From Civil Arab
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As you all know, along with comedy, I'm a political and social activist. Actually my comedy is activism. I've twice been a national surrogate for presidential candidate Amu Bernie Sanders, primarily because he changed the conversation on Palestine at the highest levels of national politics.
When it comes to political activism, my number one is issue is Palestine. My number two issue is taxes.
Just kidding, it's Palestine too. As is number three, four, and five.
Now, before I continue, let me say this. I studied Islamic Law in graduate school and law school. I even taught about it. And there's a rule that I'm remembering during this election. Eating pork, as we all know, is prohibited. However, in cases of extreme hunger, out of dire necessity, without desire or excess, you're allowed to eat ham to survive.
Just keep that in mind for this article. Watch below...
So, like I said, I'm a Palestine-loving, Bernie Sanders progressive. So, let me be clear. I'm not going to vote for Donald Trump.
And neither should you. He has done stupid and damaging things. He is a nativist, a white nationalist, a racist. He vilifies people of color. And he put kids in cages.
And he says, "I love Israel, I'm very pro-Israel." He bows down to Israel for domestic evangelicals who think Jesus is from Texas. He doesn't know what Zionism or any of its history.
Like my mom said when she first heard him speak, "I don't think he's ever read a book." True that.
Yes, our current president clearly hates Palestine and Palestinians. He moved the embassy, he cut funding, and he proposed the stupidest deal I've ever seen. But here's the thing. As a Palestinian, I don't determine what I'm willing to accept based on his idiocy. Trump is not the measuring stick. My people are.
And I'll be honest with you. When it comes to Palestine, Biden and Harris scare the hell out of me. They are pro-Israel, Zionist, AIPAC lackies. I'm clear-eyed about that.
But remember that rule in Islamic law? Trump is the extreme hunger. And these guys are the ham in the middle of the desert with no hope in sight
So I'm gonna vote for them. But it's not because I think they are good for Palestinians. They're not. Stuff like this is not ok:
"So having grown up in the Bay Area, I fondly remember those Jewish national fund boxes that we would use to collect donations to plant trees for Israel. Years later when I visited Israel for the first time, I saw the fruits of that effort and the Israeli ingenuity that has truly made a desert bloom." --Kamala Harris, AIPAC Conference, 2017
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