Author Archives: Annie Robbins

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

Letter from Al Aqaba on the ‘Rebuilding to Remain’ campaign

Safa and Nabil Sbaih hope to build a new house in their home village of Al Aqaba.

Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, Occupation | 21 Comments

Goldberg and Cohen stoke fears of BDS

Roger Cohen and Jeffrey Goldberg are aligned in accusing the BDS movement of seeking the end of the Jewish state. They should stop impugning the reputations of BDS supporters because of their fears. The movement has gained traction because it is the only means of ending the occupation.

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 159 Comments

The killing of Odeh Hamad

Odeh Hamad, 27, was shot in the head with a live bullet by the Israeli military December 20, 2013 when he and his 23-year-old brother Radaad, were collecting scrap metal at a garbage dump near the border in Gaza to support their family. The human rights organization B’Tselem has called for a criminal investigation of the killing. “Odeh Hamad was shot in the head despite posing no danger to anyone,” it concluded; and Israeli soldiers did nothing to try and save the man as he lay dying.

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 79 Comments

Congress is next battleground over boycott of Israel

Two members of the House of Representatives from Illinois have introduced a bill against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. With the Orwellian name of the “Protect Academic Freedom Act,” it seeks to bar federal funds from going to academic institutions that back the BDS movement. “Congress has a responsibility to fight back against these hateful campaigns, which contradict academic freedom and are designed to delegitimize the Jewish State of Israel,” said GOP Representative Peter Roskman, who introduced the bill along with his Democratic colleague, Rep. Dan Lipinski. A chorus of voices have slammed the legislation as unconstitutional.

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Ultra-nationalist rabbis warn John Kerry of divine punishment for the peace process

A group of Ultra-Nationalist rabbis wrote an open letter to John Kerry on Sunday comparing him to the Purim holiday villain Haman and accusing him of making “a declaration of war against the Creator and Ruler of the universe.”

Posted in Israel/Palestine, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 43 Comments

‘Haaretz’ analyst says surging BDS movement may be contributing to falling shekel

Rafi Gozlan, the chief economist at Leader Capital Markets, one of Israel’s top investment banks, is speculating that the threat of boycott and sanctions against Israel, as well as the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson’s global ambassadorship for SodaStream, could have attributed to the weakening of the shekel.

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SodaStream stock sinks, and Bloomberg cites ‘sanctions over Jewish settlements’

You don’t think Israel is scared about the boycott movement? It landed on John Kerry for even mentioning the word, and now SodaStream stock fell 3 percent, over fears of boycott, per Bloomberg’s analyst

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End of football season doesn’t end movement to change Washington’s mascot

As the lopsided Super Bowl took place on lands once belonging to Native Americans, the Oneida Nation issued a call to end the racist slur for the Washington football team

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 17 Comments

‘You seem to be on both sides of this legitimate/illegitimate kind of a thing’: State Dept. spox says neither Israeli settlements, nor settlement boycotts, are legitimate

There was an amusing exchange today at the State Departments’ Daily Press Briefing the sums up the confused and contradictory U.S. policy towards Israeli settlements.

Posted in BDS, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | Tagged , , , , , , | 54 Comments

Palestinians living near West Bank SodaStream factory urge Scarlett Johansson to end role with occupation profiteer

A network of Palestinians living near the SodaStream factory in the illegal settlement of Ma’ale Adumim in Occupied Palestine, as well as Israeli and international grassroots activists who work with them, have issued a press release today calling on Scarlett Johansson to step down as SodaStream spokesperson.

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Rep. Grimm threatens to throw reporter off Rotunda balcony

Michael Grimm got into Congress with the help of the rightwing Israel lobby. Now he seems to be doing everything he can to get out of there!

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 45 Comments

Lost in Occupation: Scarlett Johansson ends relationship with Oxfam to stick with SodaStream (Updated)


Late Wednesday the Associated Press broke the news that Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with Oxfam and staying on as a “global brand ambassador” with SodaStream. A statement released by a Johansson spokesperson cited “a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement” between the actress and the international humanitarian organization.

