during my senior year of high school that I received a $20,000 scholarship for college -- a scholarship I didn't even apply for.

I was automatically eligible as a Jewish student at my high school for having done nothing other than be born Jewish.
Read 9 tweets
Sep 3
There is an ongoing attempt to erase all things 🇵🇸 Palestine 🇵🇸

Israel & its supporters are trying to obliterate Palestinian culture / identity / people.

Many tried to do this to us Jews, erase our identity. Now so many Jews 😢 are doing this to the Palestinians. A 🧵 Image
They are trying to cancel pro-Palestine music:

In 2011, the BBC censored @MicRighteous for saying #FreePalestine:

Since 2022, UK pro-Israel groups have been trying to compel Spotify to remove @Lowkey0nline's Free Palestine song……

A number of pilots have touchdown in Tel Aviv-Yafo, & said welcome to Israel-Palestine or welcome to Palestine.

Israel and its supporters have tried to get the pilots fired. Here's a thread summarizing these incidents:
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Aug 23
A lot of people wonder...

What did people in the Arab world call Palestine in the 1870s & 1880s (i.e. before Zionism)?

Short answer: They called in Palestine.

Long answer: 🧵 Image
The Lebanese writer Khalil Sarkis published a book on the history of Jerusalem in 1874, using the word Palestine as the standard name of the region:

Kitab Urshalim, ayy al-Quds al-Sharif (Beirut: Matba‘at al-Ma‘arif, 1874), e.g. 2, 24, 39, 167-8, 173, 176…
The scholar Butrus al-Bustani published al-Jinan in the 1870s. These articles mention Palestine:

al-Isra’iliyyun, 3 (1872):328
Finiqiyya 1 (1870):373-6
Khitab fi Tarikh wa-l-Jughrafiya 4(1873):10
al-Huyam fi Futuh al-Sham 5(1874): 173-9; 606

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