"For anyone who wants a simple proof that Palestine existed before 1948, here’s a coin from 1927 worth 10 Mils (this currency is no longer used). Also note that the word “Palestine” is written in both Arabic and Hebrew indicating not only a Jewish presence, but a prominent one. Jews and Arabs DID live side by side in peace. The Zionist idea that they cannot coexist is an absolute fallacy." -Sarah Aly
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At a rally against Israel’s bombing of Gaza over the weekend in Seattle, a shirtless man allegedly harassed protesters, yelled, picked fights, and used words like “towelhead.” When a security guard was called to the scene, however, he ignored this alleged instigator, macing and detaining a black bystander instead.
Hamde Abu tells #Ferguson that #Palestine knows what it means to be shot for your ethnicity
Resistance is justified, from #Ferguson to #Palestine
#Ferguson #JusticeForMikeBrown #TrayvonMartin #OscarGrant #SeanBell #JordanDavis #EricGarner #Gaza #Palestine #Iraq #Afghanistan #Occupy #Inequality #Poverty #WallStreet #WalMart #Misogyny #Sexism #Capitalism #Revolution
Just saying …
We hold these truths to be self-evident … That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…. [W]hen a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
- Declaration of Independence, 1776
In conversations about Gaza, I have heard many thoughtful people in the Jewish community lament the loss of Palestinian lives in Gaza but then say, “But Hamas…,” as if that were the heart of the problem. I’d like to suggest that, when we have these conversations about Hamas and Israel’s current bombing campaign, we begin with the necessary context and historical perspective.
Re: The Nakba
1. To create the Jewish state, the Zionist movement destroyed more than 400 Palestinians villages and expelled 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and land. Palestinians who remained in what became Israel were relegated to second-class citizenship, had much of their property confiscated, and, to this day, have fewer rights than Jewish Israeli citizens.
Re: The 1967 Occupation
2. In 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem and still occupies them until this day.
Re: Settlement expansion; the apartheid wall; and the siege of Gaza
3. Over the past 47 years of occupation, Israel has illegally confiscated more and more Palestinian land; built an apartheid wall; systematically denied Palestinians basic human and civil rights and engaged in state-sponsored violence; and forced the Palestinians in Gaza to live in appalling conditions that make it increasingly impossible to survive. Israel’s latest bombing campaign, Operation Protective Edge, has killed over 1,900 Palestinians, at least 450 of whom are children, and has displaced hundreds of thousands more.
If those of us in the Jewish community who are committed to justice begin from these facts, I think it would become clearer – regardless of who the Palestinian leadership is – that the underlying problem really is the denial of freedom and basic human rights to millions of people, for decades. And, as a community, it should also become clearer where priorities need to be in order to have any integrity on this issue: addressing the Nakba of 1948 and the responsibility for the Nakba head-on – including the right of return for refugees; ending the occupation; ending the siege on Gaza; and recognizing the right to full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel.
Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and educator, is a long-time organizer for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel. More recently, she is a founding member of Jews Say No!, on the board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and on the coordinating committee of the Nakba Education Project-US.
The militarization of police in Ferguson, Missouri and across the country must be stopped.
"Mike Brown allegedly threw his hands up and yelled "I don’t have a gun! Stop shooting!" but he was shot to death anyway by a yet-to-be-named police officer. Protesters following the event in Ferguson, Missouri are being watched by rooftop snipers. And there are numerous reports of police aiming automatic rifles at people filming the events, and opening fire with rubber bullets on unarmed crowds. This is what the disturbing trend of the militarization of America’s police force looks like.
“This new precedent across the country has one particularly upsetting source: the Pentagon. A federal program called 1033 allows the Department of Defense to distribute hundreds of millions of dollars worth of military equipment to police forces across the country. The chilling motto for this program is “From Warfighter to Crimefighter.”
“From Mike Brown in Ferguson to Eric Garner in New York, police forces are assaulting and killing innocent people, with no accountability. This is unacceptable. Police forces should be protecting us. By militarizing police across the country through the 1033 program, the Pentagon is encouraging local police forces to feel as if they are going into battle — with a clear enemy and a shoot-to-kill mentality. This national militarization of police must be stopped immediately. Sign the petition to demand that the Department of Defense dissolve the 1033 program and hold all police officers involved in brutality accountable.”
"WHEN MANY thousands of innocent civilians are faced with the danger of being wiped out, and we have the capacity to do something about it, we will take action."
