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By Mazin Qumsiyeh
Popular Resistance
Friday, Jul 13, 2012

It is clear that oppressors spend an inordinate amount of time and resources to dehumanize their victims. But we humans spend an inordinate amount of time also trying to suppress our own humanity.  To dehumanize someone is to deprive them of essential human qualities such as compassion, individuality, love, and social contact.  Making a family line up in the sun for hours to cross a checkpoint is a form of dehumanizing. It is dehumanizing to deny medical care, to destroy means of livelihood, to take someone's land, to put someone in solitary confinement in jail for months and years, or to tell someone that she is not of God's chosen peopel so she has lless rights.

Dehumanizing makes it easier for the colonizers to not feel compassion for their victims as they rob them of their lands and natural resources.  In so doing the occupiers thus also dehumanize themselves because they have to desensitize themselves to human suffering. But the victims themselves can also internalize the dehumanization to think of themselves as somehow unworthy or that their life can only gain meaning if they emulate their oppressors and thus become oppressors themselves.  That is why abused children may sometimes grow up to abuse their own children.  This spiral of dehumanizing can and must be challenged and the obvious way to do it is via our efforts to humanize ourselves and others: show compassion, mercy, love, and connectedness.  The styruggle is mostly inward and it is our own negativism that must be challenged every day, nay every hour. That is the humanizing struggle that is the hardest struggle of all.

Below are items of interest: read and act on the ones you choose.

Army To Arrest, Deport, Internationals Living In The West Bank

Action: Ask Clinton to Express Opposition to Legalization of Settlements

Action: Vote, like, share (buttons at bottom for facebook, twitter etc)
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They came in the morning" video was born from some of the footage shot over 5 critical years in the life of Bethlehem during the making of upcoming feature film "Operation Bethlehem".

Church of England backs Palestine motion in spite of strong Israel lobby pressure

In BDS milestone, UK supermarket chain to boycott Israel firms doing business with settlements

Important Read: The Zionist-Nazi Collaboration by William James Martin,

The Ramallah Fiasco Should Never Happen Again

Pro-Divestment Presbyterians Win By Losing

Palestine National Council Registration Campaign

Mazin Qumsiyeh (Visit Mazin's Website)

Source: Popular Resistance

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