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Active for a dozen years in the Palestinians' struggle for peace and justice. Visited the West Bank 7 times since 2002. Beaten and robbed by Jewish settlers from Itamar in Oct 2002. On board the first Free Gaza boat to Gaza in Aug 2008 (co-founder of Free Gaza Movement) Member Women in Black.

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  • 'Beholden to AIPAC' -- progressive senators Warren, Murphy, Brown sign letter seeking to limit Obama's actions
    • I never ever refer to it as anything other than illegally occupied Palestine. I believe my Palestinian friends deserve no less.

  • Israel's plan to retool occupation includes color-coding 'good' and 'bad' Palestinians
    • I have a suggestion.
      Why not tattoo every Palestinian with a color coded number?
      Green would mean "On hold for the time being."
      Yellow for "We'll get to you next."
      Red for "Kiss your kids" (or your parents) goodbye.

  • Family fights to free disabled Palestinian man in Israeli prison
  • 'Democracy' and 'terrorism' and the parameters of thinkable thought
  • A new milestone: BDS at the Olympics
    • I admire and applaud Egyptian judoka Islam El-Shehaby for his integrity in sacrificing his personal ambitions of winning an Olympic medal in order to stand up for Palestinian human rights and against Israeli apartheid. El-Shehaby's gesture showed true courage. Israeli athletes should have been banned from participating in the Olympic Game, just as South African athletes were prohibited from participating in the Olympics for over 30 years.

  • The Palestine-Israel language trap
    • And do Palestinians have an equally "Special" reason to settle in their ancestral land from which they were expelled very recently?

  • The last Gaza war worried Scotland's Jews-- for all the wrong reasons
    • It has always irritated me that Israel never goes to war against Palestine. Israel's warmongers are too cunning to do that, since everyone knows Palestinians aren't allowed to have weapons to defend themselves. No Army, Navy or Air Force. No warships, no tanks, no F-16 fighter planes or helicopter gunships. And certainly no white phosphorous.

      Instead Israel "defends itself" against "Hamas" which in my opinion is merely the political party elected by the Palestinian people, just as Likud is the political party elected by the Israeli people (though in the case of Likud not really elected by a majority.) Just as Likud has a military wing, the IDF, so does the Hamas party have a militant wing.

  • New San Francisco bus ads say: 'Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights'
    • Kay, It would be wonderful to see these in every city in the U.S. But it's not an easy thing to do. They cost money, and it's a constant battle against Zionist groups which exert pressure to get them blocked. Alison Weir is relentless in putting up billboards, whenever she can raise the funds. JVP put one up in Los Angeles a couple of years ago, and it was taken down within one day. Zionists pressured CBS Advertising to cancel the deal. They refunded the money and refused to allow any more billboards critical of Israel.

  • Israeli rabbi who advocated rape of 'comely gentile women' during war becomes chief army rabbi
    • So how do we know which bits to take as gospel? How about the part about God giving Jews permission to appropriate land belonging to Palestinians among others?

    • "If IDF soldiers do not satisfy their evil lusts, they may lose the war, and then the enemy soldiers will rape our women. In other words, we are talking about rape as a protective measure”.

      In other words, as with every crime Israel and members of its military machine commit against Palestinians, rape can be justified by claiming it's for "Security" purposes.

  • 'Arabs' saved us, says settler boy whose father was slain
    • Despite their gratitude to the "Arabs" who rescued them, the children of the dead settler urge Bibi to build yet another illegal Jewish settlement at the location of the attack.

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  • Flanked by AIPAC and Israeli consul, Cuomo signs anti-BDS order
    • I contacted The New York State Division of Tourism to inform them that a planned family trip to New York City and New York State will be cancelled. Takes 30 seconds, here.

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  • Ringleader in Abu Khdeir kidnapping and murder given life sentence
  • Advice to North Carolina
    • The old rumors about Bruce Springsteen performing in Apartheid Israel have resurfaced. That's all they are. To my knowledge The Boss has never publicly acknowledged or commented on these announcements which continue to come from Israeli Zionist sources. I'm confident he will never perform in the Jewish state.

  • What Bernie Sanders should say at AIPAC (and cause a political revolution)
  • Why I support a one state solution and still consider myself a Zionist
    • @Rugal "As an European-American with unrestricted access to England or Ireland or wherever your ancestral home is..."

