Jerusalem and Spirituality
Hizbullah represents a paradigm shift
in the Middle East. Its military wing has created a
balance of terror with respect to Israel and its
continued oppression of Palestine. Hizbullah reveals the
utter shame of Arab governments whose impotent armies
and corrupt regimes have been unable to confront the
Zionist entity. The response of Arab governments to
Hizbullah's current war with Israel is a pitiful index
of their failure and submission to western imperialism.
Hizbullah is the forward arm of Shia
Islam in the Middle East, initially sparked by the 1979
Iranian revolution and now Iraq, the first Shia
government in Arab history. Hizbullah is thus an
embarrassment to the Sunni political regimes in the
area, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf
Hizbullah's alignment with Hamas is a
signal of how militant Sunni and Shia Islam will shift
the political landscape in the Middle East. Their
unified attack on Israel is a victory in spite of the
final outcome because it has brought the balance of
terror to the Zionists, forcing them into bomb shelters
and fleeing their northern border towns as well as
cities on their southern border with Gaza due to
continued missile bombardment.
This military/political shift has
deep implications for the future. Firstly, Hizbullah is
not going anywhere, they are an integral part of
Lebanese society, politically, spiritually, socially and
militarily. If and when their military wing is
integrated into the Lebanese army, they will remain a
crucial factor, just as we see from the integration of
Shia militias into the Iraqi army and police.
The Middle East has some new boys on
the block and they are dancing in the streets, giving
the Zionists a run for their (your, US taxpayer) money
Between the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood,
including Hamas, and Hizbullah, they will ultimately
revolutionize the Middle East simply because they have
the hearts and minds of the Arab masses, and thus
militant Islam shall be the process and product of real
Shia Islam, no matter its
shortcomings and contradictions, is the new
spiritual/political force in the area. The Zionist
attempt to destroy Hizbullah shall only give rise to new
configurations of the Shia revolution since it is a
geo-political reality, encompassing Iran, Iraq, Syria
The Sunni regimes may react violently
to the rise of Shia Islam and its Sunni counterparts
such as the Brotherhood and Hamas, but as we see in
Iraq, the violence is simply birth pains, thus when the
child is delivered, the pain shall subside. Get over it!
The moderate and secular Muslims
would do well to remain silent since their moment in
history has essentially passed, just as the US civil
rites movement was superseded by the Black liberation
movement of the 60s. Many of the civil rites leaders
were labeled uncle toms by the BLM, and similarly, in
the Middle East we have Uncle Abdullahs who need to ride
their camels into the desert, find an oasis and retire.
When a spiritual energy is unleashed
upon the planet, it is like a tsunami, sweeping and
engulfing all in its path, whether we like it or not,
whether we believe it or not. We may call it terror and
it most certainly is, but nothing can stop it, no
military exercises, no political chicanery—the force is
simply irrepressible and like it or not, we must submit
to the new order.
Having said the above, what shall we
expect in the future aside from continued upheaval and
bloodshed? Clearly, Israel is not sincere about a two
state solution but appears to be content to drag out the
problem for another fifty years. Her refusal to accept
and recognize the democratically elected Hamas
administration is an example of intransigence, of course
backed by American and European imperialists.
No one should be swayed by her cry
about Hamas being terrorist. After all, after events of
the last few days, who can deny the bloody reality of
Israel's state terrorism, so her refusal to recognize
Hamas is unacceptable subterfuge, a delay tactic that
the pseudo-democratic Western imperialists finds
acceptable, but after all, anything Israel does is
acceptable, such as the present attempt to slaughter
Hizbullah, and in the process completely destroy Lebanon
for the second time in recent memory. Let us not fail to
mention the slaughter and destruction in Gaza.
Again, Israel and America have no
intention of giving justice to the people of Palestine.
If Iraq is an example of American democracy, we hate to
see the result of the push for democracy in Egypt, Saudi
Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf states. Why should we not
expect a violent upheaval when these regimes present
their sham attempt at the democratic process, especially
when it is clear the militant fundamentalists will win
the votes of the oppressed Arab masses.
After America's failed attempt at
democratic reform in Iraq, occupied Palestine, Lebanon,
Afghanistan, will she continue to pursue her fake
democracy in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere?
