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About Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

Boston transit authority pulls ‘apartheid’ ads– for ‘demeaning’ Israel

Under pressure from pro-Israel groups, the Boston transit authority has censored three ads in the subways that highlighted Palestinian oppression and characterized Israel’s policy as “apartheid.” The ads had been up three weeks but were alleged to violate policy against “demeaning” or “disaparaging” ads.

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The ‘so-called peace process’ and Gaza ‘siege’ — Mohyeldin conveys Palestinian despair on MSNBC

The counter narrative to Israel’s security narrative is flourishing on MSNBC; Chris Hayes spotlights Ayman Mohyeldin’s reporting on Palestinian frustration at the “so-called peace process” and the “siege” of Gaza and the double standard the world has for Palestinian and Israeli deaths.

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Video: Israeli border police brutally beat Palestinian youth (Update)

International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) posted this horrific video of Israeli border police brutally beating a Palestinian man in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat yesterday.

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Please, pray for Palestine

Events over the past 48 hours in Jerusalem makes Annie Robbins fear for what’s to come in the days ahead.

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SodaStream launches ‘mixologist’ competition as brand sags

Starbucks was supposed to partner with SodaStream, which makes its seltzer machines in the occupied West Bank. But now Starbucks is introducing a competitive product, and SodaStream has closed a UK flagship refill shop called Ecostream, and launched a “mixology” contest. Where oh where is Scarlett Johansson?

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Hewlett-Packard’s complicity in occupation makes headlines

The lead article in Sunday’s business section of the San Francisco Chronicle warns HP’s role in Israel could lead to political pressure. Although never mentioning the Boycott Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement directly, the Chronicle informs its readers Hewlett-Packard, a local Bay Area company, is the target of “an international campaign” that has “emerged to pressure Israel by persuading investors to dump shares of companies that do business with the government or operate in the disputed territories.”

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Israel announces identity of suspected kidnappers, still no evidence of abduction made public

The Shin Bet has identified Marwan Quasma, 29, and Amar Abu Eisha, 32 as suspected kidnappers, reportedly responsible for abducting 3 Jewish teenagers in the West Bank on June 12.

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Media postings twist 3-fingered sign of support for Mohammed Assaf into celebration of reported teen kidnapping (Updated)

Last year Palestinians showed their support for singer Mohammed Assaf by holding up three fingers. Now those images are being twisted by pro-Israel media sites to suggest that children and celebrities are endorsing the abduction in the West Bank of three Israeli teens

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Sunday morning macabre

Palestinians are in Jewish West Bank on ‘holiday’ (declared a would-be settler, Gordon McKnight, in 2012)

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Autopsy reveals Nakba Day protester killed by live ammunition

An autopsy of Nadim Nuwara, 17, shows that Israeli live fire killed him and should put to rest the blatant and hurtful propaganda about his and another Palestinian youth’s killing outside Ramallah on Nakba Day last month

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‘Landmark divestment action’: United Methodist Church Divests from G4S

In a landmark decision, The United Methodist Church, the largest mainline Protestant church in the United States, will be pulling all its investment from G4S, a British company highly complicit in Israel’s military occupation of Palestine profiting from gross human rights violations

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Anti-Cantor coalition included Tea Partiers, Independents, Democrats

Annie Robbins talks to a good friend who lives in Virginia’s 7th district and explains the “unfrigginbelievable” forces that came together to bring down Eric Cantor.

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Tell FIFA to dump Israel now, urges international campaign

The congress of the international football federation, FIFA, meets this week in Sao Paolo Brazil ahead of the World Cup, and an international campaign is mounting to have the organization suspend Israel’s membership for ongoing human rights abuses

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Soldiers’ violent confessions from ‘Breaking the Silence’ make the ‘Guardian’

The dissident Israeli veterans’ group “Breaking the Silence” marked its tenth anniversary Friday by reading new soldiers’ testimonies in Tel Aviv. One described the nighttime execution of an unarmed Palestinian civilian on his rooftop for doing nothing at all

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Boston subway ads are shocking– ‘and so is the reality on the ground’

New ads featuring one word– HOMELESS, VIOLENCE, or STOLEN– each represented an aspect of Israel’s “unrelenting injustice towards Palestinians,” Richard Colbath-Hess explained to me in launching Ads Against Apartheid in Boston. Israeli and Palestinian media have covered the campaign. Where’s the American press?

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Houston stadium security detains soccer fan for waving Palestinian flag as ‘racial slur’

Where is the national press (or the ADL!) on the case of Buthayna Hammad, a Palestinian-American soccer fan who was pulled from her seat at a game in Houston by four security officers and four police officers because she was waving a Palestinian flag, which they said was a “racial slur”?

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Video: ‘CBS This Morning’ runs hard hitting spot on boycott of Israel

CBS This Morning ran a short but relatively informative segment on the boycott against Israel today.

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Israel announces major escalation in settlement expansion (Update)

Israel is using the pretense of Palestine’s new unity government to do what it always does, steal more Palestinian land and expand the Jewish only settlements.

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Check out the new Rolling Stones logo

The Rolling Stones arrived in apartheid Israel yesterday. The music is about to begin.

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#Assaf360: Palestinian Singer Mohammed Assaf & Grammy-Winning Producer Rodney Jerkins create song for World Cup (Update)

Grammy Award-winning mega producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins is in Dubai for a 24 hour interactive recording session/collaboration with Mohammed Assaf to create a song for Assaf’s performance at the opening ceremony of the 64th FIFA Congress in Brazil next week, by crowd-sourcing content from fans online. The event, hosted by Platinum records, is being live streamed to fans all over the world and is happening now.

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Palestinian unity deal pits Netanyahu & Congress against White House

“I’m surprised we didn’t hear the yelling from Jerusalem here in Washington,” AP’s Matt Lee joked when he learned that Secretary of State John Kerry had informed Israeli PM Netanyahu that the US will continue to work with the unified Palestinian government that includes Hamas, defying the PM’s bloodcurdling warnings

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Palestine unity government to be sworn in Monday (Update)

The swearing in ceremony for Palestine’s new unity government is scheduled for Monday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will swear in between 15 and 17 cabinet ministers, some likely via video from Gaza. Israel has already informed Abbas they are boycotting the new government, an interim body who will partly function in preparation for presidential and parliamentary elections in six months.

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Historic football victory provides another global stage for Palestine

Palestine’s stunning victory in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup in the Maldives, winning five games in decisive fashion, qualifies the country for Asia’s biggest football tournament, to be hosted next year in Australia, and will foster Palestinian efforts to gain sanctions against Israeli football in FIFA

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Gates Foundation begins to divest from occupation profiteer G4S

After pressure from activists, the Gates Foundation has sold the bulk of its shares in the world’s largest private military and security company, G4S.

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But what can a poor boy do, except to boycott Israel

Dave Lippman riffs off of Street Fighting Man in a parody video urging the Stones not to play Tel Aviv June 4

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