Category Archives: Israel/Palestine

The threat of sanctions worked against Israel in 1956 — and it can work again

During the Suez crisis in 1956 U.S. President Eisenhower threatened sanctions against Israel which forced Israel to withdraw. We should learn from history, and impose military sanctions on Israel until it complies with its international obligations. It worked before, and it can work now.

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Remnick gets the timeline wrong

David Remnick in The New Yorker says Gaza hostilities began after Israeli teens were abducted June 12. He leaves out the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation pact the world welcomed and Israel rejected, causing the end of peace talks and leading Israel to hunt Hamas in the West Bank, precipitating war in Gaza

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‘Israel today, Israel tomorrow, Israel forever,’ Rep. Hakeem Jeffries says at NY rally

“Israel today, Israel tomorrow, Israel forever,” Brooklyn congressman Hakeem Jeffries said at rally for Israel, echoing George Wallace on segregation, while US Rep Grace Meng of Queens said Israel does more to protect civilians than any other country. Really? NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer said Israel’s survival is at risk more than ever and said “we discovered” tunnels, merging Israel and the US, to the largely religious audience

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‘Children killed in their sleep’: Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20

Israeli army fire hit a United Nations school in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza today, killing at least 20 Palestinians and injuring an estimated 90 people. The United Nations Relief Works and Agency (UNRWA)’s initial investigation placed the blame squarely on Israel for killing civilians and violating international law. “Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced,” UNRWA head Pierre Krähenbühl said in a statement.

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Gaza protests across West Bank are suppressed by skunk water, dogs, rubber bullets, teargas

Demonstrations broke out around the West Bank and East Jerusalem yesterday in solidarity with Gaza. Israeli forces suppressed the protests with rubber bullets and tear gas — and arrested many, including two men wearing Gaza solidarity tee shirts.

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Video: Mark Regev, deciphered

A video created by Alex Nunns, who subtitled a BBC interview with Israeli spokesperson Mark Regev. The interview follows the Israeli bombing of an UN school in Jabaliya that killed at least 20 Palestinians.

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More voices describe Gaza slaughter as a ‘genocide’

As the Israeli slaughter in Gaza continues into its fourth week, many international voices have used the word “genocide” to describe it. Genocide entails the intent to destroy a people in whole or part and acts of genocide, “killing members of the group, causing serious bodily or mental harm, or inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about the physical destruction, in whole or part, of the people you’re trying to destroy”

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Over a hundred people join Norman Finkelstein for civil disobedience outside the Israeli consulate in midtown Manhattan

Norman Finkelstein reached his goal yesterday afternoon, a quorum of at least 100 people to protest the latest Gaza massacre outside the Israeli consulate in midtown Manhattan. At half-past noon a vanguard of demonstrators lay in the crosswalk on Second Avenue, blocking southbound traffic for several minutes, until officers began making arrests. Finkenstein was adamant that the entire intersection not be blocked. Around 25 people were cuffed and loaded into paddy wagons, including Finkelstein and Brooklyn College professor Corey Robin.

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Slaughter is not self-defense: The assault on Gaza and the corruption of language

The twisted, vicious moralizing used to justify Israel’s assault is cloaked in the song of self-defense, a term frequently heard in the United States and seconded by all the former colonial and settler colonial powers that Europe spawned. For if colonial expansion and military intervention against subjugated populations were not named defense, how could the United States continue to slaughter whole Pakistani or Yemeni families with drone attacks?

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Take the right position on Israel and you can raise 1/4 million, Senate candidate is advised

Fundraising memo advises Michelle Nunn, Dem candidate for Senate in GA, to say the right thing on Israel to raise $250,000. Matt Yglesias says everyone knows Jewish money is essential in politics, but journalists wont say so because it’s an “anti-Semitic trope.”

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Video: If you voted for Hamas, Israel has a right to kill you, says president of NY Board of Rabbis

There was a pro-Israel rally of 10,000 people in New York yesterday, a half block from the United Nations, and Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner, who is an executive of the NY Board of Rabbis, suggested that Palestinians who voted for Hamas are combatants who deserve to be targeted by Israel. The crowd cheered. Kirshner went on to say that the Israeli army is “the most moral army in the history of civilization.” He ended his remarks with the word, Amen.

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Assault on Gaza fuels surge of civil disobedience in protest of Israeli actions

A wave of civil disobedience actions has spread around the U.S. in recent weeks as Israel’s pummeling of Gaza continues apace. The activists, many of them young people, including Jews, are putting their bodies on the line in an attempt to draw attention to how the U.S. is implicated in the conflict in the Gaza Strip.

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Amira Hass and the end of Jewish ethical history

Marc Ellis writes: In her recent writing on Gaza, Amira Hass’s words are strong and moving. They are also increasingly disconnected. As I once did and perhaps still do, Hass lives in a Jewish ethical history that no longer exists. Rather than addressing current events, her words represent mourning for a world that will not be resurrected.

