Category Archives: Israel/Palestine

Mort Zuckerman claims he toured the devastation in Gaza. Really?

When Eleanor Clift asked Mort Zuckerman if he’d toured the devastation in Gaza, he said he had, on the McLaughlin Group. But he had only visited Israel on his trip out with Gov. Cuomo last week. William McGowan exposes an apparent fib.

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Lobbyist tells Eliot Engel he has ‘the blood of hundreds of Palestinian children on his hands’

Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign to End the Occupation offered a clinic in stepping up the tactics to Palestinian supporters: They need to pressure public officials, as he did when he told Eliot Engel he has Palestinian children’s blood on his hands

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Rob Reiner wants to pick Palestinians’ leaders for them

“You can’t negotiate” with Hamas, you have to “eliminate” them and deal with the Palestinian Authority, Hollywood director Rob Reiner says, putting on his foreign policy hat. So Palestinians have no self-determination.

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Witnessing Gaza

The Jewish state now having leveled great portions of Gaza, many Jewish reporters are entering the strip to see what happened. They need to witness to the world, but also to the Jewish community, about the end of Jewish history. Marc Ellis at Mondo.

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Gruesome tales surface of Israeli massacres against families in Gaza’s Shujaiya neighborhood

Max Blumenthal reports from Gaza as residents of Shujaiya returned to the shattered remains of their homes during the five-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on August 15. They pitched tents and erected signs asserting their claim to their property, sorting determinedly through the ruins of their lives. The attack on Shujaiya began at 11pm on July 19, with a combined Israeli bombardment from F-16s, tanks and mortar launchers. It was a night of hell which more than 100 did not survive and that none have recovered from. Inside the ruins of what used to be homes, returning locals related stories of survival and selflessness, detailing a harrowing night of death and destruction.

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West Bank man detained at Allenby crossing for 28 days suffers mental breakdown

In separate raids in West Bank villages, Israeli soldiers kill a man in his home and then bulldoze part of his house and shoot two brothers amid clashes in the streets of their village

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UPDATED: Bay Area demonstrators succeed for **fourth** day in ‘Blocking the Boat for Gaza’

A diverse and spirited crowd of between 2,000 and 3,000 took part in the “Block the Boat for Gaza” action. The plan was to set up a community picket line outside the freight terminal where the Israeli ship, the Zim Piraeus, was due to dock, in the expectation that longshore workers would honor the line and stay off the job so the ship wouldn’t be unloaded or loaded. The action was originally scheduled for 5 a.m. Saturday, just before the ship was due in port, but on Friday evening, when it became clear that it was circling outside San Francisco Bay instead of proceeding to its scheduled docking, protest organizers postponed the demonstration until 3 p.m. In the afternoon, with the ship still stalling at sea in an obvious attempt to wait out the protest, organizers decided to proceed with march to the port and declare a victory, even though the ship is now expected to dock in Oakland sometime Sunday evening.

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Hillary Clinton’s 11th-hour diplomacy

Imagine you are Netanyahu and you just screwed up, carrying out a brutal war that alienated world opinion and only lifted Hamas, and Israelis and the US political class are about to discover your error. And who comes to your rescue but… Hillary Clinton, lifting the pressure from Netanyahu in an interview that signals complete support for his brutal strategy, and preserving Israeli control of the West Bank to boot.

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‘Bombing the Dead’ — Max Blumenthal in Gaza

Max Blumenthal’s photos from Gaza show the crushing devastation of the Israeli attack on the strip. It even bombed the cemetery in Beit Hanoun. He and Dan Cohen have produced a storify of images.

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Israel accuses Gaza children of using Hamas as human shields

“Why aren’t they picking on the seal slaughter instead of us?” demands B’nai Brith spokesperson Frank Dimant — in a satire of Israeli hasbara published by Independent Jewish Voices in Canada

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Israel correctly fears its ‘delegitimizers,’ says leftwing member of Irish parliament

What Israel fears most are the “delegitimizers,” says Richard Boyd Barrett, member of Irish parliament: people who say, No no no, this isn’t just about this or that assault on Gaza, Israel is a dysfunctional racist apartheid state that needs to be internationally isolated and dismantled.

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Gov. Cuomo annexes Jerusalem to Israel — and ‘NYT’ echoes him

Gov. Andrew Cuomo struck a belligerent tone on his trip to Israel and repeatedly placed occupied Jerusalem inside Israel. The New York Times echoed this pro-Israel propaganda without demurral.

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Jewish Voice for Peace stomps AIPAC and J Street in latest online traffic figures

Jewish Voice for Peace used to get way less website traffic than the big Israel lobby group AIPAC and the liberal Zionist lobby J Street. Now the Gaza slaughter has vaulted JVP over those other groups, which have condoned the massacre.

