The implication of the New York Times coverage of the “Great Return March” in Gaza is that the weekly protest demonstrations by tens of thousands of desperate people must be entirely peaceful to be deserving of our support. This is a demand for a superhuman response to the conditions of daily life in Gaza.
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Some of the major U.S. and European brands who import from Bangladesh are slinking away from workplace safety there, making another Rana Plaza tragedy more likely. And if anything can fuel the rise of Jihadist Islamism in the heavily-populated country, it’s western exploitation.
Israel is alienating liberal Zionist support by killing unarmed protesters, by its more overt annexation of the West Bank, by its domestic racism, and its gleeful embrace of Donald Trump. Marilyn Garson says that Netanyahu is ripping open a space of liberal doubt and a campaign for Palestinian rights can fill that vacancy.
For Rabbi Eli Sadan of a religious military academy on the West Bank, “the grand arc of the nation” commands from Jews “a heroism, determination, and commitment to sacrifice that is beyond words.” This militant mysticism is for Jews only and inevitably leads to moral corruption, Rabbi Michael Davis explains.
Natalie Portman’s recent decision not to attend the Israeli Genesis Prize ceremony has pushed liberal Zionist organizations to endorse boycotts aimed at the Israeli government. Jonathan Ofir says her action shattered a huge taboo, even if she didn’t intend it.
The issue of political prisoners resonates internationally, and are yet another key linkage between the movement for Palestinian’s rights and others. Devyn Springer writes that It is no coincidence, then, that many of the biggest non-Palestinian voices of solidarity are themselves former political prisoners, as well as prison abolitionists.
Underneath all that Israel does lies a central notion – that of the ‘Jewish nation’. It informs all that Israel does, and sits at the core of all its violations. Jonathan Ofir writes, this is the central myth that needs to be dismantled.
Palestinian poet Mohammed al-Kurd talks with Mondoweiss
The latest footage by Palestinian filmmaker Yasser Murtaja, who was killed by Israel at the Gaza border fence on April 6, is a ravishing demonstration of Murtaja’s powers as a filmmaker. Ain Media of Gaza, which he cofounded, thanked international press for its support and vowed to “knock on all doors and will continue with legal institutions to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for this heinous crime…”
Today marks 70 years since the massacre at Deir Yassin. The latest repression in Gaza is a reminder that the spirit of this massacre lives on in Israel. In 1948, as today, massacres to push and keep Palestinians off of the land were dictated by core Israeli policies. It is past time to confront the Western part in this tragedy.
Zionism is a great historical error. Equality, not the two-state solution, is the only guiding principle. Zionism created a brand new set questions about Jewish security and identity just as urgent and fundamental as those of the 19th century. What happens when we become occupiers? What happens when we besiege and annex another people’s land?
The Passover story is the story of Gaza today. Gazans have risen up and are demanding their liberty. .In the face of systemic violence and oppression, the Palestinian political mobilization is remarkable.
Last Friday’s massacre by Israel of 17 Palestinians in Gaza and the US support for the action makes it plain that it is we must throw all our weight against the unholy alliance that has made possible decades of apartheid and periodic mass murder. We can resist; we can protest; or we can be complicit. There is no such thing as neutrality, Michael Lesher writes.
Tema Okun’s new poem examines how the Israeli military uses Palestinians for “experimenting the latest weaponry of war on fenced in old men, pregnant women, toddlers.”
In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, Mohammed bin Salman said Israel has the same “right” to their land that the Palestinians have, putting the competing land claims on an equal footing for the first time.
As Nada Elia crosses the U.S.-Mexico border at a crossing on the divided town of Nogales, her mind turns to the parallels of on-going dispossession experienced by the Palestinian people, and Native Americans across Turtle Island: “The few days I spent with my Native friends cemented in me the determination not just to recognize that all of Turtle Continent is indigenous (something I already grasped), but that my decolonial struggle, as a Palestinian, is incomplete if I do not link it with the decolonial struggle on this continent. More than ever before, as we discussed the need to liberate the land, I felt that, if I am not an active part of the solution, then I am contributing to the problem.”
Riham Darwish takes the opportunity of Land Day to explain why land is so important to the Palestinian people: “The 30th of March is the annual reminder of identity for generations of Palestinians, ones who still hold very dear the names of the hometowns they never visited, and may never visit.”
While progressives often celebrate liberation seders for Passover, Harriet Malinowitz writes that the story of the Exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land becomes much more complicated when told from the perspective of the Canaanites: “Putting the Canaanites at the center of the story completely upends Exodus as a paradigmatic liberation narrative.”
Marilyn Garson reflects on the recent news that the Trump administration is cutting aid to UNRWA as the World Bank and UN Special Rapporteur warn of an imminent collapse of Gaza society.
Nada Elia reviews ‘Why Palestine Matters: The Struggle to End Colonialism,’ a new book by the Presbyterian Church Israel Palestine Mission Network: “With Why Palestine Matters, the Israel Palestine Mission network of the Presbyterian Church is once again proving that it is serious in enacting solidarity, with a highly-readable book providing accessible analysis, online resources, discussion guidelines, and concrete action steps towards a solution.”
Zionists have manipulated history to hide the Palestinian Nakba. Their brilliant yet deeply disturbing introjection of “victim” status sustains fears still smoldering in Jewish consciousness and is aided by clever, ugly propaganda. In truth, Israel is an occupying power.
Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem continues to resonate. One response is a new video of a Mahmoud Darwish poem as read by Roger Waters, with orchestration by Le Trio Joubran, a band of three Palestinian brothers, two of whom play oud. The piece is titled “Supremacy.”
Britain’s Prince William is traveling to Israel this summer, ending the royal family’s bar on visiting the country so long as it has not reached peace with Palestinians, because Brexit compels the UK to develop non-European trading partners. But he could do some good by visiting Palestinian villages erased by the Nakba and meeting the dissident soldiers’ group Breaking the Silence.
The inquisition against UK Labour Party critics of Israel has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. It is about protecting Israel from censure to insure that it can continue its human rights violations. Spinning world Jewry into support for the Zionist project and equating Judaism with it is anti-Semitic in its effort to corrupt Judaism from within.
“In this God forsaken place, Tension clings to everything, doors, windows, stair steps, people’s eyes and mouths, their hands and their necks. Tension roams the streets at night praying on young men and women’s dreams. Licking his fingers as the sun rises in the east, it sinks into the soil, into the water, and into the skins of those whose dreams it devoured.”