Veronika AKA Nika

35 Years Old • Educator • Chicago

Shalom! (Peace!)

Since learning through genetic testing that I am a person of Jewish heritage, I have been writing a lot about my experiences as an adoptee who is reclaiming her roots by practicing Judaism.

Besides Jews and adoption the primary focuses of my blog are women; lesbian, gay, and bi folks; working class folks; and education. I write from the perspective of someone who is trans, who is disabled, who is a victim of abuse, and who is a radical leftist. On the very rare occasion that I blog about anything fandom-related it is usually about Once upon a Time, Elementary, or Nikita (Jaden and Alex are my one true pairing).

I am unabashedly opposed to both antisemitism and the State of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. If you think that this is somehow contradictory, you are probably not going to enjoy following my blog.

Although it is not necessary, I would love it if you introduced yourself if you decide to follow my blog. And if there is anything I can do to make Faithful Image more accessible to you, please let me know.

 

ii-wayoflife-ii asked
Hey x just wanted to ask so do you agree that Israel had the right to 'defend' themselves from hamas' attacks? hablas español?? Thnx xx

Hi, hon. Thank you for your question.

Here is the short answer:

No. I do not believe that Israel had the right to attack Gaza. On the contrary, I believe you are right to put “defend” in quotation marks. There was nothing defensive about the assault.

Y, sí, hablo un poco de español.

Here is the long answer to your first question:

During the most recent assault on Gaza some people on Tumblr were debating whether Israel’s aggression qualified as genocide. (I am being generous in my use of the word “debating” here. I did not see one cogent argument made in favor of the view that Israel’s mass murder of Palestinians was not genocide.) I was reminded of some of my earliest media exposure to the events that were taking place in Palestine. One memory was of footage of the aftermath of Israeli soldiers’ attack on a Palestinian cultural center; found in the mess the soldiers left behind were Palestinian children’s drawings that the soldiers had urinated on. Another memory is of an incident in which Israeli soldiers broadcast pornography on seized Palestinian television stations.

Now if I wanted to introduce someone to the history of Israel’s war on Palestinians, these would not be among the events I would mention first. They are not even representative of the events I would mention. But what these incidents and others like them indicate is that Israeli soldiers are not simply defending themselves against aggression. Children who were coloring pictures inside a cultural center are not a threat to any nation’s security, and combatants are among the people least likely to be watching television during a war. The Israeli soldiers involved in these incidents were engaging in acts of cultural genocide. This in turn is an indication that when Israeli soldiers kill Palestinians—as happened in the most recent offensive on Gaza when Israel bombed schools, hospitals, and civilians’ homes—they want to annihilate the people associated with Palestinian culture.

Oppressors always try to portray the oppressed as the initiators of violence. So I am not fooled when Israel’s apologists’ implement the tactic of claiming that Israel was defending itself. And I do not believe Israel was justified in attacking Palestine.

Cultural Appropriation vs. Appreciation: a guide for non-Jews

nativepeopleproblems:

this-is-not-jewish:

ninininny:


It’s 3:30AM, and this anon annoyed me. Here is a guide for goyim on how to appreciate rather than appropriate Judaism. Please note that this is based on my own personal opinion, and that it is 3:30AM. Like everything else in Judaism, other Jews may disagree. Fellow Jews, feel free to add in your thoughts!

“Judaism is such a beautiful culture!”

  • Appropriation: wearing tzitzit or a kippa or putting a mezuzah on your doorway or wearing a Magen David.
  • Appreciation: buying Jewish art, reading books on Judaism and the Jewish people

“I love Chanukah! It’s a beautiful holiday!

  • Appropriation: buying a chanukiah (menorah) and lighting it 
  • Appreciation: asking a Jewish friend or neighbor if you can attend their celebrations 

“Hebrew is a beautiful language!”

  • Appropriation: tattooing it on your body when you don’t speak it/read it/understand it
  • Appreciation: learn to read/speak/write Hebrew

“I believe in the G-d of the Old Testament!”

  • Appropriation: tattooing YHWH on your body
  • Appreciationnot tattooing the most sacred name of G-d on your body

“I believe in Jesus Christ but I love Judaism.”

  • Appropriation: “Messianic Jews,” “Jews for Jesus”
  • Appreciation: accepting that your faith in Christ is incompatible with Judaism and appreciating the religion/culture in other ways.

 ”I believe in Judaism.”

  • Appropriation: calling yourself a Jew without having undergone/being in the process of conversion??
  • Appreciation: exploring the option of conversion!

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I love this

(Source: doctormichal)

Reminder:

nativepeopleproblems:

doom-metal-beatnik:

nativepeopleproblems:

KABBALAH IS NOT FOR WHITE PEOPLE

Why? It’s a practice. One person taking up the study and practice has no effect on another. even if they completely change it the person practicing the traditional way would be unaffected. So what harm is done by the wrong person studying it.

Also I’d like to mention if we go by old rules it isn’t for women either.

It’s cultural appropriation. I’m not talking about white people who convert to Judaism, practice it faithfully, and then take up study. I’m talking about people like Madonna and Ariana Grande who do practice a bastardized version of one of our most sacred areas of study just because they think it seems cool. People who have never had to learn our history, or endure our suffering. People who don’t have to fear for their lives every time they express their religious and / or ethnic identity.

[Image: A photograph of a billboard with the picture of a young, African-American girl. The billboard reads, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.”]
iphotographlove:

antiprolife:

alwayspro-choice:

thebigmaybe:

cheshiregoneinsane:

art-is-the-word:

latinagabi:

isaiah-50-7:

nikosnature:

teachingtotransform:

Another NYC billboard…
This one is messed up!


