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

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Among the many Op-Eds, blogs, videos and other commentaries about the most recent escalation of the conflict between Israel and Gaza, two, in particular, have moved us to respond. The first, “The Middle East Problem,” is a five-minute video that has been circulating via social media. In this video, Dennis Prager reasons that the “Middle

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

‘Day of rage’ tomorrow: Palestinian resistance ‘starts with the tongue’

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Predictably, Israel rejected Hamas’ demands “that Israel agree in principle to end Gaza’s border closure and allow the rebuilding of Gaza” ending a 3 day cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that elapsed today at 8 A.M. this morning. Attacks have resumed.  The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement has called for an international Day of Rage tomorrow, Saturday August 9th. It’s a call

When the smoke clears in Gaza

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“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

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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

Coalition of feminists condemn ‘massacre’ in Gaza, urge support for BDS

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Editor’s note: The following statement in solidarity with Gaza comes from Palestinian, indigenous, women of color, anti-racist, and Jewish feminists. Statement in Solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza and with seekers of freedom and justice world-wide As Palestinian, indigenous, women of color, anti-racist, and Jewish feminists involved in a range of social justice struggles, we strongly

UK activists shut down Israeli arms factory

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For nearly a month, Israel has bombarded Gaza from land, sea and air. More than 1800 Palestinians have lost their lives and war crimes have been committed. To our collective shame, the UK government has not only failed to take action to pressure Israel to stop its massacre, but has refused to take steps to

Librarians give New York subway riders a taste of Palestinian literature to protest Gaza assault

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On Saturday, August 2, Librarians and Archivists with Palestine (LAP) conducted a solidarity action in New York City, riding the 2/3 line, handing out bookmarks, and reading aloud excerpts of Palestinian literature. “We are librarians and archivists who support Palestinian rights and oppose Israel’s bombing and siege of the Gaza Strip,” they explained. “We are

The threat of sanctions worked against Israel in 1956 — and it can work again

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In 1957, President Eisenhower addressed the US public: “Should a nation which attacks and occupies foreign territory in the face of United Nations disapproval be allowed to impose conditions on its own withdrawal? If we agreed that armed attack can properly achieve the purposes of the assailant, then I fear we will have turned back

Over a hundred people join Norman Finkelstein for civil disobedience outside the Israeli consulate in midtown Manhattan

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Norman Finkelstein reached his goal yesterday afternoon, a quorum of at least 100 people to protest the latest Gaza massacre outside the Israeli consulate in midtown Manhattan. On Monday Finkelstein put a call for civil disobedience on his website, announcing his intention to get arrested while demonstrating at Israel’s mission to the UN. “However, I don’t believe

Assault on Gaza fuels surge of civil disobedience in protest of Israeli actions

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When Israel pounded the Gaza Strip in 2008-09, activists across North America occupied Israeli consulate buildings in protest of Operation Cast Lead, which killed an estimated 1,400 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians. Now, as the death toll reaches Cast Lead-like levels, with over 1,000 Palestinians slain by Israeli forces, activists are once again ramping

Photos: Even with ceasefire, Gaza protests continue across US (Updated)

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As Israel’s assault on Gaza winds up its fourth murderous week, demonstrators across the United States – from Washington, DC, to Austin, TX – continue to take to the streets in protest. In recent weeks, new rallies and marches have been held in Boston, New York City, Washington, Austin, Oakland, Columbus, OH, and elsewhere.      

Video: Frantic scenes during Qalandia demonstration as wounded are rushed to Ramallah Hospital

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This film contains footage of Thursday’s demonstration at the Qalandia checkpoint, and later at Ramallah Hospital. Without proper protective wear, I avoided the frontlines of the demonstration. The video depicts a frantic scene to carry wounded protesters to ambulances, and the controlled chaos of Ramallah Hospital that lasted almost until sunrise. The injured protesters in

Daily protests rage for Gaza across the West Bank 

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(Editor’s Note: This report was filed before last night’s demonstration at the Qalandiya checkpoint.) As the death toll rises by the hour in the besieged Gaza Strip, the rage in the occupied West Bank rises in tow. Protests have been growing in number and frequency across many West Bank cities including Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin, Ramallah, Tulkarem and

In photos: Over 1,000 New Yorkers protest Israel’s attack on Gaza

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Over 1,000 New Yorkers took to the streets on Thursday in a protest meant to call attention to U.S. complicity in Israel’s attack on Gaza. The march streamed past federal and local government buildings while demonstrators chanted “Free, free Palestine” and “Not another nickel, not another dime, no more money for Israel’s crimes.” Demonstrators held