(Edited & Updated below)
On his Racism in France post, Asabanga commented, “Black/African people all over the world face a struggle for dignity.” He's absolutely right and it's no secret, that those who are clearly a part of the White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy (definition at the 4:27 click) play a continuous role in the indignities visited upon us. It is, after all, right out there for all who truly give a damn to see.
And for nearly a month now, I've been waiting to see just who truly gives a damn about the Black/African people struggling for their dignity in Israel. As it turns out, there aren't many--particularly in the Western mainstream media. This from RT News:
Having watched a glut of coverage about the "People of the Sand" from various places in the Middle East, during various phases of imperialist maneuverings by the "usual suspects" (Syria now being the target du jour), I said to myself:
"Self, now you would think, with all this Hitlerism being perpetrated against Africans in Israel, the Fourth Estate would be doing a better job of covering this! I mean really now. They're all, already right there, right? I mean, far as I can see, there's no shortage of stories being churned out by major "news" outlets about all the carnage the Syrian government's been perpetrating. Israel's been doing the exact same thing--and crickets?!" (smdh)
I don't know why I even asked myself a question whose answer is so obvious. Both Israel and the Western, mainstream media are a part of that same white supremacy, neither of whom, see Blacks/Africans--as people. And with media control here, resting squarely in the lap of American Jews, I suspect most of the country will hear little, if anything about Israel's wanton cruelty.
But, young sister, Yvette Carnell, writing at both KultureKritic and Your Black World, has been loudly and faithfully sounding the alarm about yet another, Black holocaust, this one, perpetrated by the European, "Never Again" survivors of similarly abhorrent treatment by the Nazis. Here's a small sampling:
5/25 - Israeli Mob Attacks Black Immigrants, Netanyahu Vows to Send Blacks 'Home': Mobs in Tel-Aviv, Israel have taken to the streets to demand that African immigrants be sent home. More than 1,000 angry Israeli citizens took to the streets of the poor and mostly black neighborhood of Hatikva to demand that the African immigrants be made to leave. White nationalist organizations also reportedly ransacked the neighborhood. The protesters claimed that blacks are responsible for an increase in crime rates. (emphasis mine)
5/28 - Israeli Parliament Member Apologizes For Calling African Migrants a "Cancer" to Society: Regev was accused of inflaming the mob, many of whom went out and attacked African migrants, reportedly pulling them off bicycles and beating them, and pelting them with rocks.
In her apology to Israeli news outlets, Regev apologized to holocaust survivors and cancer patients, but not to the African immigrants she called a cancer.
“When I compared the migrant worker phenomenon to cancer I was referring to the way the phenomenon had spread, and not anything else. If anyone took it otherwise and was consequently offended, I apologize and I surely did not intend to hurt either Holocaust survivors or cancer patients,” she said.
...Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to put a fence around the African migrants and then begin the process of sending them to their home countries. (emphasis mine)
A fence? Like they're cattle? I gotta say--no "visions of sugarplums danced in my head" on that one! Felt more like shades of the renamed, Kunta Kinte Island in The Gambia (formerly James Island); Japanese internment camps in America; GITMO; Krome Detention Center in Miami--and extraordinary rendition jumping around up there!
|(Political cartoon courtesy of leonkuhn.org.uk)|
Aryeh Eldad, another conservative leader asked, says that Israeli troops should shoot any Africans who breached its borders. (emphasis mine)
My, My, My! Leon Kuhn really hit the nail on the head with this cartoon didn't he? For sure, as long as Zionism keeps hacking away at the olive-branched hand; there will never be peace in the Middle East.
6/10 - Israel Begins Deportation of African Migrant Workers: Interior Minister Eli Yishai said the round-up will continue until Israel is migrant-free. The government has also increased penalties for Israeli business owners who employ illegal immigrants, up from a two year sentence to up to five years in jail. (emphasis mine)
Round-up? They really think they're cattle, don't they? ::rolls eyes in disgust:: Would interpreting "migrant-free" as "extermination through expulsion" be a bit much?
