From The Final Call Newspaper

Nations join South Africa’s genocide case against Israel

By Brian E. Muhammad, Staff Writer
- May 20, 2024

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators gather outside Downing Street in London on May 7 to protest the ongoing war in Gaza and Israel’s expected military offensive in Rafah as Israeli forces seized the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. Currently 1.3 million Palestinians are sheltering in the southern city of Rafah having fled fighting in other parts of Gaza raising concerns that a ground invasion would deepen the human- itarian crisis. Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Anadolu via Getty Images

The Gaza Strip has been a corridor of bloodshed and misery for Palestinians. For their brethren in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, it has been repressive domination by illegal settler-colonialists.

This is flanked by collective punishment, including targeted killings, destruction of civilian infrastructure like hospitals, houses of worship, and universities, in addition to obstruction of humanitarian aid and starvation as a war tactic. In simpler terms, it’s war crimes and genocide, argue observers and analysts.

As global disdain over the atrocities grows, several nations have filed Declarations of Intervention at the International Criminal Court of Justice (ICJ), which lends support to an active case brought by South Africa charging Israel with genocide.

Since then, Nicaragua, Colombia and Libya joined South Africa’s case against Israel while Egypt and Türkiye pledged to join the case. The lone country that filed in support of Israel was Germany.

Students and activists hold Palestinian flags as they chant slogans during a march from the American University of Beirut to the United Kingdom Embassy, to mark the 76th anniversary of the displacement of Palestinians in 1948, often called the “Nakba,” or Arabic for catastrophe, in Beirut, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Palestinians across the Middle East on Wednesday are marking the anniversary of their mass expulsion from what is now Israel with protests and other events at a time of mounting concern over the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Several other countries and global groups such as the Maldives, African Union, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and League of Arab States have sent written requests to the Court requesting an “advisory opinion,” on the question of: “the legal consequences arising from the policies and practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”

“The submission … comes in light of the worsening severity and scope of Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip,” said a May 12 statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt. South Africa filed its case in December 2023.

The ministry said Egypt acted because of Israel’s continuous perpetration of systematic practices such as “direct targeting of civilians,” the “destruction of infrastructure” and “pushing Palestinians to flee,” said the statement.

Within the same week that Egypt, Libya and Türkiye filed their intervention requests, 450,000 Palestinians fled Rafah in Southern Gaza, and 100,000 more fled northern Gaza as Israel launched new attacks. The displacements exacerbate an already dire situation in the enclave, where rights experts say there is nowhere else to go.

A Declaration of Intervention is a formal statement made by a country expressing its interest in a specific case before the court. Declarations allow countries not directly involved in a dispute to participate by presenting their views and legal arguments.

Located in The Hague, Netherlands, the International Court of Justice, also called the World Court, is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

An official of the South African government told journalists that it is significant that nations, and particularly Egypt, are joining the legal case against Israel, which generally receives unfettered impunity.

“Egypt joining is important; that you have a major power in the region joining our case is a signal that this institutionalized impunity is coming to an end, at least at a political level,” said Zane Dangor, South Africa’s director-general of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

He reasoned that Egypt’s involvement is equally important because it profiles the effort to use institutions of global governance to effect peace in the short and long term, by ending the occupation through negotiations.

“But for all of that to happen, the settler colonial activities and the genocidal actions that accompany that, must end,” explained Mr. Dangor, “and we are hoping that the institutions of global governance will this time be more explicit.” He was referring to a May 15 request by South Africa to the ICJ to clearly call for an end to the war.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the National Representative of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam exhorted signatory nations to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide to stand against the atrocity of the Palestinians.

“To all of you who have signed the Geneva Convention on Genocide, you have to stand, because it’s them today; it’s the Ukrainians, it’s others under powerful rulers,” the Minister said during his annual Saviours’ Day message, “What Does Allah The Great Mahdi And The Great Messiah, Have To Say About The War In The Middle East?” on Feb. 25.

The Muslim leader, echoing warnings of his teacher, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, placed the urgency to act in the context of a time of a universal change, directed by the God of Justice. “The God that I represent? Oh, He wants you to know that He is come to set all the rulers down. He has come to take over the rule of America, of the world, as only God should do,” he said.
Presiding judge Nawaf Salam, third from right, opens the hearings at the International Court of Justice, in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The U.N.’s top court opened two days of hearings in a case brought by South Africa to see whether Israel needs to take additional measures to alleviate the suffering in war-ravaged Gaza. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Israel must stop its military offensive

By Final Call presstime, the Court was hearing an emergency request by South Africa for additional provisional measures and a modification of previous measures imposed on Israel by the Court. In January, the ICJ ordered Israel to do everything possible to prevent genocide of the Palestinian people and ensure its military commits no acts constituting genocide.

Also, to “prevent and punish” the direct and public incitement of genocide and allow urgently needed humanitarian assistance into Gaza. Israel has violated all the provisional measures. During the hearing, South Africa said an order to completely end the war is necessary, arguing that the obliteration of Rafah means the end of Gaza.

The African nation argued that the provisional measures previously indicated by the Court are not capable of “fully addressing” the changed circumstances and new facts on which this request is founded.

“What we’re asking for is the Court to use its powers to stop this carnage,” said Mr. Dangor.

He argued what is required is for the Court to act unambiguously.

“We do not need the court to provide language that infers what Israel must do,” Mr. Dangor stated. “The court must explicitly state that Israel must stop its genocidal acts in Rafah … in Gaza and that includes an unambiguous call to cease its military operations in Rafah and the whole of Gaza.”

Israel’s conduct has been contemptuous of the Court and international law, South Africa’s lawyers told the Court in opening arguments, on May 16.

South Africa submits that this is “extremely urgent, necessary and essential” in light of the desperate circumstances facing Palestinians in Gaza, and specifically in Rafah, as a result of Israel’s continuing violations of the Genocide Convention and of this Court’s orders.

Egypt’s intervention is added pressure on Israel

Approaching the Court comes as Israel is unabashedly fortifying its offensive in Rafah, the last available area in Gaza where more than 1.5 million people displaced from other destroyed areas sought refuge.

Israel has defiantly ignored global rejection of its air and ground offense, which rights advocates argue will leave catastrophic death in its wake. Many argue carrying out the move—which Israel claims is needed to eradicate Hamas—is evidence of genocidal intent.

Along with condemning blatant infractions of the Genocide Convention and humanitarian law, the countries joining South Africa’s case have their reasons to do so. However, Egypt, say observers and analysts, should be observed more closely, as a nation that borders Israel and has years of deep ties with the Zionist State.

“The Egyptians are very worried about a massive fleeing of refugees into Egypt,” said Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

“That’s not going to happen as something Palestinians choose. But it’s not impossible that they could be forced into that—even physically, in Rafah,” she said.

Rafah is a small place populated by under 200,000 people on the edge of the Egyptian border. The war forced over 1.5 million people into the area who are being forced to leave again.

Israel forcing Palestinians to flee creates a circumstance where if they return North, there’s nothing left standing: no security, no water, no food, no medicine, and the hospitals have been destroyed with 80 percent of the buildings. “So, there’s not even, like shelter,” said Ms. Bennis.

“Whether people stay there or not, is a big question,” she added. “If they end up going back South, nobody knows what’s going to happen, because there is no place safe in all of Gaza,” said Ms. Bennis.

