Monthly Archives:
February 2012

The Rosh Hashanah sermon on Fire Island

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Fire Island, NY I keep wanting to get to this story, and today I will. At the Penn BDS conference earlier this month, there was a panel of Jews speaking on “BDS, Hillel, and the Question of Anti-Semitism,” and Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace began her remarks with a wonderful story: Rebecca Vilkomerson […]

Will the US act as Israel’s proxy against Iran?

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These two leaders are to meet March 5 Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to meet Barack Obama on Monday March 5, during the AIPAC conference. And it is a good question which leader feels he has more power in the encounter. It’s an election year. Netanyahu will feel emboldened by all the Jewish “voters” he meets […]

Why I’m presenting at Harvard’s one-state conference

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Avraham Burg The Harvard Kennedy School is hosting a “One State Conference” this weekend and already the usual suspects are crying foul. Since I’m going to be speaking on a panel at the conference on Sunday, I thought it might be a good idea to weigh in with some thoughts. I’ll begin with the stated […]

Oakland carries Khader Adnan to Occupy San Quentin

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 (Photo: Marin Independent Journal) On Monday, February 20, 700 activists with Occupy Oakland descended upon San Quentin State Prison.  Palestinian and Arab activists organized a small contingency to focus on hunger striker Khader Adnan. Occupiers were surrounded by police as they held signs and distributed literature on Israeli administrative detention. (Photo: Allison Deger) The demonstration’s […]

Ten reasons why AIPAC is so dangerous

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Graphic from the Occupy AIPAC website – www.occupyaipac.org The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is one of the most powerful lobby organizations in the country. AIPAC’s clout helps fuel a never-ending cycle of violence in the Middle East. Here are ten reasons why AIPAC is so dangerous. 1. AIPAC is lobbying Congress to promote […]

Israelis sanction a march of incitement against Hanin Zoabi in her hometown

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 Report: Police sanction protest against Zoabi in Nazareth BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police have given permission for a right-wing march against a Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament in her home town of Nazareth, Israeli media reported Monday. Part of a campaign under the slogan “Expel Hanin Zoabi from the Knesset”, her fellow parliamentarian Michael […]

Crawfish, gumbo, and the truth

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This photo was taken and sent to me by a friend when she visited New Orleans this past week. The sign was hanging above a restaurant, though we’re unsure whether it was put there by the restaurant or by residents of the building, just outside of the French Quarter. Apparently, truth hangs out in the […]

Open letter to Harvard President: Charges that one-state conference is anti-semitic are ‘defamatory’ and serve ‘to prevent rational discussion of ideas’

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A friend sends the following letter along. It has been released as pressure is mounting on the university to withdraw all financial support from the conference and prevent it from using a university venue. 27 February 2012 Dear President Faust and Dean Ellwood, We, the undersigned, are academics participating in the student-organized One State Conference […]

Free Fadi Quran

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US students campaign for release of nonviolent activist Fadi Quran IMEMC 27 Feb — After Israeli forces pepper sprayed and abducted US citizen and non-violent activist Fadi Quran on Friday, a group of students at Quran’s alma mater Stanford University have spearheaded a campaign for his release … Fadi Quran was involved in a non-violent […]

Judge strikes down lawsuit against Olympia Co-op boycott of Israeli goods

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Olympia BDS supporters in Bil’in, Palestine. (Photo: Olympia BDS) Today, a judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Olympia Food Co-op’s boycott against Israeli products. The Co-op’s decision to de-shelve Israeli products was brought to court after five members sued the co-op. Initially, the plaintiffs petitioned the Co-op to reverse the 2010 board decision. Members of […]

BDS Victory in Japan: Distributor drops Ahava because of the company’s illegal practices

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(Image: Codepink) This statement was issued by the Palestine Forum Japan, a coalition partner in the Stolen Beauty Ahava boycott campaign. DaitoCrea, the general agent in Japan for Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories, announced on its website that they would no longer be distributing Ahava products as of January 31, 2012. This decision is the direct […]

AP report: Federal counter-terror funds used for NYPD spying on Muslims

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President Obama and NYPD chief Ray Kelly meets with police officers and first responders at the First Precinct before visiting Ground Zero (Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP) Outrage over the New York Police Department’s expansive spy program targeting Muslims has grown across the Northeast in recent days. The latest Associated Press (AP) revelation about the NYPD’s arbitrary […]

Harvard’s ‘one-state’ conference spurs ‘National Review Online’ to suggest expelling Palestinians from Jewish state

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Alan Dershowitz There’s going to be a one-state conference at Harvard this weekend. One of the fascinations of my latest trip to Israel/Palestine was seeing how Palestinians have given up on the two-state solution because Israel has destroyed the possibility and the U.N. has pocket-vetoed Palestinian statehood, and people who are sick of occupation are […]

‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ conference brings Evangelical leaders to Bethlehem

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From March 5 – 9, 2012 the Bethlehem Bible College will be hosting it’s second “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bethlehem. The conference will bring Christians from around the world to Bethlehem to connect with Palestinian Christians and to better understand the daily situation they are living under and how […]

New Republic says ‘all of western civilization’ could be threatened by Iran

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When will American media wake up to the fact that Israel and her supporters are crazed on the subject of Iran? Marty Peretz at the New Republic: “All of Western Civilization Could Soon Be Threatened By a Nuclear Iran…” with the usual sober arguments: The Germans waited until January 1942 to detail at the Wannsee […]