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July 2012

Settlement spending reaches two-decade high of NIS 1.1 billion

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Construction in the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, 2011. (Photo: AP) Today Haaretz reported settlement spending has skyrocketed by 38% since 2010, reaching a two-decade high of NIS 1.1 billion. Historically this level of funding was surpassed only once in 1993 during the post-Oslo boom in Israeli control over the West Bank. The government spent NIS

Why Obama shouldn’t go to Israel

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Western Wall guns, part 1 Western Wall guns, part 2 Western Wall guns, part 3 I shot the three pictures above in the half hour before Mitt Romney arrived at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday, even as the place was crawling with U.S. Secret Service men. Everyone who goes into the Western Wall

Exile and the Prophetic: After genocide, no justice

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This is part twenty-eight of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. After genocide, no justice. A mantra for our age. After ethnic cleansing, no justice. Another mantra for our age. After atrocity – endless, isn’t it? There is retribution. Mostly retribution is

CODEPINK protester victorious over AIPAC assailant

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Rae Abileah at AIPAC’s annual conference, 2011. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) It is not every day that the voices for justice triumph over the actions of the rich and powerful, especially when it comes to the Israel-Palestine debate. That’s why it is so important to acknowledge and celebrate the settlement just negotiated by CODEPINK activist

Alameda County, CA proclaims Palestinian Cultural Day despite opposition

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Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Nate Miley (far right) and Supervisor Wilma Chan (far left) awarding the Proclamation to representatives of the Palestinian community: (left to right) Fuad Ateyeh, Sandra Nasser, Nabil Wahbeh, and Loubna Qutami. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors proclaimed Palestinian Cultural Day at its regular meeting in the Alameda County

Romney’s racist bundler: J. Philip Rosen believes Palestinian society is ‘pathological’

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J. Philip Rosen, left, with Mitt Romney at a New York fundraiser (Photo: NORPAC/New Jersey Jewish News) Sheldon Adelson’s reactionary views on Israel/Palestine have gotten some coverage in the US media (though not enough). But another big-time Romney backer, J. Philip Rosen, holds similarly incendiary views. And despite the fact that the New York Times

Romney bombs at the King David

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I haven’t read the coverage but am aware that Romney’s trip to Israel and Palestine is shaping up as another unmitigated disaster, freelancing in the most dangerous region in the world, guided by second-rate Zionist careerists like Dan Senor, whose book Startup Nation Romney promoted in his speech, and Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, who was

Israel allocates 70x more water to settlers than Palestinians in the West Bank

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Attili: Israeli settlers draining Palestinian water supply RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 29 July — Israel allocates 70 times more water to each settler than to the average Palestinian in the West Bank, the head of the Palestinian Water Authority said Sunday. At a press conference in Ramallah, Shaddad Attili said Palestinians received 105 million cubic meters of

Exile and the Prophetic: Genocide – donate now!

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This is part twenty-seven of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Back to back beautiful beach days, morning and late afternoon, sunny but mild, low tide, then dark clouds gathering, followed by a short rain.  Amazing. Then crossing the email wire, our

Romney, Netanyahu and that other campaign — for war with Iran

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Over the weekend Mitt Romney launched his electoral swing to Jerusalem – with a coordinated effort in the US from the usual suspects at the Emergency Committee for Israel here and here, in tandem with the Republican Jewish Coalition –  it’s worth remembering that this is not necessarily just a cynical campaign maneuver.  No doubt, there is the ambition to peel

CIA considers Israel the largest counterintelligence threat in the Middle East

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From the Associated Press article “US sees Israel, Tight Mideast Ally, As Spy Threat“: The CIA considers Israel its No. 1 counterintelligence threat in the agency’s Near East Division, the group that oversees spying across the Middle East, according to current and former officials. Counterintelligence is the art of protecting national secrets from spies. This

Exile and the Prophetic: No prophet spoken here

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This is part twenty-six of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Sally Ride, America’s first woman astronaut, has died. Another obituary. I read obituaries carefully as you may have noted. They reveal and hide. Revealing/hiding, such an interesting part of life. The

Shelly Adelson rides to Mitt’s rescue in West Jerusalem

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Sheldon Adelson, seated, right, shakes Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s hand before Mitt Romney’s speech tonight in Jerusalem I couldn’t get into the Romney speech, but I saw Sheldon Adelson coming in with his wife, Miriam, and got this snapshot. Good times. More later. By the way, as I keep reminding readers, Adelson is pro-choice. Not

Dennis Ross’s neutrality shows lobby is with Romney

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Editor: MJ Rosenberg posted this news today on his site. Eli Lake, as faithful a transcriber for AIPAC as any in the media (he has plenty of competition) reports that Dennis Ross is staying neutral in the presidential election.  This is pretty significant because nothing Dennis Ross does (including every action he took at the

Stealing Palestine dunam by dunam

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Israeli authorities circle Palestinian land with fence near Qalqiliya Ma’an News: QALQILIYA (Ma’an) – Israeli authorities have started to install a fence around the southern side of Azzun Atma in Qalaqiliya in the northern West Bank. A two-meter high spiral fence was installed on about 1,500 meters running from the settlement of Oranit to the

Michael Sfard: Addicted to the process

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In the New York Times, Jodi Rudoren’s welcome coverage of legendary Israeli human rights attorney Michael Sfard exposes, perhaps unwittingly, the hypocrisy of one of Israel’s key settler strategists. A Champion for the Displaced in Israel He sees his work as a mission to save the prospect of a two-state solution and preserve Israeli democracy.

Exile and the Prophetic: Reading the Torah out loud (no rabbis allowed!)

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This is part twenty-five of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. My little guy, Isaiah, just turned nineteen. Obviously the “little” designation is somewhat past tense. He’s been texting me about the Penn State/Sandusky, Paterno scandal. He’s asking if I think the

Exile and the Prophetic: Rejected! Jewish ‘common sense’ religion

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This is part twenty-four of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Yesterday, Hindu morning rites on the beach. At least, I think they are. Would love to ask but don’t want to interrupt morning devotions to the Gods. Rabbi Elyashiv is turning

The blatancy of apartheid

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Flags over the crowds going to pray at Al-Aqsa I’m no stranger to Israel and Palestine, still what shocks me about coming here is how blatant the system of unfairness is. Why is this not utterly familiar to me? I wonder. Why don’t Americans see this every day in the news? What kind of fairyland

On the RJC’s drive to get Romney votes from Israel: Block the vote here, rock the vote there!

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Mitt Romney shaking hands with President Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, January 13, 2011. (Photo: Handout/Getty Images) This article originally appeared on LobeLog. This week Mitt Romney raised British eyebrows — and hackles — with several gaffes that undermined the objective of his trip to London: to boost his limited to nonexistent foreign policy credentials. Romney

Exile and the Prophetic: Prophet Gray

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This is part twenty-three of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. On successive days, the New York Times carried the following obituaries: “Rabbi Y. S. Elyashiv, “Master of Talmudic Law, Dies at 102” and Omar Suleiman, “Powerful Egypt Spy Chief, Dies at