      Don't know where Annie was born, but if she's anything other than a first generation American it's unlikely she has unrestricted access to England or Ireland or anywhere else. I have unrestricted access to England because I was born there. My grandchildren have no such access. Only Israel, it seems, gives unrestricted access to people (Jews) based on their claims they descended from people who lived in Palestine thousands of years ago.

  • Video: Sanders's campaign fact-checks Clinton's 'smear' defense with Elizabeth Warren charges
    • Whenever a candidate in a debate mentions Israel I can't help expecting that little bird of Groucho's to drop down as it did in that old TV series You Bet Your Life. In those days it was $100 for saying the magic word.

  • Extremists vandalize Jerusalem church with Hebrew threats: 'Death to heathen Christians'
  • Are Palestinian citizens of Israel banned from New York Times headlines?
    • I refuse to refer to Palestinian citizens of Israel as Arabs. They consider themselves Palestinians. To me the designation Arab Israelis refers to Israel's large Jewish Arab population.

  • New Jersey teenager threatened with legal action by high school over pro-Palestine activism (Update)
    • @genesto My experience on returning home from participating in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in 2010 was similar to yours. The group waiting to welcome me at LAX was comprised of mostly Jews, including Israeli Jews, who supported my work for justice in Palestine. While the MAVI MARMARA and the other boats didn't reach Gaza (as I was fortunate to do on board FREE GAZA two years earlier) there is no doubt the Freedom Flotilla was a win-win for the movement overall, though tragic for the ten unarmed passengers executed by zionist commandos and for the dozens of others badly hurt when the boats were illegally attacked in international waters.

  • Israel and its lobby lose the Iran Deal all over again, in news of damning wiretaps
    • To make it easier and more convenient for Israel to get its nasty hands on U.S. weapons when it finds itself running short during one of its attacks on Gaza, we apparently store more than a billion dollars worth of our weapons in Israel. Is this for our convenience or theirs?

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  • Netanyahu: In wake of Paris attacks, world should condemn attacks against Israel
    • It seems to me Bibi is jealous that this terrible massacre happened in France rather than in Israel. He's clearly trying to cash in on the outpouring of outrage and sympathy we're seeing expressed by the international community, and he's desperate to figure out how he can get some of it directed to him and to Israel.

      I am fearful (and just cynical enough to imagine) something similar could possibly happen in Israel soon. The poor people of Gaza and all of Palestine have suffered enough. And of course I wouldn't want to see innocent Israelis become victims of a terrorist attack similar to what has occurred in Paris. Sadly I have a feeling Bib would consider the deaths of a few dozen Israelis a small price to pay in exchange for the outpouring of sympathy that would be heaped upon him and his Jewish state should there be such an attack.

  • The way for Americans to take on the Islamic state is to end support for Jewish nationalism
    • Too late for any sort of two a solution. Bibi has made it clear he has no intention of supporting any kind of state for Palestinians, and even if (as he claimed) he was kidding just to get votes) it's clear that the most Israel would ever be willing to accept for Palestinians is a demilitarized state riddled with illegal squatter colonies surrounded by Israel Death Force protectors, with borders still controlled by Israel. In effect no different from the situation now. I suppose it's possible the Palestinians will be allowed to keep some of their water, but I doubt it.

      Best and only possible option: One single secular democratic state with justice and equality for all regardless of race, color or creed. I had lunch the other day with a pretty iconic Film and Television actor in Hollywood. You would all know him. He's a well known activist who speaks out on many civil rights and human rights issues. He supports Palestinians and a two state solution. When I suggested two states is dead and that it will have to be one state, he said that wouldn't be acceptable because the Jews would lose their majority. He was serious. And he didn't seem to see any problem with that thinking.

  • Two establishment Jews (Harvard and Microsoft) endorse boycott of Israel and 'single state' in Washington Post
    • Ivri: "Nobody is perfect."

      Couldn't help remembering that wonderful final line by Joe E Brown to Jack Lemmon in "Some Like it Hot" (Wish I was adept at posting video clips)

      I just watched the clip again, and laughed again, just as I laughed at Ivri's comment. Priceless.

  • Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance! Boycott Israel now!
    • @ MaxNarr
      "We should encourage non-violence and deplore and condemn all stabbing attacks."

