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February 28 2013

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

73 A pogrom in Qusra

58 AIPAC request for U.S. backing of Israeli strike on Iran gets Senators’ support

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

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

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

15 The chutzpah of hasbara

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

21 Parsing the Oscars: Affleck turned resistance into peevishness

February 27 2013

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

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

28 State Dept. refuses to accept Palestinian autopsy showing Arafat Jaradat died from Israeli torture

134 Video: Israeli settler lecturing Palestinian farmers — ‘You’ll all be our slaves, if you’re worthy, if you behave well’

14 Who’s in the ‘Times’ — and who’s out?

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

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

3 Thousands attend Jaradat funeral in his hometown of Sair

22 Alcohol and hate during Purim fuel attacks on Palestinians

10 AIPAC takes on the latest threat to Israel — sequestration

16 ‘Guardian’ reports Israeli shootings of Palestinian boys. NPR reports, Palestinians want to kill Israelis

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

February 26 2013

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

31 Israel is Dodge Country

5 Existence is Resistance does the Harlem Shake

4 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’

26 Years of impunity for Israeli leaders may draw to a close in Turkish flotilla trial

68 ‘We’ll take over the Likud, we’ll take over the country’: Far-right Israeli MK Moshe Feiglin honored in New York City

302 The controversy over the Oscars joke that Jews run Hollywood

23 Ten years after Rachel Corrie’s killing, AIPAC conference will feature Caterpillar executive

February 25 2013

23 Emad Burnat’s Oscar speech: ‘We are seeking freedom and peace — for my son Gibreel and his generation’

37 Dov Hikind dons blackface for Purim party (Updated)

6 In solidarity with Hebron, London shops get a taste of the occupation

42 Argo’s Oscar and the failure of truth

16 Notes from an illegal military court in Israel

24 Ignore the hype around Obama’s Israel trip — It’s four more years of settlement growth

6 Int’l pressure builds: Human Rights Watch calls for end to ‘abusive’ administrative detention of 178 prisoners

3 J14 leader is guest of Israel lobby group in Europe

89 In ’62, Israel shunned MLK as ‘militant’ who had alienated ‘moderate’ blacks

12 Press treats Palestinian protests as tactic aimed at Obama, but they began long before he announced visit

11 Israel demands Palestinians quench protests for Obama visit– even as extremist settlers install outpost, bulldozing olive trees

23 ‘An Arab is the son of a prostitute, a Jew is a (blessed) soul’ — Jerusalem mob chants

February 24 2013

54 ’5 Broken Cameras’ loses out to ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ for best doc Oscar
staff

120 Autopsy reveals Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture in Israeli custody

17 Wait, why would a liberal Democrat line up with Dick Cheney?

36 The Israel Project– and Chris Matthews– say you can’t make deals with Palestinians

3 In pictures: Thousands in Gaza protest the prison death of Arafat Jaradat

February 23 2013

61 Palestinians demand international inquiry following suspicious death of detainee in Israeli prison

9 Blocked from central commercial street in Hebron for 13 years– Palestinians protest peacefully

25 In fresh defiance of Obama, Israeli gov’t approves oil-drilling in occupied Golan

14 ’5 Broken Cameras’ co-director’s boycott call angers Israeli consul, who brags on the doc

33 Updated: Elliott Abrams tries to sound like… a liberal Zionist

February 22 2013

49 Documents reveal how US let Israel off the hook over ‘execution’ of American Furkan Dogan

19 Emad Burnat is flavor of the moment in Hollywood!

35 Former Israeli Amb to Obama on his visit: ‘You cannot come to an area that exhibits signs of apartheid and ignore them’

2 For Samer Issawi: Tribute to a Jerusalem son

48 Hagel news: Abrams says lobby is mostly Christian, JVP wants Americans to say ‘apartheid’

16 No Logo: Netanyahu prepares for Obama visit with p.r. contest
Annie Robbins and Adam Horowitz

7 ‘ADC’ concerned Burnat LAX detention was result of recent info-sharing agreement between the US and Israel

