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Deepa Kumar – It’s Not Just Hate Crimes: Islamophobia Is the Outgrowth of a Deeply Racist System

2015 was a horrific year for Muslims. Even CNN [3] noted that it “has been one of the most intensely anti-Muslim periods in American history.” The previous highpoint was 2010 during the so-called Ground Zero Mosque controversy when there were 53 attacks on mosques. In 2015 there were 63 incidents. What explains the rise of anti-Muslim racism almost a decade-and-a-half after the events …

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Anthony Bellchambers – Ten Facts Everyone Needs To Know About Israel

1. Out of the 14.2 million Jewish people in the world, (in 2016), only a minority of 43% reside in Israel. 2. Whilst 75% of Israelis are Jewish, 21% are indigenous Arabs with restricted civil rights. 3. Israel has the highest birth rate in the developed world, with an average of 3 children per woman. 4. The Netanyahu government now …

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Justin Gardner – U.S. Police Routinely Travel to Israel to Learn Methods of Brutalityand Repression

When McKinney, TX police officer David Eric Casebolt brutally took down a teenage girl at a pool party in June, he was using a form of martial arts called Krav Maga in which he trained exclusively. These combat techniques were developed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). This is a small reflection of a larger reality that exists in U.S. …

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Nadia Prupis – In Passionate Letter to Congress, Hundreds of Rabbis Endorse Iran Deal

More than 300 rabbis “from all streams of Judaism” on Monday sent a letter to all lawmakers in U.S. Congress urging them to approve the historic nuclear deal with Iran, calling it “the best arrangement possible given current international realities.” “As rabbis, we support the agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran– The …