      Couldn't agree more. We should also deplore and condemn all murders of Palestinians by soldiers and settlers with guns. And deplore and condemn false accusations by Israelis of stabbing or possession of knives by unarmed Palestinians after they have been killed.

    • The claim that every young Palestinian killed by an Israeli terrorist over the past few days had attempted to stab an Jew - usually a settler - is a patent lie and a pathetic excuse for cold blooded murder. It would be amusing if not for all the tragic deaths of Palestinian innocents. Some victims were alleged to have threatened with a knife, or stabbed with a knife, or had a knife in their bag. It's possible one or two actually did threaten or stab someone, but surprisingly we haven't seen dramatic photos of bleeding Jews being loaded into ambulances., which makes me doubt anybody was stabbed.

      If I lived in Israel or illegally occupied Palestine, knowing every time I stepped outside my home (or even while inside my home) I am at the mercy of armed thugs in and out of uniform who might just be hunting for a Palestinian to kill, I would definitely be carrying a knife in my bag.

  • At a settler sit-in in Jerusalem, they speak in American accents about 'our land'
    • This morning I spoke to a friend who lives with his wife and five children, including a three month baby, inside the Christian quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. He spoke of gangs of Armed settlers rampaging through the narrow streets, and of his children's fears of going to school. Jamal is most afraid for his oldest child, a fine 17 year old boy, a loving son and fine student. I can't imagine how it feels to a mother and father to know each time their son leaves his home that they might never again see him alive.

  • Netanyahu's 44 seconds of silence at UN are being widely mocked -- 'pathetic,' 'creepy'
    • Wouldn't be surprised if Bibi bombs Gaza again, as he did last year in retaliation for the mysterious death of three settler teens.

  • UK activists target radio station's 'Win a trip to Israel' contest
    • I hope the winner is either a Palestinian or a human rights activist known to the hoods who control entry at Ben Gurion airport. Most likely Israel has considered that possibility and taken precautions to make sure there's no chance any such undesirable can win. It would be a bit tricky for Israel to ballyhoo this contest and then find itself in a position of interrogating, arresting, imprisoning and then deporting the lucky winner.

  • Coulter's point is that Republicans pander on Israel to win donors, not voters
  • 'New Yorker' says anti-Zionism is 'firmly rooted' in British left, and it's anti-Semitic
    • On the subject of petitions, this one that demands an end to the Gaza blockade is doing very well. Haaretz reported on the fact half a million signed in just the first day. Currently it's at 664,271 and could well reach a million.

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      I've been checking in occasionally to note the different countries indicated by people who've signed. I know there are others I've missed, but these I've seen. (Interesting so many in Mexico and South & Central America. Sad to have seen so very few from Israel or Palestine)

      Bosnia and Herzegovina
      Czech Republic
      Congo DPR
      Congo PR
      Costa Rica
      Cote d’Ivoire
      Dominican Republic
      El Salvador
      French Guiana
      French Polynesia
      Hong Kong
      New Caledonia
      New Zealand
      Puerto Rico
      Saudi Arabia
      South Africa
      South Korea
      Sri Lanka
      United Arab Emirates

    • Seems so. You don't even need a zip code, and I see nothing about its being limited to U.S. citizens or residents.

    • Sadly a similar petition in the U.S. protesting Netanyahu's visit next month has garnered only 2780 signatures so far. Not much chance of reaching the 100,000 goal by October 8th. The British petition was open to Brits & residents of the U.K. This one is open to everyone. Go figure.

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    • @ RoHa "I would have thought that living in the North of England was sufficient punishment in itself."

      As a Lancashire Lass born & bred, I take umbrage. Growing up in Northern England, even through the war years - or maybe especially through the war years - is something I wouldn't exchange for anything. I feel truly blessed.

  • I am Israeli
    • @Roha A bit OT, but it seems odd to me that she is described as “a mother”

      Whenever I read anything by or about Nurit Peled-Elhanan I confess I think of her first as a Mother, though I know she is so much more. I can't begin to imagine the pain she must have endured when her young daughter was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber, and I am humbled at her ability to embrace parents of murdered Palestinian children, and to recognize that all are victims of the Israeli system.

      This is a wonderful piece by Elliot, and I am moved by Danaa's response. It's people like Elliot and Danaa and Nurit Peled-Elhanan who give me hope that some day Palestine might be free.

