Maya Angelou stood with Palestinians, but Israeli military uses her for Black History Month hasbara

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On the morning of February 8, the IDF spokesperson’s office tweeted this:

Perhaps they have forgotten that Angelou stood in solidarity with the Palestinian people when she honored the late Rachel Corrie:

The video above was produced to be part of the Rachel’s Words event to honor the life of Rachel Corrie in 2012. Writer Jen Marlowe was involved in organizing the event and remembers:

Dr. Angelou’s reading of Rachel’s words was powerful and poignant. But I was moved for reasons beyond that. I was moved that Dr. Angelou recognized the importance of Rachel’s writings, and of why we were insisting that Rachel’s voice not be silenced. I was moved that, in participating in the ‘Rachel’s Words’ event, Dr. Angelou was making her own stand to honor not only Rachel, but the dignity and humanity of the families in Gaza that Rachel was there to protect.

There is no doubt that it was the courage of people like Corrie and Palestinians living under occupation that Angelou sought to honor, not that of an occupying military.

Thanks to Dave Reed

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  1. John O
    February 8, 2016, 10:04 am

    I trust the IDF went through all the necessary copyright clearances for using that quotation. And before anyone says “fair use”, I’m pretty sure that if someone else’s words make up 100% of your text, that ain’t fair use.

  2. pabelmont
    February 8, 2016, 10:56 am

    Black-washing is as bad as pink-washing. H/R-washing is even worse.

  3. hophmi
    February 8, 2016, 1:20 pm

    Boo-hoo! We want an exclusive on using Maya Angelou for advancing our agenda. Clearly, in order to use Maya Angelou quotes, you must first ask yourself whether you agree with her politics. Otherwise, you’re not permitted to be inspired by her.

    • Mooser
      February 8, 2016, 1:45 pm

      “Clearly, in order to use Maya Angelou quotes, you must first ask yourself whether you agree with her politics”

      You got it in one, “Hophmi”!

      Unless, of course, hypocrisy is what you prefer. I can certainly see many reasons why you would.

    • eljay
      February 8, 2016, 1:56 pm

      || hophmi: … Otherwise, you’re not permitted to be inspired by her. ||

      It’s awfully nice – in a twisted, Zio-supremacist sort of way – that you and your co-collectivists continue to be inspired by Ms. Angelou not only to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality you would not have others do unto you, but to do them with courage.

    • John O
      February 8, 2016, 2:11 pm

      Dear Hophmi,

      If I wanted to use something you had written – outside of this website – I would most certainly have to ask myself whether I needed your permission. But then I’ve worked in publishing, so I know the rules.

      • Mooser
        February 9, 2016, 11:46 am

        “If I wanted to use something you had written – outside of this website…”

        You would have one hell of a time finding it!!

    • Marnie
      February 9, 2016, 12:37 am

      Hophni – You know that the zionist state uses Black people’s bodies, minds and souls only to further their agenda (or get their houses cleaned at a discount). There’s no love or respect, only what can he/she do for me. Oh look, here’s a great quote to frame our agenda with! With all the theft by the zionists for over 70 years, what’s the harm in stealing the prose of a poet and humanitarian – besides, we’ve got ‘blacks’ in our army so it’s all good. Plus Ms. Angelou is no longer with us, so we won’t get sued for misrepresentation of her works.

      You can and should be inspired by her. Do it honestly, and not part of an ad campaign to try to improve the image of a most cowardly band of thieves, murderers and rapists.

      This makes me angry and sick.

      To see how open-minded Hophni is about using African Americans to promote one’s purpose, I wonder how quietly they’d react to a photograph of Palestinians protesting with a caption by Malcolm X – ‘Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery’.

      Boo-hoo?

    • yonah fredman
      February 9, 2016, 9:58 am

      To most people here the IDF stands for the occupying army, but to me the IDF also stands for Jews taking a stand in the history of the world and saying, “no more powerlessness.” Thus relating to the need for the IDF and its lack in the years immediately prior to the birth of the IDF.

      The use of the Maya Angelou quote needs the corrective of Maya Angelou’s stance on the Palestine versus Israel issue.

      Palestinians are courageous and Zionists are occupiers adds Adam Horowitz.

      • Annie Robbins
        February 9, 2016, 10:49 am

        so when they’re bombing and bulldozing down poor people’s homes and killing civilians you think of the holocaust? really yonah? when snipers are killing innocent teenagers you think of the holocaust? come on — give us a break.

      • yonah fredman
        February 9, 2016, 10:59 am

        annie robbins- The Jews did not arrive in palestine at a whim or because some rabbi read a verse and they decided to move. neither did they discover oil in palestine and say, hey we can make a lot of money if we colonize that joint. they moved there out of a very solid need. and a jewish army is one of the first expressions of this need.

        you want history to begin in 1948. it doesn’t. neither is it stuck in 1945. I get it. i do not pray to the cannon. but neither do i deny the history that led to the creation of Israel.

      • eljay
        February 9, 2016, 11:07 am

        || yonah fredman: … to me the IDF also stands for Jews taking a stand in the history of the world and saying, “no more powerlessness.” ||

        “No more powerlessness” – Adolf and ISIS stood and stand for the very same thing. And they share/d with Zio-supremacists the same belief: We are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality we would not have others do unto us.

        It’s mighty convenient of you to overlook the fact that Zio-supremacist Jews chose and continue to choose to take their religion-supremacist stand on the necks of the non-Jews…
        – living in; and
        – driven from and prevented from returning to,
        …Palestine.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        February 9, 2016, 11:26 am

        “Thus relating to the need for the IDF and its lack in the years immediately prior to the birth of the IDF.”

