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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

‘We ask you to show solidarity with the farmers and their families of Gaza’: Open letter to Neil Young from Gaza agricultural workers

A letter from the Gaza Union of Agricultural Work Committees Association asking Neil Young to cancel his upcoming show in Israel.

Posted in Activism, BDS, Gaza, Israel/Palestine | 31 Comments

Tell Bill Gates to divest from Israeli occupation profiteer G4S

Ahead of Palestinian prisoner’s day on April 17, Addameer Prisoner Support, Human Rights Association and the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) have issued a Call to action: Join Palestinian political prisoner’s day Free all Palestinian political prisoners! Tell Bill Gates to Divest from G4S!

Posted in Activism, BDS, Israel/Palestine, Occupation | 17 Comments

It’s the borders, stupid

The latest talks between Israel and Palestine have foundered on the same issue that the last round foundered: Israel refuses to propose its borders, what would be left for a Palestinian state– apart from official cartoons in which Israel leaves no room for a Palestinian state at all (above). And John Kerry wants to kick that can down the road, pushing borders off to “final status” issues.

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 170 Comments

Christie steps in deep doo-doo, promptly apologizes to Adelson. Whew!

All heck broke loose at the Sheldon Adelson 2016 Primary in Las Vegas yesterday when Chris Christie, still immersed in the bridgegate scandal, uttered the words “occupied territory” during an otherwise enrapturing speech in front of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Inadvertently, he says. No worries, Morton Klein took him aside and Christie apologized for his error to Adelson

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 105 Comments

UN Human Rights Council resolution warning companies to ‘terminate business interests in the settlements’ or face possible criminal liability gets watered down

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva passed an unprecedented resolution today that calls for States and private enterprises to terminate business transaction beyond the 1949 armistice lines and warns of the probability of criminal liability for corporate complicity in breach of international law.

Posted in BDS, Israel/Palestine, Occupation | 59 Comments

U.S. intel analysts doubt Israeli claim that captured weapons were headed to Gaza

Remember the massive Israeli photo ops earlier this month during the grand unveiling of “advanced” weapons bound for “terrorist organizations” in Gaza? Well, Reuters is reporting some US analysts don’t think it was headed to Gaza.

Posted in Egypt, Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, US Policy in the Middle East | 58 Comments

Bloodbath in Jenin

In a pre-dawn raid the morning of March 22 Israel military forces stormed the Jenin refugee camp, assassinating 3 people and wounding at least 14 others. Ma’an News identified the deceased as Hamza Abu al-Haija, 22, Mahmoud Abu Zeina, 17, Yazan Mahmoud Basim Jabarin, 22.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Occupation | 39 Comments

British architects vote to ban Israeli group from industry association over expanding settlements

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the UK’s leading architectural association, has passed a motion calling on the foremost architectural union in the world, The International Union of Architects (UIA) to suspend Israel’s Association of United Architects (IAUA) over Israel’s continued illegal settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, Occupation | 18 Comments

Video: SodaScream — Bubble trouble

Clever anti-SodaStream video that points to the ties between the seltzer water maker and Israeli militarism.

Posted in Activism, BDS, Israel/Palestine | 30 Comments

Israel wages war on universities because it’s lost control of the narrative — Hedges

Chris Hedges recent article on Truthdig, Israel’s War on American Universities, documents Israel’s censorship and attempts to shut down political discourse on American campuses. He denounces billionaires, politicians, and alums willing to run roughshod over our First Amendment rights and chastises academics who’ve failed to protect students rights.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, US Politics | 25 Comments

Johansson sees greater wrong in Oxfam than Israeli settlement

Scarlett Johansson sees no problem with SodaStream’s operation in an Israeli settlement but when it comes to Oxfam’s boycott of settlements: “there’s something that feels not right about that to me.” In an interview with the Guardian

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 71 Comments

Northeastern president is urged to restore SJP’s First Amendment rights

Jewish Voice for Peace’s Bay Area chapter has called on Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University, to restore the status of suspended group, Students for Justice in Palestine on the campus

