justice in palestine

While Trump has been getting attention for his push to build a stupid wall on the border with Mexico. The American taxpayers have been subsidizing Israel allowing them to build an apartheid wall cutting through Palestinian owned land at our own expense and making life difficult for Palestinians.

Regardless if it’s Trump’s stupid wall or Israel’s apartheid wall. No wall should ever be build. Only bridges for mutual respect and friendship be build which makes far more sense than any stupid walls.

We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe.
—  Elie Wiesel, The Night Trilogy

We were visited yesterday by someone from Northwestern University, and he talked about the difficult position Jewish students and put in. He talked about an event that happened two days ago. Basically, there was a huge rally against the Muslim Ban, and almost all the major student organizations were formally invited besides Hillel, but it was still and open rally so Hillel invited all of its staff and students to go to the rally. The rally was organized jointly by the Muslim community in NU, some other groups, and Students for Justice in Palestine. So, the rally kicks off, and there’s these banners about Trump up there and there’s signs and there’s people holding hands in solidarity and there’s speakers. But., at some point, the students from. SFJP go up and unwrap a banner at the top, which covers the other banners and read “if you support Israeli apartheid, you support the Muslim ban”. A bunch of the Jewish students immediately fled, many others quick shoved their kippot or necklaces into their pockets.

This is a serious problem that is reoccurring with BDS affiliated groups on college campus. They hijack, they derail, and they exclude. Their stated purpose to simply advocate the removal of harmful businesses that exploit and some minor stuff doesn’t match up with the hyperbolic and exclusive language that they use. When situations like this occur on campus, it shoves the Jewish students into the enemy box, regardless of their opinion of Israel.

So in the last 48 hours among my FB “friends”....

-I got unfriended by one of them because I wouldn’t abide her out-of-the-clear-blue declaration that Israelis aren’t allowed to eat hummus.  Yes, that stupid piece of bullshit.  Israelis, she explained, should only be allowed to eat the food of whatever European country they came from, or food from England since it was the original occupier, and they should be more respectful of the cultures they are occupying now.  No, she had never heard of the Mizrahim or their exile  - at all - and all but accused me of lying about them.  It went downhill quick and I have to admit pushing it, since I was speaking near-exclusively in SJ lingo and she utterly would not stand to be told things like “you as a Christian don’t get to tell me what antisemitism is” and “Intent Is Not Magic” and “you’re supposed to apologize and do better” and of course “check your Christian Who Has Always Lived In Safety Wherever The Fuck You Wanted Privilege.”  Finally she said that she “don’t care what gets stolen from Jews or any Middle Eastern Jews who exist[ed]—” [AND YES SHE PUT IT IN PAST TENSE] “–because Israel blah blah,” so I said her White Feminism rendered her activism useless this side of Stormfront and she unfriended me.  Honestly, no loss, she was only a friend-of-a-friend I had never met in real life.

[[[NOTE:  All Jews are indigenous to Israel and all are as free to eat hummus as a Chinese-American is to eat a hamburger.  But that was not the most effective point to make at that point in time, not when I could expose her racism within her own framing.]]]

-The next day it was time for Fun With The Mufti!  This time another friend-of-a-friend declared there to be no need to ever listen to anything Bibi says because “he leads a nation founded on racism and lies.”  

-Worse, an ACTUAL friend and former co-worker said that he thought the story of the 1929 riot was overblown; when I pointed out what al-Husseini actually did, his reply was, quote, “there are alternate histories of that.”  

“Alternate histories”?!  The fuck - like in the Biff Tannen Evil Future or something?  

I’ve always known he was a doctrinaire, predictable hard-left quasi-Marxist…. over all these years.  On every issue other than Jews it never seemed to matter.  

That’s the story with all of them.  On any other issue, it never seemed to matter.  I’m a liberal and always have been, and if someone was to the left of me to the point that they really wanted to, oh, erase capitalism, who cares?  It never seemed to matter.  I didn’t have to give a shit, because the system is rigged towards capitalism and you get used to it and in the meantime I get to keep my paychecks thank you very much.  They’re just ranting powerlessly,then.  But more and more of them turn out to be so far to the left that they want to erase Israel, and Jewish history and rights as a whole…. and in that regard, the system is rigged towards antisemitism, so they’re not just jerking off, they’re actually potentially dangerous, at least insofar as they would stand back and let something horrible happen and probably think it was justice.

The Palestinians are poor. They are powerless. They have no voice or influence in the halls of power. They are demonized. They do not have well-heeled lobbyists doling out campaign contributions and pushing through pro-Palestinian legislation. No presidential candidate is appealing to donors—as Hillary Clinton did when she sent a letter to media mogul Haim Saban denouncing critics of Israel—by promising to advance the interests of the Palestinian people. Palestinians, like poor people of color in the United States, are expendable.
Justice for Palestine will never come from the traditional governmental institutions or political parties that administer power.
—  by Chris Hedges

Love & support to all my Muslim followers, in this hard times. Keep your head up guys and stay strong, justice will be done.
Don’t forget to pray for our brothers and sisters killed in Syria EVERY day. Babies, families, homes are destroyed every single day, that really, breaks my heart. It’s sad to see that this fucking Obama is carring for paris but not for what he created in Syria. 
Remember, justice will be done ♥