Solidarity with the people of Gaza

The Manifesto

“Fuck Hamas. Fuck Israel. Fuck Fatah. Fuck UN. Fuck UNWRA. Fuck USA! We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the international community!

“We want to scream and break this wall of silence, injustice and indifference like the Israeli F16s breaking the wall of sound; scream with all the power in our souls in order to release this immense frustration that consumes us because of this fucking situation we live in…

“We are sick of being caught in this political struggle; sick of coal-dark nights with airplanes circling above our homes; sick of innocent farmers getting shot in the buffer zone because they are taking care of their lands; sick of bearded guys walking around with their guns abusing their power, beating up or incarcerating young people demonstrating for what they believe in; sick of the wall of shame that separates us from the rest of our country and keeps us imprisoned in a stamp-sized piece of land; sick of being portrayed as terrorists, home-made fanatics with explosives in our pockets and evil in our eyes; sick of the indifference we meet from the international community, the so-called experts in expressing concerns and drafting resolutions but cowards in enforcing anything they agree on; we are sick and tired of living a shitty life, being kept in jail by Israel, beaten up by Hamas and completely ignored by the rest of the world.

“There is a revolution growing inside of us, an immense dissatisfaction and frustration that will destroy us unless we find a way of canalising this energy into something that can challenge the status quo and give us some kind of hope.

“We barely survived the Operation Cast Lead, where Israel very effectively bombed the shit out of us, destroying thousands of homes and even more lives and dreams. During the war we got the unmistakable feeling that Israel wanted to erase us from the face of the Earth. During the last years, Hamas has been doing all they can to control our thoughts, behaviour and aspirations. Here in Gaza we are scared of being incarcerated, interrogated, hit, tortured, bombed, killed. We cannot move as we want, say what we want, do what we want.

“ENOUGH! Enough pain, enough tears, enough suffering, enough control, limitations, unjust justifications, terror, torture, excuses, bombings, sleepless nights, dead civilians, black memories, bleak future, heart-aching present, disturbed politics, fanatic politicians, religious bullshit, enough incarceration! WE SAY STOP! This is not the future we want! We want to be free. We want to be able to live a normal life. We want peace. Is that too much to ask?”

Note to Lord McAlpine

Originally sent as a twitlonger, Written after reading Grace Dent’s stonking, and also bang on, piece in the Independent this morning.

Dear Lord McAlpine.

I understand you are suing everyone on twitter, after this marauding herd with the turning circle of a London Cab, retweeted information coming from a journalist purporting to name a senior tory grandee and created an apparent jigsaw which could identify you wrongly.

Now, I am not tweeting to apologise. I think being accused of something you didn’t do must be terrible, it is an occupational hazard when you work with children and young people for instance.

I would like to point this out- Often when children are abused, the seriousness of the abuse creates a situation filled with guilt and shame, and can be difficult to process. Children and the abused adults they become often exhibit behaviour patterns which show the damage they have suffered and occasionally with children they misidentify their abuser, while trying to talk about their abuse.

I have to say Mr.Mcalpine, that when you say that being accused of abuse is the worst thing you can possibly think of, this leaves abused children in quite the situation. Because when you say that the worst thing that could possibly happen to someone is that they be misidentified as responsible for abuse, that places responsibility for accidentally doing the worst thing possible to an adult, on abused children with perfectly understandable behaviour patterns. I think someone should point this out to you.

When a tory grandee is pointing out the seriousness of being accused of abuse, while Micheal Gove is telling families they should prepare to have their children removed as a policy, I think you may find some sympathy from the poorest families in the country, who find that their relationships with their children are about to be bound by the same suspicion as you are experiencing, purely on the basis they will experience poverty the conservative government is deliberately creating. They do not have the option of suing the government. When you are simultaneously saying that being accused of abuse is something worse than anything you can imagine, you reinforce that children should shut up about it. Whether you meant to or not. WIth the state of our care system and a government threatening to take our children, this is concerning.

I agree with you about the marauding hordes of twitter, its quite a self contained hysterical and juvenile little bubble. Nobody except those who run live blogs on it, or who have found second chances at careers they blew through it, put any credence in it.

This is not a bubble that shows discernment, they live on, as I said on the evening of that particular newsnight, speculation and conjecture and are largely unconcerned with the effect of their actions. A culture fed by a political media, long insulated from the effect of their actions. I commend you on scaring them a bit, the twitter bubble was largely popping because of the toxic nature of the culture that has sprung up around our journalists and celebs in their internet paddling pool.

What I wonder though is what you are trying to achieve by sueing everyone on twitter. If it comes out that I retweeted any offending articles, I wont be apologising to you, and I’ll address the context in which they were retweeted. You can take me to the cleaners and you wouldnt even get enough for a service wash.

I am writing to you to let you know that you were the least important of the questions I wanted addressed, I was largely uninterested in a twitter horde witch hunt and the media war that resulted from the situation with newsnight. I was interested in the opportunity for a change in the way child abuse would be discussed, and a move towards listening to victims and understanding the complex truths these cases throw up.

I wont be discussing you or apologising, because now it seems like all anyone wants to discuss is twitter and your name, and while this was entirely expected in a country where noone wants to discuss child abuse, it is just a rerun of a situation I am more than familiar with.

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the void

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A man subjected to the worst kind of abuse, by our establishment, as a child in the nations care, just apologised on television for an accusation he didn’t make, and because a journalist didn’t do their job. Noone else in this sorry fucking saga has apologised. Newsnight just furthered the abuse Steve Mesham has suffered at the hands of our establishment, and I won’t be watching again.