New York - The Israeli legal advocacy group Gisha has set up a web-based game that explains the maddening bureaucracy that restricts Palestinian freedom of movement and is driving a wedge between the West Bank and Gaza.
The Flash animation game is called Safe Passage is a sort of ‘choose your own adventure’ in navigating Israeli legal-military bureaucracy. The player can choose to from three characters: a businessman from Gaza who wants to open a factory in the West Bank, a Gazan student accepted to a university in the West Bank, and a Gazan father of a seven-year-old living in the West Bank who is expelled to Gaza and wants to reunite with his family.
You can apply for a permit or petition the supreme court, but, no matter what route you choose, your legitimate request to leave Gaza is likely to be denied, often on “security” grounds.
Furthermore the characters in the game are composites of real people. The student is based in part on the story of Berlanty Azzam, the 22-year-old Bethlehem University student from Gaza who was seized by Israeli soldiers and removed to Gaza just two months before completing her degree.
The game can be played in English, Arabic, and Hebrew. Gisha says the game “shows the effects of the severance of the two parts of the Palestinian territory on the people who live there and for Palestinian society in general: prolonged separation from family members, lost opportunities for higher education, severe damage to trade and business, and the suffocation of civil society.”
this is actually really fucking sad and full on. it doesn’t take long to play, and you will probably learn something.
I HAVE BEEN DYING TO READ THIS
First published in 1981, This Bridge Called My Back has been out of print since the expiration of its contract with Third Woman Press in 2008. Hopefully the digital copy will find its way to those who will circulate it and possibly build up pressure to have it printed again.
Children Passing In the Streets: http://www.mediafire.com/?metyjnzwmji
Entering the Lives of Others: http://www.mediafire.com/?immkmkzzyzz
And When You Leave, Take Your Pictures With You: http://www.mediafire.com/?hn4fuom1q1b
Between The Lines: http://www.mediafire.com/?wn3x3zl4zau
Speaking In Tongues: http://www.mediafire.com/?zgtlrycmjyn
El Mundo Zurdo: http://www.mediafire.com/?mwdd2wz2oyh
Front/Back Cover: http://www.mediafire.com/?zumnmytgkgt
OMG! Is this really all the chapters for download??? What a goldmine!
our head of state is now a woman.
It only took a hundred years or so since getting the vote…
When in 2007 she first stepped in as acting prime minister when Rudd was overseas, Gillard said: “The important thing is really for Australian girls growing up in this society -
I think if there’s one girl who looks at the TV screen over the next fewdays and says ‘Gee, I might like todo that in the future’, well that’s a good thing.”
is pretty much her only value, really.
Since, after all:
Her indication at yesterday’s news conference that she might pursue a tougher line on border control than Rudd will do nothing to appease voters drifting to the Greens.
By the same token, while her role as the first female prime minister will make her a hero to many women, it is her actions that will keep her as one. Just being a woman in power is not enough. There will be questions - and rightly so - from women across the feminist spectrum.
Will she, as prime minister, improve the lot of women and make their paths to equality easier?
Or, indeed, immigrant women?
It kind of troubles me that the only real value I see in Gillard at the helm is that she’s (a) female, and (b) more charismatic than Rudd was, so (c) is more likely to make sure that ridiculous Abbott is kept out of the top job.
Then again, someone is more likely to get the top spot if they’re conservative and willing to play with the right than if they’re female. Not sure that equal opportunity to fuck others over was really the point of feminism.
But at the same time, those girls and women who look at the news and think it might be them one day… part of the empowerment of oppressed people is belief in yourself. Or at least just enough to fake it till you make it. And if this helps, so be it.
We’ll see what the sacrifices are as they come along.