Muslims in the US brace for Trump immigration ban

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“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” These were the words that echoed across the nation on December 7, 2015, spoken by the man who’s now at the helm of the US presidency. As Trump stood remorseless on stage, with a roaring crowd that cheered, he hurriedly explained that “we have to do it”. Now, only days into his presidency, Donald Trump has done what many Democrats before him have failed to do—fulfil campaign promises.

Along with initiating the process to further militarize the US-Mexico border, Trump will reportedly be signing an executive order to restrict immigration from Muslim-majority countries that are considered to be a ‘national security threat’—these include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen (you can read a draft of the order here). All 7 countries predicted to make the list have been the target of US military aggression, including covert operations. According to a report from the Council on Foreign Relations, the United States dropped 26,172 bombs in seven countries, mostly in Iraq and Syria, in 2016, an estimate the publication describes as being “undoubtedly low”. While the US hasn’t engaged in specific attacks in Sudan to the same extent as seen in the late 1990’s—a specific example being the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical company bombing in 1998—the US legacy of imperialism in Sudan has had devastating consequences, including a growing refugee crisis.

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In Texas, middle-aged Hisham, a permanent US resident originally from Iraq, has been watching the news almost non-stop for any updates on Trump’s immigration policy (Hisham asked that we only use his first name for safety reasons). “I don’t know what I’m going to do. My fiance and her mother are going to be stuck [in Najaf] and I can’t explain to them why. How can I tell them that [Trump] is targeting Iraq because of “national security”? What has Iraq done?” His voice shakes. “I need to talk to an immigration lawyer because I want to know if this means that they shouldn’t even apply. I’m confused and hurt. Refugees running from hell shouldn’t have to worry about another hell trying to get to a place of safety.”

Arnesa Buljusmic-Kustura, author of Letters from Diaspora: Stories of War and its Aftermath, tells Mondoweiss that after working for the past year “to educate people, as well as legislators regarding the vetting process and how thorough it is in order to prevent something like this from happening”, she’s simply hurt. “I had expected that something like this ban would eventually be ordered but there is still so much shock.”

Buljusmic-Kustura, whose Tweet-storm documenting her struggles going through the refugee process as a Bosniak-Turk Muslim went viral in November, believes that the ban is absolutely unnecessary. “It is inhumane and only further shows the way racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia have been legitimized,” she argues. “Refugees are the most thoroughly screened and safest groups of people out there and instead of recognizing that and saving them from the mess that America had a hand in, the bombings that are making them want to flee, Trump and his camp have decided to turn them away. This ban will be the cause of so many deaths that could have been prevented had we allowed them entry. As someone who came from a Muslim majority country in order to escape the effects of war, I feel nothing but pain right now.”

The Center for Constitutional Rights released a statement denouncing Trump’s executive order, which it describes as being a measure that is directed at profiling Muslims. “This legally dubious gift to the hate-filled and xenophobic far right will be challenged by upstanding communities and civil and human rights organizations, not only here in the U.S. but around the world,” the statement reads.

“The Center for Constitutional Rights stands ready to support all targeted communities: we cannot let this happen.”

Muslims across the US are bracing themselves for what will likely be an uphill battle in defense of their civil liberties—but they’re not fighting their battles alone. The New York chapter of Jewish Voice For Peace (JVP) has joined New York’s Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR) chapter in calling for an “Emergency Rally for Muslim and Immigrant Rights” in Washington Square Park. “We will fight this every step of the way,” JVP-NY recently tweeted. The time for cross-organizational solidarity to show its teeth is now, more than ever.

About Roqayah Chamseddine

Roqayah Chamseddine is a Lebanese-American writer based in Sydney. She writes the Sharp Edges column at Shadowproof and politics at Paste Magazine. She tweets at @roqchams.

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  1. just
    January 25, 2017, 4:02 pm

    Thank you for covering this deeply disturbing and disgusting display of xenophobic and Islamophobic America rising anew, Roqayah.

    I’m never sure that we will ever know the truth about 9/11, but:

    “The hijackers in the September 11 attacks were 19 men affiliated with al-Qaeda. 15 of the 19 were citizens of Saudi Arabia, and the others were from the United Arab Emirates (2), Egypt and Lebanon.[1]”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hijackers_in_the_September_11_attacks

    So, none of those countries are on the “the list”. I do believe that this is only a preliminary list unless and until all Americans rise up. The US has done the bulk of the killing, displacement, hardship and disaster to the people and resources of the named countries~ never forgetting Afghanistan and Palestine.

