Monthly Archives:
May 2016

‘My weekend in Palestine’ changed an Australian man’s life

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Australian Rob Martin was enraged by the Gaza onslaught of 2014. So he went to Palestine for the first time and threw himself into opposition to the occupation, in video’d encounters with Israeli soldiers in occupied Bil’in that media back home have ignored.

Yehuda Glick’s meteoric rise from messianic margins to Israeli parliament

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“Extremist and dangerous forces have taken over Israel and the Likud movement,” Moshe Ya’alon remarked at a press conference following his ouster as defense minister. The focus of attention was on Netanyahu’s imminent appointment of Avigdor Lieberman to the defense ministry, overlooking Ya’alon’s replacement in Likud: US-born settler and face of the Temple Movement Yehuda Glick. While Lieberman’s appointment signifies a success for Israel’s secular right wing, Glick’s entrance to the parliament is a major step forward in the Religious Zionist takeover of Israel.

Top donor to Clinton super PAC is Haim Saban

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Haim Saban, whose only issue is Israel, is the top donor to Hillary Clinton’s superPAC in the first quarter of 2016, which shows that her hawkish stances on foreign policy, including support for regime change in Syria, is born out of dependence on Israel lobby donors.

Irish and Dutch governments join Sweden in speaking out for right to call for BDS

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The Dutch and Irish governments have publicly stated that calls for a boycott of Israel are legitimate, with the Dutch foreign minister saying that advocating and campaigning for Palestinian rights through the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel are “protected by the freedom of expression”.

In long obit for Hedy Epstein, ‘NYT’ buries Palestinian solidarity

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The fact that Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, who died on May 26, was outspoken for Palestinian rights doesn’t come till the end of a long obit for the activist in the New York Times, once again demonstrating bias at the newspaper aimed at preserving Israel’s positive image.

Max Boot has perfect propaganda on murdering medic– but Jeffrey Goldberg is silent

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Israel’s political crisis puts a burden on its propagandists: How to make Americans feel that Israel is fine, despite the warnings of fascism. So where is the country’s most important journalist on Israel issues? Jeffrey Goldberg has been silent. In a fluid situation, he doesn’t know what to say to stay at the center of the discussion.

By putting the word occupation in scare quotes the New York Times demonstrated everything that is wrong with its coverage of Israel/Palestine

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The New York Times on Thursday described Israel’s military occupation in dismissive quotations (i.e “occupation”) in a story concerning Israelis and Palestinians and the Democratic National Convention. In another breathtaking example of digital illiteracy and editorial discombobulation, the Times removed the insensitive quotation marks a few hours afterwards with no editorial explanation. Maybe it was all some kind of innocent misunderstanding. But there’s plenty of reason not to believe that.

‘Why is water dangerous?’ A Palestinian plea to the US Congress

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The Israeli Army has initiated a crisis of demolitions in the West Bank’s Area C, displacing more Palestinian families this year than in all of 2015. A stated program of forced relocation is underway. The Rebuilding Alliance urges Americans to call Congress to oppose US support for the project.

Seven days in Hebron

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Welcome to occupied Hebron. “What’s your religion?” an Israeli border policeman asked me– a question I would grow accustomed to. “Jewish,” I told him. “Why?” He said, “It’s dangerous. You could be killed.”

Women elected student body president at three West Bank universities

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In the occupied West Bank student government elections are the only democratic bellweather of popular opinion, and are taken seriously both by the local population and political analysts. Although the vast majority of student body presidents have been men, Dana Rwaidy, Nawras Abd Addayem and Bahader Rezqallah were all recently elected president at universities in Bethlehem, Salfit and Tulkarem, the latter two cities considered more conservative parts of the West Bank. Rwaidy said she was happy to see that women have started to be more represented in higher education, but stressed that Palestine has a history of female leaders, both in the political sphere and in its resistance. “I don’t feel like my winning presidency is something I should focus on for too long, of course it is a great achievement, but it is just one step in where I am going in life, and there will be much bigger achievements to gain later because there is no restricting how far women can go in this country,” Rwaidy said.

Giving up on political propaganda, Israeli consulate turns to Ted-style inspirational conference

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A pro-Israel “gathering of influencers” known as the Beyond Conference took place in The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College last Friday on a beautiful New York afternoon. The purpose of the conference – which promoted itself with the tagline “Inspiration. Innovation. Israel.”– was to promote Israel, particularly its booming high-tech sector, which raised a record $4.4 billion in 2015. But as Rob Bryan writes, beneath the rote platitudes of the presentations lied a more sinister motive – whitewashing Israeli apartheid with a tech-friendly veneer.

‘My country right or wrong’ — indoctrination in defense of Israel

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A consortium of pro-Israel groups hold a conference at SUNY Purchase to explore “anti-semitism on campus,” but smearing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and saying there has never been a Palestine is not the way to win the hearts of young Jews.

Acclaimed Irish literary festival’s refusal to accept Israeli state funding welcomed by artists and human rights campaigners

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The decision by Listowel Writers’ Week Festival, an internationally acclaimed literary festival in the Irish heritage town of Listowel County Kerry, to refuse funding from the Israeli Embassy in Ireland has been welcomed by artists, human rights campaigners and Palestine solidarity activists in Ireland, and is being hailed as victory for the growing Palestinian-led global Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement.

‘Why should we give Israeli investigators a gun to shoot the victims again?’: B’Tselem ends cooperation with Israeli military citing total lack of accountability

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After 25 years of bringing cases to Israel’s military court and supporting investigations into the killings of Palestinians, a foremost Israeli human rights group has said “there is no longer any point” to submitting complaints. Following stalled and faulty investigations in more than 700 cases since 2000, which resulted in a 3% conviction rate, the rights group B’tselem has given up on cooperating with the military justice system. The organization now believes filing cases in army courts can cause further harm to Palestinian victims. The group said it will cease “lending legitimacy to the occupation regime and aiding to whitewash it,” in report published today that outlines what it described as major deficits in the prosecuting process.