It is doubtful, especially in the oil rich nations that
have been excused from allowing political freedoms for
decades in order to keep oil flowing to the West. At the
very least, the West will allow fundamentalists to
create unity governments if they promise not to disrupt
the oil flow—or contract it to the Chinese. As we see,
the Chinese have already made deals with Iran, Sudan,
Nigeria and elsewhere in competition with the West. And
most certainly, the Chinese have been backing regimes
America calls terrorist such as Iran and the genocidal
As we move into the future, hold onto
your hats, but especially keep your eyes on the oil
pipelines snaking their way through the Middle East and
elsewhere. There may be big trouble on the horizon, and
if not big trouble, then certainly a lot of turbulence.
The final irony in the paradigm shift
we mentioned at the outset is that Sunni Islam
originated in the democratic election of the prophet
Muhammad's successor, but is about to be overcome by its
Shia opponents who believed the successor should have
been from the prophet's bloodline. The Shia have been
awaiting the day of their political domination since
632AD, and now it appears to have finally arrived.
But it is evident from the Hamas/Hizbullah
attack on Israel, the Shia realize their revival or
assumption to power will not happen without unity with
Sunnis. This unified approach is evident in Lebanon and
Iraq. And according to the Americans, Shia Iran has been
helping the Sunni insurgents all along.
The main Sunni opposition is from
those who hold or once held political power, i.e. PLO,
Bathists, and other corrupt, sell-out leaders who have
everything to lose, especially their heads, in any
revolutionary process. When the Sunni leaders in Egypt,
Saudi Arabia and Jordan decried Hizbullah's attack on
Israel, the Arab masses reacted by marching and calling
these leaders traitors and sellouts to imperialism.
If and when Muslims can overcome the
current sectarian strife, perhaps by following the
example of Hamas and Hizbullah, there is the possibility
of an Islamic revival that will astound the world. Even
though the Shia are the minority, if they exercise
progressive political action, including power sharing,
Islam may indeed outshine its past glories.
For sure, Muslims must move hastily
to reform and seize their natural resources, ignoring
the West in all but essential things, such as technology
but certainly not morality. Ignore the terrorist label
but continue resistance whenever necessary because it is
a human and divine right. Do not apologize for resisting
oppression, for no one would request an apology except
the oppressor himself, when he has never apologized for
his injustice, exploitation and dehumanization.
The world is full of infinite
possibilities, and Muslims have every right to their
share without infringing on the rights of others,
whether Christian, Hindu or Jew.
With respect to Palestine, what if we
abandoned the two-state solution and formed one
democratic state, encompassing Israel and occupied
Palestine. Could the two peoples live together in peace?
Could the children of Abraham's God share the land?
As much as America is the problem by
financing the military strength of Israel, perhaps
America can provide the solution to this spiritual and
social disaster called Israel. After all, if the sons
and daughters of former slaves and slaver masters can
co-exist, then certainly Arabs and Jews can share the
land and create a truly democratic state in the Middle
East, ending a half century of death and destruction.
Can there be more hatred between
black and white Americans than between Arabs and Jews?
Can there be more injustice? Black Americans don't have
one inch of land for three centuries of slavery and
another century of wage slavery
Perhaps America can compensate both
Arabs and Black Americans for injustices done to them.
Why can't American style integration
be the solution for Arabs and Jews, but integration
without justice is a non-solution, and this is true for
Black Americans as well. Little black boys and little
white girls may stroll the street hand in hand, but
without justice in the form of reparations, and finally
without a real change in the heart of white and black
Americans, one day the cancer of racism will be
And it shall be the same in Israel
and occupied Palestine, both people must enjoy justice,
for it is only justice that will allow both peoples to
transcend their myths and enter the space called
Justice is the word we hear the least
in the Middle East, but ultimately it shall be the word
uttered the most, for it shall be the new myth, the only
myth that can solve the conundrum. Nobody wants more
than justice, nobody wants less. Justice can and must be
shared by all. It is thus the final paradigm to herald
the new day of peace and righteousness. Justice
recognizes the equality of everyone, their essential
humanity that is acknowledged by all concerned and can
be ignored by none.
Surely, destroying the cedars of
Lebanon shall bring no peace to Israel, no security,
rather it shall hasten towards the final solution when
the peoples of the area shall have had enough of the
interlopers and they shall be forced to flee the land
God supposedly gave them as His chosen people.
But if you were Abraham's children,
you would do the works of Abraham. If God were your
Father, you would love the Palestinians and give them
justice, but you seek to kill them because you have
America at your back.
