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Articles by Jeff Klein

Reinventing law enforcement in Boston

June 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

by Jeff Klein Originally published in the Dorchester Reporter Many people who hear calls to “defund” or “abolish” the police may have the impression that these are demands to eliminate law enforcement altogether.  That is incorrect. The intent is to reinvent law enforcement in a …

I have told this story before, but in the present crisis it is worth repeating. Some years back Dorchester People for Peace was trying to build a coalition to cut the military budget, recruiting a variety of people-of-color-led organizations in Boston to work on a …

by Jeff Klein The Israeli government is getting ready to formally annex large swaths of the occupied West Bank, apparently with the assent of the Trump administration. This action would culminate decades of settlement building, land seizures and dispossession of Palestinians in the territories where …

What a crisis reveals

April 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

First published in the Dorchester People for Peace Update, April 10, 2020 A crisis can highlight faultlines in a society that are less visible in “normal” times. It is now impossible to ignore that our fragmented and mostly privatized healthcare system is not up to …

What Makes Us Safe?  What Doesn’t?

April 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

Originally published in the Dorchester People for Peace Update, April 3, 2020 Two news items from this week partly answer those questions. More than 3,000 have died in U.S., surpassing 9/11 death toll, the Washington Post reported. Of course, most news outlets failed to mention that the attackers did …

No doubt many of you have been reading from among the flood of articles and analyses regarding Trump’s so-called “Deal of the Century” for Israel-Palestine.  For background and history of the deal, see this article, reproduced from a Dorchester for Peace e-newsletter. Palestinians and their …

by Jeff Klein

For more than 50 years, the UN and the international community have upheld in principle that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza had to end. After Israel’s conquests in the 1967 War, the UN Security Council declared that peace would require withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied during that conflict. Yet even as Israel built hundreds of illegal settlements in the occupied territories and annexed parts of Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan heights, the country faced nothing more than empty clucking from the international community; the US consistently blocked any action to enforce the UN and International Court of Justice decisions. Now, under the ‘Trump-Netanyahu’ administration, the US has abandoned even the pretense of abiding by international law.

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