    The US and its ‘allies’ (Israel, KSA, etc.) have created the desperate situation of the refugees and destablized the region. Period. They’ve done precious little to rescue them from their hell. Shame, shame, shame.

  2. Citizen
    January 25, 2017, 5:35 pm

    Looking at Trump’s shit list of countries to be banned re their refugees, it’s hard not to notice that PNAC agenda is thriving!

  3. amigo
    January 25, 2017, 7:06 pm

    During the press conference today , announcing the signing of an executive order to build a wall between the US and Mexico, Trump said the following!!!.

    “A nation without borders is not a nation” .

    Need I say more.

    • RoHa
      January 28, 2017, 12:25 am
      • Keith
        January 28, 2017, 10:50 am

        ROHA- “Bill Clinton on immigration.”

        None of these politicians ever deal honestly with the causes of immigration. Neoliberal globalization combined with imperial destabilizations and military interventions are the drivers behind all of these people FORCED to leave their homes. We can now add those forced to leave because of climate change. Want to reduce immigration? Stop causing it.

      • Mooser
        January 28, 2017, 5:48 pm

        “Want to reduce immigration? Stop causing it.”

        And that is exactly what Trump did yesterday and today. right?

      • Keith
        January 28, 2017, 8:03 pm

        MOOSER- “And that is exactly what Trump did yesterday and today. right?”

        If he gets us out of NAFTA and otherwise rolls back globalization, that will help. If he stops imperial intervention and regime change that will help. The two big drivers of North American immigration to the US are NAFTA which Bill and Hillary Clinton championed, and the death squads which Clinton, Bush and Obama supported. Obama’s support for Africom and US involvement (pushed by Hillary) in the Libya disaster unleashed a torrent of refugees which Gaddafi was restricting. The Iraq invasion and Syrian destabilization opened up the flood gates. So why are you bashing Trump over the refugees which Clinton, Bush, and Obama created? When was the last time you complained about Saint Obama or the Princess of Darkness Hillary (with two “l”s)? Unless it involves Israel, these Democratic warmongers and refugee makers get a free pass from you. I didn’t vote for Trump, but support for this American color revolution is nuts.

      • Mooser
        January 28, 2017, 9:30 pm

        Soory, “Keith” we may be talking at cross-purposes. So straighten me out, okay? Are you supporting Trump because you think he can solve America’s problems, or because Trump will be the catalyst the brings the US down, and we can start over without the Establishment Clause, and the Civil Rights Amendments?

      • Mooser
        January 28, 2017, 11:50 pm

        “If he gets us out of NAFTA and otherwise rolls back globalization, that will help”

        Well, Trump’s first careful, well organized and specific executive orders dealing with immigration has been blocked by the courts. Do you think he can still get us out of NAFTA and “roll back globalization”, in spite of the Court’s attempt to support NAFTA and increase “globalization”

      • Sibiriak
        January 29, 2017, 12:31 am

        Mooser: …supporting Trump because you think he can solve America’s problems, or because Trump will be the catalyst the brings the US down, and we can start over without the Establishment Clause, and the Civil Rights Amendments?
        ————————————

        Ridiculous False Choice fallacy. Insults the reader’s intelligence.

        (Besides, does Keith actually “support Trump”? Or does he just indicate some important but limited areas where Trump’s policies *may* prove to be much preferable to the disastrous policies of Bush, Obama and Clinton, while fully acknowledging Trump’s basic malignancy?)

      • Keith
        January 29, 2017, 12:51 am

        MOOSER- “Are you supporting Trump because you think he can solve America’s problems….”

