Heather Cox Richardson's newsletter for July 16th:
I've not written for quite some time, and while (I'm relieved to say) what I'm going to present is being presented in parts of the mainstream media; nonetheless, it's not said clearly enough in enough places: there are not two equal sides and two equal wrongs in this latest renewal of harsh violence on the Palestinians (they are killed 10 to 1, civilians, women and children as well as armed me): the Israelis began an immoral and utterly illegal evication from their homes in Jerusalem of groups of Palestinians (a repeat of what we've seen for decades in the west bank) on top of the worst attack on a mosque (Al Aqsa) in Jerusalem by Israelis in decades -- this coincides with a parade that the right-wing religious and national Israelis hold every year, this year timed with Ramadan.
Forced evacuations in Jerusalem
I was heartened two nights ago to find that on PBS, a segment with John Yang as interviewer made just the above points before going on to treat the situation more neutrally because since Israel has the enormous and is prepared to use it, you must take into consideration their justifications and their obvious real aims. They are also going to use the situation (as Hamas and the Arabs naturally fling back these rockets which do little damage in comparison with how they are used as a propaganda against the Palestinians) to again inflict death, pain, destruction on Gaza, which is still under an embargo and is an open air prison. The shamelessness of the Israelis for not sharing their huge supply of vaccines with these Palestinian people (except those who cross the border, check point into Israel proper0 tells you what the Israeli gov't wishes would happen to them.
Israel police storm Al Aqsa and people inside flee
Then, as Youssef Unayyer writes in The Nation, it is essential to understand how we arrived at this moment:
I leave my reader to read on at the Nation.
In several day sequence, Amy Goodman in DemocracyNow has been dealing with this for days. These are series of videos and transcripts:
May 11, 2021
Israel kills dozens in Gaza while imposing "Constant War" on Palestinian residents in Jerusalem:
Reality of Palestinian life under Israeli rule:
"The scene is horrific:" Gazans trapped as Israel escalates bombing, killing dozens in the territory:
Palestinians faced brutal attacks inside Israel:
It is a historic uprising against Israel control from the river to the sea:
Gaza from above during a lull
A woman and her children fleeing the scene today
" ... party leaders appear to be lining up behind Trump and the big lie that Biden stole the election, entrenching them as a hostile opposition rather than giving them any room to work with Democrats to move the country forward. They are devoting their energies for the future primarily to voter suppression. Studies of Republican voters suggest that they continue to support former President Trump and are turning against anyone who accepts Biden’s victory as legitimate. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) popularity has dropped 29 points among Kentucky Republicans since he broke with Trump. Republicans appear to be solidifying their identity with the former president, at the state level, at least ..."
On Voter Suppression read Ari Berman: Republicans are taking voter suppression to new extremes
e.g., According to a new analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice, 253 bills to restrict voting access have been introduced in 43 states already this year. Georgia is ground zero for the GOP’s escalating war on voting, targeting the voting methods that were used most by Democratic voters in 2020 and which contributed to flipping the state blue and electing two Democratic senators.
On Tuesday, Georgia’s Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan introduced a bill repealing no-excuse absentee voting, which 1.3 million Georgians used in 2020, including 450,000 Republicans
The pandemic has crippled the nation’s economy, and a new The Economist/YouGov poll reveals that 66% of Americans said they support Biden’s $1.9 billion American Rescue Plan; 25% of Americans said they oppose it. This means it is the most popular piece of legislation since the 2007 minimum wage hike. Also popular is the proposed $15 minimum wage hike, which is supported by 56% of Americans and opposed by 38%, making it more popular than anything former president Trump did while in office. More than 150 of the nation’s business leaders are now backing the rescue plan, saying it is necessary for “a strong, durable recovery.” And yet, Republicans are, so far, united against the proposal.
See my previous blog: Campaign for a National Popular Vote
Democrats and party members are working against the Republicans with now a POTUS at their head. They have 57 proposals out, he is working to replace all empty judgeships with fair decent and yes (one must) democratic leaning judges. But it's not enough with the crazed passions and determination of fascism, bigotry (hatred and fear of non-whites and immigrants) and the billions available to corporations who have been growing exponentially since Reagan upended the older fairer (but not truly progressive) tax system.