      (I also went back to read the original Eliot/DeBakr exchange, though I had read the original piece and the early comments. I wish there was a way to sign up to receive additional comments without making one myself. Sometimes when I have nothing to contribute I am tempted to post a line just so I can check off the box that allows me to get notifications of newer comments.)

  • Israeli defense minister says government knows who was behind Duma attack, but won't prosecute
  • Iran Deal aftermath brings warnings of donor backlash against Dems
    • My freshman Democratic U.S. congressman Ted Lieu played it safe, as expected. His recent AIPAC financed all-expense-paid zionization trip to Israel, and his total silence about it, made it seem pretty clear he was going to vote with Israel. Very sad that so-called principled elected American politicians' souls can be bought so cheaply.

  • Videos: Brave Tamimi women of Nabi Saleh take down Israeli soldier assaulting injured child
    • Speaking of billboards all over the country... Alison Weir and If Americans Knew have erected dozens of billboards all over the country, mostly protesting the billions of dollars the U.S. gives to Israel. Perhaps somebody should suggest Alison put this photograph of the Tamimi women and the masked IDF soldier on a billboard. Or maybe JVP might want to do it.

    • I didn't see this in the New York Times Magazine when it was published in 2013.

      "If there is a third intifada, we want to be the ones who started it."

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    • If anyone has missed this Avaaz petition, over 600,000 have signed in barely three days, demanding a lifting of the Gaza Blockade. They hope for 1.8 million to represent the population of Gaza.

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    • I doubt very much this boy threw a stone. His father, Bassem, is well known for leading non-violent resistance in Nabi Saleh, and members of the Tamimi family have been targeted before. Bassem and Narriman's daughter stands out in a crowd because of her long blond braids, and we saw her previously standing up to Israeli soldiers as they arrested her mother. Bassem was my house guest during his last visit to Southern California, and he is due to leave Palestine for a speaking tour in other parts of the U.S. I hope the Israelis won't arrest him (again) to prevent his leaving.

  • Beinart's fear of 'Israstine'
    • "...millions of people in the Middle East are being displaced and murdered because they aren’t the right tribe, is utterly obtuse...."

      Hopni, it began in 1948 when zionist terrorists embarked on a Machiavellian plan to displace and murder the indigenous people of Palestine because they aren't the right tribe. The Nakba has continued for nigh on 70 years.

    • Apologies for posting this here, but I don't know of another way to reach admins. Don't know why I keep missing MW posts. Sometimes I don't get one for several days, so I sign up again, and then I fall out of the list again. And even when I do get the daily post from MW, I wonder how I can get the updated ones that I often see shared by others on Facebook a day before they reach me on the next day's list posted by MW. I haven't received anything again today. Can I get this resolved somehow? I often check my iPad at 5:04 am to see what Mondoweiss has for me today, and when it's not there I feel lost and a bit neglected.

  • Over 1,000 Black activists, scholars and artists sign statement supporting freedom and equality for Palestinian people
  • Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir
    • "I’ve learned a LOT in this discussion that has energized me to greater thought, action, funding, etc. Moreover I found a woman that I didn’t even know had been dumped by the side of the road, a mover-and-shaker, left out in the elements."

      Thank you, Pixel. I have been so grateful that this issue was finally addressed here. No doubt many were surprised at the overwhelming support for Alison. I feared she would end up being trashed more severely than she had already by JVP and the groups & individuals that climbed on the bandwagon. Until this piece appeared, I feared Alison's career could be destroyed, which would be a great loss to the Palestinians and the movement. Alison has long provided a service available nowhere else. Her research is impeccable and her facts are beyond criticism. Nobody has even suggested otherwise. Yet a group which fails to address the racism within its membership and definitely within its leadership had the temerity to accuse Alison of racism.

      JVP is also an important voice, and I have many friends who are members. But as a result of what I have learned from comments & links posted here I now look differently at JVP, and at Rachel Corrie Foundation, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign & The U.S. Campaign to end the Israeli Occupation. I have less respect now for a few individuals who were quick to slur Alison. I hope there might be some who'll be big enough to admit they were mistaken.

      The saddest thing is the polarization that resulted from this attempt at character assassination of a remarkable woman, a powerful activist, a good friend to Palestine (and to me) My unbending support of her has cost me a few friends.

      "But she never stopped, stalled, or rusted. She keeps navigating ahead, leading the way down her path, in her way — and it matters."

