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Goldstone sequel to be co-authored by Amal Alamuddin, Clooney’s fiancee

Human Rights Council names William Schabas, Doudou Diene and Amal Alamuddin to its next mission to look into atrocities in Gaza, sequel to Goldstone report. Israel lobbyist says the report won’t be favorable to Israel.

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Tough Hillary Clinton says ‘dreadful’ pictures of dead women and children make it hard to get at truth– Hamas is to blame

Sitting down with the former Israeli soldier Jeffrey Goldberg, a tough Hillary Clinton repeatedly undermines Obama from the right, on Iran, on the civilian slaughter in Gaza. And she says all the attention Gaza is getting reflects anti-Semitism in Europe. Nothing at all about the Israeli occupation.

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Hollywood’s latest blacklist shadows Bardem, Cruz, Almodovar

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are reportedly facing a “serious backlash” to their careers from top Hollywood executives for calling Gaza a “genocide.” It’s mostly rumor, but another reflection of the Israel lobby’s power

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Professor Salaita was fired for disagreeing too vehemently with Professor Nelson

Scott Lemieux and Iymen Chehade say that just because Steven Salaita’s views on Palestinians differ from the dominant narrative of the conflict doesn’t mean that a university has the right to fire him. Duh– you’d think.

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‘One nation, one state, one leader’ — frightening slogan at Tel Aviv protest

Shades of fascism in the placard that a pro-war demonstrator holds in Tel Aviv the other night, “One nation, one state, one leader.”

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Rep. Steve Israel tweets his meeting with Mikey Weiss of Roslyn Heights — but not Netanyahu

Is Steve Israel running away from Benjamin Netanyahu? The congressman tweets his meeting with Mikey Weiss of Roslyn Heights but not the prime minister of America’s “greatest ally.”

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‘An extreme rightwing regime behaving in the most criminal fashion and defying the world and unscrupulously using the Holocaust to justify what they’re doing’

Senator David Norris of Ireland gives a truly inspiring speech about the Israeli destruction of human rights. Do Arab societies discriminate against gays like him? It doesn’t mean that it is correct to deny people the right to choose their own government.

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A Palestinian defends violent resistance to occupation

Amer Shurrab, a Palestinian student, is asked why Palestinians are using violence. He says that Palestinians have a right to resist occupation violently, that Gazans have no choice but to employ violence in their resistance, as Israel would ignore civil disobedience in that ghetto, and that Palestinians have actually not targeted civilians.

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With friends like these…

Some ally. Israel reportedly eavesdropped on John Kerry telephone calls during the late-lamented peace process negotiations. Nearly half of Israelis wanted to give Obama the Ebola virus for his birthday Aug. 4.

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American woman abandons Zionist group after hearing Palestinian describe slaughter of six family members

Palestinian student Amer Shurrab’s description of Israel’s killing of his two brothers in 2009 and four cousins in 2014 in Gaza is having an impact: An American woman says she has left the liberal Zionist group J Street “in disgust” to join Jewish Voice for Peace. Others are making this walk, too.

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‘A blind evil rage that increased forever, day and night’ –Mads Gilbert on Operation Protective Edge

The Israeli war is a war against the spirit of Palestinian resistance. How would Norwegians feel if the occupier had never left in 1945 but had stayed for decades, taking their land and confining the indigenous on lean land, says Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert on returning to Tromso from Gaza

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Visiting Israel on AIPAC’s dime, Rep. Steve Israel gets defensive about ‘war crimes’

Last week Rep. Steve Israel, visiting Israel on AIPAC’s dime, bridled at angry tweeters. He’s still on the defensive, snorting that some accuse Israel of “war crimes.” Yes, Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch, for one.

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Even Wieseltier is upset by ‘indifference in Jewish world’ to Gaza slaughter and wholehearted Israeli support for it

Palestine should “end the charade” and go to the International Criminal Court to make Israel at last pay a price for the “war crimes” that it has gotten away with again and again, says Kenneth Roth, of Human Rights Watch, on Democracy Now! Other intellectuals, notably Leon Wieseltier, made “queasy” by Israeli support for the slaughter, have signaled a shift in the American discussion of Palestinian human rights.

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‘NYT’ is furiously rewriting history of Gaza conflict

The New York Times is furiously rewriting the history of the Gaza conflict to put all the blame on Hamas for the violence, and say nothing about the seven-year-long Israeli siege of the Strip. It blames Hamas for starting the war by kidnapping Israeli teens, leaving out disclaimers of Hamas’s responsibility and Israel’s interest in waging war on Hamas to end its unity deal with Fatah.

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Gaza war gives rise to new Jewish group targeting Jewish institutions that support occupation

#IfNotNow is the latest non-Zionist group for young Jews. It has arisen in anger at the Gaza slaughter. Nine members of the group were arrested in action at the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations and it has followed up with a Brooklyn demonstration and an organizing meeting in NY.

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Steven Salaita– unremitting in criticism of Zionism and Gaza slaughter– loses a job at University of Illinois

Steven Salaita, the English scholar and author, has called Zionism colonialism and the Gaza onslaught a genocide, on twitter. He has reportedly lost a job at the American Indian studies program at the University of Illinois Champagn Urbana.

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The selected writings of Samantha Power

US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power has been bending over backwards not to mention Israel when she condemns the slaughter of civilians in Gaza. But her landmark 2002 book A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, derides US public officials for turning a blind eye to ethnic massacres.

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Rightwing Jews who want to destroy Muslim holy site in Jerusalem raise funds on Indiegogo

The Temple Institute are rightwing nuts who want to clear the temple mount in Jerusalem of the Al Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock, glories of Islamic civilization. And they’re raising money on Indiegogo to do it, nearly $17,000 so far.

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British gov’t minister resigns over ‘morally indefensible’ Gaza policy, urging Palestinians to go to international criminal court

Profile in courage, Sayeeda Warsi, a senior British minister in the Foreign Office, resigned over her gov’t’s Gaza policy, calling it morally indefensible. She says UK is going against “the rule of law.” And she says Palestinians should go to the Hague

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Israel, your brand is tanking

Massacring children is not good for a country’s brand. There are more and more signs that the American left is done with Israel as its political support “disintegrates” around the world. Even Michael Walzer, the liberal Zionist, says Israel is behaving the way the US behaved in Vietnam.

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Seven congresspeople go to Israel on AIPAC’s dime– and one gets defensive about it

Rep Steve Israel says he’s proud to go to Israel to support it when it’s “under fire,”– paid for by the Israel lobby AIPAC– but a lot of folks on his twitter feed aren’t happy about that.

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‘I can’t be silent. It is genocide’ — Anoushka Shankar

  Anoushka Shankar is Ravi Shankar’s daughter. She wrote this on Facebook three days ago. It is more evidence that Israel is lost and a tsunami of public opinion is sweeping away its image; Shankar (who lives in US, UK and India) … Continue reading

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The British public and the world see that Israel’s actions are ‘wrong and unjustified’ — Miliband

Ed Miliband, Labour leader, goes way further than an American politician, saying that Israel’s assault on Palestinian civilians is unacceptable and unjustified, and the British public and the world see it

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What Jim Fallows and I saw

Jim Fallows is a student of elites who began his career by exposing the corruption of the establishment during the Vietnam war. He knows about the rise of Zionists into the power structure, but he won’t write about it.

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Israel calls Obama’s tune

President Obama now blames Hamas for the civilian slaughter in Gaza, saying that militants brought Israeli fire on themselves and civilians are caught “in the crossfire.” Diana Buttu says that Obama is blaming the victim, while AP reports that Benjamin Netanyahu lectured the US, Never second guess me again.

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