Israel is a nation grappling with deep internal divisions, and unfortunately, it is the Palestinian people who are paying the heavy price. Recently, a group of Israeli reservists known as “Brothers In Arms” made headlines by refusing to fulfill their reserve duty in protest of the newly passed “Judicial Reform.” Their stated concern was for the preservation of “Jewish democracy,” with an emphasis on creating a better future for their children within such a system. Some of the refusers who sat with their backs to the cameras, probably because they were members in some of Israel’s highly secretive death squads, known as the Special Forces, said they were concerned about the nature of the Israeli army.
Jerusalem — “I need a cell for a Jew,” the Israeli cops driving the jeep called into the jail. I was the Jew they were referring to and the jail was the infamous “Muskobia,” in the heart of West Jerusalem. This was the end of a long and tiring day that began with a protest in the village of Nabi Saleh in Palestine. I was covered in sweat, tear gas, dust, and quite a bit of the disgusting skunk liquid that the Israeli army sprays on protestors. It was a hot day and my arms were full of bruises, my elbow and wrists sprained from the soldiers twisting them during the arrest. But regardless of the fact that I was protesting with Palestinians, I was still a Jew and when I was sent to jail for the night the authorities needed to make sure I was in a cell for Jews.
A few years ago, I was walking in Minneapolis, just a few miles from where George Floyd was murdered, when a panicked, young Native American man ran by me and into the street. Immediately afterward, a Minneapolis Police squad car pulled next to me. One officer jumped out, tackled the young man in the middle of the street and started pounding his face into the pavement. I approached the officer and told him that he was using excessive force and I had his badge number. His partner quickly escorted me back to the curb while informing me that I would be arrested for interfering with the arrest. I stood, yelling, while the beating continued. Recently standing at the memorial in front of the Cup Foods where Mr. Floyd was murdered, I recalled my earlier experience.
By Chris Hedges for Truth Dig - Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” is one of the finest documentaries I have ever seen—I would have stayed in the theater in New York to see the film again if the next showing had not been sold out. The newly released film powerfully illustrates, through James Baldwin’s prophetic work, that the insanity now gripping the United States is an inevitable consequence of white Americans’ steadfast failure to confront where they came from, who they are and the lies and myths they use to mask past and present crimes. Baldwin’s only equal as a 20th century essayist is George Orwell. If you have not read Baldwin you probably do not fully understand America. Especially now. History “is not the past,” the film quotes Baldwin as saying. “History is the present. We carry our history with us. To think otherwise is criminal.”
By Staff of FAIR - Of all extremist groups, the far right is consistently given the kindest news coverage in US corporate media. This weekend, the world witnessed a prime example of such friendly treatment in action. Armed far-right anti-government militants occupied a federal building in Oregon late on January 2 and announced they would remain there indefinitely. Although the armed occupation was ostensibly organized to protest the imprisonment of ranchers on arson charges, the ultra-conservative militants made it clear from the beginning that they were willing to use violence, and hoped to inspire a larger anti-government uprising.
By Carol Schaeffer for US Uncut - CNN law enforcement analyst Art Roderick said that armed protesters who took over a federal building in Oregon did not warrant harsh law enforcement treatment because they were “not looting anything.” On Saturday, Cliven Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy, and a group of armed militiamen seized the Malheur Wildlife Refuge headquarters to protest sentences against two ranchers who were convicted of setting wildfires on federal land leased for cattle grazing. Both Dwight and Steven Hammond were re-sentenced to 5 years in prison for arson.
By Staff of Occupy - This week we've got a lot to cover – first up – race issues. What race issues? A brief but important little segment specifically designed for my fellow white people. Next up, fuck big banks – move your money and starve the beast. Next, Uncle Sam hates immigrants, but he doesn't mind making money off of 'em – immigrant detention centers and the sanctuary across the road – Sarah Jackson's casa de paz. Then we've got 7 reasons why this corporate coup matters to you and finally, Obama busts a move. But first, perception's reality – scene.
By Gina Crosley-Corcoran in The Huffington Post - Years ago some feminist on the Internet told me I was "privileged." "THE F&CK!?!?" I said. I came from the kind of poor that people don't want to believe still exists in this country. Have you ever spent a frigid northern-Illinois winter without heat or running water? I have. At 12 years old were you making ramen noodles in a coffee maker with water you fetched from a public bathroom? I was. Have you ever lived in a camper year-round and used a random relative's apartment as your mailing address? We did. Did you attend so many different elementary schools that you can only remember a quarter of their names? Welcome to my childhood.
By Kevin Zeese for Popular Resistance - Bring this to your community! On August 17th during lunch hour in Westlake Park, Seattle people coming out to the downtown park for lunch saw an unusual site - an elephant in a living room. The elephant in the living room was so large it could not be ignored. The elephant had a banner across it calling out "RACISM." People were encouraged to sit in the "living room" to have a conversation about the reality of racial injustice. Many of the people wore a "White Privilege" blinder over their eyes. People spread through the area with fliers and began conversations about racism and white privilege. A mic check told the story of racial injustice in US history as well as currently. People were encouraged to commit to take action to fight racism. The point of the protest, put on by primarily white organizers, activists and advocates in support of #BlackLivesMatter, was to show people that racism is the elephant in the living room and white privilege could no longer be denied.
By John F. O'Donnell of Redacted Tonight. The prideful limitation of white progressive allies' tolerance for the #BlackLivesMatter Movement truly rears it's ugly head when the golden boy, Bernie Sanders, is disrupted by BLM activists. Yes, the tactic of interrupting and commandeering the mic from the most liberal presidential candidate, who is spot on about so many important issues, is rude and disrespectful, but it's certainly not as rude and disrespectful as a structurally racist state that is perpetrating a genocide against it's black community. Activist/organizer, Dominique Hazzard, of 'Black Youth Project 100,' sits down with 'Redacted Tonight' correspondent, John F. O'Donnell, to explain it all like a boss.