While "giving a damn," is without a doubt, important--equally important, is to critically examine what one sees, hears, and are told to think. To wit, the Changeling's March 4, 2012, "when the chips are down, I have Israel's back" AIPAC speech.
Kindly bear with me as I try, with the help of Dr. John Henrik Clarke, to address some of the bullshit the Changeling put out there for AIPAC's amusement (and cash of course).
During the speech, Israel's latest, U.S. government shabbos goy said:
Shimon was born a world away from here, in a shtetl in what was then Poland, a few years after the end of the first world war. But his heart was always in Israel, the historic homeland of the Jewish people. And when he was just a boy he made his journey across land and sea - toward home. (emphasis mine)
Now I'm pretty sure Israel's been having the doubly, distinct pleasure, of using the hell out of this guy (What? Why doubly? Well, 1: He is the figurehead of their most generous client-state, and 2: He's a society-identified Black man, born of an African father. Given the topic herein, I suspect jerking his chain is quite entertaining for them) but, when it comes to historical fact--I'd trust the wisdom and research of the late, Dr. John Henrik Clarke, before I'd listen to anything the Changeling had to say (part of that, "critically examine what one sees, hears, and is told to think" thing).
Dr. Clarke's work, with all of its easily documented truths, affords us an opportunity of a lifetime, to learn the truth about our place in this world (the one everybody keeps trying to convince us we never had). Alongside that, there's the collateral, and wonderfully useful benefit--of being able to set the record straight whenever other people lie. Regarding the Changeling's "historic homeland" assertion, I think it'd be best, in this instance, for Dr. Clarke to do just that, in his own words:
Okay, despite the fact that there is historical (not folkloric or mythological) evidence, that the word Jew is a European invention, pasted on a religion that existed wa-a-ay before they came up with the word--means nothing. Now that I think about it though, historical evidence has never meant much when it comes to adherents of white supremacy. They just appropriate, revise, spew; appropriate, revise, spew--until they've taken over the narratives of everyone else's lives, while running from their own.
Please hang in there through the glitches in the video, it's worth it. I guess if you're "white," or acting like you are (see first related article below), it just sticks in your craw--FOREVER--when you know your entrance "into human history" was predicated on the benevolence of Black folk, whom you thought you were better than, but you later found out, were head-and-shoulders above anything you brought to the table and who, because you showed neither respect nor gratitude for either their humanity or generosity, told you to get the hell out of their country.
Dr. Clarke from the 6:57 - 7:34 click: "Sometime ago, someone was arguing about who, is our friend...and I said that, "I would not be surprised, if the day would come, when I would see the Jews and the Arabs in the same political bed against the African people." (emphasis his)
When you think about Libya, you have to admit he was pretty prescient, no?
From the 8:06 - 9:06 click: "Competent historians, do the same thing, to prove their cases as competent lawyers--they cite a precedent. They point where it has already happened. There has already been, a relationship between Africans, and Jews, and Arabs--in Spain, for 800 years, when the African was the military arm, that held Spain in the Mediterranean. And when they lost the power, the Arabs and the Jews came together, turned on the Africans, and began to enslave them. The Jews went to Holland, and found the Dutch East India and the Dutch West India Company and subsequently, helped to find (sic) South Africa." (emphasis his)
(A brief aside: Dr. Clarke's mention of the East India Company, reminds me of how "media ignoring the truth" is taught here. During my one-year stint in DC at a journalism grad school, our "Ethics" class was divided into groups, with each assigned a philosopher about whom, a presentation was to be made later on in the semester. The group assigned John Stuart Mill, gave a blatantly disingenuous presentation, dealing mostly with his, "On Liberty"--but they totally left out his more than 30-year career in the slave trade with Britain's, East India Trading Company. During the Q & A after, I asked them about their omission (which to my mind, negated all the " on liberty" talk). To a person, they all said they knew about it, but thought it best to leave that part out! I immediately blurted out, "And you find that to be ethical?" Nothin' but "crickets," even from the teacher.)
