Monthly Archives:
May 2014

Historic football victory provides another global stage for Palestine

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Palestinians erupted in spontaneous jubilation yesterday as their state’s national football team scored a huge victory winning the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup final in the Maldives, qualifying them for Asia Cup 2015, Asia’s biggest football tournament, to be hosted next year in Australia. The win followed 5 matches in which Palestine’s team played a […]

Israel demolishes Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 69th time

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Israeli demolish Naqab village for 69th time IMEMC 29 May by Chris Carlson — Israeli soldiers demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib, in the Naqab (Negev), for what amounts to the 69th consecutive time, on Thursday, say witnesses …  The villagers of al-Araqib, near Beer Sheba, have called upon the international community and all relevant […]

Modern Language Association resolution criticizing Israel sparks raging debate

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In January, a resolution criticizing Israel’s border policies towards academics passed during the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) convention in Chicago.  But that was only the beginning of what has turned into an intense, often vitriolic, debate over Israel, Palestine and the role of the MLA in talking about the conflict. The January resolution on Israel’s denial […]

On Jerusalem Day, thousands of settlers celebrate ‘conquest’ of the city and say ‘Kahane was right’

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On Wednesday, May 28, over 10,000 Israeli youth, hailing predominately from settlements in the West Bank, marched in the annual Jerusalem Day parade commemorating the Israel’s victory in the June 1967 war and its wartime spoils. Although to scores of these jubilant youth, Jerusalem is still in need of conquering. Thousands of youngsters wore “Kahane […]

Gates Foundation begins to divest from occupation profiteer G4S

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On April 17, ahead of of Palestinian prisoner’s day,  Addameer Prisoner Support, Human Rights Association, War on Want, and over 100 Palestinian and international organizations issued a Call to action asking Bill Gates to divest from the British security company G4S, the largest private military and security company in the world. Addameer issued a press release today informing us the Gates […]

UC Santa Cruz student government votes for divestment from occupation-linked companies

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The push to garner campus endorsements of calls to divest from Israeli occupation-linked corporations scored another success this week when the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) student government voted in favor of a resolution authored by the Committee for Justice in Palestine (CJP). By a vote of 22-14, the UCSC Student Union Assembly (SUA) endorsed a […]

JNF’s ‘Negev Gala’ brings street theater to Winnipeg

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On the evening of Tuesday, May 27, on the occasion of Winnipeg’s annual “Negev Gala,” organized by the Canadian chapter of the Jewish National Fund, a couple of dozen local activists (quite a few of them Jewish) gathered in front of the JNF’s Centennial Concert Hall venue, on the prairie metropolis’ busy Main Street. The […]

The day I shook hands with the Pope (and the day others could not)

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Samia Khoury wrote the article below for My Catbird Seat, under the headline, “The day I shook hands with Pope Francis I.” In the second half of her story, Khoury refers to an incident in Jerusalem that is purportedly documented at this site, and in the photos above. She gave us permission to publish. –Ed. Sunday […]

But what can a poor boy do, except to boycott Israel

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Rolling Stones are playing Tel Aviv on June 4th. Say it ain’t so Keith. Ronnie Wood says Bob Dylan told them to go. Check out this great video by Dave Lippman, with graphics by DeeDee Halleck. Build pressure on the Stones.

In the absence of absence: A Palestinian family endures, and resists, the Israeli occupation

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“Some stories are better left untold,” many would say. I couldn’t agree more. Especially when pain, suffering and loss are invoked with the very act of remembering these “untold” stories. In Palestine, remembrance is not only a mental process; it is constituted and reflected by the present context that categorizes the pain, suffering and loss […]