Jews vs. Muslims

Throughout the day and in the weeks to come the US nationalist Press, co-opted by Israeli Nationalist interests, and tinged by an American evangelical perversion that sanctifies Israel in a bizarre end times fantasy, will frame today’s criminal act in Jerusalem as the holocaust part two by Muslims.

Never mind the disrespect that affords to the actual holocaust, and the truths about that terrible period in human history. the belief that this is part of an endless and unsolvable historic hatred between Muslims and Jews is simply a lie to hide the root cause of the conflict. Indeed, the Palestinian/Israeli conflict is more akin to neighboring hillbilly clans bickering over overlapping hunting grounds than a religious conflict.
Jews and Palestinians are basically family stuck in an antagonistic rut, each knowing precisely how to incite the other.

I live between a predominantly Muslim neighborhood centered on Devon Avenue here in Chicago, and a predominantly Jewish neighborhood centered largely on Touhy Avenue, with the two communities mixed quite amiably in the middle along Lunt. Jews and Muslims shop at the same Jewel grocery store, with Muslims shopping their Kosher section when in a bit of a pinch. Halal and Kosher preparations are acceptable. See, they can coexist.

But if it was really about Religion than Jews would be bulldozing homes on Lunt, while carpet bombing Devon. Muslims would be firing rockets from Devon at Touhy, although their crappy homemade rockets would usually be landing in the Chicago River or hitting Lincolnwood. Devon would eventually be blockaded and Muslims would have to dig a tunnel to Loyola for food and medicine, and FOX news would report that Jews in Skokie were the real victims. But they aren’t, and the Jews and Muslims on Touhy, Lunt and Devon live quite peacefully as neighbors because it isn’t about religion. It is about politics and power and racism, on both sides. It is just that one side has the backing of a superpower and one does not.

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BREAKING: Rogers Park Murder: The confluence of tragedies

Revolution and Beer was on scene shortly after a fatal shooting in Rogers Park Saturday afternoon. The shooting occurred around 3:30pm. A 28 year old man died in the incident that took place at the intersection of Glenwood and Devon in front of the Uncommon Ground restaurant along a normally quiet and busy block. The unidentified man later died at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. 2 people, a man and woman, were taken into custody. Unconfirmed reports indicated that the weapon was found with the woman.

A police technician gathers evidence following a fatal shooting in Rogers Park. Photos by WC Turck

A police technician gathers evidence following a fatal shooting in Rogers Park. Photos by WC Turck

Witnessed said they thought it was firecrackers. They said the victim was standing at the corner when at least one of the suspects approached and began firing along the busy street. The victim turned but was struck in the back at least once. The wounds proved fatal.

The shooting disrupted businesses along Devon, rattled residents and rerouted the Number 36 bus. Predominantly gang violence has spilled out across the city apparently and shows no sign of slowing. Edgewater and Rogers Park have seen an increase in shootings in just the last week. A police source who asked to remain anonymous said that guns are now more readily available to gangs across the city.120_0776

Some blame gun advocates and pro-gun proliferation activists who challenge any effort at reasonable oversights and controls. Media hysteria about guns may be driving the precipitous influx of guns, as dealers and opportunists fear controls might curb straw purchases. According to the FBI and Chicago police, most guns that wind up being used by gangs are purchased legally. Very few guns recovered by police were stolen. Chicago is ringed by gun stores, although, for now, guns sales in Chicago are prohibited. In neighboring Indiana, where gun shows are prevalent, guns can be purchased without the normal waiting period. A number of recovered weapons on the streets of Chicago were purchased legally at gun shows and then sold to gang members; so called “straw” purchases.

Local groups like Ceasefire and OneNorthside have been working to step the violence in Rogers Park. As the violence grows they can use the public’s help to get involved in their community. For information on how the public can help visit : or visit

One resident of the neighborhood cited the proliferation of guns, lack of opportunity in critical neighborhoods and the dismantling of CHA projects that scattered gang members throughout the city and suburbs.

It’s the system, man,” he said candidly. “You throw away a generation of young men, criminalize race and blame the symptom instead of the disease, then throw in gun and drugs, and something bad is going to happen.”

WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit

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