Israel military kills Palestinian protesters & press

Third-world despots like Israel’s Netanyahu murder journalists in broad daylight.

Worse, more than 30 Palestinians dead and more than 1,000 injured by IDF shooting into crowds & other means since Gaza border mostly nonviolent  protests began about one week ago.

Netanyahu, The Butcher of Gaza, more than once has led apartheid Israel here to the depths of a depravity rarely witnessed by a modern industrial society.

Israeli military shot 6 clearly marked journalists on Friday, killing one, Yasser Murtaja, 31, of Ain Media who was shot in lower abdomen.

The IDF “has maintained that the shooting into the border crowds is carefully targeted.”

I believe them.

6 clearly marked journalists shot by Israeli snipers yesterday while these men covered the Palestinian “Day of Tires” protests.

No justification, ever, for intentionally targeting the press.

More war crimes by Israel.


NY Times was one of very few publications to use a simple declarative headline for what actually happened.Yasser Murtaja, 31, of Ain Media shot dead by IDF snipers as he recorded Day of Tyre protests. Image from NY Times.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Peoria

In the morning edition on April 5, a small article 16 Negroes Arrested In Main Street March began “Chanting ‘We are the black men’ 16 Negroes were arrested as they paraded down the middle of Main Street at approximately 11:30 last night in protest over the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King.”
After listing the names, ages and addresses of those arrested, and other details, the article continued, “Officers Don Story and Roy Bright reported they got out of their squad cars and walked along with the group, which grew to approximately 10 persons within a short distance. The marchers were walking shoulder to shoulder, and for a few minutes were holding up both lanes of traffic near (Bradley) University.
“When the group reached the intersection of Main and University streets they were being accompanied by several other Negro men who were walking on the sidewalk. At the intersection, the police department’s patrol wagon met them and the marchers were informed that they were being placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and those under 21 were also being charged with curfew violation.
“Officers reported that one of the men who got into the patrol wagon, stood up and yelled, ‘If you’re black, get in.’
“According to officers, several Negroes on the sidewalk then got into the wagon and were taken to police headquarters.
“As the prisoners, many of them Bradley students, were being booked there was no disorder and none of those arrested offered any resistance.”
The evening edition that night also included the following two paragraphs not included previously,
“A number of marchers and the two police officers narrowly escaped injury when one motorist accelerated instead of slowing when he neared the column.
“(Officers) Bright and Story said they and the marchers all leaped clear of the speeding auto, but failed to get an accurate description of it in the confusion of the moment.”
Only in Peoria.
On Saturday, April 6, more than 200 uniformed and well-armed Peoria-based Illinois National Guardsmen left from the North Adams Street Armory and arrived that night in Chicago where major disturbances were ongoing. Peoria Journal Star reported two days later that “Approximately 240 Peoria area National Guardsmen have been on duty in Chicago patroling the streets since their arrival Saturday night.
“Companies A and B of the 1st Battalion 123rd mechanized Infantry are in jeeps and armored personnel carriers (APC’s) in the Kinley Park area on the near-west side of Chicago,” according to news reports.
The following day, the Journal Star reported, “70 area stores canceled Sunday business hours in response to the President’s declaration of a day of mourning for slain Negro leader Dr. Martin Luther King. Store owners have not closed their doors (in Peoria) on a Sunday since November 25, 1963 — the Sunday that followed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy at Dallas, Tex.” Most of those stores and others remained closed until 10:30 Monday morning, after Dr. King’s funeral in Atlanta.
At 2pm on Sunday, April 8, more than 2,000 people marched silently in a 3-block long mourning procession led by Rev. Calvin Hightower, pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church, Rev. Charles Sensel of Bradley Avenue Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Peoria Mayor and Mrs. Robert H. Lehnhusen from the Peoria County Courthouse to First Methodist Church where “the crowd filled all pews and overflowed into the aisles. The huge church seats 2,000,” noted the newspaper.
Monday, April 9, “John Gwynn, president of the local NAACP branch, said letters were being sent today to the three public bodies (Peoria City Council, School Board and Park Board) asking them to take meaningful civil rights actions:
‘I appreciate the memorial services. I go along with the mourning. But I believe (Dr. King) would be more satisfied to know that the Peoria City Council had reconsidered its restrictions on the housing ordinance.
‘Rather than excusing children from school to attend services, Gwynn said, ‘It would be more of a tribute if you ended de facto segregation in the schools.’ “
Sporadic rioting did occur in Peoria in the aftermath of King’s death, some of which is referenced in the Peoria Journal Star photos accompanying this post.[]
Illinois National Guardsmen leaving North Adams Street Armory in Peoria for riot patrols on streets of Chicago 2 days after Dr. King's murder. (PJ Star photo)Big headlines in 3 consecutive editions.Peoria turns out in wake of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination.Rioting in Peoria in aftermath of King's murder.More chaos in Peoria.Article in wake of King's murder in PJ Star.Illinois National Guard from Peoria readies for riot patrols in Chicago in aftermath of King's murder. (PJ Star photo)Two different marches for King in Peoria.

