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  • Birthright ends trips to Israel -- 'American Jews are better off imagining Israel than seeing it'
  • New Jersey teenager threatened with legal action by high school over pro-Palestine activism (Update)
    • That's what exactly came to my mind! Reminds me of a tweet from a Jewish doctor.

      Dr. David Romei (@DavidRomeiPHD) in support of Benny tweeted

      "I’m Jewish too, but the hate for those of us who don’t tow the line of the ‘tribe’ is vicious."

      Pretty much sums it up.

    • Excellent story Annie! The muzzling of free speech has trickled down from the government (penalizing/criminalizing the BDS movement) to the universities (anti SJP pressure, Steven Salaita et al) and now to our high schools. It is alarming to realize how much influence the pro Israeli groups have on our basic right. They have done more to stifle free speech than all the Bin Ladens of the world combined could ever hope for!

  • Albuquerque coalition delivers letters of solidarity to New Mexico Muslims
    • I just wanted to extend my thanks and gratitude to you and all those who participated in this touching event.

      PS: What you did was more than just a 'modest action'. As an American Muslim who resides here in Houston, TX, I find myself truly humbled by what you did. I have shared this to my Facebook group, Houston Muslims Group. People like you give me hope that love will conquer hate. Peace, Shalom, Assalaamu aleikum.

  • An American translation of Netanyahu's racist get out the vote speech
    • What if America's democracy was like Israel's?? I need your input please.

      Is anyone else sick and tired of Israel's insistence about it being the 'only democracy in the Middle East'? What's even more appalling is this tired cliche is repeated by our members of Congress. Question: How many of these Congressmen/women would like to replace our democracy with Israel's version of 'democracy'? How would America be if we did that?

      1. Colored children (African Americans, Latinos, Asians...) here in the US would be tried in a military court, not in a civil court. (Palestinian minors are charged in military courts. Jewish minors are tried in a civil court). Israel established a juvenile military court, 'the first and only juvenile military court in operation in the world.' http://en.wikipedia.org/…/Children_in_the_Israeli%E2%80%93P…

      2. Non whites would be forced to use separate roads and have separate license plates. (Israel has Jewish only roads. A Palestinian using this road is subject to imprisonment.) http://visualizingpalestine.org/…/segregated-roads-west-bank

      3. A Caucasian here in the US would be able to evict a colored person's family, and move in, without any retribution.
      http://972mag.com/settlers-take-over-7-e-jerusalem-homes…/…/

      4. If a person in the US has been suspected, not even convicted of a crime, the government would demolish the person's home.
      (“Simply put: the use of house demolition as a punitive measure is a form of collective punishment contrary to international law. Israel must immediately end its use of this devastating practice”.) http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx…

      5. The US could bomb whole apartment complexes and neighborhoods if they suspected that a single person residing there had a bomb.
      ("Why Israel’s bombardment of Gaza neighborhood left US officers ‘stunned’ http://america.aljazeera.com/…/israel-bombing-stunsusoffice…)

      6. Children tried in military courts (as young as 12) would be routinely threatened with and in some cases subjected to torture and rape.
      (According to a new report by the independent, non-governmental, human rights organization the Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC), at least 600 Palestinian children have been arrested in Jerusalem alone in the past five months. Of these, roughly 40% were sexually abused.)http://my.firedoglake.com/…/40-of-palestinian-children-det…/

      7. Non whites would be tried in military courts. The conviction rate would be 99.74%.
      ('A new internal IDF document revealed today by Haaretz shows that in 2010, 99.74 percent of the trials of Palestinians in Israeli military courts ended in convictions. That’s 25 acquittals, out of 9,542 cases.') http://972mag.com/conviction-rate-for-palestinians-in-is…/…/

      8. Congress would make laws to make it legal to kick out any Congressional member who is not white.
      http://972mag.com/knesset-approves-bill-that-could-push-…/…/

      9. America would be declared a Christian country, and would routinely deny access to people wanting to go and pray in synagogues, mosques
      or other places of worship. They would also routinely invade a synagogue with armed forces and fire smoke bombs.
      http://www.presstv.com/…/382035/israeli-forces-raid-alaqsa…/

      10. If a colored person killed a cop or army member, the army could go and massacre a whole neighborhood of innocent coloreds who had nothing to do with the crime.
      http://globalvoicesonline.org/…/israeli-army-whistle-blowe…/

      11. America would pass more than 50 racist laws against colored people.
      ("The Israeli occupation issued since 1948 more than 60 racist laws against Palestinian citizens in the occupied territories of 1948 in all spheres of life, including education, state services, and civil and political rights.") https://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/…/the-laws-that-en…/

      12. Boycotting would be illegal. Congress would pass a law criminalizing boycotts. If you disagree with an American company's practices, and wanted to boycott them, you could end up being penalized.
      ('Under the new law, which was approved by a vote of 47 to 38 in the parliament, or Knesset, any boycott against Israel, including those organized by groups inside its territory and in the West Bank, will be deemed a civil offense') http://articles.latimes.com/…/world/la-fg-israel-boycott-20…

      13. Colored neighborhoods could be walled off, and access to electricity and drinking water severely restricted.
      http://www.intifada-palestine.com/…/water-running-dry-pale…/

      (In my scenario, I use Caucasians as Israelis and Colored people as Palestinians. This in no way is to equate Whites with Israelis. I only use it to illustrate the racist nature of Israeli democracy. Please do not take offense. .If you have an alternative way of illustrating this, please let me know.)

