Friday, July 08, 2016

¿Injustice in Palestine causes racist murders in US???

From the NYU Students for Justice in Palestine July 7, 2016 Facebook page post:
"In the past 48 hours another two black men have been lynched by the police. The total number of black people lynched by cops in 2016 now totals 136. We must remember that many US police departments train with the ‪#‎IsraeliDefenseForces‬. The same forces behind the genocide of black people in America are behind the genocide of Palestinians."

Tablet Magazine's Yair Rosenberg responds:
"The irony of critiquing racism in American society through the bigoted displacement of responsibility for it to Jews in the Middle East was apparently lost on SJP. As was the fact that the sordid history of American violence towards black people far predates the founding of the state of Israel in 1948.

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What’s particularly pernicious about the posting is that by erasing the American history of predatory conduct towards blacks and instead exporting culpability to a scapegoat, SJP short-circuits any necessary national conversation about U.S. police violence. As long as shadowy outside forces can be blamed for the problem, there will be no internal reckoning."

And until we Americans can deal with our own racism, we can't deal with violence either by police or against police.


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