Protesters in the balcony of the Council chamber unfurled a Palestinian flag and began yelling “Palestinian lives matter,” “Don’t support genocide,” and “Melissa, you’re a hypocrite,” a slam on Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who will lead the Israel delegation…
“I’m a Jewish New Yorker. I live in the Bronx, and I do not support so-called progressive City Council members taking a trip to Israel. It is a trip to legitimize the discriminatory practices of Israel,” said Pam Sporn of the group Jewish Voice for Peace.
Protester Nastaran Mohit said it was hypocritical for pols who push for racial justice to support the Jewish state’s actions. “If you want to do a die in on the steps of City Hall saying black lives matter, then Palestinian lives matter as well.”
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Such commonality reminds me of one particular and quite thought-provoking photo I saw posted on an Instagram thread. It was a double framed shot that on one side depicted a 1930 public lynching of two Black men in Marion, Indiana. As their lifeless bodies dangled in thin air, they were surrounded by “good white folk” smiling for the camera, enjoying their day’s kill of Strange Fruit. The other half of the double-framed shot captured a small gathering of Israeli citizens seated comfortably on a hill.
As entertainment, they had gathered under a nighttime moonlight to watch Israeli airstrikes light up the Gaza skyline. With beaming smiles and cheering hands, they were obviously enjoying the view of deadly bombs and destruction reigning on the backs of Palestinians from above.