East Bluff / Knoxville Noir

“Since 2015, Peoria police have responded to the 2200 block of North Knoxville Avenue 10 times for 11 overdoses.” PJ Star, Opioid series. Second highest incidence in City of Peoria.

Hey, I live & love just a few blocks away. Of course, McDonald’s is the magnet and I walk for exercise (sure) through there all the time.

Tonight it was beautiful & calm weather, and no visible chaos. I did see a very sketchy heroin dude sitting on the curb with smartphone waiting for a fix in the back McD’s lot alongside Arcadia. I walked past him and he repeatedly checked me out as I went on. So obvious.

I talked with the white college looking male clerk behind the bankers glass at the gods-gift-to-the-neighborhood 24-hour Circle K gas & mart stop across and up from MickyD’s. He rapped on the glass with a knuckle and said a worker had been shot dead at the register about 2 years ago. The line behind me grew to a busy handful, and I trundled away.

At Mac’s, the young African-American male clerk said about 6 weeks ago, a male heroin OD stumbled out of the john and died on the floor by the tables.

And I walked and talked with an African-American senior from the market who said he doesn’t see much trouble.

He rightfully looked at me with suspicious eyes just before he started repeating my questions and went on.

All in all, very calm and no surprises.

Man, I can vividly recall parking in the big unfenced back lot of the old McDonald’s near the alley with an wide-open view of Knoxville.

Could easily see the vast terrain before walkups, other cars & any cops came near. Very defensive position.

Be drinking beers or smoking grass & always listening to tunes on the 8-track like Year of ’39 by Queen or Barry Manilow’s greatest hits or Eagles ’71-’75.

Car karaoke on “Trying to get that feeling again, and again! Trying to get that feee-linng aaagain!”


Heaven’s mercy on our East Bluff & its wandering, meandering fools.[]

2200 Block N. Knoxville Ave blues. 2nd highest OD rate in Pe-or-ia.24-hours, baby. Register employee shot dead 2 years back, apparently.Heroin OD on the floor of MickyD's 6 weeks ago, reportedly. Faux art & beautiful, clinic-clean no-key restrooms.

PJS needs to come clean

My work about Mark Clark and his treatment by the Journal Star isn’t just some retelling of events starting in the ’60’s & ’70’s. It absolutely informs today, especially when it comes to the issue of the newspaper’s relationship to Peoria’s African-American population, and every other non-power community in central Illinois.

Last fall, the PJS executive editor Dennis Anderson wrote a pat-on-the-back piece for The Guardian, an important UK publication with US, Australian, and international online editions. The piece “Our newspaper was irrelevant to Peoria’s South Side. Here’s how we changed that” outlined the daily paper’s recent overt engagement efforts, claiming in the quoted sub header, “The Journal Star’s coverage of poorer, largely black neighborhoods used to focus on crime and feelgood stories. Then we started engaging with the community.”

But Anderson forgot, or more probably was never even aware, of his newspaper’s all too purposeful and direct engagement with the South Side’s African-American community that had been going on for decades.

And a huge part of the reason for the disconnect to irrelevancy he lamented between the city’s paper of record and Peoria’s largest minority community might just be that the Journal Star attacked and belittled African Americans precisely at the time the community needed their newspaper the most.

When Mark Clark, leader of the Peoria chapter of the Black Panther Party, was gunned down December 1969 in what amounted to a police death-squad execution aimed at Illinois BPP Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton in Chicago, the Journal Star used racist descriptions like “ex-convicts,” “jobless,” and “not overly bright” about Clark and his comrades, people who operated a free children’s breakfast program in Peoria and across the nation. The cop gunners were also targeting Illinois BPP Chairman Bobby Rush, who fortunately was sleeping elsewhere. Mr. Rush, a Democrat, has ably served as US Congressman for the Illinois 1st District since 1993 and remains the only man to ever beat President Barack Obama in an election campaign.

