IN PHOTOS ~~ NEW YORKERS MOURN FOR ORLANDO
June 14, 2016 at 10:55 (Activism, Associate Post, DesertPeace Exclusive, Homophobia, Intolerance, Islamophobia, Photography)
Many thousands of New Yorkers stood together to mourn the victims of the Orlando massacre last night ….
Photos © by Bud Korotzer
And the ‘backlash’ begins …
It is an agonizing list of predominantly young and Latino people who could not have imagined their lives would be cut short in such a horrifying manner as they went out for a night of enjoyment.
But even before all the victims are known, the US and Israeli far right are moving to exploit Mateen’s crime to further a narrative that indicts Muslims collectively and fuels hatred and confrontation.
This is despite the reality that factors other than religious motivation likely played a major part in Mateen’s horrific act.
One group with ties to Israel’s intelligence services is even trying to implicate Palestinians.
New Yorkers show their solidarity with victims of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, by placing flowers outside The Stonewall Inn, which is considered an epicenter of the US LGBTQ rights movement, in New York’s Greenwich Village neighborhood on 12 June. (Albin Lohr-Jones /SIPA)
Full report HERE
Another report HERE
Sometimes all it takes is a single visual to drive home the point. For Israel’s most read newspaper, visuals have become a way to race-bait and incite against Muslims, specifically against Israel’s Arab population.
A photo comparison of Omar Mateen, who murdered 50 people in an Orlando gay club, and Neshat Melhem, a Palestinian citizen of Israel who shot three Israelis to death earlier this year in ‘Israel Hayom.’ The paper called the two ‘chillingly similar.’ (photo: Israel Hayom)