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February 2013

Denied entry by Israel, American teacher prepares to say goodbye to Palestinian students

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Nour Joudah Here is an important story from Palestine: Nour Joudah, 25, a Palestinian-American masters graduate of Georgetown who teaches at the Friends School in Ramallah, which has received millions in U.S. aid, was denied entry into Israel on Monday. This is the second time in two months Israel has stopped Joudah from going back

A pogrom in Qusra

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Settlers and soldiers working together against the residents of Qusra Feb.23, 2013                   (photo: Sa’ad Al-Wadi) Last Saturday a mob of armed settlers attacked a Palestinian village, and the Israeli military brought up the rear, and now a child is fighting for his life. This complicity occurs

After a week of protests, conditions are ripe for a popular uprising across the West Bank

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Demonstrators clash with the Israeli army during a protest against the continued closure of Shuhada street to Palestinians, in the West Bank city of Hebron February 22, 2013. (Photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org) “I hate going to demonstrations at Ofer,” said a Palestinian activist last Thursday alongside a few hundred protesters outside the Israeli West Bank military

‘It is down to us to carry the torch and we will': Remembering Stéphane Hessel

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Stéphane Hessel (photo:Wikimedia Commons) Mon cher Stéphane, Wherever you are, I know you are well and at peace. I am also sure of one thing; you must be kicking yourself for having gone a few weeks before the closing session of an initiative that you were deeply involved with, from its birth, the Russell Tribunal

In photos: Every Monday, families of Palestinian detainees gather in Gaza’s Red Cross

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GAZA, PALESTINE, January 14 – Women fill the courtyard of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s Gaza Strip headquarters during a weekly sit-in by families of Palestinians detained by Israel. (Photo: Joe Catron) Every Monday morning families of Palestinians detained by Israel gather in the courtyard of the International Committee of the Red

‘Emergency Committee for Israel’ can dish it out, but it can’t–

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When Chuck Hagel was confirmed as Secretary of Defense earlier this week, the Emergency Committee for Israel promptly posted a statement saying that the battle against Hagel had limited his freedom to hurt Israel in American policymaking and concluding: This battle against Chuck Hagel is over. The fight for a principled, pro-Israel foreign policy goes

Parsing the Oscars: Affleck turned resistance into peevishness

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I expected to see the illegal Israeli Occupation emblazoned in the Oscars’ annual spectacle Sunday night, but the announcement of the Academy Award for best documentary fizzled.  Why? Award-giver Ben Affleck’s list had a structural deception: it squeezed together all the plot summaries, without identifying the separate films, then named each with images of Palestine,

Latest NBC/WSJ poll shows American sympathies with Israel at lowest point since 1989

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The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll is primarily focused on U.S. domestic politics, but contains some interesting numbers pertaining to Israel/Palestine. The full poll results are available online (PDF), and here is a screenshot of the relevant findings for Israel and how Americans think the Obama administration should engage in the Middle East: The

In remarks on ‘threats and challenges,’ new DefSec Chuck Hagel leaves out Iran

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Hagel with Sergeant John Wirth of Nebraska, who introduced Hagel at the Pentagon today (photo by Navy Petty Officer Chad J. McNeeley) Having supported Chuck Hagel’s nomination so strongly, as a signal of a less-militant policy in the Middle East, I can exult today at his swearing-in and prepare myself for years of disappointment. In

Who’s in the ‘Times’ — and who’s out?

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This is how you know we don’t live in a serious country. The other day the New York Times put the Israel lobbyist/provocateur Michael Goldfarb on the front page in a profile that marveled at Goldfarb’s political achievements as a goodnatured “troublemaker”. These paragraphs capture reporter Jim Rutenberg’s tone:  An all-around anti-liberal provocateur, Mr. Goldfarb

At Berkeley screening of ‘5 Broken Cameras,’ StandWithUs brings Israeli army propagandists

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To kick off Israeli Apartheid Week at UC Berkeley, Students for Justice in Palestine organized a free screening of “5 Broken Cameras,” the Oscar-nominated documentary about Palestinian resistance in the West Bank village of Bil’in. The event last Thursday night was a tremendous success, with more than 100 people packing the large lecture hall to

‘J Street’ leader hints that 2013 is make-or-break for two-state solution

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J Street, the liberal Zionist group, asserts that Obama will be reviving the two-state solution on his trip to Israel and Palestine in March, and the theme of its Fall 2013 conference is that it’s now J Street’s time to lead the American Jewish community– i.e., not AIPAC. The group’s latest messaging balances an acknowledgment

Thousands attend Jaradat funeral in his hometown of Sair

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The UN is now calling for an inquiry into the death of Arafat Jaradat, after Palestinians demanded an international investigation. Al Jazeera, the BBC, Reuters, all recorded Jaradat’s funeral in his hometown of Sair in the southern West Bank yesterday, as thousands gathered to show their respect for the family. I chose this video because it

Alcohol and hate during Purim fuel attacks on Palestinians

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Palestinian woman attacked by a group of Jewish religious students Feb.25, 2013          (Photo:Dorit Jordan Dotan) The Israeli press reported two separate disturbing incidents in which a large group of Jewish youths attacked defenseless Palestinians.   Both incidents may have been fueled by alcohol and connected to Purim holiday celebrations. A street cleaner

AIPAC takes on the latest threat to Israel — sequestration

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The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports on AIPAC’s legislative agenda for its annual policy conference next week, and while Palestinians aren’t mentioned once there is a palpable fear that the aid spigot to Israel is about to turn off, or at least slow down, given the budget face off taking place in Washington. Friday stands as

Dozens injured in West Bank protests, including two boys shot with live ammunition

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Disrespect for non-Jewish religions / Restriction of movement Jerusalem Old City master plan derailed by rightists on city council Haaretz 25 Feb by Nir Hasson — Right-wing members of the Jerusalem City Council succeeded in blocking a master plan for Palestinian building in the Old City,

Chuck Hagel confirmed as Secretary of Defense by 58-41 vote (Updated)

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Update: Chuck Hagel has finally been confirmed as Secretary of Defense by a Senate vote of 58-41. Although they were able to prolong the process over the Defense Secretary nomination, today’s vote serves as a stinging defeat to the neocon campaign against Hagel. Emergency Committee for Israel Chairman Bill Kristol issued the following statement as

Israel is Dodge Country

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Don’t know, this video just seemed to fit. Here’s how U.S. aid to Israel works. From the Arutz Sheva article “IDF to Pump Nearly $200 Million into US Car Industry”: The IDF is switching – from Ford to Dodge. The Israeli importer of Dodge Trucks, Machshirei Tenu’ah, has won a NIS 700 million ($180 million)

Existence is Resistance does the Harlem Shake

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Existence is Resistance is a New York-based organization that “use the arts as a means of expression and liberation of marginalized peoples throughout the world with a focus on connecting to the situation of occupied Palestine.” The Harlem Shake has made its way to Palestine as well. Here’s Bethlehem University: Beit Jala: And the Harlem

Tomorrow: UC San Diego students to vote on endorsing divestment from ‘companies that profit off the military occupation of and violence inflicted upon the Palestinian people’

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The UC-San Diego chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine has announced that tomorrow the UC San Diego Associated Students will vote on a resolution calling on the University of California system to divest from “companies that profit off the military occupation of and violence inflicted upon the Palestinian people.” The effort is being opposed