1 A ‘period of calm’ isn’t calm inside Gaza

26 The 99%: Netanyahu successful as Americans agree on Iranian ‘nuclear threat’

12 Israel imprisons Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh without charge, sparks international demands for his release

3 ‘a judicial farce that only happens in Israel’: Israeli magistrate court sentences Samer Issawi to 8 months, but military court may imprison him indefinitely

92 BDS activists: Alicia Keys ‘stand on the side of justice and cancel your gig in Tel Aviv’

February 21 2013

153 Two social critics who used Nazi analogy– Mark Rudd, Betty Friedan

15 Video: ‘TMZ’ interviews Emad Burnat on LAX detention

66 NPR blames the victim: Emad Burnat brought suffering to Bil’in by filming occupiers

5 Khader Adnan leads Red Cross protest in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers

61 Schumer describes Hagel’s come-to-Jesus moment

47 Future Democratic leaders at Harvard are ‘infuriated’ at Israel, ‘Haaretz’ reports

4 Relax– ‘Israeli Ambassador Fine With US Cabinet Changes For Obama’s Second Term’

33 Caught on tape: California university lecturer smears student activists as anti-Semites with ties to terrorists

February 20 2013

40 Hagel reportedly said Israel headed toward apartheid; ‘American Prospect’ says it’s already there

4 Vice-chair of CBS will speak at Israeli-government sponsored high-tech conference in NY

0 Palestinians protest outside Ofer prison as hunger strikers’ story breaks into US media

1 Israeli court rejects Samer Issawi’s appeal for release on 210th day of hunger strike

18 Take my special relationship — Please!

2 Human rights orgs demand Palestinian hunger strikers, and all administrative detainees, be released without delay

18 Memo to the Secret Service: No gun control in Israel/Palestine

13 To the holy land we belong and to Jerusalem we will return

20 ‘Did Hagel get $25K speaking fee from Friends of Hamas?’ — Daily News seeded suspicion

109 ’5 Broken Cameras’ director detained in LAX on way to Oscars (Updated)

February 19 2013

1 Campaign to reject Veolia contract in St. Louis heats up as company’s losses mount from BDS activism
Annie Robbins and Adam Horowitz

24 ‘NYT’ lecture to Palestinians on democracy was written by former ‘Hasbara Fellow’

25 The ethnic cleansing of the Jordan Valley

23 ‘You live or die based on your support of Israel’ — Christian Zionists are no nightflowers!

22 ‘Cabal’ of advisers with ‘domestic political’ concerns steered Obama away from confronting Israel over settlements

63 Israel’s changing image

February 18 2013

115 Gay porn mogul unveils pinkwashing documentary

19 ‘How does that work?’ Bob Simon badgers Ehud Barak over building settlements while taking US aid

12 Couldn’t– or wouldn’t?

24 ‘NYT’ says Irish ethnic solidarity is problematic

105 Israel’s image takes another hit with the ‘Prisoner X’ scandal

19 ‘Commentary’ says some elected Democrats ‘pledged’ to protect Israel

2 Collaboration between IDF and settlers has reached point of no return

9 By shining a light on the lobby, Hagel confirmation gives Obama political space to move to end conflict — Jabara

11 Why is Birthright organizing skateboarding and hip hopping-themed trips to Israel?

February 17 2013

13 ’60 Minutes’ report on ‘Iron Dome’ tonight likely to carry giant payload of hasbara

22 In Jerusalem, even the dentist lets you know who’s in charge

75 First they stole our books, then they took our story
Susan Abulhawa

69 Which will prevail– latest neocon charge on Hagel over Israel, or D.C.’s fatigue over delay?

February 16 2013

16 Video: Celebrating 20 years of the peace process!
Annie Robbins and Phil Weiss

12 Defense of separation wall = Prize for service to humanity

32 Abrams calls Hagel anti-Semitic for questioning legitimacy of the Israel lobby

20 ‘Gentiles of the Year 2012′ include singer who performed for Israeli army benefit in LA

