I love Apple, I love books, I love Islam - and that should probably give you a rough idea of what I'm like - a mixture of the 21st century fused with the 18th and 19th. I want to major in English and Psychology, inshaAllah. I love writing. I love teaching. I love to talk, and I love to work. I prefer to spend my days sleeping and my nights reading. I love Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, the Brontë sisters, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and almost every other writer of classic literature.

  1. And they can’t leave. You know, Gaza has been under a very strict blockade. It is in its eighth year now. You know, if something happens in Washington, then you could go to West Virginia or you can go to Nebraska - you can get away. Here, when these people are coming to our schools, it’s not like they’re moving, you know, hundreds of miles away. They’re moving a mile away or two miles away. They’re still stuck within this 150 square miles. Now, according to the IDF, nearly 2000 sites have been struck in the last eight days - all within that 150 square miles.

    Statistics are important, we need to track it. But I think there’s too much focus on numbers. The fact that there’s more than 200 dead is a tragedy, there’s no question. But it would be no less a tragedy at 150 or 250. I think what we can’t do is forget that each one of those numbers represents a story - that each one of those numbers represents a family that’s been affected - a community that’s been affected. They’re not numbers. You know, it’s depersonalizing or dehumanizing to talk about them as numbers - these were people. And their stories need to be told and what’s happening here needs to be witnessed.
    x Robert Turner ( United Nations Gaza)

    (Source: moreawesomewithfootball)

  2. Most Zionists don’t believe God exists, but believe He promised them Palestine.

    Ilan Pappe - Israeli Historian who left Israel in 2008; he was condemned by the Israeli Knesset and received several death threats for his views on Zionism.

    (Source: Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism)

    (Source: arabicquotes)

  3. pax-arabica:

    Dear Cultural/Soft/Whatever Zionists,

    I don’t care what you’ve convinced yourselves, let’s get one thing straight:

    The only real manifestation of Zionism in reality and on the ground is the Zionism responsible for the destruction of Palestine.

    The End.

    Everything else is derailment.

  4. fotojournalismus:

    Day 10: Israel destroys Gaza’s Wafa hospital as staff evacuates all patientsthree children killed while playing on roof5,000 tonnes of explosives fired at Gaza during Israel’s 10-day assault, UNRWA asked Israel to retract false claims about schoolsIsrael launches Gaza ground operation as death toll passes 240 | July 17, 2014

    1. A Palestinian woman cries inside her damaged house which was targeted in an Israeli air strike. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

    2. Palestinian children fill bottles and containers with water from a public tap in Rafah. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

    3. Belongings are strewn about in a building that police said was damaged by an overnight Israeli air strike in Khan Younis. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

    4. A Palestinian girl walks with a toy that she salvaged from debris of the el-Yazje apartment building which was destroyed following an overnight Israeli missile strike. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

    5. Children’s shoes are bagged among belongings salvaged from a damaged Palestinian home which police said was targeted in an Israeli air strike. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

    6. A Palestinian boy rides his bicycle past a damaged building following an Israeli air strike. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

    7. Flares fired by the Israeli military are seen above the northern Gaza Strip. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

    8. The father of two boys from the Shaibar family, whom medics said were killed along with a girl from the same extended family by an Israeli air strike after the end of a five-hour humanitarian ceasefire, grieves outside the morgue in Gaza City. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

    9. A Palestinian woman reacts inside her damaged house which was targeted in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

    10. Smoke from flares rises in the sky in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

    (Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4 | Naming the dead)

  5. (Source: hijabiswag, via hijabandpurity)

  6. themuslimavenger:

 “First of all, I’m not talking about war  because a war is between two armies. There is no army in Gaza. Today, it’s a massacre, a slaughter.” 

—  Tariq Ramadan


    First of all, I’m not talking about war
    because a war is between two armies.
    There is no army in Gaza.
    Today, it’s a massacre, a slaughter.
    —  Tariq Ramadan

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  7. Books should broaden us, take us to places we have never been and show us things we’ve never seen, expand our horizons and our way of looking at the world. Limiting your reading to a single genre defeats that. It limits us, makes us smaller. It seemed to me, then as now, that there were good stories and bad stories, and that was the only distinction that truly mattered.
    — George R.R. Martin, Introduction: Rogues (via thebooker)

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