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As night follows the day, deaths of 10 Israeli soldiers lead to deaths of 30 Palestinian civilians

Some Israeli attacks have been retribution. Eran Efrati, an Israeli investigator, has reported that Israelis carried out a civilian massacre in Shuja’iyya as a response to the killing of 7 Israeli soldiers. And after 10 Israeli soldiers were killed yesterday, a massive bombardment of Gaza overnight produced 30 civilian deaths.

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Israel advocates are in a battle with US media

Noura Erakat on MSNBC, James Zogby and Mouin Rabbani on CNN, Ayman Mohyeldin on NBC — the Israel lobby is having to contend with an alternative view of the conflict in the mainstream. Here comes the cavalry: Joe Klein citing the Israeli peace camp to explain that the Gaza operation is precise and we can’t trust US reporting!

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To my Jewish friend (you know who you are)

Samah Sabawi writes publicly to an unnamed Jewish friend who has not reached out to her since the Israeli attack on Gaza began.

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Israel has detained 15-year-old American boy for 26 days; US is ‘gravely concerned’

Mohamed Abu Nie is a 15-year-old American boy who was arrested July 3 in occupied East Jerusalem during a Palestinian protest and been detained since. The State Department says it is “gravely concerned” about his case and suggests his family believes he has been mistreated.

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Memoir of a war survivor

Sarah Algherbawi describes life in war torn Gaza: “Nothing is more difficult than death in this place but life. I think those who died “martyrs” are the luckiest! Lots of us are keep telling ourselves: unfortunately, we’re still alive!”

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Where my bomb shelters at?

After seeing the campaign for the upcoming “Comedy in Bomb Shelters Tour”, featuring Jewish-American comedians traveling to Israeli bomb shelters to perform stand-up comedy, Atheer Yacoub was inspired to expand this idea to Gaza. She figured, “They could probably use a little laughter in Gaza right now. After all, laughter is the best medicine, next to actual medicine, which they have no access to, along with food and other basic human necessities.”

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Video: Celebrities, artists and activists call for Palestinian freedom in #GazaNames project

Jewish Voice for Peace and the Institute for Middle East Understanding have released a powerful new video featuring celebrities, artists, activists and everyday people speaking out for Palestinian human rights. The video features people holding signs with the names and ages of Palestinian civilians recently killed by the Israeli military in Gaza. Some of the notable people pictured include Chuck D, Jonathan Demme, Gloria Steinem, Wallace Shawn, Tony Kushner, Mira Nair, Roger Waters, Brian Eno, and many others. In a press release to accompany the video playwright Eve Ensler says, “This is a scream on paper. This is a wail. “There are no more words. Only this moment where we rise against the illegal and deathly occupation of Palestine, against mass slaughter of the defenseless, against the complicit silence of the international community, against the military might and arrogance of the Israeli and the U.S. governments who choose annihilation over justice and love.”

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Statement: Legal experts and human rights defenders demand international community end Israel’s collective punishment of Gaza

More than 140 international legal experts and human rights defenders from around the world, among them former UN independent experts and leading law professors, issued a joint declaration denouncing the grave violations and “disrespect of the most basic principles of the laws of armed conflict and of the fundamental rights of the entire Palestinian population” during the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, and calling for the international community, including the UN, Arab League, EU and the US, to establish clear mechanisms for accountability for international law violations. “Accountability cannot again be sidelined and stigmatized to serve political interests, our interests must be the protection of civilians and peace”, says Professor John Dugard, former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.

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Photos: Across the U.S., thousands continue to march in solidarity with Gaza (Updated)

Images of marches and rallies in the United States in solidarity with Gaza.

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‘Lone soldiers’ and young ideologues from around the world contribute to Israeli war crimes

Israeli officials estimate that 2,500-5,000 soldiers currently serving in the army are what are called “lone soldiers” – Jews who come to Israel to serve in the military despite having grown up elsewhere and having no immediate family members in the country. Although lone soldiers and volunteer army aides are not mercenaries in the sense that they receive significant compensation, or are motivated for reasons of personal gain, the recruitment of foreigners by Israel to fight in a colonial assault against an occupied people is clearly a practice that violates the spirit of international law.

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New York Times silences Israel’s Palestinian citizens on Gaza war

There are many significant and systematic problems with The New York Times reporting on Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip. These include The Times’ willingness to grant legitimacy to the Israeli military’s incredible claims that first it did not shell an UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun where 16 Palestinians were killed by a shell, and then todaythat it did actually shell the school, but that the school was empty. Credulously repeating and granting legitimacy to absurd Israeli military and government claims and denials is a persistent problem at The Times. Another persistent failure, repeated Sunday, is The Times complicity with the Israeli government’s systematic marginalization and even silencing of Palestinian citizens of Israel, 20% of Israel’s population.

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Israeli embassy puts Mona Lisa in a hijab — ‘Israel now, Paris next’

Israeli embassy in Ireland has removed Islamophobic images from its twitter feed. “Israel Now, Paris Next” and “Israel is the last frontier of the free world” were messages accompanying images of the Mona Lisa and Michelangelo as Muslim terrorists.

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