Author Archives: Kiera Feldman

Co-oping BDS, part II: Filling up the Israeli boycart

The Park Slope Food Coop is probably the only grocery store in America where non-members must: a) accompany a legit member and b) sign in with a photo ID, pledging not to buy any products. There’s just something about exclusivity … Continue reading

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Barghouti: The tent protests ‘[are] the epitome of hysterical denial of the colonial reality’

Kiera Feldman conducted the following interview with Omar Barghouti over email in early August: Kiera Feldman: How will the boycott law affect you personally? Are you changing your actions or speech in any way? Omar Barghouti: We are all determined … Continue reading

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Co-oping BDS, part I: Progressive except Palestine

Once, in the bulk goods aisle of the Park Slope Food Coop, a wild-haired woman stood next to me and scrutinized the coffee-grinder settings. “I’m using it for an enema,” she explained. “It needs to be very fine.” I suggested … Continue reading

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Israel has now arrested 10% of people of Palestinian village who nonviolently oppose occupation

The following is a press release from the nonviolent protest movement against Israeli occupation. Pollak is a spokesperson for the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee. Bassem Tamimi, coordinator of the Nabi Saleh [West Bank village] popular committee, was arrested when dozens … Continue reading

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Birthright Israel calls on its alumni to ‘take back Zionism’

One more for the “War is peace” file: Birthright Israel alumni are invited to attend a February 1st kick-off event for a new (self-described) “international movement” called Take Back Zionism. The evening’s theme: “Zionism is Humanitarianism.” Holocaust survivor-turned-ultra-hawk Elie Wiesel is the … Continue reading

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Israeli expo in NYC markets penthouses in settlements

At the Jewish Agency’s 2010 Aliyah Expo in New York last week, people asked one another, “When is your flight?”–no if’s about it. Many planned to move to a country that seems increasingly intent on ostracizing itself from the international … Continue reading

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Brave Palestinian journalist arrested for filming protests

The latest news from Bil’in: Haitham Al Khatib was arrested while filming at today’s demonstration, held on the anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre. Details below. I’m reminded of the story Haitham told me when I asked about the deep … Continue reading

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At my seder, I remember a victim of the ‘Special’

It is almost the one-year anniversary of the killing of Bassem Abu Rahmeh, and this is the latest news in Haaretz: "IDF won’t investigate death of Bil’in activist from tear gas grenade." Here’s a photo of Abu Rahmeh, taken by … Continue reading

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The next ‘special relationship’?

The 2010 World Expo, opening May 1st in Shanghai, will be Israel’s first foray into the World’s Fair fray. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pulling out all the stops with a $6 million, 2000 square meter Israel Pavilion, featuring … Continue reading

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