A Brave Op-Ed Breaking The Status Quo Silence On Palestine

by William Skink

Michelle Alexander will be a hard woman to take down. She is the first woman of color to join the op-ed club at the New York Times, so as far as identity is concerned, she’s got a lot going for her. But will identity be enough to protect her from racists?

I’m not talking about white racists. Six days ago, before Martin Luther King’s day of remembrance, Alexander bravely wrote a piece titled Time to Break the Silence on Palestine.

Read it. You won’t read a braver op-ed in an establishment rag like the NYT anywhere else. Maybe this op-ed can help change that. Here’s an excerpt:

We must not tolerate Israel’s refusal even to discuss the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, as prescribed by United Nations resolutions, and we ought to question the U.S. government funds that have supported multiple hostilities and thousands of civilian casualties in Gaza, as well as the $38 billion the U.S. government has pledged in military support to Israel.

And finally, we must, with as much courage and conviction as we can muster, speak out against the system of legal discrimination that exists inside Israel, a system complete with, according to Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, more than 50 laws that discriminate against Palestinians — such as the new nation-state law that says explicitly that only Jewish Israelis have the right of self-determination in Israel, ignoring the rights of the Arab minority that makes up 21 percent of the population.

With the tides turning, maybe there will be less Progressives on everything but Palestine cowering behind the silence to protect their own political careers.

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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2 Responses to A Brave Op-Ed Breaking The Status Quo Silence On Palestine

  1. Djinn&Tonic says:

    Is Har Shalom our cities Fusion Center?

  2. Steve W says:

    Good, it’s about time.

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