Category Archives: Activism

Anti-occupation activists in New York blast United Jewish Appeal for supporting attacks on Gaza

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Over 20 Jewish Voice for Peace members gathered outside the offices of the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in New York, criticizing the group’s support for Israel’s policy towards Gaza, including the blockade of the coastal territory and the ongoing military assault. The action was one of many across the country that Jewish Voice for Peace has organized in recent days to highlight and critique Jewish establishment support for Israeli policy towards the Gaza Strip. In Philadelphia, six people were arrested after refusing to leave a Jewish Federations office, while in Durham, North Carolina, JVP members disrupted another Federation event to call for an end to the blockade and the occupation.

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Tariq Abu Khdeir is not deterred: Despite Israeli police attack, he plans on returning to Palestine

One month ago, 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir was beaten senselessly by two Israeli police officers. Now, he’s back in his Tampa home, safe and sound. But his life has stayed topsy-turvy. He has had to tell his story countless times, and has been whisked away to demonstrations and events across the country. But despite Tariq’s ordeal, which began when his cousin Mohammed was kidnapped and burned alive by Israeli Jewish extremists, he wants to return to Palestine. Mondoweiss’ Alex Kane sat down with Tariq and his mother to talk about what happened to Tariq, and what the future holds.

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Weapons fired in Ferguson come from companies supplying Israel, Bahrain and Egypt

Companies that have become notorious for supplying Israeli, Egyptian and Bahraini security forces with tear-gas have also supplied the police in Ferguson, Missouri with those products. Those companies’ weapons are being fired on protesters livid over the police shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black teen hit six times by an officer named Darren Wilson. The use of tear-gas, armored vehicles and high-powered rifles on the streets of an American city to quell protests have fed anger over Brown’s killing across the nation and has also sparked an unprecedented debate over police militarization in the country.

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UPDATED: Bay Area demonstrators succeed for **fourth** day in ‘Blocking the Boat for Gaza’

A diverse and spirited crowd of between 2,000 and 3,000 took part in the “Block the Boat for Gaza” action. The plan was to set up a community picket line outside the freight terminal where the Israeli ship, the Zim Piraeus, was due to dock, in the expectation that longshore workers would honor the line and stay off the job so the ship wouldn’t be unloaded or loaded. The action was originally scheduled for 5 a.m. Saturday, just before the ship was due in port, but on Friday evening, when it became clear that it was circling outside San Francisco Bay instead of proceeding to its scheduled docking, protest organizers postponed the demonstration until 3 p.m. In the afternoon, with the ship still stalling at sea in an obvious attempt to wait out the protest, organizers decided to proceed with march to the port and declare a victory, even though the ship is now expected to dock in Oakland sometime Sunday evening.

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Israel accuses Gaza children of using Hamas as human shields

“Why aren’t they picking on the seal slaughter instead of us?” demands B’nai Brith spokesperson Frank Dimant — in a satire of Israeli hasbara published by Independent Jewish Voices in Canada

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Lady Gaza comes to Melbourne

"Lady Gaza" (photo: WACA)

The story behind the Elbit System lockdown in Melbourne. ‘People were genuinely shocked this company is working in their street.’ Because Elbit profits from the occupation and seige of Palestine, the Melbourne Palestine Action Group, a group consisting of Whistle Blowers Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA) and Renegade Activists, locked down Elbit Systems in the suburb of Port Melbourne and occupied the building’s roof for a few hours.

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The catastrophe inflicted on Gaza–and the costs to Israel’s standing

The statistics coming out of Gaza as Israel’s most recent bombardment of that hapless territory gradually winds down capture the nature of a catastrophe methodically inflicted by one people on another. Yet for all of the sheer violence that Israel unleashed in Gaza, the indiscriminate scale of the bombing has actually seemed to accelerate BDS efforts around the world. Israel may have “won” this round of conflict, but in terms of the larger political struggle, it has almost certainly lurched from one loss to another as the world reacts in disgust.

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Top legal scholars decry ‘chilling’ effect of dehiring scholar Salaita

Corey Robin documents the growing backlash in the academic world to the dehiring of scholar Steven Salaita over his criticism of Israel. The latest is that scholars from law schools at Columbia, Cornell, Berkeley, Georgetown, and other universities have come out with a very strong letter condemning the decision of the University of Illinois to dehire Steven Salaita.

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The Combined Jewish Appeal’s deep complicity in Israeli crimes

On August 7th, twenty Jews living in Montreal gathered in the lobby of the Federation CJA (Combined Jewish Appeal) building to denounce the ongoing massacre and siege on Gaza as well as the organized Jewish community’s complicity in it. The CJA’s response to the action neither acknowledged nor engaged with the issue of internal Jewish community dissent on Israel and was riddled with empty accusations, unsubstantiated claims, and racist anti-Palestinian rhetoric.

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Blaming the Victims: A night with AIPAC in St. Louis and protesters in Ferguson

Michael Berg writes about a long emotional night where he attended the event “A Progressive Case for Israel” at a reform synagogue in St. Louis, MO featuring a speaker from AIPAC and then participated in a protest for police accountability in Ferguson, MO.

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Film and Media scholars & makers condemn Gaza assault, endorse BDS

This Open Letter, to date containing 147 signatures, was drafted by members of the Middle East Caucus (MEC) of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), and has been endorsed by the Asian/Pacific American Caucus of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, the Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, the Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine, and the Palestine Solidarity Committee in India. The Letter will eventually be submitted to the SCMS Executive Council along with a request that it facilitate an organization-wide consideration of BDS endorsement.

