The moral blind spots of Nobel Peace Prize winners Obama, Elie Wiesel, and Ayung San Suu Kyi are a reminder that we have to keep each other accountable, even the most noble and beautiful of us. We have to insist that we practice moral constancy, and shine the light on those moral blind spots.
Articles tagged “palestine”
Today we pause to recall the loss of Edward Said, a giant intellectual presence who passed away 10 years ago today. He remained committed that there is something ultimately redemptive about a face-to-face encounter of human beings with one another, and remained a steadfast voice of opposition to Empire.
Horrific accounts are emerging from a chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus (Syria) which if true would mark one of the worst chemical weapon assaults since Saddam Hussein’s assault in 1983.
President Obama poetically stated: “No wall can stand against the yearning of justice,”
Mr. President, tear down all these walls.
Mr. President, tear down the segregation wall in Palestine/Israel.
Mr. President, tear down the wall along the American-Mexico border.
Mr. President, tear down these walls.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon, President Obama stated: “Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.”
Mr. President, I wonder if you realize how right you are.
Mr. President, I wonder if you realize what that means when we are the ones dropping bombs on civilians in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Pakistan.
Words like martyr are used all too loosely these days. If there ever was one, Rachel was a martyr for justice and human dignity in Palestine/Israel. And as hard as it is to state this publicly, Rachel’s blood is on our hands for having supported the Israelis’ brutal occupation of Palestine.
We in America saw the moral shortcoming of segregated lunch counters, segregated buses and segregated schools.
In Israel, there are still segregated roads, segregated housing, segregated sidewalks, segregated…