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June 2014

Hewlett-Packard’s complicity in occupation makes headlines

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The lead article in Sunday’s business section of the San Francisco Chronicle warns HP’s role in Israel could lead to political pressure. Although never mentioning the Boycott Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement directly, the Chronicle informs its readers Hewlett-Packard, a local Bay Area company, is the target of “an international campaign” that has “emerged to pressure Israel […]

The case for a BDS coalition

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There is a rule in movement politics: Your greatest rival is the one closest to you ideologically. Supporters of the global BDS movement, the movement that arose as a response to the three calls of the Palestinian civil society organizations, are at best wary, and more likely,  dismissive, of progressive Zionists who support this or that boycott, divestment, […]

In ‘NYT’ tale of two mothers, the occupation is a human-relations problem

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Jodi Rudoren moved out of her comfort zone today. The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief, who tends to focus on the Jewish and Israeli understanding of the conflict, has a front-page piece titled, “After West Bank Kidnapping, 2 Mothers Embody a Divide,” that features the Jewish mother of an abducted teen and the Palestinian mother of […]

A settler grazes his cattle on Palestinian crops, as Israeli soldiers look on

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Judaization / Restrictions on movement Settler grazes cattle on Palestinian crops IMEMC 29 June by Chris Carlson — An Israeli settler, today, decided to graze his cattle on Palestinian-owned crops at Wadi Al-Rakhim in Yatta, to the south of Hebron, according to a local activist. Ratib Jabbour, […]

The cost of fear: a night on the West Bank

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Alice Rothchild shared this diary entry with friends from American Jews for a Just Peace and allowed us to run it. We will be publishing other observations from Rothchild in days to come. I have been thinking a lot about collective punishment and military force and the cost of fear. I am not going to […]

Glib, simplistic, and extreme — the world according to Richard Landes

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  Richard A. Landes is an associate professor of history at Boston University.  He is an expert on millennial movements and honor-shame culture. He is also a conspiracy theorist who believes that the killing of Mohammad Al-Durrah was staged by Palestinians and sold to a gullible mainstream media all too ready to promote an ongoing blood […]

Reporters talk about Sykes-Picot of 1916 (and ignore the Balfour Declaration of 1917)

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With the blurring of the border between Syria and Iraq by the Sunni militant group ISIS, American journalists have been talking a lot about the Sykes Picot treaty, the secret agreement during World War I between the French and the British to carve up the Middle East when the Ottoman Empire ended. These journalists all […]

What’s your politically-correct World Cup bracket?

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We’ve got World Cup fever here at Mondo, and we’re soliciting Politically Correct Brackets. Got one? Please post it in the Comments. Adam sent me his yesterday: Chile over Brazil Colombia over Uruguay Chile over Colombia France over Nigeria Algeria over Germany ALGERIA OVER FRANCE (highlights here) Mexico over Netherlands Greece over Costa Rica Mexico […]

‘Haaretz’ conference trumpets tired word ‘Peace’ (when the only solution is ‘equality’)

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The answer — the only answer — to Israel/Palestine is equality. But Haaretz, stuck in the old, now-meaningless paradigm of so-called ‘peace,’ is promoting an Israel Conference on Peace in Jerusalem on July 8. The biases are striking. Nowhere in the conference program is there a clear focus on equality, human rights, international law, or the rights of […]

Israeli officials threaten return to Intifada-era policy of demolishing suspects’ homes

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The Israeli army’s rampage across the West Bank is the largest operation since the second Palestinian uprising, and has brought to mind Intifada-era images of Israeli soldiers waging battle on the streets of Palestinian cities.  The return to Intifada-era policies may soon get worse for Palestinians. Since the reported abduction of three Israeli youths from […]

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers raid Hebron as West Bank crackdown enters second week

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As the largest military operation in the West Bank in a decade enters its second week, Israel raided H2, the area of Hebron under Israeli security control, for the first time since the second Intifada. Overnight 200 soldiers were deployed to arrest eight Palestinians, including five from one family. In the process seven others were […]

The Ramallah bubble just popped: Reflections on a city under siege

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The Ramallah bubble just popped. Just a few days ago I reassured a colleague living in Jerusalem not to worry, because Ramallah is safe. “Is that what you tell yourselves?” she asked. I knew, of course, that anything could happen here, but had wrongly assumed that Ramallah was to some extent off-limits, even amidst all […]

Violence in paradise: Jo Roberts probes Israeli memory and myth

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Any first-year psychology student knows memory is often inaccurate; the memory of the nation as a whole, as Canadian journalist Jo Roberts says, is often much more revealing. In her new book, Contested Land, Contested Memory: Israel’s Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe (Dundurn Press, 2013), Roberts intertwines Israelis’ and Palestinians’ personal narratives […]

What Comes Next: Five Palestine futures

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This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.” This series was initiated by Jewish Voice for Peace as an investigation into the current state of thinking about one state and two state solutions, and the collection has been further expanded by Mondoweiss to mark 20 years […]

‘Washington Post’ conflates anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism

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The Washington Post has run an interesting (and perhaps important) piece on the alleged rise of anti-Semitism in France: “A ‘new anti-Semitism’ rising in France.” Perhaps some of what is reported is very real (I assume much of it is; the New York Times ran a similar piece the same day). If so, this has implications […]