Politics

Donald Trump’s inflammatory statements about illegal immigrants caused outrage nationwide. Miss Universe and Miss United States responded by saying they wanted to cut ties with Trump.

Macey’s actually did cut ties with Trump.

However, it didn’t seem to affect very much, as he still surged ahead in the polls. It wasn’t until Trump attacked John McCain that things went too far for most Americans.

McCain served in the Vietnam War, where according to the Huffington Post, he spent 5 years as a prisoner of war. Trump meanwhile got out of serving based on a questionable medical deferment.

When Trump said that McCain wasn’t a war hero, then that he was a hero only because he got captured, he sparked controversy and outrage.

Yet, Trump still seems to be leading in the polls. This makes one wonder just how much Americans actually cared about his comments.

For many, it was an outrage.

McCain said that Trump owed veterans and families of veterans an apology. Trump, naturally, has chosen to ignore that request.

The question remains to be seen which group Trump will offend next. 

(0 Comments)

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?

(0 Comments)

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.

1
(0 Comments)
8
(0 Comments)

In 2008, the most disgusting thing I heard about Obama is his percentage of race—his "Blackness," that is! For the first time, I heard that you can be Black to a certain percentage. Who knew? Since his mother was Caucasian, some people were trying to define him part White, part Black in terms of a percentage.

8
(0 Comments)

After nine years, the US troops leave Iraq. This is not just an end of a war; to some people, this is also a hope that the US will think twice, before it goes into another war. No war is wanted, but some are justified more than the others. It may sound childish, but war is unavoidable sometimes. When Iraq occupied Kuwait, the US fought Iraq for justified reason. At that time, most of the world also supported the US.

4
1
(0 Comments)