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Category Archives: Israel/Palestine
The chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign says she rescinded Palestinian-American Steven Salaita’s job because he violated a “civility” standard in which professors can express “philosophical” differences but not “demean” others’ viewpoints. Not because of Israel-Palestine, she says. But where has such a standard been applied? Other than to protect the sensitivities of Zionists.
Allison Deger visits St. Joseph Hospital in East Jerusalem where children from Gaza are being treated after sustaining injuries from Israeli air strikes. Eleven year old Alaa Abu Zeid, above, was injured in Rafah when an F-16 dropped explosives on her house killing her seven months pregnant mother, brother and eight other members of her family. During Alaa’s first week in the hospital, all of the staff and the other patients hid the fact of her family’s tragedy from her. They waited a week until she made it through surgery to tell her most of her family was dead. When Alaa is left alone she cries, so she is never left alone.
Oren and Rudoren combine in a New York Times front page story that says that Israel has the “upper hand” against Hamas’s intransigent “demands” re Gaza. Yes and imagine how Jodi Rudoren would have written up the French resistance’s demands to the German occupiers in WW2. Jerome Slater analyzes.
Ads Against Apartheid (AAA) is going national with a their “ONE WORD” campaign, and not just in subways. News of their June campaign in Boston swept social media like a tsunami and the organization got flooded with messages from people from all over the world lauding the ads with praise. Many inquiring how to get the ads in their town, cities, transit hubs, and even in their classrooms! AAA co-founder Richard Colbath-Hess told Mondoweiss the response has been “overwhelming.”
Abuses against children are core tools of Israel’s colonial dispossession of the Palestinian people, writes Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian. Palestinian children’s experiences are preconditioned by the larger socio-political context, that of living under the structural machinery of settler colonialism.
Occupation comes in many forms. And one element of the Zionist project is the restriction of energy resources. Israel sabotages energy infrastructure in Gaza, the West Bank and the Negev Desert. During its ongoing assault on Gaza, Israel bombed the only power plant in the coastal enclave.
Jacob Ari Labendz was one of five Jewish Voice for Peace members invited to speak at a St. Louis Reform synagogue. His brilliant speech says the US Jewish diaspora “made a mistake” when it chose to sacrifice its rich heritage for an alliance with a militant state that commits atrocities. “There is a sickness inside our community,” he said
Hundreds of New Yorkers marched over the Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday in a rally for Gaza. Video shows that as demonstrators streamed over the bridge, a huge Palestinian flag with the words “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” and “Gaza In Our Hearts” was flown off the side of the Manhattan Bridge, which can be seen from the Brooklyn Bridge.
Alaa Salama writes: “Every night in Gaza is not like the previous. Night in Gaza is very horrible, frightening . We pray not to see the night coz when it falls down, the series of horror begins. Gaza night wears black mourning the lives of hundreds that have been lost and sad for witnessing the destruction and damage on the ground. At night, We gather all stories to tell.”
Gaza has been destroyed. Its infrastructure, such as it was, is reduced to rubble. Israel invokes the Nazis, terrorist Hamas and now ISIS, to justify the destruction. Tell us Israel, beyond tomorrow or the next day, what do you have in mind for Palestinians? A Jew asks the leaders of the self-designated Jewish state.
On the New York Times op-ed page, Antony Lerman says that liberal Zionists have acted as a figleaf for supremacist rightwing Zionism in Israel and blocked the idea of equal rights inside Diaspora Jewry. But liberal Zionism is now dead.
Last night, Israel dropped several one-ton bombs on a house in Rafah, killing three top Hamas commanders, Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum. Thousands packed the streets of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip today to mourn in the largest funeral gathering since the assassination of the Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari in 2012.
A few weeks after Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hamas of piling up the “telegenically-dead” in Gaza, he has found a telegenically-dead victim of his own. He is using the gruesome killing by ISIS of James Foley in Syria to claim that ISIS is Hamas. And the leading congressional campaigner for the Democratic Party, Rep. Steve Israel, echoes him
An investigation by Common Dreams found that a commenter on its site spewing anti-Semitic hate speech is a Jewish graduate student at Harvard who supports Israel. The aim and effect of his pollution, says the progressive website, was to cause potential donors to steer away from supporting the publication.
