David Horowitz visits Ohio State University and spreads falsehoods about Israeli history, like denying the Nakba and the occupation, and departs with an expletive
Monthly Archives: April 2015
A main-stage debate is beginning between liberal Zionists and non- and anti-Zionists. Here are two videos that show the continuous human rights abuses of Jewish nationalism, from 1950 to 2012; how can liberals call themselves liberals and support that ideology?
On April 19, two French music students were held overnight at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport and humiliated, interrogated, strip-searched, and then deported all because their destination was Palestine, where they had previously taught music. The authors relate their story in order to oppose the “violation of intimacy, psychological torture, dehumanization, racism, theft, trauma” that often greet travelers at Ben Gurion.
The man who pressed the White House to nuke Iran now seems to have threatened Jeb Bush over the fact that a foreign policy adviser, James Baker, addressed a liberal Zionist group last month. Sheldon Adelson was “ripshit” over the speech, National Review reports.
Members of the International Solidarity Movement write about a new play by the Jenin Freedom Theatre “The Siege” which tells the story of the Israeli siege of the Church of the Nativity in 2002 during the second Intifada.
After students express their concerns to the dining staff of the products connections to human rights abuses, University of California, Riverside provides alternative hummus brand in its campus store.
Touring America, Haneen Zoabi, Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, envisions a democracy in Israel alongside a Palestinian state. “We have a vision to stay and live with each other. We don’t want to throw anyone in the sea! No! We suggest when we say equality it is equality with you, this is to recognize you.”
Miranda Willson talks to Jewish Voice for Peace board member Donna Nevel about how working against Islamophobia in the U.S. is connected to justice in Israel/Palestine.
Ma’an reports: “Hundreds of Palestinians attended the funeral of Muhammad Murad Yahiya, 18, on Tuesday after he was shot dead by Israeli forces late Monday in al-‘Araqa village in western Jenin. ‘Israel assassinated my son in cold blood,’ Yahiya’s father, Murad, told Ma‘an. ‘After a family wedding Muhammad and several of his friends went walking in our lands near the separation wall when Israeli soldiers opened fire and hit him.'”
Manchester Jews for Justice for Palestinians calls on all individuals, institutions and companies to end the two way arms trade between the UK and Israel and to divest from those companies involved.
Prof. Avi Shlaim, one of the leading Israeli “New Historians,” succinctly exposes the reactionary contradictions inherent in liberal Zionism during a televised debate with former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami.
The courts ruled that Pamela Geller has the right to put up her virulently anti-Muslim ads on public buses. As a community, we will make our voices heard as forcefully as we can in protest of Islamophobic hate speech. –Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition
There’s a supreme irony in Obama quoting Dorothy Thompson, whose truly stellar career ended in charges of antisemitism from Zionists, to a crowd of journalists who quake in fear of having their careers destroyed by Israel supporters who more recently smeared Helen Thomas, Rick Sanchez, Octavia Nasr, and Jim Clancy for off-hand, ill-conceived remarks.
On April 22, following three weeks of deliberation, the Student Senate of Earham College passed a resolution in support of divestment from companies directly involved in the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. The resolution, presented by Boycott Divestment Sanctions Earlham (BDS Earlham), calls for divestment from three major companies profiting from the Occupation: Motorola Solutions, Hewlett Packard, and Caterpillar. This Senate Victory was a unique one. As opposed to a voting-based model, the Earlham Student Senate utilizes a consensus-based decision making model, which requires that all members of Senate feel comfortable moving forward with any decision.
The Likud party’s unsurprising success in last month’s Israeli election reinforced the essential argument that the two-state outcome is not viable. Phil Weiss wrote that the time for an open discussion between anti-Zionists and liberal Zionists has arrived. Ahmed Moor says, it’s a good argument, but not one that is easily embraced.
For western journos, Israeli lives are more important than Palestinian lives, Yousef Munayyer says, in pointing out coverage of the first Palestinian rocket from Gaza in 4 months and non-coverage of repeated Israeli attacks on the strip.
A Passover diary, in which a friend tells me that Jews need to forgive European anti-Semites their historical crimes because that is all that will stop Israel from reenacting the crimes against Jews
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) says no house has been reconstructed in the besieged Gaza Strip eight months after the end of the Israel’s latest war on the blockaded area.
Mohammad Saba’aneh is among the most well-known Palestinian artists. His art frequently includes images of Palestinian prisoners, Israeli soldiers and Palestinian refugees. Israeli authorities arrested Saba’aneh in February 2013, and he was held for five months. Mondoweiss spoke with Saba’aneh in New York last week, where he was speaking at the New School.
Who could stay home when this self-hating, Jewish-people-hating, delusional ex-professor would address malleable ears? Sadly, with a couple of exceptions, those standing by Israel’s policies chose to stay away when Norman Finkelstein spoke at Syracuse last week.
Even Daily Beast is using the term “Israel First,” after wealthy NY gay couple hosts Ted Cruz, who opposes same-sex marriage, because of his stand on Iran
BDS is entering the Jewish communal sphere, as Jews press to debate the use of boycott of Israel to curb its behavior. Even as a Jewish Reconstructionist site rejected an essay it sought from Rabbi Shai Gluskin because he endorses a one-state future in Israel and Palestine
Rudoren’s latest: NYT piece on public transportation shutting down for the Sabbath in Israel quotes Jews on both sides of the issue but leaves out the view of 1/5 of the population whose lives are governed by someone else’s religious observance. Jim Crow in US journalism
When Rhodesia and South Africa said that they were white-led nations that would never have majority rule, the world responded with boycott, divestment and sanctions. When Netanyahu says that there will never be a Palestinian state, it is again time for the BDS movement to put down its shoes and be on the move.
Sheldon Adelson is beginning to attain Koch Brothers-like standing for American liberals. The press is finally beginning to pick up on a real problem, the corruption of the Republican presidential process by the man who wants to nuke Iran.