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Once we were embattled, now we are insurgent

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Denver protest, July 2014: Young women march in Palestinian protest, one wears hijab other wearing keffiyeh on head and carries sign about racism, other marchers in background with American flag and Palestinian flags. Photo by Chris Goodwin

Young people studying the Middle East are almost all sympathetic to the Palestinian point of view. Many are conversant on the history of the region and root causes. They understand BDS as a moral imperative. Once we were embattled; today we are insurgent.

The great Highway 17 billboard contest

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Hwy 17 billboard contest in British Columbia, Canada

Israel supporters in Canada have countered an ad calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel (BDS) because of apartheid practices with an “I Love Israel” billboard. Is that really an answer?

How long will I have to convince liberals that Palestinians matter?

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Amira Sakalla writes: “As much as building coalitions is imperative to liberation, so too is the preservation of distinct stories, histories, identities. As a Palestinian, I must take ownership of my lost – claim each of them, wholly, as important – and give this same ownership to my allies over theirs. Mohammed Abu Khdeir was my brother. Eric Garner was my best friend. I say Black Lives Matter not because Eric is like Mohammed, but because Eric is important. Period. And I ask that the same singular relevance apply to us, too. We Palestinians matter in our own right.”

The Israeli Anthropological Association’s desperate attempt to derail the academic boycott

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On 11 June 2015, the Israeli Anthropological Association passed a resolution, for the first time in its 42 year history calling for an end to the occupation, while simultaneously opposing the call for academic boycotts of Israeli academic institutions. Although the recognition of Palestinian rights is a necessary first step, both the timing and content of the statement raise serious questions about the sincerity of the organization’s newfound commitment to ending human rights abuses.

Pro-BDS anthropologists publish guide to boycotting Israeli academic institutions

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Last week Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions marked the anniversaries of Israel’s brutal 51-day attack on Gaza last summer and the 10th anniversary of the BDS movement by releasing the document “Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions — Advice for Anthropologists,” which provides advice to scholars on how to implement the boycott in their individual capacities.

The case for US government sanctions on Israel

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Enacting sanctions on Israel, that is ending the U.S. government’s unflinching support of Israel, should be the key action item for organizations leading the BDS movement, yet most of them are conspicuously silent on this topic.

Time for a Jewish reformation?

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(RNS1-JULY 1) Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived from 1906 to 1945. For use with RNS-DIETRICH-BONHOEFFER transmitted July 1, 2014. RNS photo courtesy Joshua Zajdman, Random House

Leading Christians stood up for the civil rights movement and against Nazism and South African apartheid. They are silent about Palestine because of the history of the Holocaust. When actually: they are needed to help Jews through a historical crisis created by a Zionist ideology that they will one day mourn in contrition

The BDS Movement at 10: An interview with Omar Barghouti

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Omar Barghouti

Mondoweiss co-editors Adam Horowitz and Philip Weiss talk with Palestinian human rights activist and co-founder of the BDS movement Omar Barghouti on the tenth anniversary of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions again Israel.

Following boycott campaign, 1st Israeli Feis attempts to smear activists as it cancels performance

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Palestinians on the West Bank appeal for the Feis to be cancelled  Photo: Hamza Burnat

Following an intense campaign by Irish BDS activists, organizers of the 1st Israeli Feis, a first time competitive tournament of traditional Irish Dance in Israel, announced the­­ cancellation of the event on their Facebook page yesterday. In the initial cancellation announcement, the event accused the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), of threatening to kill “everyone” participating in the event, by shooting them in the head. Talk about massive social media fail.

Activists call on Oprah Winfrey to distance herself from Leviev over human rights abuses

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To commemorate her magazine’s 15th anniversary, US megastar talk show host and social justice philanthropist Oprah Winfrey glammed out wearing pearl-shaped 69 carat Leviev diamond earrings on the cover of the May 2015 edition of O, the Oprah Magazine. Activists are asking Winfrey to cut ties from Leviev which has been tied to notoriously brutal human rights abuses in Angola and thousands of illegal Israeli settlement homes built on Palestinian land in the West Bank.

The Flotilla didn’t make it to Gaza, but Israel didn’t win

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Activists aboard the Marianne before it shipped off, Gaza bound. (Photo:Freedom Flotilla)

The Israeli military violently intercepted the Swedish boat named Marianne in the early hours of June 29 to prevent it from landing in Gaza, using tasers against unarmed passengers. The Marianne was originally part of a flotilla comprised of four boats with 48 passengers, including human rights activists, journalists, artists, and political figures representing 17 countries. Young people in Gaza from the “We Are Not Numbers” project share their thoughts about the flotilla and the Israeli siege.

Flotilla members still imprisoned as video emerges of violent Israeli attack during capture

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It has been more than 50 hours since Israeli navy attacked the “Marianne” in international waters, 100nm from Gaza, during one of its usual acts of State piracy, always behaving as the bullying state of eastern Mediterranean. 18 participants on board were kidnapped and brought by force and against their will to the military Ashdod port. During the operation of seizure of the “Marianne”, which IDF called “uneventful”, Israeli soldiers used violence against participants on board.