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In the wake of the horrific Nour Joudah case, in which an American teacher was refused entry to Palestine to resume her job this year, activists are ramping up their campaign to thwart the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act. The legislation would “codify into law U.S. acceptance of Israel’s discrimination and allow it to continue to deny visas to U.S. citizens,” according to a letter sent by a coalition of Palestine solidarity groups.
A coalition of civil rights and advocacy groups have charged that prolonged federal investigations of Palestine solidarity activism on campuses are chilling students’ constitutional rights. The letters, sent to the DOE civil rights division in San Francisco and the DOE’s assistant secretary for civil rights, are a response to the spate of Title VI civil rights complaints that have been filed by Jewish students who advocate for Israel.
Students from New York City colleges rallied Monday outside the headquarters of a national pension fund to pressure the company to divest from corporations profiting from the Israeli occupation.
The Israeli narrative about the attack on Gaza in November 2012 was that they used “precise” and “surgical” air strikes to ensure limited harm to civilians. But a new report by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem calls that narrative into question. The group found that more than half of all Palestinian casualties during Operation Pillar of Defense, the army name for the assault, were civilians.
Israeli cabinet ministers recently approved a plan that will forcibly displace Bedouin citizens of the state against their will. At the heart of the plan is the destruction of at least 25 unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev and the forcible relocation of residents into seven government-created areas and 10 recognized Bedouin villages. The Bedouins themselves, who have inhabited the Negev area in southern Israel long before the establishment of the state, are rejecting the plan.
Seven candidates for New York City mayor gathered on Sunday at a one-of-a-kind forum devoted to Muslim community issues. The debate focused on a range of issues, from police surveillance of Muslims to school holidays to the Brooklyn College BDS panel. While most candidates spoke out against police surveillance of Muslims, only two said the program was unconstitutional. And the front-runners in the race–Christine Quinn and Bill de Blasio–did not denounce the expansive surveillance program. Above, from the left, is Public Advocate Bill de Blasio; Comptroller John Liu; City Council Speaker Christine Quinn; and Rev. Erick Salgado.
Legal fight continues against NYPD spying on Muslims: an interview with civil rights lawyer Jethro Eisenstein
Jethro Eisenstein has battled the New York Police Department’s civil rights violations for 42 years. Now, the civil rights lawyer is taking the fight to the NYPD’s expansive program of spying on the Muslim community. Mondoweiss’ Alex Kane sat down with Eisenstein to discuss the lawsuit against the NYPD surveillance program, the police department’s history of spying on dissidents, the Boston bombings and proposals on the table to rein in the excesses of the NYPD.
The situation at Guantanamo continues to deteriorate. Here’s 6 facts you should know about Guantanamo Bay and the ongoing act of protest most of the prisoners are participating in.
Islamophobia has reared its ugly head post-Boston bombings. This time, though, the major purveyors of it aren’t right-wing bigots. Instead, it’s the U.S. government and a general tolerance for the violation of Muslims’ civil rights. The treatment of Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the main suspect in the Boston bombings, is a case study in how there’s a “Muslim exception” to the U.S. Constitution. This “Muslim exception” is rooted in Islamophobia.
Israeli columnist Gideon Levy calls for a “one person, one vote” movement to end Israeli control over Palestinian lives.
Founder and co-editor of Mondoweiss Phil Weiss is participating in a Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) discussion this morning on expanding the debate on Israel/Palestine.
The Israeli attorney general has announced that security officials can demand to search foreigners’ e-mail accounts when they try to enter the country.
Columbia University faculty are joining the campaign to pressure the retirement TIAA-CREF to divest from a number of companies that profit from contracts with the Israel Defense Forces. Staff members and students from Columbia University and Barnard College gathered yesterday to launch the call for divestment.
It’s happening again: another collective freakout steeped in Islamophobia. The Boston Marathon bombings have unleashed a new wave of anti-Muslim sentiment. It’s easy to find on the right-wing. But it’s also being perpetuated by mainstream institutions and figures.