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 12 Comments

Lebanon ‘affirms right’ of citizens to resist Israel

In the midst of violence between Israel and Jordan, Gaza and Lebanon, the Lebanese government in a political deal between left and right has affirmed the right of its citizens to resist Israel violently

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A War on Campus: ‘Democracy Now’ covers the Northeastern SJP suspension (Updated)

Democracy Now interviews Max Geller and Ali Abunimah on A War on Campus? Northeastern University Suspends Students for Justice in Palestine Chapter. In an episode also covering the bombardment of Gaza as well as the recent killings of six Palestinians by Israeli forces, it’s a dramatic, important interview adding to a discussion that has exploded over the last two days.

Posted in Activism, BDS, Israel/Palestine | 41 Comments

United Methodist General Board of Church & Society issues call to boycott SodaStream

The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has issued a call to boycott SodaStream, a countertop carbonation device produced illegally in the occupied West Bank of the Palestinian Territories. The decision to engage in the boycott of SodaStream was overwhelmingly endorsed by the agency’s Board of Directors during its spring meeting here this month.

Posted in Activism, BDS, Israel/Palestine | 17 Comments

Zirin challenges sportswriters to report Israeli violence against Palestinian soccer players

When The Nation’s Dave Zirin exposed gruesome Israeli attacks on two Palestinian athletes, ending their careers, colleagues doubted his report. Many asked, “Do you have any sources that are not Palestinian?” Zirin has now challenged his sporting colleagues to investigate the attacks. “Israel’s future in FIFA should depend on its answering.”

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 31 Comments

US Homeland Security investigates Israeli arms deal to Iran

Why is the US media silent when Israelis are charged with violating arms embargo on Iran? And then, coincidentally, Israel discovers arms headed from Iran to Gaza.

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 36 Comments

Video: Moataz Washaha’s family asks us to boycott Israel

Powerful video of two siblings of Moataz Washaha, the 24 year old Palestinian man murdered by Israeli forces on the morning of February 27th, asking the world to boycott Israel.

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 9 Comments

Thousands denied water in Jerusalem as California Gov signs energy pact with Netanyahu

Israel cut off the water supply to 45,000 Palestinians this week while Prime Minister Netanyahu was traipsing across the globe signing historic legislation with the governor of my very own state, California, on — you guessed it — water conservation!

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Occupation, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 55 Comments

State Dept to ‘check out’ vicious attack on Palestinian athletes

Calls grow for FIFA to end Israel’s participation in international soccer competition after a vicious attack on two Palestinian athletes, in which soldiers repeatedly shot the men in their feet, ending their sporting lives.

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 86 Comments

FIFA: Mohammed Assaf invitation to perform in World Cup opening ceremony ‘still stands’ (Updated)

FIFA public relations manager tells Mondoweiss that the invitation to Mohammed Assaf to perform at the World Cup still stands.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Mohammad Assaf | Tagged , | 29 Comments

‘NY Times’ and ‘LA Times’ run op-eds by an AIPAC board member without telling readers

Seth Siegel runs pro-Israel hasbara in the LA Times and NY Times. He is on the board of AIPAC, but the newspapers don’t say so. His NYT piece says that Iran dumps sewage on agricultural land– when Israeli settlers do so all the time in the occupied territories of Palestine

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 84 Comments

Citing MLK, Florida students call on school to divest

University of Southern Florida’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter has a great video out that calls on the school’s Foundation to divest from corporations profiting off of Palestinian human rights violations

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 19 Comments

Mohammed Assaf banned from performing at FIFA World Cup

The invitation to Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf to sing at the opening of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer has been rescinded.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Mohammad Assaf | Tagged , | 43 Comments

EU Prez Martin Schulz wreaks havoc during speech at Knesset

German European Parliament President Martin Schulz caused an uproar during his address to the Knesset today because of remarks he made about conditions in occupied Palestine.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Occupation | 189 Comments