no theory, no ready-made system, no book that has ever been written will save the world — bakunin
I want activist communities to complicate their ideas about Islam and Islamophobia.
The response to the Western neocolonialist, Orientalist, patriarchal, and racist idea that “Muslim women need to be saved” (by white people) is overwhelmingly the opposing claim that, “Muslim women are not oppressed!”
I think that’s a silly, infantile and oversimplified response that silences the problems of abuse, violence, manipulation, and policing of women within the Muslim community. Those of us who speak out about Muslim men who are abusing, disrespecting, and dehumanizing Muslim women are then made to feel that we’re “breaking the community,” because we need to put up a united front against Islamophobia/anti-Islamic racism. Newsflash: patriarchy and misogyny really do exist in Muslim spaces. Patriarchy and misogyny are Muslim problems. They are Islamic problems. PATRIARCHY AND MISOGYNY EXIST EVERYWHERE.
And this whole idea that Islam has no faults when it comes to gender - there are plenty of Muslim women with issues about Islam’s treatment of women. Anger about always having to pray behind men? Legitimate. Anger about always having to follow male imams? Legitimate. Anger about not having any woman prophets? Legitimate. Anger about all the Shari’ah laws that disadvantage women? Legitimate. Anger about Islamic constructions of women’s sexuality as fitnah, thus creating the need for hijab? You guessed it, LEGITIMATE.
And you know what else is legitimate? The anger that we Muslim women are barely if EVER at ALL given the resources to understand, deconstruct, contextualize, re-interpret any of this.
It also goes back to Muslim spaces being shaming of those who are asking these questions, as if asking the questions is not honoring the faith. Like, think critically about who the Muslim women are that are saying that Muslim women aren’t oppressed, and what kinds of privileges they have that enable them to say that. What about all the Muslim women who come home to hide from their husbands? Who never come to Jummah anymore because they’re sick of being second class citizens in the mosque? Whose freedom of dress and expression of sexuality is curtailed by judgmental and sometimes violent Muslim families and communities? And I’ve seen all of this bullshit justified as “part of Islam” or part of Hadith or Quranic guidance.
And this also goes out to all the Muslim AND non-Muslim movement people who get all excited about yelling about how Muslim women are not oppressed. Like, do you know anything about Islam? Have you thought critically about Islam and women? Did you know that the hijab originated as a class marker in a highly stratified society? COMPLICATE EVERYTHING.
Muslim women sure as hell are oppressed. And so are all women, and all people of color. When white people want to come colonize our bodies/spaces/places to save Muslim women, I say FUCK NO, but I will not deny the various ways in which Muslim women are oppressed. We need to say “MUSLIM WOMEN CAN SAVE THEM/OURSELVES” instead of wildly and absurdly claiming that Muslim women aren’t oppressed.
for anyone interested in learning about current latin-american anarchist theory, I recommend reading the english translation of the programme of Rio de Janeiro Anarchist Federation’s (FARJ) Social Anarchism and Organisation, available here.
a quick comic on accountability. sometimes it is important to disassociate yourself from patriotism and realise when you are contributing to the suffering of others.the names of the martyrs listed in panels 23, 24 and 25 are as follows:
