Yesterday in #Bredene at the #Manifiesta festival about solidarity I met Angela Davis. After she signed my copy of her autobiography it was not allowed to take pictures. Davis: “Let’s do it anyway.” :)
(photographer: my sister Saïda) #AngelaDavis #feminism #antiracism
people don’t talk about moroccan men being sexist and weird as much as they do with egyptian men
seriously in morocco my dad doesn’t let me and my female cousins go out unless we have a male with us, it doesn’t matter if he is younger than us either, he could be 12 and we’d…
Sharing this because I know it’s true for many places in Morocco, even though I have the opposite experience in places in the south like Agadir where going outside to a souq or travelling to another city alone or with other girls with the bus, taxi or train is easy.. Especially in a taxi in all regions of Agadir I noticed many men tried to sit in a way that made women feel safer. When boys or men did say or do something inappropriate we said something back and that never ended in a bad way for me or my sisters or other female family members. I hope things stay this way and I wish every girl in Morocco could feel the freedom I felt there since the last 3 years..
#Agadir beach. I miss this place, and all other parts of Agadir (that are luckily not filled with Western tourists). I posted this picture earlier on instagram with this message: May Allah reward the guy who makes it cheaper for Moroccans to sit here, and I think he does what many do here: make things even cheaper when you speak Tachelhit. This is a nice experience when you see how anti-Amazigh racism makes many here ashamed to speak their #Amazigh language. #Morocco #Maroc #Marokko #tmazirtino2014 #rslreis
I’m in Morocco since August 18 and this is first time I check Tumblr because of a bad internet connection with Inwi (if someone of Inwi reads this: you really need to do something about the bad connection in regions in Agadir like Azrou, Temsia, Oulad Dahou,… instead of only offering fast internet in places where the more wealthy Moroccans and iromin stay).
I limited my internet use to Instagram, Facebook and a little bit of Twitter. So I have no clue if someone here sent me a message or mentioned me somewhere. Next week I’ll be back in Belgium inshaAllah and I’ll try to answer and read what I missed.
For those who are curious about what I’ve been doing and what I saw in my beautiful Morocco: check hashtag tmazirtino2014 on Instagram.
My favourite moment was in Haha on an aghiyul:
Pause. Time for #henna. (by my sister) #mehdni #hennadesigns
Another tweet list about those useless and (sorry) lazy boycott lists.
Bought #Palestinian flags today. A few with normal big size made in London and one that is 3 meters long made somewhere in #Limburg for the national demonstration this Sunday in #Brussels. #FreePalestine #SupportGaza
I refuse to see the protests and uprisings known as ‘Arab revolutions’ as a failure. Don’t want to go back to how things were before with me and many others being afraid to say something negative about ‘our’ governments. Nothing can change if we can’t even talk about it.
When I read ‘Moroccan culture is defined by women’ or ‘women shaping Amazigh identity’ it bothers me how this big focus on women can put a burden on us and gives many men something to use that against us: they use our faces and bodies and clothes to measure how ‘real Amazigh’ we are while they can continue wearing whatever they want without someone pointing at them to say ‘look these men are not real Moroccans’ or ‘real Imazighen’. It can lead to blaming women when Amazigh tradition and culture gets lost. Men should be equally responsible for keeping our culture alive.
Vandaag bij israëlische ambassade in Brussel (rue joseph vanderlinden, lelijk gebouw) met ongeveer 25 mensen. Kleine opkomst door regen en slecht uur in de middag.
I was standing today at israeli embassy in Brussels with 25 people. Small group because of rain and bad time at noon. And yes it’s an ugly building.
Why do people so easily spread wrong “info” about how to boycott israel? This is frustrating me because thousands around the world with the right positive energy are using that energy in a useless way with the risk that if they find out how useless it is, they’ll loose the motivation to start again with correct info.
As ibnkafka explains in his tweets: I can go to a shop right now here in Belgium and find a product with, for instance, an Italian barcode on a product that was made in israel or the ‘occupied Palestinian territories’.. that doesn’t mean that from now on I have to avoid all products with that barcode as it simply indicates the country of origin of the company of the product, and it doesn’t say that all products with that barcode are also made in israel or have company with headquarters there.
So in this example it doesn’t make sense to boycott all things from companies with headquarters in Italy while many of those companies don’t produce anything in israel.
I woke up noticing someone tagged me in a discussion under the second image about barcode 841. Apparently now some encourage people to avoid all products with a company with headquarters in Spain and Andorra. Why?…. If this wasn’t about an attempt to boycott israel I would laugh with this misunderstanding.
As noted in the official GS1 website about prefixes:
GS1 Prefixes do not provide identification of country of origin for a given product. They simply provide number capacity to different countries for assignment from that location to companies who apply. Those companies in turn may manufacture products anywhere in the world.
So of course if a product cleary says ‘israel’ as country of origin, we should boycott that, regardless of what barcode/prefix it has.
Instead of obsessing in a wrong way about barcodes, a better thing we should do is to keep a list of companies/brands that are involved with the occupation of Palestine. A good website to check the involvement of a company is whoprofits.org. I hope the activists behind this website keep it updated, but I know it is one of the best sources online.