You stand all alone,
while the light is blocked out...
The shadows are forming,
and yet you stand firm.
What will you see,
when the darkness is rising?
There is no one to help,
in the deep, in the dark.
Look out to your left,
where the black night is deepest.
I see there a phantom -
the first of a legion.
They have sumnmoned the darkness,
They have brought it upon us!
In the gathering darkness,
who will you look to?
In the deepening shadows,
what will you see?
Is there anyone there?
This July, according to The Algemeiner, the right-wing group the English Defence League is going to be organising a rally in the primarily Jewish neighbourhood of Golders Green in London.
The rally, which is advertising the burning of a copy of the Talmud (Jewish oral law) and some Israeli flags - though the flags will be dismembered by hand, "which apparently sidesteps the legal complications of burning national flags." which is a fairly handy way of ensuring your bigotry stays on the right side of the law, really - is ostensibly to protest the actions of Israel and to call for it to be treated as a state which has been party to war crimes.
Another reason for the rally will be to protest the presence of the Shomrim in the neighbourhood, since to the EDL it implies that the presence of police are not enough.
The Shomrim are Jewish civilian patrols who specifically focus on and attempt to stop specifically anti-Semitic violence, which is unfortunately no small problem, particularly in a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood. It's important to note that these patrols are not only ratified by the police, but also trained by them, a fact which the EDL either doesn't know (or more likely) doesn't care to know.
The banner for this protest reads "This is London, not Tel Aviv". While that is true, it demonstrates the fundamental problem with the EDl's approach to this topic. While it is easy to say that hate doesn't need or want to make sense, more people than would first be apparent confuse Israel's government with its official religion, and this is a mistake.
Much of Israel's judicial system is influenced by Jewish law and tradition, the country is itself a secular democracy, with the branch of government which keeps the judicial branch of government entirely separate from the branches which deal with other matters.
It is true that special preference is given to the Jewish religion (Israel is a specifically Jewish state, after all), but this does not mean we should conflate Israeli politics with said religion. It is perhaps as a result of the increasing willingness of the international community to see religion and politics as one and the same when it comes to Israel that is leading more and more Israeli's to push for an entirely secular state, though whether or not that tactic would work (see also: separation of church and state in the U.S.) is debatable, since the damage has already been done.
Simply put, the EDL's actions only show their own bigotry and hatred. And as an aside, their staging of an anti-semitic rally in a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood will only prove to people that the Shomrim is needed.
In a wonderful follow-up to my previous article,a planned EDL rally in the predominantly Jewish neighbourhood of Golders Green has been banned.
The anti-Semitic demonstration, which was to feature burnings of the Talmud (Jewish oral law*) and an Israeli flag, was banned from Golders Green and "will instead take place in Whitehall for just one hour" according to an article written on the website 'Hope not Hate' on 30/06/15.
In addition to the EDL being blocked from parading their hate (not to mention their lack of understanding), when they reached Whitehall, they were met with a (much larger) anti-Fascism demonstration, who shouted down the EDL through their speeches, and necessitated a police line to keep the two demonstrations apart.
The anti-Fascist demonstration shouted down the EDL who were attempting to make speeches from behind the police line, and "who targeted them with chants of: “Nazi scum – off our streets”", while Golders Green itself saw a huge multi-faith gathering in Golders Green in an attempt to utilise the community spirit which still exists there for the purpose of blocking the EDL rally.
*The Guardian includes the information that the EDL were not going to do this in public, but instead do it in private and then share the video online. Because doing these things in public will get you arrested. Lovely when people can parade their hate while hiding behind the law, isn't it?
John Russell Houser shot 11 people in a theatre in Lafayette on July 23, 2015 during the film "Trainwreck."
According to CNN, Houser was a recent law school graduate who suffered from mental illnesses. After the shootings, he then turned on himself and shot himself in the head.
This shooting has turned people's attention back to the fateful night of the Aurora, Colorado shooting three years ago, where shooter James Holmes opened fire, injuring hundreds of people.
Instances like these are causing people to deeply question gun reform in the United States and who should be allowed to get guns.
Like Holmes, there is evidence to suggest Houser's attack was not a spontaneous act, but rather, a planned out one. Holmes left 12 dead; Houser left two dead and injured 11 people.
While no official statement has been made, people wonder if the recent sentencing in the Holmes' case was merely a coincidence or a push for action.
According to a BBC article, Britishims are invading American English. Have any of these words snuck into your vocab?
Apparently the word "cheeky" comes from Britain and has snuck its way into American’s speech.
Another one is using cheers to say goodbye.
The use of the word “flat” for apartment is apparently another British term that has snuck its way into American English.
Used the word “loo” lately? This word for “bathroom is another Britishism that has snuck into American vernacular.
Oftentimes, people think of Americanism spreading, but rarely do people think about how Britain influences America. The amount of magazines that have Kate Middleton’s face on them ought to be an indication at the very least. When it comes down to language, royalty, and looks, there’s evidence that America looks to Britain, for at least one of its sources.