Why Did Islamic Society of North America Promote Travel to Occupied Palestine? #BDS

لا-للتطبيعI’ve previously written about USA Muslim responses to Zionist atrocities in Palestine and surrounding lands. I don’t understand why some USA Muslims want to pretend that their being Muslims gives them some privilege to discuss anything related to Palestinians, especially when they fail to acknowledge Palestinians’ struggle for restoration of their rights.

The publication in the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) November/December 2018 issue of Islamic Horizons of an article promoting Muslim tourism in occupied Palestine was an especially terrible example of this. Continue reading

A Palestinian’s Land is More Valuable to Me Than al-Masjid al-Aqsa

image-adapt-960-high-palestinian_refugees_01aIn the wake of the United States’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Israel, I heard yet another Friday sermon on the centrality of Jerusalem and al-Masjid al-Aqsa to Muslims’ religious practice. In fact, every time Israel commits some atrocity towards the Palestinians and Lebanese, such as its 1982 and 2006 invasions of Lebanon, its using its Apartheid Wall to seize more land from Palestinians in the West Bank or its election-cycle timed massacres in Gaza, I hear some sermon like today’s. I’m sure the preacher thinks that he is exhorting Muslims to support the Palestinians, and I don’t criticize that motive. Continue reading

Cigarettes Are Best Image of End of USA Trade Embargo with Vietnam

At minute 95:37 of Episode 10 of the PBS Vietnam War series, I captured this screenshot:

USA cigarettes E10-9537

The preceding narration was:

In 1994, after the Vietnamese met the Americans’ demand, the United States lifted its trade embargo. Full normalization came the following year.

I hope the Vietnamese got something more than USA cancer sticks.

I’ve written several blog entries about the Burns & Novick PBS documentary The Vietnam War. I’ve also tweeted about it.