1. Mohammed Shaaban, 24
2. Ahmed Shaaban, 30
24. Abdel Hadi Jamaat al-Sufi, 24
25. Naifeh Farjallah, 80.
26. Abdel Nasser Abu Kweek, 60
27. Khaled Abu Kweek, 31
28. Mohammed Areef, 13
28. Amir Areef, 10
30. Mohammed Malakiyeh, 18 months old
31. Hana Malakiyeh, 27
32. Hatem Abu Salem, 28
33. Mohammed Khaled al-Nimri, 22
34. Sahar Hamdan, 40
35. Ibrahim Masri, 14
36. Mahmoud Nahid al-Nawasra
37. Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra, 4
38. Nidal Khalaf al-Nawasra al-Meghazi, 5
39. Salah Awwad al-Nawasra al-Meghazi, 6
40. Aisha Nijm al-Meghazi, 20
41. Amal Youssef Abdel Ghafour, 27
42. Ranim Jawde Abdel Ghafour, an 18-month-old girl
43. Rashid al-Kafarneh, 30
44. Ibrahim Daoud al-Balawi, 24
45. Abdel Rahman Jamal al-Zamli, 22
46. Ibrahim Ahmad Abideen, 42
47. Mustafa Abu Mar, 20
48. Khalid Abu Mar, 23
49. Mazen Farj al-Jarbah, 30
50. Marwan Slim, 27
51. Hani Saleh Hamad, 5776. Omar al-Fyumi, 30
77. Abdullah Ramadan Abu Ghazzal, 5
78. Ismail Hassan Abu Jamah, 19
79. Hassan Awda Abu Jamah, 75
80. Mohammed Ahsan Ferwanah, 27
81. Yasmin Mohammed Mutawwaq, 4
82. Mahmoud Wulud, 26
83. Hazem Balousha, 30
84. Nour Rafik Adi al-Sultan, 27
85. Ahmad Zaher Hamdan, 24
86. Mohammed Kamal al-Kahlout, 25
87. Sami Adnan Shaldan, 25.
88. Jamah Atieh Shalouf, 25
89. Bassem Abdel Rahman Khattab, 6
90. Abdullah Mustafa Abu Mahrouk, 2291. Anas Rizk Abu al-Kas, 33
92. Nour Marwan al-Najdi, 10
93. Mohammed Mounir Ashour, 25
94. Ghalia Deeb Jabr al-Ghanam, 7
95. Wasim Abd al-Rizk Hassan al-Ghanam, 23
96. Ra’ed Hani Abu Hani, 31
97. Shahraman Ismail Abu al-Kas, 42
98. Mazen Mustafa Aslan, 63
(at the time of writing this comic, the list of victims was at 1000. it has now surpassed that number. the full list is here).
no politics, just regular human stuff.
Chief Russell Mills to the LA Times after shooting and killing black 89-year-old great grandfather Shawn Monroe at a barbecue unprovoked. Today, he walks free with no charges, despite numerous witnesses and his own admission that he enjoys terrorizing black people.
Tell me again why Black people should be okay with police when they have, since the history of our being kidnapped to this fucking country, have not EVER been about protecting us, but about terrorizing us?
Police are NOT for Black people’s safety. They are about torturing us, terrorizing us and killing us. Period. There is no safety with police. There is no peace keeping with police. They have ALWAYS been a terror to the Black community and I am tired of this fact being pushed to the wayside.
And Ray Kelly, when he was Commissioner in NYC said the same thing.
Arpaio has said the same thing.
This is a ROUTINE assertion that the point of the police is to be an agent of state terror. And that such terror should be all but exclusively focused on Black and Brown bodies.
"I want them to be afraid every time they see the police…"
And so we are…every. Single. Time.
Congratulations, it works.
Fuck the cops.
In the end, the discussion around palestine is obviously centered around Israel and the west — which is to say, United States propaganda. People speak very much of a “war” as if battles were going on, they do not use the word “occupation” or threat the issues as if the nature of the Israeli policy was not that of military occupation. People who discuss this and take it seriously still think of it as “something between two disagreeing parties”. It’s not ever seen from a very basic, immediate, clear view. That, I am sure, is the “pretty much obvious” view from the perspective of palestinians themselves.
I won’t swallow Israel
I won’t digest it, I won’t accept it.
I won’t forget, I won’t be silent.
I won’t swallow Israel.
I will spit it, I will vomit it.
I will yell it out,
I’ll desecrate it,
I’ll denounce it,
to my last breath, to my last thought,
I won’t swallow it
I won’t swallow yet another white state being born,
yet another empire, yet another colonization proccess,
I don’t accept it,
I don’t allow it.
I don’t recognize it,
I refuse to.
I won’t swallow Israel,
there is no zionist on this planet that will force me to.
There is no lie Netanyahu can tell,
there is no dollar Obama can wire,
that will make me.
You can beat me,
you can arrest me,
you can starve me,
it will not change my mind.
Because no one should,
no one should be that cynical,
no one should be so oblivious,
to pretend not to see the vision which we share,
the content of what we hear,
the absurdity that here lies.
I won’t accept, and won’t stand silent
watching every step of this bloody ritual,
through which another supremacist state
is brought into existence.
Over more indigenous bodies,
such as those buried under every white man’s nation,
over their buildings, their houses,
your industry, your schools,
these bricks laid down over
the beating veins of Palestine.
Pause after every word,
I will not swallow Israel.
For every step you take towards your goal,
we will be here,
attempting to regurgitate you.
claiming now for an album or book title: post-cyberpunk secret society
I wonder how much money obama has reserved in the US budget for the “social media zionist disinformation and derailing committee”. they’re everywhere.