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

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When tear-gas was first fired into the streets of Ferguson, Missouri at people angry at the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, Palestinian activists sent out messages on Twitter giving people tips for how to deal with tear gas’ effects. And there was another direct connection between events in Missouri and the West Bank, as Palestinian activist Mariam

Israel accuses Gaza children of using Hamas as human shields

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  (The following article is a series of satirical  headlines originally published by Independent Jewish Voices – Canada) *Headlines from Israel: Israel accuses Gaza children of using Hamas as human shields Allegations that Gaza children are using Hamas as human shields were further fueled by a video appearing to show Gaza children enticing Hamas militants

Lady Gaza comes to Melbourne

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"Lady Gaza" (photo: WACA)

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. Arriving at the site at 5 in the morning, the activists erected a replica of Israel’s apartheid wall

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

Saree Makdisi on

The statistics coming out of Gaza as Israel’s most recent bombardment of that hapless territory gradually winds down are on the scale of a natural disaster, but they capture the nature of a catastrophe methodically inflicted by one people on another. In a month of indiscriminate bombardment, Israel has killed or injured almost twelve thousand

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

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Editor’s note: The following piece about reactions in the academic world to the dehiring of Steven Salaita over his criticism of Israel is a combination of two posts on Corey Robin’s blog.  Scholars from law schools at Columbia, Cornell, Berkeley, Georgetown, and other universities have come out with a very strong letter condemning the decision

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

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Background: On July 21, during the question and answer portion of a St. Louis Jewish Federation community briefing, I was screamed at, then grabbed by security guards, for having introduced countervailing thoughts to a very one sided conversation. Then on July 29 four members of St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) interrupted Consul General of Israel to

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

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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

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

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In the last 24 hours, sociologists and scholars of composition and rhetoric have organized two new statements of refusal regarding the Steven Salaita affair. 1. The sociology statement reads as follows: Dear Chancellor Wise: We are members of Sociology departments from around the world who write, regretfully, to inform you that we will not engage

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

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The following statement was authored by the group Jews for Palestinian Right of Return. Sign their petition addressed to New York politicians on a trip to Israel here. (Please also sign Jews Say: End the War on Gaza — No Aid to Apartheid Israel) On August 10, 2014, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority

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

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On August 9, tens of thousands of protesters marched around the globe to support the doleful plight of Palestinians in Gaza. Indeed, pro-Palestinian rallies took place in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Cape Town, Canada, Oman, Iran, Spain, Malaysia and many other countries. The protest in Washington, D.C. was distinct in two

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

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Thousands of people from Austin and the surrounding region attended a rally and march protesting Israel’s assault on Gaza, joining the millions protesting around the world. Though for the most part, Austin’s protest on August 2 went unreported. And video from that rally, of a thunderous speech by Dr. Rania Masri chastising President Obama over

The West Bank insurrection

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After months of unremitting tensions in the West Bank, another Palestinian youth was killed in a run of protests Friday near the settlement of Psagot outside of Ramallah. The funeral for Mohammed al-Qadary, 19, was held Saturday following noon prayers. Afterword mourners scrambled up a hillside cut with terraces for yet another round of clashes

When the smoke clears in Gaza

Robin D. G. Kelley on

“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians” –Nelson Mandela Israel’s illegal, genocidal war on the people of Gaza has the characteristics of a massive tsunami. Waged with even greater ferocity than Operation Cast Lead or any other assault since the Nakba of 1948 or the 1967 War, its

Reviving Our Heroes: Challenging Palestinian dehumanization

Bayan Abusneineh on

The bodies of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrah, three Israeli settlers, who went missing on June 12th, were found in the West Bank village of Halhoul. The names, ages and pictures of these three Israeli youth quickly circulated all over Western news and social media. We knew what they looked like, who their

Steven Salaita case recalls blacklisting of Pete Seeger and Paul Robeson

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Steven Salaita was reported to have lost an academic appointment at the University of Illinois yesterday over his outspoken criticism of Israel for its onslaught on Gaza. This letter below from the Committee for the Open Discussion of Zionism has been posted here. The Illinois academic freedom committee of the American Association of University Professors

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

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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 appear to share their concern. *The original video accompanying this article has been pulled due to

On being accused of anti-semitism by well meaning liberals

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The recent crimetastrophe in Gaza has meant a month of being glued to the news, dry-mouthed, nauseated, furious and sad. It has meant posting endlessly on Facebook, feeling helpless and useless but noticing more support than I’ve ever had before, and making many more friends and contacts than the few I’ve lost. My family is

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

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Update below We, the undersigned scholars and librarians working on the Middle East, hold that silence about the latest humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel’s new military assault on the Gaza Strip – the third and most devastating in six years –constitutes complicity. World governments and mainstream media do not hold Israel accountable for its violations

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

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Join the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement today. Demand Sanctions on Israel Now. 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