O, Israel, do not let the wrath of
God come upon you, for none of your weapons shall avail
you on that day. As the people are fleeing Lebanon at
this hour, it is possible you shall flee Israel at
another hour. Even after two hundred years in the Holy
land, did not the Crusaders take flight back to Europe.
Did they not abandon Jerusalem?
Israel can be part of the solution or
remain part of the problem, but she must make a great
leap forward, transcending myth and ritual to embrace
her neighbors, and they must embrace her, otherwise
their land shall be made desolate and it shall be
inhabited by no one for a thousand years.
It matters not what the kings of
Israel, Egypt, Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq,
Iran, or the King of America even, think, plan or do,
for the devil planned and Allah planned, but surely
Allah is the Best Planner. And when He finds a people
unable to do His will, such people have been discarded
and replaced by people who willingly submit, such is the
power of the Lord of the Universe, such is the mercy and
blessing coming to those who flow with the flow and are
As for America, she too has a date
with destiny for her iniquities. She has portrayed
herself as the protector of life while in reality she is
the taker of life, the destroyer of life, doing her
death deeds across the planet. When not killing
directly, she kills indirectly through the sale of
weapons of mass destruction, then has the nerve to decry
her opponents the right to supply weapons to their
If America can pinpoint the source of Hizbullah's
aggression as Syria and Iran, shall we not designate
America as the root of Israel's arrogance? If there
could be no Hizbullah without Syria and Iran, there
would certainly be no Israel without America.
America is the reason for Israel's season. American
taxpayers give Israel five billion dollars annually in
economic and military aid. Thus, it is beneficial to the
complex to have Israel use such weapons to wreak havoc
in the Middle East, in the manner of the Vandals who
destroyed North Africa in ancient times. They are the
neo-Vandals, who are kept supplied by US arms makers.
Don't stop killing in Lebanon and Gaza said George and
Condi, it's good for America's economy, it's delightful
for the arms merchants and other related corporations
such as Hal Burton and Bechtel, run by former generals.
America shall reap what she has sown, and she knows she
has it coming. Any and every bully knows one day he's
going to meet his match. It is sad that the deaf, dumb
and blind American people have been lulled to sleep by
the corporate media and the Israel lobby. No politician
dare speak against Israel, Democrat or Republican, black
or white. They all sing Silent Night, no matter that the
majority of the world is against Israel's aggression and
American politicians are hostage to Zionism and fear
election loss if they dare tell the truth about Israel.
According to America's propaganda machine called ABC,
CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, NPR, Hizbullah is responsible for
the destruction of Lebanon. Hamas is why Gaza has been
leveled. It has nothing to do with Israeli genocide,
Americans should know they will be destroyed for lack of
knowledge. In the Information Age, ignorance is
unacceptable. Whatever happens to America will be the
fault of Americans as a result of ignorance, apathy,
lethargy, and passivity. As with Katrina, it was not a
natural disaster, but a man-made disaster, the result of
man doing things on the cheap, just as Americans are
doing now worldwide, thus it is better to kill than give
justice, it is better to kill than give diplomacy a
What kind of people are
they really make you wonder
Hurry Allah, with fire and water....
--Marvin X, lyrics
from Woman, Man's Best Friend, 1972
American leaders don't want Jack to
jump out of the box, rather keep him asleep, steeped in
ignorance, exhausted from wage slavery, diverted by
sports and entertainment, anesthetized by religiosity,
traumatized by partner and street violence.
The Qur'an says don't hide truth while you know, but
these leaders are apparently smarter than God, so they
must await the fire whose fuel is men and stones (Qur'an).
As I have written, this is the end of the age of
innocence. To hell with your leaders, lead yourselves to
the promised land. Your leaders are filthy, wicked and
beyond redemption. Lead yourselves out of darkness into
light. Jesus didn't wait on his father, he said, "I and
my father are one." So it's on you, Mr. and Mrs. America
to get a healing so you can stop being the curse of the
world, but become a blessing. You can't stop the killing
outside America because you wont stop the killing inside
America. Mama told you charity begins at home and
spreads abroad. Somebody better listen to what Mama
said. She also said, "Use the mind God gave you."
