Category Archives: Israel/Palestine

Watch: 9 Jewish activists arrested after occupying Friends of the Israel Defense Forces office

Nine Jewish activists protesting the Israeli assault on Gaza were arrested today after occupying the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) office in midtown Manhattan. The protesters, members of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and Jews Say No! (JSN), stood in the office for an hour, holding a banner, singing songs in Hebrew and English and reading the names of the more than 600 dead who have been killed as a result of the Israeli attack. The act of civil disobedience came amidst a wave of global protests against the Israeli attack.

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You are not Alone: To Palestinians on July 20, 2014

A speech given to the Chicago Rally for Palestine on July 20, 2014.

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Mr. Modi– do not court apartheid Israel in my name

There is a strong tradition of Palestinian solidarity in India. Right now it is suppressed at the state level by neoliberalism and military contracts between the countries, and by anti-Muslim feeling stoked by Narendra Modi, but the connections between the peoples have been demonstrated by the big demonstrations against the Gaza atrocities, historian Tithi Bhattacharya writes

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Arab reporters come under attack from Israelis

A BBC Arabic reporter was shoved by an angry Israeli while on air from Ashkelon; and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says the gov’t wants to bar Al Jazeera from the country, even as the outlet’s Gaza offices were struck by Israeli fire

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‘Telegenically Dead’: Israel’s crumbling media war

Israeli propaganda has hit a new low. While the world was still trying to come to terms with the mass deaths in Shuja’iyeh, Benjamin Netanyahu went on CNN to state that Hamas uses the “telegenically dead” to further “their cause.” But something new has been happening in the establishment media, particularly since the July 16th tragedy. For the first time, perhaps, Americans are witnessing the suffering of Palestinian people in the establishment press. Even while the framework of “Blame Hamas” dominates mainstream media coverage, the humanity of Palestinian people is cracking through the decades long, well established façade of pro-Israeli propaganda.

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US Jews occupy Israeli army support office in NY in civil disobedience action

More than a dozen Jews occupied the offices of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces in NY today, and read the names of victims of the Gaza slaughter. Police had arrived by late this morning

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Gaza onslaught is p.r. problem for Israel’s ‘moral authority’ — Albright

Madeleine Albright says the pictures of civilian deaths in Gaza are “hurting Israel’s moral authority.” Andrea Mitchell is concerned about Israel’s economy, now that airlines aren’t flying in. While Richard Engel and Ayman Mohyeldin document the imprecise nature of the Israeli onslaught.

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Naomi Wolf walked out of synagogue when they had nothing to say about Gaza massacre

Author Naomi Wolf went to synagogue Friday and left early because they didn’t mention Gaza massacre, which she regards as a genocide. Where is God? God is standing with your neighbors when they are being annihilated, she writes.

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Burning children

Thane Rosenbaum in the Wall Street Journal treats Palestinian civilian casualties as almost a rite of passage for Jews. Let’s talk about Hamas, he says. But Marc Ellis recalls the words of Rabbi Irving Greenberg on the Holocaust: any statement about violence must be considered by how it would sound to the children burned by the Nazis.

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The deafening silence around the Hamas proposal for a 10-year truce

During its first 14 days, the Israeli military aggression on the Gaza Strip has left a toll of over 500 dead, the vast majority of whom civilians, and many more injured. The Israeli government has been quick to put the blame on Hamas, which has been echoed by Western media and governments, but much less noticed was a proposal put forward by Hamas and Islamic Jihad for a 10 year truce on the basis of 10 – very reasonable – conditions. The proposal was in essence in line with what many international experts as well as the United Nations have asked for years, and included some aspects that Israel had already considered as feasible requests in the past. An agreement on the basis of the Hamas proposal could not only stop the current round of hostilities but also pave the way towards a lasting solution of the conflict. The fact that Israel has shown no interest in considering this proposal leads one to wonder whether Israel really wants a long lasting resolution of the conflict. Above, Palestinian rescue workers search for survivors under the rubble of a house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike, in Gaza City on Monday.