Those were the words of Barack Obama speaking on August 7 to justify air strikes in Iraq. The statement was characteristic of the rhetoric always rolled out to defend U.S. military intervention—a self-serving story about America’s noble commitment to human rights, the liberation of the oppressed, the goals of freedom and democracy.
This time, though, Obama voiced them after the world had watched in horror for a full month as the U.S.-supplied Israel Defense Forces attacked “many thousands of innocent civilians” in Gaza.
Day after day, the "world’s most moral military" pounded one of the most densely populated places on Earth. Israel’s “precision” strikes leveled whole neighborhoods, murdered civilians as they fled and destroyed Gaza’s energy and water treatment infrastructure. UN shelters struggled to help the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who had been told to flee their homes because their neighborhoods were about to be bombed. Then the shelters where they sought safety were bombed.
The people of Gaza have certainly been “faced with the danger of being wiped out” since Israel launched the latest stage of its colonial war on Palestine. So what “action” did Barack Obama and the U.S. government take?
In the midst of Israel’s war-crimes spree, Obama gave Israel special permission to tap into a U.S. reserve of mortars, grenades and other munitions warehoused on Israeli territory to deal with “emergent” crises.
Most of the media reporting about the U.S. warplane and drone strikes in Iraq emphasizes the administration’s claim that it is protecting the Yazidi religious minority, thousands of whom are stranded on Mount Sinjar and surrounded by hostile fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical Sunni fundamentalist insurgency. Actually, most of the U.S. air strikes have taken place more than 100 miles away, where ISIS fighters are threatening Erbil, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, a crucial part of U.S. imperial hopes of maintaining some influence over Iraq’s future.
But even if you focus only on the attacks around Mount Sinjar, Washington has proven over many long years that its main concerns are its own interests. “The United States of America has no claim on the language of ‘humanitarian aid’ to Iraq after what it did to that country,” wrote Middle East expert Juan Cole wrote. “It is rather as though Washington should send Meals Ready to Eat [provided by the U.S. Army to soldiers in the field] to the good people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
In the end, the main difference between the Palestinians and the Yazidis is that one group is being bombed by a U.S. ally and the other group is being menaced by a U.S. enemy. In both cases, the U.S. Empire couldn’t care less about the people enduring the nightmare of war—whether it shrugs them off as “collateral damage” or champions them as “innocent civilians.”
The real aim of the Obama administration is to maintain U.S. domination of the Middle East and control over the oil that lies under the ground—what was once described by the U.S. State Department as “a stupendous source of strategic power and one of the greatest material prizes in world history.” …
“‘It’s like the elephant in the room,’ said Yusra, 45, of East St. Louis. ‘We are being occupied.’
‘They say it’s the death of three men that started a chain reaction of death and destruction in Gaza,’ she continued. ‘Will we as a people rise up like the people of Gaza? Will our community be bombed like last night with tear gas? That was a terrorist attack.’”
The black residents of Ferguson, Missouri are governed by white police and they say it feels more like Gaza than America.
Today in Ferguson, following the arrest of two journalists police continued their all out assault on the liberties and rights of the town’s citizens. Here’s the latest update on what we know so far.… Ferguson police arrest, assault, and teargas journalists to prevent them from recording police behavior there. The no fly zone has banished news helicopters. No live streams remain active in Ferguson. Freedom of the press is dead.
Black man in #Ferguson to journalist: "Not in Afghanistan, not in Iraq … our problem ain’t with Hamas; it’s right here in the United States of America where you’re shooting us down like dogs and n****s"
Just as Muhammad Ali said fifty years ago, the enemy of Black people in the United States cannot be found in any US-labeled “terrorist organizations” overseas, but rather amongst the police, politicians, and white supremacists, right here at home.
As demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri enter their fourth night, pictures and online posts from the scene show an escalation in response from St. Louis County police.
Despite police insisting, “Your right to demonstrate is not being obstructed,” they have brought at least 70 SWAT team officers and one tank to stand opposite the protesters in the street. The Huffington Post reported that state Sen. Maria Chapelle Nadal (D), who criticized the police response in an MSNBC interview on Tuesday night, was taken into custody.
documents the Democratic Party’s enthusiastic support for Israel’s ongoing war on Palestine—including the wing of the party that claims to be progressive.
The Democratic Party has proven its unwavering commitment to Israel over many years—and that includes the supposed “progressives” among its ranks.