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Black Americans and Palestinians ‘can’t breathe’ because of injustice 

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Over the past week, two brutal events added more sadness to the morbid climate of the coronavirus pandemic. In Minneapolis, a black American citizen was killed by a police officer, and then an unarmed 32-year-old Palestinian man with special needs was shot and killed by an Israeli police officer near the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem.

Brutality is a common factor between racist powers. It should encourage oppressed communities to rise and unite in the quest for justice. There is now an opportunity for the Palestinian-led Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and Black Lives Matter movements to join on a broad platform to expose the ugly face of fake democracies.

The resilience of both movements in the face of brutal dehumanisation is inspirational to anyone who cares about civil freedoms. For decades, the Palestinians have been suffering from Israel’s occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid regime. For the black community in America, the situation is no different. They have been discriminated against and denied their Constitutional right to protest against injustice in the face of extreme police responses to their demonstrations. Explicit and implicit racism has always been present in American society, but not always endorsed in all but name by the President of the United States.

The racial supremacists leading the US and Israel appear to be unable and unwilling to tolerate even peaceful protests against their regimes. In 2016, Colin Kaepernick, an American football star decided to kneel during the US national anthem prior to a game in protest against racial injustice, police brutality and systematic oppression against minorities, especially the African American community. Donald Trump publicly eviscerated Kaepernick. He went after the athlete many times on the election campaign trail. Kaepernick........

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