February 15 2013

4 NYC LGBT center overturns ban on Palestine-related activities following uproar over Schulman event (Updated)

2 Valentine’s Day protest in Boston — ‘Roses are red, violets are blue, Max Brenner supports apartheid, how about you?’

19 Photo of Gazan funeral procession is top winner of international contest
Annie Robbins and Alex Kane

0 Over 1000 protest at Ofer prison in support of Palestinian hunger strikers

3 Palestinian citizens of Israel represent a core issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

17 Sweeping the West Bank and Jerusalem

21 Brooklyn College Political Science Dep’t to sponsor talk by Elliott Abrams

17 Schulman: NY LGBT center labors under ‘stereotyped beliefs about punitive rich Jews’ who will pull out money if ‘anyone criticizes Israel’

28 Hagel and the lobby, the unending non-story

0 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights concerned for Palestinian hunger strikers and speaks out against Israeli administrative detention

5 Dear ‘New York Times’, Don’t put a pretty face on Ahava’s occupation profiteering

February 14 2013

31 Israel boosters threaten civil rights claim against Brooklyn College and suggest barring student activists from campus

5 A defense of ‘respectful separation’ from 1955 and today

9 Pentagon issues new combat-related medal for drone operators

120 Israel’s Identity Crisis: The practical difficulties of a Jewish and democratic state

5 Dueling ads in Houston

3 ‘NYT’ publishes spiritual guidance from Ahava exec– without saying Ahava works in a settlement

17 Sen. Graham is merely enforcing Sen. Schumer’s ‘behind the scenes’ deal with Hagel — Fineman

3 Hey Girl, You’ve Made My Kill List: Five Valentines Day drones for that special someone

3 Say no to settlement products AND Sabra hummus

5 Mali: Between the ‘curse of Jefferson’ and the ‘spirit of Timbuktu’

3 NYC LGBT Center bars Sarah Schulman from discussing book on Israel/Palestine

21 Obama ‘gave up,’ Fayyad says (as Bennett declares there’s no room here for a Palestinian state)

6 Richard Falk praises Pamela Olson for ‘intelligent innocence’

21 Kerry ducks question about settlements, describes Obama visit as listening tour to learn ‘current state of possibilities’

19 ‘NYT’ runs op-ed by Israel lobbyist in human rights garb, saying Palestinians are too corrupt to deserve a state

29 Faux-libuster is Republicans’ latest stratagem to block Hagel for Defense (Update: And it worked)

February 13 2013

35 Chas Freeman to the Middle East Policy Council: ‘American diplomacy has been running on fumes for some time. It is now totally out of gas’

7 Jerusalem’s mayor fraternizes and more with leader of Old City settler-fanatics

5 After 200 days on hunger strike, Ayman Sharawna is dying in an Israeli prison

10 Why the United States must reject British foreign policy in Syria

91 When loving Israel is a social credential

59 Fallows calls ‘SNL’ donkey skit a ‘significant’ political marker of lobby’s exposure

19 Cruz’s McCarthyite accusation: Hagel got money from ‘radical and extreme… anti-Israel groups’

3 Civil liberties groups want Brennan to be questioned on CIA help with NYPD spying

3 Thumbing its nose at Obama, Israel plans settler roads in Palestinian sections of Jerusalem

February 12 2013

18 How the JCRC inspired New York officials to fight BDS

20 ‘New York Daily News’ distorts why student Israel advocates were tossed from Brooklyn College event (updated)

20 ‘Birthright’ goes to Lebanon: Israel admits popular tourist attraction is located on Lebanese land

13 A defense of ‘Separate but Equal’ from 1950 and today

11 Obama’s 2-day schedule in Israel/Palestine: 3 hours in Ramallah, 45 hours celebrating the special relationship

5 Tel Aviv is today’s Sun City: Part two of an interview with Omar Barghouti

44 Who knew! Donkey fellator is anti-Semitic trope

9 Freedom Funnies: There is a checkpoint around this center!

92 Comparisons to Nazi Germany are exaggerated

23 Cognitive dissonance on NPR

13 ‘Expose AIPAC’ gathering to push for just US foreign policy in the Middle East