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Update Video: There are no checkpoints atop Mt. Kilimanjaro, reports climber Abu Karsh

Palestinian teens Mutussam Abu Kirsh and Yasmeen El Najjar, both amputees and both wearing prosthetic limbs, reached Africa’s highest summit on Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund ‘Climb of Hope’

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‘I will not uproot a single Israeli’ settler, Netanyahu says, and Washington Post backs him up

Why is the Washington Post carrying water for the Israeli government on the unending occupation of the Jordan Valley?

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 69 Comments

Last mass in Beit Jala, as state is poised to grab Palestinian Christians’ land

Israeli p.r. says that Christians in the occupied territories are leaving because of Muslims. Then why is the state poised to steal land that will separate the legendary Cremisan monastery from its convent? The last chance for the Palestinian landowners is a high court ruling Jan. 29

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 39 Comments

Scarlett and Oxfam chat over Palestinian land loss

A new fantastic SodaStream/Scarlett graphic from Stephanie Westbrook.

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Oxfam expresses ‘concerns’ over Scarlett Johansson’s support for settlement product

Actress Scarlett Johansson is a global ambassador for Oxfam and now the face of SodaStream, which builds seltzer makers in the occupied West Bank. Oxfam opposes trade with such companies because they help deny Palestinians their rights. Oxfam is now “in dialogue” with Johansson– as it was in dialogue with actress Kristin Davis, before she severed her ties with an occupation-company. Johansson’s big Super Bowl ad for SodaStream is due out in 10 days. Something’s got to give.

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Update: ‘Blood bubbles’ — mainstream media turn on SodaStream and Scarlett Johansson

‘Blood bubbles’ and ‘blood cocktails.’ Is that the brand Scarlett Johansson wanted to endorse? Her teaming up with SodaStream, a seltzer maker in the occupied West Bank, has kicked off a paradigm shift for the occupation and the company. Suddenly everyone knows that the product is controversial, as New York Magazine and the financial press are demonstrating with eyebrow-raising coverage

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Palestinian teens scale Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness

Two Palestinian teens, both wearing prosthetic limbs, Mutussam Abu Kirsh, 16, and Yasmeen El Najjar, 17, are scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak at 19,341 feet above sea level, to raise awareness of the plight of sick and injured children in Palestine and Syria

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Meet Gaza’s nonviolent resistance

A growing movement inside Gaza is offering nonviolent resistance to Israel’s control over as much of a mile of territory in the “buffer zone”

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 11 Comments

‘Scarlett letter’ — Social media pillory Johansson for representing settlement business SodaStream

The Scarlett letter is still A, but this time it’s Apartheid, in a social media piece mocking Scarlett Johansson’s decision to be the face of SodaStream, which makes seltzer devices in a settlement inside the occupied West Bank

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Packed house in London for launch of ‘Gaza Writes Back’

There was a packed house for the London launch of Just World Books’ Gaza Writes Back, Short stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine yesterday.

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine | Tagged | 6 Comments

Jon Stewart plays ‘Let’s break a deal’ with AIPAC

Jon Stewart knocks it totally out of the ballpark in this recent episode of the Daily Show. He skewers AIPAC, congress and Israel over AIPAC’s proposed Iran sanctions legislation, and then some.

Posted in Iran, Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, Media, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 39 Comments

Zionism Unsettled: Presbyterian network pushes a new dialogue on Zionism

The Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has published a 74-page illustrated study guide titled “Zionism Unsettled” that puts an “end to the silence surrounding the impact of Zionism.”

Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, US Politics | Tagged | 81 Comments

Scarlett Johansson watch: SodaStream stock plunges


SodaStream lost a quarter of its value after it signed Scarlett Johansson to be the pretty face for its occupying ways

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