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Lady Gaza comes to Melbourne

"Lady Gaza" (photo: WACA)

The story behind the Elbit System lockdown in Melbourne. ‘People were genuinely shocked this company is working in their street.’ Because Elbit profits from the occupation and seige of Palestine, the Melbourne Palestine Action Group, a group consisting of Whistle Blowers Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA) and Renegade Activists, locked down Elbit Systems in the suburb of Port Melbourne and occupied the building’s roof for a few hours.

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Video: Gaza forces young Jew to overcome ‘giant hostile ferocious backlash’ of her community

Carey Wedler, who gained fame for burning her Obama t-shirt over his military policies, has been compelled by the Gaza slaughter to bust loose with a video called “How I Became a Self-Hating Jew” in which she reviews Zionist history of terrorism and ethnic cleansing and racial discrimination and says she no longer will be shut down by the “extreme hostility” of people she knows.

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5 micro incidents of hope

In light of the grim indeed savage events of the summer, Israeli writer David Shulman decided to send out good news, including the preservation of shepherds’ land from illegal occupation in Umm al-’Amad, “one spot where the remorseless processes of expulsion and land-theft have been reversed, partly through the efforts of Ta’ayush.”

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Knight in shining armor?

The ceasefire terms that have been reported say nothing about Palestinian statehood or nationality, and the rebuilding of Gaza would take place with Israel’s assistance, allowing the marauder to come off as a beneficent savior

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Social worker, 45, among 3 killed by Israeli soldiers at one protest in Beit Ummar last month

A Palestinian man, 23, was rammed and killed by a settler’s car near an illegal settlement near the village of Salfit in the West Bank. The man was about to be married. The settler, atypically, did not flee the crash scene.

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Man who saved Jewish boy in Holocaust acts to save Israel from ‘racist… quagmire’

The only story people are talking about today is the 91-year-old Dutch man Henk Zanoli’s decision to return a prize he got from Israel for rescuing a Jewish boy during the Holocaust because Israel slaughtered six of his relatives in one strike on a house in Gaza last month. The only way out of Israel’s “racist… quagmire” is to grant Palestinians equal rights, says Zanoli. People question whether the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement can be effective? The international attention on this story just shows that symbolic actions of this nature will wake Israel up.

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Checking under Israel’s Iron Dome

The Iron Dome missile defense system, developed by Israel on American dime, was seen as an important development in Israel’s national defense efforts. Being strictly defensive and reactive, and apparently highly effective at its mission of shooting down incoming rockets, it provided Israeli society with the patriotic shot in the arm it sorely needs in times of national anxiety. There is only one problem with Iron Dome: it appears to be ineffective and little more than a sophisticated public relations stunt.

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Rabbi slams ‘militarization’ in St. Louis but when it comes to Gaza– the press ‘loves underdog and suffering’

Rabbi Susan Talve has shown great sensitivity to people of color in St. Louis who are subject to racial profiling and militarized police and even white anarchists. But when asked about the people of Gaza who seek equal rights and human rights, she hems and haws. No wonder; she just went to Israel on a trip sponsored by the rightwing Israel lobby group AIPAC.

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Palestine posters archive nominated to UNESCO Memory of the World program

In early August, the nomination of a major collection of posters from the Palestine Poster Project Archives was accepted for formal review by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s Memory of the World program. The UNESCO program’s International Register inscribes library and archival holdings of “world significance and outstanding universal value.” Aside from the prospect of inscription into this prestigious register, the nomination itself is a watershed event for Palestinian art, culture, and history. Its significance is addressed in the following exchange between Dan Walsh, curator and owner of the Archives, and Catherine Baker, a member of the Archives’ advisory board.

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The catastrophe inflicted on Gaza–and the costs to Israel’s standing

The statistics coming out of Gaza as Israel’s most recent bombardment of that hapless territory gradually winds down capture the nature of a catastrophe methodically inflicted by one people on another. Yet for all of the sheer violence that Israel unleashed in Gaza, the indiscriminate scale of the bombing has actually seemed to accelerate BDS efforts around the world. Israel may have “won” this round of conflict, but in terms of the larger political struggle, it has almost certainly lurched from one loss to another as the world reacts in disgust.

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With ‘anger grounded in law,’ Muslim group sues US gov’t over arbitrary ‘terror watchlist’

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a lawsuit against the US government yesterday on behalf of several Muslim-Americans challenging the legality of the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB), also known as the “Terrorist Watchlist”– a federal system that is free of accountability, offering no opportunity for those listed to defend themselves or remove themselves from the list.

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Top legal scholars decry ‘chilling’ effect of dehiring scholar Salaita

Corey Robin documents the growing backlash in the academic world to the dehiring of scholar Steven Salaita over his criticism of Israel. The latest is that scholars from law schools at Columbia, Cornell, Berkeley, Georgetown, and other universities have come out with a very strong letter condemning the decision of the University of Illinois to dehire Steven Salaita.

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