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Black Lives Matter and lessons from Palestine by Yoav Litvin

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The Zionist “left” is an integral part of the oppressive Zionist propaganda apparatus, whether those involved in the endeavour are aware of it or not. The supposed left, “liberal” wing of Zionism, comprising Israeli political parties, non-profit organisations and media organs in Israel and outside it, serves to promote Zionist propaganda, which renders occupation, apartheid and the genocide of the Indigenous Palestinian people palatable to audiences in Israel and worldwide.

Continue reading at https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/black-lives-matter-lessons-palestine-200621152130884.html

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Clarification From Black Members Concerning Support Of BDS by DePaul Socialists

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Defunding the police is integral to the greater goal to end imperialism. We say this because we are anti-capitalist and we understand that imperialism is a tool of capital that has been used to enslave our ancestors just as it is now used to cut down the lives of Palestinians. Today, Chicago police are trained by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) which is leading the occupation and genocide of Palestinians. During Ferguson and every other BLM protest following, Palestinian activists reached out to black protesters and offered solidarity and support. Through this solidarity, it became clear that Black and Palestinian struggles are deeply intertwined

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Women’s Rally for Ahed Tamimi And Palestine an Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

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More than 200 protesters attended the Jan. 6 “Women’s Rally to Free Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian Child Prisoners” in front of the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles… The event was co-sponsored by Jews for Palestinian Right of Return and Al-Awda (the Palestine Right to Return Coalition), and endorsed by Jewish Voice for Peace-Los Angeles, North America BDS, American Indian Movement (AIM), Black Lives Matter (BLM) Pasadena, CODE PINK and Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)… “We know what oppression looks like. We know what genocide looks like,” said Idle No More organizer Lydia Ponce, citing the parallels to the Native American oppression in the U.S.

Continue reading at https://www.wrmea.org/human-rights/womens-rally-for-ahed-tamimi-and-palestine.html

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Right-wing Zionism, white supremacy and the BDS by David A. Love

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Alan Dershowitz, who spoke at last year’s ZOA gala, has defended Bannon against anti-Semitism charges but has accused Black Lives Matter of anti-Semitism. The Movement for Black Lives platform accuses Israel of genocide against the Palestinians and supports BDS based on Israeli policies such as 50 discriminatory laws against Palestinians, the Israeli detention of Palestinian children as young as 4 years old without due process, the bulldozing of Palestinian homes to make way for illegal Israeli settlements, a US-funded “apartheid wall” and military checkpoints.

Continue reading at http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/wing-zionism-white-supremacy-bds-170929071542094.html

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Selective Outrage And The Damnable Jewish Silence On Gaza by Tom Pessah

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One of the authors of the platform related the use of the word to the history of black activism in the U.S., such as the group entitled “We Charge Genocide” which opposes police violence in Chicago. The Jews of Color Caucus of JVP embraced the platform and recognized the multiple meanings of the word “genocide”. But apart from them, the reaction of Jewish American organizations was overwhelmingly negative.

… A year since the controversy, where is the outrage? Is the word “genocide” worse than the actual death of babies and adult patients from completely preventable causes? When will the same Jewish American organizations raise the alarm about Israel’s responsibility for the lethal conditions in Gaza? And how many will die by then?

Continue reading at http://forward.com/scribe/381626/selective-outrage-and-the-damnable-jewish-silence-on-gaza/

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If It’s Not Genocide, What Word Should We Use? By Dorothy Zellner on Jewish Currents

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Some of your readers may know that the Black community has had a long and tormented relationship with this word, “genocide.” In 1946, a year after the end of World War II, the National Negro Congress petitioned the United Nations for help in dealing with systemic racial discrimination in the U.S.  The NAACP followed suit in 1947, with its “Appeal to the World,” similarly urging redress, written by Dr. W. E. B. DuBois and two other Black scholars and lawyers. The UN did not respond.

… In 1951, Paul Robeson and William L. Patterson, head of the Civil Rights Congress, presented the 100-page, flawlessly documented petition, “We Charge Genocide,” to the UN, seeking justice for African Americans using the convention it had so recently approved (as pictured at the top of this article)…

… It should come as no surprise that the Movement for Black Lives would choose to apply this particular word, since it has lived in the DNA of the Black community for nearly sixty-six years… Now to the merits of the case. Can the word be used by Black people to describe themselves?  Can the word be used by Black people to describe others? Is the word accurate?

… To sum up: Echoing Dr. James, if the situation of the Palestinians under Israeli control is not genocide, what is it? We have to begin having some serious conversations, everybody.

