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  • Movement for Black Lives backs leaders hit with anti-Semitism smears

    The Movement for Black Lives comes out in support of Black progressive leaders such as Ilhan Omar, Angela Davis, and Marc Lamont Hill, who have been targeted for speaking out in favor of Palestinian rights. The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), a coalition of more than 50 organizations representing black Americans, this week came out strongly in support of Black progressive leaders who have spoken out in favor of Palestinian rights and defending them against charges of anti-Semitism they have faced as a result. [tmwinpost] Charges of anti-Semitism against progressive black Americans, the movement said in a statement, have been “leveled to silence…

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  • For Michelle Alexander’s critics, Palestinians don’t deserve civil rights

    The uproar by Jewish establishment figures over Alexander's New York Times essay in support of Palestinian rights echoes the reactions of white Americans to the Civil Rights Movement decades ago. Michelle Alexander’s powerful New York Times essay on Saturday (“Time to Break the Silence on Palestine”), ahead of the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was arguably a milestone for the Palestine movement in the U.S. [tmwinpost] First, for who wrote it: Alexander, the author of the seminal book The New Jim Crow, is a renowned lawyer and public intellectual respected for her activism and scholarship on racism in the U.S.,…

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  • Is Black-Palestinian solidarity the best way forward?

    Although Black-Palestinian solidarity stretches back to the 1970s, one must wonder whether it still has the power to bring about effective change. By Khelil Bouarrouj The animating idea of contemporary American left-wing activism is “intersectionality,” the concept that oppressive institutions are connected in their subjugation of discrete groups, and that oppressed people should be/are in shared struggle. [tmwinpost] One of the most prominent expressions of intersectionality has been the Black-Palestinian solidarity movement, which has a rich history and was spontaneously renewed in late 2014 after Palestinians on social media used the hashtag #Palestine2Ferguson in support of the Black Lives Matter…

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  • WATCH: Lauryn Hill, Angela Davis call for black-Palestinian solidarity

    A new video featuring prominent African-Americans and Palestinians calls for solidarity in the face of state violence and supremacy. On the heels of attacks by both the Israeli army and settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank over the past year, a coalition of African-American organizations have come together to produce a new video promoting black-Palestinian solidarity. The video, titled “When I See Them I See Us,” juxtaposes the police killings of African-Americans with Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and settlers, and features over 60 major figures in both the black community in America, including Lauryn Hill — who canceled her…

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  • Where were the Palestinian voices at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine?

    The Russell Tribunal is meant to expose and provide accountability for human rights abuses committed by Israel against Palestinians. But in privileging 'expert' voices over those of the victims, does it actually reinforce dominant power structures? By Elisha Baskin The fourth and final session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine took place this past weekend in New York City. The tribunal is an “international people’s tribunal created in response to the international community’s inaction regarding Israel’s recognized violations of international law.” Its stated goal is to address the complacency and responsibility of the United States, the United Nations and other…

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