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November 2012

UC Berkeley’s new chancellor disavows Columbia divestment petition his name was on

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Divestment from companies who profit from Israeli human rights violations on college campuses is on the move across the country. It’s sparking a backlash from advocates for Israel. And since California, in many ways, is ground zero for this effort at the moment, it should come as no surprise that a college in the state […]

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 […]

Apartheid? Don’t be silly

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From Scott Roth’s twitter feed: “I took this two weeks ago [in the West Bank]. Apartheid? Don’t be silly!” Area A makes up 3 percent of the West Bank. Israelis can come and go anywhere else they please elsewhere in the military-occupied territory. West Bank separation warning Update: I added the word “elsewhere” above to […]

No balance: CNN slobbers over Peres, grills Meshaal

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Wolf Blitzer interviews Shimon Peres In the news business, interviews are often judged by their ability to generate international headlines. If a reporter asks the right questions he or she can coax their subject into revealing new or previously unknown information to the public. But interviews also reveal a lot about those asking the questions.  […]

A movement grows at American University

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It is truly amazing what can be accomplished these days when the Internet has given students the power to think for themselves and organize like-minded individuals. Two young adults with nothing to lose and everything to gain have embarked on a journey for peace in the Middle East. Joshua Michaels, a Jewish American, and Ibraheem […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Don’t ‘target our Israeli ally’– Schumer warns Palestinians

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Earlier today we mentioned that three Republican Senators have sponsored legislation to oppose the Palestinian bid for non-member statehood at the U.N. Well, now there are two Dems on board for punitive legislation: Chuck Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey. Here’s the release: Graham-Schumer-Barrasso-Menendez Take Tough Line Against Palestine Bid at […]

If only . . .

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This afternoon, the United Nations issued the following tweet: On Day of Solidarity with Palestinians, Ban Ki-moon stresses urgency of reaching 1-state solution — United Nations (@UN) November 29, 2012 The link goes to an article with a considerably different headline. Best comment so far: Woah, looks like @un needs a social media editor! […]

Ashrawi: statehood is ‘game-changer’ and US is damaging its standing in world by opposing it

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The United States and Israel have tried to “blackmail” the Palestinians against pressing the statehood initiative at the U.N. today, Hanan Ashrawi, senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, said today, then challenged the U.S. to at least abstain on the initiative lest it become further isolated in world opinion. “Things will be […]

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, […]

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 […]