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Thank you for these thoughts, I desperately needed to read this and re-frame my calls for Palestinian liberation, not just in the name of women and children, but for ALL.

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Nov 7, 2023Liked by Ayesha Khan, Ph.D.

Crying. Powerful. Heartbroken .

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I do not understand how people cannot see this as a human issue. They believe the lies the western media feeds them and refuse to even question this narrative. I have lost friendships over my support of a free Palestine, and I do not regret that. I cannot sit by while people suffer on this massive a scale. From the river to the sea 😥✊️

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Nov 7, 2023Liked by Ayesha Khan, Ph.D.

Thanks for such a powerful post. 🍉

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Nov 10, 2023Liked by Ayesha Khan, Ph.D., Ciro

Just finished reading this and wow. Just wow. Thank you so much for writing this Ayesha ❤️ such a beautiful beautiful piece. You’ve given me another lens to see how the colonial regime works to dehumanize Black & Brown People, and Palestinian Men & Boys specifically in this Moment. It makes so much sense for how it works in the settler narrative; we’ve always done it. And, just from reading your comments about Language, think you are so right and it is very important. That’s essentially what this post is about, in my opinion. It’s the Language we’re using and the notions we’ve tied to these words in white christian hegemony. That’s how we’re able to weaponize them against Black & Brown People. It’s what propaganda is. I think it’s important that we’re vigilant about it. Thank you for showing us that 🙏❤️

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Nov 7, 2023Liked by Ayesha Khan, Ph.D.

Thank you for this.

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Nov 16, 2023Liked by Ayesha Khan, Ph.D.

thank you. i've been watching palestinian doctors work at the point of exhaustion to save lives. the journalists who risked their lives to report on the horrors that were/are unfolding. yes, to the humanity of palestinian men and boys. the only way forward now is together.

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Nov 14, 2023Liked by Ayesha Khan, Ph.D.

Thank you for this heart ❤️ Ayesha.

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Nov 11, 2023Liked by Ayesha Khan, Ph.D.

This is incredibly powerful. The standard media lines are so insidious.

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This was a powerful read. I’ve shared it far and wide. Traumatized boys will have a much harder time living a healthy and happy life, and directly correlates with a more violent adult life. The oppression and dehumanizations must stop. STOP IT NOW

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Thank you for this post. Thank you sharing these heartbreaking truths. Thank you for giving a voice to these men who deserve compassion, freedom, safety, and peace just as much as the women and children, boys and girls, that they love and mourn and protect do. Just as all Palestinians and all marginalized and oppressed peoples do. The violence of the colonizer always begets more violence; a cycle of violence that starts with and is perpetuated by them. #FreePalestine

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I attended a funeral recently and an observation I made there was how people didn't seem to be very expressive in their grief apart from this one lady who at some point was wailing and people were starting at her!! Then later I saw a video of a Palestinian father crying and wailing for his two dead children; other men also joined him in crying! That contrast struck me; on one hand people look stoic in a funeral and in another part of the world some men are openly sharing thei grief! I shared this observation with my partner and he mentioned that the Palestinian men in this video seem more in touch with their humanity! I'm left wondering at what colonialism has done to our humanity 😭😭

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Thank you so much for writing this in such a thought provoking and humanizing way.

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You are right & you should say it.

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