Egypt’s decision to submit an intervention to the ICJ came days after ceasefire talks in its capitol, Cairo, involving Egypt, Qatar, and the United States collapsed without a deal.

Although Egypt condemns Israel over the war, domestic unrest has placed Egypt in the hot seat over criticism of its handling of the humanitarian aid crises at the Gaza borders and its long relationship with Israel and the U.S.

“If the Israeli soldiers moved from the center of the town, towards the West, where more people have now fled, they could be physically pushing people up against the border fence with Egypt,” Ms. Bennis points out.

Egypt constructed a wall adjoining the border in case there was a mass exodus into Egypt or people pushed that way physically by the Israeli occupier forces.

“That’s the big thing Egypt has been afraid of … they don’t want Hamas people coming in, they don’t want other active militants coming in and they don’t want a big population of refugees that they then have to take care of. They don’t want any of that,” said Ms. Bennis.

In addition, “they don’t want to be accused of being what they have been all these years, which is in bed with the Israelis and the U.S.,” she added.

The Egyptian government largely banned public protests, and criticism of its ties with Israel is highly sensitive, reported the Associated Press. In early April, nearly 200 people rallied outside the building of the Journalist Syndicate in Cairo, waving the Palestinian flag and chanting slogans:

“What a disgrace! Egypt is helping the siege!” and “No to the Israeli Embassy! No to normalization.” They also raised banners reading “Open the Rafah crossing” and “Glory to the Palestinian resistance.”

Critics demanded Egypt overturn a 2007 agreement granting Israel the right to inspect convoys entering Gaza through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. They say it allowed Israel to stifle the flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza’s 2.3 million Palestinians to a trickle.

Nations boldly pressing for accountability at the World Court further highlight that Israel and the U.S.—its enabling ally—stand as adversaries to colonized and oppressed people worldwide.

While carnage climbs toward 36,000 Palestinian deaths, the Zionist State has offered no clear path of shifting course, except threatening more carnage. As atrocities grow more horrific, Israel is becoming increasingly isolated among world nations.

Chicago police officers keep watch as protesters rally on Fullerton Avenue while crews disassemble the pro-Palestinian encampment in the quad at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus in Chicago, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

The Muslim world should stand stronger

During his Saviours’ Day 2024 message the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan exhorted the Muslim world to stand up for the Palestinian people.

“Do you know that our Palestinian family, they don’t have strong friendship in the Muslim world,” said Minister Farrakhan. “Why is that? Are we Muslims? Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, ‘You are not a Muslim if you don’t want for your brother what you want for yourself,’” the Minister continued.

“Now, I know that the Muslim world feels the pain of the Palestinians, but they are afraid—afraid to stand. And from the rostrum, I am asking the Muslim world to stop fearing the consequence of standing,” said Minister Farrakhan.

“So, I am saying this openly to my brothers and sisters in Islam: You have to stand up against the genocide that is happening to our Palestinian family. They do not need platitudes; they don’t need cheap talk. They need the Muslim world to unite and say to Israel what you should say,” he exhorted.

It’s Israel and more

Taking the Zionist regime to task is bigger than Israel alone, analysts have told The Final Call in interviews.

“People need to be reminded that not only are we dealing with the assault right now in Gaza, but that the Israelis have used their military technology … weapons … training, to back repressive right-wing governments around the world,” Ajamu Baraka of Black Alliance For Peace, told The Final Call in a recent interview. He holds Israeli training of U.S. police forces directly responsible for the enhanced ability of those forces to repress and murder Black people in America.

Minister Farrakhan said what is happening in Palestine has become a test for the whole human family. Along with his teacher, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, they forewarned the outcome of America and England depositing Israel in Palestine, causing Palestinians to be exiled.

“This injustice against the Arabs is now costing America the power and authority she once exercised in the East,” said the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in Chapter 40 of his crucial book, “The Fall of America”. “She is on her way out of the Near East,” he wrote, “This means bloodshed, and plenty of it.”

From The Final Call Newspaper

 Farrakhan at 91: Still standing strong

By James G. Muhammad, Contributing Editor
- May 13, 2024

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” — Matthew 5:16

It goes without saying that the word, works and legacy of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad would hardly be mentioned in history if not for one man—the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Through the Minister, we see the divine work of Elijah, who, in scripture, demonstrated that God—through Elijah’s works—was in the midst of His people.

As the Minister celebrates his 91st birth anniversary, we see in him the presence of God among His people—the once enslaved Black man and woman of America. It is the Minister’s faith in his Father that has taken him to the pinnacle of success in this world, but also has made him the primary target of Satanic forces who are witnessing the word and works of Elijah manifesting in the collapse of their world.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad spoke of the Minister’s value to him long before he (Elijah) departed. “You are more valuable to me than all the wealth in the earth,” the Father told the son, and also that through the Minister, Elijah would get all of his people.

In that sense, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was given the hardest task than any man before him, a task he passed to Minister Farrakhan: To raise the dead to life.

A contention Biblical scholars have with Elijah and Farrakhan is the interpretation that “the dead” refers to physical death, as expressed when Elijah raised a child and Jesus raised Lazarus. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said it refers to mental and spiritual death, a condition of the masses.

When Minister Farrakhan realized he had departed from his teacher, he reawakened with the help of Minister Jabril Muhammad, in September 1977 and went to work to revive the Teachings. He crisscrossed America, establishing small circles of people in study groups who read the books of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad as a foundation of their faith.

In that way, he was manifesting a seed that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad planted in him: “You know, when a seed germinates in the earth, it sends a root down before it sends a chute up,” the Messenger told him.

He Lives!

In 1981, Minister Farrakhan emerged with the first Saviours’ Day convention since the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s departure. Drawing thousands to Chicago, Minister Farrakhan proclaimed to the world that “Elijah Lives”—physically!

Holy Day of Atonement, 2017

That declaration made the Minister a target among those who wanted to erase the Messenger’s name from history. But it didn’t deter his servant. The Minister went to work establishing friends—among them the Black Patrolman’s League in Chicago—officers who would protect him until he got a firm footing and the Fruit of Islam (men in the N.O.I.) could be established..

For the next 30 years, Min. Farrakhan continued to address growing audiences, reawakening the spirit of God in the people through teaching the knowledge of Self. He also set his eyes on repurchasing, rehabilitating, and rededicating lost N.O.I. properties, including the mosque and the homes of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad—and he was successful.

Unlike leaders who are out for personal fortune, Minister Farrakhan invested his personal money to establish The Final Call newspaper and to purchase the Final Call Administration Building before allowing his followers to help raise money to purchase other facilities. He poured honorariums he received for speeches back into the work of the N.O.I.

His national speaking tours included such subjects as “Politics without economics is symbol without substance,” during which he introduced Nation of Islam produced P.O.W.E.R. personal care products. He called for Blacks to own businesses to develop their communities without dependency on others.

Another tour was titled “Stop the Killing,” which called for peace—particularly among so-called youth gangs. His efforts were successful in quelling feuds and saving lives. His works resulted in several meetings, bringing warring factions into the same room and calling on hip-hop artists to produce more conscious-raising lyrics in their songs.

