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A Poet's take on anti-SemitismPoetry by Lucas Easter Salem-News.com
It is a term quickly tossed at critics of Israel, and the practice erodes the importance of the term's real meaning.
(LOS ANGELES) - Most of our readers know that Salem-News.com has been under attack in recent days for stories that are critical of Israeli military policy in the Mideast. Charges of "anti-Semitism" against Salem-News.com are not only incorrect, cruel and outrageous; they are damaging to our real efforts to fight racism.
"Salem-News.com has a no-holes-barred approach to this subject", News Editor Tim King said.
"In a world that is unfair and vastly unbalanced, we are here to fight for the underprivileged, the downtrodden, the abused, and the voiceless. The list of groups we advocate for is long and varied."
Critics who call Salem-News.com "Israel bashers" fail to note that Tim King's stories in particular, always cite how Salem-News.com is working with a number of Jewish groups in Israel to get the information out. Israeli citizens with the courage to speak out about their own government are frequently quoted here, their stories are published. Tim says it is all one big team.
"So people can say what they will, but we are here to simply publish stories about the way Israel does business in Palestine. Naturally it makes their actions look bad to the public, because they are bad, but to criticize the Israeli government, which I call 'fanatical' because of their incessant desire to continue building settlements on the tiny remaining amount of Palestinian land, is not anti-Semitic. I don't care what anyone says, that term needs to be reserved for bigots and Nazi's."
The only race we favor is the human race, that is why people of every color and religion and background are represented at Salem-News.com. Salem for those who don't know, means 'peace', as does the Hebrew word 'shalom', and the Arab word 'Salaam'.
Question! To whom did God give a justification for hate?
So no one has the right to render decisions on what is lost,
Judenhass or "Jew-hatred" was a common wartime theme,
1938, a woman sits on an Austrian bench marked, “only for Jews,”
Hate is hate and it’s not birthed to any particular nation or creed,
But Israel is a nation according to the Bible; God’s chosen few,
An article written on the Internet newspaper @ Salem-News.com,
This in no way meant to judge or condemn, it is just a history lesson,
Surprise attack on Palestinian settlements, many innocent killed are kids,
Negative, I’m by no means trying to say it never happened or to pretend,
Here, take a good look at this country how dare any American criticize?
This has been brewing heat for years now it’s always been touch and go,
Congress grills BP & Haliburton, an oil leak, both claim, not our fault,
Radical Extremists want to set off an explosion to annihilate the world,
Finally, here’s a little piece of history that to some readers might be news,
By Luke Easter and Tim King
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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