Monthly Archives: December 2014
Happy New Year from Mondoweiss! In 2014 we had just under 17 million visits to the site and Annie Robbins’s post on Boston subway ads against the occupation got nearly 1,000,000 views, topping our list of the ten most popular posts of the year.
A day after begin rebuffed by the UN Security Council on a bid to end the occupation, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has surprised the world by signing the Rome Statute, to be able to bring charges against Israel to the International Criminal Court. The US and Netanyahu seethe.
Gaza produced ‘tenfold’ increase in level of hatred toward Israel, Cary Nelson marvels in Tel Aviv, and Dalit Baum responds: “You ask why there is more criticism of Israel in the world? Because of Israeli policies!”
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Late Monday evening Jordan submitted an updated version of a draft resolution seeking to end Israel’s occupation to the United Nations Security Council. The latest document maintains a 2017 deadline for an end to the Israeli occupation but contains a handful revisions, with substantive changes on the status of Jerusalem and Israel’s separation wall.
When the ambassador of the Arab League said that Israeli occupation is fostering Islamic radicalism, Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt bridles, saying he’s “rather offended” that he would “shlep” that view into a DC thinktank.
Senator Lindsey Graham wanted to visit Israel “in the most desperate way” to convey to Netanyahu that Congress will have “violent pushback” against a Palestinian statehood bid at the U.N., and that Congress will reimpose sanctions on Iran “at the drop of a hat.”
The NYT demonizes Hamas in promoting a bridge-building effort to bring 37 Gaza war orphans to visit Israel so as to see it in a positive light. The main function of the feel-good exercise is to make liberal Zionists feel better about themselves while doing nothing to end open-air prison conditions in Gaza.
Idan Landau reports on several gruesome injuries to Palestinian children caused by Israeli forces shooting these bullets.
Recent months have seen a wave of hit-and-runs against Palestinians by Jewish settlers living in the occupied West Bank, as well as reprisal car attacks in Jerusalem. In the latest, a 7-year-old boy in a village near Hebron was left with moderate injuries requiring hospitalization.
The video “The Jewish Voices on Campus,” has had nearly 148,000 viewings; David Green debunks its claims regarding pervasive anti-Semitism on college campuses.
For many liberal Zionists, the next Israeli election is about saving Israel from the right wing government that has made it more difficult to defend Israel’s legitimacy as a Jewish state. Dr. Reem Khamis-Dakwar wonders: are these calls by liberal Zionists to “rekindle the spirit of 1993” solely calls for a presentable “liberal” Israeli government, no matter what its policies really are?
The center in the Israel Palestine discourse is collapsing — witness Peace Now’s latest letter, a plea for irrelevance that channels Henny Youngman and makes no reference at all to Israel’s political crisis or the settlements, lest folks should start to argue
In a brave act of resistance, over fifty alumni, former educators and staff members of the Israel Arts and Science Academy, Jews and Palestinians, have published a letter calling the high-school community – students and alumni alike – to refuse service in the Israeli military.
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Israeli-American writer Caroline Glick says that Jews have claimed Israel for 3500 years so they are the indigenous people of the land; and thus the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled in 1948 are not refugees.
As he stepped off a bus in Issawiya in East Jerusalem, 5-year-old Muhammad Jamal Ubeid was struck in the face by a rubber bullet fired by Israeli forces. He suffered a bone fracture.
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