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Mourning hate crimes from South Carolina to the Sea of Galilee

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I woke up one morning to find that Zionist extremists had torched the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in Historic Palestine, the place where Jesus performed the miracle of feeding 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish after the murder of his friend, the preacher John the Baptist (to some known as Yahya ibn Zakariya). The Palestinians inside were said to be the target. The torching of the church at Tabgha is a Hate Crime.

I woke up this same morning to a post, showing a white man in a bullet proof vest and handcuffs getting escorted into a cop car ALIVE after he massacred 9 people in a church in Charleston. The murder of 9 Black bodies, 9 Black women and men, 1 state senator. The cops took him in ALIVE.

And what did the media say to preface this arrest?

They said that that the gunman was mentally ill. Just like the pilot Andreas Lubitz was mentally ill? Not a terrorist? Innocent until proven guilty? No death by execution in the middle of the street out of suspicion? What about Tanisha Anderson? Where was her safety under the label “mentally ill“? When she was murdered by police being escorted to the cop car, where was their caution? Where was their care? That’s White Supremacy: Tanisha Anderson was criminalized and brutalized by the facts of her mere existence, with no crime committed. Dylann Roof was provided with a bullet proof vest, hand cuffs, police escorts and fast food after shooting 9 Black churchgoers in a blatant Hate Crime and gets the benefit of the doubt.

White Supremacy means that protective labels of innocence and marginality didn’t protect Tanisha Anderson, who was innocent. It means that Michael Brown caught 1 bullet to his right hand and 6 more bullets discharged into in his body for “stealing a packet of swishers”, for looking angry and threatening. Michael Brown doesn’t get to be labeled as a “boy” and Tanisha Anderson doesn’t get to be treated as “mentally ill”. Michael Browns and Tanisha Andersons don’t get to make it to the cop car ALIVE.

No, Al Sharpton, now is not the time for calm.

Dylann Roof doesn’t need a jury to give him the benefit of the doubt.

He doesn’t need a lawyer present or a cellphone recording to ensure that he was arrested ALIVE. He doesn’t need a PR newsroom person to come visit his family for the media to report that he was “introverted” and had many positive talents.

No, Dylann Roof gets to be a human before he gets to be labeled as a murderer.

Black men and women are stigmatized, marginalized, and brutalized while they are living and dead in the United States. Without a crime committed or with a crime committed, there is no way in hell that the cops would have brought a Black Dylann Roof a bullet proof vest and hand cuffs.

There is no way in hell that a white Al Sharpton would have told his community to “keep calm” when 9 people were shot in a place of worship on a weekday.

This is White Supremacy. This is a system. This is a hate crime. There is no innocence about Dylann Roof. Not even the innocence of mental illness (and don’t get me started on the criminalization of mental illness).

Racism is NOT a mental illness.

As my friend Darrell Davis wrote: “I would like to state that first, racism is not a mental illness. I repeat racism is not a mental illness. I will say it one more time, racism is not a mental illness. Racism is a byproduct, a symptom, of a larger system of capitalist imperialist oppression. Racism is a systemic cage, an aroma that flows through our noses our veins, and creates collective sickness, indignity, and toxicity. Also racism is not going away when the old die, neither will other systems of oppression. The reason is because they transcend the individual, that is why they are systems. The mainstream media failed to realize this as always.”

REST IN POWER to the Charleston 9.

Nine victims of the Charleston church shooting. Top row: Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Middle row: Daniel Simmons, Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders Bottom row: Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson Via Facebook and Getty Images

Nine victims of the Charleston church shooting. Top row: Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Middle row: Daniel Simmons, Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders Bottom row: Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson Via Facebook and Getty Images

RIP Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Sharonda Singleton, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Myra Thompson, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rv. Daniel Simmons Sr. and Susie Jackson.

Lots and lots of love and prayers to their families, to their community. To Black communities across the Carolinas and the United States.

If Jesus could feed 5,000 in mourning of the preacher John the Baptist in a little church in Palestine, then perhaps protests, actions, prayers and demands can liberate thousands more.

I mourn the loss of the church of Taghba, part of the steady but strong waves of ethnic cleansing that are coming for Palestinian bodies and Palestinian roots and trying to wash us away into oblivion.

I mourn the death of the Charleston 9. I cry for these 9 men and women. They will not have died in vain. They will not have perished for nothing.

