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Author Archives: Alex Kane
Abdeen Jabara, above, was hardly shocked when the scandal over the National Security Agency’s global surveillance dragnet broke in June. He has no reason to be–he has personal experience with the NSA’s surveillance capabilities. A court battle that started in 1972 eventually forced the secretive surveillance agency to acknowledge that it pried into the life of Jabara in an effort that began in August 1967.
British diplomat Peter Jenkins casts doubt on one of Benjamin Netanyahu’s central claims made at the UN: that the Iranian president wrote that he duped the West while negotiating with them over Iran’s nuclear energy program.
The Israeli Prime Minister is a lot more comfortable describing the new Iranian president as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” than he is addressing the Palestinian issue. Today he delivered an an utterly predictable speech at the United Nations General Assembly aimed at spoiling the positive atmosphere left over from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit.
Cooper Union’s bizarre ‘Jewish values’ panel: Accused war criminal and pro-occupation billionaires speak about the ‘strong protecting the weak’
Hundreds of people packed into Cooper Union’s Great Hall to witness President Paul Kagame, leader of Rwanda, speak on the topic of genocide and Syria with Elie Wiesel and celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. The satire could have written itself: an accused war criminal teaming up with pro-Israel billionaires to talk about the “strong protecting the weak.” But this was no gag. All of the participants were deadly serious–and the audience loved it.
The AMCHA Initiative has its sights set once again on Professor David Klein, who teaches math at California State University Northridge (CSUN). The Israel advocacy group sent a letter last week to the California State University Board of Trustees alleging that Klein broke the law by promoting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement on a website hosted by the university. But lawyers have rejected those claims.
Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton and Michael Steele all spoke at a rally Tuesday outside the UN organized by an Iranian expatriate group hell-bent on overthrowing the Iranian government. The MEK-organized event had one uniform message: stop Iraq from cracking down on MEK members and halt the Obama administration from carrying out talks with the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani. One speaker, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, said that Rouhani ought to be thrown out of the UN.
Two Canadian citizens who were imprisoned by Egyptian security forces last month have now launched a hunger strike to protest their detention.
Peter Beinart and Yehouda Shenhav debated Monday night over the two-state solution. Beinart, the author of the The Crisis of Zionism, remains convinced that the two-state solution, while not a perfectly just one, is the most practical way to end the suffering of both Israelis and Palestinians. On the other hand, Shenhav, author of Beyond the Two-State Solution, believes it’s impossible, that it reeks of separatism and that it’s fundamentally immoral.
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain brought his CNN show to Israel/Palestine. The result was encouraging: a humanized portrait of both Palestinians and Israelis; a trip to Gaza where he witnesses the impact of the siege on fishermen there; and an ugly look at racist settlers intent on driving Palestinians out. There were imperfect moments with inaccurate narratives bandied about. But Bourdain’s episode was noteworthy for the ways it portrayed Palestinians, providing Americans a window into how ordinary Palestinians live–and eat.
The American Civil Liberties Union’s federal lawsuit against the New York Police Department’s surveillance program opened yesterday in a federal courtroom. No decision was issued yesterday, which was the first hearing among many concerning the NYPD’s spy program. But it provided a window into the contrasting positions of the city and the ACLU and their plaintiffs, who were all spied on by the NYPD.
Revelations that the New York Police Department spied on the extremist group Kahane Chai shed light on how the NYPD treats terrorism differently based on the community the threat emanates from. In the course of investigating Kahane Chai, the NYPD never set foot in a synagogue. But when it comes to the Muslim community, mosques are fair game. “It appears to me that there is a double standard being applied,” civil rights lawyer Jethro Eisenstein said. Above, an NYPD observation post outside a Queens mosque.
The Guardian drops another Snowden bombshell — the National Security Agency (NSA) penned an agreement with Israeli intelligence in 2009 that delivered American data to the foreign country. The documents reveal an arrangement where the U.S. hands over raw “signals intelligence” to the Israeli government—meaning that the NSA gives Israel American persons’ metadata that the intelligence agency has collected.
With an attack on Syria still looming, anti-war voices are trying to drum up opposition to military intervention. One person forcefully arguing against an attack on Syria is Phyllis Bennis, who directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. Bennis spoke with WBAI’s Beyond the Pale on Sunday, where she laid out her case why an attack on Syria would be illegal, immoral and dangerous.