 

Continue reading at http://jewishcurrents.org/if-its-not-genocide-what-word-should-we-use/

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Black-Jewish Relations Intensified And Tested By Current Political Climate by Akinyi Ochieng on NPR

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Today, Israel continues to be a flashpoint of conflict between blacks and Jews. In August 2016, the Movement for Black Lives, a national umbrella organization encompassing over 50 organizations, released a policy platform titled “A Vision for Black Lives.” The document, which touches on issues including criminal justice and education reform, also includes a statement on Israel and Palestine:

“The US justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people… Israel is an apartheid state with over 50 laws on the books that sanction discrimination against the Palestinian people.”

Although this position occupies only a bullet point in a brief section of the document, its inclusion has been the source of significant backlash from conservative and progressive Jewish groups alike.

Continue reading at http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/04/23/494790016/black-jewish-relations-intensified-and-tested-by-current-political-climate

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Where will you be? Why Black Lives Matter in the Hawaiian Kingdom by Joy Enomoto

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As a closing thought, I have written a variation to Black lesbian activist, Pat Parker’s poem “ Where will you be?”

Where will we all be when they come?
And they will come —
they will come because
we are defined as opposite
perverse
and we are perverse.

Every time we watched
a queer hassled in the streets
and said nothing
– It was an act of perversion.

Every time we did not interrupt racism
– It was an act of perversion.

Every time we heard,
someone say that Muslims
are all extremist terrorists
and said nothing
– It was an act of perversion.

Every time we let
a Black mother lose her child
and did not fill
the courtroom
fill the streets
take over buildings
shut down cities
–It was an act of perversion.

Every time we let
our friends and family
accuse Micronesians
of being welfare burdens
and say nothing
– It was an act of perversion.

Every time we hear
the State proclaim that
there is no such thing
as a climate refugee
and refuse to open our
our borders
our homes
– It is an act of perversion.

Every time we heard
a transgender woman
lost her life
and the killer is set free
and we did not
take to the streets
– It was an act of perversion.

Every time we made excuses
for rapists
for misogynists
for transphobia and homophobia
– It was an act of perversion.

Every time we watched
Zionist expansion,
Israeli checkpoints and
the genocide of Palestinians
and did nothing
– It was an act of perversion

Every time they build
and expand military bases in
Hawaiʻi
Guam
Puerto Rico
the Philippines
Okinawa
and do not fill the islands with bodies of resistance
– It is an act of perversion

And they will come.
They will come
for the perverts
& it won’t matter if you’re
homosexual, not a faggot
lesbian, not a dyke
gay, not queer
It won’t matter if you
own your business
have a good job
or are on S.S.I.
It won’t matter if you’re
Black
Hawaiian
Tongan
Samoan
Okinawan
Chamorro
Chicano
Native American
Asian
or White
It won’t matter if you’re from
New York
or Los Angeles
Galveston
or Standing Rock
It won’t matter if you’re
Butch, or Femme
Not into roles
Monogamous
Non-Monogamous
It won’t matter if you’re
Catholic
Baptist
Atheist
Jewish
or Mormon
They will come
They will come
to the cities
and to the land
to your front rooms and in your closets.
They will come for the perverts
and where will
you be
When they come?

Eō.

Continue reading at https://hehiale.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/where-will-you-be-why-black-lives-matter-in-the-hawaiian-kingdom/

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Letter: Counter argument by Peter Shanley on Jamaica Plain Gazette

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In the Oct. 28 Jamaica Plain Gazette, Allen Spivack attacks the movement for Black Lives Matter statement for containing “virulently anti-Semitic language.” Apparently, he is referring to the terms “apartheid” and “genocide” used to describe Israeli policy and practice toward Palestinians. These terms have been used by many, including Palestinians, Israelis, and Jews to indict Israeli actions towards Palestinians… Spivack has decided that because he disagrees with the use of certain words, he is now liberated from supporting the basic anti-racist statement, “Black Lives Matter.” He will not enter a religious institution that displays this sentiment. He is essentially placing himself in the company of those who refuse to recognize the unique and horrendous experience that people of color have had and continue to have in this country. If he can call those who object to Israeli policy towards Palestinians “virulently anti-Semitic,” then I call him and his supporters “virulently racist.”

Continue reading at http://jamaicaplaingazette.com/2016/11/11/counter-argument/

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#BlackLivesMatter and the Question of Genocide in Palestine by Katherine Franke

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Zionist critics of the Platform portrayed the use of the term “genocide” as somehow out of bounds, leaving the impression that M4BL had crossed a line in raising concerns about the human rights record of the state of Israel in such harsh terms. They labeled the Platform and its supporters anti-Semitic on account of the supposedly jaw-dropping audacity of the Platform’s authors to use the “g” word with respect to Israel. The intensity of the outrage directed at the M4BL Platform’s assertion that the treatment of Palestinians by Israel could be described as “a genocide” leaves the impression that this kind of charge had never been leveled before, or that no reasonable person (and thus only an anti-Semite) could frame Israel’s policies this way.

Continue reading at http://nakbafiles.org/2016/11/01/blacklivesmatter-and-the-question-of-genocide-in-palestine/

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