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Reading Salaita in Illinois (part 2) – Cary Nelson, academic freedom’s agent provocateur

This is the second of two articles on Cary Nelson’s involvement in the Steven Salaita affair. In this second half of Phan Nguyen’s study, he focuses on Nelson’s conflicts of interest when presenting himself as a professional authority on the Salaita case. Nguyen also traces the anti-BDS origins of the current attack against Steven Salaita.

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Hundreds of scholars say they won’t engage with University of Illinois unless decision to block Salaita is reversed

In recent days, hundreds of scholars from diverse fields have signed statements pledging not to engage with the University of Illinois because of the school’s decision to block the appointment of Palestinian-American scholar Steven Salaita.

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Jews for Palestinian Right of Return slam NY Governor Cuomo’s support of assault on Gaza

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return criticize a “unity visit” to Israel that New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver conducted.

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Washington D.C.’s ‘Day of Rage’ directs ire at U.S. complicity in Gaza assault

On August 9, protesters in Washington, D.C., the seat of American power, gathered for a “day of rage” against Israel’s attack on Gaza. This action differed from many of those around the world in that protesters – using chants, speeches and signs – aimed their outrage at the U.S. as much as at Israel. The sizable Washington D.C. protest evidenced that many American believe that we are morally obligated to stand up against U.S. complicity in the occupation, the recurring incursions into Gaza and the continued denial of Palestinian rights.

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Propaganda on Palestine: All-Knowing White Man & Angry Black Woman conjure good Jews and evil Arabs

Scholars L. Janelle Dance and Charles Holm respond to two widely-shared pro-Israel pieces of propaganda: Dennis Prager’s “The Middle East Problem” and Chloe Valdary’s “To the Students for Justice in Palestine, a Letter from an Angry Black Woman.” Both of them present a world in which there is one indistinguishable group of Jews and one homogenous group of African Americans, both of whom have a just cause. And then there are those “Arabs,” all of whom have an unjust cause.

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Rania Masri gives Barack Obama a lesson on the meaning of ‘barbaric’

Netanyahu is the barbaric one, scholar Rania Masri says, correcting President Obama, and she says the left must stand with the Palestinian resistance, in a thunderous speech in Austin, TX

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The West Bank insurrection

Israel killed a 19-year-old protester Friday outside a settlement in the West Bank, and after his funeral, a boy gave a bullet to a member of Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade. As Allison Deger reports, great political changes are afoot on the West Bank. Palestinian protesters were not able to get near settlements till recently, prevented from doing so by the Palestinian Authority. But in the wake of Israel’s onslaught on Gaza, and Hamas’s surprising military stamina, the P.A. has forged a modus-vivendi between moderate and more radical political currents, and has permitted pro-Hamas rallies in the West Bank.

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When the smoke clears in Gaza

Many are saying that the latest carnage in Gaza is the turning point. But the world has been here before, writes Robin D.G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of U.S. History at UCLA. Reacting to spectacular violence cannot sustain a movement. The struggle for Palestinian liberation must go beyond an end to the violence. It has to put freedom–ending the occupation, dismantling apartheid, eradicating racism, and ensuring the right of Palestinians to return to their native land–as its ultimate goal.

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Reviving Our Heroes: Challenging Palestinian dehumanization

Websites such as Humanize Palestine seek to challenge these portrayals of Palestinian dehumanization, created by Western news sources and social media. When a photo is attached to a name, the person no longer becomes just a number. They are essentially revived, and their faces are engrained in our collective memory permanently. Including a person’s full name to photos and information about the town they are from is significant. It is a way to celebrate Palestinian history, culture and humanity in the face of oppression.

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Steven Salaita case recalls blacklisting of Pete Seeger and Paul Robeson

Professor Steven Salaita’s words “while strident and vulgar were an impassioned plea to end the violence currently taking place in the Middle East,” writes an academic freedom committee of the Illinois AAUP. And Salaita is likely a better teacher for the passion he brings to his work. Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism also condemns U of Illinois decision to rescind appointment

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Video: Israeli soldiers share an ecstatic moment as they destroy homes in Gaza

Listen to the sheer ecstatic joy erupting (1:24*) from these soldiers as they watch their deadly handiwork unfold. As government officials, observers and pundits express their deep regret over the tragic toll on civilians in Gaza, the soldiers carrying out these particular operations don’t … Continue reading

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On being accused of anti-semitism by well meaning liberals

A rebuttal to those who assume bigotry, or speciously accuse you of it, when you try to talk about Palestinian human rights

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Over 400 Middle East scholars and librarians call for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions (Updated)

In an unprecedented expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people, and especially at this time with the Palestinians in Gaza, a group of over 100 prominent scholars and librarians of the Middle East have called for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. As reasons for action, scholars cited the siege of Gaza and “the occupation and dispossession in East Jerusalem, the Naqab (Negev), and the West Bank; the construction of walls and fences around the Palestinian population, the curtailment of Palestinian freedom of movement and education, and the house demolitions.” They added that these violations have “long histories and no apparent end in sight.”

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Gaza Calling: All out on Saturday August 9 Day of Rage

Organizations in Gaza call on civil society around the world to take to the streets on August 9: “As we face the full might of Israel’s military arsenal, funded and supplied by the United States and European Union, we call on civil society and people of conscience throughout the world to pressure governments to sanction Israel and implement a comprehensive arms embargo immediately. Take to the streets on Saturday 9 August with a united demand for sanctions on Israel.”

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