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John Mearsheimer: What Mondoweiss Means To Me

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John Mearsheimer writes the latest message in our series What Mondoweiss Means To Me: “Criticizing Israel or its American lobby is mortal combat for intellectuals, journalists, and policymakers. We have all paid a serious price for doing so. Mondoweiss has been one of the few places where one could speak the truth despite the professional risks. If you value the pursuit of truth as a tool in developing rational, humane policy, please join me in supporting Mondoweiss.” We are asking Mondoweiss readers to help to raise $60,000 by December 31. Please donate and tell us what Mondoweiss means to you.

‘We want Christmas without occupation': Israel attacks Bethlehem protesters dressed as Santa with tear gas

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A Palestinian protester dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag as he argues with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Maasara near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (Photo: Mussa Qawasma/Reuters)

Ma’an News reports: ” Israeli forces on Tuesday suppressed a peaceful march calling for ‘Christmas without occupation’ in Bethlehem. Demonstrators marched to the Israeli military checkpoint in northern Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas and hand out gifts to children in the area. Marchers held up signs reading: ‘Jesus came with a message of: Peace, Freedom and Justice’ and ‘We want Christmas without occupation.’ Israeli forces prevented demonstrators, some of whom were dressed as Father Christmas, from reaching the checkpoint and fired tear gas at the crowd. Several people were treated at the scene for tear gas inhalation. Mazen al-Azza, an activist with the Palestinian National Initiative, told Ma‘an that the march had a peaceful Christmas message, but ‘Israeli soldiers did not miss the chance to suppress it by assaulting journalists and peaceful demonstrators.'”

Cindy Corrie: What Mondoweiss Means To Me

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Cindy Corrie writes the latest message in our series What Mondoweiss Means To Me: “Please join me today in giving to Mondoweiss. We must act together to ensure the continuation of news that sheds light on all who suffer from the violence and brutality visited upon Palestinians, and on all who struggle against it. Support for Mondoweiss is a practical way to work for human rights.” We are asking Mondoweiss readers to help to raise $60,000 by December 31. Please donate and tell us what Mondoweiss means to you.

Scott Roth: What Mondoweiss Means To Me

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Mondoweiss Publisher Scott Roth writes the latest message in our series What Mondoweiss Means To Me: “For me, building Mondoweiss is a privilege as it gives me the opportunity to fight against falsehood, indoctrination, and racism. If you too recognize the atrocities committed under Israeli rule—if you too are eager to awaken every human conscience to the urgent need for change—please help us continue and increase our coverage.” We are asking Mondoweiss readers to help to raise $60,000 by December 31. Please donate and tell us what Mondoweiss means to you.

Israeli police attempt to arrest Palestinian preschoolers for throwing rocks

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Israeli soldiers arrest a young Palestinian boy following clashes in Hebron on June 20. (Photo: THOMAS COEX – AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The International Middle East Media Center reports: “Israeli police, on Tuesday, attempted to arrest two preschoolers during a raid on two homes in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Silwan, according to witnesses. WAFA correspondence reports that police raided the home of Mr. Mohammad Abd al-Raziq, in the Bir Ayoub neighborhood of Silwan, in search of two children aged three and five, for allegedly throwing rocks at them.”

Omar Barghouti: What Mondoweiss Means To Me

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Omar Barghouti writes the latest message in our series What Mondoweiss Means To Me: “Every year, I contribute to Mondoweiss, and I’m writing now to urge you to do the same. Here’s why: Mondoweiss is a rare beacon of free speech and insightful analysis. But more than that, the site is a vital tool for raising awareness in the US about the struggle for Palestinian rights. And given the central role that the US establishment plays in enabling Israel’s regime of oppression against the Palestinian people, shifting US public opinion towards freedom, justice and equal rights for Palestinians, as well as for all oppressed communities around the world, becomes absolutely necessary.” We are asking Mondoweiss readers to help to raise $60,000 by December 31. Please donate and tell us what Mondoweiss means to you.

Rebecca Vilkomerson: What Mondoweiss Means To Me

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Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace Rebecca Vilkomerson writes the latest message in the series What Mondoweiss Means To Me: “Mondoweiss’s platform amplifies a critical message for everyone organizing on this issue, JVP included: true justice and peace for Palestinians and Israelis will only be possible when the U.S. stops enabling Israel’s actions through economic, diplomatic and military cover. Please join me today in supporting Mondoweiss, the essential herald that brings the world news of all who dare speak out.” We are asking Mondoweiss readers to help to raise $60,000 by December 31. Please donate and tell us what Mondoweiss means to you.

