The Bill of Rights was not written for the Prom Queen, Rand Paul says in his filibuster on the Senate floor. It was written to protect unpopular voices and minorities, including today Arab-Americans
Category Archives: Middle East
In an excerpt from their new book ‘Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age,’ authors Adi Kuntsman and Rebecca L. Stein discuss an Israeli social media campaign during the summer of 2014 calling for revenge following the abduction and killing of three Israeli settler teens by Palestinians from the West Bank.
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.
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.
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.”
Even as Sen. Ben Cardin spearheads legislation to subvert Obama’s deal with Iran, he and colleagues ignore Israel’s 30-year defiance of nuclear nonproliferation and oversight
Five years after Tony Judt’s death, Jonathan Freedland reports in the NY Review of Books that based on a meeting he had with Judt, Judt only intended his 2003 essay calling for a binational state in Israel and Palestine as a “provocation” intended to gin up the piece process. Horseshit.
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.
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.”
The question of punishing illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territory was considered separately in Europe and Israel last week, with only superficial differences in the conclusions reached. Israel’s near half-century occupation is in no immediate danger, either at home or abroad.
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.
Rabbi Daniel Dahan, chief rabbi of Aix-en- Provence, speaking in Berkeley, said that French Jews should not emigrate to Israel out of fear but stand up for their rights in France.
“It’s a shame [ISIS] doesn’t catch them before they reach Israel” was one of many racist responses in Israel to news that 3 asylum seekers who left Israel so as not to be detained were killed by ISIS in Libya
Bill Clinton came out four-square for the Iran deal today: “I hope and pray that we will leave behind a system where we can say with some confidence that we can keep really big, bad things from happening. That’s why this negotiation with Iran is so important.” A good sign for Hillary Clinton’s position.
Congress’s meddling in the Iran deal is reminiscent of Congress’s repudiation of Wilson’s League of Nations, which led to US isolation from its European allies and the lack of leadership that helped produce the second world war, Chas Freeman explains
Does Obama have a winning hand on Iran deal? Bill Kristol says the neocons may have walked into a “trap” on legislation that was supposed to stop the deal, but may actually clear the way for it, while Marco Rubio may push an amendment that Iran must recognize Israel’s right to exist.
Netanyahu’s speech on Holocaust remembrance day was mostly about Iran, saying it is “just like the Nazis” in seeking to control the world and “exterminate 6 million Jews.” And we let this man anywhere near our foreign policy?
When one looks at the actions of the US on the international stage, it’s obvious that the world’s lone superpower is the least trustworthy of the parties negotiating in Lausanne, Switzerland.
NYT obit for Gunter Grass puts his 2012 poem criticizing Israel in paragraph 4, ahead of his global bestseller about Germany during the war, The Tin Drum. Grass was the “conscience of a generation,” BBC said today, but he became “virtually a persona non grata” after the poem.
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 […]
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.