The Nation of Islam is historically known for its militant stance and economic thrust in owning its businesses and farms to produce healthy food for Black communities. In the mid-80s, Minister Farrakhan introduced the first study guide in his now 21-part series, “Self-improvement: The Basis for Community Development.”

The N.O.I. fell with the departure of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. In rebuilding the Nation, Minister Farrakhan works to establish a strong spiritual foundation to complement the militancy needed to secure the institutions developed so the N.O.I. would never fall again.

Leading up to the historic 1995 Million Man March, Min. Farrakhan embarked on a year-long “Men Only” tour, discussing our failures as men and calling us to recommit ourselves to God, our families, and our communities.

Those gatherings and the inspirational messages resulted in the overwhelmingly successful 1995 Million Man March, where two million men heard messages from national male and female leadership on atonement, reconciliation, and responsibility.

The Million Man March, 1995

The Power of Farrakhan’s enemies

It is said that you can judge a man by the power of his enemies. Minister Farrakhan, throughout his 69 years as a member of the N.O.I., has stood to defend every Black leader who was set upon by the enemy of Black people. Yet, when he wanted to deposit $5 million in a Black-owned bank, some forces encouraged that banker to tell Minister Farrakhan to take the money out.

When the Minister was invited to speak at the 30th anniversary of the March on Washington, the conveners of that meeting— some of whom Minister Farrakhan personally defended in attacks against them—were forced to “disinvite” the Minister.

The question Black people must ask and answer is: Who is this force that has power over Black leadership to dictate who their friends are? And what must our community do with regard to these powers?

Demonstrating the activity of a “free Black man,” Minister Farrakhan has embarked on numerous world tours, seeking to make friends for Black America throughout Africa and the Islamic world. He has even traveled to “sanctioned” countries to demonstrate what freedom indeed looks like.

A legacy of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is one of a Messenger from Allah (God) to resurrect the Black man and woman of America along with a consequential warning from Allah (God) to the Government of dire circumstances for rejecting the warning.

An ongoing legacy of Minister Farrakhan is one of Grace and a continued and expanded warning in a final effort to redeem a people—Black America and the human family—and offer a chance for America and nations of the world to delay the judgment of Allah (God).

In 2013 and over the course of a year, the Minister released a series of lectures titled “The Time and What Must Be Done.” The series sums up the works and messages of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, offering further insight and explanation of the teachings, how they relate to current events, and further warning.

His message of warning intensifies

In recent years, the message of warning has intensified. The Minister’s 2020 Saviours’ Day message was titled “The Unraveling of a Great Nation.” The Minister pointed out America’s wickedness and the nation’s further erosion by acts of those in power who are inciting violence and anarchy.

That same year, as COVID-19 gripped America, the Minister pointed out that the virus is a pestilence from God. His voice against the COVID-19 vaccine influenced thousands to refuse the treatment. The Minister warned that the vaccine was “death itself.” The COVID vaccine has been shown to be injurious and in some cases deadly.

The Million Family March, 2000

Many anticipated a retirement announcement when Min. Farrakhan disclosed his 2022 Saviours’ Day message as the “Swan Song.” Instead, he announced that it was the Swan Song for the enemies of God and those who choose to continue in unrighteous ways.

The dreaded “War of Armageddon Has Begun” was the Minister’s theme for his 2023 Saviours’ Day address. He pointed out that the war to end all wars is active and that God’s wrath will continue to plague America and the world through increased natural calamities.

If there is a lynchpin for war to be pulled, it may be the current genocide in Gaza as the Zionist state of Israel seeks to annihilate Palestinians under the pretext of going after the territory’s ruling party, Hamas. The Saviours’ Day 2024 message titled “What Does Allah the Great Mahdi and Great Messiah Have to Say About the War in the Middle East?”

painted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as being given the “heart of a beast” because he knew of the planned Oct. 7 attack by Hamas on Jewish settlers but allowed their deaths to occur anyway.

“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.” Is this the beginning of that conflict that will draw America and world powers into that final war?

Through Elijah’s witness, Son and Servant, Minister Farrakhan, America and the world have been warned. At 91 years of age, that warner still stands strong.

Happy birth anniversary, Minister Farrakhan!

From The Final Call Newspaper

Brown v. Board of Education, 70 years later

By Nisa Islam Muhammad, Staff Writer
- April 29, 2024

In 1940 the cost of a stamp was three cents, the first Social Security checks were paid, the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series, and psychologists Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark conducted a “doll study” with disturbing results. Their study, with children ages three to seven, used four dolls, identical except for color, to test children’s racial perceptions.

The majority of children expressed a preference for the White doll and attributed positive traits to it. The Clarks, a husband and wife team, concluded that “prejudice, discrimination, and segregation” created a sense of inferiority among Black children, which negatively impacted their self-esteem.

Fast forward 14 years later and Dr. Kenneth Clark was called to testify in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case before the Supreme Court argued by Attorney Thurgood Marshall, who led the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The Supreme Court cited Dr. Clark’s 1950 paper in its Brown decision,

“To separate [African-American children] from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone.”

While true, it was only part of the research. Dr. Clark was concerned the court failed to cite two other conclusions he had reached: that racism was an inherently American institution, and that school segregation inhibited the development of White children, too.

“The court’s resolve to put Black children in White schools is the major affront to the Brown v. Board of Education findings,” Dr. Kevin Washington, past national president of the Association of Black Psychologists, told The Final Call. “The resolution has never been addressed adequately.
FILE–Pictured left to right are: Gloria Ray, Terrance Roberts, Melba Pattillo, Jefferson Thomas, Carlotta Walls, Thelma Mothershed, Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, and Ernest Green. These are the nine students who entered Little Rock Central High under the protection of federal troops with bayonets in 1957 when Gov. Orval E. Faubus tried to block enforcement of the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision outlawing school segregation and directed the Arkansas National Guard to keep the students from enrolling at the all-white Central High. President Eisenhower responded by sending in members of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division to escort the students into the school on Sept. 25, 1957. (AP Photo/File)

That is what has created the inequitable treatment of Blacks. Recurrent attacks on curricula, and book banning is a throwback to what was actually occurring at that time. Where the message was of inferiority, of Blackness or anything that began to promote something differently was challenged,” he said.

George E.C. Hayes, from left, Thurgood Marshall and James M. Nabrit join hands as they pose outside the Supreme Court in Washington on May 17, 1954. The three lawyers led the fight for abolition of segregation in public schools before the Supreme Court, which ruled that segregation is unconstitutional. (AP Photo, File)

“After 70 years we find ourselves in the position of still having identity confusion. We’ve had some educators to come with strong educational models. However, it’s always been an attack on the system. The Brown verdict, simply putting Black children in White schools, was not the resolution.

The real victory comes when the curricula shifts and the content is affirming to Black children in all walks of life. They can see themselves as being powerful as agents of change, and that they are purveyors of their own destiny.”

Dr. Washington added, “That’s a major issue when we talk about the Brown v. Board of Education. The principle that it was founded upon was flawed, that the environment Black students were in was inherently inferior. Instead of seeing the conditions Black students were experiencing as detrimental, to the identity development and formation of Black and Brown children.”