Palestinian teens describe torture while in Israeli detention

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Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian man during a search for three missing Israeli teens in the West Bank, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Violence / Raids / Suppression of protests / Arrests Two detained teens speak of abuse, torture IMEMC 15 Dec by Saed Bannoura — Heba Masalha, a lawyer working for the Palestinian Detainees Committee, managed to visit two Palestinian teens held by Israel, who testified to her of horrific abuse and torture by the soldiers and […]

Steven Salaita: What Mondoweiss Means To Me

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Steven Salaita writes the latest message in the series “What Mondoweiss Means To Me,” where leaders in the movement for justice in Israel/Palestine share why they value the work of Mondoweiss. Salaita writes, “Please join me in supporting Mondoweiss, a vital institution that amplifies voices for justice. As advocates of Palestinian human rights, we need Mondoweiss for arguments, facts and insights, and to make the world see, listen and understand.” We are asking Mondoweiss readers to help to raise $60,000 by December 31. Please donate, and tell us what Mondoweiss means to you.

Our Year-End Campaign: What Mondoweiss Means To Me

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Dear Mondoweiss readers: we are asking for your help to raise $60,000 by December 31. Over the next few weeks, as we ask you to contribute financially to our success and growth, we’ll be publishing their statements in a series: “What Mondoweiss Means To Me.” Please donate, and tell us what Mondoweiss means to you.

Israel begins criminal investigations into killings during ‘Operation Protective Edge’

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An image of three Palestinian children running along the beach to escape Israeli fire before they were killed. This is one of the cases the Israeli military will be investigating. (Image: Twitter)

Ynet reports: “The Military Police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing of 50 Palestinians during Operation Protective Edge, the IDF said on Saturday night following a decision by the Military Advocate General (MAG) to expand criminal investigations against IDF soldiers over a number of incidents that occurred in the Gaza Strip during the summer’s military operation”

Report: Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians, arrested 650, during month of November

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Israeli border police prevent Palestinian worshipers from entering the al-Aqsa mosque compound, November 5, 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Al-Akhbar reports: Israeli Occupation Forces killed nine Palestinians and arrested 650 others in November, Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights, a Palestinian rights organization said in a report on Monday. The child Mohammed Amin al-Syam, who died in Turkey after sustaining severe wounds in the latest Gaza war, is among the nine Palestinian victims.

‘There’s no coexisting with cancer': Bilingual Arabic/Hebrew school damaged in Jerusalem arson attack

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Firefighters and police at the scene of where suspected arsonists set fire to a bilingual Hebrew-Arabic school in Jerusalem. On the walls of the building, emergency responders found anti-Palestinian graffiti which said “death to Arabs,” “Kahane was right” and “down with assimilation.” (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Haaretz reports: “A fire caused damage to Jerusalem’s Hebrew-Arabic bilingual school on Saturday evening. Police and fire services suspect arson as hateful phrases were also sprayed on the building, reading “Kahane was right” and “There’s no coexisting with cancer.” The fire broke out at the playground in the school, and was extinguished by emergency crews. The Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School is the country’s largest Jewish-Arab institution.”

Palestinian youth hospitalized after being attacked by Israeli settlers in Jerusalem

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Ma‘an reports: A Palestinian youth was attacked and beaten by a group of Jewish settlers at Damascus Gate near the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Friday night, a local political activist who was present at the time of the incident said. 22-year-old Ahmad Yaqub al-Ghoul lost consciousness as a result of bruising and bleeding he suffered after three Jewish settlers described as being in their 20s hit him with an iron bar and belts in the al-Musrara area just north of Damascus Gate.

Israel destroys Bedouin village of Al-Araqib for the 78th time

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Al-Araqib, an unrecognized village of the Al-Turi Arab Bedouin tribe (8 km north of Beersheba), being demolished for the 54th time in August 2013. (Photo: Eloise Bollack)

PNN reports: “Israeli forces on Monday razed the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in Negev Desert for the 78th time on the pretext that it had been built illegally, eyewitness said. Local resident told Andalou agency that “Dozens of Israeli forces backed by five bulldozers stormed the village at dawn today and began demolishing homes and other structures, the soldiers were heavily armed. They drove us out under the rain before they demolished our homes for 78th time in four years.””

