The Words We Use

November 13, 2015 | Meta Peace Teams, Phoenix | Occupied Palestine

Word /wəːd/ Noun

a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed.

I have chosen to lead with the definition of “word”, because the wrong words are being used in connection to Palestine.

Over the course of the last two weeks young men  were arrested in Bil’in

NO!

Over the course of the last two weeks young men were illegally detained in occupied Bil’in

We all must speak and write the truth when speaking of injustice, oppression and the current occupation of Palestine.  The meaning of the words we use should show the full extent of what day to day life is for Palestinians under an apartheid system and occupation.

Palestinians do not die from being shot by Israeli soldiers.  Palestinians are MURDERED at the hands of the Israeli Army, that has OCCUPIED Palestinian land.

In using the incorrect words oppression is dismissed, struggle is discredited, voices are muted and injustice is embraced.
Our liberation is bound together, and your solidarity is mandatory!

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