What Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley Can Teach Trump and Bibi about Palestine and Cannabis

What Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley Can Teach Trump and Bibi about Palestine and Cannabis
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Jimi Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter

Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 but his spirit expressed through his music and art

Continue to inspire and unite 

 By Eileen Fleming

Jimi Hendrix headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969.

Before his accidental death from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27, he was the world’s highest-paid performer.

In the CNN interview with Angelique Kidjo: What Jimi Hendrix and Nelson Mandela taught me about racism, the activist and Grammy Award winning singer said:

I was lucky to be born into a big family with 10 children and raised by educated and open-minded parents in Benin, West Africa.

Without fear, they opened the doors of their home to everyone: the French expatriate, the Chinese table tennis coach or the English engineer. There was no lock on that door.

My first realization that color could matter happened when I was 9 years old and I first saw the cover of Jimi Hendrix’s album Bold as Love.

When I asked my brother where Hendrix was from, he told me that he was African-American, a slave descendant.

This was the first time I learned about slavery. It was a concept that I could not fully grasp at that young age, but it troubled me.

Later, at age 15, I watched a South African woman on Nigerian television talking to journalists about the political system of apartheid and the jailing of her husband, Nelson Mandela. As I watched Winnie Mandela, my whole world collapsed.

My parents had taught me that everyone was equal, that you had to respect everyone and that skin color didn’t matter. Now I could see that your skin color, not who you were, could define you…

That day, I locked myself in my bedroom and wrote a very violent song filled with hate towards the South African regime. I sang it to my father. He gently looked at me and told me: “Your music can’t be preaching hate. Music is supposed to create a bond between people. This is what our traditional songs are for. You have to rewrite your song and create a powerful inspiration for change.”

I went back to my room and reworked the song “Azan Nan Kpé,” an anthem for peace. My new chorus said: “A day will come when there will be no more oppressed and no more oppressors.”

I’m still waiting for that day….

The saddest thing in life is wasted human connection due to fear…

READ MORE about FEAR and its opposite and only antidote: LOVE HERE
During my eight trips to the Palestinian side of Israel’s Wall, I heard the music of Bob Marley played in taxicabs and refugee camps and in particularly STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!

Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!

Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight… 

Most people think,

Great God will come from the skies,

Take away everything

And make everybody feel high.

But if you know what life is worth,

You will look for yours on earth:

And now you see the light,

You stand up for your rights. Jah! 

You can fool some people sometimes,

But you can’t fool all the people all the time.

So now we see the light (What you gonna do?),

We gonna stand up for our rights!


 The cover story for the January/February 2017 edition of FREEDOM LEAF is “Celebrating BOB MARLEY” because February is Bob Marley Month.

Wracked with cancer, the reggae legend passed away 36 years ago. But his vibrant music lives on, along with his love for the sacred herb.

For Bob Marley and many others, cannabis is a “spiritual thing.”

Bob Marley was the first to say:

“Herb is the healing of the nation. When you smoke herb, you reveal yourself.”

On 14 December 2016, FREEDOM LEAF published Israel: The Land of Medical Marijuana

In August, just a few weeks after the expansion of Israel’s medical marijuana program was announced, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel declared that Israel would soon begin exporting cannabis. “The Agriculture Ministry has set up specific areas for the research and trial of growing cannabis, a plant whose foremost use is the medical treatment of patients around the world,” he stated…

Israel’s medical marijuana program is a shining example of global cannabis progress. Israeli growers can access government programs in order to facilitate research that helps them coordinate breeding technology with the corresponding medical ailments they’re trying to target. And advanced Israeli greenhouse technology has helped cultivators like Yohai Golan-Gild, founder of medical cannabis company Better, grow on an industrial level and stabilize his crop for medical consistency.

Golan-Gild spent several years learning about cannabis cultivation in California’s Emerald Triangle. He brought California strains back home and perfected them with Israeli methods, taking advantage of the clinical trials he can do in university research facilities. While imperfect, Israel’s medical marijuana program offers a good example of legal coordination among the government, academia, the medical community and growers….

The collaboration between Israeli growers and the government—coupled with Golan-Gild’s experience integrating Californian and Israeli methods—is encouraging, and shows how much progress can be made through cooperation and shared knowledge.

 
Israel was America’s third largest trading partner in 2016

From THE TOWER Magazine article:

Five Ways Israel is Smoking the Rest of the World in Cannabis Innovation, we learn:

Legal cannabis sales across the world totaled $150 billion last year, and sales in the United States alone are expected to reach $21.8 billion by 2020.

Israel is at the center of this huge growth because of its well-developed ecosystem of cannabis researchers, farmers, entrepreneurs, pharma and government policies…

Israel is up to 10 years ahead of other countries in cannabis innovation….

The Israeli government announced last year that it will expand the number of doctors trained and authorized to prescribe medical marijuana. In January, the government announced plans to decriminalize personal marijuana use, and in February a government committee approved cannabis exports…

Since the government’s mid-2016 reforms to open up licensing for as many marijuana growers as the market will support, over 200 individuals and groups have applied to join Israel’s current eight cannabis farms.

ISRAEL21c presents five reasons Israel is dominating the cannabis industry:

RESEARCH, GENETIC ENGINEERING, AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGIES, PHARMA and MEDICAL DEVICES

This American Health Reporter encourages President Trump to follow Israel’s lead on cannabis and further it by ENDING federal regulations on the sacred weed.

When it comes to one state or two states in the Holy Land, this American Senior Non-Arab Correspondent strongly encourages Israel HONOR its own promise:

On the day of the termination of the British mandate and on the strength of the United Nations General Assembly declare The State of Israel will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel: it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion it will guarantee freedom of religion [and] conscience and will be faithful to the Charter of the United Nations.  May 14, 1948. The Declaration of the Establishment of Israel

As a citizen of the world I HIGHLY recommend ALL leaders of the World HONOR their obligations as Member States of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Because the Establishment of Israel’s Statehood was contingent upon upholding it!

And because if I can’t laugh and “if I can’t dance it’s not my revolution” [Emma Goldman] Jimi Hendrix gets and gives the last word:

Well, I stand up next to a mountain And I chop it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I stand up next to a mountain And I chop it down with the edge of my hand

Well, I pick up all the pieces and make an island
 Might even raise a little sand

I want to say one more last thing
I didn’t mean to take up all your sweet time
I’ll give it right back to ya one of these days,
HAHA


Eileen Fleming is THIS AMERICAN

Health and Senior NON-Arab Corespondent 

In 2012, Eileen Fleming ran for US HOUSE on a platform that included ending federal regulations of cannabis, ending USA collusion in Israel’s occupation of Palestine and nuclear deceptions and establishing USS LIBERTY REMEMBRANCE DAY

She is also the producer of UNCENSORED “30 Minutes with Vanunu” and has authored eight books

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Eileen Fleming

Senior Non-Arab Correspondent for TADN at The Arab Daily News
Senior Non-Arab Correspondent for The Arab Daily News
Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" who founded WeAreWideAwake.org in response to her first of 8 trips to both sides of The Wall in Palestine Israel.
In 2012, Eileen ran for US House of Representatives District 5, in Fl.
Read her FREE eBooks and more at:http://www.eileenfleming.org/
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