Yesterday during his confirmation hearing to become Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel stood up for his criticism of US foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, but abandoned his criticisms of Israel and the lobby. The most urgent questions were about Israel, and many came from liberal Democrats insisting that Hagel pledge to go to war against Iran if it acquires a nuclear weapon. Hagel was suitably craven.
Monthly Archives: January 2013
Smearing works. Jeffrey Goldberg’s baseless accusation that Steve Walt is anti-Semitic “has made me somewhat radioactive in policy circles,” Walt says
How long does it typically take university students to get to their morning lectures where you live? It might just be a matter of whether they decide to walk, cycle or take the bus. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for Palestinian students in the West Bank who continue to face incredible difficulties in accessing education because of the movement restrictions of the Israeli occupation.
A report from a workshop in Jenin with the ‘Palestine Through Graphics’ program which teaches Palestinian youth skills to tell their story through comics.
Late Tuesday evening Israeli plans bombed a weapons convoy in Syria destined for Lebanon, marking Israel’s military entry into the now two-year crisis in Syria
A U.N. fact-finding mission into “the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory” has issued a blockbuster report on the Israeli settlement project warning of “creeping annexation” of the occupied territories and making the closest call yet from the U.N. for sanctioning Israel over its violation of Palestinian human rights and international law.
Christians United for Israel leaned on Texas Senator Jon Cornyn to oppose Chuck Hagel, even as Jewish senators have fallen into line behind Hagel
A packed house gathered in an Upper West Side church January 29 to hear about the connections between Islamophobia and police “stop and frisk” policiees in New York City. The event, organized by the Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition, was testament to the burgeoning coalition between Black and Latino groups working on “stop and frisk,” Muslim activists working on Islamophobia and Jewish activists supporting that work.
On February 3rd and 4th, 2013, Palestinian activist Iyad Burnat will culminate his United States speaking tour with three public events in Washington, DC that narrate personal stories of life in the occupied West Bank and outline strategies for non-violent popular resistance to the Israeli occupation.
The Brooklyn College Political Science department has released a statement defending an upcoming panel discussion on the BDS movement that has come under attack from Israel supporters including Alan Dershowitz.
Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace says there is broad support for boycott, divestment and sanctions, including from members of the Jewish community
In today’s ‘New York Times’, law professor George Bisharat makes the case for putting Israel in the dock at the International Criminal Court. Bisharat argues it would be an opportunity to put Israel’s own interpretation of international law to judicial review and in the process end Israeli impunity.
Denounce the Goldstone Report, then get two top human rights jobs. That’s how the US establishment works
Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction of movement Watch: Palestinian steadfastness honored in short animation “The Kite That Caught a Mountain” EI 29 Jan — The Kite that Caught a Mountain, directed by Alexander Gaisie-Walker and James Altham, is a uniquely stylized portrayal of the literal machine of Israeli occupation and […]
In 2007 Hagel said that Palestinians are “chained” by Israel. In 2003 he said they were “caged”
Surgical strikes, terrorists and high-level militants–those are the buzzwords most Americans are accustomed to thinking about when a conversation turns to drone warfare. But the audience who attended the Culture Project’s panel on drone warfare last night in New York got a much different take. It was a discussion that bluntly said that drones are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians and are the cause of visceral hatred against the U.S.
Yesterday, Israel refused to attend a United Nations Human Rights Council review of its human rights record becoming the first country ever to boycott the Universal Periodic Review process. In response, a coalition of 15 Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations released a statement warning of the far reaching consequences of Israel’s decision: “This lack of transparency will not only mean that Israel avoids rigorous criticism of its violations of international law, but that the entire UPR system will be undermined by the loss of its two fundamental principles: equality and universality.”
Israel’s coaxing of Ethiopian women to take birth control, evidently so as to suppress African birth rate, is a story that flies in the face of democracy
Muneer Awad, Frank Lopez, Alan Levine, and Linda Sarsour will speak tonight on Islamophobia, sponsored by a Jewish coalition that resists bigotry
Waterboarding 101 at Yale
Rupert Murdoch takes an unusual step, apologizing for a Sunday Times cartoon that depicted Netanyahu as bloody obstructionist. Gerald Scarfe, cartoonist, also apologizes
Corey Robin, associate professor at Brooklyn College, urges advocates of free speech to lobby Brooklyn College not to shut down forum featuring Omar Barghouti and Judith Butler on BDS
Lubna Hanash’s youth, innocence and beauty are hardly singular or extraordinary qualities when it comes to victims of Israeli violence. And the perpetrators, as usual, will surely not be held accountable.
The National Lawyers Guild and the Center for Constitutional Rights have launched the Palestine Solidarity Legal Support initiative, a resource for activists focused on Palestinian rights. ‘This legal support initiative comes at a crucial time and responds to growing efforts to obstruct advocacy in support of Palestinian rights and brand it as anti-Semitic,’ said the Center for Constitutional Rights’ legal director.
Obama looks like a bad guy from an 80s movie in a Tehran billboard