For almost a half a century, Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories occupied during the Six Day War have grown, imposing a two-tiered system—one that not only discriminates against Palestinians, but deprives them of basic rights and adversely impacts their society’s economic viability.
On Jan. 11, Gynnya McMillen, 16, was found unresponsive at the Lincoln Valley Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, Ky. and, state and local officials have been tight-lipped as to what may have caused the teen’s death.
It isn’t often that I take what is said in a fortune cookie seriously. This one caught my eye because it actually does contain more than a little wisdom. Perhaps whomever is responsible for writing these things has actually been paying attention to the world around them recently.
Discontent arises from frustration and anger at things as they are. When Justice is denied, as in the cases of Trayvon Martin, and Mike Brown, and Eric Garner, and countless others then there is going to be a reaction. When the system responds by persecuting and harassing those who have spoken out, the Moment of Truth arrives. If the discontent were not genuine, then those protesting it would fade away. We all know that the media in this country are in bed with the big corporate interests, and the stories of protest are always framed to present the protestors in a negative light.