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72 hours after the police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, another young Black man is murdered by the police in L.A.

If this country were to engage in a real “war on terror” it would mean attacking the epidemic of racist police terrorizing and lynching Black people right here in the U.S.

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End the U.S.-funded wars and occupations against people of color in the Middle East and around the world! And end the police-state war and occupation against people of color throughout the U.S.!

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 … The quoted reason is “to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.”

Again, we end up wondering that while it certainly provides protection for law enforcement aircraft, if it also is justification to make sure that news organization cannot obtain aerial views of the area as well.

Considering that last night, local news crews were exposed to tear gas and then were explicitly told to leave because they were “endangering lives.” This after as plain as could be live on Channel 5, we saw a police officer, from the middle of a phalanx of other officers in riot gear, lob a tear gas grenade towards a group of people.


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White supremacist terrorism.

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The US-backed government in Nigeria is responsible for some of the same kind of heinous war crimes and human rights abuses as rebel Nigerian group Boko Haram. This is not even to mention the fact that the Nigerian government has for years been imposing brutal austerity programs affecting the poorest Nigerians, and which were met by a wave of labor strikes in 2012. Just like in the U.S. and Israel, the “war on terror” is a mere platitude used by the ruling class to impose its own form of terror onto the masses.

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Those who support Palestinian self-determination must challenge Israel’s justifications for war—and that means setting the record straight about Hamas.

AS THE world reels in horror at mounting Palestinian deaths in Gaza, the Israeli propaganda machine and its willing accomplices in the U.S. mainstream media have issued their customary reply: Blame Hamas.

Speaking with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu placed all responsibility for Palestinian deaths on Hamas:

We’re sad for every civilian casualty. They’re not intended. This is the difference between us. The Hamas deliberately targets civilians and deliberately hides behind civilians. They embed their rocketeers, their rocket caches, their other weaponry which they use to fire on us in civilian areas.

What choice do we have? We have to protect ourselves. So we try to target the rocketeers. We do. And all civilian casualties are unintended by us, but intended by Hamas. They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can…They use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause.

Netanyahu presents Israel as innocently defending itself—and Hamas as inviting Palestinian deaths for propaganda purposes.

WHILE THE mainstream media regularly describes Hamas as anti-Semitic or even genocidal, it rarely if ever describes Israel’s treatment of Gaza as racist or genocidal. But no other description of Israel’s blockade of Gaza is appropriate.

 … Not only are calls for war crimes coming from high-level Israeli officials, but the premise—that Hamas would never accept a “Jewish presence” in Palestine—is false. When Hamas agreed to a unity government with the Palestinian Authority (PA), led by Fatah, back in April, the terms were clear. As Nathan Thrall wrote in his article "How the West Chose War in Gaza" in the New York Times:

[The unity government deal] offered Hamas’ political adversaries a foothold in Gaza; it was formed without a single Hamas member; it retained the same Ramallah-based prime minister, deputy prime ministers, finance minister and foreign minister; and, most important, it pledged to comply with the three conditions for Western aid long demanded by America and its European allies: nonviolence, adherence to past agreements and recognition of Israel. Israel strongly opposed American recognition of the new government, however, and sought to isolate it internationally, seeing any small step toward Palestinian unity as a threat. (emphasis added)

Even after the chaos that Israel has wreaked in Gaza during July, Hamas leader Khaled Meshal reiterated the same commitments in a statement on July 27:

We are not fanatics, we are not fundamentalists. We are not actually fighting the Jews because they are Jews per se. We do not fight any other races. We fight the occupiers…I’m ready to coexist with the Jews, with the Christians and the Arabs and non-Arabs. However, I do not coexist with the occupiers.

In other words, Hamas does accept the presence of Jews in Palestine—but it does not accept the presence of Israel as a Jewish state, with apartheid laws that deny equal rights to Palestinians. This is the opposite of the explicitly racist and openly genocidal attitudes expressed by some of the leading political figures of Israel.

SO WHY is Hamas firing rockets at Israel?

For many people in Gaza, though certainly not all, the rockets send a message: If Israel’s policy toward Palestinians is occupation and genocide, than it cannot be business-as-usual for Israelis either.

For this, Israel brands Hamas “terrorists.” It should be noted that this was also the U.S. government’s official designation for Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress because of its bombing of public institutions in apartheid South Africa. It was also how the British government described American insurgents who overthrew the rule of the king in 1776.

Israel also accuses Hamas of placing its rockets in neighborhoods and using civilians as human shields. Indeed, Israel would like Hamas to build a clearly designated military installation in the desert—so that Israel could cleanly eliminate any capacity for resistance. But resistance movements always operate similarly against enemies with an overwhelming military advantage—as the American revolutionaries and the Vietnamese also did.

Moreover, the Israeli complaints are for public relations purposes—the Israel Defense Forces haven’t made anything like a legitimate effort to avoid civilian casualties.

Witnesses to Israel’s killing of four young boys playing soccer on a Gaza beach in July said it looked “as if the shells were chasing them”—that is, the Israeli naval vessel kept firing until it hit its pre-teenaged targets. Israel has bombed half of Gaza’s hospitals, as well as a UN school serving as a shelter for people who had been told by Israel to flee their homes.

