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Trump’s Scapegoating of Immigrants and Refugees

CNS-HumanRightsCaravanEverytime Fascist-In-Chief Trump refers to refugees or immigrants for that matter, he calls them bad, evil people who must be stopped.

Every single tweet! Every single speech.

All refugees are bad people and terrorists.

In reality, of course, these are families escaping war and violence (most of it which we created) and who have lost everything. These are the most vulnerable human beings that he is going after.

It is absolutely appalling, but also sadly and effective and  time-honored practice by all tyrants.

Notice how there is a remarkable similarity between the treatment of Muslims today and the treatment of Jews in Germany in the 30s  It is obviously the case that the point of the Muslim ban is to instruct Americans that Muslims are an enemy: a small, well-assimilated minority that we are supposed to see not as our neighbors or as fellow citizens but as elements of an international threat that needs to be contained and quashed in order to keep  Americans safe. More than that, Trump’s policy is a provocation and distraction. It is meant to provoke and instigate fear and hate while at the same time distracting us from the real criminals we all need to be afraid of, namely him an his administration.

But the Third Reich is only one example. History, especially  our own, is rife with this kind of dog whistle/provoke and distract politics. And it always plays out the same.

Remember in 1971, when Richard Nixon pronounced drugs to be “public enemy number one”? That was an odd choice, to put it mildly, in a nation wrecked by poverty, racial tension, injustice, civil strife, ecological disaster, corporate domination, a hated Vietnam War and much more.

Similarity, it seems rather odd  – at least to a decent person astutely aware of the realities of our times – that Fuehrer Trump and Republicans are choosing to focus on illegal immigration when there are hundreds of other things that should take precedence given our state of affairs. After all, immigrants didn’t cause the problems of this nation, but they are the easiest targets to malign and bully and vilify, just as all poor people who have nothing are.

Nixon’s war on drugs was never about drugs but about the Drug War’s primary targets: Blacks and young voters. Once the Vietnam war was over, the “war on drugs” focused on destroying the lives of people of color and poor whites and those very people were scapegoated for ills they never even caused in the first place while those very criminals that caused those ills were running the show, writing policy and in the process scapegoating the victims, the targets of those sinister policies.

In an article in Harper’s Magazine, author Dan Baum reveals that in reviewing notes of his conversation with John Ehrlichman, who had served as Nixon’s domestic policy advisory, Baum came across a bombshell admission from Nixon’s senior adviser.

Ehrlichman conceded that, in his own words:

The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. […]  We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

It is eerily similar to what is happening now. The anti Muslim/refugee propaganda, much like the war on drugs, is designed as a tool to win votes. It has never been, and never will be, about the safety of Americans and all that other jingoistic bullshit our fascist administration will have you believe,  just as the war on drugs was never about drugs and keeping Americans safe, but about the exploitation of racial resentment and fear for political gain and power.

As such, it has succeeded more than any other political scheme of the last half of the twentieth century and this is the exact same route Trump is taking this nation on once again.

I want to point out that  anti-immigrant sentiments and deportations have been huge under Obama. ICE itself keeps public data on who it removed from the country during the Obama years. Even as it got better at focusing on convicted criminals, a very substantial number were noncriminals. In Fiscal Year 2015, 139,368 convicted criminals were removed by ICE; the same year, 96,045 noncriminals were removed.

That’s just the ICE deportations, which are focused on the interior of the country. Elliot Young, a history professor at Lewis & Clark College who studies immigration, tallied the numbers using government data that includes deportations by the Border Patrol and other agencies that do removals closer to the border. He concluded that 56 percent of immigrants who were removed from the country between 2009 and 2015 were noncriminals.

Obama was more believable than Trump and it wasn’t true when he said it,” Young said of both presidents’ supposed focus on criminals. Even if the government is truly trying to target criminals, “the reality on the ground is that they are picking up lots of people who either don’t have any criminal convictions or they have low level misdemeanors or have crossed the border more than once and have been deported which then becomes a criminal offense.

