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November 2011

The Occupy movement seeks to change U.S. foreign policy–will Palestine be included?

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Occupy activists joined a protest in solidarity with Egyptian protesters on November 25 (Photo: OccupyWallSt.org) One of the main objections raised to the Occupy movement allying itself with the cause of Palestine solidarity is that it would distract from the economic message and allow opponents to paint the movement as “pro-terror,” as Daniel Sieradski told

Alhamdulillah Thanksgiving

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Mack with Gaza children I have never celebrated Thanksgiving, nor have I given its concept much thought, for I, being a Muslim, need not a special day to give my thanks to Allah to Whom I am eternally and immensely grateful for His countless blessings and abundant bounties bestowed on me, so it’s always Alhamdulillah,

A brief story of dispossession, American-style – and what you can do about it

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Signs of oil company encroachment: a bayou in the midst of tribal lands, 2008. (Photo: Lizzy Ratner) On this site we talk a lot about dispossession – geographic, political, social, psychic. Mostly, and with good reason, we talk about Palestinian dispossession. But in this post I want to talk about dispossession in this country, dispossession

Why is Charlie Rose hugging Seth Klarman?

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An Interview with Seth Klarman and Charlie Rose from Facing History and Ourselves on Vimeo. Check out this video from November 1 in New York. Seth Klarman is a big hedge fund manager and philanthropist. He’s never been on the actual Charlie Rose show, but Rose interviews him at an event for Klarman’s organization that

A documentary guide to ‘Brand Israel’ and the art of pinkwashing

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(Image: prettyqueer) On Wednesday, November 23, 2011 I published an op-ed in the NY Times, (Israel and ‘Pinkwashing’). This 900 word piece attempted to contextualize Pinkwashing. Here is a more detailed documentary history of Brand Israel, Israel’s campaign to re-brand itself in the minds of the world, as well as the development of pinkwashing as a

What’s my line? I’m Bruce Springsteen of the Middle East, the land of milk and honey

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The Boss Israel’s rebranders are getting creative. First, an open letter to Bruce Springsteen from an Israeli urging him to play Israel: Your music and career have always been about grand gestures and small moments – the triumph of human spirit, battling against adversity, the celebration of life and freedom amid the realizations of what

Reflections on solidarity – November 29, 2011

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Jennifer Bing (left) visiting friends in Ramallah. Speech given at Wellington Church in Chicago, IL on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People: As I look out among all of us gathered here tonight, I realize that so many of us are engaged in this work for peace and justice due to a

Now they care

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New York Times photographer Lynsey Addario The Israeli border guards’ brutal treatment of a pregnant NY Times photographer at the Gaza crossing has driven Joe Klein to denounce “Israeli Thuggery” at Time: Lynsey Addario… was forced to pass through the machine 3 times while being verbally abused and then strip-searched for good measure. This is

Personal narratives vs. a colonial reality: Inside the Palestine Writing Workshop

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Nancy Kricorian meets with the Palestine Writing Workshop We settle into our chairs, our small talk introductions, as we wait for the table to fill up. The workshop, titled “Family Stories: Writing Fiction and Nonfiction Narrative from Life” with Nancy Kricorian, is being offered by the Palestine Writing Workshop and draws us for different reasons.

Ann Lewis and Bill Kristol do ‘playful banter’ at AIPAC summit

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Ann Lewis Erika Schupak Neuberg reports in a Phoenix Jewish publication on an AIPAC summit in Scottsdale, AZ (h/t Max Blumenthal): Proud. Energized. Alarmed. Exhilarated. These are just a few of the words that describe my experience at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Summit - our premier foreign-policy conference held Oct. 30-31 at the Fairmont

Key Occupy Wall Street organizers include activists with roots in Israel/Palestine

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Amin Husain recently appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss the movement. Lost in the debate over whether Palestine is a pertinent issue to the Occupy movement is this interesting fact: two of the core organizers behind Occupy Wall Street in New York have close ties to both Israel and Palestine.  A new New York

Israeli forces tear gas and arrest girls during home demolition in South Hebron Hills

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Video: Israeli occupation forces demolish homes and mosque, arrests girls near Hebron, Ali Abunimah On 24 November Israeli occupation forces demolished two homes, a mosque and a barn, killing livestock, and arrested two young women in the village of Umm Fagarah, in the South Hebron Hills in the occupied West Bank. “Law Enforcement” Destroys Prayer

Could Ron Paul’s Iowa surge finally open up political debate on Israel and Iran attack?

