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Netanyahu says there will never be a real Palestinian state

Last Friday Benjamin Netanyahu said that he will never accept full Palestinian sovereignty on the West Bank. The end of the two state solution is now dawning on the world discourse. Israel’s only answer is occupation and violence.

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Federal official fires gun at pro-Palestine demonstrators following scuffle in LA

The Israel-Palestine conflict laps up on US shores. A Homeland Security official fires a gun at pro-Palestine demonstrators following a skirmish between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine rallies in Los Angeles yesterday

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Christie slams Obama for creating daylight between US and Israel

Lots of folks have Israel’s back in the U.S. Like who? Great company: Fox News, Gov. Chris Christie, and Jewish kids in Washington who want to join the Israeli army and whose parents identify with settlers.

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder says Israel is using our taxes to ‘drop bombs on children’ and take land

Israel is “looking for a reason to kill,” Eddie Vedder says during an encore in Buckinghamshire England Friday night. He did not mention Israel by name but deplored the use of taxpayers money to “drop bombs on children” and cross borders and take land

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Joining Graham, Schumer calls for end of Palestinian unification for sake of Israel’s ‘survival’

A Senate resolution sponsored by Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrats Robert Menendez and Chuck Schumer calls on ending Hamas’s role in the Palestinian government and Israel’s right to defend itself, so as “ensure the survival of the State of Israel.” Did you know those rockets were an existential threat?

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‘American Jewish voices are most critical in the world’ (to end idea that Jewish lives matter more)

The root cause of the crisis in Israel and Palestine is the idea that Jewish lives matter more than Palestinian lives, Jewish Voice for Peace says in an appeal to Americans, and especially American Jews, to speak out.

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Soul-crushing video shows Gaza father unable to accept his little boy’s killing

A highly disturbing video from Gaza shows a Palestinian father pleading with his son to wake up. The boy is dead, having suffered severe head injury in an Israeli missile attack.

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Terror in Gaza: 57 seconds after ‘warning,’ Israel destroys a house

What kind of warning is it when Israel “taps” a roof in Gaza and less than a minute later destroys a house with a missile? You can hear the terror in the people’s voices on video posted by Israel’s Haaretz newspaper that purports to explain the tactic.

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Munayyer leads off in Nation responses to Chomsky on BDS

Yousef Munayyer says that BDS is an effective tool and the only way to counter US support for Jewish control of Palestinians’ lives inside Palestine as the lead piece of five in The Nation addressing Noam Chomsky’s criticism of BDS and dismissal of the right of return.

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Palestinians are ‘trapped’ in Gaza in ‘lopsided conflict’, Brian Williams says

The latest Israeli assault on Gaza is being covered in a new way in the United States mainstream, with an alternative voice trickling in. Last night NBC News featured a Palestinian victim of the assault at the top of the broadcast, and the New York Times dares to discuss Jewish “extremists.” Reaction abounds. A Fox News commentator calls the Obama administration “borderline Jew-hating” and The New Republic pipes the Israeli ambassador’s propaganda.

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Obama raises big bucks at home of man who said president and Netanyahu are on ‘the same page’

Obama raised money at $10,000 a head in Dallas last night at the home of Marc Stanley, who has said Netanyahu and Obama are on “truly the same page.” No wonder the White House can’t criticize Israel!

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State Dep’t says Israel has a right to defend itself, but can’t say the same of Palestinians

Israel-centrism at the State Dep’t and in the media. Jen Psaki, gov’t spox, says Israelis have a right to defend themselves but can’t say the same of Palestinians, while US media attempt to describe the Gaza rockets and Israeli missiles as comparable in impact, when 67 Palestinians have died, and there are no reports of Israeli deaths.

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White House says US can’t stop ‘tsunami’ of boycott and isolation if Israel won’t end ‘occupations’

Philip Gordon, White House official, gave sharp speech in Tel Aviv warning Israel about tsunami of isolation: “How will it have peace if it is unwilling to delineate a border, end the occupations and allow for Palestinian sovereignty, security, and dignity? How will we prevent other states from isolating Israel or supporting Palestinian efforts in international bodies if Israel is not seen as committed to peace?”

