Monday, November 16, 2015

Senseless Slaughter of Innocents

I am saddened, sickened,  and stunned by the senseless slaughter of innocents in Paris.  We as progressive members of civil society must condemn any and all barbarous attacks on innocents.

These types of acts whether in Paris,  Palestine,  Pakistan, or Ferguson are the result of oppression,  militarism,  racism.  and exceptionalism .  The US,  Israel and Saudi Arabia are all guilty on all counts.

Relentless,  daily brutality and terror are inflicted by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) upon women, children and men in the militarily occupied West Bank and Gaza. Children are shot, gassed and imprisoned every day.  Israels' most recent attack on Gaza in 2014 resulted in 550 children killed,  10,000 homes demolished,  and thousands of adults killed or wounded.

The US drone attacks in Pakistan have killed scores of innocent men, women, and children.  Dozens of Black men killed by police and thousands more imprisoned on bogus charges and convictions.

It is profoundly disturbing that US policies and US tax dollars finance activities which result in so much unnecessary suffering and loss.

Let us stop sending Israel $3 billion a year to enable the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.  Let us say no to more funding for US drones which kill innocents in Pakistan.  Let us end the injustice in the justice system.

My heart breaks for the Parisians, the Palestinians,  the Pakistanis, the poor Blacks and all the other innocents, of which there are many.

Unfortunately, until we address and remedy the issues of oppression, militarism, racism, and exceptionalism these gruesome,  ghastly, and terrifying events will continue to occur.

Eli Kassirer

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