It is a certainty, Christian fundamentalists shall be
the death of America, the result of their white
supremacist theology, devoid of the revolutionary Jesus,
replaced with the Christianity of the imperial throne,
proclaimed in the manner of Crusaders, "Onward Christian
soldiers." Their support of Israel is merely a sham to
herald the return of their messiah whom they would
immediately crucify as a terrorist for associating with
the oppressed. See his Sermon on the Mount
America's fundamentalists cannot have it both ways, they
cannot be pro life and pro death in their support of
war. Why save a fetus to grow up only to die for
America's war machine? And furthermore, what would Jesus
do? Would he be in favor of war in Iraq, Lebanon,
Palestine, Afghanistan or anywhere? Would he tell
diplomats not to stop the killing, crush Hezbollah and
Hamas into the sand? Baldwin said, "How dare they talk
about the Prince of Peace while they bomb the hell out
of Vietnam...." (from Marvin X's 1968 interview with
While we chide Christians, we are yet cognizant of the
leftist, liberals and radicals who are undercover
Zionist zealots who need to come out of the closet and
enter a white supremacy 12-step recovery program. For
decades the American left has prevented substantive
discussion and condemnation of Israel. The undercover
Zionists should stop faking, remove their
liberal/leftist persona and admit they are agents for
Israel. And it's OK, just stop claiming you are radical
when in fact you are reactionary obstructionists who
have perennially prevented Arabs and Muslims from
discussion, dialogue and debate in the media, anti-war
rallies, university campuses and elsewhere. You have
censored speakers, writers and anyone else with views
attacking Israel. You too are guilty of hiding truth
while you know. Your reactionary
nationalism, racism and tribalism has infected your
thinking with myopia that prevents a clear examination
of the facts on the ground.
Could it be that the idea of a Zionist state in the
midst of Muslim Arabs, with the resulting displacement
of Palestinians, was an idea doomed from the outset?
The resulting generational hatred and inevitable desire
and necessity for tribal vengeance on the part of Arabs
portends many days of darkness in the Middle East, thus
the American leftist/liberals need to educate the public
steeped in ignorance, propaganda and religiosity.
The pseudo leftist/liberal Jews need to seriously
process their issues before they can be of any benefit
to the deaf, dumb and blind American public. True,
Israel is a reality, but shall it remain a reality for
all time? Shall it survive the current shift in the
Middle Eastern political winds? Can it survive the
coming upheavals in the political structure of archaic
Arab regimes that have given birth to the Muslim
Brotherhood, Hamas, Hizbullah, Al Qaida and other Muslim
warriors throughout the world.
We are for peace, we are for justice, nothing more,
nothing less. The American left/liberals must come to
the same conclusion. History shall be the judge.
Moderate American Muslims, along with their counterparts
throughout the world, make mockery of the prophet's
dictum to "fight those who fight with you, drive them
out from where they drove you out, and persecution is
worse than slaughter."
Moderate Muslims are comfortable in the midst of
American materialism, although traumatized by 9/11 into
the Silent Night mentality, full of fear and trembling,
retreating to a full diet of religiosity and inaction
that signals their irrelevance now and in the future.
We ask them to stand up for truth, justice and equality
for all Americans and all human beings. Is this not the
Sunnah of the prophet Muhammad?
Did he cower in the face of repression and oppression?
Was Bilal silent when persecuted in the Mecca sun? No,
he cried, "Al Ahad, Al Ahad, Al Ahad, the One God." But
your cry is convenience, collaboration and capitulation
because you fear captivity. America is the new Gulag, so
get ready for it. You are a disgusting representative of
your Islamic heritage, no better than Christians and
Jews who have placed themselves squarely on the wrong
side of history.
Black Americans are not exempt from world events,
especially in the Middle East. Black American Christians
share the same myopic, archaic mythology about Israel as
the White Christian fundamentalists. Black American
Christian support for Israel is well known. Their
abysmal ignorance is equally well known, but it shall
not absolve them of responsibility in establishing peace
and justice throughout the world.
Peace with justice is the primary duty of all those who
claim belief in the teachings of Moses, Jesus and
In sum, the American people must force their political
leaders into a new stance with respect to the Middle
East. America cannot continue supporting reaction in
Israel and reaction in the Arab world. Such reaction is
against the people of Israel, Palestine and the Arab
masses in general.
America's support of reactionary Arab regimes in order
to keep oil flowing will not continue with security. Oil
has caused much blood to flow throughout the Middle
East, and the Arab masses are slowly coming out of their
slumber to reclaim their dignity and human right to
benefit from the natural resources of their land. It
would be wise for Americans to advise, rather, demand
that American corporations and military machines depart
from the Middle East at the earliest date for the peace
of the world.
The American alliance with Israel and corrupt Arab
regimes will bring no national security to America, thus
it should be halted immediately, replaced with an even
handed approach to Israel and a sincere approach to Arab
radicals who shall ultimately seize power from the
reactionary politicians, kings and sheiks.
