Charlie Hebdo tragedy ends in farce

CH march (CNN screen shot) Jan 11 2015

Perhaps it’s fitting that what began as tragedy ends up as farce in the official French tribute to Charlie Hebdo. After all, if we’ve learned nothing else from this massacre, it is that you can play anything for a laugh.

It’s customary that US antiwar protests are led off by antiwar veterans because of the moral authority they have on the barbarity of war. So it’s disconcerting to see a political rally led off by war criminals. It’s disturbing to see them lead a march for free speech when they send riot cops with tear gas, grenades, water cannons, rubber bullets against unarmed protesters in their own countries. Will the Russian foreign minister go back to Putin now & argue against repression? Will they stop incarcerating dissidents? Will France stop banning Palestinian solidarity rallies? Will Eric Holder come back & have a chat with Obama about pulling SWAT teams out of the Black community? And will the US now rethink that surveillance system that monitors our every email & FB post?

It’s not an accident Netanyahu is center stage in this criminal line-up. Israel’s murderous siege on Gaza discredited the Exodus myth so carefully cultivated for 66 years & that jeopardizes neoliberal capitalism’s plans for the Middle East. This is rehab mode, street theater, farce. It is also an act of aggression against Muslims.

In response, we continue to build the economic & cultural boycott (BDS) of Israel; we continue to demand US-NATO get the hell out of Afghanistan & Iraq; we demand civil liberties to march for those demands without being attacked by riot cops.

(Photo is screen shot from CNN video)

Zionism and Islamophobia redefine satire

It’s reported that power in Gaza is on only four hours a day. Thousands remain homeless in a brutal winter. Three babies & one man recently froze to death. Gazan resident, Haidar Eid calls this “slow motion genocide.”

Palestinian cartoonist¬†¬†Mohammad Saba’aneh was jailed in 2013 by Israel for drawing cartoons they thought were about Hamas.
But Netanyahu will be in Paris today denouncing the barbarism of the CH massacre.

Does sarcasm get better than that!? But of course, Zionists & Islamophobes are redefining satire so that it’s indistinguishable from racism. Slap a smiley face on hate & you can get away with murder. It’s getting so you don’t know when to laugh & when to cry.

Build the economic & cultural boycott of Israel! Demand they lift the siege of Gaza.