Anti-war groups are mobilizing across the country at breakneck speed to halt an impending attack on Syria and are giving President Obama and Israel lobby groups a run for their money. Anti-war forces are finding fertile ground across America, with polls consistently showing broad opposition to cruise missile strikes on the Assad regime. A congressional staffer tells Alex Kane, “It’s dead in the House. The calls are running 100 to 1 against. So that makes a big difference.” Above, members of Code Pink voice opposition to intervention in Syria at a Senate hearing.
The spying unleashed on the heart of Brooklyn’s Muslim community has been intense. Muslims in Bay Ridge take it as a given that the police are around them, peering into their religious centers. But that doesn’t mean prominent Muslims in the area are taking renewed revelations that the New York Police Department labeled mosques as “terrorist enterprises” in stride. They’re upset and angry. Above, Zein Rimawi sits in the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge, which has been under surveillance since 2003.
A former legal official from the Bush administration has warned that the text of President Barack Obama’s resolution authorizing the use of military force on Syria is so broad that it could justify attacks on Iran and Lebanon.
The latest Associated Press expose on the NYPD’s surveillance dragnet has prompted leading mayoral candidates in New York City to speak out more. Both Bill de Blasio and Christine Quinn raised critical questions yesterday in response to the latest revelations. But their responses fall far short of John Liu’s.
Three separate probes into allegations that campus activism for Palestine created an anti-Semitic environment have been closed by the federal government. Civil rights complaints have been filed over the years by student activists and pro-Israel groups, who claimed pro-Palestine events created a hostile, anti-Semitic environment for Jewish students on campus. But the federal government has now closed the investigations, saying that those activities are “expression on matters of public concern.”
The New York Police Department’s dragnet surveillance program labeled mosques as terrorist organizations to justify infiltrating religious institutions. The police made the designations in order to send intelligence agents into mosques to record sermons and spy on imams. The latest revelations published by the Associated Press also reveal that NYPD attempted to infiltrate a prominent non-religious Arab organization. Above is David Cohen, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and former CIA agent; Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and NYPD chief Ray Kelly.
Canadian citizens John Greyson and Tarek Loubhani remain locked up in Egyptian jail, and it remains unclear when they will be released. The pair had planned to go to Gaza via Egypt to work on an academic and medical project in partnership with al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City and Greyson had planned to conduct research in Gaza for a film project. The two were taken into custody by Egyptian police last week. Supporters of the two men are working hard to get them released.
If you’re interested in the National Security Agency and Edward Snowden, there’s a great event going on in New York City tomorrow evening. Activists and lawyers will explain what the Snowden leaks mean.
Two officers from the British intelligence agency GCHQ oversaw the destruction of hard drives at The Guardian newspaper’s office last month in an effort to stop the paper from reporting on the documents that Edward Snowden gave them. The British government essentially forced the newspaper to destroy the hard drives that contained files that the National Security Agency whistleblower gave them.
Israel and AIPAC are working hard to save Western aid to Egypt. The lobbying comes as reports emerge about the Obama administration potentially cutting off some aid to the Egyptian armed forces. But any suspension of aid this year would be largely symbolic: the vast majority of the $1.3 billion in annual military aid has already been disbursed. The real question is whether the full package of U.S. military aid will be disbursed next year.
The European Union’s new guidelines on settlements may not have a huge economic impact, but one Israeli company is being hit by them. The guidelines, issued in July 2013, have nixed the cosmetics company Ahava’s participation in a research project. The profitable Israeli firm will no longer receive EU funding because its main factory is located in an settlement near the Dead Sea. Above, the Ahava factory and visitor’s center in the Mitzpe Shalem settlement.
Was her purple flowered backpack really a suspicious bag in the eyes of the police? Namia Sulaiman (center) and other young Muslims from New York City gathered August 14 in front of City Hall to speak out against Islamophobia. The press conference was the culmination of the MY NYC (Muslim Youth NYC) summer leadership program started by the Muslim Consultative Network (MCN), a local advocacy group. The young women told personal stories of police harassment and how anti-Muslim sentiment affects their daily lives.