Abir Kopty مدوّنة عبير قبطي

You will never be free until you respect the freedom of others


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Israeli soldier’s T-shirt: “Every Arab mother will cry”

A friend on Facebook, Wa’ed Ghantous, from Haifa, just published this post and I’m sharing it on my blog.

Her sister took this photo today, November 28th, 2016, of a T-shirt wore by an Israeli, most probably a soldier, on the train between Jaffa to Tel Aviv. The T-shirt reads (in Hebrew):

“When earthquake happens and the Indians hit, every Arab mother will cry.”

Worth noting, the term “Indians” is a common name to refer to the Golani Brigade, which is an elite worrier army unit in the Israeli military, that participated in all Israeli wars.

The use the “Indians” in this context, to indicate a thirst for murder is also very disturbing, outrageous and offensive to the Native Americans.

 

“When earthquake happens and the Indians hit, every Arab mother will cry.”

“When earthquake happens and the Indians hit, every Arab mother will cry.”

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A Middle Eastern Take on Trump’s Election

Dear American people, Congrats for the new president! There are 59 Million of you who are celebrating this. Let me tell you how things look like from the other part of the world, the Middle East.

Some people here are happy as you are, but for a different reason. They see Trump as representing the true face of America: white supremacy. He does not try to beautify racism, elitism, xenophobia behind rhetorics, he says it as it is. They think for what America has done in the world, this is what suits it best. Others wary his deeds as a president, internally and towards the outside. However, both camps agree on one thing: He is a very bad choice. And he is no different from the leaders we are fighting to overthrow here.

Not that they see Hillary as a better choice. The contrary. In fact the Middle East’s bon-tone was that these elections are about the lesser of evils. So make no doubt.

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Now that you know you have made a bad choice in the eyes of the rest of the world, regardless if you think it’s right, and regardless if it was through free elections, let’s recall history. What happens if the US is not happy with people’s choice in the rest of the world?  Continue reading


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كل أوسلو ونحن لسنا بخير..

قبل ٢٣ سنة، أبعدنا عن التحرر ٢٣٠ سنة.. 

جاءتنا قيادة خافت من الشارع وخافت تخسر سلطتها فعملت سلطة، والسلطة سيطرت على منظمة التحرير، والمنظمة صارت صورة بتتعلق عالحيط. 

الاحتلال صار مربح اكتر… سيطرة اكتر تكاليف أقل.. وضحكوا علينا بروابط مدن. 

وحكمت الشلة ووزعت بينها المناصب، وارتبطت مصالحها بمصالح الاحتلال، وصارت تعرف انه بقاءها يعني بقاء الاحتلال، لان اذا راح الاحتلال رح تروح معاه ومن هنا جاء التنسيق الامني المقدس. وأحيانا برضه بسمّوه محاربة “الفلتان الامني”..  Continue reading


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In the name of “leftism”!

This week I came across an event that I can’t stay indifferent about:

An Israeli guy is organizing this cultural Arabic event in Berlin:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1252952224729814/

and you may also be interested in looking at this event too: https://www.facebook.com/events/1639583686369554/)

Why? because he can, because it is Berlin, because Arab culture is profitable and trendy now, and because why not?

When I tried to explore more, I got the answer that he is a “leftist” Israeli who moved to live in Berlin.

So being a “leftist” – which I’m not sure what does that exactly mean- becomes a “ticket” for cultural appropriation, nice!

The only way I can think about it is that he left a colonialist state but did not leave the colonialist practices, under the subtext of being a leftist and he is now in Berlin where everyone should live in peace and forget about reality and politics.

Even though the intentions can be purely money making. I suggest we look deeper. In my opinion this is about colonialist practices moving with someone from a place to another, taking different shapes. To put it simple, for me, there is a mentality of “occupier” that stays in someone that has not fully rejected his supremacist privilege which he was granted by a system of colonialism. When he/she claims to be “leftist”, this mentality makes him/her believe that as a privileged (leftist), he can do whatever.

Secondly, the Israeli occupation has controlled all our spaces, including cultural spaces. So when you are in Berlin, you think that finally you can have a space away of this control/domination. But no, someone will make sure to intrude on these spaces.

Lastly, this is not only a cultural appropriation, but also a type of whitewashing. The image that many Israelis who move to Berlin try to create; of Israelis and Arabs getting along together and, hence, life is great, is exactly what an Israeli “leftist” should be avoiding doing.

I really hope people do not make it a superficial debate on “freedoms”. This guy is free to organize this event. I can’t prevent him and I won’t. But I can criticize his practice and call people to make conscious decisions when they decide to attend/not attend such events.

Berlin is not an utopian place. Berlin is a great and rich city of diversity. But it has lots of stories about refuge, lost homelands and lives. Those who have experienced these tragedies, would not want them to be whitewashed by a party.

