Category: racism

politicalsci 2018-05-21 00:21:32

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On May 14, Israeli soldiers shot and killed 6…

On May 14, Israeli
soldiers shot and killed 60 Palestinians and wounded over 2,500 while
they were demonstrating inside Gaza. That fact is not in dispute.

But
according to Matti Friedman, a Canadian-Israeli author who lives in
Jerusalem, neither the snipers who chose their targets and pulled the
triggers nor the officers who ordered them to open fire are responsible
for the deaths of the Palestinians.

“If the most effective weapon in a military campaign is pictures of
civilian casualties, Hamas seems to have concluded, there’s no need for a
campaign at all,” Friedman goes on. “All you need to do is get people
killed on camera.”

This analysis is — and
there really is no other word to describe it — racist. It strips
Palestinians of agency; it implies that they do not value their own
lives. This is not journalism; it is Israeli government propaganda.
Friedman finds nothing to criticize in the Israeli army’s use of deadly
force against unarmed civilians. Nowhere does he mention the man-made
humanitarian crisis that Israel could easily alleviate. Only Hamas is
responsible — not Israeli policy, which has kept Gaza under a choking
military closure for 11 years.

But Friedman barely
glances at Gaza’s tragedy and its desperation. Instead, he lifts his
nose and sniffs “propaganda,” holding the victims responsible for their
own suffering and self-righteously telling Jews who disagree with him
that they just don’t understand those people as well as he does.

If he were a white South African journalist in the 1980s using this
language to describe black anti-apartheid activists, most intelligent
readers would rightly have dismissed him as a racist. Let us be
consistent in our worldview, rather than adjusting the lens of our
compassion so that it blurs and distorts when we look through it at
those we fear.

Read more: https://forward.com/opinion/401486/the-racism-of-blaming-palestinians-for-their-own-deaths/

The trope that the people you are killing don&…

The trope that the people you are killing don’t value life is repeated
in various colonial contexts, not just by Israel about Palestinians. Listen
to General William Westmoreland speak about “orientals” which the US was
slaughtering in Vietnam –

CLIP: Hearts and Minds Documentary: Westmoreland

Lucy Masoud, who worked on the recovery operat…

Lucy Masoud, who worked on the recovery operation after the June 14
tragedy, blamed the blaze on the Tory Government’s austerity measures and a
contempt for social housing tenants. Masoud told a packed room at Friends House in central London:

“Had that building not been a social housing building, we know there wouldn’t have been so many failures. Why did Grenfell have flammable cladding and no sprinklers and only
one dry-riser? Because it was social housing and the decision makers
don’t care about the social housing tenants.”

She added: “The minute rich people in Kensington and Chelsea decided
they no longer wanted to look at an ugly building, those tenants’ fates
were sealed. That building as it stands there today in west London is a symbol of this country’s failures.
It’s a symbol of how this country treats its social housing tenants
and I think every politician, every MP should be dragged from the House
of Commons to look at that building and made to see and understand that
the decisions they made have led to what took place on June 14.”

In 2016 – following the Conservative Party’s …

In 2016 – following
the Conservative Party’s ‘disgusting’ London mayoral campaign the
Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) called for an urgent investigation into
Islamophobia within the Tory Party.

The MCB said at the time:

“Just as the Labour Party is
rightly conducting an inquiry into antisemitism, it is important for the
Conservative Party to reflect upon the extent of Islamophobia in its
own ranks. We should have zero tolerance for both antisemitism and
Islamophobia”

Not only did the BBC fail to report on
the MCB’s demand for an inquiry, the subsequent lack of
pressure from the British media enabled the Tories to get away with
ignoring the calls for an inquiry.

And now, following a ridiculous
amount of Tory candidates, members and Councillors being suspended for
anti-Muslim comments and abuse, as well as Baroness Warsi’s incredible
admission last week that there are now “weekly occurrences of
Islamophobic incidents“ within the Conservative Party, the MCB have
reiterated their call for an urgent inquiry into Islamophobia within the
party.

All forms of racism need to be stamped
out, and the only way we will be able to achieve this is by treating
all forms of hatred with equal disgust and equal prominence – by calling
it out wherever it occurs and by whoever it is perpetrated by. [x]

The unjust treatment of the Windrush generatio…

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The unjust treatment of the Windrush generation is not the result of simple “clerical mistakes”. The Windrush crisis has occurred because the Conservative Party supports and continues to implement racist policies.

“The real issue is the hostile environment policy that caused this crisis in the first place. Each case
is directly linked to a policy that ignores the principle of habeas
corpus by imprisoning innocent people without reference to a judge, jury
or evidence of guilt. It is this policy that barred British citizens
from accessing the public services and benefits that they themselves
built with their own hands, staffed and paid for. It is this policy that
turned employers, doctors, landlords and social workers into border
guards.

Described from the outset by its architect and champion, our current prime minister Theresa May, as “deport first, appeal later”,
the hostile environment was aided and abetted by a hateful dog-whistle
emanating from our tabloid press, reinforced by government ministers and
politicians too craven to speak the truth about immigration, too weak
and cowed to stand up for the rights of minorities.

Toxic, anti-immigrant rhetoric created the demand for the hostile
environment and then served to reinforce policies that addressed largely
non-existent problems, pandered to the basest of prejudices and
cowardly blamed immigrants for the failures of successive governments.” – David Lammy

the wall street journal publishing an article …

the wall street journal publishing an article about a billionaire writing a book called “i love capitalism” because he’s scared of young people being anti-capitalist and supporting bernie sanders tells you everything about what the status quo fear the most.

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In 2016 – following the Conservative Party’s …

In 2016 – following
the Conservative Party’s ‘disgusting’ London mayoral campaign the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) called for an urgent investigation into Islamophobia within the Tory Party.

The MCB said at the time:

“Just as the Labour Party is
rightly conducting an inquiry into antisemitism, it is important for the
Conservative Party to reflect upon the extent of Islamophobia in its
own ranks. We should have zero tolerance for both antisemitism and
Islamophobia”

Not only did the BBC fail to report on
the MCB’s demand for an inquiry, the subsequent lack of
pressure from the British media enabled the Tories to get away with
ignoring the calls for an inquiry.

And now, following a ridiculous amount of Tory candidates, members and Councillors being suspended for anti-Muslim comments and abuse, as well as Baroness Warsi’s incredible admission last week that there are now “weekly occurrences of Islamophobic incidents“ within the Conservative Party, the MCB have reiterated their call for an urgent inquiry into Islamophobia within the party.

All forms of racism need to be stamped
out, and the only way we will be able to achieve this is by treating
all forms of hatred with equal disgust and equal prominence – by calling
it out wherever it occurs and by whoever it is perpetrated by.

The BBC’s disgraceful failure to
uphold their own guidelines by refusing to report the demands of the
Muslim Council of Britain with anywhere near the same level of
prominence as Labour’s recent anti-Semitism storm clearly shows just how
low the Corporation has sunk – not just in terms of political
impartiality, but also morally in the fight against all forms of hatred
and discrimination. [x]

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