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April 2011

Cokie’s in Hadassah, Nelson’s in the Haggadah (and Israel’s in the West Bank)

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With no accountability, context or synthesis to Palestine, Cokie Roberts’s husband Steve Roberts explains to an NPR interviewer that the politics of Zionism replaced Judaism/ Religion for Eastern European immigrants (though that question wasn’t the intention of the interview, they were promoting interfaith Haggadah). Listen to Steve and Cokie Roberts discuss seders, replacement religion/Zionism, interfaith, […]

Bad timing for ‘WSJ’ author who says Arab spring won’t leap the Sinai

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The theme of posts here the other day was attitudes of “denial” regarding the Palestine issue. Nothing could illustrate this more than an op-ed a couple of days ago  by a “scholar” with a comfortable job at a right-wing think tank. Josef Joffe, former publisher of the influential German newspaper Die Zeit and now ensconced […]

When will the U.N. observe its own resolutions re borders and states?

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President Shimon Peres tells Ban ‘UN cannot remain neutral in light of the rockets fired from Gaza to Israel.’  In recent days Israel has been exploiting the attacks from both sides of the conflict and the Goldstone editorial in the Washington Post to demand that the UN Fact Finding report be retracted and to insist […]

The Reconciliation… and the football match

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When I first read the news about the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, I simply thought the site I was surfing was outdated or something. It was not. On Wednesday 27 April, 2011, and to my surprise, the two major Palestinian parties, Fatah and Hamas, agreed on a reconciliation deal after secret meetings were held […]

Helen Thomas will cover Move Over AIPAC conference, doesn’t want to speak at it

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The MoveOverAipac conference is in 3 weeks. The organizers have just issued a statement to endorsers explaining the Helen Thomas invitation, and Thomas’s withdrawal from the conference. Medea is Medea Benjamin of CodePink, who met with Helen Thomas yesterday, and Rae is Rae Abileah. Great women. Here it is: Thank you for your support of […]

Lawyer at ‘Counterpunch’ validates Palestinian right of armed resistance to occupation

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Lynda Burstein Brayer is a South African, Israeli-trained human rights lawyer. She has worked in the West Bank. This is at Counterpunch, in a takedown of the Goldstone reconsideration, a discussion of the Palestinian right to self-determination and thus, violent resistance. Others have said the same thing, of course; Michael Neumann said so, at Counterpunch […]

The three sacred words of US-Israeli rejectionism

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I have a confession. I love the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. I can, and often do, read it for hours. It is a treasure trove, home to some of the best propaganda on the planet. The MFA website is also home to the three sacred words. Words, which when uttered correctly, underpin decades […]

American journalists want to see the Arab spring happening everywhere but Palestine

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My theme today is denial, specifically as it involves the Arab revolutions: the failure of American media figures and Jewish leaders to recognize the huge spiritual-political effect of the Arab spring and the inevitability of that spirit coming to bear on the dire human-rights situation in Palestine.  As Issandr El Amrani said the other night […]

How about banning Israeli politicians for supporting terrorism?

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Israeli leaders have condemned the nascent Palestinian reconciliation, considering the possible participation of Hamas members in any government to be unacceptable because of the party’s history of terrorism. To the great surprise of no one, American politicians have been competing for press attention to parrot the same line. What if Palestinian leaders, and our own […]

Klein, Erakat, Travers, Flanders, Ratner to discuss Goldstone in NY

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Save the date. We’re proud, this is our event, along with the Culture Project. Naomi Klein and Desmond Travers and Noura Erakat will traveling to New York next month to discuss the Goldstone Report and its reverberations. They’ll be joined by our co-editor on the volume, Lizzy Ratner, and moderated by Laura Flanders of Grit-TV. […]

Tweeting Hedy Epstein

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Yesterday we posted a piece by Hedy Epstein about the upcoming anti-AIPAC conference, called “As a Holocaust survivor, AIPAC does not speak for me.” Ali Gharib then tweeted the piece. And look at the responses from some supporters of Israel. Interesting conversation. Real venom toward Epstein’s use of her own history as an explanation of […]

‘Equal rights for Palestinians’ billboard is deemed offensive in Seattle

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I have only one theme today: the denial. The denial that my country and my community are engaged in, on a core issue of foreign policy. Writes a friend: “This censorship in Seattle is really something. It’s so flagrant you hope people not involved will start wondering what’s going on.” Seattle Times reporter Jim Brunner: […]

More from Lupe Fiasco, ‘Words I Never Said’

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More about denial, and cultural breakthrough. In February we noted that rapper Lupe Fiasco, a Muslim, mentions the Gaza onslaught in a new song. A friend sent us more of the lyrics to “Words I Never Said”. (Including truther lines, huh.)

To be a teenager in Bil’in

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Two children were taken to hospital after the latest army invasion in Bil’in, a village in the occupied Palestinian territories. At midday on April 28, the Israeli army entered Bil’in. Three military jeeps came through the Western gate in the Wall, drove through the village and to the mosque. Clashes erupted when a group of […]

As a Holocaust survivor, AIPAC does not speak for me

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At the end of one of my first journeys to the Israeli-occupied West Bank in 2004, I endured a shocking experience at Ben-Gurion Airport. I never imagined that Israeli security forces would abuse a 79-year-old Holocaust survivor, but they held me for five hours, and strip-searched and cavity-searched every part of my naked body. The […]