        I am not “supporting” Trump as you disingenuously claim. Abandoned comedy for pilpul? Trump, for all of his faults, represents a speed bump on neoliberal globalization and warmongering. Perhaps not. Some of his statements and proposals represent a departure from the imperial trajectory. I have been very clear about this and your continued refusal deal with the reality of imperial actions under the Democrats indicates to me that you are little more than a Democratic Party loyalist devoid of the intellectual integrity to acknowledge reality for what it is. Perhaps you are less a Democratic Party loyalist than showing solidarity for your fellow Mondoweissers that cling to the Democrats and Hillary and Michael Moore, et al. You are what you are. Group loyalty requires you to defend the indefensible (Hillary, et al), but more significantly, to join in the Democrat, Soros, CIA color revolution now going on. Anyone who reads what I say and then reads you grand distortions of my positions knows that you are full of crap. Those that don’t are birds of your feather. In another response, I link to Glen Ford of the “Black Agenda Report” discussing the Obama legacy. I once again link to an interview with Glen Ford. This time discussing the counterproductive actions of you and your ilk. https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/glen-ford-there-is-no-such-thing-as-a-progressive-movement-that-is-aligned-with-the-cia/#more-182816

        MOOSER- “…and we can start over without the Establishment Clause, and the Civil Rights Amendments?”

        There has been no greater assault on civil liberties than what occurred under Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The explosion of the prison population under Bill Clinton (maintained by Barack Obama, the nemesis of whistle blowers) is a tragedy which you fail to acknowledge. Why do you continue to turn a blind eye to the record of the Democrats? Why do you go berserk over tweets and Presidential directives while ignoring Democrat laws and precedents? You think that George Soros and the CIA are champions of civil rights? You need to get your head screwed on right.

        Once again you distort what I say rather than responding to my comment in an honest fashion. Apparently for you group loyalty trumps intellectual integrity. And if Trump gets impeached for failure to strictly adhere to the imperial agenda, you will feel empowered. Unbelievable. All are encouraged to listen to the Glen Ford link (13 min).

      • Mooser
        January 29, 2017, 12:51 pm

        “And if Trump gets impeached for failure to strictly adhere to the imperial agenda…”

        Yup, you are right. The only possible reason to impeach Trump is some, well, trumped-up charge like “failure to strictly adhere to the imperial agenda”.

      • Mooser
        January 29, 2017, 12:53 pm

        “Ridiculous False Choice fallacy. Insults the reader’s intelligence.”

        You said it, brother. Could’na put it better myself.

  4. amigo
    January 25, 2017, 7:38 pm

    Chemi Shalev has an interesting article on Trump,s behaviour/ego.

    “There is no reasonable or rational explanation for Trump’s insistence on casting doubt on elections that everyone agrees he’d won, except to assuage his vulnerable ego and what seems like a latent inferiority complex. His aides admit Trump is obsessed by a sense that his rivals, including the media, view his election as illegitimate, the claim made by Congressman John Lewis, with whom Trump also picked a superfluous quarrel. If Trump was connected more to reality and less to his victimhood complex, he would know that challenges to the legitimacy of his victory would have quickly given way to a focus on his actual actions and statements as president. By his rash reactions, Trump is extending the very debate that he seeks to eliminate. He is damaging his own credibility, eliciting new doubts among Republicans who had assumed that once in office, he would calm and settle down. Some American commentators go so far as to maintain that the damage Trump is inflicting now on his presidency is so severe that it may never truly recover.”Chemi Shaliv
    read more: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-1.767507

    it is easy to see why Trump and zionists get along so well.Birds of a feather.

  5. Kay24
    January 25, 2017, 7:47 pm

    Herr Drumpf wants to make America “white, Christian, and racist again.

    If any of our enemies wants to see the fall of America, Herr Drumpf is going to make them elated.
    Heil!

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      January 26, 2017, 2:42 pm

      Then Japan is racist. China is racist. Israel is racist. Why is it so racist to protect the demographic balance in a nation? It is not hateful to want control on which cultures can enter and which can not. Why are only White nations supposed to relinquish their majority status? Just looking for consistency here.

      Also, I am pretty sure the solution to the refugee crisis is NOT to allow millions of Middle Eastern Muslims to immigrate to “White, Christian” majority nations, but to end these stupid wars of destabilization that are draining the ME of so many of its best people.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 26, 2017, 4:30 pm

        how is ensuring a nation stays 70% white protecting “the demographic balance in a nation” if the nation isn’t “balanced” in the first place.

        it’s racist to bomb muslim countries, create millions of muslim refugees, and then allow in every demographic of refugee and immigrant except the ones you’re bombing.

        if you can’t figure out that is a racist policy you’ve got some marbles gone astray.