Black-on-Black Education

Once upon a time Black children were taught exclusively by Black teachers. Then came the May 1954 Supreme Court Case Brown v. Board of Education which allowed Black children to go to White schools. Research by Dr. Leslie T. Fenwick in “The Ugly Backlash to Brown v. Board of Ed That No One Talks About,”shows that 100,000 highly qualified Black principals and teachers were summarily fired.

White superintendents, school boards, and parents did not want Black teachers in their children’s classrooms. Neither did they want Black principals leading schools and supervising White teachers.

Fast forward to 2024. Black children going to school with White children has failed to provide Black families with thriving, well-resourced educational environments, relevant curriculum, safety and freedom from White supremacy.

Nearly 80 percent of public school teachers are White while more than half of public schools are filled with non-White children. However, studies show that Black teachers produce better academic and behavioral outcomes for Black students compared to their White counterparts.

The significance of having a Black teacher goes back to Philadelphia’s Caroline LeCount in the 1800s who said, “colored children should be taught by their own.”

In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, photo, Jade Gopie, second from left, principal at Crosby High School, left, watches students as they pass between classes in Waterbury, Conn. While students in the Waterbury public school district are predominantly black and Hispanic, the vast majority of its educators, as in school districts across the country, are white. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

University of North Carolina research found that having a Black teacher has positive effects—higher educational attainment and lower rates of discipline—for Black students, with the strongest effect often among Black males from low-income households.

Their research found the benefits of having a Black teacher are so important that students who had a single Black teacher were more likely to go to college, more likely to graduate high school, and less likely to drop out. Black boys in poverty, who had a single Black teacher, were up to 39 percent less likely to drop out and 29 percent more likely to enroll in college.

Black educators have mixed feelings about Brown v. Board of Education. “I definitely think it has helped students, having Black students having access to institutions that were predominantly White.

I also think on the same accord, that going to a predominantly White school doesn’t necessarily prepare you more than going to an all-Black school. I think it comes down to resources and having an adequate surplus of resources,” Middle School Math teacher Ashley Cobb told The Final Call.

“Some of us learn in ways in which we want to be active. My first year teaching was at a Freedom School. There’s no predominantly White institution that can replicate a Freedom School.

I also think in reverse or in opposition of Brown, that some White students will benefit from going to predominantly Black institutions, which I’m seeing more of now.”

Cashawn Merritt is a high school math teacher. She told The Final Call, “I think it (Brown) was helpful to a degree because it gave Black people access to resources that weren’t available to them.

Even though we were educating our own prior to that decision, we didn’t necessarily have upgraded materials. We didn’t have the best resources at our disposal. I think with busing and all the other legislations that passed, it allowed opportunity for children who might not have had it otherwise.”

A major concern for parents is the high rate of suspension and expulsions for Black children in America’s public schools. Research by the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights on school suspension, and expulsions found that Black boys make up nearly eight percent of public school enrollment but were 25 percent of the boys with out-of-school suspensions and 26 percent of expulsions.

Black girls were eight percent of enrollment but 14 percent of the girls with out-of-school suspensions and 12 percent of expulsions. Black children in public schools also face increased school-based arrests.

“Black students who have Black teachers are less likely to be disciplined unfairly, and over-policed,” middle school special education teacher Simon Miller told The Final Call.

“They are less likely to be suspended, expelled, or even referred for disciplinary issues. Black teachers are also more likely to push Black students into more rigorous classes like AP and International Baccalaureate programs.

Brown v. Board of Education put Black children in the bull’s eye for non-Black teachers. A study by the Upjohn Institute found that non-Black teachers of Black students have significantly lower expectations than do Black teachers. These effects are larger for Black male students and math teachers.

White teachers were less likely than Black ones to predict that their Black students would go on to graduate from college. Research has also found that on average, Black students have lower test scores than White students, they attend schools with fewer resources, and they are less likely to graduate from high school and college.

Elementary school teacher Tiffany Harrell is concerned states are not following the mandates of Brown. She told The Final Call, “I feel like a lot of states are not following and abiding by the law.

What I mean by that is you still have a lot of city schools who are less fortunate, don’t have the proper textbooks, don’t have the proper technology, and they aren’t offered the same type of courses.”

“If you go to predominantly White suburbs you’ll get all the technology you need, you’ll get so much funding because of the parents. They offer more as far as like AP (advanced placement) classes, than for example the predominantly Black schools … lots of southern states are trying to get rid of a lot of AP classes for African Americans as well as, African American Studies.”

A better, more positive outlook

Dr. Washington explained that having Black teachers is even more valuable to the way a student holds themselves in class. Seeing Black teachers tells students they have value, they have worth, and brilliance that can be seen. Black teachers can see the potentiality of students throughout the entire process and they work hard to bring that out.

Therefore, students feel that they are connected in the context of education. Further, it is doing its true purpose, which is to bring out the existing high potential rather than simply the transmission of information.

“When we talk about education, we know that it does three things for them. It gives them a sense of identity. That is, it tells them who they are and how they have value and worth in the world. It gives them the idea of potentiality, what they can become because they see an educator looking like them.

Then they can also be able to understand what they can become. The third issue is that typically the educator will be able to educate in a culturally relevant perspective.”

When the Nation of Islam started in the 1930s, the followers were instructed to take their children out of the public school system and educate them at home. In 1931, a truant officer knocked on the door of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and his wife Clara.

The officer demanded that they send their children back to the Detroit Public Schools. They, as well as other Muslim families, refused.

In 1934, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and 18 instructors at the University of Islam were found not guilty of contributing to the delinquency of minors. However, Muslim families paid a high price back then to educate their own children.

In his book, “A Torchlight for America,” the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan explained that the true purpose of education should be the proper cultivation of the gifts and talents of the individual through the acquisition of knowledge.

“We need our own teachers because we need those with a like mind, a desire to give children what they need,” Shahid Muhammad, a math teacher at Chicago’s Muhammad University of Islam, told The Final Call. “Black teachers understand their learning styles. You have a better chance of that teacher having a love for the students, and a desire to see the students excel.

“The enemy’s school system is centered around White supremacy. Many European teachers don’t see Black students in the right light. They don’t see them as having the ability to excel because of White supremacy, racism and a racist mind. When Black children are in the classroom with Black teachers, they tend to have a better outlook, a more positive outlook of their own students.”

From The Final Call Newspaper

 Anti-Black history and hatred serve as backlash against Black progress

By Anisah Muhammad, Contributing Writer
- April 1, 2024

“There has been a great display of anti-Black hatred in the United States of America. There have been many nooses placed in different cities and in different institutions to let Black people know that there still is a great deal of hatred for us in this society.”

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan shared those words during a message delivered on October 28, 2007, on the topic “Justifiable Homicide,” about increased attacks and wholesale killings of primarily Black, Brown and Indigenous youth in the United States.

Seventeen years later, despite marching, protesting, and the so-called “racial reckoning” after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, there has been little to no change toward racial healing between Black and White people in America. In Rockford, Illinois, authorities are contemplating hate crime charges for a White male suspect who was arrested for the fatal stabbing of a young, Black Walmart employee.

According to the Rockford Register Star, Rockford Police Department officers arrested Timothy Carter on charges of first-degree murder. They say Mr. Carter stabbed 18-year-old Jason Jenkins on March 24 with one of two knives he had picked up while walking through the aisles of the store. “Surveillance footage appeared to show Carter, a White man, ‘wandering around the store and giving all the African American people dirty looks,’ a police officer wrote in a probable cause statement,” the news outlet reported. Mr. Carter also reportedly uttered a “racial slur” before stabbing the teenager.