I agree.
It IS messed up that that billboard is stating a FACT. The fact that over one half of all African American pregnancies end in abortion. The fact that 80+% of abortion mills are in minority neighborhoods. 
It IS messed up.
And yet WE are the racist ones.

yes, you are the racist ones.where are you after those brown babies are born? do you speak up when they’re hunted down and beaten by the police? do you speak up against a system that systematically works to oppress them, making the decision to have a child so much harder because having a child is so much more than giving birth? are you going to help pay for their healthcare? schooling? housing? food? Where are you when it comes to discussing why the fuck is the system made so that PoC have less access to a better education, financial aid, work etc. Don’t pretend to care about brown babies when they’re beaten and killed every day and you people are no where to be found.  Racist piece of shit. 

Reblogging for trrruuuth

latinagabi dropping them truth bombs

reblogging for that paragraph ^^

A few years ago, I read an article where the mother of this child was actually upset at how her daughter’s photo was used.
Here it is: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mother-girl-featured-shocking-anti-abortion-billboard-outraged-ad-apology-article-1.135168

Reminder that the claim that 80% of abortion clinics are located in minority neighborhoods is a complete and utter lie propagated by anti-choicers. The real percentage of abortion clinics located in predominantly black neighborhoods is 9%.
63% are located near neighborhoods that are made up of mostly non-hispanic white people. [x]
But of course instead of maybe taking a look at the reason many PoC seek out abortions, anti-choicers would rather make up statistics and cry “I’m not racist! Pro-choicers are racist because they let PoC make their own decisions!” 
(I also love that these kinds of statements come straight from people who will appropriate tragedies like slavery, genocide, or the murder of PoC and pretend they’re equivalent to abortion. So not racist.) 

Reblogging for commentary

[Image: A photograph of a billboard with the picture of a young, African-American girl. The billboard reads, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.”]

iphotographlove:

antiprolife:

alwayspro-choice:

thebigmaybe:

cheshiregoneinsane:

art-is-the-word:

latinagabi:

isaiah-50-7:

nikosnature:

teachingtotransform:

Another NYC billboard…

This one is messed up!

I agree.

It IS messed up that that billboard is stating a FACT. The fact that over one half of all African American pregnancies end in abortion. The fact that 80+% of abortion mills are in minority neighborhoods. 

It IS messed up.

And yet WE are the racist ones.

yes, you are the racist ones.
where are you after those brown babies are born? do you speak up when they’re hunted down and beaten by the police? do you speak up against a system that systematically works to oppress them, making the decision to have a child so much harder because having a child is so much more than giving birth? are you going to help pay for their healthcare? schooling? housing? food? Where are you when it comes to discussing why the fuck is the system made so that PoC have less access to a better education, financial aid, work etc. 
Don’t pretend to care about brown babies when they’re beaten and killed every day and you people are no where to be found.  
Racist piece of shit. 

Reblogging for trrruuuth

latinagabi dropping them truth bombs

reblogging for that paragraph ^^

A few years ago, I read an article where the mother of this child was actually upset at how her daughter’s photo was used.

Here it is: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mother-girl-featured-shocking-anti-abortion-billboard-outraged-ad-apology-article-1.135168

Reminder that the claim that 80% of abortion clinics are located in minority neighborhoods is a complete and utter lie propagated by anti-choicers. The real percentage of abortion clinics located in predominantly black neighborhoods is 9%.

63% are located near neighborhoods that are made up of mostly non-hispanic white people. [x]

But of course instead of maybe taking a look at the reason many PoC seek out abortions, anti-choicers would rather make up statistics and cry “I’m not racist! Pro-choicers are racist because they let PoC make their own decisions!” 

(I also love that these kinds of statements come straight from people who will appropriate tragedies like slavery, genocide, or the murder of PoC and pretend they’re equivalent to abortion. So not racist.) 

Reblogging for commentary

This Phone App Helps Transgender Users Change The Pitch And Tone Of Their Voices

glsen:

buzzfeedlgbt reports on this amazing app:

The app’s website states it will take at least 6 to 12 months to effectively alter one’s voice. This video clip features an example “before and after” segment, having a user sample her “original” and “altered” voice:

As one user of the app put it: “Voice can be a real liability. There are definitely large parts of this country, even this state, where it’s dangerous to be trans. It can be a matter of life or death.”

At just $4.99, this app is a far more affordable option for users than visiting a vocal coach or speech pathologist. What a great resource!

After she came up to me and said, “I’ve been with my partner for 20 years… We would never get married because he’s on social security income, and because my daughter is disabled I have secondary income from the state to support my daughter. If I got married, both my benefits and his benefits would be reduced because we would become a double income family.”

She was explaining that marriage doesn’t work for poor people, and that it doesn’t work for disabled people. Having really simple examples like hers are important.

What if the LGBTQ movement fought for prison abolition rather than same-sex marriage? (via disabilityhistory)

this is important. for a lot of low income folks on government benefits, marriage is against their financial self-interest. trying to put a dollar amount of the symbolic value of marriage is hard.

(via abbyjean)

Two Teenage Girls Arrested Over French Synagogue Suicide Bomb Plot

From the article:

Two teenage girls have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to blow up a synagogue in Lyon, French news websites have reported.

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Yeah I’m glad I found it too! Ignore the haters!!

Thank you for your heartwarming comment, sweetness. ^_^ I too am glad you found Jumblr. It just would not be the same without you.