Nature

Whenever I go outside the city and am surrounded by nature I feel so alive. That’s what makes me utterly happy. When I was younger I used to walk a lot in nature with my family. We could walk for hours and never get tired of that. My mother always packed some coffee, water and food with us so that we can sit down and enjoy the wonders of the forest. I miss those days a lot.

Today was a hot day, nearly +30ºC, and the sun was shining from an almost cloudless sky. I decided to go to one of my favorite place, although it is a bit far away. I had to cycle almost 28km to get there. It’s a beautiful outside recreation area with loads of walking paths, all going to different directions. When I arrived there, the first thing I wanted to do was to take a deep breath of fresh air. I drank a little bit of water and started walking. While I was walking I stopped for a while and thought how much I loved being there. And how I wish to live outside the city. All I could see was the nature. All I could hear was the nature. All I could smell was the nature. There were no traffic sounds. When I closed my eyes I could hear the wind in the trees and feel it against my skin. I could hear the insects and bird chirps all over the place. It made me calm and relaxed my mind. I wished I could stay there forever. I took my shoes off and felt the warm ground against my feet. First it hurt a bit when I walked without shoes but after a while my feet got used to that and it felt absolutely amazing. I had almost forgotten how it feels to walk without shoes. This was the kind of moment that I don’t want to spoil by taking loads of photos. It is impossible to attach those magical sounds, that strong scent that comes from the trees, the flowers and the soil, and those beautiful feelings that were running through my head. I prefer using my time to enjoy the moment, otherwise I might miss the most important thing. I need real memories. The kind of memories that I collect inside my heart and mind. Photos aren’t important to me.

I am definitely an outdoor person. Sometimes I wish I could walk forever and forever, seeing all kind of cities, villages and little towns, meeting new people, and then continue walking till I die. The best part of these little trips of mine are that when the next day comes and my legs are hurting from all that walking, I know that yesterday wasn’t just a dream. I hope that one day I can give these kind of beautiful memories to my own children.

Baltimore Sun ‘literally otherizes’ Palestinians in insulting subheadline

Originally posted on Sixteen Minutes to Palestine:

This photograph of The Baltimore Sun’s front page taken by Twitter user @hankamarillo identifies 13 dead soldiers as Israeli but uses the word “others” to identify Palestinians.

For the past two days, the Israeli military has relentlessly shelled the Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City, claiming it to be a stronghold for armed Palestinian resistance fighters. In the first day alone, more than 70 Palestinians were killed, most either in their homes or in the streets as they tried to flee the scene of the shelling on foot. Many children were among the dead. At least two dozen more Palestinians have been killed since.

Thirteen Israeli soldiers were also killed in combat on the first day.

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Call on government: respect freedom of speech in France

Please sign the petition and share it with everyone you know!

“Call on government: respect freedom of speech in France

The socialist government of France has decided to ban the freedom of speech and organization in France (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2697194/Outrage-France-country-world-ban-pro-Palestine-demos.html). This government has declared war on the people of France by banning demonstrations to protest the Israeli war against the Palestian people. Anyone who breaks the ban faces a year in prison and a 15,000 euro fine. If they hide their faces the sentence can be increased to three years jail, and a 45,000 euro fine.

- We declare our solidarity with the people of France who reject this ban by exercising their right to free speech.

- We call upon the socialist government of France to respect the slogan of the first French Revolution that begins with FREEDOM.”

http://www.petitions24.com/call_on_government_respect_freedom_of_speech_in_france

Israel warns media they are at risk of ‘injury or death’ because Hamas ‘exploits journalists as human shields’

Here is the announcement:

Subject: GPO Advisory to Journalists Covering Operation Protective Edge from the Gaza Strip

GPO Advisory to Journalists Covering Operation Protective Edge from the Gaza Strip
(Communicated by the GPO)

Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza continue to attack Israel’s civilian population. They have fired over 1,800 rockets at Israel’s towns and cities, putting five million of our citizens – men, women and children – in bomb shelters. They have infiltrated Israel by sea and tunnel in an attempt to murder and kidnap Israelis.

In response to these attacks and Hamas’ repeated rejection of cease-fire proposals, the IDF began a ground operation in Gaza on Thursday night.

The GPO is doing everything in its power to provide the foreign press with timely information and to facilitate access.

Nevertheless, we wish to stress that Gaza and its vicinity are a battleground. Covering the hostilities exposes journalists to life-threatening danger (and involves risk to equipment).

As part of Hamas’ strategy of hiding behind the civilian population it has frequently exploited journalists as human shields, deliberately putting them at risk of injury or death.

Israel is not in any way responsible for injury or damage that may occur as a result of field reporting.

The GPO advises the members of the press to take every possible precaution. Journalists in need of assistance should contact the GPO to facilitate expedited passage from the Erez crossing.

Be safe in your mission.

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/exploits-journalists-shields.html

I refuse to recognize these monsters cheering on the bombing of the Gaza Strip as human beings. Normal human beings would NEVER do that, not if they have a good and functional heart. Israel is a lunatic state where this kind of brutal attitude seems to be very normal. I refuse to recognize Israel as a state with good morals and values.

Israel accused of war crimes (UK Parliament)

“Highlights from a UK parliamentary debate in which MPs variously accused Israel of war crimes, disproportionate violence, ruining peace negotiations by building illegal settlements, running the worlds largest outdoor prison, collective punishment, and attacking water supplies, hospitals, supply centres and all manner of other civilian targets. I have edited out the contributions of Foreign Secretary, William Hague, because nearly all of them displayed a shameful lack of compassion for the sufferings of the Palestinian people (Hague is a prominent member of an organisation called the “Conservative Friends of Israel” and is well aware of the funding that involvement brings to his party and his own political campaigns)
The debate took place on the 14th of July 2014″

Israeli Massacres on Palestinians

Originally posted on Occupied Palestine | فلسطين:

Israeli Crimes: Details and numbers of the zionist terrorism activities

The Nobel Prize of Literature Jose Saramago compares the suffering of the Palestinians under Israeli occupation as the same suffering of the jews in the Nazi boot camps.

“The repression from Israel is the worst form of Apartheid. Nobody has the faintest idea of what is going on here, even the best informed people. Everything is in pieces, the land is destroyed and nothing else may be planted. All this smells like a boot camp, like Auschwitz. The israeli have turned into NAZI JEWS” , he declared after a visit to Palestina in March, 2002.

He is correct. Let us see why:
Although the image that Israel distributes about herself is that of an oppressed nation, it is with heavy hearts that we present these crimes that stand for themselves for the brutality of the Israeli Army and the heartlessness…

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