Other incidents—some violent, some non-violent—that occurred during this year’s Black History Month and beyond have again manifested the levels of racial tension present in American society and the unpeeling of the mask of White civility.

Racism in schools

Several of the recent racialized incidents occurred within the school system. A White teacher in metro Atlanta came under fire for using the N-word in what was supposed to be a “funny” TikTok video on interracial friendships.

“I think that there’s been a resurgence of racial animus and the use of the word since the election in 2016. I think we’re in a very difficult racial climate right now, and people are trying to adjust. Some are trying to use humor. Others are just being outright racist,” attorney Gerald Griggs, president of the Georgia NAACP and the Atlanta branch, said to The Final Call. “We as melanated people need to be aware that these things are very much still alive, and that there’s a constant battle to make sure we don’t go back to either the 1860s or the 1960s.”

Atty. Griggs spoke on the importance of young Black children being vigilant and standing up for themselves.

“If you’re in elementary school, if you’re in middle school, high school, of course talk to the administration. If they don’t want to do anything, talk to the school board. They don’t want to do anything, then it’s time to go to court,” he said. “Because we cannot settle for a time when it’s being normalized, this attack on Blackness, so we have to stand up, and it’s incumbent upon the next generation to understand that now it’s their time to stand up like their ancestors did.”

In Massachusetts, six middle school students have been criminally charged for racial bullying. The students allegedly held mock slave auctions on Snapchat, allowing White students to bid on their two Black classmates. At another middle school in Kentucky, White students allegedly used racial slurs and participated in targeted bullying of non-White students.

Dr. LaGarrett King, an associate professor in social studies education at the University of Buffalo and director of the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education, shared with The Final Call the long history of anti-Black classroom activities. He cited an example of a 2010 incident where a Black elementary school student was “sold” in a mock auction as part of a history lesson. For Dr. King, these examples speak to the rise in what he called “anti-Black history legislation,” or attacks against critical race theory (CRT).

“Schools have no idea what Black history is. They know little about Black people. They know little about Black people’s history. Typically, the Black history that we learn is not necessarily Black history,” he said. “For Black history to be Black history, that history has to come from a Black person’s perspective. And many times, the ‘Black history’ that we learn is coming from a White person’s lens of looking at Black people through their history.”

He commented on how history teaches that “White people are the most historically important people in the world,” how Europeanism is embedded in every aspect of history, and how White people are looked at as the “cultivators of civilization,” establishing in White people a level of superiority.

DEI rollbacks

The present-day assaults against Black people include the false promises of “diversity, equity and inclusion” (DEI) and the rollbacks of DEI positions within businesses and institutions due to a recent wave by state legislators.

According to a “DEI Legislation Tracker” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, updated on March 22, 81 bills in 28 states have been introduced that would prohibit colleges from having DEI offices or staff, ban mandatory diversity training, prohibit institutions from using diversity statements in hiring and promotion or prohibit colleges from using race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in admissions or employment.

Anti-DEI legislation has more than doubled since June 2023. Just two months shy of one year ago, the tracker recorded 37 bills in 21 states. Alabama recently joined the list of states that have passed legislation prohibiting public schools and universities from maintaining and funding DEI programs.

Terrance Sullivan, former executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, penned an opinion piece for The Courier-Journal on how Kentucky lawmakers are hiding their racism behind anti-DEI and CRT laws.

“To many, DEI is another acronym that means the Black people are getting too close to us, we have to remind them of their place. And as a result of this nonsense, jobs are being cut and some kids are at risk of losing scholarships—all because universities are running scared instead of being bold and fighting back,” he writes.

He concludes the article with the statement: “There are many people who want to remind us that they don’t want us here. That we are not welcome in these spaces, but the acronyms and misnomers are getting old.”

In a new social media trend, White people have redefined “DEI” to mean “didn’t earn it.”

Human rights lawyer Qasim Rashid posted a response about the new label on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“MAGAs are labeling DEI as ‘Didn’t Earn It,’ which is wild because in reality, generating historic wealth through 2 billion acres of stolen land from Native Americans, enslaving Black people for 300 years, banning Asian immigration until 1965, and banning women from financial access til 1974—all without paying a single red cent in reparations or restitution—is the living breathing example not earning it,” he shared.

Others on the platform have been calling out White privilege and how White people continue to benefit from the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the vestiges of the Jim Crow era.

Dr. King explained the connection between DEI rollbacks and racialized incidents in the school system concerning Black history. “They have this anti-Black sentiment based on the history they have learned about Blackness,” he said.

He described that most DEI programs are just “multicultural celebrations” and are not accomplishing what people think they are.

“What people are thinking is happening in DEI is not happening. There’s not this big takeover or this notion of blaming White people for different things,” he said. “They’re not necessarily getting at systemic oppression within those institutions. They’re not getting at trying to understand racialized experiences of Black people and other people of color.”

Black progress and excellence

Dr. King noted that the reason racist incidents continue to occur is because American society, which was founded on racism, slavery and lynching, is still suffering from racial trauma.

“The racial trauma continues because we continuously fight over the truth of history. Where we can’t tell the truth of history, we will never heal as a nation,” he said. “There’s always people that don’t want us to heal for their benefits, so they can still obtain power.”

Atty. Griggs wants Black people to realize that “we’re not the minority.”

“Once we recognize our collective power and stand up, the world will take notice. I think we’re in the middle of a third backlash to the advancement of African Americans, and we have to do what we did in the first two, that being, reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement,” he said. “We have to stand up and push back in real-time and make people recognize that we are so proud of being Black. It is a wonderful existence, and if you feel intimidated about that, that’s your problem, not mine.”

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has been a longtime proponent of Black excellence. In a speech delivered in 2014 on education, he questioned, “Do you know how to end White racism?” He answered, “Black excellence ends White racism.”

Minister Farrakhan has also shared wisdom on how Black progress equals White intimidation. During his “Justifiable Homicide” message, he explained the tremendous progress Black people made during the Reconstruction era and how “if the so-called Negro was set free and given the material to build an independent existence, he could become a serious challenge to White superiority.”

“… those that would challenge their former slave master by wanting to vote, purchase land, pursue education or striving to do anything but plantation labor—these kinds of Black brothers and sisters would be dealt with harshly by the former slave-masters, and there was no deliberative body that would judge our affairs with justice,” he said.

“Therefore, every killing of a Black man or woman; every lynching of a Black man or woman was excusable,” he added. “… anything that was done to us to maintain White supremacy was in fact an unwritten law. The killing of every Black human being during the 300 years of chattel slavery and even now, 150 years up from slavery, at the hands of White people is generally considered ‘excusable.’”

“Now, this atmosphere is beginning to spread again in America. I want to really make it clear to you today what we are going to face, what we are facing, as it will increase in the days ahead,” Minister Farrakhan warned.

Since then, he has further warned about how the “hatred of Black is manifesting” all over the planet and how the White race’s “mask of civility” is slowly being peeled back, like the layers of an onion, due to the rise of the darker people of the earth.

