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Chag Sameach to those who Celebrate and a Good Weekend to those who don't!

I wrote briefly about what the meaning of Pesach is earlier this week, but I thought it was worth reiterating on the actual day of the Holiday.

The meaning of Passover is that of freedom and self-determination. It's probably the reason it's my favourite holiday, as the actual Hagaddah (the small book of the Telling of Pesach over the years and generations) tells us that every generation must behave as though it had been released from bondage.
To me that also means we must remember those still in bondage and suffering under oppression - Like the Palestinians who due to security for the holiday have had whatever was left of their freedom movement completely revoked in the West Bank, it's same old, same old in Gaza - and persecution - like the Darfurain refugees which have come into Israel escaping genocide and have been treated like infiltrating spies by virtue of them being Muslims.

In most Traditional Haggadot the verse: "שפוך חמתך על הגויים" appears, it translates as "Pour thy wrath upon the nations" - that is GD punish those who aren't Jews that don't recognise us, which is, ummm, a "teeny" bit racist and will, ahem, be replaced with a more progressive supplement I will devise by next year. We spoke a bit about what I mention above, but no enough and not at any length, so I felt it was a bit of a miss, but there is always the rest of the year to raise awareness of the goings on this little stretch of desert scape, mountain and shore.

I think this is the first year where the meaning of the holiday to me went beyond just what the holiday represented to me and my family.
A good thing by all accounts methinks.

This is probably it regarding meta-holiday musings.
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It would seem that since the IDF took over the control of the border the rate of Women trafficking over the Egyptian-Israel border has dropped sharply.

Excellent! One step forward.

But far more Sudanese (i.e. refugees from Darfur) have been seeking asylum in Israel.

Fuck. Two steps back.

Read it about it here and in English.
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The march for the Darfurian refugees went very well, there were tons of people, music and (a sorta) equal amount of black and white people, which is always good.
Held a sign and was caught for a second on TV (red shirt, purple scarf, short hair - hard to miss) and am feeling really good about the whole raising awareness stuff.

Tomorrow I'm going olive picking with other volunteers in the villages just outside Tul-Karem in the West Bank (between the Green Line and the Security Wall) and am looking forward to it. I'll write about it tomorrow and maybe (if I remember, since I'll be waking up early, groggy and grumpy) I'll take pictures and post 'em.

Maybe.

Decided to stop signing my posts with the request to stop the genocide, I do what I can in real life and write about it what I know online.
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Well, I'm off to raise awareness about the plight of the Darfurian refugees in Israel and about the genocide in Darfur itself.

We shall march through the centre of Tel-Aviv and make some noise to all the people shopping there.

I'm sure it will be fun.

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לקוח מאתר הגדה השמאלית:
סולידריות עם הפליטים המבקשים מקלט בישראל
מצעד המונים עם פליטים ומבקשי מקלט בישראל. בואו להפגין סולידריות ולדרוש זכויות לפליטים ולמבקשי מקלט, יום שישי, 2 בנובמבר מהבוקר. 9:30 התכנסות בשדרות רוטשילד 32 (פינת נחלת בנימין). 10:30 יציאה למצעד. 12:00 סיום המצעד ברחבת הסינמטק ואז: הופעות חיות, מוזיקה, נאומים חוצבי להבות, דוכני מידע. ארגונים משתתפים: אמנסטי, רופאים לזכויות אדם, מוקד סיוע לעובדים זרים, אס"ף, פעילים למען פליטים, המרכז לקידום פליטים אפריקאים.




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I suppose it's a good thing I'm so self absorbed in feeling, well, basically content that I feel I have nothing to write about.

Though reading and watching the News makes me want to pull my hairs out by the roots!

I don't get it, really I don't.

My government is just stupid. Plain and simple. Sending off Darfurian refugees back to Egypt who are much more likely to send them back to Sudan, right into the hands of the leadership that supplies the Janjaweed with the weapons and legitimacy to massacre them.

Israel is obsessed with the Holocaust, and while the Holocaust has to be remembered and recognized for what it was, it should also inculcate a regard for humanity and all that very nice Yoko-and-Lennon-y things.

Yeah, well, we know it hasn't.

We're so obsessed in feeling "secure" we forget to see the people that suffer at the hand of our security. It's not black and white, obviously, but to chuck out people out a country who sought refuge from killers who regard them as sub-human, or not human at all, well shouldn't that trigger some kind of reaction?
Add to that the basic disregard the majority of Israeli society to the fact that the Darfurinas refugees were tossed out on their ears.
As though the majority of Israeli society regards anyone other than a Jewish Israeli a human being.

Ach.

And I was really trying to be optimistic this week.

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I am obviously truly back home when I find websites to link to.
This one is important.
Most of you know that various British Institutions (universities) and Organizations (the journalists) have been calling to boycott Israel because of Human Rights Issues.
My regular readers know what I think, so it's really silly for me to repeat myself ad infinitum about the subject of the Occupation, War, Peace and Ideals.

