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November 2012

Two Israeli policemen face charges after striking kidney patient with rifles at roadblock

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 Two Israeli Policemen Face Charges Of Abusing A Kidney Patient Israeli paper, Yedioth Aharonoth, reported that two Israeli Policemen are facing charges after they abused and humiliated a Palestinian kidney patient, including hitting him with their rifles, at a military roadblock in the occupied West Bank. Border Guards indicted for abusing Palestinian Indictment filed […]

Wildman and Jaber to speak at Brooklyn benefit for West Bank oncology clinic

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Palestine is busting out all over, in New York anyway. Last night at the performance of A World I Loved (an Arab woman’s story with a strong Palestinian strain, written and performed by Vanessa Redgrave and Mariam Said) I ran into Naomi Allen of Brooklyn for Peace, who reminded me of this important event on […]

Exile and the prophetic: Taking the U.N. cure

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Empire Detox – is there a one size cure-all?  Where does one go for the cure?  Or do Jews retain our singularity even in detox? The United Nations vote yesterday on […]

Israeli Supreme Court set to hear petition against on anti-boycott law

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The Israeli organization Who Profits sent out the following update on the Israeli law passed in 2011 that sanctions individuals and organizations that advocate for the boycott, divestment and sanction movement: The Supreme Court Hearing on the petition against the Israeli anti-boycott law on December 5th 2012   Calling on international and Israeli civil society to raise their […]

Time to call out the campus Israel Lobby

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Imagine you are a student activist trying to get tobacco products banned from your university. You insist that cigarettes cause cancer, as so much research has shown. Your opponents are other students who claim the connection is tenuous and controversial, that student government should not make judgments on complex health issues, and that some students […]

Reflections on ‘balance’ in media coverage of Israel/Palestine

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“There is no country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.” The words of President Obama from November 18, oft repeated by now. One would agree with this.  In a CBC interview on November 17, British documentary film maker Harry Fear observed: “So far, since Israel started […]

Director of Israeli human rights group: Ceasefire offers opportunity for easing of closure on Gaza

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Palestinians hang flags in the Israeli imposed “buffer zone” in the Gaza Strip after a protest in 2010 (Photo: Anne Paq/ The ceasefire agreement that ended the latest Gaza assault offers some opportunity for change in the Israeli policy of closure towards the Gaza Strip, the executive director of the Israeli human rights group Gisha: […]

Confirmed: Stevie Wonder pulls out of IDF fundraiser

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Yesterday, Alex Kane reported on an anonymously sourced story from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency saying Stevie Wonder was set to pull out of a December 6 fundraiser for the Friends of the Israeli Defense Force (FIDF). The story has now been confirmed in a press release issued by the FIDF: Representatives of the performer cited […]

On crossing cultures as a western visitor to Palestine

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Editor: Following the recent controversy over the New York Times correspondent’s statements about Palestinian culture, we asked Pamela Olson, the American author of Fast Times in Palestine, how she had dealt with issues of culture shock as a western woman when she went to Palestine. Her response follows. There was some culture shock, of course, […]

UN approves Palestinian status upgrade with 138-9 vote (and US Senators threaten to cut aid)

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Palestinians watch Mahmoud Abbas address the United Nations General Assembly in a video broadcast onto the Separation Wall in Bethlehem. (Photo: George Hale) Update: At around 5:00 pm in New York City, the United Nations General Assembly voted to approve Palestine’s bid to become a non-member observer state. The final vote stood at 138 in […]

‘We lost Europe,’ says Israeli official

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Haaretz says that Germany has backtracked on decision to oppose Palestinian non-member status at the U.N., and will abstain. “We lost Europe,” an Israeli Foreign Ministry official says. Early Thursday morning, just hours before the vote — scheduled to take place around 11:00 P.M. (Israel time) — Germany changed its mind, deciding to abstain from […]

Palestinians under ‘intense pressure’ to commit not to sue Israel

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Israeli authorities destroy olive groves, wells, barns near Hebron HEBRON (Ma‘an) — Israeli authorities on Wednesday leveled olive groves and demolished irrigation wells and barns near Hebron in the southern West Bank, the Land Research Center said. Israeli forces escorted a civil administration crew with bulldozers to […]

Exile and the prophetic: Empire detoxification

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. What kind of future does empire and isolation hold for Jews in Israel and beyond?  A question I asked and didn’t answer.  Is there an answer?  No matter what diverse parts […]

With cynicism and apprehension, West Bank Palestinians support UN bid

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The US argues the Palestinians will only achieve meaningful statehood through a revival of direct peace talks. (Photo: EPA/Al Jazeera English) Conversations with Palestinians in the West Bank reveal that many believe Thursday’s expected bid as a non-member state to the United Nations (UN) is the best prospect for a better future, despite no immediate […]

‘NYT’ analysis that Gaza assault was ‘test run’ for Iran war is ripped apart

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The Iron Dome system, shown above, was a focus of a New York Times story claiming that Iran was a motivation for why Israel waged an assault on Gaza (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images) After the intense fighting died down between Hamas, other Palestinian armed groups and Israel, The New York Times printed a […]