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Boycott Israel?

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. It could be any street in Israel, Jerusalem, Haifa or Tel Aviv. Israeli soldiers guarding the public. Israeli soldiers even protect those who come from afar to serve Palestinians in Jerusalem and

Looking for the Palestinian Kirk Douglas

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The ceasefire did not hold or was allowed to lapse so Israel and Hamas are at it again – asymmetrically. “After the ceasefire before the next ceasefire” is another form of politics.

After Gaza

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Yet another ceasefire is in place. If it doesn’t hold, more carnage will occur until another ceasefire is agreed to. Israel’s invasion can only go so far. With 1.8 million Gazans with nowhere to go, short of a mass expulsion – again there is nowhere else to go – as more than few Israeli commentators

After destroying 10,000 homes, Israel says Gaza can rebuild if it disarms

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Gaza industrial sector hit hard as 134 factories destroyed GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 6 Aug — At least 134 factories were destroyed during Israel’s four-week military offensive in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian industrial union said Wednesday, causing severe damage to an already fragile industrial sector. The union of Palestinian industries said that most factories stopped

Elie Wiesel plays the Holocaust trump card in Gaza

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, it does. I’m not thinking about the actual war in Gaza – that’s bad enough. It’s the Jewish civil war over Israel, a civil

Reading Amos Oz on Gaza

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Here we go again. Ceasefires that don’t hold. The excuse this time: an Israeli soldier has fallen into Palestinian hands. At least that’s the word from Israel and the US State Department.

Liberation theology and the war in Gaza

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. To many, Leonardo Boff is a prophet. As a Brazilian Roman Catholic liberation theologian for many years, Boff is respected on the religious left for his outspoken critique of injustice within and

Amira Hass and the end of Jewish ethical history

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. I like and admire Amira Hass. Her reporting is admirable and more. As a daughter of Holocaust survivors, she has lived through and commented on the contemporary arc of Jewish history. From

Fabricated martyrdom?

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The Holy Land is a strange place to live and to worship. Anyone who has studied the history of the Holy Land or lived there knows its twists and turns of politics

The green line is gone: Hundreds of Palestinian citizens of Israel detained following protests

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West Bank / Jerusalem / Historic Palestine Following wave of protests, Israel arrests scores of Arab activists, minors 972blog 23 July by Hagar Sheizaf (Translated by Ofer Neiman) — Hundreds of Arab citizens of Israel have been detained in recent weeks, including dozens of minors. Abusive interrogations and preemptive arrests suggest that many of the

Israel’s ‘defeat’

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. John Kerry in Israel. Is he preparing to offer US troops to help enforce a ceasefire in Gaza? I wouldn’t be surprised, though accepting an overt American military presence in or near

Burning children

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Last night, amidst the murderous Israeli assault on Gaza, I heard from a friend who recalled a passage I wrote in 1987: As risky and problematic as it is, we are called

The other side of history

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Iron death. What else is an iron fist engaged in war? If it wasn’t already, the massacre in Shuja’iyeh makes it abundantly clear. So the world’s leaders are scrambling. US Secretary of

Israel’s iron fist

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. From Iron Dome to Iron Fist. This is how Naftali Bennett, Israel’s economy minister, defined Israel’s invasion of Gaza yesterday. Truth be known it was Iron Fist all along. The difference between

‘I am a Jew. Israel is NOT My State’

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Cease-fires come and go. Until there is one that stays, then comes and goes again. Public statements, accusations and moral outcries proliferate. Old voices are heard from again. New voices join the

Ceasefire. Tightening the Gordian Knot?

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Yet another ceasefire? The people of Gaza need it badly. But what Gaza needs badly isn’t the only or best option in the long run. Maybe that’s why Hamas is a reluctant

Latest from Gaza: Israel targets houses, mosques, disabled center and essential infrastructure, 14 more Palestinians killed

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[View the story "UNRWA updates from Gaza" on Storify] Only a selection of the many hundreds of articles written during this fraught week Gaza Saturday morning: Israeli airstrikes target mosques, center for disabled youth, killing 14 IMEMC 12 July by Saed Bannoura — Airstrikes continue; Israeli officials say ground invasion imminent — Two young, disabled

Where was God in the Warsaw Ghetto? Or in Gaza?

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Is there a theological lesson in the ongoing bombing and perhaps soon to be invasion of Gaza? The West Bank has already been invaded – and looted. With scores of “kidnapped” prisoners

Israel’s war is just beginning and has never ended

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Is it time for commentary on Israel’s war that is just beginning and has never ended? Perhaps. The airwaves are full of pumped up pro-Israel armchair warriors. It’s also full of moral

Autopsy report shows Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burned to death; reports spread of other possible abductions

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More attempts – failed and successful — to abduct Palestinians Locals: Settlers try to kidnap 7-year-old in Beit Hanina JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 4 July — Israeli settlers attempted to kidnap a seven-year-old Palestinian child in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina overnight Thursday, locals said. Witnesses told that four settlers from Pisgat Zeev tried to kidnap