Category Archives: Apartheid

Statement on Alliance Defending Freedom’s attack on SPLC and ABC News | Southern Poverty Law Center

“The Alliance Defending Freedom spreads demonizing lies about the LGBT community in this country and seeks to criminalize it abroad. If the ADF had its way, gay people would be back in the closet for fear of going to jail.  It was inappropriate for Attorney General Sessions to lend his credibility to the group by appearing before it, and it was ironic that he would suggest that the rights of ADF sympathizers are under attack when the ADF is doing everything in its power to deny the equal protection of the laws to the LGBT community.”

Source: Statement on Alliance Defending Freedom’s attack on SPLC and ABC News | Southern Poverty Law Center

Governors From Both Parties Denounce Senate Obamacare Repeal Bill – The New York Times “Pence proves he does not have a clue about who expanded Medicaid is serving. Working poor who do not earn enough to buy insurance and would either be sick or jamming up ER rooms and driving healthcare up again – Preventive care would be gone and dummy – people get sicker and miss work or cannot work!”

Mr. Pence, who as Indiana’s governor accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid, also acknowledged that the proposal would significantly change the population that receives health care coverage through the program. He insisted that the bill would hold Medicaid to its “original purpose” of covering the most severely vulnerable people and said too many “able-bodied adults” rely on the program.The shift, he said, was aimed at “ensuring for the long run that Medicaid will be there for the neediest.”

When Gaza has no power, we all swim in sewage | +972 Magazine

the raw sewage flowing into the sea from Gaza’s incapacitated wastewater treatment plant has become a health hazard for Palestinians and Israelis alike. Unlike Gaza’s sewage treatment plant, which lacks the electricity necessary to function, Israel’s desalination plants have all the power they need. But the sewage flowing north in the Mediterranean from Gaza has become a practical problem for Israel, polluting the sea water meant for desalination.The shot of the two men grinning on the beach was a poetic, tragicomic testament to the extent of Israel’s repression and dream world. Our neighbors are Gazans, not Indians. Our desalination plants are firmly dug into the Mediterranean coast, not attached to four-wheel drive vehicles. And when Gaza has no power, we all swim in refuse. But Netanyahu is banking on Indian support to continue controlling the Palestinians without paying the price internationally. Even if he is successful, will that change the fact that our fates are inseparably entwined with that of the Palestinians?

Source: When Gaza has no power, we all swim in sewage | +972 Magazine

Soros, Bannon, and the anti-Semitism of Israel’s prime minister | +972 Magazine

Netanyahu’s attack on Soros, who openly supports liberal and progressive causes worldwide and does not hide his objection to Israel’s military dictatorship in the occupied territories, is now effectively an open attack on the insidious influence of the Powerful Jew. Soros is the cosmopolitan, liberal, Upper West Side Jew who looks at the increasingly fascistic trends in the Jewish state and “wants nothing to do with it,” as he himself once put it. The frightening part is that there is very little daylight between the way this Jew is viewed by far-right Zionists (and in many ways classic Zionism, too) and the alt-right.Resisting the alt-right is basic for most American Jews, yet somehow speaking out against the Israeli version of the alt-right is still considered taboo. But the fact is that Israel is way ahead of the U.S. and Europe when it comes to far-right nationalist politics. Over the past decade, pundits, commentators, liberals, and radicals have been warning against the Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pens who threaten to upend Europe’s liberal order, yet few have included the Netanyahus and Nafatali Bennetts for wanting to do the same. Israel is not “following in the footsteps” of European nationalist movements — it is actively setting the trend. And unlike in the Netherlands or France, there is nothing to stop this train.

Source: Soros, Bannon, and the anti-Semitism of Israel’s prime minister | +972 Magazine

Long After Protests, Students Shun the University of Missouri – The New York Times

When she heard that a swastika had been smeared in feces on a dormitory bathroom at Missouri, she decided not to apply. She enrolled instead at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., where she will be a sophomore this coming year. “Looking for colleges is intimidating just by itself,” she said. “Adding anti-Semitism on top of that was just too much.”

Israeli commander killed while pretending to be Palestinian assailant | The Electronic Intifada

The army commander slain on Tuesday is not the first Israeli to be inadvertently killed during an alleged stabbing scenario.An Israeli reportedly suffering from emotional distress apparently sought to commit “suicide by soldier” when he was killed by a civilian security guard who presumably mistook him for a Palestinian at a Jerusalem-area checkpoint earlier this year.Another Israeli was killed in February last year after he was shot when soldiers and an armed civilian opened fire on a Palestinian who allegedly attempted to stab the man.An Israeli man was shot dead in December 2015 when Israeli forces fired on two Palestinians in the Old City of Jerusalem in late December. Another Israeli was fatally stabbed during the incident.

Source: Israeli commander killed while pretending to be Palestinian assailant | The Electronic Intifada

Wednesday Open Thread | More on Trumpcare

Here’s the latest scheme on the Legislative Evil known as Trumpcare:Topher Spiro‏Verified account @TopherSpiro1: ALERT: McConnell just sent a revised bill to CBO. They’re close to a deal. This is CODE RED.2: Vote expected in mid-July. Republican staff reportedly told lobbyists “The store is open”—meaning they think they can buy off moderates.3: If these moderates don’t feel the heat over recess, guess what? They’ll cave in no time. Remember how weak Cassidy was?4: This revised bill is probably McConnell’s last shot. He has no time for CBO to score one after this. EVERYTHING RIDES ON THIS.

Source: Inoreader – Wednesday Open Thread | More on Trumpcare

Deportation a ‘Death Sentence’ to Adoptees After a Lifetime in the U.S. – The New York Times

“As a child, I didn’t ask to be sent to the United States. I didn’t ask to learn the English language. I didn’t ask to be a culturalized American,” said Adam Crapser, who was deported to South Korea last year, at age 41, after 38 years in the United States. “And now I was forced back to Korea, and I lost my American family.”