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Israeli ambassador Michael Oren gets hero’s welcome in liberal enclave of Brooklyn

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On Monday, Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, addressed a packed house at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Throughout the talk, Oren painted a picture of a blameless Israel, where a belligerent occupation, radical and racist settlers and the crippling blockade on Gaza didn’t exist. Above, Oren (center) poses with Rabbi Andy Bachman, on the right.

Rice on the warpath against Hezbollah at the UN

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Protestor at Beirut rally to denounce a film mocking Islam holds poster of Nasrallah and Assad (Photo: Joseph Eid AFP) Both U.S. and Israeli ambassadors to the UN addressed Hezbollah at the UN Security Council meeting yesterday after Hezbollah Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah confirmed on Saturday it was Hezbollah who sent the drone shot down […]

Hezbollah confirms it sent drone shot down by Israel

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Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah waves to the crowd in Beirut, on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban) In a shocking radio address in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah just announced the drone brought down by Israel last Saturday indeed originated from Hezbollah. Nasrallah also announced the drone was Irainian made but […]

Anti-Muslim men behaving badly

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Mousata Bayoumi says the anti-Muslim film attributed to causing mass protest in the Middle East is actually an “archly stupid” scapegoat that reflects the far-right’s influence over media, not unlike the “manufactured controversy over the ‘Ground Zero mosque.'”

Friedman’s mirror

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Thomas Friedman’s latest column, “Look in Your Mirror,” contains research provided to him by the neo-conservative propaganda think tank, the Middle East Media Research Institute.

Rocks For Palestine

Roqayah Chamseddine on

‘Rocks For Palestine’, is a poem creatively drawn out in Arabic calligraphy by Everitte Barbee.

Fallout of Attack: Egypt launches Sinai air raids

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The deadly attack on Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai last Sunday evening, where masked gunmen in Bedouin clothing killed 16 border guards, hijacked two armored vehicles and attacked an Israeli border post threaten an already tense ‘peace’ along Egypt’s border with Israel and Gaza.

Syrian crisis moves into the camps: 20 Palestinians killed in Damascus refugee camp

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The Palestinian camps in Syria have again been engulfed by the crisis in the country as 20 refugees were killed August 2nd in a Damascus United Nations-run camp. While international news agencies and the UN have not named the al-Assad regime as responsible for the Palestinians’ deaths, a spokesman for Yarmouk camp and citizen journalist, Ramy al-Asheq, confirmed that the al-Assad regime and pro-government militias were behind the two fatal blasts that targeted civilians at a mini-market in an outdoor souq.

Gaza, Get an Airport or Get a Life

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Blogger Fidaa Abuassi describes the tortured path of traveling in and out of the blockaded Gaza Strip, and the humorous conversations that occur along the way.

Netanyahu seeks war with Iran so he can ethnically cleanse the West Bank — Machover

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Our fundraiser just ended (thank you!), but you can still get a copy of Moshe Machover’s exciting and challenging new book, “Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Resolution”, by donating $60 by the end of July. Phil interviews Machover on the book, reflections on his 40 years as a socialist intellectual and activist, and what he sees for the future of the Middle East.

Syria watch

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The US is now aimed at forcibly toppling the Assad regime in Syria

Zionism as a political movement is dead

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Roll over Ben-Gurion and tell Jabotinsky the news, Zionism can no longer attract converts because it is an ideology of militant ethnocracy

Syria: No to intervention, no to illusions

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Phyllis Bennis presents a primer of the violence in Syria: “Only with an end to the war, will the original unarmed opposition forces have a chance to remobilize public support for the internal, non-violent protest movement for real change, reclaiming social movements for Syria’s own freedom and democracy, and reasserting Syria’s place in the Arab Spring.”