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Political analyst: Upcoming Palestinian elections last chance to end internal divide

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A Palestinian woman casts her vote for the municipal elections at a polling station in Al-Bireh, a town adjacent to the West Bank city of Ramallah, on October 20, 2012. Hamas boycotted the elections that year. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/APA Images)

Fatah and Hamas reached consensus in July to hold municipal elections on October 8th. The agreement came about amid reconciliation efforts aimed at ending internal Palestinian political divisions. Hani el-Massri, a Palestinian political analyst based in Gaza, believes this election cycle is the last best chance to settle the division.

Emad Khalil’s story as a Gazan worker in Israel

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Palestinian farmers work at their fields during the Workers' Day, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip May 1, 2016. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Gaza-based writer Mohammed Saleem writes, “Skin tanned and hands calloused from working forty-two years under the sun, Emad Khalil, a sixty-one year old retired laborer, sits in front of me. For thirty of those years, he worked in Israel. His story documents a tremendous change in attitude and policy towards Palestinian freedom of movement, employment opportunities, healthcare, and relations between Palestinians and Israelis.”

SodaStream flap educates Americans about the illegal settlement project

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The good news is that the Scarlett Johansson Oxfam meltdown has educated Americans, somewhat, about Israel’s illegal settlement project. A few items… First, Keith Olbermann featured the story on ESPN II segment, “World’s Worst Persons in the sports world.” His focus was the contradiction between Johansson’s role as Oxfam’s global ambassador and her cluelessness re […]

Palestinian civil society to Oxfam: ‘Match words with action’, break ties with Scarlett Johansson

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Occupied Palestine– The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society, including trade unions, political parties, popular committees and NGOs, calls on Oxfam to immediately sever ties with Hollywood actor Scarlett Johansson over her vocal support for illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.[1] SodaStream markets itself as […]

Ging should have sidestepped the BDS question

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On Sunday November 14th, John Ging, Director of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) programs in the Gaza Strip, spoke at Columbia University.  This speech was one in a recent series of campus speeches by Mr. Ging that was sponsored by the left leaning pro-Israel advocacy organization, J Street and its national campus group, J Street U.  Mr. Ging is […]

Put it down and walk away?! (an exchange over BDS, and Israel, between 2 Jewish lawyers)

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Two weeks back we reported on a debate on Jewish Perspectives on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions at a Brooklyn church (videos here). Adam Horowitz moderated, and Kathleen Peratis, a lawyer and member of the J Street board, argued against boycott. David Samel, who is also a lawyer, attended the event. He later sent Peratis a […]

Canadian lawmakers resurrect McCarthy in hearings that say criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism

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Canada is the latest front in the battle between critics of Israel and those who would smear them as anti-Semites. The video below is from Independent Jewish Voices. An article by Jillian Kestler-D’Amours follows. The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism (CPCCA) held an international Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism in Ottawa from Nov. 7-9, in […]

A scene from the boycott movement, 2010

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Eva-Lee Baird took this photo in September outside Ricky’s cosmetics store in Brooklyn. That’s Nancy Kricorian of Code Pink on the left, she’s led the boycott against Ahava products made from stolen minerals in the occupied West Bank, and she’s giving a piece of her mind to some of the young men who come out […]

Caterpillar freeze and ‘Jewish Voice for Peace’ honor suggest advance of boycott movement

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This is important and I’ve been sitting on it, sorry. Four points: –Caterpillar has temporarily stopped delivering bulldozers to Israel. JPost: Caterpillar, the company which supplies the IDF with bulldozers, has announced that it is delaying the supply of D9 bulldozers during the time that the trial of Rachel Corrie proceeds, Channel 2 reported on […]

South African human rights group responds to Zionist Federation criticism of Ahava boycott

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This is an open letter sent to the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) from Open Shuhada Street (OSS). OSS recently launched a boycott campaign against Ahava products and received a pernicious response from both Ahava and the SAZF; this is their reply. Open Letter to the SA Zionist Federation Why are you supporting occupation, settlement […]