Israel’s discriminatory Law of Return gives all Jews the right to move to Israel & claim Israeli citizenship within three months of arrival. The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) being debated in the Indian Parliament excludes Muslims but makes Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, & Christian undocumented immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh & Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship & would shorten the residency requirement for citizenship
Ashfaque EJ, who pointed out the analogy, said “CAB resembles the Law of Return. So India is on the verge of becoming a Hindu Israel, not a Hindu Pakistan.”
Tomorrow, Trump will sign an executive order defining Judaism as a nationality & not just a religion. It sounds foolish since most people consider it an ethnicity but his malignant purpose is to trigger a section of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 barring schools that receive federal funding from discriminating on the basis of race, color, or nationality. Federal funding can be withheld for any school or educational program that discriminates but the Civil Rights Act does not incorporate discrimination on the basis of religion. Where he’s headed with this order is to attack BDS on college campuses using the charge of anti-Semitism as anti-Jewish nationality.
Once again, the attacks on BDS inextricably link the Palestinian struggle to attacks on the Bill of Rights, the only section of the US Constitution worth respecting.
Aung San Suu Kyi & the Burmese legal team at the International Court of Justice at the Hague are here listening to the charges against them in the 2017 “clearance operations” involving “rapes, knifings, children thrown to the ground or burned alive.” Suu Kyi is heading up Burma’s defense team & it has been said that this will forever link the Nobel Peace Prize winner to genocide against the Rohingya people.
(Photo tweeted by John Reed, South-East Asia correspondent for Financial Times who is covering the hearings)
The Gambia, Africa lawsuit filed at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) charging Burma with genocide against the Rohingya begins today. In three days of hearings before a 16-member panel of UN judges, the lawsuit asks the ICJ to impose “provisional measures” to protect the Rohingya before the case can be heard. Aung San Suu Kyi will be heading up Burma’s legal team & is expected to deny the genocide & challenge Gambia’s legal right to pursue the case. Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh will be unable to watch the proceedings because the Bangladeshi government imposed a mobile phone & internet blackout on the refugee camps.
December 10th is UN-declared Human Rights Day & the 128th day of the complete lockdown of Kashmir. Demand the immediate release of all political prisoners & the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all Indian troops from Kashmir.
We would ask Assad propagandists & their cult followers to explain Syria’s support for China’s genocide against Uyghur Muslims but most of them outright deny any genocide is going on & call it a ‘US regime-change operation’ hoax. Just as most of them denied the Rohingya genocide. The utter hypocrisy of the US Congress in condemning the genocide is not to be taken seriously because of its murderous wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia & its interventions elsewhere. The purpose of the condemnation is the realpolitik of diplomacy against China.
“Today, my mother was brought for a court hearing by Indian authorities. Court hearings are special for Kashmiri families, not because you expect your loved ones to be released but this is the only time when you see their faces, not through the bars of prison. However, as my uncle went to visit my mother today, and tried to hug her, the policeman held him back, saying it is “not allowed”. For how long will these strangers decide how we meet our own families? Not for long. Not for long.”
–Ahmed Bin Qasim whose mother & father are both political prisoners & whose family home was confiscated
“History shall surely record that when the fascist-brahminical RSS was disenfranchising and completely disempowering Muslims in India, Indian liberals and leftists were cursing Pakistan and demonizing Jinnah.”
Speaking of the “Israeli model” for colonial occupation, India has barred Friday prayers in the Grand Mosque (Jamia Masjid) in Srinagar during the four months of the siege & lockdown just as Israel has long barred boys & men from praying in Al Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem. They are denied access by the apartheid walls or forced to pray in the streets. Actually, the forced closing down for Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid goes back months before the current siege, especially after the 2016 uprising against occupation. The Indian Army has also vandalized many other mosques. India’s plans to Hinduize & economically exploit Kashmir go back a long way.