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Silence is Compliance: The Untold Story of Occupation and Colonialism

Updated on May 5, 2015
A fellow activist and I at the March for Palestine/ International Day of AL-QUDS- NYC on July 25, 2014
A fellow activist and I at the March for Palestine/ International Day of AL-QUDS- NYC on July 25, 2014

The meaning of #ASG is very simple.

In international politics, all countries are selective about where they invest their nation's money. When our government wants to apply leverage in situations that are unfolding globally, they use our foreign aid money to leverage the situation. Funding a nation means they share our political, social, and economic views.

When we continue to give Israel financial aid, we are sending the message that we are in solidarity with her. My government is an extention of me, and I do not support the systemic genocide of an indigenous population.

Do you?

Follow #AmericaSupportsGenocide on FB for more information!

Are You Safe?

I got a call from a longtime friend. He has the bittersweet experience of living in Ramallah, Palestine. It's both a blessing and a curse to be a freelance journalist in one of the most dangerous places on earth; he can share in the sorrow of his fellow Palestinians, but the pen with which he tells their story is remarkably heavy. I am here to share that burden.

We stayed in touch since graduating college together. His sarcasm and wit reflect my own, and in the time I have come to know him we have built a connection that withstands the thousands of miles that physically separate us. Our bond has been made stronger by our humanism; in our convictions of right and wrong.

Here I was, talking to R**** (must protect his identity; he's in the hot zone) and checking up on things. Life is hell, but he is grateful to be getting the word out:

"The numbers don't lie. For every one Israeli killed, two hundred more Palestinians die. Eighty percent of these deaths are civilian. People with NOTHING to do with the decisions of Hamas. THAT'S what you need to tell America. Give them the facts and not the politics! We are People, who want to live in dignity and freedom. We want to go to school without checkpoints and patdowns. We want to live like the rest of the world. I don't know anyone who isn't ready to live side by side with the Jews to make this desperate dream possible."

This is a depressing conversation. But its one that all Americans need to hear. And be a part of.

Israel: Against Hamas in Rhetoric, Against the People in Reality

The decision of the Israeli Occupation Forces to send boots into the Gaza, promising that this is just the beginning, was an effort to eliminate Hamas and their arsenal of rockets. In their pursuit of a handful of men with "rockets", innocent women and children have been slaughtered. The asymmetry of the military capabilities of both sides is obvious when you compare casualty statistics.

When this offense against Gaza first occurred in 2008, it produced these statistics: 1,300 Palestinian casualties vs. 13 Israeli deaths.

This piece is to awaken those of you who are not aware that this is not a routine fight against Hamas. This has been a 66 year genocide.

Please take a look at the map below.

Does this look like a nation defending itself from a grassroots resistance group, or...

...is it aggressive colonial expansion?

76% Palestinian deaths are civilian, while Israeli civilian casualties are at 7%.
76% Palestinian deaths are civilian, while Israeli civilian casualties are at 7%. | Source

Israeli Soldiers Speak Out

Photo by Jasmin Vazquez
Photo by Jasmin Vazquez
Protester's sign at the march to our media's headquarters on Columbus Circle, NYC at the Mass Rally to End Israeli Crimes Against Gaza on August 1, 2014.  All photos of this rally were taken by Jasmin Vazquez.
Protester's sign at the march to our media's headquarters on Columbus Circle, NYC at the Mass Rally to End Israeli Crimes Against Gaza on August 1, 2014. All photos of this rally were taken by Jasmin Vazquez.

Silence is Pervasive in Western Media

There have been protests in several countries around the world, in solidarity with Gaza's civilian population. Over 100,000 people have and will continue to demonstrate in NYC, LA, Scotland, Japan, and numerous Latin American countries.

Whenever you do hear any coverage, it is highlighting Hamas's underground tunnels and the IDF's pursuit of Hamas. No mention of the People the IDF has killed who had nothing to do with the exchange of rockets. No mention of a world that has broken the silence about Israeli war crimes.

Silence Kills! Photography of International Day of AL-QUDS by Jasmin Vazquez (7/25/14-NYC)
Silence Kills! Photography of International Day of AL-QUDS by Jasmin Vazquez (7/25/14-NYC)
International Day of AL-QUDS, NYC
International Day of AL-QUDS, NYC

But... we are not silent! Yet, they ignore us. Why?

A Call to Action

"Not another nickel, not another dime; no more money for Israel's crimes", "The people, united, will never be defeated!"-- cries of protesters at International Day of AL-QUDS, NYC July 25, 2014.

LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN

I am calling on every American;
who identifies with the ideals of self-determination, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;
who stands with the sacrifices of our forefathers and patriots during their war against oppression and colonialism;
with a heart, full of sincere compassion and conviction against injustice and genocide,
to hold up the pen with me!

Write a letter to the national news agencies and demand unbiased and thorough coverage of these unfolding events!

Write to your district Senator mandating that Congress leverage the IOF to stop collective punishment against an innocent population!

Protester holding sign during the Mass Rally to End Israeli Crimes Against Gaza on August 1, 2014 (NYC). We marched outside of America's news media outlets, who continue to steer the narrative in the favor of Israel in this crisis.
Protester holding sign during the Mass Rally to End Israeli Crimes Against Gaza on August 1, 2014 (NYC). We marched outside of America's news media outlets, who continue to steer the narrative in the favor of Israel in this crisis.

ENOUGH SLANTED MEDIA COVERAGE!!

I have decided to call out CNN on their biased slants when covering this story. It is obvious that they are using their mass media platform to proliferate Israeli propaganda. I call on Christiane Amanpour, Anderson Cooper, Ashleigh Banfield, Wolf Blitzer to deliver on their journalistic integrity by presenting BOTH sides of the story.