February 11 2013

58 Hagel vote set for today as opposition flounders

30 Brian Lehrer finds ’5 Broken Cameras’ ‘extremely shocking’ and wonders if Palestinians have abandoned two-state solution

19 Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor to speak at Columbia Law School tonight

85 More on SNL’s fellate-a-donkey for Israel skit

8 EU moves forward with plans to sanction products made in Israeli settlements

19 The wisdom of the late Akiva Orr

15 ‘Haaretz’ writer calls for boycott of Israel

0 Israel arrests six, including two journalists, as activists attempt to build new protest encampment near Hebron

February 10 2013

19 Graham threatens to hold up Hagel vote over Benghazi attack
Phil Weiss and Annie Robbins

6 PHOTOS: Bassem Tamimi released from prison

34 Dershowitz’s hypocrisy and dishonesty over Brooklyn College BDS conference

14 Code Pink ‘filiflustered’ Brennan confirmation hearing for CIA chief

72 SNL on Hagel: ‘It is vital to Israel’s security for you to go on national television and perform oral sex on a donkey… Would you do THAT for Israel?’

30 Latest Kennedy to go to Congress parrots same old stale Israel talking points on Palestinians
Phil Weiss with Annie Robbins

February 9 2013

6 Following Palestinian call, protests held in 40 European cities demanding end to international trade with Israeli agribusiness

12 Despite increased media attention, there is nothing new about Israel targeting Palestinian youth

27 Eric Alterman’s bias revealed as he warns against the ‘red menace’ of BDS

9 ‘Daily News’ jumps on ‘Jews tossed from Brooklyn College’ claim (updated)

2 In pictures: Farmers rally for Israeli agriculture boycott in Gaza ‘buffer zone’

10 Hagel hearing was senators’ audition for donors — Rosenberg

9 Israel lobby gave victory to BDS by crazed reaction to Brooklyn event

44 US Congress seeks to thwart Palestinian reconciliation — hearing WINEP testimony based on Israeli army blog

February 8 2013

15 ‘Tablet’ gets it wrong: Student Israel activists passed out anti-BDS flyers during Brooklyn College event (updated)

9 What J Street is up to

32 You could become ‘another Goldstone’ — friendly warning to Yale prof whose study cleared Palestinian textbooks of demonization charge

8 Forget the Palestinian Mandela, where is the Israeli Branch Rickey?

11 What Peter Beinart gets wrong about South African support for Palestinian liberation

20 Life imitates art as Foxman confirms ADL caricature on Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’

34 ‘Jewish Press’ piece sees ‘Gatekeepers’ as evidence of rising Jewish anti-Zionism

21 In discussing options with Iran, NPR’s Siegel lists military response, leaves out deterrence

1 Just other day in the oPt: Israeli forces invade and terrorize Palestinian towns from Jenin to Hebron

83 Following weeks of controversy, Barghouti and Butler deliver sharp response to critics of BDS movement at Brooklyn College event

February 7 2013

31 They Can’t Hide the Sun: An interview with Omar Barghouti

14 Progressive Democrat stands by terror-linked official railing against Brooklyn College BDS event

2 ‘Pressure Points’ doc tells the story of Berkeley’s historic divestment debate

32 The clearest distillation yet of the pro-Israel argument against tonight’s BDS event at Brooklyn College

27 Beyond Brooklyn College: How and why Israel advocates are fighting BDS

5 Just because you like bubbly water, you don’t have to buy into occupation: A guide to alternatives to SodaStream

February 6 2013

77 Bloomberg backs Brooklyn College over BDS event as another official withdraws funding threat

11 CalPERS requests UN roundtable on ‘responsible investing in the Middle East’ as it begins to engage Veolia and Elbit over ties to occupation

7 Israel holds Palestinian activist in solitary confinement to interrogate him about Facebook activity following ‘Real Democracy’ election campaign

