The next time a ‘pro-lifer’ says something bad about immigrants, show them this

24 Jul

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So, maybe the conservative “pro-life” movement isn’t exactly at the forefront of the immigration reform movement… yet. But they could be! And, if they’re not totally full of it, should be.

The truth is anti-immigrant and anti-choice (pro-life) legislation and sentiment often go hand in hand. If that feels a little inconsistent and hypocritical, that’s probably because it is.

All you need to do is show a self-identifying pro-lifer this pretty clever meme created by Political Loudmouth.

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Continue reading at RawStory

Morning Jew Ep 42: Circumcision Debate, Aushwitz Selfies & Auschwitz Wall Art

24 Jul

Comics Heather Gold (@heathr) and Katie Halper (@kthalps) look at the headlines and ask: Is it good for the Jews? This week we talk to Michael Wex again about the one issue Heather & Katie can’t see eye to eye on: the origins of circumcision. Plus why are people taking selfies at Concentration Camps and why were Walmart and Sears selling concentration camp decor?

Infographic of the day: why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a feminist issue

23 Jul

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict isn’t just a human rights issue. It’s a feminist one. Here’s why. Monday, I posted about the #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies social media campaign. But why does a post about something involving peace in the Middle East belong on a site like Feministing? As our own Anna Sterling once wrote, after covering immigration issues,  ”Many commenters on Feministing asked why immigration is a feminist issue. Feminism is strictly gender, right? Equal pay, glass ceiling, abortion and all that? Well, no, actually.”

Those of us who like our feminism intersectional, see issues of gender, race, ethnicity, class, culture , sexuality etc as inextricably related, as are struggles against oppression based on these categories. But sometimes, the connections are more explicit. As I wrote yesterday, an Israeli academic actually said that the only way to deterr a Palestinian terrorist was by raping his sister. And as Amnesty International wrote in a report,

Palestinian women have borne the brunt of the escalation of the conflict and decades of Israeli occupation, while in Palestinian society they are subjected to a system of laws and norms that treats them as unequal members of society.

Some handy infograhics that show how the conflict is relevant to feminism have been posted by  INCITE!, “a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against our communities through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing.” The first infographic was made by BCU Palestinian Society and the other two were made by INCITE:

Image via INCITE

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Originally posted on Feministing

Morning Jew Ep. 41: Born to Kvetch author Michael Wex

23 Jul

 

Comics Heather Gold (@heathr) and Katie Halper (@kthalps) look at the headlines and ask: Is it good for the Jews? This week we get Biblical on your tush and ask Yiddish, historical and religious expert Michael Wex some critical questions: What’s the difference between Judaism and Christianity? Why do so many Jews sound alike? And why are there so many Yiddish words for dick?

#JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies

22 Jul
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Amidst the violence and bloodshed happening literally as you read this blog, some Jews and Arabs are showing that these two groups do not have to be enemies. 

Tragically, sexual violence is often used as a a tool of war. Recently, in fact, an Israeli scholar and sitting professor actually said, out loud, during an interview, that the only way to deter Palestinian terrorism was through rape:

A terrorist, like those who kidnapped the boys and killed them, the only thing that will deter them, is if they know that either their sister or mother will be raped if they are caught… This is the only thing that deters a suicide bomber. If he knows that when he pulls the trigger, or blows himself up, his sister will be raped. That’s it. That’s the only thing that will bring him back home, to keep the honor of his sister. This is the culture of the Middle East. I didn’t create it, but this is the situation.

Given this state of affairs, it is truly inspiring to see that some Arabs and Jews are challenging hate and violence by highlighting Arab-Jewish love and solidarity. Using the hashtag #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies, people who are in interfaith relationships, are the products of interfaith relationships or have interfaith friendships are taking to social media and posting photos.

In the photo featured above, for example, journalist Sulome Anderson, who is half Lebanese, kisses her boyfriend, who is Jewish and has dual Israeli and American citizenship. Anderson explains, ”when it comes down to it, we’re people and we love each other and that’s what matters most.” And, according to Anderson, the expression of love, is reaching people who would not be convinced by political arguments:

What really excites me is that there are people whose perspectives I don’t share, from the pro-Israeli side, who have retweeted our picture and others, and that’s what’s really important to me… Not so much that people agree with us, but that people who don’t agree with us are sharing this message.

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The social media campaign was started by two students at Hunter College in New York City, two weeks ago. Abraham Gutman, who is Israeli, and Dania Darwish, who is Syrian, didn’t come up with the phrase, but they helped make it international and viral.

Continue reading and see more images of #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies at Feministing

George Zimmerman’s brother stands with Israel, guess we can all go home

22 Jul
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Robert Zimmerman

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is, indeed, complicated, complex, charged, overwhelming, tragic, confusing and other things that, to quote C&C Music factory, make you go hmmm.

Some people see the issue with an enviable clarity and simplicity, with views ranging from (a) Ayrabs won’t rest until they’ve killed all Jews to (b) all Jews/zionists/israelis won’t rest until they have killed all Palestinians.

But I, personally, like my world-view like my men: nuanced. So I look to the opinions and writing of people like the scholars Avi Shlaim, Ilan Pappé, Rashid, Khalidi, and the brother of George Zimmerman, Robert Zimmerman. Because, when it comes to restraint, non-violent conflict resolution, justice, trust-worthiness, and general decency, the Zimmerman’s are beyond reproach.

Brother George, of course, gets credit for murdering Trayvon Martin, but Robert Zimmerman’s racism and general disregard for human life deserves recognition. He once, for example, made an astute comparison  between De’Marquise Elkins and Trayvon Martin because, both had Elkins fatally shot a white baby during a robbery attempt and… Trayvon was fatally shot… and… whatever… the point is they were both Black and had been photographed giving the finger, which is a pretty “#uncanny” and remarkable similarity.

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He also brilliantly justified his brother’s killing of a teenager who was, indeed armed (with a hoody AND skittles AND iced tea), by implying that Elkins and his accomplice, were ex-post facto responsible for making white people racist.

 

Continue reading at RawStory

 

Morning Jew Ep. 40: Win Ben Stein’s Open Marriage, Hobby Lobby + Facebook manipulates

21 Jul

Comics Heather Gold (@heathr) and Katie Halper (@kthalps) look at the headlines and ask: Is it good for the Jews? This week that strange mix of John Hughes cameo star and traditional family values shonda Ben Stein creepily gushes about girlfriends , the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby is handed down and Facebook learns how to scale passive aggression

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