There is a call to boycott Israel, but not China. There is a massive media attention towards the Occupied Territories, but in Sudan, Darfur has been "somewhat" ignored since 2003.

Fight the Boycott and find out what issues you really care about.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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Amnesty International have a campaign called Instant Karma, which is a project aimed at "making some noise" about the crisis and genocide going on in the Darfur region of Sudan.
More than 50 artists have come together to create an Album of John Lennon covers in which all proceeds will go to help the people who have been displaced.

Among the artists are U2, Aerosmith, Christina Aguilera, Greenday and more.

Greenday have covered John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" which you can view here.

Even if you don't intend to buy this album, visit the website and learn about the crisis and see what you can do in order to raise awareness and help the people suffering in Sudan and the neighboring countries.

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Fandom is fun.
Really, all the writing I've done in my LJ about Buffy, Comic Books and etc, is a little bit of fun.

But let's put things into perspective, fandom is "unreality", it's a mirror, a mirror which, in my opinion is distorted to show a deeper truth into the way people are categorized and pigeonholed and depicted in Real Life.

The plight of the Statue of Mary Jane is not on par with Genital Mutilation in North Africa and the Middle East.

The Rage I feel about female characters in Comic Books and TV, is far less to what I feel about the fact that in Israel, women are still bound and anchored to their husbands when their divorce s denied and that one if four women is sexually assaulted at least once in her life and that one in seven men are sexually assaulted at least once in their lives as well.

The letters I wrote to Marvel and DC, are part of being active in fandom. I feel active as human being when I go to Pride Marches, demonstrating for the people in Darfur and marching to raise awareness about Domestic Violence which is the number one cause of death among women.

There is so much shit in the world and we must do something about it all, not just I've mentioned above, but beyond.
If the amount of women, people in general taking up arms in reaction to MJ did the same about the pervasion of Rape in our culture and in other media, not just in general, but every time someone, man or woman, child or middle aged, teenager or senior citizen, on television or in a movie was raped, and be outraged the shame and guilt would be placed on the perpetrator and not the victim, which is still happening, victim blaming is still an issue sexual assault survivors have to deal with.
If a fraction of the people who came to the Rally that called the Prime-Minister to resign, came to the demonstration for Darfur (which I attended both, they were the same week), we would have received a hell of a lot more news coverage rather than a mention in the papers and barely a glimpse on the evening news.

Basically, people, if you're paying attention, could you be outraged with me?

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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Someone asked me why I've started signing all my posts with "In addition, I the genocide in Darfur must be stopped."

I've seen this phenomena on several Israeli blogs, but it is in fact a tradition instilled by Cato the Elder who in his later years was known for closing all his Senate addresses with "Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam." which is Latin for: "Moreover, I advise that Carthage must be destroyed."

He said this at the end of all his speeches no matter what the subject was about.

It was a clear way of raising awareness to a danger the majority of Rome was ignoring, since Carthage had already been beat before.

Well this is a modern rendition of the same act, in order to raise awareness to the genocide in Darfur.

It is just one more thing we can do to try and stop the extermination of people of every age and gender, simply because they live in an area of Sudan where Muslim Extremists decided they cannot live anymore.

The world is ignoring this and is continuing the slippery slope of Africa being abandoned and destroyed.

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On Sunday the 29th of April I went to a demonstration against the appalling treatment refugees from Darfur a region of Sudan, are receiving from the Israeli government.

These refugees are escaping from the Janjaweed, who are raping, murdering and massacring them with the intent of exterminating them, using territorial and religious objectives.

Instead of asylum, over 300 people have been put in a detention center in Israel. There is no place for them here, they are not entitled to food, work or health care, except as prisoners of the state.
These are survivors of genocide.

Genocide is not something that happened more than half a century ago.
Genocide is not something that is happening half a continent away.
It is happening here and now and it is happening under our nose.
And the world is ignoring it, just like it ignored the Armenian slaughter, the Nazi Holocaust, the Cambodian killing fields, Kosovo and Sarajevo, Rwanda...

The green ribbon is the Save Darfur! Campaign ribbon and it will be going up on my profile in order to keep traffic going to the campaign website.
Go there, and spread this over your LJ and blogs.

This is important, human lives are at stake... this is our reality and our humanity.
Think of the future. Don't stand aside and say you didn't know.



Thanks to Mummy and Robbie for helping me write this very important post.
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מחזירים את האור לפליטי דרפור.

ביום א' 29.4 בשעה 18:00 תתקיים עצרת מחאה ברחבת קרית הממשלה בת"א, דרך מנחם בגין 125 (מול עזריאלי). מחאה על אוזלת ידה של הקהילה הבינלאומית ; תביעה למציאת לפתרון בר-קיימא כ-300 מבקשי המקלט הסודאנים הנמצאים בישראל, רובם בכלא. העצרת מאורגנת על-ידי אמנסטי ישראל.

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on me...an adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.

*KABOOM!*

-"V for Vendetta"

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