And the Trump administration has already expanded its focus beyond criminals. In the executive order he signed on January 25, Trump laid out “enforcement priorities” for removals by the Department of Homeland Security that include immigrants who have “committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense” or who have “abused any program related to receipt of public benefits.” These immigrants have the exact same priority as those who have been charged for criminal offenses.

The ACLU’s Joanne Lin explained that the executive order basically makes all undocumented immigrants a “priority” for removal. “So, like, jaywalking, have you ever driven without your wallet because you left your wallet at home? That begs the question whether any of us could actually meet that standard, in all candor,” she said.

“Because it doesn’t say that you’ve been arrested, you’ve been charged, you’ve been booked, it just says you ‘committed,’” she said. “It’s very wide berth. It’s written that way because under this administration they want every undocumented immigrant to be a potential priority.”

In fact, under Obama’s watch a record number of people have been deported out of the country. As of 2015, more than 2.5 million undocumented people had been deported by immigration authorities since President Obama took office in 2009, a total which is record-setting. During the two terms of his predecessor, President George W. Bush, just over 2 million people were deported.

Stating that they are only doing it to criminals is nothing but a manipulative tool designed to get the masses behind this callous and inhumane undertaking, becasue when you say you are doing it to criminals, images of dark and brown men with knives raping and murdering and stealing from the precious white man are conjured up in peoples’ minds and they begin to wonder if maybe there isn’t some value to ridding the country of these dark elements. After all, who wants rapists and sinister criminals in their midst.

But nothing could be further from the truth and the targets of deportation and anti immigrant policy are not the evil people our administration will have you believe.

The only criminals in this country harming Americans aand posing a threat to their health and safety as well as security are Fuehrer Trump and his white supremacist, fascist administration of billionaires and bigots. And dog whistling about minorities, refugees and the poor and scapegoating them is a time honored tradition among authoritarians and charlatans such as him and his administration.

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Boycott Israel and Products Made in Israel

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By buying products made by Israel & Jews (made in Israel or made outside of Israel but directly or indirectly support Israel) you are contributing to their economy hence supporting the massacre and genocide of innocent Palestinians, who are surrounded and are being attacked by Air, sea and land.

A bar code starting with “729” indicates that this product is produced in Israel 729 Israeli Bar Code Association – EAN Israel.This is a modest, simple and effective way to support Palestinianstruggleagainst Israeli occupation and ethnic crimes against humanbeings.Sometimes brands are misleading, a bar code never lies if it carriesthat729

Below is a list of products that are made in Israel & Jews (made in Israel or made outside of Israel but directly or indirectly support Israel) , the information was taken from a website www.boycottisraeligoods.org I will try keeping this list updated as I continue finding products made in Israel and by Jews (made in Israel or made outside of Israel but directly or indirectly support Israel) . If anyone has more information then please comment with reference and I will update this post as soon as.

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The boycott of Israeli products and companies supporting Israel is a peaceful means of putting international pressure on apartheid Israel and follows in the footsteps of the successful boycott against South African apartheid. Help end Palestinian suffering by boycotting Israel today!

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U.S. Congress approves $225M for Israel’s Ethnic Cleansing Ambitions of Gaza and Palestinians

Let me recap for you what has been going on since Israel began “defending” itself against the Hamas continued with its Final Solution of the Palestinians:

At least 1,600 Palestinians, most of whom are children,  have been murdered since the start of hostilities on July 8 when Israel launched its drive to halt militant rocket fire on “its territory” from the coastal enclave by unleashing air and naval bombardments. Tanks and infantry pushed into the territory of 1.8 million people on July 17. Israel has been bombing schools, hospitals and pretty much every erect structure in Gaza, destroying at least 1,500 homes and displacing more than 18,000 people who have nowhere to go, resulting in a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.  One that most of the world doesn’t give a fuck about because the victims are Arabs.

While Israel has been screaming that it is under attack, justifying its atrocities under auspices of defending itself, it has sustained merely about sixty-three casualties, only three of which have been civilians.

I want to point out once again that Israel’s rationale for the atrocities has been that the Hamas have been attacking Israel and that Israel is under some kind of an imminent threat, having therefore no choice but to attack back.