“Now you see an enemy that hates our shadow. And like Abraham Lincoln said, ‘you suffer from being here with us and we suffer from your presence among us,’” the Minister said in a Final Call newspaper year-end interview for 2016. “This is going to come to a head and the Will of God will be carried out, which is that the Black and the Brown and the Red, we must go free in a land of our own; not under White supremacy but ruled under our own wisdom, knowledge, understanding and the guidance of God.”

From The Final Call Newspaper

Is Free Speech in jeopardy?

By Nisa Islam Muhammad, Staff Writer
- March 25, 2024

Court of Law and Justice Trial Session: Imparcial Honorable Judge Pronouncing Sentence, striking Gavel. Focus on Mallet, Hammer. Cinematic Shot of Dramatic Not Guilty Verdict. Close-up Shot.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Did the Biden administration violate free speech rights during the pandemic when they allegedly pressured social media companies to take down content the government considered misinformation? That’s the case before the Supreme Court in Murthy v. Missouri.

According to court documents the case is about a group of social-media users (Facebook and others) and two states who allege that numerous federal officials coerced social-media platforms into censoring social-media content, in violation of the First Amendment.

Atty. Tricia Lindsay speaks at a free speech rally held outside the Supreme Court of the United States on March 18 in Washington, D.C.

They sued the government in Missouri v. Biden. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit issued a modified injunction last October banning dozens of government employees from “coerc[ing] or significantly encourag[ing] a platform’s content-moderation decisions.” The government appealed the case to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court justices recently heard a day of testimony and arguments with each side passionately representing their point. The decision is expected in June. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch described the case as “a coordinated campaign by high-level federal officials to suppress the expression of disfavored views on important public issues.”


The government’s attorney, Brian Fletcher, argued that “[t]he government may not use coercive threats to suppress speech, but it is entitled to speak for itself by informing, persuading, or criticizing private speakers.” The government contends they coerced no one and, on the contrary, all they did was use persuasion. Mr. Fletcher said the lower courts have “mistook persuasion for coercion.”

He added that “government speech crosses the line into coercion only if, viewed objectively, it conveys a threat of adverse government action. And because no threats happened here, the Court should reverse.” The government, in short, “stay[ed] on the persuasion side of the line.” The government contends they were merely offering “information” and “advice” to their “partners” in fighting “misinformation.”

That’s not how the group suing the government saw it. Louisiana Solicitor General J. Benjamin Aguiñaga represented the plaintiffs. He argued there was “unrelenting government pressure,” contended “the government has no right to persuade platforms to violate Americans’ constitutional rights, and pressuring platforms in back rooms shielded from public view is not using the bully pulpit at all.

Activists and concerned citizens attend a free speech rally in Washington, D.C. Photos: Charlene Muhammad

That’s just being a bully.” He argued further that the plaintiffs don’t need to prove coercion to win––only encouragement and pressure. “We don’t need coercion as a theory. That’s why we led with encouragement in our . . . brief,” he explained.

Mr. Aguiñaga presented evidence that government officials such as Deputy Assistant to the President Rob Flaherty “badger[ed] the platforms 24/7,” demanding that they broaden their content restrictions and enforce them more aggressively.

Mr. Aguiñaga submitted emails that alluded to President Biden being unhappy with what the social media platforms were doing and warned that White House officials were “considering our options on what to do” if the platforms protested. The social media platforms buckled under the pressure, and consequently changed their policies as well as practices regarding content.

In emails to the Surgeon General, Dr. Vivtek Murthy, Facebook executive Nick Clegg seemed eager to pacify President Biden. Mr. Clegg explained that Facebook “adjust[ed] policies on what we’re removing;” deleted pages, groups, and accounts that offended the White House; and would “shortly be expanding our COVID policies to further reduce the spread of potentially harmful content.”

Facebook bowed. Mr. Clegg wrote in another internal email that Mr. Aguiñaga quoted, “because we were under pressure by the administration.” Mr. Clegg expressed regret about caving to that pressure, saying, “We shouldn’t have done it.”

The government’s pressure went beyond emails to platform executives to the general public when President Biden accused the platforms of “killing people” by allowing users to say things he believed would discourage Americans from being vaccinated against COVID-19.

Surgeon General Murthy took that even further by urging a “whole-of-society” effort to combat the “urgent threat to public health” posed by “health misinformation,” which he said might include “legal and regulatory measures.”

Filmmaker Del Bigtree also spoke at the gathering.

Piling on were other federal officials who explained that holding social media platforms “accountable” could entail antitrust action, new regulations or expansion of their civil liability for user-posted content.

Mr. Fletcher explained that “when thousands of Americans were still dying every week” the government felt justified with communications that included “intensity” and “anger.” However, he did acknowledge that some of the government’s communications with the platforms “is unusual.”

“[T]he First Amendment isn’t a civility code,” Mr. Fletcher explained, adding that “context matters a ton.” He dismissed claims of government coercion of the social media platform. The platforms, he explained, are “powerful, sophisticated entities” used to back-and-forth government interactions and can independently decide when to remove speech and speakers. They aren’t easily cowed.

Rally in support of Free Speech

The impact of the government’s “persuasion” to remove content they found objectionable was felt far and wide. Many in the scientific world felt the government’s action interfered with people being able to make informed consent when they were only allowed to know what the government permitted to be known.

Dozens gathered at the Supreme Court to support free speech and speak out against First Amendment violations.

Dr. Pierre Kory, President of FLCCC Alliance, speaks at free speech rally in Washington, D.C., on March 18.

Dr. Christina X Parks has a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan Medical School. She was the first speaker at the rally in support of free speech which was held March 18. She told The Final Call, “One of the lawyers just said this was the most important case on free speech in the history of all us.

The actions of the Biden administration, the Surgeon General, and the CDC, explained in Missouri v. Biden, were so egregious that they constitute the biggest threat to free speech this nation has ever experienced. They were so egregious at coercing the social media platforms to basically become arbiters of the government’s truth. If we fail at litigating this correctly and enforcing our free speech rights, we are no longer going to have a constitutional republic.”

Dozens gathered at the Supreme Court to support free speech and speak out against First Amendment violence.

“Average people were the losers because they didn’t have the information that they needed to make informed consent to know the truth about the vaccine, the truth about COVID and to know there were actually effective treatments. So, their health suffered and their family suffered.

They lost jobs, even though now we know, which I was saying from the beginning, that the vaccine didn’t prevent transmission. But at a deeper level, this is enabling tyranny because that’s what that was. If they can censor us when we’re trying to tell you the truth about these things, then they can censor anybody about anything.”

Tricia Lindsay is a civil rights attorney. She told the rally crowd, “When this whole situation started, this atrocity that I call it, it was clear, at least to me, … what was coming, the lockdowns, the mandates, go home, stay away from family members, stay away from friends.

It was a clear assault on our Constitution, a clear assault on our freedoms to assemble, to work, to move about, to travel. We had to ask permission or be limited to whose homes we could go to, when we could go outside, things of that nature. It just didn’t make sense.”

“Today we stand on the precipice of change. We stand at the crossroads between tyranny and democracy, freedom and literal slavery, dictatorship and republic, as the justices of this great U.S. Supreme Court hold in their hands. They have the ultimate power to determine the trajectory of our country, our lives, really the trajectory of our lives that can change our country.”