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The Israeli Military is grateful to the NYTimes

It is really hard to ignore New York Times’ headline for the story on the disturbing video of the execution of the young Palestinian Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif, (21). Al-Sharif was executed along with Ramzi Kasrawi, (21), in Hebron on Thursday, March 24th.

I know it’s NYT after all, and pointing it out, like we did in hundreds of other cases, might not change anything, but still one can not and should not skip such outrageous journalistic practices.

The NYT chose this headline Israel Soldier Detained in Shooting of Palestinian” to cover a crime that was filmed (otherwise would go unnoticed), showing two disturbing scenes, both are equally severe (and painful): An Israeli soldier executes a motionless and injured young Palestinian man in Hebron, by a bullet in the head from point zero, the other soldiers carry on as if nothing happened, and second, Israeli medics and soldiers, ignore the injured Palestinian (before he was shot the second time), and leave him lying on the ground like he was a piece of trash. 

 

The problem though is not only with the headline, the 900 words and 18 Paragraphs article, gave the major weight for the military propaganda. Continue reading


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يوم المرأة: إحنا مش ضد المجتمع المجتمع هو اللي ضدنا

Photo by Mohamad Waleed

Photo by Mohamad Waleed

احنا مش ضد المجتمع، المجتمع هو اللي ضدنا.

معركتنا مش نساء ضد الرجال وانما نساء (وكمشة رجال نسويين) ضد الذكورية في المجتمع واللي بتمنح الرجل سلطة مطلقة وامتيازات. 

قضية المرأة بتتكنسش تحت الطاولة لحد ما يخلص الاستعمار او اي نظام قمعي. تحرر المرأة وشرائح أخرى في المجتمع هو جزء من مفهوم التحرر الحقيقي من القمع. وهذا مش شعار. 

لما بتتعامل مع قضية المرأة بسخرية وتسطيح، بكون إما هروب من مواجهة النقاش، أو إنك بدك تلعبها عالحبلين. 

ارحمونا من تسطيح النسوية بان النسوية معناها البنت تربي شعر رجليها وتحت اباطها. المرأة عندها سلطة على جسدها وحرة شو تعمل. بتقدر كمان تقرر انها تحلق شعر رجليها وتحط ماكياج وتكون برضه نسوية. 

ارحمونا من تسطيح النسوية بان النسوية معناها نلغي الفروق البيولوجية ونصير بالزبط زي الرجال. لا حبيبي، مش هدفنا نصير زيك. 

وصح، في فعلا كثير نساء ذكوريات، لما بيوصلوا لمركز سلطوي مثلا، بيتقنوا سلطوية الرجال. هدول ما بمثلوا النسوية الجذرية. فارحمونا من التعميم.  

في نسوية سطحية، بتشوف انه حقوق المرأة تعني انها تصير، مثلا، قائد اركان في الجيش، وفي نسوية جذرية، بدها تغير علاقات القوى في المجتمع، مش بس بين الرجال والنساء، بل بين الأغنياء والفقراء، بين القامع والمقموع، وهذول بشملوا نساء ورجال ومغايرين جنسيا.

آه وفي شغلة أخيرة. لما نحكيك عن تحرر المرأة، مثلنا الأعلى مش المرأة في الغرب. المرأة في الغرب تحتاج أيضا إلى عملية تحررية. 

بس اكيد العملية التحررية اللي منطمح الها، بتهدد مكانتك كرجل يحمل امتيازات. 

صباح النضال والتحرر.

 


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Teaching us how to conduct our struggle must be a tiring job

I have few comments on Larry Derfner’s article in Haaretz:
Firstly: I found it absurd when an Israeli journalist want to teach us how to do the ‪#‎BDS‬ correct! I mean, I know you know better than us what to do with us, but bekhyat.
Secondly: It’s amazing how many Israelis (who claim to be for Palestinian rights) always resort to (and hide behind) “the concern for Palestinian labor” to argue against #BDS.
This is a demagogical and shallow argument.
The Palestinian labor rights are violated ultimately and constantly by the occupation, in so many ways. Not only their social rights are violated, the colonialist project impedes any natural- independent economic development, wants to keep Palestinians (including workers) as subordinates, and profit from that.
Palestinians are not being employed by Soda Stream (or other companies) because Soda Stream is against the occupation and wants to promote Palestinian rights or workers’ interest. They are employed because they are simply cheap labor, and because Soda Stream wants to use them as an argument to legitimize its complicity in the occupation.
It’s that and more that we are concerned for and fight against by using #BDS.
Thirdly, the argument is also propagandist: Palestinian workers should turn against their Palestinian counterparts if they lose their jobs. Blaming the occupied again. Israelis love that.
And lastly, I’m always worried about those who need to think for us, then write manuals for us and explain things to us. It must be a tiring job.