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Gibran on immigrants and more, by Mazin Qumsiyeh

Two western governments (England and Israel) have leadership supportingthe Trump administration in a partisan way. This is now a "specialrelationship" not between countries but between the moneyed interestsof ultra-right fascist ideologues. The real question is what will theUS "Democratic" Party in the US do. Its old strategy of providing amilder version of moneyed interests has failed. You cannot be a "nicecorporatist" especially when corporations and moneyed interests got somuch more powerful under your administration (8 years of the Obamarule). They got powerful and they do not need you any more. Rule byproxy for billionaires is not necessary when you can rule directly.The lesson will be that the majority of the people (the 99%) do nothave the luxury of playing with the rules of the corporations (dog eatdog world). Their best bet is to challenge the racism, thedivisiveness, the moneyed interests. If this lesson is not yet learnedfrom the loss of power by the democratic party and its dwindlingsupport, it should have been learned from the rise of Nazism andFascism in Italy and Germany in the 1930s, from the rise of Likud andthe "Jewish home" parties at the expense of labor Zionism in "Israel",from the rise of Sisi in Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood made themistake of maintaining close ties with the US, the rise of right wingpopulism in several European countries after their center left partiesfailed to challenge moneyed interests etc. History offer many lessonsand few seem to want to learn them. Meanwhile, the first US militaryoperation in Yemen killed a few ISIL members as well as 15 women andchildren (one eight year old girl) and one US Navy SEAL William Owens.The pace of killing under Trump looks on pace to be similar to thatunder Obama. The only difference will be in the racist andIslamophobic rhetoric which is surely to alienate hundreds of millionsof Muslims and thus strengthen terrorism. The self-fulfillingHuntington’s “clash of civilization” is forced down our throats. Thishas always been the Zionist plan and it is the only way the failingZionist idea can have a few more years (but then end badly).Israeli forces raid and ransack Palestinian publishing house: In sixmonths, Israeli forces have raided seven Palestinian-owned publishinghouses Do Israel’s Tech Firms Do Business in Saudi Arabia? Very Quietly:Good deals (and plausible deniability) make good neighbors sue Trump adviser, Netanyahu for terrorism's evacuation is no victory[This article is too kind to the Israeli fascist state. A show ofevalcuation of a handful of setters was a nice PR stunt done on thesame week as Israeli authorities approved thousands of building unitsfor illegal Israeli settlers in addition to giving those thievesevacuated from “Amona” stole land in return for their nice dramatheater. And Trump gave that green light to build. In a way I thinkthis is better as this may force those kicking the dead horse of e twostate solution (actually long turned into bones).]Eye on Trump’s America: Police Raid Standing Rock Camp, DismantleTipis and Are Burning What Remains[Trump was a nastly bullying businessman who cared only about moneyand his actions caused economic and psychological damage to people.But now that he is president, his actions cause home demolitions, warcrimes, and crimes against humanity. Even if we can reduce them to theUS drone strike on Yemen that killed an 8 year old girl, that isenough to make him a murderer]Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran wrote the following poem to hisArab American compatriots, the majority of whom came at time from theland known as "Greater Syria" which involved the present Syria,Lebanon, and a part of Palestine.I believe in you, and I believe in your destiny.I believe that you are contributors to this new civilization.I believe that you have inherited from your forefathers an ancientdream, a song, a prophecy, which you can proudly lay as a gift ofgratitude upon the lap of America.I believe that you can say to the founders of this great nation, "HereI am, a youth... a young tree whose roots were plucked from the hillsof Syria, but now, I am deeply rooted here, and I would be fruitful."And I believe that you can say to Abraham Lincoln, the blessed, "Jesusof Nazareth touched your lips when you spoke, and guided your handwhen you wrote; and I shall uphold all that you have said and all thatyou have written."I believe that even as your fathers came to this land to produceriches, you were born to produce riches by intelligence and labor.I believe that it is in you to be good American citizens.And what is it to be a good citizen?It is to acknowledge the other person's rights before asserting yourown, but always to be conscious of your own.It is to be free in word and deed, but it is also to know that yourfreedom is subject to the other person's freedom.It is to produce by labor and only by labor, and to spend less thanyou have produced that your children may not be dependent upon thestate for support when you are no more.It is to stand before the towers of New York and Washington, Chicagoand San Francisco saying in your hearts, "I am the descendent of apeople builded Damascus and Byblos, and Tyre and Sidon and Antioch,and I am here to build with you, and with a will."It is to be proud of being an American, but it is also to be proudthat your fathers and mothers came from a land upon which God laid Hisgracious hand and raised His messengers.Young Americans of Syrian origin, I believe in you.Kahlil GibranNew YorkJuly 1926_______________________________________________HumanRights newsletter