With calls to defund the police growing and the BDS movement on the rise, it’s time to challenge the annual $3.8 billion in U.S. aid to Israel. It’s time to defund the IDF.
An Israeli soldier’s knee to the neck of protester Khairy Hanoun, 65, as he tried to stop Israel from seizing Palestinian lands in West Bank Tuesday, surrounded by photographers, is being compared to the choking of George Floyd in int’l media.
The confluence of George Floyd’s murder with the coronavirus pandemic has made it possible for Black Lives Matter’s abolitionist message to be adopted by millions. This message is increasingly including Palestine.
George Floyd’s death and the violence that Palestinians who live under Israeli occupation face both reflect the oppression of racist, unjust societies.
“We must remember that George Floyd didn’t die due to a lack of oxygen. He died because of a lack of justice,” Palestinian artist Taqi Spateen tells Mondoweiss.
A hasbarist argues there’s nothing wrong in the killing of Eyad al-Halaq. Palestinians may “ask to become Israel’s ‘blacks’,” Nave Dromi says, but we won’t let them be equal citizens. In fact the history of nationalism is the history of racist distinctions, and persecution, that the world has been seeking to outlaw since WW II.
Many British Jewish organizations have condemned racism at the heart of George Floyd’s murder. It’s impossible for even liberal Jewish supporters of Israel to recognise the structural and institutional racism they inhabit while they cling to the idea that only an exclusive Jewish sovereignty in Israel/Palestine can guarantee Jewish security.
An ADC webinar with Ajamu Amiri Dillahunt, Noura Erakat, and Ahmad Abuznaid discusses the history of police violence, the connections to U.S. foreign policy, and the need to understand such struggles within a wider global context.
NYT regrets running Sen. Cotton’s call for military crackdown on protest. It should do the same for 4 op-eds justifying Israel killing nonviolent demonstrators. But Bari Weiss’s role at newspaper reflects long attachment to Zionism at NYT.
George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police on May 25 has caused many to liken American policing methods to Israeli occupation policing, and to point out that US police have gotten training from Israeli officials under the sponsorship of Israel lobby organizations. The ADL sponsors such trainings, even as it says George Floyd murder exposes “systemic” racism in the U.S.