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Ben White begins North American speaking tour in the face of opposition

Ben White Begins U.S. & Canada Speaking Tour Nov. 11-25, despite opposition from the Daily News

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Letter to Obama: Don’t visit Nativity Church in Bethlehem, witness Separation Wall & refugee camps instead

Munther Isaac, director of the “Christ at the Checkpoint Conference” and faculty member at the Bethlehem Bible College has written an open letter to President Obama on his upcoming visit to Bethlehem.

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Who’s afraid of the Qassams?

One of the more remarkable yet less remarked upon moments of the recent Israeli massacre in Gaza came when the Qassam Brigades gave a press conference on 17 November. They had a message for the Israeli public: “It was your leadership,” they said, “that dragged you into this and into the shelters to score cheap political points.” What’s truly stunning is that the Qassam Brigades were making an open anti-government appeal to the people of Israel.

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A day in the sun for Gaza, or more of the same?

With the news that the UN General Assembly has voted 138-9 to accept Palestine as a “non-member observer state,” fireworks erupted and horns honked in Gaza. Finally, Palestinians were feeling as if they were having their day in the sun.

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4 myths about the Israeli attack on Gaza

As Israel continues to pound the Gaza Strip, and factions within the beleaguered territory retaliate as best they can, there are many myths and stereotypes dominating mainstream media coverage, and many conversations. Here are a few of the most common misunderstandings.

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Obama obeisance: ‘expanded role’ in NATO for a religiously-defined state in Middle East

While Israel — cheered on by its American boosters led by AIPAC and Mitt Romney — beats the drums for a war against Iran, President Obama in late July signed the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act — hardly a … Continue reading

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Dennis Ross urges Iran war in deceptive ‘NYT’ op-ed

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This is the face of war

The pain of Cast Lead is still festering, just beneath the surface in Gaza. It is evident in the estimated 6,500 amputees you see almost everywhere — some begging, others going about their everyday lives. One of the lasting stories of Cast Lead that haunts me the most is the fate of 11-year-old Amal al-Samouni.

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Let there be light: Life in Gaza without electricity

There are so many basic things most of us take for granted….like, electricity. But in Gaza — especially these days — it’s a precious commodity.

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Borders of the mental and physical kind

An activist recounts attempting to enter Gaza through both the Israeli and Egyptian borders.

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Security expert formerly in Bush I administration says Holocaust rationalizes Israel’s nuking Iran

Bennett Ramberg, formerly of GHW Bush’s State Department, now a purported expert on international relations, offers this unsettling prediction/threat in the New York Times’s Jan. 25th print edition: If Jerusalem really believes that a nuclear-armed Tehran poses an existential threat –– … Continue reading

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Tamimi was killed because of occupied village’s insistence on access to its only well

Men should not be killed while walking to their village water well

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Pizzarotti should follow in Deutsche Bahn’s footsteps

Italian construction firm Pizzarotti is stupefied, bewildered, stunned. In an article on today’s Corriere della Sera, Italy’s top newspaper, covering Deutsche Bahn’s withdrawal from the Israeli project for a high-speed train line that cuts through the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Michele … Continue reading

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The three sacred words of US-Israeli rejectionism

I have a confession. I love the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. I can, and often do, read it for hours. It is a treasure trove, home to some of the best propaganda on the planet. The MFA website … Continue reading

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Why is 85% of a $17m Marine Corps contract being spent in Israel?

Dear Mr. John Daggett, Oshkosh Corporation spokesman. The following item is from Defense Professional News:

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Tony Blair’s lips are moving. But he’s saying…nothing.

Irrelevant Quartet diplomat Tony Blair says: Israel needs to ‘accelerate and deepen’ measures to build Palestinian confidence that a state is in the offing… …While all the while, Israel continues to accelerate and deepen measures to steal Palestinian land and … Continue reading

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Sneak Peak: The editors’ note from The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict

The following is an adapted excerpt of the Editors’ Note from The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict. The book will be available on January 11, and you can pre-order it here. Reports come … Continue reading

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Brooklyn-Jenin: Why didn’t the judges prevent the demolition in Lod?

As fifty children lose their homes under the auspices of the Supreme Court the question should be asked: Does the Supreme Court act in the service of a racist ideology in the spirit of Rabbi Eliyahu and his cohorts? One … Continue reading

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671 ‘New York Times’ readers recommend letter calling Israel a ‘fascist state’ that is dragging us down

One of those signs that is sure to send a chill through the Israel lobby. A couple of days ago Roger Cohen did an anguished Op-Ed for the New York Times about the American Jewish community’s intolerance of criticism of … Continue reading

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The forest through the trees: What the Carmel fire reminds us about Israel’s history

Max Blumenthal has an important new piece for the Electronic Intifada on the Carmel fire and what it reveals about Israel’s history and current politics. From The Carmel wildfire is burning all illusions in Israel: Among the towns that have … Continue reading

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Message to Vieux Farka Touré: Colonialism is colonialism, whether it happens in West Africa or Palestine

I was greatly disappointed to learn that Vieux Farka Touré performed last week at the Tel Aviv Opera House on November 26, 2010.  The son of the late, world-renowned Malian guitarist and singer Ali Farka Touré, Vieux Farka Touré has … Continue reading

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What are Israel’s priorities in time of natural disaster?

Despite Israel’s international call for aid to help fight the raging wildfires in the north of the country, the Israeli army had plenty of extra soldiers to suppress the weekly unarmed demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, Ni’ilin and Bil’in. Instead of … Continue reading

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Meet Moshe Soprano

I try to give the people what they want (I’ve been a news guy most of my life), and a lot of people are talking about the cable on Wikileaks from Tel Aviv a year ago about all the organized … Continue reading

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Today in Bil’in

This Friday’s demonstration took place as a protest against the Wall, the settlements, and the Israeli practices of occupation, deportation and exclusion. A large group marched after Friday prayers from the center of the village toward the target areas of … Continue reading

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We’re married to a man who’s acting erratically and saying racist stuff, and we’ll never get out

Nearly 5 years ago Scott McConnell sent me Walt and Mearsheimer’s famous LRB paper on the Israel lobby and I ran around the house saying it was high noon for the lobby. Well, noon has stretched out over many years. … Continue reading

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