Shall America be part of the problem or part of the
solution? Only the American people can decide, simply
because their political and spiritual leaders have sold
out for a mess of pottage. Their addiction to white
supremacy and imperialism lead them, in the words of
Baldwin, to "...Rationalizations so fantastic it
approaches the pathological...."
O, Jerusalem, where is the peace in
thy house? AS the armies draw close to Jerusalem, surely
the end is near. Where is thy justice, where is thy
We have mourned fifty years, O,
Jerusalem, but there is no peace in thy house.
There is no justice. How long, O,
Jerusalem, shall the people suffer, how long shall they
live in refugee camps on thy borders? How long shall
their houses suffer bulldozers, their leaders
assassinated? There can be no peace without justice. But
justice cries in the night. Justice cries in the noon
time. When shall justice get an answer. Is murder the
answer, mass murder?
O, Jerusalem, O, house of peace, how
can you murder a dream? How long can the refugee remain
outside the door of his house? O, Jerusalem, who was
there before you came, before Abraham, Sarah and Hajar,
before Isaac and Ishmael? What if Cannan came home,
would you block him from his land, O, Jerusalem?
The world is tired of you, O,
Jerusalem. We are exhausted from the struggle of Isaac
and Ishmael, sons of Abraham. Why can't you divide the
land of your father. Surely Abraham would give justice.
Surely, if you are Abraham's children, you would do the
works of Abraham. But all you love is murder. You are
not sincere in your desire to share the land. Why do you
lie year after year? You won't talk with moderates. With
whom shall you talk? Will you talk with God Almighty,
the God of your father?
O, Jerusalem, so you see you are in
the land of murderers and you have joined with them in
their misery. You now find yourselves in refugee camps.
With all your weapons, where is your security, where is
You have destroyed Gaza for one
soldier. You have destroyed Lebanon for two soldiers.
What will you destroy for three soldiers? Will you
destroy Syria, Iran?
And what if you are destroyed in
return? Destruction brings destruction. Sooner or later
the killer is killed, sometimes the killer kills
O, Jerusalem, you cry about the
source of weapons in Lebanon, but what is the source of
your weapons? Are they not from the Mighty Beast, the
Great Whore, Babylon (America)?
And so we watch Gaza on fire, Lebanon
on fire, Israel on fire. Who shall put out the fire? Who
shall bring peace to thy house? There shall be no peace
without justice. Share the land, share the wealth, share
the glory of God in His House.
O, Jerusalem, the kings of Egypt,
Arabia, Jordan, shall fight the king of Persia. The sons
of Egypt, Arabia, Jordan, shall leave their father's
house to join the king of Persia. The sons have found
their father's houses wicked, corrupt and decadent. Like
Jerusalem, the kings have stunted and retarded their
people. The Brotherhood shall rise against the Kings of
Egypt, Arabia and Jordan, for the kings are united with
the Great Whore, and the kings are united with
Jerusalem. They feast together in the din of iniquity,
and their food is vile, but they consume it as a hog
enjoys his slop.
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Bay Area folks can catch Marvin X
perform a dramatic reading of Beyond Religion, Toward
Spirituality on Sunday, August 27, 4pm, at the Black
Repertory Group Theatre, 3201 Adeline St., Berkeley (one
block south of Ashby BART).
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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays
Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a
collection of fourteen essays by scholars and
creative writers from Africa and the Americas.
Called one of two significant critical works on
Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late
1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of
Carter G. Woodson and
Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as
well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations
were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early
essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish
medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an
historical context for understanding 20th-century
creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone
writers, such as Cuban
Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist,
Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the
significance of Negritude in Latin America. This
collaborative text set the tone for later
conferences in which writers and scholars worked
together to promote, disseminate, and critique the
literature of Spanish-speaking people of African
descent. . . .
Cited by a
literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the
field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which
most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."
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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in
By Melissa V.
According to the
author, this society has historically exerted
considerable pressure on black females to fit into one
of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the
Matriarch or the Jezebel. The selfless
Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to
white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of
those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the
relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable
temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as
an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the
characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television
shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.
points out how the propagation of these harmful myths
have served the mainstream culture well. For instance,
the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for
black females to feel a maternal instinct towards
As for the source
of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their
own bodies during slavery given that they were being
auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless,
it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate
the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate
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posted 28 July 2006