To my Black friends and community members:

I am here. I am here when you want me and when you need me.

Tell me where to go. I’ll follow your lead.

Aida Najar

Aida Najar is a community activist and writer located in the Bay Area (Ohlone Nation).

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  1. just on June 24, 2015, 1:56 pm

    Superb. Darrell Davis is absolutely correct.

    Thank you, Nadya. I guess the Israelis haven’t found the ‘arsonists’ yet, either~ it’s not a priority.

  2. bintbiba on June 24, 2015, 2:08 pm

    @ Nadya Raja Tannous

    Beautiful article ! Beautiful sentiments !

    If your Dad ( or husband ) lived in Upper Bak’aa Jerusalem before ’48, then we were neighbours further down the street. You lived below the H. Cattans .
    I remember Dr Izzat, Raja and Laila very well. I was 12 at the time !!!

    I send Salaams .

    • Nadya Raja Tannous on August 8, 2015, 11:34 am

      Hello Bintbiba!
      Thank you for your kind comments. My immediate family did not live in Al-Quds but I know that we had more distant family who did pre-48.
      I have asked others in my family but no one can tell me about another Raja Tannous from Al-Quds. I am afraid that those who may know how we are connected have passed.

      What a great piece of information! You have a great memory.
      I wonder what was the connection between these Tannouses in Al-Quds and those in Yaffa/Lyd.

      Warm Salaams

  3. just on June 24, 2015, 3:10 pm

    “WASHINGTON – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has directed that four Confederate flags be taken down from a Confederate memorial at the state capitol.

    Bentley’s order comes just two days after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley asked state lawmakers to remove the flag from her state’s capitol, and amid a seismic shift on the question of whether the flag should fly on government property, in the wake of last week’s church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Bentley spokeswoman Yasamie August told CNN that the flags were taken down because Bentley did not want to distract from legislative issues. August said the move will be permanent.”…

    http://www.abc15.com/news/national/alabama-governor-orders-confederate-flags-taken-down

    Video of removal here: http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/politics/southunionstreet/2015/06/24/bentley-orders-removal-confederate-flags/29210267/

    MLK, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carol Denise McNair, and too many others~ RIP.

  4. JWalters on June 24, 2015, 5:33 pm

    This article beautifully brings together a diverse set of images that are linked through a tragic problem, man’s inhumanity to man. It is rooted in fear, along with the belief that this inhumanity is necessary to survive. To make matters worse, these fears are inflated by some who stand to profit.

  5. eusebio on June 25, 2015, 9:34 am

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  6. a blah chick on June 25, 2015, 11:00 am

    When Lindsey Graham made his “Mideast Hate” comment the other day how come no one mentioned Dr. Goldstein?

  7. Jackdaw on June 25, 2015, 12:58 pm

    Hating someone for their religion, and hating someone for their skin color, are not the same thing.

    Your religion is a matter of choice, your skin color is not.

    • Froggy on June 25, 2015, 8:40 pm

      Jackdaw : “Hating someone for their religion, and hating someone for their skin color, are not the same thing.

      Your religion is a matter of choice, your skin color is not.”

      Are you saying that hating Jews, because they are Jews, is less heinous than hating blacks, because Jews always have the option of converting to some other religion whilst blacks cannot change their skin colour?

      • Mooser on June 26, 2015, 11:30 am

        “Your religion is a matter of choice, your skin color is not.”

        But if a guy happens to choose a religion which is involved in a colonial project, of course, he has no choice but to choose that, too. If he wants to stick with his choice, right? Can’t pick-and-choose when you choose, you know!

      • Froggy on June 26, 2015, 1:23 pm

        Mooser : “But if a guy happens to choose a religion which is involved in a colonial project, of course, he has no choice but to choose that, too. If he wants to stick with his choice, right? Can’t pick-and-choose when you choose, you know!”

        But of course.

  8. jayn0t on June 25, 2015, 9:51 pm

    A hate crime in South Carolina is the last gasp of a dying racial supremacy, excoriated throughout the Western world. A hate crime in Galilee is the expression of a living, expanding, supremely successful racial supremacy, supported to the hilt by all Western countries.

    • Marco on June 26, 2015, 12:27 am

      Exactly, the comparison only results in highlighting the difference. An overwhelming majority of white Americans reject the Charleston assailant. Can the same be said about Israeli Jews regarding their own mass murderers?

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