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WATCH: A conversation on Palestinian solidarity with black communities

"We can't keep ourselves in these silos of Palestine only or Palestine first...that's not what it's about..At moments like these, we need to lean into our humanity."
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Yesterday, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee held an important webinar with guest speakers Ajamu Amiri Dillahunt (Ph.D. student and Black Youth Project 100 member), Noura Erakat (human rights attorney and Rutgers assistant professor), and lawyer Ahmad Abuznaid (Palestinian-American, organizer, and co-founder of The Dream Defenders)

The informative talk touches on the history of police violence, the connections to U.S. foreign policy, and the need to understand such struggles within a wider global context.

Erakat: “This is part of a continuing legacy. It’s not the ‘Israeli-ization’ of the United States. The United States is a racial colony par excellence and they’ve exported these traditions.”

Amiri Dillahunt: “The institution of policing since its origins has been an enemy of black self-determination and the police have been longterm participants in a war on black America

Abuznaid: “We can’t keep ourselves in these silos of Palestine only or Palestine first…that’s not what it’s about..At moments like these, we need to lean into our humanity.”

You can watch the entire video below and at the ADC Facebook page:

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Must read: With Whom are Many U.S. Police Departments Training? With a Chronic Human Rights Violator – Israel August 25, 2016  https://blog.amnestyusa.org/middle-east/with-whom-are-many-u-s-police-departments-training-with-a-chronic-human-rights-violator-israel “When the U.S. Department of Justice published a report Aug. 10 that documented “widespread constitutional violations, discriminatory enforcement, and culture of retaliation” within the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), there was rightly a general reaction of outrage.   “But what hasn’t received as much attention is where Baltimore police received training on crowd control, use of… Read more »

“These trainings put Baltimore police & other U.S. law enforcement employees in the hands of military, security & police systems that have racked up documented human rights violations for years. Amnesty International, other human rights organizations and even the U.S. Department of State have cited Israeli police for carrying out extrajudicial executions and other unlawful killings, using ill treatment and torture (even against children), suppression of freedom of expression/association including through government surveillance, and excessive use of force against peaceful protesters. “Public or private funds spent to train our… Read more »

“Eyewitnesses report that when Israeli forces entered the hospital room where the suspect was recuperating, they immediately shot his cousin. There was no attempt to arrest him or to use non-lethal alternatives before shooting him dead. This is one example among many. “There are also documented incidents of suppression of freedom of expression by Israeli police. For instance, journalists covering protests have been assaulted or shot. Individuals are also arrested for social media posts or for gathering… Read more »