Despite attempted coverup, Israeli border policeman arrested for murder of Palestinian teen during Nakba Day protest

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CNN footage of Israeli soldier firing at Nadim Nuwara during the Nakba Day protest. (Screenshot: Electronic Intifada)

Haaretz reports: “A Border Police officer arrested Tuesday over the killing of a Palestinian youth during Nakba Day protests six months ago is facing murder charges. His commander was also arrested for allegedly covering up the shooting. The Judea and Samaria District Police on Tuesday detained an enlisted border policeman on suspicion that he shot and killed Palestinian youth Nadim Nuwara.”

Israeli government plans 185 miles of new Jewish settler roads in the West Bank

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Segregated roads: the 4-lane highway in the background is for Israelis; the unusable blocked road in the foreground is for Palestinian Christians & Muslims. (Photo: International Women’s Peace Service via Jews for Justice for Palestinians)

The JTA reports: “The Israeli government has drawn up plans for some 185 miles of roads in the West Bank, largely for the benefit of Jewish settlers. The 44 proposed roads would connect Jewish settlements to each other and nearby Israeli cities, and their construction would require expropriating more than 6,000 acres of land, according to a report by Israel’s i24 News.”

Rather than exhibit real solidarity, church leaders appeal to Israel’s occupation to protect Al Aqsa

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Israeli border police officers walks in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City November 5, 2014. (Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Ritualized solidarity remains the name of the game in Israel-Palestine, as the fate of Jerusalem hangs in the balance once again. So it was when church leaders in Jerusalem showed a sign of solidarity to Islam and the Muslim community by gathering at the Al Aqsa mosque for a photo-op last week. They also issued a statement on the need to respect the rights of Muslims to worship freely and show respect for holy places. But as the church leaders and their advisors know well the backdrop for their visit isn’t about freedom of religion or worship. The backdrop for increasing tensions at Al Aqsa is occupation and the dwindling place of Palestinians in Jerusalem and the land itself. It’s about an occupied and ghettoized Palestinian people with their backs to the Apartheid (political and religious) Wall.

Palestinian citizens of Israel protest across country following police killing of Kheir Hamdan

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Oudeh Basharat writes in Haaretz: “Why bother looking into the circumstances of the killing of Khayr al-Din Hamdan of Kafr Kana? Just watching the police officers throwing him, like a sack of onions, onto the floor of the police car after he was mortally wounded says everything about the value of an Arab’s life. The video shows no hesitation or embarrassment on the part of the ones who took this young man’s life.”

Likud government official latest Israeli politician to make provocative visit to al-Aqsa mosque

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An Israeli policeman aims his tear gas launcher during clashes with stone-throwing Palestinians near the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, on November 5, 2014 (AFP Photo/Ahmad Gharabli)

Ma‘an reports: Israel’s deputy transportation minister Tzipi Hotovely of the Likud party toured the al-Aqsa mosque compound Tuesday morning while being escorted by Israeli police officers. Commenting on the unwanted visitor, director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani told Ma‘an that “the Israeli occupation continued with its policy of imposing siege on Al-Aqsa Mosque from dawn prayer until noon time.”

A reverend sermonizes justice in Jerusalem

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Palestine is occupied by Israel. Al Aqsa is occupied by Israel. Can the churches in Jerusalem and throughout the land escape that same occupation? Last Sunday, Rev. Páraic Réamonn from the Church of Scotland at St. Andrews gave a sermon in Jerusalem that promised a breakthrough in the relationship between the Christian church and the Jewish state.

Occupied prayer at Al Aqsa

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Palestinians pray as Israeli police officers stand guard during Friday prayers in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Joz on Oct. 31, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

So now we’re back to the status quo. Al Aqsa is open again for prayer. If you’re over 50. Perhaps identification proving age will be required. Al Aqsa AARP? The status quo is death for Palestinians. Before death, ethnic cleansing. Before death, ghettoization. Are we really supposed to celebrate occupied prayer at Al Aqsa?

J Street’s progressive illusion

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J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami speaking at the group's conference in 2012. (Photo: J Street)

Are there any in more active complicity in the destruction of Palestine than Palestine’s well-wishers? J Street’s October 28 statement is the latest example of a “pro-peace” organization that is doing nothing to advance an end to the conflict in Israel/Palestine.