Robert Reich said
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
Although Reich was writing about the Civil Rights movement in the U. S., I immediately thought of the people of Gaza
Is there any thinking person in America who has not heard of Gaza and the cruelty our government supports there to the tune of $3.1 billion a year? Then are we not the good people who are silent? Of course, that raises the question, if we are really good people, how can we remain silent. My friend says, “Well, it just doesn’t affect me. Why should I get involved?”
Why? Because we are involved. Our government and our tax monies go to supporting the oppression and we will levy a price on anyone who challenges our “right” to do so.
The headline reads:
CNN fires Marc Lamont Hill in wake of Remarks Criticizing Israel and Calling for a “free Palestine.”
As soon as Hill spoke to the UN supporting the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, he was cast as antisemitic and fired.
Cornel West, Harvard professor, philosopher, author, critic and civil rights activist, writes:
No one gets closer to peace by silencing voices critical of a lethal status quo. We need a candid debate about the grim catastrophe unfolding in Israel.
I have never had much respect for CNN and probable never will as long as Wolfe Blitzer is their star, But I do have hopes in the millions of Jews around the world who out of self-respect are not guided by fear but speak out in expressing their time-honored faith in a vision of peace and justice for all.
December 12, 2018
Robert B. Reich, The Common Good Are we not the good people who are silent? Good, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2018, p 38.
 Eli Rosenberg, CNN fires Marc Lamont Hill in wake of remarks criticizing Israel and calling for a “free Palestine”, November 29, 2018.
 Cornel West, Why did CNN fire a pro-Palestinian Commentator? Dec. 4, 2018.