Connecting US Foreign Policy With Domestic Oppression

In the United States activists really need to focus on understanding and appreciating the depth of the connection between  US foreign policy and domestic oppression.   This is key to making any unified movement for change in this country,   In the interview below, Chris Hedges and Rania Khalek address this issue around US support for Israel.   They show how the militarized Israeli occupation of Palestine is  interwoven with the US deep state war machine, often referred to as the Military Industrial Complex.  After nearly 70 years, Israel remains at war with the indigenous population of the region within its borders as well as neighboring states.   The Israeli occupation of Palestine has significant parallels with the European oppression and ultimate genocide of the native population of the Americas, and especially North America.

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Straight Outta Beirut: My Visit to an ISIS Bombsite

Guest Post by Jane Stillwater, Peace and justice activist, world traveler, grandmother and occasional actress who blogs at jpstillwater.blogspot.com.   Jane is a great traveling companion, practical, determined and possessed of a dark sense of humor.  We traveled together to Syria in 2014.  Earlier this month Jane attended the “Global Campaign to Return to Palestine” Conference in Beirut.

“Why on earth are you going to Beirut?” asked my neighbor.

     “I’ve been invited to attend The Global Campaign to Return to Palestine’s annual conference being held there,” I replied.  This is going to be a really big deal — but only if I find a replacement babysitter for my ten-month-old granddaughter Sofia while I’m gone.  Done!
     On the plane flight over, I watched “Straight Outta Compton” — and all that police brutality onscreen got me right into the mood to talk about all that police brutality in real life that Israeli neo-colonialists inflict on poor Palestinians daily as they too are thrown to the ground, humiliated and jailed for no reason, just like Dr. Dre and Easy E.  But I digress.
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Ferguson to Palestine with Reverend Hagler

Reverend Graylan Hagler spoke in Rochester this evening at an event sponsored by Christians Witnessing for Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace.  Reverend  Hagler is the Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, immediate Past National President of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice (MRSEJ) and has served on the Steering and Administrative Committee of United for Peace and Justice.  Inspired by a visit to Palestine with an African American Delegation earlier this year, his topic was “Ferguson to Palestine”.

Hagler’s lecture was was deliberately sabotaged by two different Zionist groups in Rochester.   First, he received a death threat on the phone last week from an individual who identified himself as a member of a local branch of CUFI, Christians United For Israel, Reverend Hagee’s Christian Zionist church.  This threat was followed by the expression of a desire to ‘spit’ in Hagler’s face.   The barbarism of these attacks was actually rather shocking.  I mean, these are middle class folks from the local suburbs.  A day or two later, Colgate Divinity School, who were to host  the event, withdrew their invitation.   Another local group, Roc4Israel, defiantly claimed responsibility for pressuring Colgate to cancel.  A couple of days after that, the local NPR affiliate backed out of a planned interview with Hagler.

Reverend Hagler courageously decided to come to Rochester anyway,

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