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To an Israeli tank driver, Jenin, mid-April, 2002

* Dedicated to the Reservists who refused to take part

 

As you drive your treads

to flatten rubble,

crushing bodies,

rag dolls,

toys beneath bodies beneath walls beneath tables

beneath refrigerators

beneath your treads

beneath

beneath

 

do you relish victory?

 

Do you think collective punishment

a fair cop?

 

Or is it just another day’s work?

another day at urban removal,

another day’s bulldozing impediments

to the Lebensraum

of God’s chosen people?

Another family turned to parking lot

for future yeshivas?

Future delis?

Future statues to future heroes

of God’s own ethnic cleansing?

 

 

This poem is from Grief and Rage: An American Jew’s Poems on Palestine by Marxist Sociology section member Sam Friedman.  You can obtain one or more copies of Grief and Rage from him by e-mailing sam4wp@netscape.net.

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Never Again

Red stains the walls of the mosque of proud Hebron,

red on the floor and red on the ceiling,

as rage blossoms red in the hearts of the people,

but no anger remains in the eyes on the floor.

 

Some claim it was done by a single lone madman,

a nut born in Brooklyn, New York, USA,

who used a machine gun in red-anger fury,

or maybe in justice avenging his friend,

 

but the eyes on the floor knew instants of horror

at the guards who stood silent, who chose not to come,

as they honored the status of Jews as too godlike

to be bothered or shot at as they murdered their prey.

 

And fear rises yet in the hearts of the victims,

the Arabs whose lovers lie dead in the dust,

treated as servants or as rugs to be trod on,

or roaches to slaughter in a moment of whim.

 

And the blood in the mosque cries wildly for wisdom,

and the barbed wire walls wail wildly for love,

while the fear and the hate and the loathing of killers

remind us that evil demands total change.

 

When millions of Jews filled the ovens in Poland,

then Roosevelt abandoned their lives and their pain,

turned refugees back, overseas to be slaughtered,

gave Hitler free passage for his railroads of doom,

 

but the […]

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The History of Criminal Selectivity

In my dissertation, The History of Criminal Selectivity: A Reading from Marx, Engels, and Contemporary Marxist Thought, I assess the historical and social-economic conditions that underpin the unequal legal treatment and selective prosecution of people based upon class, race, gender, and age. I identify particular patterns of “criminal selectivity.” I consider this phenomenon from the rise of capitalism to today, throughout Europe and the United States. Although the unequal functioning of the criminal justice system is widely recognized today as a key concept for analyzing crime and punishment, the selectivity phenomenon has not been strictly conceptualized and developed.

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What is an American Jew?

Originally published in Sensations Magazine, 2002 (Spring): 10-11. Reprinted in Home Planet News 50 (Vol. 12, No. 4), Spring 2004: p. 4.… This poem is from Grief and Rage: An American Jew’s Poems on Palestine by Marxist Sociology section member Sam Friedman.  You can obtain one or more copies of Grief and Rage from him by e-mailing sam4wp@netscape.net.

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