Assata Shakur: From civil rights activist to ‘terrorist’

chesimard_2[1]Some readers of this blog may be aware of Jewish Lobby’s campaign involving Barack Obama, John Kerry and even the kosher Pope Francis for the release of American Jewish spy Alan Gross who is serving a 15-year jail sentence for inciting Cuban Jewish community against the Castro regime in Havana. But, I’m sure they never heard about Assata Shakur (not converted to Islam), an Afro-American civil rights activist hiding from FBI in Cuba for the last 30 years where she is known as a writer, editor and an author. Watch a documentary, entitled, ‘The Eyes of the Rainbow’ below in which Assata Shakur narrates her experience in Cuba – and its review by professor Linda Lopez McAlister (University of South Florida) here.

Last year, FBI doubled bounty for Assata Shakur’s (born as Joanne Deborah Byron in 1947) capture ‘alive or dead’ to $2 million. Israel-First New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez praised FBI director Robert Mueller for raising the bar on Assata Shakur saying: “Adding Chesimard to your Top Ten list and the Top 25 Most Wanted Terrorists lists would very much aid local New Jersey law enforcement in their efforts to finally bring Joanne Chesimard to justice.”

Joanne Deborah Byron faced racism then and now as a young woman. She joined the Black Panther Party and, later, the Black Liberation Army in order to fight racism against Blacks, Capitalism and American imperialism. In 1973, she was travelling in the company of Malik Zayad Shakur (no relation) and Sundiata Acol in New Jersey. They’re stopped by the state troopers reportedly because of a broken headlight. The three are made to exit the car with their hands up. All of a sudden, shots are fired. The state trooper Werner Foerster and Malik Shakur were found killed by Foester’s gun. Assata Shakur and Acoli were charged with the death of state trooper Foerster. But the Jewish press have its own story to demonize Shakur.

And I must say, the Jewish Lobby has every right to hate Assata Shakur, and the current leaders of the New Black Panther Party including its president Malik Zulu Shabazz (born Paris Lewis) for believing that Israel was involved in 9/11 terrorist attacks,; Jewish elites control America’s monetary system, mainstream media, Hollywood and even country’s internal security agencies.

On May 18, 2013, the Anti-Defamation League, the powerful Israeli advocacy group, declared Malik Zulu Shabazz, Nadia Assata Shakur and the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) being anti-Israel and anti-Jews; thus “antisemite”, even though studies after studies have proved that a great majority of Jews are not Semite people.

In 1977, she was sentenced to life imprisonment by a bought-out jury for the crime which was not proven she committed. But, then, that’s what’s called ‘American Justice’.

After two years, Assata Shakur’s supporters helped her escape the prison. She took political asylum in Cuba in 1984 where she has been living since then.

Assata is not a terrorist or a threat to United States,” scholar and activist Angela Davis, who herself once occupied a spot on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, told Democracy Now! “If anything, this is a vendetta.”

On March 10, 2012, in Newark, the New Black Panther Party rallied ‘In Defense of Assata.’ “We are pathetically living in an era where the US government’s foreign policy is crippling the world with its doctrine of ‘Regime Change’. This new attack is highly provocative and is not only a renewed threat on Assata’s life, it could be a real, election year opportunistic, threat to the national sovereignty of Cuba,” said an angry Zayid Muhammad, a longtime friend and supporter of Shakur and organizer of the rally.


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