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The Violent Xenophobic Racism in Ireland

At 9pm last Tuesday, 44-year-old Chinese doctor, Wu Youzhong, went to investigate the sound of breaking glass outside his home in Coleraine, County Londonderry, in Ireland. When he arrived at his front door, he saw that the window had been smashed. An intruder then attacked him so violently that he had to be admitted to hospital for several days, and required consultation from an eye specialist. Dr Wu’s wife, Luo Ruoyin, said, “I heard he was just screaming in pain and I was scared. He was just holding his head and covering his eyes and blood was just running down everywhere.” The police are treating the attack as racially motivated; the couple, who have a two-year-old daughter, are reported to be intending to move away from the area.

The Chinese community in Ireland has long been a target of racial discrimination. Anna Lo, an Alliance Party politician born in Hong Kong who was elected to the Ireland Assembly in 2007, was the first politician from an ethnic minority at national level in Ireland, as well as the first East Asian to be elected anywhere in Britain. Her campaign was dogged by violent racism – including death threats – to the extent that she had to carry a panic alarm as a precaution. One far-Right website published pornographic images of Chinese women, alongside derogatory references to Anna Lo. “People from ethnic minorities are very frightened,” she said. “I have never seen ethnic minorities so fearful in Ireland.”

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Here’s to the security guards who maybe had a degree in another land. Here’s to the manicurist who had to leave her family to come here, painting the nails, scrubbing the feet of strangers. Here’s to the janitors who don’t even fucking understand English yet work hard despite it all. Here’s to the fast food workers who work hard to see their family smile. Here’s to the laundry man at the Marriott who told me with the sparkle in his eyes how he was an engineer in Peru. Here’s to the bus driver, the Turkish Sufi who almost danced when I quoted Rumi. Here’s to the harvesters who live in fear of being deported for coming here to open the road for their future generation. Here’s to the taxi drivers from Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt and India who gossip amongst themselves. Here is to them waking up at 4am, calling home to hear the voices of their loved ones. Here is to their children, to the children who despite it all become artists, writers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, activists and rebels. Here’s to Western Union and Money Gram. For never forgetting home. Here’s to their children who carry the heartbeats of their motherland and even in sleep, speak with pride about their fathers. Keep on.

Immigrants. First generation.

Ijeoma Umebinyuo.

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I Was Physically Assaulted at a Pro-Israel Rally in DC and the Cops Did Nothing  — Amani Alkhat

I was physically attacked at a pro-Israel rally in DC today. I wasn’t even there for five minutes before it happened.

I’m “okay.” Physically. But I feel so disgustingly violated and horrified. Today, an Israeli man felt entitled to put his hands on me, an Arab woman, hitting me so hard that my bracelet ripped off my wrist, while onlookers yelled slurs at me in Hebrew, cursed at me in English, and made obscene gestures at me simply for standing with a counterprotest. One man told me, “You’re in Israel right now!” (that’s a mild version of how they treat Arabs in Israel) — and I think that really sums up the attitude of our government and the pro-Israel camp as a whole. Last I checked, this was the United States of America. And I’m an American.

Israeli man: “You can’t stand with us! You should be standing on the other side of the fence!”
Me: “This isn’t Israel. We don’t have apartheid here. I don’t have to stand on the other side of a fence from you.”

Worse, the cops watched this all happen and did nothing, ignored my pleas to file a police report before the man got away, and even responded condescendingly and dismissively to me when I told them I worked for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. They were not there to protest or help. Not me, at least.

The cops wouldn’t let us use our megaphone and threatened us with arrest. They claimed that we were violating the first amendment rights of the pro-Israel protesters — who outnumbered us by hundreds, had a stage and a sound system, and had congressmen pandering to their every need with speeches and promises. One congressman literally interrupted me on the sidewalk while I was trying to explain my assault to a cop, took the cop aside, and had him move all the counterprotesters.

And with all that, many of us fasting, many of us with voices frayed in the heat, REFUSED to have the horrible plight of Palestinians be silenced. We interrupted Senator Ted Cruz’s speech. When he started reaffirming Israel’s right to self-defense, we screamed, “Four children were killed on a beach yesterday! Four children!” and even though our voices were all we had, they were strong enough to carry over to the audience, forced Ted to either take pause or try to talk louder, and were probably why pro-Israel supporters were so angry about our presence.

But no matter how many congressmen you have on your side, how many fancy stages and sound systems and mass produced rally signs you have, you will never drown out — not even EQUATE to — the truth.

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