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Ron Paul is apparently coming on in Iowa, second in two Republican polls, a potential frontrunner. The media blackout may finally be ending. But the Wall Street Journal says Ron Paul’s Iowa race “faces hurdle”: The problem: Mr. Paul’s anti-interventionist views on foreign policy. “‘That’s probably the hardest part,’ said Mr. Luethje [a volunteer for

The last koffiyeh factory in Palestine

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The Herbawi Textile Factory in Hebron. (Photo: Rebecca Fudala) When the ethnic cleansing of millions of Palestinians throughout the years of occupation imposed by the only democracy in the Middle East, “Israel”, and the inhumane actions of mass killings and rape of land is enough to make your blood boil, one more thing can be

Israeli gov’t warns Israelis in U.S. not to marry Americans but come home

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Wow this is great reporting at the Jewish Channel. They focus on the ad campaign sponsored by the Israeli gov’t (which we mentioned last week) which is aimed at getting back all the Israelis who have moved to the United States–as many as 2 million! Watch the ads from the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, between

Mondo… Beyondo

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graphic by magpie girl Some of you may have noticed a new feature we’re calling Beyondoweiss. It’s my bag: it’s for personal and idiosyncratic posts that I do like this or this, often touching on marriage, though some of them, like this one, touch on the central concerns of the site. We decided to do

Egyptian polls open amid accusation of election fraud

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(Photo: David Degner) Today red index fingers paint Egypt. They are symbolic marks for the post-Mubarak era changes, however as the indelible ink that stains voters’ skin at the polls wears off after 24 hours, so will the guises the elections as “fair.” After ten days of demonstrations in Tahrir Square and major cities across

Pregnant Pulitzer prize winning American photojournalist humiliated as Israeli soldiers ‘watched and laughed’

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  After a month long investigation into the humiliating treatment of pregnant Pulitzer Prize winning NYT American photojournalist Lynsey Addario, Israel finally issued an apology yesterday. Ethan Bronner, NYT Bureau Chief for Israel, reportedly said he was ‘shocked’ at both Addario’s treatment and the length of the investigation. AP: Israel’s Defense Ministry apologized Monday for the

Questions about Bernard Avishai’s ‘Harper’s’ piece

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Bernard Avishai Bernard Avishai has an important piece in Harper’s in which he shifts his view from the two state solution toward the awareness that the two state solution may be “fatally flawed” and that the answer is “confederation”—a Palestinian state and Jewish state that are interdependent. In the piece, he struggles to grant the

Thanksgiving in Gaza

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Thanksgiving in Gaza [photos]25 Nov by Radhika Sainath — It all started with a simple question from Jabar, a Palestinian farmer from Faraheen, during Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice. “Is there an American eid (holiday) where you slaughter an animal?” he asked Nathan, a colleague here in Gaza, a few weeks ago. Thanksgiving and turkeys

Human rights groups target fashion icon over NYC exhibition funded by settlement tycoon Lev Leviev

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Daphne Guinness with Bernard Henri-Levy (Photo: Rex Features/Sipa Press) Lev Leviev, Israeli settlement mogul and blood diamond trader, is still a target.  This month he sponsored an exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology curated by Daphne Guinness, and human rights organizations are calling for the fashion icon and heiress to distance herself from Leviev.

Sumarin family receives news that eviction is temporarily delayed

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Members of the Sumarin family awaits court decision with solidarity activists from Japan, Sweden, Spain, US, and Israel. WADI HILWEH – SILWAN Today in the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood of Silwan the Sumarin family awaited a ruling from Israeli court on the pending eviction from their home. Israeli news reported this week that the current eviction

Activists charge World Health Organization with being ‘blind to apartheid’

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Israeli activists confront attendees to WHO meeting in Jerusalem. (Photo: Boycott from Within) A press release from Boycott from Within, a coalition of Israeli citizens, who support the Palestinian-led campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel: This morning a group of Palestinians and Israeli activists held a protest action in front of the Inbal