How is it that US citizens, including elected officials, do not have the right to speak about US policy that supports sending billions of US taxpayers’ dollars to support a country that routinely practices apartheid, Jim Crow-type racial and ethnic preference, systematic land theft, and genocide? Instead of spending money on thinning out an unwanted population of low-income people overseas, the US should re-direct the funds to help its own citizens survive and succeed.
“BERLIN — In front of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, 10,000 people rallied in solidarity with Israel. Major political parties backed the event. In a rousing speech, Germany’s president heralded a national responsibility to ‘protect Jewish life.’
“A few blocks away, officers in riot gear moved in on a much smaller gathering, where demonstrators defying a protest ban waved Palestinian flags. Some attendees were led away, their hands bound. Others scattered, venting in rage.
“‘Everyone has the right to grieve,’ said Rabea, a 28-year-old woman with family in the Gaza Strip who agreed to be identified only by her first name as the banned protest dispersed on Sunday. ‘Everyone has the right to tell their story.'”