Anti-racism among footballers, Jews, worldwide

This 4 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Police Arrest Kneeling Protester for Giving Speech | NowThis

In US news and current events today, one of the most iconic and disturbing moments to come out of the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality after the killing of George Floyd occured in Charleston, South Carolina, when 23-year-old Givionne ‘Gee’ Jordan Jr. was arrested by police for giving an impassioned plea for peace and unity.

Every peaceful protester arrested may be an affront to the 1st Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech from the Government. The George Floyd protests have shined a spotlight on police brutality and police violence, and this example is one of the most chilling ever recorded of a peaceful protest being shut down by police overreach. BLM protests continue across the nation, while the ACLU has pledged to investigate the case of Mr. Jordan and other peaceful protesters and journalists who have been attacked by police.

Today, Dutch NOS radio reports that Denzel Dumfries, footballer of PSV Eindhoven, will train separately from his teammates for the time being.

That is an anti-coronavirus precautionary measure. It is because Dumfries yesterday was one of thousands of demonstrators in Rotterdam city against the murder of George Floyd and other racism. The demonstration was near the Erasmus bridge, where it was expected that there would be enough space for spatial distancing. Still, so many more people came than expected, that for some demonstrators keeping one meter and half distance became impossible. That did not happen to Dumfries. Still, as a precaution, he will now train separately.

Not only Dumfries, also Memphis Depay, Dutch player in French football club Lyon, was at the Rotterdam demonstration. Two days earlier, he had also been at a big demonstration in Amsterdam.

What happened at that Amsterdam demonstration? It was organised by two small organisations, an anti-blackface movement and an organisation of African Dutch transgender people. Both used to less than 100 people coming to their events. On Facebook, 300 people said that they intended to come. But often, people on Facebook say they will come, and then they don’t come. Police estimated about 250 people would join the anti-racism demonstration on Dam square.

The organisers painted signs on the Dam square to enable spatial distancing.

Amsterdam George Floyd demonstation, ANP photo

The Dam square is big enough for thousands of demonstrators. However, very many more people joined the protest than the organisers and the police expected; as this ANP photo shows. So, spatial distancing became impossible. And both the Dam square and the streets around it became crowded.

UPDATE, 18 June 2020: So far, only one person present at the Dam demonstration is known to have coronavirus. It is not known where the infection of that person happened.

Today, Amsterdam municipality has decided that during the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no more demonstrations on the Dam. Demonstrators will go to the much bigger Museumplein square.

After Amsterdam, there were also anti-racist protests with thousands of participants in Groningen and The Hague. There, there was enough space for everyone to safely adhere to anti-COVID-19 measures.

Translated from NOS radio:

“I see what is happening in the world and what is happening in the Netherlands,” said Depay on Wednesday evening in the television program Beau about his presence at the protests against racism. “I experienced it from an early age. I thought it was my duty to stand there.”

Depay also said that he personally still faces racism. “Recently I was called banana picker. It is not said face-to-face, but on the internet.”

Jewish antifa

This ‘Antifa’ group was also Zionist, pro-Palestinian and Yiddish-speaking — and it’s trending.

Your top 9 Yiddish antifa anthems: a revolutionary playlist.

Rumor that a Los Angeles Chabad [Hasidic Jewish religious orgamisation] is fueling Antifa gets spread by White House.

Jewish history shows the consequences of tolerating police brutality.

A history of anti-fascism: here.

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  3. When Joel Feingold, a housing-rights organizer and editor, was arrested for breaking curfew June 3 outside his Brooklyn home, he expected to be interviewed by cops, as he had been a part of the anti-police racism and brutality protests for most of that day. What he didn’t expect at the 78th Precinct was to be interviewed by a federal agent about his political beliefs.

    The questions about the politics of the protest movement were chilling. Eventually, they told Feingold they just wanted him to help them find out who was “hijacking” the movement. Feingold said nothing. “It had a serious authoritarian feel,” he told me in a phone interview. “Having a federal agent asking about the politics of the situation felt authoritarian. This is further evidence of the deepening authoritarianism and flirtation with fascism of this government.”

    Feingold isn’t alone. As activist attorneys have reported, local and federation agents have interrogated several arrested protesters about their political inclinations, including what their stance is towards anti-fascism.

    The police interest in anti-fascism isn’t academic. It’s in lockstep with the narrative being pushed by the White House. As the protests triggered by the killing of George Floyd have raged, with as many as 11 protesters dead by police hands nationwide, President Donald Trump announced he would designate Antifa – short for anti-fascist – as a “domestic terrorist organization.”

    To start with, Trump’s statement about Antifa is absurd on multiple levels. It isn’t clear he has the legal authority to do so. And Antifa isn’t an organization, but a philosophy that guides anti-fascist street organizing. Who is its leader? What is its structure? Where is it based? How do you become a member? These questions have no answers because there are none. But no matter: it’s certainly filler for Trump’s campaigning.

    Trump’s public statement about Antifa should be terrifying, as any attempt to vilify anti-fascism by nature defends fascism a positive thing. But picking on anti-fascists as the scapegoat and hidden hand of the ongoing unrest is inherently anti-Semitic.

    As the ADL reported, conspiracies about George Soros funding the unrest abound on the anti-Semitic American far-right.

    Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who serially expresses extreme anti-immigrant views and flirtations with white nationalism, blasted Trump for his inaction in response to the protests, blaming the White House’s weakness on Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the administration’s most prominent Jew. Trump’s most recent of many instances of overt anti-Semitism was his praise of the “good blood lines” of Nazi-admirer, eugenicist and infamous anti-Semite Henry Ford.

    Singling out “anti-fascism” as the prime villain in the ongoing anti-police protests is unsettling by itself, bearing in mind least 11 protesters have died during the protests, and the Trump far-right itself is linked to massacres like the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shooting. No one can link Antifa to the death of a single innocent person.

    When the right vilifies Antifa, it should remind Jews of who actually protects them when racists are on the streets. According to several reports, during the infamous Charlottesville rally when white nationalists shouted “Jews will not replace us,” local cops refused to protect a synagogue and several churches from potential violence. Activists who identified with Antifa, however, did.

    For many liberal and centrist Jews, that Antifa is unquestionably an ideology that sits on the far left, together with images of anarchists in masks marching directly toward columns of riot police, triggers discomfort, if not skepticism. Prominent centrists try to play a “plague on both your houses approach,” denouncing both white supremacist militias and Antifa in the same breath.

    But, the vast majority of Jews oppose the kind of right-wing extremism that in previous generations has put them in death camps.It might not be taught sufficiently in American Hebrew schools, but fringe left anti-fascist movements have been a defense for Jews when traditional liberal governments have failed them.

    As the National Lawyers Guild clarified in their denunciation of Trump’s statement: “The term Antifa originates in the 1930s when progressive activists organized to oppose far-right authoritarianism emerging throughout the world…It is not clear who or what the targets of a federal Antifa investigation would be, and whether such an effort would be lawful.”

    And right-wing talk of outlawing Antifa often use at as a catch-all for all left-wing politics. It’s an indication that the Trumpian right want to outlaw – or at least vilify – all politics on the left side of the center. Using such a broad brush when deciding who’s a terrorist should care any one: If Jews were every looking for a “first for they came for” moment, this is one.

    Mark Bray, a Rutgers University historian and author of ANTIFA: An Anti-Fascist Handbook, has noted that for much of the far-right, the conspiracy theory about Antifa activists being paid by Soros rests on the racist notion that black people could never organize themselves without a puppet master behind them, and who else to pull those strings but International Jewry.


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