The Quaker-affiliated Friends School in Ramallah is like an oasis, complete with a spacious courtyard and a tennis court. It’s easy to forget about the Israeli occupation while visiting there. But the case of Nour Joudah, a Palestinian-American English teacher at the school who was denied entry to the West Bank this year, shatters the feeling that the Friends School is worlds away from a conflict situation. Even if Israel is not patrolling the streets of Ramallah, the state’s actions still have a profound impact on the city and its residents, as Joudah being denied entry shows. Above, Joudah poses with students from her class.
An investigation by the City University of New York has rejected claims that student organizers who ejected four Jewish students at a BDS event in February were anti-Semitic. The inquiry was launched after the students who were ejected took their story to the media. News outlets added fuel to the fire by implying that anti-Semitism was behind the ejection. But the report, while criticizing aspects of how the school and student organizers handled the event, strongly states that there was no anti-Semitism at hand.
The Israeli attack on the al-Dalou family home killed 12 people, and instantly became a grim symbol of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense. But the Israeli military will not open a criminal investigation, according to a report in Haaretz. The decision to not open an investigation comes despite the fact that Israel repeatedly changed its story on who they were targeting in the strike.
Not a day goes by without a Palestinian like Mohammed Khalek being arrested by the Israeli military. But Khalek’s case is making headlines–and it’s because he’s a teenager with American citizenship. The New Orleans-born Khalek was taken from his home last week by eight rifle-toting Israeli soldiers. He’s accused of throwing stones at Israeli cars near Silwad, northeast of Ramallah.
So much for Alan Dershowitz’s clout! The decision to honor former President Jimmy Carter by a law journal at Cardozo Law School set off a predictable furor. But in the end, the event with Carter went off without a hitch. There was no protest, and nobody blocked the door, as one graduate of the school threatened to do to prevent Carter from entering.
New York City’s Beit Simchat Torah synagogue hosted a discussion of whether Israel is, or could be, a democracy. Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark, a long-time activist, and Jewish Voice for Peace’s Rebecca Vilkomerson, argued that Israel is not a democracy because it so discriminates against non-Jewish citizens. Opposing them were liberal Zionists Kathleen Peratis and J.J. Goldberg, who said that Israel within the Green Line is a democracy, if a flawed one. BDS was hardly mentioned. Above, the panelists from the left: Kathleen Peratis; Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark; Lizzy Ratner; Rebecca Vilkomerson and J.J. Goldberg.
The student government at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) rescinded a measure calling for divestment from companies linked to the Israeli military. Last night’s vote came nearly a month after the original pro-divestment measure overwhelmingly passed at UC Riverside. Opponents of divestment claimed they were kept in the dark and had little time to muster any opposition to the original bill.
Palestinian prisoner’s death sparks West Bank demonstrations, but protests likely to end without leadership
The death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a prisoner who succumbed to cancer, has sparked demonstrations and clashes in occupied Palestine. Palestinians launched a two-day general strike, closing shops in East Jerusalem with light clashes breaking out by the Qalandia checkpoint. But while Hamdiyeh’s death has sparked new unrest within Israeli jails and on the streets, it remains unlikely the protests will grow into anything larger. Above, shops closed in East Jerusalem as part of a general strike in response to Hamdiyeh’s death.
A profile of The Israel Project is a revealing indicator of Israel’s global image. The organization has shut down its international offices, and is instead focusing solely on the U.S. The Israel lobby group has recognized that Israel’s image around the world is shot irreparably. But it’s the U.S. that really matters for The Israel Project.
If you ever had a burning desire to see the American-Israeli alliance shine, there wasn’t a better place to be than Jerusalem last week. Those three days were full of symbolic gestures that testified to the rock-solid U.S.-Israeli alliance. It was more than enough time to appreciate the enormous work ahead of those wishing to shift policy on the conflict in the U.S.
Unconditional American support only goes so far when the rest of the world is turning against you. That’s why Barack Obama went to Israel– to try and help Israel break out of its deepening political loneliness with an effort to jumpstart negotiations and reconcile Turkey to Israel. Will it work? By most indications, Israel’s actions and political system will continue to isolate the country.