“We, the disinherited of this land, we who have been oppressed so long, are tired of going through the long night of captivity. And now we are reaching out for the daybreak of freedom and justice and equality.”—“The Montgomery Bus Boycott”sermon at Holt Street Baptist Church by Martin Luther King Jr. By Paul Ricketts In […]
(GIN)—Egyptian border police shot and killed 15 Sudanese asylum seekers and wounded eight in an uptick in the use of force against migrants fleeing political violence in their home countries. The refugees were attempting to enter Israel on Sunday when they were gunned down by the Egyptian guards. Published reports said the victims were traveling […]
(GIN)—The murder of an African bystander mistaken for an assailant has renewed harsh criticism of excessive force used by Israeli security forces against Africans and Palestinians. The bystander, Haftom Zarhum, was shot by an Israeli guard and then kicked to death by a mob as he lay bleeding. He was part of the large Eritrean […]
(GIN)–A video that caught an Israeli police officer and a volunteer shoving and punching a black soldier in uniform outraged members of the Ethiopian Jewish community and set off a clash May 3 between Ethiopian Jews and police in central Tel Aviv. Thousands took part in the Sunday protest over the incident including many non-Ethiopian […]
By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist We need to see beyond petty insults. The fact that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) chose to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without coordinating this with the White House was bad enough. It was a snub and everyone knows that. Yes, it was an insult. […]
(GIN)–In a surprise turn of events, Nigeria lined up with the U.S. and Israel to defeat an effort by Palestinians to move the needle on the nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. A U.N. Security Council vote on Dec. 30 came just short of approving the Palestinian resolution. […]
By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist Knowing of my concern about justice for the Palestinians, a friend sent me a link the other day regarding Palestine and Black America. The essence of this piece is the author’s allegation that Palestinians cannot and should not compare their struggle to that of the African American struggle for […]
In a dramatic protest against their detention, some 200 African migrants crossed 60 miles by foot over two days in winter weather to rally at the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem.
(GIN)—A new report released by Amnesty International lays blame on Nigerian security forces for the detention and deaths of hundreds of civilians in the military’s ongoing war against Boko Haram, an Islamist group in the country’s north-east. Hundreds of prisoners suffocated in overcrowded cells, others died from starvation and extra-judicial killings, according to the report. […]
Okay. I’m no expert, so please ignore some of my oversimplifications when it comes to analysis, but here goes: Apparently (I like that word—it suits my non-committal way of looking at the world), the West and the East, once again, are involved in some huge religious war. (Those of you who are of a spiritual as opposed to a legalistic, religious bent may well not even worry about this.) The Christian and Muslim world views have collided on the highway of extremism.