Del Matthew Bigtree is a television and film producer who is the CEO of the anti-vaccination group Informed Consent Action Network. He also produced the film, “Vaxxed: From Cover Up to Catastrophe.”

He told The Final Call, “We see all the studies, Cleveland Clinic, famous studies now showing us that if you get the vaccine within about 14 or 15 weeks, you’re more likely to be infected. Meaning this vaccine is helping the virus, which was something that we warned about in the High Wire very, very early on.”

“We cannot any longer depend on that television set. We know it lies to us. We can’t depend on those newspapers. We know they lied to us. I keep saying that there’s a real spiritual component to this, which is we all have to sit and get quiet and get with God and really ask ourselves, does it make sense what they’re saying to me?

We have to start trusting that God-given intuition more and trust ourselves and speak our truth. Remember that the Constitution is not designed to control us. It’s designed to control our government.”

Atty. Abdul Arif Muhammad

The Nation of Islam spoke early on COVID and the vaccine which the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan encouraged his followers to avoid at all costs. Abdul Arif Muhammad is the student general counsel for the Nation of Islam and successfully argued a case against an insurance company that tried to force Dr. Safiyya Shabazz to stop administering Ivermectin to her patients with COVID-19. They also tried to pressure her to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The impact of this case, if decided in favor of the government, would be to give more power to the federal government to prescribe what exact rights people would have under the First Amendment, particularly concerning matters that the government does not agree with. It would not be limited.

It started here with the concept of the government regulating what people could say about the COVID-19 vaccine, and that they are not permitted to express disagreement with the COVID-19 vaccine or to offer their views of alternative treatments against the COVID-19 virus,” Attorney Muhammad told The Final Call.

“The government did not want anyone to express a view different from their selling point that the Covid 19 vaccine was safe and effective which has been proven to not be true. The government was allowed to condemn people who offered a different view on social media concerning the COVID-19 vaccine and said that the COVID-19 vaccine was harmful as well as offered alternative remedies,” he continued.

Atty. Muhammad explained that as early as July 2020, Minister Farrakhan told people not to take the vaccine even before the vaccine actually went on the market. Recently, in a major speech in February during the Nation’s annual Saviours’ Day convention in Detroit, Minister Farrakhan spoke again on the dangers of the COVID-19 vaccine. He told the sold-out audience, “The government put a great hit on us in a vaccine. My voice was the voice that told you, don’t take it. Don’t take it. They’re trying to kill us softly with a vaccine.”

Atty. Muhammad is very concerned about this case. “All of these things that are in the First Amendment are now in danger. The First Amendment was included in the constitution to grant to its citizens, the right to express their dissent against government actions.

If the court allows the government to use its power to impose itself on social media companies and others to say that you as a citizen don’t have the right to express a point of view different from that of the government, you could be accused by the government of engaging in misinformation,” he said.

“Further this could lead to the government ultimately saying that you are violating some statute that could be criminal in nature, that you could then be arrested for or being charged with crimes. If the court grants this power to the government, it started with COVID-19, what will be the next issue that the government will use this power to suppress free speech?”

From The Final Call Newspaper

 Global protests intensify and demands to ‘Free Palestine’ grow

By The Final Call
- March 5, 2024

Demonstrators gather outside the Israeli Embassy to demand a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip in Washington, D.C., on March 2. Protesters also commemorated the U.S. service member Aaron Bushnell who self-immolated outside the embassy. Photo: Celal Gunes/Anadolu via Getty Images

by Nisa Islam Muhammad and Charlene Muhammad

The Final Call @TheFinalCall

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Thousands gathered at the Israeli Embassy in the nation’s capital and in cities across the U.S. and abroad as part of another global day of protest to demand no invasion of Rafah, a ceasefire to end the Israeli killing spree on Palestinians and the lifting of the siege of Gaza. Rafah is in the south of the Gaza Strip which shares a border with Egypt.

An estimated 1.5 million internally displaced Palestinians taking refuge there are facing famine, and Israel has threatened a last-ditch effort to destroy Hamas with a ground invasion of Rafah.

“Our request was for a ceasefire, but we’re 140 days in,” Hazami Baramada, told the media. She is an activist, global strategy consultant, and international public speaker.

“You have a majority of Gaza destroyed, demolished schools, infrastructure, hospitals, all civilian infrastructure is completely demolished. You have 14,000 children who’ve been killed, over 40,000 according to Euro Med (Human Rights Monitor). People have been killed, including civilian populations. There are 20-plus thousand orphans.

The numbers are so staggering and so disgusting and so inhumane that a ceasefire is no longer enough. We demand a change in the U.S. relationship with Israel. We demand accountability,” she continued. Gaza’s health ministry said the number of Palestinians killed in the war has surpassed 30,000.

“We demand answers on why the United States is constantly allowing war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes against international law, violations of just basic human dignity to continue to happen. And the hypocrisy! You call out what’s happening in Russia and Ukraine and you’re not willing to hold the same standards to Israel and Palestine. It is atrocious. The American taxpayer dollars are not only paying for this, but our military has normalized it.”

Ms. Baramada argued that misinformation and lies are being peddled and that one of the objectives of the March 2 mass mobilization was for citizens to hold the U.S. and Israeli governments accountable for their actions.

“We can’t hold Israel accountable as individual citizens, but what we can do is expose what they’re doing. We can educate the average American and put pressure on our administration to cut the relationship, to stop unconditional aid, and to start holding Israel accountable for its war crimes.

Protesters rally in front of Los Angeles City Hall during a “Global Day of Protest” in support of Palestinians in Los Angeles, California, on March 2, 2024. (Photo by Katie McTiernan / AFP) (Photo by KATIE MCTIERNAN/AFP via Getty Images)

We have for far too long, regardless of the administration, used our political, social, and economic power to sanction what is happening, but then also to support it. We are actively part of a genocide. We are not just enabling it. We are part of the genocide and this needs to stop.”

Madge Henderson is a White American middle-class woman. After the October 7, 2023, attack by Hamas, she said she supported Israel’s right to defend itself. However, after hearing about the tens of thousands of murdered Palestinian women and children she later changed her mind. Ms. Henderson traveled with her family from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to D.C. to participate in the demonstration.

“I’m here to protest the genocide going on in Gaza. Babies (limbs) are being amputated without any anesthesia, people are starving and dying. I can’t believe my government of the United States is using my taxpayer dollars to pay for this atrocity,” she told The Final Call. “I’ve never protested anything in my life. I love all people. I grew up traveling the world with my parents. I love Palestinians and I also love Jewish people. I love Muslims. But today love is not enough. Something has to be done to stop the massacres.”

D.C. was one of more than 120 cities across the United States and dozens of others around the globe engaged in mass actions, on March 2, to protest the continued genocide in Palestine. Israel has threatened to invade Rafah on March 10 coinciding with the beginning of the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan. More than 300 organizations supported the protests.

A Palestinian woman reacts after an Israeli strike on Shaheen family house in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)

“The Palestinian people of Gaza have been faced with months of nonstop bombardment, mass killing, and forced starvation. Even as the occupation army targets various quarters of Rafah, even as it continues its relentless campaigns of annihilation in Shuja’iyya, Nuseirat, Khan Younis, and Jabalia, the colonial regime is additionally threatening to carry a full-scale ground invasion of Rafah. The world must rise up to stop this brutality,” said Jamil Madbak, of the Palestinian Youth Movement, one of the event’s organizers.

