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Author Archives: Alex Kane
Documents published by UCLA’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter offer an unvarnished look at the thousands of dollars spent to cultivate the next generation of pro-Israel advocates who are currently college student leaders. Itineraries of the Anti-Defamation League’s and American Jewish Committee’s free jaunts to Israel show that the vast majority of these trips are devoted to meetings with prominent Israeli Jews, some of whom are Israeli military leaders. Above, two students on an Anti-Defamation League trip sit on top of an Israeli tank.
Two art groups–Creative Time and Independent Curators International–have come under criticism from supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for taking a traveling exhibition to the Technion, an Israeli university with strong ties to the Israeli military and its occupation. Some art collectives involved in the show have pulled out in protest, and an open letter signed by intellectuals and artists criticized the show for violating the BDS call.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants the Knesset to pass legislation authorizing the force-feeding of Palestinian hunger strikers. “In Guantanamo the Americans are using the method of force-feeding too,” Netanyahu reportedly said. The law is being pushed in response to a Palestinian hunger strike that started in April in protest of administrative detention, the practice of holding prisoners without charge or trial.
Aryeh King’s vision for Jerusalem is maximum Jews on maximum land. In the contemporary reality of the holy city, that’s a call for a future where the dispossession of Palestinians is put on hyper-speed. King is trying to implement his vision with the Israel Land Fund, the organization he heads that is devoted to settling Jews in Israel and the occupied territories. He says that Jerusalem is an “apartheid” city–but one where Jews are hurt, and says that John Kerry’s warning of Israel becoming an “apartheid state” is delusional. “I’m laughing when I hear him, it’s like this guy took something, he’s on drugs,” King tells Mondoweiss’ Alex Kane.
Modern Language Association (MLA) members voted 1,560-1,063 to condemn Israel’s discriminatory border policies. But the vote was not ratified because 10 percent of MLA members have to affirm the vote for a measure to count, leading pro-Israel groups to celebrate the end result. Despite that, MLA member David Lloyd saw the vote as evidence that “on the battleground of ideas, Israel and its supporters are continuing to lose ground.”
Los Angeles City Council members led by Bob Blumenfield, above, have introduced a resolution denouncing an ethics pledge against trips for student leaders organized by groups that fuel anti-Muslim and anti-Armenian sentiment. The move is the latest chapter of a roiling controversy sparked by student activist efforts to have student government members refrain from being wined and dined by groups like AIPAC and the ADL.
A leaked internal discussion over a Modern Language Association resolution critical of Israel has revealed an intense, often vitriolic, debate over Israel, Palestine and the role of the MLA in talking about the conflict. The raging debate comes as MLA members vote on whether to condemn Israel for denying entry to academics traveling to West Bank universities.
The student government at the University of California, Santa Cruz voted this week to divest from corporations linked to the Israeli occupation. The 22-14 vote made Santa Cruz the fifth UC chapter to endorse divestment in recent years. Last year, a similar resolution failed by a vote of 17-19.
Last month, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach traveled to Rwanda to deliver a prayer at an official memorial service for the victims of the Rwandan genocide. The New Jersey rabbi has forged a close personal relationship with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has allied with Israel–Boteach’s other cause–and who has been accused of rampant human rights abuses.
A Capitol Hill briefing last week examined Israel’s practice of denying entry to Palestinian- and Arab-Americans. The event came as Congress continues to consider granting Israel entry into the visa-waiver program, which would give Israeli citizens the right to travel to the U.S. without a visa.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee was supposed to vote on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act this week. But a Republican attempt to hamstring a potential U.S. diplomatic deal with Iran on its nuclear energy program unexpectedly scuttled the vote for now. The legislation has attracted attention over language providing Israel a path to join the club of countries whose citizens don’t need to possess a visa to enter the U.S.
10,000 students at the University of South Florida have signed a document–the largest petition in Florida university history–calling on their school’s foundation to divest from corporations linked to the Israeli military. Earlier this month, the Students for Justice in Palestine chapter delivered the petition and related research to the school’s foundation, which invests in companies like Caterpillar and G4S.