A five minute massacre in Shuja’iyeh. Hamed Asheikh Khalil describes the destruction of his family in an instant by Israeli bombs– the killing of seven family members and paralysis of his daughter Maha
Israeli authorities are plainly persecuting the Abu Khdeir family of East Jerusalem in the wake of the murder of a 16-year-old boy in the family by Jewish settlers and the beating of a 15-year-old by Israeli police. Even the State Department expresses concern that the family has been singled out.
Ethnic cleansing, apartheid, and incineration of Gaza are some of the charges Henry Siegman levels at Israel in his latest criticism. He says Palestinians have a right to violently resist occupation and that the Israeli right’s entitled religious ideology recalls the ideology of the Nazis.
Nour O. El Borno writes from Gaza: “I may die tomorrow. I may end the journey of teaching and poetry before it even begins. But until that happens, I will gladly dream. I will gladly hold my pen and paper in the middle of the dark and write a poem about hope, about a future, about a dream. Because if the soul perishes, the memory may last a little bit longer. The dream will definitely pass on from a generation to another.”
Dan Cohen talks with Ahmed Alghraiz, 25, one of the founders of Camp Breakerz, Gaza’s first breakdancing crew. Under the siege, Alghraiz is unable to order music equipment or receive mail. Camp Breakerz crew member Aboud Bsaiso told Cohen he was forced to build his own guitar, but could not even find the parts to complete. “I just want to go out to the world so you can see our situation through our shows,” Alghraiz said.
Five days after the Israeli container ship Zim Piraeus was scheduled to dock in Oakland for an overnight stop to unload and load cargo, it’s still been unable to complete its business in the Bay Area, thanks to continuing protests by demonstrators demanding justice for Palestine and the solidarity of many longshore workers.
Dr. Belal Dabour has been working as an intern at Gaza City’s At Shifa hospital during this summer’s Israeli onslaught. He writes, “I have seen all kinds of atrocities, but what pains me more than anything else is that most of the victims have been reduced to mere numbers. A boy whose picture showed him clinging to a paramedic was lucky enough to have a photographer at the scene and at the right time to document this heart-wrenching moment, a moment which went viral. Thousands, however, remain without luck. Even him, the lucky little boy, will soon be forgotten just as how the world has forgotten his ancestors who were expelled from their land more than six decades ago. For nearly seven decades, the Israeli crimes against the Palestinians went unaccounted for, always in the name of peace. Unless justice is sought and realized, peace will be false and wobbly.”
Hours before the latest ceasefire was set to expire last night, Israel resumed attacks on the Gaza Strip and Hamas again began to launch rockets. Both sides blamed each other for the failed ceasefire. Five missiles hit the al-Dalou family home in Gaza City, killing the wife and three-year-old daughter of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif, and injuring 18. While Israel’s assault on Gaza has now claimed at least 2,030 lives and caused more than 10,302 injuries, along with entire neighborhoods destroyed, frustration with the status quo has boiled over into near-total support for armed resistance. Dan Cohen meets with the Qadan family, who barely escaped from Rafah during the Black Friday massacre when 120 civilians were killed by an Israeli attacks. Above, Dima and Kamal Qadan display bombs dropped onto their home by Israeli warplanes.
In response to the masses of Americans protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson’s streets, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently pronounced, “If we are going to have justice, we must first have, and maintain peace. This is a test.” Like so many other leaders who have uttered this phrase—Nixon fails to realize that a peace whose foundation is not justice is not real peace: it is a falsity peddled by ingenuous leaders to pacify and quell justified rage, to lull an oppressed people into complacency, and is not an option for those seeking justice.
Over 20 Jewish Voice for Peace members gathered outside the offices of the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in New York, criticizing the group’s support for Israel’s policy towards Gaza, including the blockade of the coastal territory and the ongoing military assault. The action was one of many across the country that Jewish Voice for Peace has organized in recent days to highlight and critique Jewish establishment support for Israeli policy towards the Gaza Strip. In Philadelphia, six people were arrested after refusing to leave a Jewish Federations office, while in Durham, North Carolina, JVP members disrupted another Federation event to call for an end to the blockade and the occupation.
‘Absolutely not!’ — Young Colorado Jews meet hostility when they try to talk to organizational leaders
Jewish Federations offices in Denver lock out a group of Jewish Voice for Peace members when they try to deliver a petition calling for an end to Gaza siege. They couldn’t even push the petition under the door! The young group members stayed in the lobby and read out the names of Palestinians killed by Israel in Gaza.