Category: donald trump

“It’s genuinely inspiring to see pervasive rag…

“It’s genuinely inspiring to see pervasive rage over the banning of visa
holders and refugees from countries like Yemen. But it’s also
infuriating that the U.S. continues to massacre Yemeni civilians, both
directly and through its tyrannical Saudi partners. That does not become
less infuriating — Yemeni civilians are not less dead — because these
policies and the war theories in which they are rooted began before the
inauguration of Donald Trump. It’s not just Trump but this mentality and
framework that need vehement opposition.” [x]

The Prison Strike Is an Overdue Opportunity to…

Here is an article from Common Dreams instead:

The Prison Strike Is an Overdue Opportunity to End the Slavery of Incarcerated People

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politicalsci 2018-08-18 23:49:08

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As migrant and BAME groups in Britain, we reaf…

As migrant and BAME groups in Britain, we reaffirm our fundamental right
to the freedom of expression, and publicly to express our anxieties
about the suppression of information on the history and lived experience
of our communities.

“We are deeply worried about current attempts to silence a public
discussion of what happened in Palestine and to the Palestinians in
1948, when the majority of its people were forcibly expelled. These
facts are well established and accessible, are part of the British
historical record, as well as the direct experience of the Palestinian
people themselves. The Palestinian community in the UK has raised the
disturbing absence of key information about these past and current
injustices, and highlighted the racism it exposes then and now.

Public discussion of these facts, and a description of these injustices,
would be prohibited under the IHRA’s guidelines, and therefore
withholds vital knowledge from the public. This silencing has already
begun. Today we can freely describe the racist policies experienced in
the era of British and European colonialism in our countries of origin
(indeed it is taught in British schools), but the colonial history of
the Palestinians is continually erased. This is a dangerous breach of
our own rights, and of the wider British public: we must all hear the
full story of the Palestinians in order to make sense of the current
discussions about racism and Israel.

We also know of the efforts by organisations – including UK-based
fundamentalist groups aligned with the far-right in the US – to deny
Palestinians’ basic humanity by suppressing their entire history and
current plight. At the same time, hard-line conservative groups in the
US, such as the Middle East Forum, are providing funding and support to
anti-Muslim extremist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson),
deliberately increasing hatred, fear, and confusion. These coordinated
efforts by right-wing extremists are being actively encouraged by
President Trump’s racism and fear-mongering, which is now aimed at
dismantling UNRWA, the UN agency that protects Palestinian refugees.

We urgently remind politicians and public bodies of their
responsibilities to uphold the principles of the Human Rights Act for
every British citizen and resident in the UK equally, especially the
direct victims of colonialism, racism, and discrimination. As migrant
and BAME communities we stand as one, united against all attempts to
suppress our voices and our calls for justice, freedom and equality.”

[FULL LETTER AND SIGNATORIES]

politicalsci 2018-08-15 01:01:20

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Jewish Voice For Peace: “We are alarmed at th…

Jewish Voice For Peace: “We are alarmed at the targeting of organizations and individuals that
support Palestinian rights in general… These attacks too often take the form of
cynical and false accusations of antisemitism that dangerously conflate
anti-Jewish racism with opposition to Israel’s policies and system of
occupation and apartheid.

We live in a frightening era, with growing numbers of authoritarian
and xenophobic regimes worldwide, foremost among them the Trump
administration, allying themselves with Israel’s far right government
while making common cause with deeply antisemitic and racist white
supremacist groups and parties.”

40+ Jewish groups worldwide oppose equating an…

40+ Jewish groups worldwide oppose equating antisemitism with criticism of Israel

“We write this letter with growing alarm regarding the targeting of
organizations that support Palestinian rights in general and the
nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
movement, in particular. These attacks too often take the form of
cynical and false accusations of antisemitism that dangerously conflate
anti-Jewish racism with opposition to Israel’s policies and system of
occupation and apartheid.

We live in a frightening era, with growing numbers of authoritarian
and xenophobic regimes worldwide, foremost among them the Trump
administration, allying themselves with Israel’s far right government
while making common cause with deeply antisemitic and racist white
supremacist groups and parties.

From our own histories we are all too aware of the dangers of
increasingly fascistic and openly racist governments and political
parties. The rise in antisemitic discourse and attacks worldwide is part
of that broader trend. At times like this, it is more important than ever to distinguish
between the hostility to or prejudice against Jews on the one hand and
legitimate critiques of Israeli policies and system of injustice on the
other.

Israel does not
represent us and cannot speak for us when committing crimes against
Palestinians and denying their UN-stipulated rights.” [x]

James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 19…

James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987)

“In this Trump moment, James Baldwin comes back
with tremendous power, potency, vitality and vibrancy, in part, because
he’s willing to speak the truth not just about the country in the
abstract but the truth about legacies of white supremacy, the truth
about indifference, the truth about callousness, the truth about the
spiritual blackout, which is the relative eclipse of integrity, honesty
and decency in public life in the country.

That’s true for Democrats,
true for Republicans, true for right-wing, true for left-wing. It cuts
across the board. But Baldwin is one of the few black intellectuals who
was the darling of a slice of liberal elites for a while, and then,
becomes demonized by them later on. That’s why you get the narrative of
“the early Baldwin” and “the later Baldwin” as this decline, you see.
Baldwin went his own way.

Poverty, wealth inequality… ‘All you have
to do is work hard. All you have to do is sacrifice, defer
ratification.’ No, there’s structures and institutions in place that
make it very difficult for people to have access to the things requisite
for that quest for the American Dream that people are still valorizing.
Baldwin is hitting it head-on… Baldwin’s challenge is more relevant now than it’s ever been… Neo-fascism is unfolding before our very eyes.” – Cornel West

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This week over 30 global Jewish organizations …

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This week over 30 global Jewish organizations have offered a statement to affirm the BDS movement, urging governments and other
institutions to take effective
measures to defeat white supremacist nationalist hate and violence and
to end complicity in Israel’s human rights violations. 

“We write this
letter with growing alarm regarding the targeting of organizations that
support Palestinian rights in general and the nonviolent Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
movement, in particular. These attacks too often take the form of
cynical and false accusations of antisemitism that dangerously conflate
anti-Jewish racism with opposition to Israel’s policies and system of
occupation and apartheid.

We live in a frightening era, with growing numbers of authoritarian
and xenophobic regimes worldwide, foremost among them the Trump
administration, allying themselves with Israel’s far right government
while making common cause with deeply antisemitic and racist white
supremacist groups and parties.

From our own histories we are all too aware of the dangers of
increasingly fascistic and openly racist governments and political
parties. The rise in antisemitic discourse and attacks worldwide is part
of that broader trend. At times like this, it is more important than ever to distinguish
between the hostility to or prejudice against Jews on the one hand and
legitimate critiques of Israeli policies and system of injustice on the
other.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition
of antisemitism, which is increasingly being adopted or considered by
western governments, is worded in such a way as to be easily adopted or
considered by western governments to intentionally equate legitimate
criticisms of Israel and advocacy for Palestinian rights with
antisemitism, as a means to suppress the former. This conflation undermines both the Palestinian struggle for freedom,
justice and equality and the global struggle against antisemitism. It
also serves to shield Israel from being held accountable to universal
standards of human rights and international law.

Israel does not
represent us and cannot speak for us when committing crimes against
Palestinians and denying their UN-stipulated rights.

The Nobel Peace Prize-nominated, Palestinian civil society-led BDS
movement for Palestinian rights has demonstrated an ongoing proven commitment
to fighting antisemitism and all forms of racism and bigotry,
consistent with its dedication to the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights.” [x]