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‘Jewish’ or ‘Israeli’ — NYT, BBC, and CNN make different word choice

The Times identifies men accused of killing Mohammed Abu Khdeir as Israelis, leaving “Jewish” till the second paragraph. Others, from Haaretz to BBC to Jake Tapper, are more blunt. It may make you squeamish to say Jewish, but it’s accurate.

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Beating Palestinian boys ‘to a pulp’ is a tradition among Israeli forces

The western press has been shocked that Israeli forces beat a Florida boy, Tarek Abu Khdeir, so brutally that his face was misshapen. But two years ago Breaking the Silence, an Israeli human rights group, published a report in which Palestinian boys are beaten “to a pulp” on many occasions.

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State Dep’t says it ‘remains shocked’ by Abu Khdeir beating

A photo taken by NBC News reporter Ayman Mohyeldin of Tarek Abu Khdeir kneeling at grave of his murdered cousin Mohammed. Meantime, Brian Williams of NBC warns of “intifada-style outburst of violence,” and State Dep’t says it is “shocked” by Tarek’s beating.

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‘Let’s talk about Zionism,’ is message at July 4 parade in Wellfleet, MA

July 4th Alliance for Palestinian Freedom in Wellfleet, MA, had a float at the parade last week that denounced “Zionist Israel.” And cards handed out by the group said, “Let’s talk about Zionism.”

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Child’s beating in Jerusalem brings unprecedented coverage of Palestinian experience to U.S.

The brutal beating of a 15-year-old Palestinian-American boy by Israeli forces in Jerusalem is proving to be a landmark moment in coverage of the conflict, as American media are reporting Tarek Abu Khdeir’s story in a straightforward manner for once. They sympathetic reports are bringing the Palestinian experience back here as never before. Above, an interview with the Washington Post.

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Beating of Florida teen in Jerusalem is getting attention in U.S.

The US State Department says it is “profoundly troubled” by the beating in Jerusalem by Israeli police of Tarek Abu Khdeir, a 15-year-old from Florida, and called for a transparent investigation resulting in “full accountability”. A Baltimore Sun report sympathetic to the boy’s family and a White House rally are other signs the case is getting considerable attention in the U.S.

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Largest British union refuses to offer support for peace talks

The two state paradigm is crumbling around us with the failure of John Kerry’s initiative. Britain’s largest labor union voted this week to support BDS, boycott, divestment, and sanctions, and rejected a motion to support the U.S.-led peace talks.

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‘Survival and well-being of the Jewish state’ is a national security interest of U.S., Indyk says

Jeffrey Goldberg questions whether the survival of a Jewish state is an American national security interest, and Martin Indyk, former State Department envoy, says it is a vital interest of the U.S. Two Zionists in conversation, at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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‘NYT’ employee in Jerusalem wanted to donate paper’s armed car to the army

When it came time to retire an armored car owned by the New York Times in Israel, Irit Pazner, an employee of the paper, suggested they give it to the army. Taking sides?

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‘Forward’ normalizes idea that some folks ‘hate Israel’

“When Mr. Right Hates Israel,” is the title of an advice column in the Jewish Forward in which a 32-year-old Jewish woman says she’s ready to marry a guy but he sees Israel as an “apartheid state.” The piece is a giant step forward as it normalizes the idea that Americans can hate Israel.

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After repeated calls for vengeance, Netanyahu urges Israelis to be ‘cool-headed’ and seek ‘justice’

After vowing ‘vengeance’ against ‘human animals’ who killed Israeli teens, Israeli PM Netanyahu today walked back his language, saying that Israelis must remain ‘cool-headed’ and seek justice. But the damage has been done.

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Liberal Zionists’ denial of Israeli racism heightens danger to ‘everyone living in this land’ — Blumenthal

The ideological battle between liberal Zionists and anti-Zionists has sharpened in recent days. Max Blumenthal explains that liberal Zionists deny the racism and violence in Israeli society so as to preserve a “dreamcastle Israel” that is central to their Jewish identity.

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