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‘We have nothing left to lose. I would rather die with my family under the rubble of our house than have a humiliating truce’: Palestinian youth demand justice

Pam Bailey writes that in dozens of conversations with youth in Gaza, the opinion was nearly universal: Despite their heavy losses and the gross imbalance of power, they do not want a ceasefire that merely stops the immediate fighting and promises to open negotiations on their other grievances. No. What they insist on – demand – is a ceasefire tied to an end to their repression, even if it means more death and destruction for their people. Life is meaningless, they say, if it is spent under the boot of an oppressor. She concludes the decisions of tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza to stay in their homes was not the result of Hamas ordering them to sacrifice themselves as human shields, as Benjamin Netanyahu would have you believe, but the principled actions of a proud, independent people. And when Hamas rejected the ceasefire unilaterally declared by Egypt and Israel, it had the support of the vast majority of residents.

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Ramallah, July 20 and 21

Mark Rausch writes from Ramallah on the response to the Hamas announcement that they had captured an Israeli soldier.

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Renouncing my Israeli citizenship

It’s a moral abomination to emulate Nazi tactics in the name of the Jewish people and their alleged security: cowardly massive bombings and slaughter of civilian populations who have no air force to protect them, collective punishment and torture, mass incarcerations, destruction of thousands of homes, and the vicious blockade and ghettoization of Gaza. Lenny Lapon, an author and retired teacher, writes about his renunciation of Israeli citizenship.

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Video: Night raid in Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp

Video of an Israeli raid Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp early in the morning on July 21st, 2014. Soldiers arrested 3 young men and assaulted several others. They confiscated footage from that night’s clashes in Bethlehem from journalist Mohammed Al Azza, briefly detained him and assaulted him and his two younger brothers. A father in the camp attempts twice to visit his brother’s home being raided by soldiers in an effort to see his son, and is denied violently by IDF. Screams can be heard in the streets as gunfire and sound bombs from the Israel military go off while youth throw stones toward the soldiers.

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The fascists wanted to murder us: An eyewitness account of Haifa’s anti-war protest

Israeli peace activist Rann Bar-On provides an account of the weekend’s violence and demonstrations in Haifa. Palestinians and Israeli Jews gathered to demonstrate against Israel’s attack on Gaza, and were greeted by right-wing protesters who chanted, ” Death to Arabs”, “Death to traitors” and “Death to leftists.” The right-wing demonstrators also threw stones at the peace activists.

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Jews must take action against Israeli brutality

The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) and Jews Against Genocide (JAG) call on Jews of Conscience to “lay siege” on Israeli consulates with protests, creative actions, pickets and demonstrations and to protest events that attempt to justify Israel’s brutality against the Palestinian people.

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Dear American media, I’m asking you to simply tell what’s happening in Gaza

An open letter to the American media asking for more accurate coverage of the Israeli assault on Gaza.

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Netanyahu’s latest ‘cartoon evidence’: racist image identifying Muslims with terror

Netanyahu’s latest “cartoon evidence” of Palestinian terrorism has a stereotypical drawing of a Muslim woman with her head covered walking her baby and protecting a militant. In the US we would call that racist and Islamophobic.

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Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media

The patently brutal and disastrous Israeli policy in Gaza is at last opening space inside the US mainstream media to express criticism of Israel. The conflict is repulsing the mainstream much as the massacres of Cast Lead five years ago forever alienated the US left.

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CNN headline: “100 people killed today in Israel, Gaza fighting”

Is the CNN headline “100 people killed today in Israel, Gaza fighting” the result of bias or incompetence?

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Heathcote Williams: ‘An Old Man and a Young Man in Gaza’

Dore Stein on KALW, a public radio in San Francisco, has a “Gaza Corner” of readings on the blockade of Gaza. Last Saturday night he read excerpts of Heathcote Williams’s searing poem about Israeli genocidal visions for Palestine.

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Lacking bomb shelters, Israel’s Bedouins advised to ‘protect themselves by lying on the ground’

Over 400 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s latest attack on Gaza. One of the Israelis killed is a Bedouin. This community lacks bomb shelters, despite an urgent request to provide them.

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The other side of history

Violence has come to define Jews as a people, witness the cheering of Gaza deaths. But the world’s condemnation won’t dissuade Israel of this choice; and Palestinians are now on the other side of history.

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Democrat Eliot Engel appears at pro-Israel rally featuring anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller

Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller spoke at a pro-Israel rally Sunday in New York City. Appearing at the same event was Eliot Engel, a Congressional Democrat. While Geller is a far-right anti-Muslim blogger who has said that President Obama is a Muslim and Engel is a liberal Democrat, those political differences melt away when it comes to showing up to support Israel’s assault on Gaza.

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In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Updated)

Photos of protests around the world in solidarity with the people of Gaza.

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