      • Kay24
        January 26, 2017, 5:15 pm

        At the rate the white nations are bombing non white non Christian nations, and causing vast amounts of refugees, it is hard to rationalize why a nation of immigrants who have bombed unmercifully must accept the fact that eventually they will have to absorb some of those refugees as well. Nations considered a land of immigrants will have to accept that those coming in will one day outnumber the majority – the native Indians will tell you that they learnt the hard way.

      • Mooser
        January 26, 2017, 5:39 pm

        “Why are only White nations supposed to relinquish their majority status?”

        Seems simple enough to me, “White nations” (care to define “White nations”?) don’t have enough babies, (jeez, not to mention the number of men and women they have wasted fighting each other) and bye-bye majority status.

        Seems like the answer is simple, and fun. Look at Shem, Noah’s son, for an example.

        Oh, by the way “Atlanntaiconoclast” what, in a nation with equal rights, is “majority status”, and how is it maintained?

      • Mooser
        January 26, 2017, 5:43 pm

        “if you can’t figure out that is a racist policy you’ve got some marbles gone astray.”

        Gee, you don’t see him smashing icons?

      • Mooser
        January 26, 2017, 6:15 pm

        “Why is it so racist to protect the demographic balance in a nation?”

        Gee, I’m sorry. What is the proper “demographic balance” in the US? We will need a baseline. So how many of who are we supposed to have?

      • gamal
        January 26, 2017, 7:24 pm

        “it’s racist to bomb muslim countries, create millions of muslim refugees, and then allow in every demographic of refugee and immigrant except the ones you’re bomb.”

        dear Annie you don’t know what you mean to guys like me, do you know I think from Exodus, i heard him do it live 77, Guiltiness,

        woe to the downpressor they’ll eat the bread of sorrow, i think you will like it, eat the bread of sad tomorrow, you have no idea how grateful i am towards folk like you Hostage so many others,

        woe to the downpressor they’ll eat the bread of sad tomorrow.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 26, 2017, 9:10 pm

        much love gamal

      • RoHa
        January 26, 2017, 8:06 pm

        Kay, as far as I can tell, there is no nation of immigrants. In every nation the majority of the population was born there. I think this is even the case for Israel.

      • RoHa
        January 26, 2017, 9:27 pm

        “Why is it so racist to protect the demographic balance in a nation? It is not hateful to want control on which cultures can enter and which can not. Why are only White nations supposed to relinquish their majority status? ”

        I think there are two main chains of thought at work here.

        The first is that, since, in the past, some European white people migrated to and forcibly changed the demographic balance of Australia, NZ, and the Americas, all modern white people, even those whose ancestors stayed at home in Scotland and Hungary, are somehow morally obliged to accept unlimited immigration from any non-European country. Or Poland.

        I regard this as nonsensical.

        The second is that the wars of destabilization are aided and abetted by a number of “white nations”, and so, since those nations are fairly democratic, there is a certain collective responsibility to solve the humanitarian problems caused by those wars.

        This one seems to have more moral force. However, “solving the humanitarian problems” does not necessarily imply flooding Sweden with refugees from America’s wars. A far better (but perhaps fanciful) solution is, as you say, to end these wars, and then assist the countries to reconstruct.

        ” draining the ME of so many of its best people.”

        From the reports I see, Europeans would question that “best”. Many of the refugees seem to young men who, instead of fighting for their country, prefer to indulge in criminality in Europe.

      • Mooser
        January 26, 2017, 9:36 pm

        C,mon, “Atlanta iconoclast” it’s not that hard, just fill in the blanks:

        The proper demographic balance for America is:

        ______ (% or number) of _____ (fill in name of group) and
        _______ (% or number of _____ (fill in name of group) along with,
        ________ (% or number of_____ (fill in name of group) and etc.

        Use as many line-items as you like, 3 is certainly too low, of course.

      • Keith
        January 27, 2017, 12:25 am

        ROHA- “However, “solving the humanitarian problems” does not necessarily imply flooding Sweden with refugees from America’s wars.”

        America’s wars? The empire of the US nation state has transmogrified into the American led global empire. The empire of the 1%. The empire of the elites, including Sweden’s. Let us not delude ourselves concerning the extent of transnational elite support for empire. The empire could not exists without this support. So no, the 99% should not suffer the consequences of the power seeking of the 1%, however, the blame for the present situation is global in nature. Including some Russian and Chinese fat-cats. Mostly the US elites, to be sure. But there are enough dirty hands to go around.