        Yes, because the existence of an army in Asia would of course have prevented a genocide in Europe.

        I’ve not heard one convincing argument to support the silly notion that had Israel existed in the 1940s, the holocaust would never have happened. It’s just emotionalistic nonsense.

      • Mooser
        February 9, 2016, 11:43 am

        “To most people here the IDF stands for the occupying army, but to me the IDF also stands for Jews taking a stand in the history of the world and saying, “no more powerlessness.”

        Sure, “Yonah” a lot of people admire the army which was present at “The Birth of a Nation”

        Now, you sleep tight tonite, hugging your ‘IDF Joseph’ action figure.

      • Mooser
        February 9, 2016, 11:48 am

        “you think of the holocaust?”

        “Annie” have you forgotten the “axiom”? Here it is:

        “The Holocaust justifies the Nakba, completely.”

      • Marnie
        February 9, 2016, 11:54 am

        “to me the IDF also stands for Jews taking a stand in the history of the world and saying, “no more powerlessness.”

        That’s dramatic. Jews taking a stand more fittingly describes the Warsaw ghetto fighters though. They were actually fighting against a force that was only interested in their destruction. Your application of that to the IOF is way off. Its far more accurate to compare the Warsaw ghetto fighters to the Palestinians and the IOF to the nazis.

        Palestinians most definitely are courageous and absolutely zionists are occupiers, thieves and some very happily brag about and commit murder.

      • Mooser
        February 9, 2016, 12:10 pm

        “The Jews did not arrive…”

        I pity “Yonah”. He can speak for “the Jews”, but he can’t speak for himself as a person.

      • Mooser
        February 9, 2016, 12:13 pm

        ” The IDF stands for the occupying army,”

        What, “Yonah” you want the IDF to work on Saturdays? Don’t you remember the article on the network of security firms, ex- and detached-IDF men, mercenaries and other irregulars and even more shadowy and criminal gangs being the muscle for the illegal settlements? Don’t forget them in your brochas for the IDF! God bless Johnny Rebbe!

      • Mooser
        February 9, 2016, 12:22 pm

        “The Jews did not arrive in palestine at a whim or because some rabbi read a verse”

        Jews suis Generis!

      • RoHa
        February 9, 2016, 12:35 pm

        ‘but to me the IDF also stands for Jews taking a stand in the history of the world and saying, “no more powerlessness.” ‘

        Most Jews have been powerless throughout history. But then, so have most other people. Having very little power to influence the few people who run the world is the normal state of most of mankind.

        But, well before the IDF was formed, there were plenty of Jews among those who run the world. There were Jews in high positions in governments, in the military, in finance, industry, media, academia, and other fields. John Monash, Isaac Isaacs, the Rothschilds, and many more. Those Jews had much greater influence on the great affairs of the world than any of my ancestors.

        Perhaps I should establish a RoHaDF, so that I can say, with truth, “no more powerlessness”.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        February 9, 2016, 2:44 pm

        “you want history to begin in 1948. it doesn’t. ”

        No, indeed it doesn’t. The history of the colonisation of Palestine by European Jews begins much earlier, in the mid 19th century. I know that doesn’t suit your attempt to use the emotional blackmail of the holocaust (though I’m baffled as to why you thought it might work here – this isn’t the New York Times) but such is life.

        ” they moved there out of a very solid need. and a jewish army is one of the first expressions of this need.”

        I know it’s a central creed of Zionism that Jews are the only people ever to have been persecuted, but sadly, history is full of persecuted peoples. However, I can’t think of any others who invaded a country on another continent and displaced the people living there, and STILL think it was all morally justified.

        In fact, I would turn your story on its head: I would say that the existence of Palestinian resistance movements is an expression of the need of the Palestinian people to defend themselves. Had there been a proper Palestinian army in the 1940s (or even th 19th century) the European Zionist invaders might never had had the chance to steal Palestine.

      • Mooser
        February 9, 2016, 4:09 pm

        “The Jews did not arrive in palestine at a whim or because some rabbi read a verse and they decided to move.”

        Oh, good SQUELCH!, “Yonah”. Do you really want to talk about the methods and mechanism by which Zionists, and their organizations, moved Jews to Palestine in the early days, and since?
        My understanding, is that very little of it reflects any credit on Zionists or their organizations.

        (As I remember “Hostage” has a great deal of knowledge about that.)

      • amigo
        February 9, 2016, 5:31 pm

        “To most people here the IDF stands for the occupying army, but to me the IDF also stands for Jews taking a stand in the history of the world and saying, “no more powerlessness.” yonah

        Hey yonah , nothing wrong at all with jettisoning powerlessness and embracing your new found power as long as you use it for the betterment of those around you.Israel failed miserably on that score.

        “Thus relating to the need for the IDF and its lack in the years immediately prior to the birth of the IDF.” yonah

        Would that be the idf whose ranks were filled with Jewish terrorists and thugs , ala Irgun/Lehi and such likes.The name may have changed but the crimes are still the same albeit on a greater scale.

        You can paint that pig all you want but it is still a pig .

  4. Stephen Shenfield
    February 8, 2016, 7:38 pm

    Without courage you can’t practice any vice consistently either. Does that make it the greatest of the vices?

  5. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    February 9, 2016, 11:24 am

    Particularly ironic when the quote is juxtaposed with a photo of the most cowardly rabble on earth. You could call that ‘army’ many things, but ‘courageous’ is not one of them.

    BTW the only thing that surprises me about that image is that all of the ‘soldiers’ appear to be male. Israel is very keen to stress/invent the ‘feminist’ aspect of their army (even though women very rarely perform in combat roles) so I’m surprised they didn’t manage to put a few conspicuous females in their propaganda shot.

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