Palestinian solidarity is a movement that will “grow and grow… and be impossible to stop,” Anne-Marie Slaughter told Hillary Clinton in 2011 based on Alice Walker’s presence on the freedom flotilla bound for Gaza.
Monthly Archives: September 2015
A group of UK BDS activists have been making inquiries after hearing several advertisements on the UK’s Magic 105.4 radio broadcast hyping a “Win a trip to Israel” contest. The station has already backed down from suggesting Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.
When Nidal Alareer, a 40-year-old father of five returned to Shujaiya after Israel’s 51-day war on Gaza, he found all three of his houses destroyed. Though promises of reconstruction have proven to be hollow, his family was able to obtain materials to rebuild their home from the Qatari government. But the labor is back-breaking and until he and his young sons finish reconstruction, his family is scattered about Gaza with no money to rent apartments. Dan Cohen spoke with Alareer as he worked on his house during Eid al Adha.
Author Lillian Rosengarten just completed a wrenching trip to the country of her birth Germany, speaking on the subject, “A Jew Against Zionism.” The Israeli embassy tried to shut her down
The Saudi-led, US-backed coalition killed 131 civilians, including at least 80 women, after bombing a wedding in Yemen on September 28. A representative of Doctors Without Borders said there was no military presence near the wedding. This attack marks the deadliest day in the war in Yemen, which has now gone on for over half a year.
Dozens of Palestinians were injured across the West Bank as Israeli forces suppressed protests over Jewish visits to the plaza of the Al Aqsa mosque. Aymen Odeh, Palestinian member of Knesset, said the mosque is occupied and belongs to Muslims
Among most U.S. elected officials and politicians, pursuing Benjamin Netanyahu’s friendship– and bragging about their Bibi-buddy-bonafidas– is extremely trendy. Katie Halper runs down the candidates running for president in 2016 who claim to be best friends with Netanyahu.
When Netanyahu, Michael Oren and Natan Sharansky all appeal to American Jews to defy their president in support of Israel, they’ve allowed people to broach the topic of dual loyalty– and JJ Goldberg at the Forward agrees
Karin Attia says it is time to look inwards at a rising culture of violence in Israel rather than facile explanations about individual bad seeds.
The Israel Project raises money by saying that Israeli soldiers who participated in the 2014 Gaza slaughter believe that advocates for Israel in the US “are fighting the war just as they were.”
David Brooks goes in for stereotype against WASPs as inhibited while Marissa Rothkopf calls them “lockjaw” — casual prejudice in the New York Times that would never be tolerated against Jews
Isra Saleh El-Namy describes how her family celebrates Eid al-Adha in Gaza and what the holiday means to the besieged strip a year after the war with Israel. 8 year old Yazzan tells her “I wanted to seize every moment to play to have fun with my friends. I want to compensate what I have missed during last year Eid.”
Richard Silverstein: “I appeal once again for any Israelis who know this person to step forward and name him. He deserves to be held accountable for what Amnesty International has called an “extrajudicial execution.” Please circulate this poster online everywhere you can.”
If the murdered Hadeel Hashlamoun had been Jewish, the New York Times would be writing about her every day. But #PalestinianLivesDon’tMatter.
A Palestinian shot and critically injured by Israeli forces at a military checkpoint in eastern Nablus last week died from his wounds on Thursday, medics said.
Danny Danon, Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations, boasted on his official Facebook page on April 27, 2011 that he was proposing legislation that would have the Israeli government “annex the West Bank and repeal the Oslo Accords.” The Facebook post was deleted sometime on or after August 28, 2015—after Netanyahu had appointed him Israel’s ambassador to the UN. While he can delete past Facebook posts, there is some evidence Danon’s radical right-wing politics that he cannot expunge.
The leading human rights organization Amnesty International says the killing of the 18-year-0ld Palestinian Hadeel al-Hashlamoun three days ago by Israeli soldiers was an “extrajudicial execution.”
According to National Public Radio it’s one thing to throw a brick against oppression 36 years ago in New York City and another to throw a stone today against oppression in Palestine.
Too much idle time, too many memories of too many wars and scholarships lost due to the blockade have triggered a collective depression in Gaza.
“Israel Acts to Combat Violence in Jerusalem” is The New York Times headline. It ought to be: “Palestinians continue to fight back against military occupation of Palestine.”
Israel’s security cabinet voted unanimously Thursday evening to permit the use of sniper-fire against stone throwers in circumstances where an officer’s life is not at imminent risk. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed the changes and declared the increased measures were a “fight against those who throw rocks and firebombs, and shoot fireworks.”
The conversation on Palestine is moving forward, the poet Remi Kanazi says. “But I don’t think it’s going to be me and Bill Kristol at the New York Times. If it were that way tomorrow, it would be because I would be doing something wrong.”
Now that thwarting the Iran deal is out of reach, Netanyahu’s political calculus demands a new threat – and stone throwers have replaced the nuclear duck.
Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the US will doubtless reinforce his reach to the new audiences he has attracted beyond the Catholic Church with his strong positions on such issues as the environment, poverty, migrants – and Palestinian rights to freedom and equality.
Help support filmmaker Susan Youssef make her new film ‘Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf’: “Our screens are a reflection of our society. We need an honoring of Syrian and Palestinian life as equal as our own as Americans and Europeans. Supporting media by Arabs and Muslims about Arabs and Muslims is one way that we can instigate the process of healing and hope.”