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Numerous groups within Jewish communities are working together to challenge Islamophobia -- from the Muslim ban to attacks on mosques and in the streets. Community efforts abound. For many Jews, standing in solidarity with Muslims is new. Some Jews and Jewish groups have been building partnerships for years with Muslim and other targeted groups, which have been tirelessly leading efforts against Islamophobia and racism. At the same time, many Jewish organizations -- including those speaking out against Islamophobia -- have also participated in furthering Islamophobia and racism.
Once again, President Donald Trump has declared that the media is "the enemy of the American people," most recently in a speech at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference. "It is more Nixonian than Nixon," exclaimed former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean while speaking with Amy Goodman to discuss Trump's relationship with the press. The big difference was that President Nixon only "did those things behind closed doors."
On May 19, 1992, I shot and killed Tecle Ghebremichaele and injured Efrem Isak. I was 14 years old. As I awaited trial, Anthony Powers sat in a juvenile detention center hundreds of miles away for committing a misdemeanor assault. A counselor showed him an article written about me and told Anthony, "You're going to end up just like this guy if you keep doing what you're doing." The 15 year-old just smiled, rolled his eyes, then read the article out of curiosity. In it, he learned that I might never be released.
The rules for building a successful movement are simple: mobilize your supporters, and neutralize your opposition. The challenge lies in making that happen. Fortunately, Donald Trump has helped tremendously with the first step. His "Muslim ban," his targeting of Latinos for deportation, his attacks on women and the environment, to pick a few, have brought millions out into the streets. Those predisposed to dislike Trump are digging trenches for the long battles to come. But it is not enough to mobilize one's base. A successful movement must also divide and demobilize the opposition.
Before making their home in Damascus, Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak had regularly visited Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, where they developed lasting friendships and deepened cultural awareness. Iraq was steadily deteriorating under thirteen years of US/UN imposed economic sanctions. Despite iron clad determination by US policy makers to isolate Iraq, Gabe and Theresa repeatedly challenged the economic sanctions by carrying medicines and medical relief supplies to Iraqi children, families and hospitals.
In light of recent executive orders by the Trump administration, it is essential universities both secular and religious open a dialogue and stand with refugee, immigrant and undocumented communities and discuss becoming a sanctuary campus. I am not a theologian nor am I a Catholic, however, I have worked, studied and taught at a Jesuit university for 10 years. I am inspired by Catholic social teaching, and as mentioned by Catholic and legal scholar Michael Scaperlanda, "Ideas expressed in Catholic social doctrine are objectively available to all of us independent of our own faith or non-faith traditions."
Constituting a form of collective punishment, sieges and blockades targeted at civilian populations are effectively prohibited under international humanitarian law. In recent times, and very rightly, Bashar Al-Assad's inhumane tactic of siege, bombardment and starvation that his regime has regularly employed to break the will of defiant populations in Syria has been a subject of fierce criticism.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, has been universally hailed as a major breakthrough in the fight against HIV/AIDS, yet many argue that this medication is far from a panacea, considering that in the US, one in every two Black men who engage in sex with men will become HIV positive. The reasons so many Black men are affected are manifold, and include economic challenges, a lack of access to health care and the stigma which is often associated with a HIV diagnosis.
The early weeks of the Trump administration have shown a leadership style based on confrontation, intimidation and authoritarian decision-making. Donald Trump as president has made no attempt to temper his impulsive, self-centered and bombastic character traits. He has made no attempt to promote national unity, choosing instead to promote Islamophobia, coddle white supremacists and ignore growing anti-Semitism.
In a series of ill-executed maneuvers, Donald Trump began his presidency by opening fire on the innocenti. Among the president's unprecedented flurry of executive orders is one that alarmed the international community, titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." Known as the "Muslim ban," the executive order targeted Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen -- seven majority-Muslim countries.