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August 2014

Being Palestinian got me barred from visiting Palestine

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Entry denied. Amanda Michelle narrates her first time at the Israeli-controlled border between Palestine and Jordan. She and the group of Arab-Americans she was traveling with to Palestine were detained at the Allenby crossing. Eventually, they were barred–for five years. “The irony of the situation does not escape me,” she writes. “Being Palestinian is making it impossible for me to visit Palestine.”

The checkpoint is burning

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Shuhada Street in Hebron has been closed to Palestinians for many years. In August a military checkpoint on the street was set afire. The Israeli occupying forces cracked down on Palestinians for the fire, further limiting their movements.

Countdown to the next round in Gaza

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The cease-fire that ended seven weeks of hell in Gaza is only two days old. But the countdown to the next round began as soon as the ink dried on the agreement between Israel and the Palestinian armed factions. The deep-rooted problems bedeviling the Palestinian people and Israel have not gone away. The only question is when that next spasm of violence breaks out.

The end of ‘Operation Protective Edge’

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Rana Alshami writes from Gaza: Whatever was going on in Gaza for the past 51 days has finally ended. People can finally breathe, sleep, live! My family and I lived and experienced the worst of times, but we are still alive. We survived. When the official announcement of the ceasefire was finally announce I couldn‘t stop crying! I could not believe this nightmare was about to end soon. I couldn‘t believe I was alive for this moment. I couldn‘t believe I was going to see my parents and relatives again.

Thirteen arrested as protesters tell Senators Menendez and Booker: ‘No more blank check for Israel’s crimes’

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On Tuesday August 26, 2014, more than 50 demonstrators protested outside the Newark, New Jersey, offices of U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker demanding that the legislators stop providing a blank check for Israel’s crimes. Thirteen demonstrators were arrested inside the building as they read out the names of some of the nearly 500 Palestinian children killed in Gaza.

Occupied Religion

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The Gaza war appears over – for now – but while Gazans are picking up body parts amid the rubble, the settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank are expanding. There’s even a yeshiva set to open in East Jerusalem. Just what the (un)Holy Land needs, more – occupied – religion. After all that’s where this invasion of Gaza ostensibly started.

In Gaza, Palestinians celebrate resistance and credit it with ‘victory’

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Fifty two days of an-all out aggression on besieged Gaza ended following an Egyptian mediated ceasefire deal on Tuesday. Despite over 2,100 lives lost in Gaza and the destruction of thousands of homes, thousands of Gaza residents took to the streets to celebrate the resistance’s “victory” over Israel. “This ceasefire is no act of generosity from Israel. Do not mistake it for such,” said Nidal Salamah from Gaza City. “This is a victory fought for through resistance, resilience, and strategic calculations.”

The Palestinian message to Israel: Deal with us justly. Or disappear

Jeff Halper on

Until Operation Protective Edge, most of the “messaging” regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, certainly that which broke through the mainstream media, came from the Israeli side. That now has changed. Hamas not only confronted the Israeli Occupation but has also seized the political initiative from it. In stark contrast to Abbas, who has declared security cooperation with Israel to be “sacred” and who passively allows Israel to maintain its massive matrix of Israeli highways in the occupied territories spelling the end of the two-state solution, Hamas has sent a clear and forceful message to Israel: We won’t submit even if you kill us. Deal with us justly – or disappear.

Yale Protestant chaplain says Americans must curb Israel so as to curb anti-Semitism

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Bruce Shipman, Chaplain - Episcopal Church at Yale

Everyone is talking about this. Last week the New York Times ran an op-ed by Deborah Lipstadt saying that anti-Semitism is returning to Europe in ways reminiscent of the Nazi era, in which Lipstadt blurred the line between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, citing protests of Israel’s slaughter in Gaza. Well, the Times has now run a […]

Chancellor Wise, why not accept the scholarly inquiry of your colleagues over the politicized judgment of Salaita’s critics?

Natalie Zemon Davis on

26 August 2014 Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise University of Illinois Dear Chancellor Wise, As a long-time participant in the university world, I implore you to reverse your decision in regard to Professor Steven Salaita and now to recommend the approval of his appointment to the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I write […]

‘NYT’ continues using discredited figures suggesting parity between Israeli and Palestinian attacks — Updated

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For a month from July 8th – August 8th, The New York Times inserted a grossly misleading interactive into each of their online stories that included a comparison between “targets in Gaza struck by Israel” and “rockets launched at Israel from Gaza.” The resulting figures suggested near parity in attacks by both sides. They appeared […]

‘Get me out of the rubble, please, I’m alive’

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Amid leveled-down houses, on his half-cracked wooden chair, with every sip of his wretched cigarette, a sigh burst. And the flashback of that sore scene with her voice echoing overwhelmed his words which clobbered all languages. His wrinkled face, mingled with melancholy, can deeply be delved into. Prefacing his heartbreaking story with her last words ever, […]

‘New Yorker’ limits its expose of Israel lobby to AIPAC

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Connie Bruck has a big piece on AIPAC in the New Yorker that includes some good Capitol Hill reporting on AIPAC’s corrupting influence over the Congress. Friends are passing the piece along to me as an expose, and several are thrilled by it. The article is titled, “Are American Jews Turning Against AIPAC?” and suggests that AIPAC […]

Leading Jewish organization celebrates Israeli settlement products

Philip Weiss on

Adam sent me this photo today from a doctor’s waiting room. The article is all about wine from the Judean Hills around Jerusalem. At least one of the vineyards is in the West Bank, in the illegal settlement of Psagot (and others vaguely alluded to are in the Golan); but the article doesn’t refer to […]

Israel’s information iron dome

Yarden Katz on

It is widely assumed that a free press should report accurate and relevant information to the population, and act as ‘watchdog’ of power in the name of public interest. The reporting of secret government surveillance programs leaked by Edward Snowden rekindled a debate in the U.S. concerning the role of the free press, and the […]

Palestinians in E. Jerusalem are detained in greatest number, 770, since Second Intifada

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West Bank / Jerusalem Jerusalem faces largest surge in arrests since 2nd Intifada BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 27 Aug by Charlie Hoyle — Palestinian communities in Jerusalem are experiencing the largest upsurge in detentions since the Second Intifada, with a marked increase in Israeli police brutality and the collective punishment of entire neighborhoods, local organizations say. The […]

Ceasefire deal after weeks of fighting in Gaza promises easing of blockade

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Israel and the Palestinian armed groups waging war in Gaza for the past seven weeks have inked a cease-fire deal that promises an end to the fighting. While the full terms of the deal have not been released, news outlets are reporting that the agreement includes an easing of the blockade of Gaza and the […]

Gaza goyim jailbreak

Philip Weiss on

Last weekend I joined my wife’s extended family on a mountain lake; and every time Gaza came up, my ears pricked up. For instance, someone grabbed The New York Times business section with Bloomberg’s picture on the front and said “What’s Bloomberg up to?” and someone else said snarkily, “Going to Israel.” The article was […]