Palestine’s stunning victory in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup in the Maldives, winning five games in decisive fashion, qualifies the country for Asia’s biggest football tournament, to be hosted next year in Australia, and will foster Palestinian efforts to gain sanctions against Israeli football in FIFA
Monthly Archives: May 2014
Israelis spied on Clinton’s talks with Assad in peace process in ’99. And U.S., acting as Israel’s lawyer, promised to show Israel all proposals it offered to Arabs so that Israelis would not find anything “unsatisfactory” in them.
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 […]
Katie Miranda imagines how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might advise the National Security Agency on “rebranding” to improve its image.
A leaked internal discussion over a Modern Language Association resolution critical of Israel has revealed an intense, often vitriolic, debate over Israel, Palestine and the role of the MLA in talking about the conflict. The raging debate comes as MLA members vote on whether to condemn Israel for denying entry to academics traveling to West Bank universities.
Allison Deger reports from the annual Jerusalem Day march celebrating the Israeli occupation of the city during the 1967 war. She writes that many of the young revelers from West Bank settlements revered the controversial rabbi Meir Kahane. One young marcher who explains why Kahane’s brand of violent Jewish nationalism speaks to young people tells her, “Kahane said if someone wants to kill you, than you can kill him.”
American JNF board members travels to Israel to plant 1,000 trees honoring his dead dogs, on the land of a destroyed Palestinian village.
The Forward publishes a cleareyed and anguished report on Zionism’s racist adherents celebrating Jerusalem Day, from Leanne Gale, an American rabbi’s daughter who laments that she didn’t know who paid the price for the conquest of Jerusalem when she celebrated it as a girl in Jewish day school
Murder of Israeli couple at Brussels Jewish museum may well have been targeted assassination, according to press. But Netanyahu has said irresponsibly, “This act of murder is the result of constant incitement against Jews and their state.”
After pressure from activists, the Gates Foundation has sold the bulk of its shares in the world’s largest private military and security company, G4S.
Ben Ehrenreich explains covering the funeral of the two Palestinian youths killed on Nabka Day, the Israeli military has taken to suggesting the teens are not dead, or if they are, that they weren’t struck with live-fire.
The student government at the University of California, Santa Cruz voted this week to divest from corporations linked to the Israeli occupation. The 22-14 vote made Santa Cruz the fifth UC chapter to endorse divestment in recent years. Last year, a similar resolution failed by a vote of 17-19.
On May 22, Max Blumenthal debated liberal Zionist Mira Sucharov on the question: “Can Israel exist as both Jewish and democratic?” The debate was held at the University of Ottawa in front of a crowd of about 150 spectators. The Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC), a large privately-owned station broadcasted nationally in Canada, filmed and televised the debate.
A gala in Winnipeg for the discriminatory Jewish National Fund excites vision of a “New JNF,” as activists call it — dedicated to the return of lands the JNF has stolen or laundered, by planting trees or establishing parks over demolished Palestinian villages
Are you self-hating? Do you believe in Israel’s right to exist? Have you now or ever signed a statement in favor of BDS? are among the questions Jewish establishment apparatchiks ask young Jews in circumscribing the debate over Israel, the Washington Post reports.
Haaretz’s Barak Ravid reports that leaders of the Yesha Council of settlements met Wednesday evening with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and asked him to bring an end to the freeze on planning, construction, and marketing of settlement housing. Netanyahu told the settlement leaders: “You have no shield greater than I. I fight for you.”
Last week Michael Bloomberg, the former NY mayor who owns a media empire, visited Israel to accept a prize, and met with an old friend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Mondoweiss has received leaked excerpts of two news memos to Bloomberg writers and reporters on how to treat the Israel/Palestine conflict. You will see that Palestine just doesn’t count in the world of Bloomberg News. “There is no such country.” It’s part of Israel, or it’s Jewish land: “The land historically belonged to the kingdoms of Israel and Judah.”
Even a moderate Palestinian, Sari Nusseibeh, president of Al Quds university, cannot be an officer of Brandeis University, Michael Ratner says, in resigning from a Brandeis board after the school ended its relationship with Nusseibeh
Famed American author, historian and civil rights activist Maya Angelou passed away today at age 86. Angelou is best known for her 1969 memoir of growing up in the Jim Crow south, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The above video was recorded in 2006, on the third anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s death.
On a day that Palestinian Christians were roughed up and thrown in the street in Jerusalem trying to see the Pope, Francis honored them at a mass: “I would like to assure them that I remember them affectionately and that I pray for them, being well aware of the difficulties they experience in this city.”
Another in the longrunning Israeli series You can’t make this stuff up: four Palestinian schoolgirls are detained by occupation soldiers for picking settlers’ cherries.
Dave Lippman riffs off of Street Fighting Man in a parody video urging the Stones not to play Tel Aviv June 4
Abdul-Razeq Farraj, above, has spent 14 years of his life in Israeli prisons, and is currently in the 29th day of a hunger strike to protest his administrative detention. His son Basil Farraj writes about how his family has endured years of their father being imprisoned by Israel, “It is a love for life that I have seen in the eyes of my mother, my father and my brother despite all the hardships they are going through. It is a love for life that triumphs over the occupation and its apartheid tools. It is a love for life that keeps us, Palestinians, going. It is a love for life that allows us to imagine and fight for a just future.”
Kelly Lynn tells the story behind the iconic photo of Pope Francis at the Separation Wall in Bethlehem. She talks with 23-year-old Mohammed Abu Srour, above, who wrote the graffiti visible in the photo of the Pope that made headlines around the world. “I didn’t expect the Pope to go down and start to read the sentences and meet the children and people there. He shocked us,” says Abu Srour.
Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren, who now works for CNN, suggested that killings of Palestinian youths in West Bank on May 15 were “staged” by Palestinians, in interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN. Yousef Munayyer writes that the network has never been so biased toward Israel