Lesley's article is not about diminishing anyone's rage and horror, and there is no implication that one is greater or more significant that another, n fact, just the opposite. Her point was that Jews are giving Jewish suffering an importance greater than that of blacks.
It's hard to quantify, but this is not surprising, if true. It is human to give greater importance to what happens within a group with which one identifies. We cannot expect to give equal importance to everything that happens to all groups around the world. There are good reasons to do so, but it is contrary to human nature. Lesley identifies with both Jews and blacks, and sees the disparity. She renders a service by calling attention to it.
Unfortunately, this natural tendency to group chauvinism also leads ultimately to racism. The most blatant example in this case is the call from "progressive Jewish leaders" for Trump to denounce white nationalism, while they clearly defend Jewish nationalism, AKA Zionism. Both are destructive, racist ideologies, but one is a candidate for (justified) denunciation, while the other is supported by the persons calling for the denunciation of the other. This and other forms of hypocrisy deserve to be recognized and called out for what they are.
Annie's right. Badee sent me a draft of the article and he actually didn't mention ISM-NorCal in that draft, either. I'm glad he got some help with it (from Annie?) and that it got published on MondoWeiss. Badee reported that no one contacted him or HRD about the the Jan 9 article by Sheren Khalel, not WaPo, not CNN, not Sheren – nobody. My guess is that the false information was from WaPo and CNN and just kept getting passed on. Perhaps B'Tselem innocently thought it was part of their excellent camera distribution program and that was the original source.
In any case, ISM-Northern California responded to an appeal from HRD in late 2015 and did a special fundraising to supply them with professional cameras to replace the broken one, as well as a computer, projector and other equipment. So far, we have sent four high quality cameras, five beginner cameras, two computers, a high quality projector and more. We are planning to send at least four more high quality cameras and another computer.
We're ready to send some of this equipment now if we can find travelers going to Palestine from the US. After we verify the bona fides of the traveler, we'll send the equipment to you and provide you with the contact info. All of the pieces are pretty small and light. We live on a shoestring and can always use more funding but we have the funds to send some of the equipment right away.
We also sponsor volunteers wishing to participate with ISM in Palestine. Please contact the ISM-NorCal group for more info.
With regard to the Global March to Jerusalem - North America, the US Campaign claims that it was not expelled but rather removed because they do not consider it a "viable organization". They have a point. We are little more than a list serve right now, having given up our bank account , and we did not renew our domain name. This applies only to the North American entity only, not the GMJ itself, based in the UK, which was never part of the USC.
However, two questions arise about the USC decision to remove GMJ-NA. First, when did they do this? Evidence suggests that when the Free Palestine Movement was removed at its own request in protest of the IAK expulsion, the GMJ-NA and the International Solidarity Movement - Northern California were also removed at the same time for no other reason than that I am a contact for all three groups. It therefore appears that the removal of GMJ-NA was motivated by retaliation for the FPM action rather than a general housecleaning of organizations that are not viable. ISM-NorCal was reinstated, but not GMJ-NA.
The other question concerns the regularity and equality of standards and procedures by which the USC "cleans" its membership list of non-viable organizations. Are other members judged by the same standards? Are there no other members whose status is similar to that of the GMJ-NA? When and how does the USC weed them out?
The actions of the USC in this instance are similar in kind to those used against If Americans Knew, in that USC principles were applied arbitrarily, so that voices that USC considers to be unwelcome are ejected on the pretext of principle, while the same principle is not applied to other members that are considered to be more welcome. These are the actions of a manipulative autocracy rather than a grassroots democracy. It is Animal Farm.