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This was a real "coup" by right-wing Council member Mike Fagan and, I'm told, Valley politician the odious Matt Shea. Closely held information, last minute addition to the agenda, prior notices to the Republican Party and other right-wing organizations and media, that sadly, people with humanitarian impulses cannot stomach - thus catching ordinary people off guard.
It was quite disturbing to hear such fear-mongering. We heard that "terrorists are streaming across the southern border", they are coming to kidnap our daughters to sell them into slavery to work in Nike factories and "traffic us" (I kid you not - listen to the video, especially the last speaker), that it's "illegal aliens" who have committed all the heinous crimes here.
The racism and ignorance were absolutely pitiful to hear. And now we have to make sure the people of Spokane have real information about the role of immigrants, documented and un-documented, in our country and our lives.
If you think my words are misleading, you really need to read outside your Zionist comfort zone. Try reading Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Ilan Pape, a Jewish former Israeli, or Miko Peled, also a Jewish former Israeli and son of Israel's hero General Matti Peled. The list is long - force yourself.
I've moved from being a strong supporter of Israel to someone who recognizes the racism and cruelty through which that state was born and continues, simply by reading outside my comfort zone. Try it - you won't like it, but you will be forever grateful you finally opened your eyes.
muddydog, you say "… disabuse you of the fantasy that the PLO, Hamas, or Hezbollah are noble organizations. They are violent, hateful and racist, and have hurt many more innocents than the Israelis."
Facts would help your argument. Well, actually, facts would defeat your argument. I won't even get into a pissing match about how many Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israel's army compared to the number of Israelis killed by PLO, Hamas or Hezbollah (though Hezbollah is NOT, by the way, a Palestinian organization - again, you need some facts), for the number of Palestinian dead at Israel's hands compared to Israeli dead is so asymmetrical.
I WILL remind you that the Irgun, Lehi, Palmach and Haganah were violent, hateful and racist, and their leaders and members went on to be Prime Ministers and Presidents of Israel - Shamir, Begin, Meier, Allon, Ben Gurion, Sharon, Rabin - celebrated for their terrorism and hatred in the name of establishing a Jewish state.
So I guess for you, it just depends on which "side" they're all on?
Rafairfax and muddy dog are the ones who need to read more history, and try reading outside your zionist comfort zone. You'll learn what the rest of the world knows: that Israel's racism and cruelty are no longer tolerable, and the rest of the world does not consider a "democracy for Jews" to be what you call a "true democracy".
The Arab League has offered peace initiatives, the PLO and the even the illegitimate Palestine Authority have attempted to talk seriously with Israel to end the suffering. Israel's policy, since its inception, is that there will be no Palestinian state, regardless the statements of its elected politicians, and their actions have proven that intent.
The racist nature of the state of Israel - a state not for its citizens, but for only 80% of them - will not stand much longer. No one is going to harm Jewish people living there; it will simply stop being a "Jewish state". It's long past time for us all to realize that a state for one kind of people cannot be democratic, or humane, or acceptable.
Thank you Taylor, for this excellent piece.
Indeed, muddy dog, the police guild is complicit if not directly to blame for almost everything that is wrong in the Spokane Police Department. The investigations into all the killings and beatings have made that clear, as has the struggle for civilian oversight. But the City also bears heavy responsibility for the absurdity of settling huge sums of money on police who have been fired for criminal acts.It would be good if City Council members and other "insiders" would gather the courage to speak about this in public. As a near-rabid union supporter, I never though I´d hear myself say this, but the Police Guild needs to be busted.
Stunning! Once again, the City shows the way to a wonderful retirement plan! Shoot someone, beat someone, threaten to kill someone, as a serving officer of the Spokane Police Department, and you, too, can end up with any variation of a three-year vacation with pay and anywhere between $200,000 and $370,000 cash in your hand!How many times has this happened now? Four in the last 6 years? What on earth is the matter with this City administration??????????
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