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a friend writes: “This is a fantastic article that totally demolishes the racist trope that black students don’t care about education because they don’t want to “act white,” referenced by Obama on Monday.”


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indigenous-rising:

Reblogged this from Frankie Rivera on facebook. I do not know who to credit this artwork with. 

indigenous-rising:

Reblogged this from Frankie Rivera on facebook. I do not know who to credit this artwork with. 


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I understand being against Israeli bombings and killings of innocent people, I do. But where is your outrage about what is happening in France to the Jews there? Where is your fury about what is happening to Christians in Iraq? Or the genocide in Syria? To simply be anti-Israel when all these other things are happening is not socialist. It's just anti-Israel, and maybe anti-semetic. Israel is the only safe haven for Jews. Why aren't the Muslim countries in the Middle East helping Palestinians?

I won’t respond to most of what you say, because anyone who has followed my tumblr for any length of time knows that I have posted many, many things about all of those places and injustices you mention.

I will just say this — Israel is NOT the only safe haven for Jews. Most Jews don’t live in Israel, and they never will. Arguably, the safest place for Jews right now is in the United States or Britain or something.

In any event, if Israel is the only safe place for the Jews, then Zionists are basically saying to the majority of the world’s Jews — “fuck you, we don’t care if you all die, out there in the world amongst the Gentiles, at least some of us live in Israel and will survive.”

that is a deeply cynical, conservative, and reactionary viewpoint. in contrast, i actually think that oppression and bigotry can and should be fought against wherever it appears, including the oppression against all of the various racial and religious minorities living in mixed-culture nations all over the world.

THAT is the only way to ensure the safety of any oppressed people anywhere.

one could further argue that because Israeli Jews are living in a colonialist, apartheid state which is setting itself on a constant antagonistic war-footing  against the indigenous Arab population, it is inherently an UNSAFE place for Jews to live, even leaving aside the eminently unsafe conditions that such a situation entails for said indigenous Arab population.

Finally, as Israel society becomes more and more saturated in fascist tendencies, it is most certainly NOT a safe place for any Jew who speaks out against Israel’s war crimes and oppression. Anti-war, anti-apartheid, and left-wing Jews living in Israel have increasingly reported being physically attacked by right-wing and fascist Jewish Zionists in Israel.

Thus, what you really should be saying is this:

"Israel is the only safe-haven for right-wing Jews who are committed to the project of colonizing, occupying and ethnically cleansing the land of historic Palestine. But all other Jews (especially left-wing and anti-Zionist Jews) actually face far more freedom to speak out and protest in their adopted homelands (such as the U.S.) than they do in Israel.”

See:

http://socialismartnature.tumblr.com/post/92048803781/right-wing-demonstrators-in-tel-aviv-wore-neo-nazi

http://socialismartnature.tumblr.com/post/91118402436/video-jewish-mob-chanting-death-to-arabs-death-to

http://socialismartnature.tumblr.com/post/92463505426/the-fascists-wanted-to-murder-us-an-eyewitness-account

http://socialismartnature.tumblr.com/post/7572510954/israels-boycott-law-is-fascist-haaretz-daily


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technically by that logic then the Chinese have the most to complain about for the deaths of the great leap forward. 18 million. Or we could bring up the number of Soviet citizens and soldiers who died on the eastern front 18-24 million. Or what about all the Chinese people who died at the hands of the Japanese during ww2? 10-20 million. Do they get to tell other people their suffering is nothing just because less of them died?
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I know Gaza doesn't have an army or safety shelters or anything like that. So what I want to know is why they keep fighting against Israel? If they called a cease fire, Israel would happily agree! You can't keep firing rockets and blowing up busses and not expect retaliation. If this were any other country besides Israel, nobody would think they were so cruel. Other countries have done worse in the past, way worse.
Anonymous

oh really? Hamas has offered numerous ceasefire proposals. in actual fact, Israel doesn’t want a ceasefire. it wants to be able to use its vastly superior army to utterly obliterate Gaza, either rendering it completely impotent, or to be able to re-occupy it and ethnically cleanse it of its Palestinian inhabitants.

also, if one country occupies, massacres, impoverishes, starves, imprisons, and oppresses another country over a 60-plus year history, without cessation, of course they are going to fight back with shoddy rockets or anything else they could get their hands on! in fact, it is an internationally recognized right for a sovereign people to respond to foreign aggression, occupation, ethnic cleansing, and war crimes through armed resistance.

and you’re right, many other countries have committed genocides and massacres, just like Israel is doing now. The U.S., for instance, not only enslaved and killed millions of Africans, it also killed millions in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, etc. Perhaps this is why the U.S. government and Israel are such close allies. Both are equally deserving of international condemnation and punishment for their crimes against humanity.

See:

http://socialismartnature.tumblr.com/post/92637087176/palestinian-authority-backs-hamas-ceasefire-demands-as

http://socialismartnature.tumblr.com/post/92638010581/the-deafening-silence-around-the-hamas-proposal-for-a

http://socialismartnature.tumblr.com/post/36247114840/hamass-political-chief-on-ceasefire-21-nov-2012

http://socialismartnature.tumblr.com/post/92478965086/calls-for-genocide-enter-israeli-mainstream-jonathan

http://socialismartnature.tumblr.com/post/91376492301/terrifying-genocidal-tweets-of-pre-army-israeli-teens

http://socialismartnature.tumblr.com/post/92158053646/gaza-ground-invasion-shedding-the-pretense-of

http://socialismartnature.tumblr.com/post/92567081456/my-outline-for-a-final-solution-in-gaza-moshe


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What do you about the incarceration problem getting so bad in America that Sesame Street has to do special episodes to teach kid how to cope when mommy and daddy get thrown in the hole?
Anonymous

i know. the u.s. is the most unfree nation on the planet in that respect. 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. the u.s. imprisons more of its own population than any other nation. the u.s. has a larger prison population in both absolute and relative terms than any other nation in the history of the world — including Stalin’s gulag archipelago!