More than 50,000 marched in New York City, 15,000 in San Francisco, and many thousands more in mass actions in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and many others cities. Hundreds gathered in downtown Syracuse for the “Hands Off Rafah” protest.

Event organizers included members of the Syracuse chapters of Jewish Voice for Peace and Veterans for Peace. International sites included Havana, Cuba, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nanaimo, British Columbia (Canada), São Paulo, Brazil and Seoul, South Korea.

Despite moderate to heavy rains, thousands of activists and residents gathered for the #HandsOffRafah demonstration in downtown Los Angeles on March 2. Approximately eight hours before the ANSWER Coalition’s Global Day of Action, themed “Shut It Down For Palestine” began, at least 11 were killed and 50 wounded after an Israeli air attack on a tent housing displaced people next to the entrance of a hospital in Rafah City, according to Al Jazeera.

Palestinians pray over the bodies of their relatives killed in the Israeli bombardments of the Gaza Strip in front of the morgue to pray over them at Al Aqsa Hospital in Deir al Balah on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Representatives from the Palestinian Youth Movement’s Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire chapters participated in and coordinated the gathering. The transnational, independent, grassroots movement of young Palestinians in Palestine and those in exile worldwide exist as a result of the ongoing occupation of their homeland, organizers stated.

The only recourse to justice for their people is the dismantling of Zionism, its genocidal war machine, and its political institutions, said a LA-based Palestinian American youth activist. “Here in the U.S., we not only have a role, but an obligation, a duty to dismantle Zionism.

Our mobilizations have ruined the Occupation’s image and have left Zionism in ruins! We will continue to organize, and we won’t stop until this racist, genocidal project is defeated once and for all!” she added.

She then summarized the atrocities of the genocidal war and nearly 20-year-long siege, pointing out the bombing by Israeli forces of civilians seeking shelter along aid routes in the Gaza Strip. “Shame!” she declared.

“Shame,” roared the demonstrators, many still joining the protest in droves. They filled corners and crosswalks, sloshing through the rain and mud puddles saturating City Park, just across from City Hall. Demonstrators filled the building’s steps, up to the iron barricades protecting entry to the doorway. They nearly spanned the entire block within an hour after the protest began.

‘Genocide is happening’

Global activism against Israeli genocide on the Palestinian people has continued since the October 7, 2023 attack on southern Israel by Hamas fighters emerging from Gaza. That act killed almost 1,200 people and led to Israel’s massive military response, backed by the U.S. government. News reports state the Israeli bombardment has displaced 1.8 million of the 2.3 million Palestinians living in Gaza and turned much of the besieged territory bordering Israel, the Mediterranean Sea and Egypt into rubble and dust.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan addressed the conflict during his highly anticipated Saviours’ Day 2024 message, entitled, “What does Allah The Great Mahdi and The Great Messiah Have to Say About the War in the Middle East?”

The Muslim leader explained that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a second Nakba (catastrophe) in mind for the Palestinian people. The first Nakba on the Palestinians was in 1948 when Israel became a state. More than 700,000 Palestinians were exiled at that time and made “like vagabonds in the earth,” he said.

Mr. Netanyahu wanted to use the pain of the loss of Jewish lives to destroy the whole Palestinian community, not only in Gaza and the West Bank, but also in East Jerusalem, Minister Farrakhan charged. “It was a genocidal attack that he knew would preserve his place as a great Jewish leader,” he explained.

“Who could do to another human being what is being done to our Palestinian family and not think of a humanitarian crisis?” stated Minister Farrakhan, continuing, “Who will pay for the killing of Palestinians—men, women and children? Who will pay for the destruction of Palestinian life and culture?”

The bold leader also expressed sympathy for families who lost loved ones in the Hamas attack. He expressed support for Tal Mitnick, an 18-year-old conscript to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) who refused to serve and was sentenced to a 30-day prison term. The Minister asked Allah (God) to sear the young man’s image into his mind.

U.S. Airman Aaron Bushnell was so conflicted by the war that he went to the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C. and set himself on fire. The 25-year-old dressed in his U.S. Air Force uniform and said he would “no longer be complicit in genocide.” He shouted “Free Palestine” as he burned, until he collapsed to the ground dying hours later in the hospital. Officer Bushnell live-streamed his ultimate sacrifice, ensuring that his actions — which he described as an “extreme act of protest” — were seen worldwide.

“The decision by U.S. Airman Aaron Bushnell to set himself on fire in front of the Israeli embassy while condemning the U.S.-backed Israeli genocide being carried out against the people of Gaza was a desperate act designed to arouse public outrage. He made the ultimate personal sacrifice to end a genocide that the entire world has been witnessing for the past months,” explained Brian Becker, national director of ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). “This was an act of martyrdom by a U.S. service member who was outraged by the actions of a government that speaks in his name.”

“People all over the United States, in the millions, have been involved in mass actions to protest the U.S. support for Israeli genocide against the Palestinian people in recent months. People have also engaged in civil disobedience actions of many types. Many have been arrested and are facing trial, including many whose constitutional rights were violated by violent police repression.”

“The United States government and Israel are killing babies,” said Nazaro Aguero of Peru, pointing to his children who were at the Los Angeles demonstration. “We don’t want any more kids to die! Every kid deserves to live. If you touch a kid, you are not a good person. Palestine deserves to be free.”

His truck included a flatbed covered with flags of Latin America—Argentina, Chile, etc. “We want peace in the world. That’s why from everywhere we are here. Latin America stands with Palestine, always,” Mr. Aguero said.

Sarah and Affan Tareen said their liberation, safety, and dignity of life is interconnected, and they believe that the Palestinians are their brothers and sisters just as much as those of Jewish descent. They came to the L.A. gathering with their young children, ages 6 and 4. “Genocide is happening, and we cannot rest until that is stopped. We will not rest,” stated Mrs. Tareen. She said she’s outraged that U.S. dollars are being used to penetrate this war.

“I am outraged that President (Joe) Biden bypassed Congressional approval in the first place to send aid to Israel. I am angry. I feel that democracy is talked about being attacked by the Republican Party and I see it not being upheld and prioritized by the Democratic Party and I am angry at this country for not living up to its values and the principles it says that we are built on. We have a lot reckoning to do with our own past and moving forward we must change our ways,” she added.

Maaz Bajwa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community drove from San Diego to L.A. with his children, son Isa and daughter Anisah.

“We see this as a prayer, as congregational salat. We see this as everybody praying, ‘Free, free Palestine!’ as a prayer that we’re all praying together, not just Muslims but all people of faith, who just believe in any bit of morality,” he told The Final Call.

“We have a chance, an opportunity to stop a real-live genocide from occurring, something rare in history. And our so-called elected officials and the people that are supposed to represent us continue to stand idle while this keeps going on,” said Javier Guerrero, an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition.

He noted predictions that if the impending massacre is not stopped, up to 90,000 innocent Palestinians could die, and called it “nothing short of a blood bath,” poised to be one of the worst human atrocities in world history.

Final Call Staff Writer Nisa Islam Muhammad reported from Washington, D.C. and National Correspondent Charlene Muhammad reported from Los Angeles.