Just a few months after the Clark/Hampton murders, Peoria residents vs. police conflict exploded across the South Side’s Taft and Warner Homes public housing units and beyond when two women residents were evicted with little or no due process.

“The violence erupted when a group of about 50 youths returned the furniture of Dorothy Johnson to her apartment from which she had been evicted in the morning (of July 23),” noted the Journal Star 1970 news article. During the clashes, some of the most extraordinary, memorable violence occurred when the Taft Homes offices of the Peoria Housing Authority were gutted by fire bombs. Burned out. According to published reports at least 17 arsons, 12 shootings with six people injured (at least two in separate Southside taverns) and about 40 arrests occurred.

A state of emergency – including night-time youth curfews, closed taverns, and prohibitions on bulk gasoline sales – was declared by city officials during three nights of violence primarily between police and black residents in July 1970.

Five days after the initial contested evictions and resulting mayhem began, the lead Journal Star editorial was provocatively titled “The Black Saboteurs.” It included no details about the root causes or any attempt at honest analysis of the locally infamous Taft Homes Riots. The Black Saboteurs bolded title pretty much summed up the paper’s position clearly and quickly.

So, for me, these glaring omissions in Anderson’s Guardian article were too much to take. Too divorced from reality to just read and do nothing.

So I contacted The Guardian by email this past December 11 about my concerns regarding the journalistic integrity of this October 1, 2017 piece by Anderson, and asked:
1). Would the Oct. 1, 2017 Guardian article by Dennis Anderson have been printed in its current form if your newspaper had been aware of the past Journal Star editorials?
2). Was the Oct. 1, 2017 Guardian article by Dennis Anderson edited or fact-checked by your staff?
3). Did Mr. Anderson write the headline?
4). What is the Guardian’s position on institutional responsibility by newspapers for past actions/positions taken, regardless of whether it happened 1 year ago or 10 years or even longer?

I also forwarded copies of the older Journal Star work in question, and waited. The Guardian replied after further prompting by claiming the Anderson piece was part of something called “Comment is Free” although the article has no such header or identifying text with that wording.

The tag “comment” was included as the very last word at the very bottom of the work, but that obviously did not serve as any kind of identifying label to any lay reader, and probably not to 90 percent of any media or academic audience. See for yourself; the tag is still there. I certainly took the article as a news piece, exactly the way it was presented online.

When I pointed out this incredibly relevant fact, that there was no label identifying the piece as anything other than a straight news article, The Guardian was forced to specifically and clearly label the Anderson article with the unmistakable bold black header “Opinion”. And it remains that way now. But for weeks, readers took that piece as competent and complete journalism when it clearly was no such thing.

Even now, the url address for the article remains You see the letters following immediately after Looks like “us-news” to me. Not us-opinion or us-comment. News. At least that’s what they ridiculously tried to pass it for.

It just rings so hollow, this badly incomplete Guardian piece the executive editor of the Peoria Journal Star attempted to foist off on America and the world via a respected international publication as a means to congratulate his tenure on the masthead. The paper wanted to be seen as valiantly calling itself out for benign neglect — heaven help us! — when the truth was closer to media-sponsored racism spewing from the front doors at 1 News Plaza.

If Dennis Anderson had taken the time to responsibly know just a little bit about the recent turbulent past of the city his publication works for, and how his paper responded to those times which remain fresh in the minds of countless numbers of Peorians, then I’m pretty sure he could never have written that his paper’s coverage on the South Side had been restricted primarily to arrest blotters and feature powderpuffs.

He would have had to admit that the unacceptable words and positions of his newspaper dating back at least to Mark Clark and the Taft Home Riots were in many ways directly responsible for whatever community disconnect existed then and exists now. I certainly believe that any fair-minded reading of the facts would lead most people to the same conclusion.

I just wish the Peoria Journal Star would finally come to grips with its recent past, and display some institutional responsibility and genuine remorse on the very pages where it all started. People would respect that.

No one needs any more monthly meetings.[]

My efforts last December resulted in the clear relabelling Opinion for this pat-on-the-back piece previously online as a news article for weeks.