Stay with me, he's not done:
Dr. Clarke, from the 2:54 - 3:34 click: "But the European, tries to dominate, everything he is a part of. And nothing came from the European mind, that did not have, as its intention, the facilitation, of the European domination of the world. This is the essential mission of every European, whether he is a Capitalist, or Communist, or, Christian, or Holy-Roller."(emphasis his)
All we need do, is look around--wherever we are--to see that what he says is so. Europeans, in collusion with those others who are a part of the White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy (based on bell's definition), have been on that "essential mission" since time immemorial.
From the 7:52 - 9:03 click: "But they drew the idea of a state, from mythology. Because, they never had a state, that wasn't stolen property. The "homeland" of the European Jew is Europe! Now they can go back into folklore and mythology, and tell you about a god named, "Yahweh," who told them to get thee to Palestine and get their homeland. But who told, you, that God was ever in the Real Estate business? And who told, the God, that Palestine was unoccupied? Always "occupying" something that's already, occupied, and throwing out, somebody else." (emphasis his)
That last sentence, is the main reason those now, near-defunct, "Occupy" movements didn't sit well with me (too much bad history attached to that word).
Dr. Clarke, from the 00:29 - 1:50 click: "Look at, Palestine, geographically. It's a door that swings, three ways: It's at the back door of Europe, the side door of western Asia, and the front door of Africa. Strategically, it is well-located. It never, absolutely never, belonged to any, European people. And this is another thing that might, shock some of our Moslem friends, in all honesty, in early history, it never, it wasn't (sic) belong to the any Arabs either. It was an African country. The Arabs didn't get there in any appreciable number til about 1600 AD. I'm not saying they shouldn't live there, but as a matter of historical fact, it's not the original home of the Arabs either. But people don't even ask questions about the Arabs."
From the 6:57 - 7:06 click: "My main point is that Zionism, and the spread of colonialism, walk side-by-side. (emphasis his)
And anyone with eyes to see, has to know that walk continues to this day--in Israel.
So, believe the Changeling's "historic homeland" foolishness if you need to, or, you can get some of those books Dr. Clarke referenced in the videos and learn about the rich legacy of African people all over the world, and be able to set people who lie--straight; as James Baldwin said, "...know whence you came."
Back to that speech:
In his life, he has fought for Israel’s independence, and he has fought for peace and security...But beyond these extraordinary achievements, he has also been a powerful moral voice that reminds us that right makes might - not the other way around.
Shimon once described the story of the Jewish people by saying it proved that, “slings, arrows and gas chambers can annihilate man, but cannot destroy human values, dignity, and freedom.” And he has lived those values. He has taught us to ask more of ourselves and to empathize more with our fellow human beings. I am grateful for his life’s work and his moral example.
Say what?! Is he talking about the same Shimon and Jewish people that this "Report for the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) - submitted January 30, 2012" is talking about??:
I can't begin to express, how painfully enraged I am by all the white supremacist hypocrisy in this video--so much so, that I won't do my usual blow-by-blow this time. There just isn't enough space. I know it's a little long, but please do watch the whole thing (even if you have to break it up). I'm sure after you do, your blow-by-blow list will absolutely rival mine.
But, there is one thing I just have to say. Given the report date and the period it covered, it's evident that, up to and even during the time that the Changeling stood before AIPAC, jiggin' for Jewish dollars--"Bibi" and his Zionist, colonialists-cum-neocolonialists henchmen, had been acting like run-of-the-mill, neo-Nazis toward Africans, in what they call "their" country.
Pardon me if "moral, Jewish people" seems like an oxymoron, given their behavior toward Africans and Palestinians over all these years. And the fact, that the Changeling "is grateful" for Shimon's "life's work" and "moral example" speaks volumes--or it should.