      • oldgeezer
        January 27, 2017, 12:27 am

        @mooser

        (Sarc)

        I would just like to quote our great former Prime Minister stephen harper.

        “We have no history of colonialism”

        What more can one say in response. Clearly that white leader had the issue nailed.

      • Mooser
        January 27, 2017, 1:21 pm

        “The proper demographic balance for America is:”

        Hey, “Iconoclast” (it is not to laugh, but to howl! Smash those idols!), if you haven’t got the courage or honesty to fill in the proper demographic balance (numbers, and ethnic, religious or ‘racial’ delineations) for America, you are much, much too cowardly to ever achieve it.

        Or more likely, you know somehow what you are saying is wrong and racist, but you figure you can pull it off if you don’t step over a certain line?
        Well, buddy, that’s the line you need to cross to achieve your proper demographic balance.

        Until you do that, all you are doing is whining: “There’s too many Muslims” Or “There’s too many” of this or that people. Everybody sees through that.

      • diasp0ra
        January 29, 2017, 5:44 am

        @Atlanta

        “Why is it so racist to protect the demographic balance in a nation?”

        Are you seriously asking this question?

        Pray tell, what is the “correct” demographic balance of the USA? A country built on genocide and slavery, quite literally?

        Having been an avid reader here for a while, haven’t you seen firsthand the evils of ethnic nationalism? How it excludes everyone not the “right ethnicity”? What do you think powers most of Israel’s decisions? Who decides what the right culture is? How utterly totalitarian.

        “Why are only White nations supposed to relinquish their majority status?”

        This is starting to sound a lot like the nonsense “white genocide” hashtag on twitter.

      • Mooser
        January 29, 2017, 1:13 pm

        .“This is starting to sound a lot like the nonsense “white genocide” hashtag on twitter”

        Hello “diasp0ra”. Our little “iconoclast” (ROTFL) should hire out as an air-conditioner. Sometimes he chills me to the bone. Here he is boasting of his liberality:

        In my personal life, I am in an interracial relationship and do not set a color requirement for friendship.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/atlantaiconoclast/?keyword=relationship#sthash.FRL2n1Pc.dpuf

        Okay, how egalitarian of him. And the very next sentence:

        “But I don’t think it is my right to force others to see things the way I do in that regard.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/atlantaiconoclast/?keyword=relationship#sthash.FRL2n1Pc.dpuf

        Good enough to sleep with, but not good enough for civil rights? Good enough to sleep with, but not good enough for equal wages, protection from discrimination or verbal assault?

        Now, there’s a real “iconoclast”!

      • Sibiriak
        January 30, 2017, 8:46 am

        Atlantaiconoclast: Why is it so racist to protect the demographic balance in a nation?
        —————–

        Tell it to the Tibetans. Why should they think their world, their culture, their collective right of self-determination, might in any way be threatened by a massive influx of Han Chinese?

        http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-sends-a-new-flood-of-Han-migrants-to-Lhasa:-Tibetans-risk-disappearing-33294.html

  6. amigo
    January 25, 2017, 7:58 pm

    An after thought on my post above.

    Can anyone Imagine Trump having to listen to Democrats , or worse , fellow Republicans , questioning his decisions or motives and on TV for all to see.

    http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/parliament-government-and-politics/parliament/prime-ministers-questions/

    scroll to minute 12.00

  7. Atlantaiconoclast
    January 26, 2017, 2:39 pm

    Why do American Muslims who are citizens or here legally, need to “brace” for new immigration restrictions? Trump is not saying he wants to kick out Muslim citizens or those legally here.

    • Annie Robbins
      January 26, 2017, 4:39 pm

      i have friends, a married couple, she’s vietnamese and he’s iranian. they are both americans. every year his family visits him here. is it fair that he can’t invite his sister to visit him anymore but his wife can invite her sister to visit, based strictly on their ethnicities, because of his religion?

      • gamal
        January 26, 2017, 5:32 pm

        “is it fair that he can’t invite his sister to visit him anymore but his wife can invite her sister to visit, based strictly on their ethnicities, because of his religion?”

        what is this “white” anxiety? “White Christian” with all due respect seems like a weird thing to organise around, Annie what is it that “white” people feel threatened by, i been reading “white Americans” who are enraged at some affront, i am a black westerner always in racist environments but still America is very different, its like an anger made intense by fear, Europeans are far more arrogant and sure, no angst, sure of themselves. little little puzzled by White America, so stressed.

