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jmb

@jmb@okpeace.org

https://linktr.ee/JMBranum

Pronouns: he/him

#Peace Activist
#Attorney
#Editor of #HumanisticJudaismMagazine #WeddingOfficiant
#Polymath
#Leftist
#Autistic
#Ebicyclist
#OKC , #Oklahoma
https://mastodon.radio/@kg5jst

Posts = My opinions only
Boosts = Interest, not my opinion
Nothing I post is legal advice.

I admin the okpeace.org server, a home for several peace/justice groups and friends.

Blog: www.JMB.mx (part of the #fediverse)
Work: www.JMBranum.com

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jmb, to Palestine
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More coverage from the LA Times on the horrific attacks by the counter-protestors of the #UCLA Gaza-solidarity encampment.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2024-04-30/ucla-moves-to-shut-down-pro-palestinian-encampment-as-unlawful

#Gaza #Palestine #ShalomSalaam #Peace #Israel #FreeSpeech #CampusProtests

jmb, to beer
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Fascinating article about the Nigerian version of Guinness. Don't think I've ever seen this version in the us, but it sounds like it is available in the UK.

‘Black is beautiful’: Why Nigerians say their Guinness is better than Ireland’s | CNN
https://www.cnn.com/travel/nigerian-guinness-foreign-extra-import/index.html

#Beer #CraftBeer #Nigeria #Africa #Guinness

jmb, to oklahoma
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I'm very proud of the students at #Owasso High school who walked out of classes today in protest of their school's bullying policies and the ongoing mistreatment of transgender youth.

Students at Nex Benedict’s Oklahoma school walk out to protest bullying policies
https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-news/nex-benedict-death-protest-bullying-owasso-oklahoma-rcna140501

#NexBenedict #Oklahoma #TransRightsAreHumanRights #ProtectTransYouth

jmb, to oklahoma
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2024/02/24/libs-tiktok-oklahoma-nonbinary-teen-death/

Excerpt: Evan Powers, a trans student at an Oklahoma high school, said he carries a bulletproof backpack, along with books to use in self-defense. “I’m quite honestly scared to go to school every day,” said Powers, 17, adding: “I have been bullied by people that watch Libs of TikTok.”
The atmosphere, he said, makes it almost impossible to get an education.

#Oklahoma #OKEd #TransRightsAreHumanRights #LibsOfTikTok #LGBTQ #Fascism #Schools #NexBenedict

jmb, to Israel
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It is hard to take seriously the claims that the state of #Israel is taking all necessary steps to prevent civilian casualties, when they end up attacking a known food convoy.

Exclusive: Israeli forces fired on food convoy in Gaza, UN documents and satellite analysis reveals | CNN
https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/21/middleeast/un-food-convoy-gaza-israel-strike-cmd-intl/index.html

#WarCrimes #Gaza #Palestine #Peace #CeasefireNOW

jmb, to Israel
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jmb, to Onlyfans
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https://forward.com/news/580248/donations-aipac-has-raised-since-oct-7-lever-howard-kohr-michael-tuchin/

Quite a few shocking revelations in this piece from #TheForward about #AIPAC, their massive fundraising haul since October 7th, and their plans to use much of this money to promote extreme right-wing pro-war talking points and candidates.

Also... the owner of #OnlyFans is reported to be one of the biggest of the donors. I think many creators and sex workers who use the platform might want to be aware of this fact.

#Palestine #Israel #Peace

jmb, to Israel
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I'm seeing a lot of sources mischaracterizing what happened in the #ICJ (International Court of Justice) with regard to the state of #Israel and its actions in #Gaza.

While the court did not, unfortunately, order an immediate #ceasefire, neither did it give the state of Israel a green light to continue its current policies.

Read on in this thread for more discussion on the six specific orders...

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https://apnews.com/article/icj-ruling-israel-gaza-genocide-3fa0908d995cc104e8ab4674f5ee75cc

#Peace #ShalomSalaam #Palestine #InternationalLaw #SouthAfrica

jmb,
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Continued...