Alex Kane just returned from a reporting trip to Israel/Palestine. He writes that he came back feeling inspired by the assertiveness of Palestinians, particularly Israel’s Palestinian citizens. But at the same time, the pockets of activism seeking to shake the status quo have not translated into mass political action. So there is quiet on the streets of Israel and Palestine. Many Israelis–and their political leadership–seem to think that quiet can last forever.
The mass hunger strike returns: Palestinian prisoners refuse food to protest detention without trial
Two years ago, as part of an agreement to end a hunger strike, Israel said it would lessen its use of administrative detention on Palestinian prisoners. But now prisoners say Israeli authorities have reneged on that commitment, and last month launched another hunger strike. Over 100 prisoners are refusing food to to pressure Israel to end its policy of holding prisoners on secret evidence with no recourse to challenge their detention in court.
World Jewish Congress head Ronald Lauder accused actor Danny Glover of fueling anti-Semitism after the Hollywood star released a statement in favor of boycotting Israel.
Father Gabriel Nadaf, the priest spearheading the push to enlist Palestinian Christians, has been fired from his post at the Greek Orthodox Church.
Israel’s attempt to divide non-Jewish minorities within Israel is intensifying. The latest manifestation of the drive is the Israeli military’s announcement last month that all potential Palestinian Christian recruits would receive voluntary enlistment notices. Coupled with recent legislation that would formally divide and label Christians and Muslims on a labor representation committee, the steps point to how Israeli officials are trying to enshrine and harden sectarian differences within the Palestinian community. Above, Palestinian Christian soldiers are pictured at an event in Nazareth.
21-year-old Majd Lahlouh was shot in the heart by an Israeli soldier last August. He was the first man from the camp to die while peace talks between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel began in July 2013. But he wasn’t the last. Seven Palestinians from Jenin’s camp have been killed by soldiers since July 2013–about 12 percent of the total of Palestinians shot dead since the talks began. Alex Kane reports from Jenin refugee camp and interviews the Lahlouh family. Above, Majd’s grandmother points to a photo of him.
The Cornell student government last week voted to table a resolution calling for divestment from companies profiting off the Israeli occupation. Students in favor of divestment reacted in anger at the decision to table the vote.
The Gaza Writes Back book tour has brought the lack of Palestinian freedom of movement home to American audiences in an unplanned way. Sarah Ali, a contributor to the book, was supposed to be on tour with Rawan Yaghi, Yousef Aljamal and Refaat Alareer. But she was denied a visa by Israel. Nevertheless, the tour has carried on, with the contributors giving presentations on the realities of life in Gaza and the impact of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s attack on Gaza at the end of 2008.
Reading Haaretz’s legendary correspondent Amira Hass does not invoke hope. She doggedly chronicles the grind of occupation and dispossession in Palestine. But on Wednesday night, at Columbia University, she gave the audience some reason for hope. Hass laid out why Palestinians are not losing the battle with Israel and pointed to a number of Palestinian strengths. She predicted that “in the end, the colonial project will fail.”
Elly Bulkin and Donna Nevel have a new book out that explores the intersection of Islamophobia and Israel—and the ways that the U.S. “war on terror” impacts both.
Last week, Brandeis University announced it would give an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an activist and writer who has called Islam a “destructive, nihilistic cult of death.” Amidst the growing controversy, Brandeis announced yesterday it was withdrawing the honor.
The Maryland legislature has become the first state body to officially condemn the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. But the criticism of boycotters was significantly toned down from the original effort, which would have cut some funding from any public university that subsidized travel to conventions held by the pro-boycott American Studies Association.
Ehud Olmert was scheduled to be in the U.S. this week. Instead, he’s waiting in Israel after being convicted of taking bribes. A Jewish National Fund-sponsored tour bringing Olmert to college campuses was nixed because Olmert is not allowed to travel outside of the country.