    • I try never to use that word, preferring "Judeophobia" regardless of what Merriam Webster says.

    • Wow! What can I say, Jennifer? Or should I say where should I begin? I think I'll leave it to others here who are far more articulate in responding to things like: "Maybe he (Phil) could give Weir lessons (in how to discuss the Lobby in a not-antisemitic way.")

      For some reason this latest piece of yours made me think of Archie Bunker. I was Norman Lear's assistant for several years (and later a writer on one of his other TV shows) so I'm pretty familiar with Archie. Perhaps I'm dating myself here. I'm old and white, but not male. But I digress..

      When I worked for Norman all of the early fan mail would come to my desk, and I quickly learned that people usually see what they want to see. We got a lot of letters with American flag stickers on the envelopes, and I knew those writers would love Archie because they saw themselves in Archie, and loved him for validating them. Then there were the other kind of letters from people who understood exactly what Archie Bunker was. He was a bigot. Always funny, often lovable, but definitely a bigot.

      It's clear you see Alison Weir as a bigot. I know her very very well. And I know she is not a bigot.

    • This is my belief too.. that it needs to be expanded and continued and thrashed out. Nearly a thousand comments that I fear will be buried and forgotten, unseen by legions of people who have accepted without question the judgement of JVP (and 3 other pro-Palestinian groups that have followed in line) that Alison Weir doesn't measure up to its standards.

      Alison has been a tireless and fearless advocate for justice in Palestine for many years. She speaks to any group, large or small, that will give her a platform. Her main focus has been to open American eyes to the truth about what she and we know is actually happening in Israel/Palestine. She gives us facts, numbers, dates, statistics, graphs... data not available anywhere else in such detail. She reports on the bias in U.S. mainstream media, the degree to which occasional Israeli victims are over-reported, while daily killing of Palestinians is more or less ignored. Even baby Ali, burned alive by illegal Jewish settlers (so far not apprehended) got almost no press coverage here. Alison wants Americans to know the truth. And she wants people to understand the power of that elephant Danaa described so eloquently. The one we dare not mention lest we be accused of antisemitism.

      I worry that what we have all learned and shared here will in the end not help allow Alison the freedom to continue her important work. I worry that JVP will prove to have been successful in destroying her ability to continue being effective. And that would be a great miscarriage of justice.

    • @mcohen
      "the catholics refused to make a room available for my bar mitzvah lessons ..."

      Gee, mcohen, does that include me? All of the world's Catholics, or just the ones at your racist school? I guess I have to start being a bit more sensitive to generalizations like that made about my tribe.

    • How can I not love Hedy Epstein? 91 years old and losing none of her feistiness, refusing to be bullied into joining the voices raised against Alison Weir (as she refused to be bullied by voices against Greta Berlin.)

      "Hedy Epstein, a holocaust survivor and dedicated activist for Palestine, has helped arrange a book talk for Alison Weir at the St. Louis Public Library, on Saturday, November 7 at 2 pm."

      Don't know how many of you have met Hedy, or heard her speak. I am blessed to have spent many weeks in her company, travelling to and around Palestine, and when she speaks in the Los Angeles area she usually stays with me. A few years ago, when Hedy, Greta, Alison and I were together in France, we rented a car and drove to Rivesaltes Concentration Camp in the Pyrenees, so that Hedy could seek out the site in Vichy France where her mother had written the last letter Hedy ever received from her, in August 1942. (She had told us she'd visited all the other camps where her parents had been interned, and wanted so much to go to Rivesaltes.) We found the camp, abandoned and ignored. We even located Barracks 21 where Hedy's mother had been held until all 2251 Jews, including 110 children, were loaded on trains - the overgrown tracks are still there - and sent off to Auschwitz. (Hedy's father was in a different camp in the same area. He was also sent to Auschwitz.)

      The three of us stayed outside and watched as this tiny woman stood for around 10 minutes in this cavernous brick building, one of a few still partially standing, holding that last letter from her mother, clearly overcome by emotion. Finally as she turned away, her skirt was caught by the thorns of some wild flowering plants inside the building, and she gave us a tearful smile and said: "See, they don't want me to leave."

      Hedy was an only child. She spent the war years in England and afterwards worked for the Americans as an interpreter at Nuremberg. It is unconscionable to me that some fellow activists for Palestine are shunning her now because, it seems, they disapprove of some of the company she keeps.

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