[Many ask, “why are my views not represented in the US system?” Those who follow the recent news about the “Iran deal” can get an insight. A Counterpunch article, revealed, “although polls show Netanyahu’s opposition to the Iran agreement is not shared by the majority of American Jews—they support it, 49% to 31%–most members of Congress and the gaggle of Republican presidential wannabes don’t care about that; it is the desires of the American Jewish establishment and its well heeled donors, not the least of whom is Sheldon Adelson, that count.” Hundreds of Senators and Congresspeople (including Congressional Black Caucus members) have been treated to free propaganda trips to Israel, sponsored by Adelson, just like the NBA players’ tour described below, — Frontlines ed.]
July 29, 2015 | by Atlanta Black Star
A billionaire has sent a group of NBA players to Israel on his private plane to fight the economic boycott against that country, even as Black NBA players were chastised for wearing “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts in support of #BlackLivesMatter. Imagine if these players teamed up with Black philanthropists and entrepreneurs to support #BlackLivesMatter and other initiatives in their own community.
Portland Trail Blazers wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts. (Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn, Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport)
Sheldon Adelson–the casino magnate who is funding the right wing of the GOP as well as the Israeli right and its propaganda machine—seeks to shut down the growing global movement to boycott Israel, known as Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS. The purpose of BDS is to pressure Israel to end the occupation and colonization of the Palestinians, end the human rights violations in the occupied territories, and bring full citizenship rights to Israeli citizens of Arab descent.