At no time do these journalists address the following statements made that highlighted the suppressed side of this crisis;

  • "I want to make it extremely clear that at no time did the Palestinians in any way agree, as a matter of going back to the talks, that they could somehow condone or accept the settlements,"-John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, has said that Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are "illegitimate" and not helpful to ongoing efforts for peace between Palestine and Israel in the latest round of failed peace talks.


  • ''Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp" - U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in a trip to Ankara, Turkey in 2010. This visit was to calm tentions between Turkey and Israel after a Turkish flotilla was attacked by the IOF. Protesters on board were shaming Israel for its blockade of humanitarian goods to Gaza.


They are also not reporting on the worldwide protests happening since the start of the Israeli offensive. I was blessed to have rallied with other Palestinian supporters in NYC on July 25th at the International Day of AL-QUDS (March for Palestine). I met many brave soldiers of peace, love, and justice on that energetic day.

There was HARDLY ANY AMERICAN MEDIA COVERAGE!! Over 7,000 youth came together to stand up for the voiceless and it was not the media's priority to alert you, the general public, that your neighbors are not ok with genocide.


Member of UK Parliament George Galloway Speaks UTTER TRUTH! (Address to UK Parliament 2014)

March for Palestine 2014

Enough is enough. Let the world stand against injustice!

"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men"- Plato

Do you think the media is biased in their coverage of Gaza?

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      Jasmin Vazquez 3 years ago from Poughkeepsie, New York

      I completely agree with everything you just said.

      Ok, so I've gotten some flack for being bias. I never claimed to be a journalist; only someone with writing ability and a passion for the truth. This Hub was meant to clear the air about the issue. My next Hub will be me doing my best to be objective when explaining the failed peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

      I hope you stay posted. And share this article to make this conversation even larger! More soon to come...

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      Charles 3 years ago from Wales, UK

      There are definitely more voices being raised than ever, against Israel's crimes, and the way it manipulates the whole situation. It seems to me, that even the number of alleged rockets fired from Hamas, is hyper-inflated, to make Hamas look very bad, and legitimize military action (because Israel wants all the land to itself, nothing else will do). And in fact, where is the footage of Iron Dome missiles actually intercepting Hamas rockets? Where is this footage? I can't find any. Not saying it's not there, but isn't it a little strange that the info is so hard to come by? The tunnels... how many of these are actually used for trade? That's never mentioned, ever. The economy of Gaza relies on the tunnels. Suddenly, everything about Gaza is 'terrorist', and now the world watches as genocide takes place - again.

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      Jasmin Vazquez 3 years ago from Poughkeepsie, New York

      If I have helped to shed some light on this elusive and sensitive subject then I am satisfied; thank you for your addition to this conversation big1969! I am just flabbergasted at the quality of our news since 9-11, to be honest. It just seemed like we were all meant to be terrified, and not informed. I'm here to have people snap out of the apathy and start to question what they are hearing. Question where this info is coming from.

      BBC openly publicizes that it gets its updates from the IDF. I'm sorry, what?! And you call that journalism? Whatever happened to objectivity anymore...

      Anyways, there is another Hub on the way!! Within the week, about this same issue. I hope you all stay plugged in. And share! We need to open more eyes!!

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      John Marshall 3 years ago from glasgow

      Fantastically written,very in depth.you certainly do put a differing angle on the conflict like you said.I've said for years the major powers of the world are always very selective which war they do get in to.and it's been proven over the years they tend not to interfere if there's no gain in it for them.they are very predictable.great article,loved reading it.

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      Jasmin Vazquez 3 years ago from Poughkeepsie, New York

      Thank you Mr. Happy. I appreciate that you enjoyed the piece. Please do share it; we need to combat the extreme media bias we are seeing in developed democracies. We deserve to get the whole story, and not a part of it so that we support immoral behavior.

      Thanks again!

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      Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Good article. Thank You for writing it. Will share.

      All the best!

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      Jasmin Vazquez 3 years ago from Poughkeepsie, New York

      We have an obligation to address the last 66 years of oppression and injustice in Palestine, while the world turns a blind eye. Please check out this link. It is crucial for people to understand what Israeli soldiers have done to civilians, aside from the current offensive. Thank you James-wolve. Don't lose your humanity, as our world leaders have. God bless!

      http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Of course not.

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      Jasmin Vazquez 3 years ago from Poughkeepsie, New York

      If you both agree, you must help me share this. Silence is compliance with genocide. I will not stand for America being a supporter of the murder of children. Will you?

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      someonewhoknows 3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      "I don't know anyone who isn't ready to live side by side with the Jews to make this desperate dream possible."

      From the quote above it is obvious there are radicals on both sides.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Yes,it's time to take a stand.Israel is crossing all red lines.Every individual in this world must do something to help Gaza. Western media should cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a fair and balanced manner.On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert admitted that he intended to commit war crimes in Gaza, telling his cabinet that he wanted “no one to be able to sleep tonight in Gaza”. Olmert thus officially acknowledged Israel’s policy of collectively punishing 1.4 million Palestinians, a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. But none of the US’ three leading newspapers - The New York Times, Washington Post and LA Times - reported Olmert’s statement, even though it was widely quoted around the world.

      In the last week, these three leading US papers all also published editorials strongly supporting Israel’s right to retaliate after the capture of an Israeli soldier. Their editorials never mentioned a single element of Israel’s brutal 10 month siege on Gaza. in one particularly nefarious example, Diane Sawyer of ABC showed a picture of Palestinians enduring Israeli bMbin but told her American audience these were the pictures of Israelis under at..ta..ck by Hamas rockets .