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Anonymous said: How can you defend Israelis, who have been executing and exiling Palestinians from their homes since at least the 1930s? Using religion as their reason to execute and exile a whole people is completely ridiculous, selfish, and barbaric.

Because I believe that conflicts like this cannot be reduced to a righteous/barbaric black and white divide. Because, if we date back to the 1930s, we must look into why the Jews were forced into Palestine in the first place and analyse the Palestinian response. Because, over the past few years, BOTH sides have been accredited with committing war crimes. Because despite all my research, hours and hours spent trawling through objective an non-objective websites from both sides of the argument, I cannot find a judgement that condemns Israeli actions without condemning Palestine’s too.
This is not to say that I think that Israel are in the right today, I think that all war is barbaric, selfish, and ridiculous as you put it. But we must remember that this is a war in which there is one side more powerful than the other; nothing new in the disgusting world of warfare.

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itwasthebestoflines:

“The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath (1963).
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this just came up on my dashboard as recommended by tumblr&#8230; not sure if it&#8217;s intentional? Yest the israeli-palestinian conflict predates Hamas, but it&#8217;s simplistic to suggest that previously it was a one sided massacre on the part of Israel. The current conflict is focusing on the current attacks, the same way Palestine has a right to justify its attacks on the basis of current air strikes rather than on previous attacks. This isn&#8217;t to justify Israel&#8217;s ceaseless attacks, it will come out whether they are in fact war crimes, but merely to say that 40 characters are not enough to explain years of conflict and their causes, and it is very rare that you can assign blame to just one side of a warring force.
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crusherccme:

found this gem in the 1996 Cornell Women’s Handbook. it’s what to say when a guy tries to get out of using a condom
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"When god became lonely
he created man,
Or was it
When man became lonely
he created god."
— Melanie Exler strengthenizer  (via mirroir)
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