end of the line

Of all the ways writers find to waste time, waiting for the muse to show up has to be the most common, and fruitless, of them all. So if you’re waiting for her, too, stop it right now.

As anyone who actually writes on a regular basis can attest, the muse is a very unreliable creature. Sometimes she shows up at noon, raring to go; sometimes she shows up at midnight, just when you’re ready to call it a day. And sometimes, no matter how many times you put out an SOS, she doesn’t appear at all. She doesn’t return your calls, she doesn’t come to your door (that you’ve left conveniently unlocked); she’s simply missing in action. Gone without a trace. No forwarding address

Which is why you cannot build your writing life around her.

— Robert Masello, Robert’s Rules of Writing: 101 Unconventional Lessons Every Writer Needs to Know (via writeworld)



I don’t think people realize how much of a problem Zayn’s tweet is. His acceptance and support of the Palestinian/Arab terrorists makes it seem like murdering Israeli citizens an okay thing for them to be doing. To be quite honest, I don’t think he knows everything that’s currently going on in the Middle East. Because how could anyone support the murder of people who only want to make peace? Israel doesn’t want a war. Not with the people in Gaza, not with Palestinians, not with anyone. The IDF is defending the country, and the country is being bombed because it exists. That’s really it. When it comes down to it, Israel is being attacked daily because of two things: because it exists, and because it exists as a Jewish state.

So, no, “Free Palestine” isn’t okay under any circumstances. If that were to happen, Israel would be wiped off the map. 

Get your facts straight before you post, please. Do a little research. It won’t kill you. 

Actually, I have done a lot of research, and you’re wrong about a lot of this. I’ll provide many links and resources and try to explain why people all over the world, including Zayn and myself, support Palestine and condemn Israel. I hope you take the time to read everything because a good number of people are very misinformed about this—I myself was for awhile—given that the media is very biased in Israel’s favor.

First of all, why are the very, very few Israeli citizens killed in this latest conflict more important than the hundreds of Palestinians killed, and the hundreds of thousands displaced (in total 3 Israeli civilians have died and 40 soldiers—meanwhile the count of Palestinian deaths is over 1,000)? Most of the missiles Hamas has shot are intercepted by the dome and they have very little man power compared to Israel, which has one of the most powerful armies in the world. Palestine is fighting against a huge world power for their freedom with barely anything.

It’s important to acknowledge that nothing we’re seeing is new: Israel has been doing this to Gaza and the Palestinians as a whole for decades. This current bloody operation of Israel is Operation Protective Edge, but as recently as 2008, Israel engaged in a similar operation called Cast Lead which resulted in over 1300 Palestinian deaths (many of them, like this time, innocent people) and now they’ve killed over 1,000 people again. And the UN then, just they have now, suggested Israel is engaging in war crimes against Palestinians (see the last link). Israelis have killed Palestinian civilians long before Hamas existed. They started firing bombs at Gaza this time around before they discovered the tunnels. All their “reasons” for this attack are excuses.

Israel is NOT being bombed “because it exists.” Palestinians were living on the land first. Also, Israel has Gaza under siege. Gaza is a tiny strip of land that is one of the most densely populated places on earth and they have literally trapped all the people there, all 1.8 million of them. They also won’t even let enough clean water or food in for Gazans to live properly. These people are living in dire poverty in the largest open air prison in the world: that is why they are fighting Israel.

These are Gaza’s demands for a cease fire, for peace. Do any of these seem unreasonable to you? All Israel has to do is stop oppressing Palestinians and the violence will stop. Instead, they are continuing the ethnic cleansing and oppression they started.

It’s also important to look beyond the lies and talking points on the pro-Israel side. Although Israel has accused Hamas of using Palestinians as human shields, there’s no conclusive evidence of it, but the UN accused Israel of using Palestinians as human shields in the past. There’s also evidence Israel has also used chemical weapons, white phosphorous bombs (a banned and brutal weapon), and other inhumane and illegal weapons against Palestinian civilians.