Whatever one might think of Hamas, its politics and its strategy and tactics, we should be clear about one thing: the current slaughter against Palestinians is the product of Israel’s actions, not Hamas’.

Furthermore, it is not the place of people in the U.S., sitting in the heart of the world’s superpower and the main international supporter of Israel empire, to lecture dying Palestinians about what they should and should not do in the face of Israeli atrocities. Who Palestinians choose to represent them politically is a matter for Palestinians to decide, and no one else. Our role is to pressure the U.S. government to stop facilitating Israel’s massacre with its political, diplomatic, economic and military support for Israel.


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NewsOne:
Denzel “Jaba” Curnell, 19, died from a bullet wound to the head after an encounter with a South Carolina police officer on Friday night in, what authorities claim, was a suicide. But witnesses tell a different story. Several witnesses say that Officer Jamal Medlin told Curnell to get down and put his hands behind his head before he shot him. An autopsy revealed that Curnell died from a bullet wound to the right side of his head. Curnell, according to family, is left-handed. MORE HERE: http://newsone.com/3026965/denzel-jaba-curnell-unarmed-sc-teen-killed-by-police-officer/


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Translation: This man was lynched by a racist cop in South Carolina — a state which still openly flies the Confederate Flag at its Capitol building.

Denzel “Jaba” Curnell, 19, died from a bullet wound to the head after an encounter with a South Carolina police officer on Friday night in, what authorities claim, was a suicide. But witnesses tell a different story.

Several witnesses say that Officer Jamal Medlin told Curnell to get down and put his hands behind his head before he shot him. An autopsy revealed that Curnell died from a bullet wound to the right side of his head. Curnell, according to family, is left-handed.

MORE HERE: http://newsone.com/
3026965/denzel-jaba-curnell-unarmed-sc-teen-killed-by-police-officer/

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Translation: This man was lynched by a racist cop in South Carolina — a state which still openly flies the Confederate Flag at its Capitol building.


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Can you even imagine what the New York Times and US politicians would say if somehow Hamas had planted a bomb at the house of Benjamin Netanyahu, killing him and his two 12-year old children, at night while they slept?! Would this not be referred to as the crassest act of terrorism by the Western media?! And yet, when Israel does precisely such a thing to Palestinian leaders and their families, the word “terrorism” does not appear anywhere in articles reporting on the act.

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Israeli forces killed a leader of Islamic Jihad’s military wing and two of his sons early Friday with an airstrike on their home in the southern Gaza Strip, as the Palestinian death toll topped 800 in the battle’s 18th day. A 36-year-old reservist also fell in combat in Gaza’s north, the military said, bringing the number of Israeli soldiers killed over the past week to 33.

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I am sorry for the innocent who were killed in Palestine. However, the number has been greatly exaggerated. Most of those who were killed were 18-35 year old men linked to Hamas. Israel cannot accept a truce, because they would be recognizing a terrorist organization. Please do some research before you speak on an issue. Some of us here actually have a real stake in this conflict. To you it's just some game you can get high off of by pretending you understand or care. Thank you

Wow. You have no clue.

In fact, Hamas is no more nor less of a terrorist organization than is the Israeli Army if you look at the historical record in terms of sheer destruction, innocents killed, war crimes committed, and the mass slaughter of civilians. Actually, the Israeli Army is the far greater terrorist in that respect.

Beyond that, Israel has spent the last several decades and years systematically stealing and dispossessing the Palestinians of their land; occupying Palestine through brute military force; maintaining a system of racial Apartheid within Israel and the occupied West Bank; refusing to let Palestinian refugees return to their homelands; bulldozing and destroying thousands of Palestinian homes and farmlands; murdering and imprisoning thousands of Palestinian children; and placing a criminal siege upon the people of Gaza that leaves them in a state of utter poverty, desperation, and malnutrition, all of which constitutes a crime against humanity.

It is not Hamas or Palestinians doing all of the above to Israelis. It is Israelis doing this to Palestinians. THAT is the number one source of the problem. For there can never peace where there is no justice.

Finally, I would argue that that the entire world has a “stake” in Israel’s genocide against the Palestinians. Your problem is that you think this is only a narrow regional conflict. It’s not. It effects the entire human species.

It is not without reason that the greatest fighters for justice in the history of the world have all raised the common refrain: “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and “No one can be free while others are oppressed.”

Such statements are more true than you apparently realize.


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ya heard? 
#FreePalestine
Over one million Palestinians displaced or murdered by Israel since 1948 …

ya heard?

#FreePalestine

Over one million Palestinians displaced or murdered by Israel since 1948 …


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In case anyone doubted that the police are a bunch of bigoted, barbaric, lynchings-waiting-to-happen.


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If you were outraged by the police murders of Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, or any of the countless others, you need to be fucking outraged about this. This Black man was lynched in broad daylight by the NYC police. The cops are a terrorist organization, plain and simple. Sign the petition linked to in the article.

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Dr. George Tiller

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In my opinion, the right of oppressed people to be free from terrorism, violence, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, ALWAYS trumps “free speech” in such scenarios …

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