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NEWS BRIEFS

Breaking Bread Breaking Barriers, Feb. 26

Monthly dinner aims to build relationships between communities of color and police ...

Local Group Researches African American Ancestry

This Genealogical Forum of Oregon special interest group holds monthly meetings ...

Last Day to Apply for Affordable Housing is Feb. 22

Longtime and displaced residents of N/NE Portland receive preference for new housing, apply before midnight Thursday ...

NAACP Announces Key Partnerships

Voter mobilization for 2018 midterm elections takes precedence among issues uniting groups ...

Winter Donations Needed, Warming Centers Open Through Thursday

Locals encouraged to check on neighbors, winter gear needed ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Painting President Obama's Portrait Was Life-Changing

Artist Kehinde Wiley represented the president's life using color, composition and flowers ...

Raising Emotionally Competent Children

Lynnette Monroe on how her grandparents taught her to love herself ...

Black Dollars Matter: The Sales Impact of Black Consumers

Black consumers are spending jumi.2 trillion annually and are demanding that brands speak to them in ways that resonate...

Guest Opinion: Skipper Osborne’s Testimony on HB 4005

In testimony to legislature, Osborne says bill could decrease access to important therapies ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Bill Fletcher
African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa

PHOTO: NNPA columnist Bill Fletcher is among 50 Black scholars and activists who came together to form African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa. The group also includes Cornel West and Felicia Eaves. Contact them at billfletcherjr@gmail.com  felicia.eaves@gmail.com 

Statement about the Crisis in Gaza 

The African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa (AAJMENA) urges President Obama to intercede to end the slaughter of innocent Palestinians in Gaza.  Israel's practice of collective punishment and its detestable killing of large numbers of Palestinian children and entire families is simply unacceptable by any standards of international law and morality.  AAJMENA stands united in condemning the collective killing of hundreds of Palestinians who are besieged and confined, unable to take refuge from Israel's military aircraft, tanks, bombs and naval shelling.

AAJMENA deplores the aggression being carried out by the Israel Defense Force.  The people of the United States can no longer stand by as the government of the United States continues to both justify and fund Israel's war of aggression, its seven year siege of Gaza, and its multiple decades long illegal occupation of Palestine.  The silence of the people of the United States in the face of this horror implicates the United States in Israel's oppression of the Palestinian people.

We of AAJMENA urge President Obama to make every effort possible to end the Israeli administered, and U.S. sanctioned, siege of Gaza.  Israel must agree to an immediate cease fire and start negotiating in good faith for the end of its illegal occupation and settlements policy

Only through a just peace agreement that recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to national self-determination will the predictable cycle of violence end; a violent cycle which is the outcome of Israel's long-standing, illegal occupation--and Gaza blockade--that we, the tax payers of the United States have sanctioned and funded.

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