      • Mooser
        January 26, 2017, 6:04 pm

        There are a tremendous amount of people in the US whose immigration and/or residency or work status is uncertain. This won’t make things any better for anybody.

    • Kay24
      January 26, 2017, 5:17 pm

      If American Jews were not allowed to get their family here for a visit, they would be howling about anti-semitism by now. Right now the Muslims seems to be in shock.

  8. RoHa
    January 28, 2017, 12:23 am

    Before we say any more about immigrants and immigration, I should point out to any salivating Zionists that this debate has no connection with the Right of Return of the Palestinians.

    Palestinians have a right to full and equal citizenship in any successor states established on the territory of the Mandated State of Palestine. This right is based on the accepted principles of jus soli and jus sanguinis , and also on fundamental principles of justice.

    Thus, Palestinians are not potential foreign immigrants, seeking to enter Israel for higher income and random sex in nightclub toilets, and discussions about the possible rights of immigrants do not apply to them.

  9. just
    January 28, 2017, 11:33 am

    “People holding so-called green cards, making them legal permanent US residents, are included in President Donald Trump’s executive action temporarily banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, the Department of Homeland security has confirmed to Reuters

    “It will bar green card holders,” Gillian Christensen, acting spokeswoman for the department, reportedly said in an email.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2017/jan/28/world-digests-donald-trumps-order-to-ban-refugees-from-muslim-countries

    “Trump Ban Puts Refugees, Immigrants on Way to U.S. in Legal Limbo

    Refugees who were on flights to the U.S. when Trump signed the immigration order arrested upon arrival; immigrants with visas barred from boarding planes in Cairo. …

    Iraqis who helped U.S. soldiers working as translators and informants are also finding themselves affected by the ban. Though programs were set up in wake of the Iraq war to offer these individuals asylum in the U.S., the Trump administration’s executive order has left them with little hope of leaving Iraq where they still face threats for their collaboration with the U.S. Army.”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.767994

    I guess Trump not only admires the illegal and odious wall that Israel built, but also its racist and inhumane ‘immigration’ policy…

    • just
      January 28, 2017, 12:54 pm

      Unsurprisingly:

      “Zionist Organization of America praises Trump’s refugee ban on grounds that unlike Jews in 1930s, Muslims are bad.”

      https://twitter.com/AliAbunimah/status/825335499917242368

      • just
        January 28, 2017, 1:24 pm

        “Two New York Democratic members of Congress, Jerry Nadler and Nydia Velazquez, went to JFK to try and help out the people detained at the airport”:..

        http://www.mediaite.com/tv/iraqi-man-at-jfk-has-been-released-after-being-detained-at-airport/

        I heard him say that this is ‘religious discrimination’.

      • Bumblebye
        January 28, 2017, 7:58 pm

        Apparently NY cabbies have decided to boycott the airport in response to the ban. No link, heard the “gabby cabbie” an hour ago.

      • diasp0ra
        January 29, 2017, 5:51 am

        @Just

        If one can talk about a slight silver lining, it is that Israel is exposing itself majorly by aligning openly with Trump, white supremacists and literal Nazis.

        The seed won’t bear fruit in the short term, as it would actually empower Israel to do as it pleases, but in the medium-long term this will contribute to its isolation.

        The “progressive, free, secular” Israel illusion that liberal Zionists have worked for decades to maintain is crashing around them, as Israel is increasingly being lumped in with various reactionary movements and ultra conservative and nationalist politics.

  10. Ossinev
    January 28, 2017, 1:50 pm

    The Yahoo is already frantically licking up to LooneyTunes Donald following the Presidential orders on the Wall and immigrants/refugees :

    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.768009

    Perhaps even he doesn`t realize that Donald`s mouth operates least 2 hours (or is it 2 years) ahead of his brain.

    And of course the contradiction of deploring the denial of entry to the US and elsewhere of refugees/immigrant Jews fleeing from the horrors of Nazism should not be invoked as that would be Anti-Semitism / Holocaust denial. Those men women and children fleeing the horrors of ISIS are of course not “Chosen” ( including the little children who wash up drowned on the shores of the Mediterranean) so don`t really matter in the Light unto the Nations.

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