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Israel’s state ideology tantamount to the ongoing Palestinian Nakba

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A Palestinian youth rides his bicycle next to Israel's "apartheid wall" on the outskirts of Jerusalem. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Al Akhbar English)

On 15th of May Palestinians worldwide will commemorate the ongoing Palestinian Nakba. A symbol for this ongoing forcible displacement is the Israeli Annexation Wall, which is yet another tool deployed by Israel to continue the process of colonizing Mandate Palestine. Simply put, the Israeli endeavour aims at emptying Mandate Palestine from its indigenous inhabitants, including areas that lie today within the borders of Israel proper.

Photo essay: Continually displaced, Palestinian refugees spend Nakba day in Iraqi IDP camp

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Ayhab Aldadeedi's family fled Haifa in 1948. Aldadeedi, born in Iraq, holds the documents showing his Palestinian refugee status. "Nakba, which Nakba? My whole life has been a string of catastrophes," he says. (Photo: Abed Al Qaisi)

Baharka IDP camp, Iraq, holds over 1,000 displaced Iraqi families. However in one small section, 18 Palestinian refugee families currently reside. Their displacement began 67 years ago with the Nakba, and has continued to 2015 – all the families have fled from ISIS within the last year. For some of the older Palestinian refugees this is their fifth refugee camp in their lifetime, for the younger generation it is their first. For all however, the plight of being a Palestinian refugee doesn’t appear to have an end in sight.

‘This is where we are, and we are not leaving here’ — Notes from BirthWrong

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Graffiti in Marinaleda. (Photo: Max Blumenthal)

Max Blumenthal sends another report from ‘Birthwrong,’ a week-long tour of southern Spain meant to counter the pro-Israel indoctrination of the Birthright program. In Cordoba, the group explores the legacy of Maimonides,the 11th century polymath who kept close contact with the leading Islamic thinkers of the Spanish Golden Era. The group also visits Marinaleda, an Andalusian village know as, “Spain’s model communist village”. Blumenthal writes, “BirthWrong was centered heavily on the Jewish past, on moments in diaspora life that provided guidance for a future beyond Israel, or which at least offered a few inspiring tales of resistance against overwhelming odds.”

One month under ISIS: Starvation, typhoid and the burning of musical instruments in Yarmouk

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Yarmouk refugee camp, April 2015. (Phot: Jafra Foundation)

After two years of siege and nearly one-year of rampant starvation, fighters from the Islamic State (ISIS) and an al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Nusra Front, overran Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria on April 1st, 2015. The militants launched a surprise midnight attack and beheaded three Palestinians during their first raid. Today they control an estimated 80% of the camp. In this area arrests, killings, and even the burning of musical instruments—which are considered sinful under the austere salafi group’s interpretation of Islam—are common.

‘BirthWrong’ in the Cradle of Jewish Culture: Jews gather in southern Spain for tour that aims to repudiate Zionism

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(Photo: Jewdas)

Max Blumenthal reports from ‘Birthwrong,’ a week-long tour of southern Spain meant to counter the pro-Israel indoctrination of the Birthright program. Blumenthal writes on his decision to join, “The trip seemed like the perfect way to repudiate a grim Jewish nationalist vision buttressed by the dual poles of Israel’s ethnocracy and the phantasmagoria of Auschwitz. Not only did it offer a potential escape hatch from Zionism, it presented a real alternative by re-centering Jewish identity around a vibrant diaspora tradition.”

Defending the Iran nuclear deal from Israel and its supporters

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and U.S. State Secretary John Kerry in Geneva, January 14, 2015 . (Rick Wilking/AFP/Getty Images)

Within days of President Obama’s framework agreement on the Iran nuclear program polls showed that the American public supported the framework by almost 2-to-1, but the support weakened as opposition to the deal emerged from the Israeli government, AIPAC, other members of the Israel lobby. Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin deconstruct a column by Jewish Journal of Los Angeles publisher David Suissa which parrots the Israel lobby opposition to the deal.

Miracle baby Mohammed escapes ISIS

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Mohammed, by UNRWa

The UN Relief and Works Agency sent along this first picture of escapees from Yarmouk since ISIS entered the refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus. UNRWA reports “6-week old Mohammed is the youngest civilian to have fled Yarmouk since ISIS entered. He was taken to Tadamon [in Damascus] by his mother on 4th April […]

Future of Yarmouk unclear as PLO abandons aid convoy to besieged refugee camp

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ISIS fighter holds flag inside of Yarmouk refugee camp, Syria. (Photo: Hamshaq/International Business Times)

This week a horrific scene unfolded in Syria as a besieged Palestinian refugee camp fell under attack by ISIS and al-Nusra Front, another extremist Salafi group. When the fighters gained control of Yarmouk in Damascus, harrowing reports circulated of ISIS’s iconic beheadings and executions. This time it was Palestinian refugees who were victim and amid the chaos 18,000 Palestinians and Syrians were stranded and starving behind ISIS sharpshooters. In response, Palestinian leaders in the West Bank announced they were planning to coordinate a major convoy that would truck humanitarian aid inside of Yarmouk. Then yesterday, the Palestinian officials reversed their decision.