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#GazaUnderAttack: When Resistance Becomes An Identity

A Palestinian artist adds a creative touch on the pillars of smoke caused by the Israeli bombings in Gaza.

A Palestinian artist adds a creative touch on the pillars of smoke caused by the Israeli bombings in Gaza.

Below is my translation of a powerful article Louay Odeh wrote about the relationship between our Palestinian people in Gaza and resistance. I thought it is worth reading.

“The full support of resistance demonstrated by the Palestinian people in Gaza has been the greatest and the most obvious since the first Intifada 25 years ago,” A friend of mine from Gaza who is responsible for centres which became refuge to tens of thousands of families who have become homeless since the start of the Israeli offensive on Gaza.

It is not surprising to see the clear popular support of resistance, its call upon them to continue until their demands are met, and the total willingness and readiness of the public to pay whatever price entailed.  It is not only related to the political affiliation, but resistance has become an integral part of geographic identity. It is difficult to find someone in Gaza who is opposing resistance, regardless of her/his political affliction. This is neither resulted from a united political program or adopting one strategy that unites everybody. It is the outcome of a general awareness our people in Gaza acquired by experience.

Every person in Gaza has become more experienced that the most well-known military or political analyst on earth. Everybody inGaza recognises the fact that there is no other option. They believe that they cannot trust any project, except for resistance, as it is the only thing that is able to offer a dignified human life to them. This conviction came after they lost trust in the so-called “peace process’, and anyone who represents it. They also lost trust in the international solidarity and human rights organisations and its agendas. Above all, they lost confidence in the Arab governments which usually exploits their cause to serve their own interest, not them.

Our Palestinian people in Gaza have paid blood and years amidst unbearable life under a suffocating siege until they reached this outcomes. No one managed to open a single crossing or offer the least human needs for them, such as water, electricity and freedom of movement. There are many attempts by political analysts who graduated from the most prominent universities, and political experts worldwide to understand Gaza and the harmonic relationship between its people and the resistance. They failed as Gaza doesn’t bend to any equation, and no political, or social or economical rule can be applied to Gaza due to its uniqueness.

In Gaza, you can find the Fateh-affiliated people opposing their leadership in Ramallah and chanting for resistance. In Gaza, you will find Muslims and Christians, the poor and the wealthy people, the Communists and the Islamists, all standing hand in hand with resistance with one hope uniting them: The victory of resistance.

Gaza which celebrate as it bleeds has its own uniqueness. Even Nature rules, such as sunset and sunrise, cannot be applied to like in Gaza. Life there is organised according to the power-cut program. For example, the morning may rise at 10 pm and disappear as sun is rising. Moreover, only in Gaza, a car can be sold after 5 years of use with a higher price because of how much it costed its owner. In Gaza, which is complex despite its simplicity, everybody knows that the end of this crisis and its outcomes will contribute to change their lives at least 2 years onwards. They have strong faith that the resistance will impose the conditions of truce which are going to be related their day-to-day life such as electricity, water or opening of borders. Therefore, this leaves no other option to the people but supporting resistance no matter what the cost will be.

Armed struggle is no longer a political strategy or merely a means of resistance. Resistance has become a wide term that includes many things. It is life. It is the ability to travel, to study, to receive a proper medical care. Above all, it has become a symbol for their dignity and an integral part of their identity. We’ve never heard them chanting for opening the borders, as they already know that it much be included among the conditions of possible ceasefire. Opening the borders will be the axiomatic outcome of the steadfastness of resistance in the battlefield. It will no longer controlled by a human will related to the mood of neighbouring countries and their agendas. The fact that everyone is conspiring against this piece of land imposed a new definition of resistance on them which will be taught later in military sciences. Gaza has managed to formulate this new definition which has become a central part of this geographic identity. Yes, it is identity that its most important component is resistance, and anyone who believes in humanity should feel honoured to adopt it.

Free Palestine. Down with Zionism. Glory for the martyrs!

7 responses

  1. Gaspar

    As the Cold War saw an end so will the Israeli occupation. History will remember the struggle of the Palestinian people to be human. Free Palestine! Free Gaza


    July 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm

  2. James spencer

    The Palestine Arabs are the national people of that area of the middle east, Israel has no right to rule that area !!


    July 29, 2014 at 7:16 pm

  3. vivian rodrigues

    Resistance is line always…….Free Palestine


    August 2, 2014 at 8:27 am

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  5. Hi Shahd,

    Interesting blog post. I would love to know your thoughts/ opinion on these new videos created by UK Citizen TV channel WORLDbytes. Focusing on Gaza, Western-intervention and anti-Semitism, these videos include discussions, interviews and Vox Pops on the streets of London where volunteers ask the public to air their views and find a different perspective from mainstream media.

    Please feel free to comment, embed, share, copy and pass on them on to anyone else you think may be interested.

    View on the streets: Is Israel being portrayed as uniquely evil?

    It Should Be News: Anti-Semitism

    Don’t Shout at the Telly: Gaza, Israel, ISIS & Ukraine

    Best wishes,
    WORLDbytes Team


    September 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm

  6. Stan Squires

    I am from Vancouver,Canada and I read your articles on Gaza.It is good to get this information on Gaza out to all the people in the world who support the Palestinian Struggle against the barbaric, uncivilized Israeli gov.The Egyptian gov. is no better.They are a lackey of Israel and the usa.The Egyptian gov. is complicit in the deaths of many Palestinians.
    Tonight Nov.2th I am attending a Palestinian meeting here in Vancouver.A couple of invited guests from the USA will be here. They are the parents of Rachael Courey, the woman who was run over by an Israeli bulldozer and Brian Avery, an American who was shot and wounded in Palestine by an Israeli soldier.Im sure the meeting will be well attended.It will be revolutionary women like Shahd Abusalama that will free Gaza and the rest of Palestine from Israeli apartheid.Keep up the good work.


    December 2, 2014 at 8:51 pm

  7. Shahd,
    With my respect, I’m sad over the sufferings of the people in Gaza and over the civilian losses in the recent war. I don’t support the whole Israeli operation, even if Islamic Jihad or Hamas actually started the war by firing rockets again, even if they know that Israel most likely will respond.

    I’m from Sweden (adpted from India), have followed the conflict for 13 years, and know every argument about it, both “pro-Israeli” and “pro-Palestinian” ones. You are free to have your opinion like anyone on the planet. But it makes me sad to see that you seem to consider some Palestinan terrorist organizations as “freedom fighters”, which they aren’t. Their attacks on Israel doesn’t solve anything, does it?

    With all of my heart I wish for a peaceful two-state solution, but I’m not objective, and I’m not a supporter of Likud or Netanyahu. I’m neither Israeli nor Jewish. I also support the two-state solution and because of this, I’m sad to read that you are against Zionism, which is/was a movement that wanted to establish an independent state for Jews in the land of Israel. There are different kinds of Zionism; liberal Zionism, Messianic Zionism, etc. I’m against the Messianic Zionism of some of the Israeli settlers in for example Hebron.

    Before anyone dismiss me as a “brainwashed” or “ignorant” or something like that, I want to tell you that I have Palestinian friends and have also been to both Israel and Palestine. I support much of the works by B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence, (at least BTS’ campaigns in Israel). But I’m not traditionally “pro-Palestinian” and neither am I claiming to be. I read that you are now studying at SOAS, and I want to wish you luck. My dream was to study Middle Eastern studies once.

    Take care,



    December 3, 2014 at 6:03 pm

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