He goes on to say:
This isn’t just about numbers on a balance sheet. As a senator, I spoke to Israeli troops on the Lebanese border. I visited with families who’ve known the terror of rocket fire in Sderot. And that’s why, as president, I have provided critical funding to deploy the Iron Dome system that has intercepted rockets that might have hit homes and hospitals and schools in that town and in others. Now our assistance is expanding Israel’s defensive capabilities, so that more Israelis can live free from the fear of rockets and ballistic missiles. Because no family, no citizen, should live in fear. (emphasis mine)
Unless they're African of course.
And just as we’ve been there with our security assistance, we’ve been there through our diplomacy. When the Goldstone report unfairly singled out Israel for criticism, we challenged it. When Israel was isolated in the aftermath of the flotilla incident, we supported them. When the Durban conference was commemorated, we boycotted it, and we will always reject the notion that Zionism is racism. (emphasis mine)Speak for yourself, Man. I'll let Dr. Clarke speak for me with the following:
From the 1:05 - 5:38 click/Part 2: "They have never, been our friends when we needed them. And the concept of a historical alliance, between African people and people called Jews is a lie and a myth, and a misconception. They overplayed every event in history when they came in contact with us. Anytime it was to their benefit, they have walked away from us. We are one, of the most politically naive people in history, we have never made a good alliance with anybody. Everybody that has come among us, have shown, that they would betray us, anytime it was to their benefit. There is no exception, right or left. That's true of every religion, it's true of every politics. And it's true of every, single, ethnic group. Now you wanna play a whole lot of, ethnic-partner games; I think you should make alliance with other ethnic groups--but watch the alliance. You should be partners, but when people break the alliance, you should be in a position to punish them. And don't depend too much, on the alliance..."I'm tryin' to show you where we related to the humanity of all people, but all people have not related to our humanity." (emphasis his)
Israel's ongoing and unfettered abuse of Africans and Palestinians, along with those three emphasized incidents in that last excerpt from the Changeling's speech above (Goldstone, the attack on the flotilla and Durban)--all keep me singing: ♬ The wheels on the white supremacy bus go round and round...all through the world. ♬
And they will continue, unless and until, we take Dr. Clarke's intellectually astute advice and shed our political naiveté; coalesce with each other worldwide; make only mutually beneficial alliances (reserving the right to punish--in one way, or another--those who break them) and say our own...
|(Took this photo on Juffureh, during my first trip to The Gambia)|
...and this time--mean it!
UPDATE: Russell Simmons calls for truce with ADL's Foxman
I just read this piece on JewishJournal.com and when I was done, Dr. Clarke's, "We have illusions about people" statement at the 6:56 click in Part 2 of his videos immediately came to mind. Russell Simmons has, without a doubt, some serious illusions.
Simmons, a co-founder with Rabbi Marc Schneier of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, said that he was proud to have worked to strengthen the relationship between the African-American and Jewish communities. He said his comments at the conference were undermining the work he has done on behalf of the Jewish community to build synagogues and promote tolerance.
“Rabbi Marc Schneier and I had a remarkable week in Israel where we met and convened with some of the most important religious leaders in the country, including the Chief Rabbi of Israel and the Grand Mufti of the Palestinian people,” Simmons wrote. “We had difficult conversations that have not happened before, and we are determined to break through barriers that have been in existence for decades.”
Now if this isn't an excellent example of some of that political naiveté to which Dr. Clarke referred, I don't know what is. Not only has he stepped in to "strengthen" this mythological alliance building synagogues with his "dolla', dolla' bills y'all" (they're not crazy, they know just who to target), they've got him apologizing for saying something that was almost true (I say almost, because I don't see any "leaders" in the Black community)! You're just another shabbos goy, Russell.
And while Simmons boasts about his "remarkable week," meeting and convening with the Chief Rabbi and Grand Mufti--I wonder, did he stop to meet-and-greet any of those Black-like-him Africans being attacked, rounded up like cattle and deported? Oh, and note to Russell: Those barriers? They've existed for way more than decades--use some of that cash you've got to buy a damned clue. (smdh)
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