Author Archives: Henry Norr

Israeli ship heads out of Oakland – again – after five days of extraordinary protest

Five days after the Israeli container ship Zim Piraeus was scheduled to dock in Oakland for an overnight stop to unload and load cargo, it’s still been unable to complete its business in the Bay Area, thanks to continuing protests by demonstrators demanding justice for Palestine and the solidarity of many longshore workers.

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UPDATED: Bay Area demonstrators succeed for **fourth** day in ‘Blocking the Boat for Gaza’

A diverse and spirited crowd of between 2,000 and 3,000 took part in the “Block the Boat for Gaza” action. The plan was to set up a community picket line outside the freight terminal where the Israeli ship, the Zim Piraeus, was due to dock, in the expectation that longshore workers would honor the line and stay off the job so the ship wouldn’t be unloaded or loaded. The action was originally scheduled for 5 a.m. Saturday, just before the ship was due in port, but on Friday evening, when it became clear that it was circling outside San Francisco Bay instead of proceeding to its scheduled docking, protest organizers postponed the demonstration until 3 p.m. In the afternoon, with the ship still stalling at sea in an obvious attempt to wait out the protest, organizers decided to proceed with march to the port and declare a victory, even though the ship is now expected to dock in Oakland sometime Sunday evening.

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Palestine mural is unveiled in Oakland, and activists gear up to ‘Block the Boat’

A huge, brightly colored mural expressing solidarity with the people of Palestine was dedicated Sunday in Oakland with a ceremony that included poetry, music, traditional Palestinian and native-American dance. Meantime, activists gear up to Block the Boat — march to prevent the unloading of a freighter with Israeli goods, on August 16, at the Port of Oakland

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The Lies: a poem

A poem that was originally published at The New Verse News, a progressive political poetry site, where several other Gaza-themed poems have recently been posted.

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Photos: Even with ceasefire, Gaza protests continue across US (Updated)

Images of marches and rallies in the United States in solidarity with Gaza.

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Something you can do, wherever you are

It appears to Henry Norr that the horrific images we’re all seeing from Gaza are starting to have an effect, and more and more people are seeing through the politicians’ rhetoric about “Israel’s right to defend itself” and coming to understand the sheer viciousness of the Israeli onslaught – and the racism that underlies it.

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Heathcote Williams: ‘An Old Man and a Young Man in Gaza’

Dore Stein on KALW, a public radio in San Francisco, has a “Gaza Corner” of readings on the blockade of Gaza. Last Saturday night he read excerpts of Heathcote Williams’s searing poem about Israeli genocidal visions for Palestine.

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Protest the Israeli onslaught: Demonstrations planned worldwide against Israeli attack on Gaza

Activists around the nation and the world are taking to the streets to demand an end to the Israeli assault on Gaza. In New York City, Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel has called an emergency vigil and flyering event tonight – Friday, July 6, at 6 p.m. on the south side of Union Squate, near Broadway. Know of other rallies, vigils, etc., in other cities? Please add details in the comments sections below, or send to [email protected] and we’ll try to get it posted as soon as possible.

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Derfner: The boycott isn’t economic warfare, it’s psychological

The real power of BDS can’t be measured in dollars, cents, euros, or shekels, but in its psychological and political impact.

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‘Big Brother mixed with Shakespeare’ — NPR reports on Palestinian youth’s cruel imprisonment

A report on a Palestinian imprisoned by ‘Big Brother’ Israel when seeking to travel, on National Public Radio, is one more chink in the damage to Israel’s image.

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Vote at the Guardian: Should Oxfam sever ties with Scarlett Johansson?

The Guardian just launched an online poll on the ScarJo controversy.

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Why Palestinians don’t want settlers in their midst

An anonymous “well-placed official” in the Israeli Prime Minister’s office set off a brouhaha in Zionist politics the other day by telling journalists he would insist that settlers left on the Palestinian side in a potential division of the West Bank have the option of choosing to remain in their homes and live under Palestinian rule. Palestinians rejected this position, and while this may seem intolerant, it’s important to understand the role of settlers in Palestinian lives.