  • Disregarding Gaza: How Israeli elections ignored the Palestinians
    • Wow!! Thanks for the article and documentary. Do these people really want peace with the Palestinians?

  • The U.S. sells out a brave, democratic Muslim leader -- again (Updated on March 13)
    • Thanks for the story. Was not aware of this. Once again, one of the many reasons I make it a point to visit Mondoweiss every day. Keep it up!

  • 'NYT''s Bruni pulls more punches than he delivers in Netanyahu column
  • Netanyahu crashes Paris unity march, French gov't fumes
  • Cindy Corrie: What Mondoweiss Means To Me
    • As a parent, I cannot imagine the grief of having to bury your child. Unfortunately, you now share this grief with thousands of Palestinian parents. Rachel may have passed away, but she is and will always be with us, through her selfless words and heroic actions. Her actions are forever etched in our collective memories and we will always honor her and those like her, who stood up for justice when the whole world turns a blind eye to the suffering of the Palestinians, and all other oppressed groups in the world. Wishing you peace from Houston, Texas!

  • Obama took on the Cuba lobby-- when will he take on the Israel lobby?
  • Salaita firing has 'crippled' U of Illinois's ability to hire excellent scholars
    • My thoughts exactly. I'm surprised that he hasn't been hired by another university yet. Last I heard is that he was suing the school. Any word on that?

  • Why I confronted Gregor Gysi
    • David,
      Keep up the courageous work. Hopefully your actions will inspire other Israelis to stand up against an unjust system. I still cannot believe that the German media had the audacity to label you as an anti-Semite. Seems like this is the de facto response to anyone criticizing Israel.

  • My life during the war
    • **uncertain future** not unfortunate future.. sorry :(

    • I have read many heart wrenching reports recently, but this one had me teary eyed! It made me think of my wedding day and how beautiful my wife looked; it made me think of my own 3 year old son, who just celebrated his birthday recently, and his favorite gift was the spider man outfit my wife got for him. He wouldn't take it off for 2 days! Instead of celebrating a joyous, blessed occasion, Rana was mourning. Instead of playing in peace in his home, Rana's brother is gathering his toys and is headed for an unfortunate future. It is just inhuman the way the Palestinians are being treated, while the rest of the world's governments stand idly by. Have we not learnt anything from the Holocaust? Never again should be a universal decree, not one confined to the Jews.

  • Rania Masri gives Barack Obama a lesson on the meaning of 'barbaric'
    • She turned down the position. She said she's too busy with other cases.

    • Annie, yes ma'am! It's amazing what subtitles can do. Adding the Spanish and French subs has really widened the viewership. Last time I checked, the video has been viewed from about 153 different countries!! I'm in the process of adding the Italian subs. Still looking for Arabic subs. I'll get them, sooner or later. Where there's a will, there's Ageel. :)

    • Annie,
      Thank you for those kind words. I too enjoyed our correspondence. I cannot express my gratitude enough for all the work you have put into your report. Hopefully we will see an updated version that will include the whole story. I won't give it away. ;) Thank you so much for posting the link and raising the general public's awareness of this historic speech. And to think it almost didn't happen! ;) Take care and as always, keep up the good work. It is the work of people like you who have made us abandon the CNNs, CBSs, ABCs... in flocks. We have grown weary of hearing the same scripted lines being repeated on the all the mainstream media stations/websites. Your courage in reporting the truth is what will keep us coming back!

    • When I uploaded the speech, I didn't think it would be as popular as it has been! Immediately after watching (and recording) the speech, I had a sense that I was a witness to a historical event, one that should be recorded in the annals of time. My indignation at the systematic and deliberate mainstream media blackout of the ‘Texas Stands With Gaza’ protest further fueled my need to upload and share this powerful speech. Despite being informed about the event, not a single TV station (from Houston, Dallas or San Antonio) sent a reporter to cover the protest. You would think that gathering on the steps of the State Capitol building in Austin (the capital of Texas) and this being the largest EVER protest held in the Lone Star state would garner more attention. Buses from all over Texas ferried protesters into Austin. I was in one of the 3 buses from Houston. Dallas had filled up 7 buses. I’m not sure how many buses came in from San Antonio, but needless to say, in the end, it did not matter to the media outlets. It was amply evident that any criticisms of Israel’s ‘barbaric’ actions were purposely stifled. Incidentally, this reminded me of a quote by Voltaire, a French philosopher, when he stated: “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Today is almost exactly a week since I uploaded the speech, and I am thankful to all of you who have watched it and shared it. Without any mention from the mainstream media, it is the common man and woman, by sharing it with all their friends who have made it popular. I have to give a BIG thanks to Francesco Puglia, a man I have never met, a man halfway across the world, who volunteered to translate this speech. I had been requesting a Spanish translation in the description section. He not only translated it into Spanish, he also translated it into French AND Italian! I have posted the Spanish and French subs, and am currently working on the Italian subs. I will be forever indebted to him for his selfless act!
      Sincerely,
      Ageel Shatry

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