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October 2011

UNESCO votes to admit Palestine as a full member

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Reuters: UNESCO is the first U.N. agency the Palestinians have joined as a full member since President Mahmoud Abbas applied for full membership of the United Nations on September 23. The United States, Canada, Germany and Holland voted against Palestinian membership. Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa and France voted in favor. Britain and Italy

How’s that for turnaround time? — US cuts off funding for UNESCO

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Update: Check out this must see video of the AP’s Matt Lee grilling State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland over the US UNESCO vote. Sami Kishawi has a full transcript on his blog Sixteen Minutes to Palestine. Haaretz: The Obama administration has decided to cut off funding for UNESCO because it approved a Palestinian bid for

If Sen. Ron Wyden wants to end arms sales to Bahrain for ‘violently suppressing peaceful civil dissent’, why not Israel?

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Josh Ruebner writing for TheHill.com: Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is admirably legislating against U.S. arms sales to Bahrain, the autocratic Gulf kingdom which has killed at least 30 protesters during the Arab Spring. To suppress protests, Bahrain has arrested more than 1,600 protesters, has fired 2,500 from their jobs, and is handing down harsh jail

Netanyahu needs a history tutor — Can UNESCO experts help?

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There was the tall tale told in front of the UN last month about how the last name Netanyahu is inscribed on a 2,700 year-old ring found next to the Western Wall in Jerusalem–despite the fact that the Israeli prime minister’s family immigrated to historic Palestine and changed their last name from the original Milikovsky. 

New report says Israeli home demolitions in East Jerusalem violate international law, may constitute a war crime

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Earlier today The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions gave a press conference releasing its new report on Israeli housing demolition policy in East Jerusalem, and announcing that it will submit complaints to the U.N. A press release accompanying the report reads in part: The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) will submit complaints to the UN’s Special Rapporteurs –

Ethical Oil?: The Canadian oil industry and the Israel connection

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Last month I discovered a piece on Feministing about a recent Canadian ad campaign for Ethical Oil. According to Ethical Oil’s website, the group: Encourages people, businesses and governments to choose Ethical Oil from Canada, its oil sands and other liberal democracies. Unlike Conflict Oil from some of the world’s most politically oppressive and environmentally reckless regimes, Ethical

Huwaida Arraf: ‘They have lies to spin; we have truths to tell’

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Yousef M. Aljamal of Gaza’s Center for Political Development Studies interviews with Huwaida Arraf, cofounder of the International Solidarity Movement: Aljamal: First, could you please give us a brief introduction about ISM? Huwaida Arraf with kids in Khan Younis. Arraf: The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the Israeli occupation

A weekend of violence in Gaza

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Israeli airstrikes kill nine Palestinians Deaths have prompted a massive barrage of retaliatory rocket fire, officials say.   2 Fighters Killed In Gaza; 9 in Less Than 24 hours, One Israeli Killed In Asqalan The Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, reported on Sunday at dawn, that two of its fighters

Lessons from the Other Occupiers: A critical engagement of #Occupy and J14

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Both the July 14th Movement and Occupy Wall Street wield tremendous potential. Naomi Klein says that “Occupy Wall Street is the most important thing in the world now.” Immanuel Wallerstein has raved about the “fantastic success of Occupy Wall Street.” The July 14th Movement was an uprising without precedent amongst Israelis. It is exceeded in duration and scale only

West’s 1% salivates over spoils of the Libyan 99%

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Q: Who is set to financially benefit from the sacrifices of the 99% (okay, maybe it wasn’t quite that many, but you know what I mean) of Libyans who risked their lives in the revolution? A: The 1% of American and European CEOs, especially the fossil fuel industry: The guns in Libya have barely quieted,

Refusing to die in silence: Palestinians resist settler violence during the olive harvest

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Olive harvesters watch Israeli soldiers after being told to stop picking olives in Burin. (All Photos: International Solidarity Movement) As this year’s olive harvest sends Palestinian families across all of historic Palestine out to their olive trees, a new nonviolent resistance group called Refusing to Die In Silence is patrolling the West Bank, protecting harvesters

The Israeli army shot at me and 3 Palestinian kids in Gaza today

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After a lovely day of drinking excessive amounts of tea with a few families in South Gaza (Faraheen and Khuza’a, to be exact), an Italian colleague, Silvia, who used to live in Khuza’a, suggested walking down the road towards the local school.  It was late afternoon, about 4:30 p.m. and dozens of children played in

Israel threatens to demolish passage to Al-Aqsa Mosque

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Israeli Municipality to demolish Dung Gate bridge JERUSALEM (WAFA) 26 Oct – Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem said Tuesday that Bab El-Magharbeh (Dung Gate) bridge in Jerusalem’s Old City is in danger of collapse or fire and must be demolished within 30 days. Israeli authorities issued, five months ago, a permit to demolish the Dung Gate bridge and build another one

2 reports say Israel may be preparing Iran attack

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An Israeli attack on Iran is suddenly back on the front burner. Threats responding to threats, escalating. You might want nukes too if you heard your neighbor beating these drums. (Thanks to Voskamp.) Washington Times‘ Abraham Rabinovich says the realists in the Israeli cabinet are losing out to hawks: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to

Where occupy and tea overlap

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(Graphic: Text by James Sinclair/Design by Ty Mortensen) (Hat tip Susan Schuurman)

Romney promises to abdicate American foreign policy towards Israel . . . to Israel

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Can it even get worse than this in the GOP Primary? Think Progress reports Romney stated he would abdicate American foreign policy towards Israel . . . to Israel: Now it seems that a President Romney will allow the Israeli government to decide American policy toward that country. The free daily newspaper Israel Hayom —

Tahrir tells Oakland– ‘Don’t afraid, go ahead’

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Amazing pictures by Mohammed Maree (thanks to Raw Story) demonstrating the Melvillean principle: “genius all over the world stands hand in hand, and one shock of recognition runs the whole circle round&#

Oktoberfest in Palestine

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October’s almost over, and it’s the weekend, to boot– I better get this picture up! This is Florian Bieringer, 21, at the Taybeh Oktoberfest on a hilltop in Palestine at the beginning of the month. He’s lifting up a Taybeh beer. The Oktoberfest was mobbed by internationals. Beiringer said that the Taybeh Oktoberfest has more

Palestine’s UNESCO bid to come up Monday (amid Simon Wiesenthal Center hypocrisy)

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It looks like the vote on Palestine’s bid for membership in UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, will be on Monday: The Palestinians will need to win over two-thirds of UNESCO’s 193 members on Monday to get full membership. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization, is petitioning to block the

Palestine in Oakland– Scott Olsen and Tristan Anderson

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Protesters in oakland carry iraq war veteran scott olsen after he was struck in the head by a police projectile (photo: Jay Finneburgh/indybay.org) Occupy Oakland protesters got a whiff of the weekly Palestinian experience  two nights ago when a crackdown complete with tear gas, rubber bullets and flash-bang grenades tore through their protest encampment. (See