Yet magically, Israel barely sustained any civilian casualties while Palestine sustained more than 1500 civilian casualties, most of whom are children.
In all this time, leaders around the world have basically just stood by letting Israel engage in the casual murder of innocent Palestinians, including our gutless President, because something, something Holocaust, something, something accusations of antisemitism etc.  In fact, the most we have seen coming out of any camp has been obligatory verbal admonishments of Israel’s atrocities.  Nothing really of substance.

Until now, where one Israeli soldier has gone missing, prompting our President to take his balls out of his wife’s purse (or was it the Israeli Lobby’s purse?) to admonish Hamas, stating that they have clearly crossed the line and are to promptly return one of god’s chosen people the soldier or else.

To make sure the Hamas and the world understand how much we value the lives of Israelis over that of Arabs, the U.S. Congress approved a $225 million package to replenish Israel’s missile defenses (you know, from the money we constantly say we don’t have to put into social programs and to feed and insure our poor and hard working middle class folks etc.)

That is because the Israel Defense Forces suspect that 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, was kidnapped and dragged into a Hamas tunnel during a battle that killed two Israeli soldiers. And we all know, while as many Arabs can be sacrificed for Israel’s genocidal ambitions,  the life of an Israeli Jew is of utmost importance and cannot ever be compromised.

At a White House news conference today, Obama reiterated his support for Israel’s right to self-defense (ha!) while urging greater protection for Palestinian civilians (ha ha!! – because, of course he did. It totally makes sense for us to arm Israel to the teeth and at the same time ask, for good measure, that they not use those arms to slaughter Palestinians).

He called for the immediate release of the soldier believed to be captured by Hamas and said it would be hard to put together another cease-fire after a 72-hour humanitarian truce collapsed almost immediately after going into effect Friday morning.

He also cited Iron Dome as a concrete way the U.S. is helping “make sure that Israel is able to protect its citizens.”

Why we do not care that Palestinians should also be able to protect themselves against a peoples who have been erasing them off the map since 1948 is not clear to me.

See what is happening here, America?  Israel slaughters and murders over 1,500 Palestinians, most of whom children and innocent civilians, and no one, including our government,  has done anything about it.

One lousy Israeli soldier is missing and Hamas has crossed a line and we authorize 225 million in US aid to replenish Israel’s defense forces.

Are you still questioning that we are beholden to the Israeli lobby?

The lives of Arabs are clearly worth nothing but one Jew is missing and we have to send over money that we do not have from a deficit that our tax paying middle-class folks are carrying to aide in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

Your tax dollars hard at work and yes I mean you, dear reader because chances are, you are part of the 99% that is paying taxes as I can guarantee you that the wealthy 1%er is not footing this bill here.

So, when the Hamas send out rockets that don’t kill anyone on the Israeli side in order to defend themselves against Israel and its apartheid regime, they are horrible terrorists and anti-semites trying to destroy the Israeli state.  But when Israel sends rockets into Gaza destroying schools and murdering children, it is just the Israeli army doing what comes natural.

israel-palestine_map1Nevermind that the Palestinians are the ones whose land were taken from them, that they are the ones who are subject to ethnic cleaning by Israel for the past sixty+ years,  that they are the ones being currently slaughtered by Israel, let’s still call them and the entities defending them terrorists because doing so makes murdering the people they defend more acceptable.

Of course, it is important to point out that the assertion that the Hamas are terrorists is not something shared by everyone, especially not those living under Israel rule in an apartheid regime. Some view the Hamas as the leaders of an occupied resistance and thus not as terrorists. The difference between legitimate warring entities and terrorists is the difference between winners and losers. You win and have US backing, you are called a legitimate military of a legtimiate state. You lose, your land is taken away, you do not have US backing, the resistance efforts you lead are called terrorism. See how that works?

But, I guess defining Palestinian resistance via the Hamas as terrorism makes the murder of Palestinians more palatable and justifiable, for both Israel and our contemptible leaders  here is the US, including Presdient Barack Obama.

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