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June 2012

‘Israelis are helping write US laws, fund US campaigns, craft US war policy’

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At Al Jazeera, Ahmed Moor has a piece titled, “How the Israel lobby erodes US sovereignty.” Strong words. Moor says that Israelis are “helping write US laws, funding US campaigns, and helping craft US war-making policy.” Part of his case is the Mark Kirk Senate bill on refugees that came straight out of Israel. Ha’aretz

What’s the difference between South Africa and Israel?

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The Forward has posted a podcast about the big decision by a Wall Street firm to delist Caterpillar from its socially-responsible index of companies. Gal Beckerman says: It’s been a number of years since the BDS movement kind of — 2005 was the initial call. South Africa, yes, there was a slow build to it. But

Syria: No to intervention, no to illusions

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A protester makes a victory sign behind the Syrian flag during a protest against President Bashar al-Assad in April, 2011. (Photo: UPI) Fifteen months on, the short Syrian spring of 2011 has long since morphed into a harsh winter of discontent. Syria is close to full-scale civil war. If the conflict escalates further, it will have ramifications far outside the country itself.

Walt says liberalism and Zionism are difficult to reconcile

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Earlier today I commented on the common ground of realists and lefties on foreign policy. Well I just read Steve Walt’s very favorable review of Peter Beinart’s book, The Crisis of Zionism, and I’m struck by the extent to which Walt, a coldblooded realist, espouses lib-left ideas in the three criticisms he offers of the

24 Hours in Israeli Custody: The arrest of an American activist in Palestine

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Dooler Campbell protesting in Beit Ommar, near the Karmei Tsur settlement. June 23, 2012 My name is Dooler Campbell, and I am a U.S. American activist currently living and working in the West Bank. I am a graduate student at SIT (School for International Training) in Brattleboro, VT, working on my Masters in Social Justice in

US Kairos committee slams lobby and Christian Zionists, calls on Christians to ‘pay price’ of anti-Semitism charge so as to speak out

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An American Christian committee has called on Christians to stop being cowed by fears of being labelled anti-Semites and speak out about human rights violations in Palestine.  “Enough!” the report says. “The time has come for us to do some shouting.” The US Kairos committee issued its report last week. It is a response to

Coalition partners don’t associate with astroturfing ‘Iran 180′

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Iran 180, an astroturfing project of Marco Greenberg’s Thunder 11, San Francisco Pride, 2011. (Photo: Iran 180) PR executive Marco Greenberg was dressed in denim and a button-down that peekabooed his chest hair as he told a group of eager hasbara-ites, “we do want to propagate. We have an agenda. We have a mission. We

IDF takes over Palestinian village for live-fire training exercises

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Al-Aqada’s Mayor Haj Sami Sadeq watches as the Israeli army enters the village to resume live-fire training exercises, June 27, 2012. (Photo: The Rebuilding Alliance) For the past month, a massive Israeli military training exercise has been underway in the northern Jordan Valley. Israeli troops entered al-Aqaba village last night and conducted live-fire training exercises

‘FT': Iran obsession suggests ‘western policy is driven by Israel’

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The other day I asked why David Sanger of the New York Times is so focused on Iranian nuclear program and not North Korean nukes. The Financial Times raises the same question. Gideon Rachman: Yet it is Iran’s non-existent nukes that continue to obsess the west. Diplomats have spent so long trying to stop Iran

Controversy boils over ‘New Yorker’ fiction parody contest!

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Mad scribes, tonight is the deadline for entries in our contest to parody New Yorker army fiction, inspired by Shani Boianjiu’s alarming IDF story, “Means of Suppressing Demonstrations.” If you do throw your hat into the ring, you invite the scorn of two writers, Raphael Magarik at Open Zion, who didn’t like our take on

A random photograph

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  The other night I went to a movie in downtown New York, and afterward a large group including filmmakers and friends went to a bar. In the garden out back, I met Badia Dwaik, of the Hebron group Youth Against Settlements. Well, I was preparing a post about Hebron, and I got out my

US opposes ‘world heritage status’ for Jesus’s birthplace. Guess why

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 Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Palestine  Photo:Lewis Larsson A huge story. UNESCO has granted world heritage status to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. So Palestine continues to push for recognition in international bodies. Al Akhbar: The UN cultural body UNESCO ignored Israeli objections on Friday to grant world heritage status to the birthplace

Arrests of Palestinian children– ‘a boy in leg irons’ — is becoming a big story in UK

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Defense for Children International Photo:Anne Paq/ When I first read Joseph Dana’s article of last year, “Israeli army targets and arrests children in order to repress Palestinian dissent in the West Bank,” it sent chills up my spine, and I was sure that someday, somehow this story would get out onto the world stage. Today

Israel’s education minister leads $13 trip to settlement for ‘advanced’ Anglos

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(Image: Likud Anglos) This summer a group of English-speaking Israeli extremists, claiming a heritage from “advanced democratic cultures,” are organizing a West Bank day-trip backed by Israel’s minister of education. Lending legitimacy to the $13 all-expenses-included trip on July 6, the minister, Gideon Sa’ar, will guide the tourists to Hebron for a “mini-rally in support


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When I was in Palestine in February I saw several pro-Israel graffiti works made by the group Artists4Israel– at a checkpoint in the West Bank and on barricaded Shuhada Street in Hebron. You can see the Shuhada Street graffiti above. The murals include military shield-like images. (The last frames of film show the Tomb of

Presbyterian minister was first martyr in abolitionist movement

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Elijah Parish Lovejoy, Presbyterian minister and first martyr for the abolition movement (Photo credit: Appletons’ Cyclopædia of American Biography) The schism dividing American Jews and other liberals over loyalty to the Zionist project and support for the 45 year-old Israeli occupation, long anticipated and discussed on this site, may finally be underway. What is unclear is the magnitude of

The future of Zionism

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Now listen up folks. You get to write about movies and artisanal cheese and American politics, but keep your hands off foreign policy coverage and Israel. Got that?  (Former Jerusalem correspondent Ethan Bronner, who I believe is a liberal Zionist, writes about the Supreme Court’s landmark decision today and makes the wise comparison of John

‘$1 million prize intended to fight assimilation’

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High stakes. The headline is from The New York Jewish Week: The Genesis Prize, touted as a “Jewish Nobel Prize” and worth $1 million, was announced Tuesday in a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that included Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and Genesis Philanthropy Group founder Mikhail Fridman. …In a phone interview from

Timeline of the Presbyterian divestment process, 2004-2012

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The Presbyterian Church (USA) is preparing to vote on whether to divest from three companies — Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions — that profit from the Israeli occupation during its General Assembly in Pittsburgh next week. The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has compiled a timeline of the divestment process within the church

Mass hunger strike lingers, another looms as Rikhawi family asks help

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As several Palestinians detainees continue the Karameh (“Dignity”) hunger strike, which began April 17 and officially ended with a May 14 agreement, the family of one hunger-striking prisoner, Akram Rikhawi, has appealed for public support, while thousands more plan to launch another mass action inside Israel’s prisons and detention centers. “We know it will happen

Al Araqib demolished for the 39th time

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Israel demolishes Bedouin village for 39th time NEGEV (Ma‘an) 25 June — Israeli bulldozers demolished Bedouin village al-Araqib for the 39th time on Monday, a lawyer said. Israeli forces ‘demolish tents in Tubas’ TUBAS (Ma‘an) 25 June — Israeli forces on Monday demolished Palestinian tents and structures in al-Malih near Tubas, the local council