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Analyst on NPR lets the cat out of the bag – briefly – about Washington’s Iran obsession

Congress is taking a hard line on Iran because of Iran’s belligerent statements toward Israel — Karim Sadjadpour’s realist take on NPR

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Haaretz op-ed cuts to the chase: ‘Israel does have a solution: do nothing’

Haaretz Op-Ed: “The reality, of course, is that Israel does have a solution. It’s just that it’s difficult to talk about it with a straight face. Israel’s solution, ever since the time of Yitzhak Shamir, if not long before, is to do nothing. That’s the solution: not-so-benign neglect.”

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Israeli champion of ‘tolerance and multiculturalism’ suggests medal of honor for army torturer

What does progressive mean in the context of apartheid? Israeli musician Idan Raichel, known for incorporating Arab and African music and musicians into his act, took to Instagram the other day to suggest that a notorious Israeli interrogator accused of sodomizing a detainee with a baton deserves a “medal of honor,” according to a new report by journalist Ben White.

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Palestinians agree: somebody has to mow the grass in Gaza

Israeli rightwingers justify murderous attacks on Gaza as “mowing the lawn.” Henry Norr at Mondo says that Palestinians have a more benign interpretation of that expression

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Following ‘a great deal of consultation,’ NYT corrects itself on the Apartheid Wall

On November 19 and 20 the New York Times website published a two-part interview with Josef Koudelka about his new book of photos called “Wall: Israeli and Palestinian Landscapes.” The article contained an important error about the path of the Wall that Henry Norr set out to fix.

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In Avnery’s ‘Battle of the Titans,’ will anyone bet that the dog wags the tail?

Veteran Israeli activist and commentator Uri Avnery has posted a new column framing the current struggle over U.S. policy toward Iran as, among other things, a test of two theories: the view, long associated with Noam Chomsky, that Israel is simply a tool of U.S. imperialism, versus the analysis, notably championed by Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, that Israel and the Israel lobby here at home are the main determinants of American policy in the Middle East.

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Columbus Day reflection

Today being the official Columbus Day holiday in the U.S., it’s a good occasion for people here to reflect on the similarities between the history of this land and what’s happening in Palestine

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Say ‘thanks’ to Stephen Hawking

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‘This American Life’ shines some light on that Palestinian life

Last week’s episode of “This American Life,” the popular public-radio show hosted by Ira Glass, included a striking 23-minute segment about the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. The piece was reported by Nancy Updike, an award-winning producer who’s been with the show since it began in 1995. Updike explores the routinized harassment of villagers in Nabi Saleh by the Israeli military. Above, Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian from the village.

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NPR can’t stop talking about Jews

Aaron David Miller has been on NPR an astonishing 20 times in the last year– plus Martin Indyk seven times, Robert Malley five times, and Dennis Ross four times. By contrast, Diana Buttu, Rashid Khalidi, and Stephen Walt have been on the air only twice each in the last year, and Noura Erakat, Yousef Munayyer, and John Mearsheimer not even once.

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The most rational political course in Israel is also the most immoral — Noam Sheizaf

The greatest political shift in Israel has been from the center to the right, in support of an immoral status quo, says Noam Sheizaf of +972 at a west coast appearance

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Just because you like bubbly water, you don’t have to buy into occupation: A guide to alternatives to SodaStream

A list of settlement-free home carbonation devices as alternatives to the devices SodaStream manufactures in an illegal settlement on stolen Palestinian land.

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What left? The rightwing bloc is over 100 Knesset seats — Derfner


Several of the latest polls on today’s Israeli elections apparently show a modest up-tick in support for what’s known as the “center-left” – Labor plus two new parties, Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah and Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid. But as Larry Derfner points out only about 18 members of 120 member Knesset elected today are likely to oppose the occupation, and oppose war. So much for the left.

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