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Have you ever read "In The Belly of the Beast: Letters From Prison"? Other than a heartbreaking account of prison life, one inmate says that his IQ increased by reading the works of Marx and Lenin!
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The most absurd thing about the anti-semitism argument in order to denounce palestine supporters is that it is absolutely anti-islamic in its nature. It absolutely disregards the fact that Israel is the aggressor in the war and oblivates the thousand and thousand of deaths of a Muslim people.
Anonymous

true


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You have to understand gaza has been firing rockets at Israel for a decade the only reason you don't hear about it is because Israel destroys them in the sky, so it is fair for Israel to shoot at gaza and the only reasons civilians are dying is because they decide to stand on the roof when Israel fires at them

You have to understand that Israel has been in the process of ethnically cleansing all of historic Palestine of its indigenous Arab inhabitants since 1948. The only reason you don’t hear about this is because the media in the Western world largely supports Israel’s colonization of Palestine and therefore won’t report its countless and ongoing atrocities.


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"Brick by brick, wall by wall, Israeli apartheid has to fall!"

2500-3000 people demonstrated Tuesday (22 July 2014) in the largest march in Boston for Palestine solidarity ever!


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Internationally complicity in Palestinian genocide.

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Sara Roy of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University describes the deteriorating conditions in Gaza.

  … In 2000, UNRWA (the UN agency responsible for Palestine refugees) was feeding 80,000 people in the Gaza Strip; today it feeds over 830,000 people. Yet, UNRWA’s food aid to almost half the population is now under threat as some international donors such as Canada have inexplicably defunded UNRWA or fund at levels that do not meet Gaza’s burgeoning need. Without an increase in financial support to cover a $22 million shortfall, UNRWA may have to eliminate its food distributions by the end of 2014. If this happens there should be no doubt that Palestinians in Gaza will face starvation for the first time in their history, and the violence that will ensue from their deepened agony and abandonment will be calamitous.

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Sign the petition at the link!

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"It’s a cruel irony that people in rural Iowa can be malnourished amid forests of cornstalks running to the horizon.”

That, dear National Geographic, is the cruel irony of capitalism — inequality and poverty amidst abundance.

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Why are people malnourished in the richest country on Earth?

Millions of working Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. We sent three photographers to explore hunger in three very different parts of the United States, each giving different faces to the same statistic: One-sixth of Americans don’t have enough food to eat.

 … In the United States more than half of hungry households are white, and two-thirds of those with children have at least one working adult—typically in a full-time job. With this new image comes a new lexicon: In 2006 the U.S. government replaced “hunger” with the term “food insecure” to describe any household where, sometime during the previous year, people didn’t have enough food to eat. By whatever name, the number of people going hungry has grown dramatically in the U.S., increasing to 48 million by 2012—a fivefold jump since the late 1960s, including an increase of 57 percent since the late 1990s. Privately run programs like food pantries and soup kitchens have mushroomed too. In 1980 there were a few hundred emergency food programs across the country; today there are 50,000. Finding food has become a central worry for millions of Americans. One in six reports running out of food at least once a year. In many European countries, by contrast, the number is closer to one in 20.

 … It’s a cruel irony that people in rural Iowa can be malnourished amid forests of cornstalks running to the horizon. Iowa dirt is some of the richest in the nation, even bringing out the poet in agronomists, who describe it as “black gold.” In 2007 Iowa’s fields produced roughly one-sixth of all corn and soybeans grown in the U.S., churning out billions of bushels.

These are the very crops that end up on Christina Dreier’s kitchen table in the form of hot dogs made of corn-raised beef, Mountain Dew sweetened with corn syrup, and chicken nuggets fried in soybean oil. They’re also the foods that the U.S. government supports the most. In 2012 it spent roughly $11 billion to subsidize and insure commodity crops like corn and soy, with Iowa among the states receiving the highest subsidies. The government spends much less to bolster the production of the fruits and vegetables its own nutrition guidelines say should make up half the food on our plates. In 2011 it spent only $1.6 billion to subsidize and insure “specialty crops”—the bureaucratic term for fruits and vegetables.

Those priorities are reflected at the grocery store, where the price of fresh food has risen steadily while the cost of sugary treats like soda has dropped. Since the early 1980s the real cost of fruits and vegetables has increased by 24 percent. Meanwhile the cost of nonalcoholic beverages—primarily sodas, most sweetened with corn syrup—has dropped by 27 percent.


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Breaking via ABC News: UN Human Rights Council votes to open inquiry into alleged war crimes in Gaza; U.S. is the ONLY “no” vote.
That’s because the U.S. is a direct accomplice to every war crime that Israel commits.

Breaking via ABC News: UN Human Rights Council votes to open inquiry into alleged war crimes in Gaza; U.S. is the ONLY “no” vote.

That’s because the U.S. is a direct accomplice to every war crime that Israel commits.


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