Sparks from Black Lives Matter protest have jumped U.S. borders and caught fire elsewhere in the world, from Paris to Zurich to Sydney — and Palestine, where Floyd’s murder has struck a special chord.
Consider one pointed parallel. Iyad Halak was killed only five days after George Floyd. And his story is all too familiar.
Halak was autistic, and on his way to school. Just 100 yards from the institution he walked to every day, Israeli Border Police yelled at him to stop. He didn’t understand. He kept walking, and the police chased him. They began firing.
Terrified, he hid in a garbage room at the school. The police shot him dead.