7 Life under the F16s in Gaza

3 Israeli police give Jerusalem family 10 minutes to evacuate before demolishing their home

February 5 2013

7 NLG to Brooklyn College: Criticism of BDS event mischaracterizes advocacy for equal rights for Palestinians as anti-Semitism

1 Lawsuit filed against NYPD wants restrictions on surveillance targeting Muslims

16 ‘NYT’ connects the dots on the Israel ‘litmus test’ (or how the Dersh jumped the shark)

28 Unilever shuts down Ariel settlement factory, moves production west of the Green Line (Updated)

24 Obama set to visit Israel this spring

8 Samer Issawi is like an olive tree; his head reaches the sky and nobody can uproot him

7 10 questions to ask John Brennan at his CIA confirmation hearing

121 Why I’m for boycott

7 Pro-Israel thinktanks comprise Congressional panel on Palestinian politics

28 ‘Time’ embarrasses Hagel’s Senate questioners for Israel focus

February 4 2013

164 Official who threatened Brooklyn College funding calls BDS speakers ‘anti-Semitic fools’

11 An unpleasant conversation with a staffer to Brooklyn congresswoman Yvette Clarke about her BDS letter

17 Brooklyn College president: ‘There is no academic obligation to present’ a pro-Israel perspective at boycott event

11 ADL’s pro-Israel mindset leads it to perpetuate anti-Muslim worldview
Elly Bulkin and Donna Nevel

88 Chomsky: Obama strongly supported Israel’s 2006 Lebanon invasion

35 Hillary Clinton showed more spine with Netanyahu than Obama has

12 ‘NYU’ business school and ‘Think Progress’ endorse businesses that operate in occupied West Bank

7 MSNBC host calls push to shut down boycott discussion at Brooklyn College ‘outrageous and outright chilling’
Phil Weiss and Annie Robbins

6 Al-Manatir: the protest village in occupied territory that was destroyed before it was built

4 While America sleeps: Haaretz describes ‘cleansing’ of Jordan Valley, as Feiglin offers $500,000 per Palestinian family to leave

42 ‘Odious and wrong’ — politicians threaten to shut down Brooklyn College boycott debate

February 3 2013

9 SodaStream’s Superbowl ad brings spotlight on Palestine and the Occupation

40 Report: Hillary pushed for Middle East peace deal, Obama wasn’t interested

28 Is Ed Koch’s passing another sign of lobby’s generational fade?

13 Emad Burnat in LATimes– will he be the first Palestinian to win an Oscar?

30 Hagel’s ‘caged animals’ line echoes Israeli soldier at checkpoint– ‘the animals are locked’

29 The liberal publicity line on ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

February 2 2013

24 Teen puts SodaStream’s Superbowl Ad to shame

26 ‘The tide of public opinion is turning’ — Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism commends Brooklyn College
Committee for Open Discussion Zionism

35 ‘Most moral’ army in the world is looking more and more like Bull Connor enforcing Jim Crow

31 Full transcript of Chuck Hagel hearing before Senate Armed Services Committee

18 Hagel hearing word count: Israel 178, Iran 171, military suicides 2

18 Meet the Knesset’s newest settler members

4 Jacir’s Palestinian personal ads in ‘Village Voice’ are featured in Lebanon newspaper

26 Chris Matthews acknowledges that Israel is ‘shutting off the chance for any real’ Palestinian state

February 1 2013

74 If you were a Palestinian Israeli, and your polling place looked like this–

21 Brooklyn College stands behind BDS event as pressure from elected officials comes down hard

16 Following UN settlement report, the path forward for Palestinian leadership is clear — take Israel to the International Criminal Court

7 Hagel’s homework

11 Harvard Jews battle Hillel’s censorship of BDS discussion

79 Hagel obeyed Senate taboo against criticism of Israel– ‘our most important ally in the entire world’

39 ‘NYT’ covers Beitar Jerusalem fans campaign against Muslim players and says racism may threaten Israeli-hosted tournament

14 Video: Israeli Foreign Ministry film on Jerusalem features the Dome of the Rock being replaced by a Jewish temple