Just so you know: I’m Jewish. I used to not know many of the details regarding what was happening. And I understand a lot of people are misinformed because the media is really Pro-Israel, especially in the US which spends billions of dollars in aid to Israel yearly. But I did my research (and I am continuing to do research), and the more I find out the worse it gets. For one thing, Israel is incredibly racist. Israel’s definition of a “Jewish State” is inherently racist: it includes changing the “demographics” of the land—basically if it’s “too Arab,” it’s not a Jewish state. Problem is, the rate things are going, the Arab population of Israel (and I’m talking Arab Israelis with citizenship in Israel) will outnumber the Jews. Do you think Israelis will stop at killing Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank? They are already striving to drive Palestinian Israelis out of the country (this book by Ali Abunimah goes into all these issues with citations—the free sample on Amazon goes over everything I said in this paragraph—you can also use the search feature; edit: although I encourage purchasing the book! i intend to once I have the money!).

If you don’t believe me that they’re racist, Israelis have even forcefully kept Ethiopian JEWISH women from reproducing because they aren’t “Jewish enough” (aka they are Black) and they want to control the “purity” of their “demographics.” They are literally engaging in ethnic cleansing, genocide and eugenics. Israel’s system of racist profiling has become infamous (and is the model for US airports’ racist racial profiling system—Abunimah’s book also goes into these facts as well). Israel also has a racist electronic ID system that allows them to treat Israeli citizens differently according to their ethnicity and religion—and to carefully control and monitor the movements of Palestinian Israeli citizens—these are their OWN citizens, this is an obvious violation of human rights. They also refuse to give Palestinian refugees who lived in the land first and have been displaced from their homes the Right of Return, while allowing American Jews like me who have NO connection to the country a Birth Right, i.e. Israeli citizenship. I can, for example, go move into a house built where a Palestinian home was just demolished in the West Bank and live there—ILLEGALLY, by the way, all of Israel’s settlements in the West Bank violate international agreements. But Israel keeps encroaching on the land there and displacing Palestinians.

The UK Parliament recognizes Israel’s acts as human rights violations and war crimes. The UN is investigating Israel for war crimes due to this latest onslaught. This all despite the intense pressure to support Israel and the constant backlash against and censorship of pro-Palestinian or anti-Israeli statements. Even so, the international community is finally starting to speak up against Israel. People all over the world are [x] [x]. It’s totally off base to say Zayn and other Pro-palestine people are the ones who need to be informed here.

If you have any issues with any of the sources I used, you can google any of my claims and find many more sources that back up these facts, because that’s what they are: facts. About what Israel has done and is currently doing. If you are only using mainstream media and pro-Israel sources for your research, you won’t know what’s really going on.

As a Jew, I oppose Israel because I support human rights. Israel is founded on human rights violations and it continues to engage in them. Many other Jews like me (even some Israeli Jews!) oppose Israel’s actions; here’s some examples: [x], [x], [x], [x], [x], [x], [x], [x]. This isn’t about Jews versus Arabs (in fact, Arab Jews lived peacefully with Arab Muslims in Palestine before European Jews started stealing the land and killing people). This is about oppressor versus oppressed, colonizer versus colonized. That’s why I stand with Palestine. And I’m proud of Zayn for standing up for human rights.

If you want to continue this discussion I’d be happy to - if you’d prefer to do it in private, that’s fine by me. I can also point you to more news sources and websites with more information. I also ask that my followers do not send this person hate because my goal is to educate people about what is going on. As Ali Abunimah has stated, part of this fight is an ideological battle: Israel wins by spreading lies and misinformation, so my goal is to counteract that with facts and truth. I’m not interested in yelling matches: I’m interested in teaching people so we can join together and support Palestinians and stand against Israel’s crimes.

"You always stop at the same part, when it’s very beautiful. Interesting.”

“And it’s hard to hate someone once you understand them.”

— Lucy Christopher, Stolen: A Letter to My Captor (via larmoyante)


Moeko Munaretto


Voyager mission control.


Dane DeHaan out in East Village

For whatever we lose
(a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves
we find in the sea.
 - E.E. Cummings




From the survival series by Jenny Holzer