Category Archives: Education and genocide

Kamala Harris Tells Student Who Accuses Israel of ‘Ethnic Genocide’: ‘Your Truth Cannot be Suppressed’ on C-SPAN

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Harris’ exchange with the college student came during a classroom visit to northern Virginia’s George Mason University… the student said, “You brought up how the power of the people and demonstrations and organizing is very valuable in America. But I see that over the summer, there have been, like, protests and demonstrations in astronomical numbers standing with Palestine, but then just a few days ago there were funds allocated to continue backing Israel, which hurts my heart because it’s an ethnic genocide and a displacement of people — the same that happened in America — and I’m sure you’re aware of this. I bring this up also because of the issue of how Americans are struggling because of lack of health care, public health care, lack of affordable housing and all this money ends up going to inflaming Israel and backing Saudi Arabia and whatnot. And I think that the people have spoken very often in what they do need, and I feel like there’s a lack of listening. And I just feel like I need to bring this up because it affects my life and people I really care about.”

Continue reading at https://www.mediaite.com/news/kamala-harris-tells-student-who-accuses-israel-of-ethnic-genocide-your-truth-cannot-be-suppressed/

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LAUSD teachers union members expected to table vote on Israeli-Palestinian resolution indefinitely on Los Angeles Daily News

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A vote on a controversial resolution expressing support for Palestine and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel will likely be shelved during a meeting this week of members of the union representing Los Angeles Unified teachers. A substitute motion is expected to be introduced during Thursday’s meeting that calls for the original motion to be postponed indefinitely and for voluntary forums about the conflict in the Middle East to be held instead… Supporters of the original resolution have accused the Israeli government of committing apartheid and genocide against Palestinians.

Continue reading at https://www.dailynews.com/2021/09/21/lausd-teacher-union-members-expected-to-postpone-vote-on-israeli-palestinian-resolution-indefinitely/

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THORNTON: Media silence does not necessitate yours on The Vanderbilt Hustler

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“I think Americans largely get it,” the former Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu told us in 2014. “They know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.” The ways in which we are presented information prompts us to “get it.” This is not to say there isn’t biased reporting that exists in the opposing favor, because there is, but it would be a lie to say it’s frequent or comparable. We get, as past presidents of the United States have reminded us, that Israel is a shining democracy, despite Palestinian and Arab second-class citizenship. We get that this alliance withstands violent apartheid and military regime. We get discriminatory laws, reminiscent of American Jim Crow, and mass Palestinian incarceration. We get ethnic cleansingimperialist blockade and systemic economic strain. We get periodic bombing. Get massacres. Get slow-motion genocide. We get it without question and without concern, and most importantly, get it while being too stupid to understand such a complicated conflict.

Continue reading at https://vanderbilthustler.com/41746/opinion/thornton-media-silence-does-not-necessitate-yours/

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SFSS BDS motion sees support from Palestinian and Jewish students and opposition from Hillel on The Peak

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On May 19, the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) motion passed a motion in solidarity with Palestinian students. It discusses Israel and its acts of violence against Palestinians, such as attacks on residential grounds and mosques. SFSS’ statement included a call to action to “initiate, support, and amplify” Palestinian calls to join BDS campaigns… Palestinian student Lara Radwan said, “Happy to see the SFSS stand on the right side of history as they stop letting businesses profit off of genocide and ethnic cleansing. We all play a part in making a change, and glad to see the SFSS take theirs.” 

Continue reading at https://the-peak.ca/2021/08/sfss-bds-motion-sees-support-from-palestinian-and-jewish-students-and-opposition-from-hillel/

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Scholars of Genocide, Mass Violence, and Human Rights Statement on Ongoing Developments in Palestine and Israel on Jadaliyya

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As scholars of genocide, mass violence, and human rights, it is our moral and intellectual responsibility to center the voices and perspectives of victims and survivors of state violence. We study and teach about a wide range of processes and cases of mass atrocities and state violence. Unfortunately, Israel—like many other modern states—also commits state violence, and we must not remain silent about it. Indeed, we teach students about the dangers of remaining silent and about the importance of speaking up and taking action. This is particularly significant in this case, as Palestinians, their history, and the ongoing Israeli state violence against them since the Nakba in 1948 have been marginalized in our field for far too long. 

Continue reading at https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/42832

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Jewish Yale Students and Alumni in Solidarity with Yale Students4Palestine to Demand Accountability from Our Institutions and Peers by Yale Jews for Palestine

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We envision a Judaism that is inherently anti-racist and anti-Zionist, and we reject the conflation of Zionism with Judaism that labels anti-Zionism as anti-Semitic. We will not allow our Jewishness and our history of struggle to be weaponized in order to commit pogroms, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. Instead, we offer the concept of doikayt, a Yiddish socialist idea meaning “hereness.” We must fight for our right to thrive right here where we are–a Jewish life that does not legitimize the displacement and ethnic cleansing of any other group in the name of our own “security.” We believe the most secure future for the Jewish people is not through any settler colonial project, but through solidarity with other oppressed groups, fighting to abolish racism and transform our world.

Continue reading at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X0bv_YzavDOtiQRLiuEgve9a7knIrGNZmg5sR0FrYcU/edit

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