Excerpt: 1. The court ordered Israel to “take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts within the scope” of the U.N. convention on genocide. Referring to protecting Palestinian civilians, the court said Israel should work to prevent “killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

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deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; and imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group.” Approved in a 15-2 vote.

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Excerpt: 2. The court ordered Israel to “ensure with immediate effect that its military does not commit any acts described in point 1 above.” Approved in a 15-2 vote.

  1. The court said Israel “shall take all measures within its power to prevent and punish the direct and public incitement to commit genocide in relation to members of the Palestinian group in the Gaza Strip.” Approved in a 16-1 vote.

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Excerpt: 4. Israel was ordered to “take immediate and effective measures to enable the provision of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance to address the adverse conditions of life faced by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.” Approved in a 16-1 vote.

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  1. The court ordered Israel to “take effective measures to prevent the destruction and ensure the preservation of evidence related to allegations of acts within the scope” of the relevant articles in the genocide convention. Approved in a 15-2 vote.

  2. The court said Israel “shall submit a report to the court on all measures taken to give effect to this order within one month as from the date of this order.” Approved in a 15-2 vote.

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My comments: Unfortunately, like many court rulings, the practical effects are being spun by media outlets and governments. This ruling was not a win for the state of Israel, but it did buy the state a month to get its affairs in order and explain itself.

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Personally, I think the state of Israel has already defied the orders of the court in just the last few days, so I think the real test will be what can and will the ICJ do about it?

This issue of consequences is always the big issue when it comes to #InternationalLaw, and there is unfortunately not a good answer.

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jmb, to oklahoma
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https://www.oklahoman.com/story/news/2024/01/29/tonkawa-tribe-oklahoma-reclaims-land-naton-samox-sugarloaf-mountain/72244950007/

Incredible news from the #Tonkawa Nation of #Oklahoma and their move to purchase a sacred mountain that was once theirs in Central #texas

I'm also deeply moved by the work the tribe will be doing to welcome visitors to the site, but also to educate visitors about their culture and ties to this place.

#Indigenous #NativeAmerican #NatonSamox #RedMountain #SugarLoafMountain

jmb, to oklahoma
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https://www.oklahoman.com/story/news/2024/01/29/scott-momaday-native-american-pulitzer-winner-dies-house-made-of-dawn/72399585007/

Sad news, but a life well lived.

I've been a fan of Momaday after reading "The Way to Rainy Mountain." I'm going to have to read it again in his honor.

Also --- I did not know that his mother was part .

jmb, to journalism
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jmb, to random
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A word of advice to my leftist friends: the enemy of one's enemy is not necessarily one's friend.

A prime example is found in the Houthi rebels. Contrary to the lazy characterizations of some, this group is deeply anti-semitic to its core, as shown by their slogan:

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#AntiSemitism #Houthi

jmb, to Israel
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnc05oe7KxI

Sharing a video interview from with , an who served 30 days in jail or refusing to serve in the in what he describes as a "war of revenge."

He reports that he will likely be incarcerated as soon as today when he refuses yet again in the Israeli conscription system.

Also, I learned that Tal is a US-Israeli dual-national.

jmb, to Israel
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jmb, to Israel
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jmb, to Stoicism
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/20/netanyahu-defies-biden-insisting-theres-no-space-for-palestinian-state

(disclaimer - what follows are my personal opinions, not those of my employers' or anyone else)

I was avoiding looking at the news during Shabbat, but since the sun is now down (and Shabbat is past) it is time to speak some truth.

It is long past time for to step down. He is an enemy of world peace.

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jmb,
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@acarson It won't stop it all, but I do think he is the main driving force behind it right now.

jmb,
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@dukepaaron @acarson

Just to be clear --- I want Netanyahu to go, but I also plan to vote for Biden. He is far from my ideal choice (wish it were Bernie,) but Biden is better than the alternative.

I also loath the autocrats you mentioned and have taken grief from fellow leftists who foolishly believe that the "enemy of my enemy is my friend"

I know there are plenty of tankies who are going the direction you outlined but I hope they stay a minority on the left.

jmb,
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@dukepaaron @acarson It's biblical ;-)

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