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My daughter was living in a Palestinian refuge camp in the West Bank when the shit hit the fan in Gaza.  This picture was posted by her friends.

 It was accompanied by a statement which began with:
We the undersigned Palestinian individuals and groups express our solidarity with the family of Michael Brown, a young unarmed black man gunned down by police on August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri.
The rest of the statement is here


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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    If you don't like it, attack the message, not the messenger. The former may convince me that I am wrong, but the latter will always convince that I am right.

    by nancyjones on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 08:52:26 PM PDT

  •  Thank you (7+ / 0-)

    The Michigan protests in Flint and Hamtramck today incorporated Ferguson and Michael Brown into their call for solidarity as well. An injury to one is an injury to all.

  •  Thank you nancyjones. (6+ / 0-)

    Blessings and gratitude to your daughter and citizens standing in solidarity with their brothers and sisters.  Blessings and gratitude.

  •  The full letter is very beautiful (5+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the  link and diary.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 09:55:46 PM PDT

    •  The letter includes this: (3+ / 0-)
      Palestinian groups and individuals inside and outside of historic Palestine have signed the following statement in solidarity with their brethren in Ferguson, Missouri....

      Although Ferguson and Palestine are two different contexts, both places and their people are fighting against white supremacist regimes of oppression which continue to view them as “disposable others” and act accordingly....

      It is also worth noting that the Palestinian struggle for freedom is not a copy of the struggle of our black brothers and sisters both in the past and present. Neither is the black struggle a homogeneous one. Finally, the struggle of our black brethren is not a simple tool to “popularize” ours.

      But the Civil Rights, anti-apartheid and anti-colonial movements in the United States, South Africa and foreign colonies across the African continent in the past offer us various models from which we should learn. Link

  •  The Right Wing uses Israel as a test bed (0+ / 0-)

    Increasingly since the '90s and the "Clean Break" manifesto written by Cheney's PNAC henchmen for the Likud Party, it has become apparent that the US Right views Israel as a model for maintaining white patriarchal control of America and maybe the world.  It struck me before the 2008 crash that the only economic theory the Bushists had was riding the housing bubble - while tiny Israel kept its own housing bubble going with ever more land seizures, the US bubble eventually failed because the oil price bubble made it impossible to live further and further away from one's job.  It's as if PNAC applied the whole Likud ruling model to the US and it blew up on us.

    But it's far worse with the hard-core Christian and racist Right.  They increasingly conflate blacks and Latinos with Moslems, of course, and the only form of government they approve of are police and soldiers assaulting nonwhite protestors and attacking Mexicans in the desert.

    The end game: "restoring" the country to "real" Americans will mean taking away voting rights from nonwhites, just as Israel will inevitably find new Jim Crow tricks to reduce the Palestinian vote within Israel proper.  Israel is building its apartheid society as a prototype for what will be built in America.


    "Jewish & democratic character" means democracy is optional, Jewish is not

    "America is a republic, not a democracy" means only those who would be allowed to vote in 1789 can ever be allowed to vote - literally less than 1% of the population voted in the first presidential election

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