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Video: ‘One Word’ ad campaign banned by Boston Metro — again

Annie Robbins on
Palestine Advocacy Project's One Word campaign- Boston subway. Photo: Palestine Advocacy Project

There was a big shebang in Boston yesterday over the Palestine Advocacy Project’s massively popular “ONE WORD” ad campaign at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Fiscal and Management Control Board public meeting. The MBTA management board (locally known as “the T”) heard public testimony before a vote on Monday afternoon the T decided to ban political issue advertising on the transit system. The ads are coming down.

The pledge of allegiance

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Katie Miranda imagines a not-too-distant future where Muslims are forced to demonstrate their allegiance to the United States.

Massachusetts state senators urged to cancel trip to Israel

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Nidal Al-Azraq at yesterday's press conference (Photo: Skip Schiel)

All-expenses-paid junkets to Israel organized for elected officials and community leaders by a lobbying group, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, have generally attracted little public comment. But that is changing. Boston Alliance for Water Justice is pressuring ten state senators who are due to travel to Israel early December and asking them to reconsider their participation in a delegation designed to present Israel in a positive light and mute international condemnation of its treatment of Palestinians.

Posters linking Muslim students and BDS activists to terrorism appear on college campuses in California and Washington, DC

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Anti-BDS poster.  (Photo: Julia Rapp)

Last week inflammatory posters linking Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association to terrorism and anti-Semitism appeared on several college campuses in California and in Washington, DC. Another poster smeared the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights as anti-Semitic. Right-wing activist David Horowitz, and his Los Angeles-based Freedom Center, took credit for the posters.

‘Allahu Akbar’: A Muslim family in suburban New Jersey responds to the Paris attacks

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Sarah Aziza was staying overnight with the family of her college friend Nuna when she first heard the news of the Paris attacks. Aziza writes, “And then, just as the pace of the death toll began to relent, journalists began reporting a new detail—and the secret fears of Nuna and Miriam leapt to life. “A witness reports hearing “Allahu Akbar” shouted as the terrorists opened fire.” Nuna’s eyes were wet again, dark and glistening against her flushing face. Miriam’s head moved slowly from side to side. “Here we go again.” Under their breath, both Nuna and Miriam began to pray, reflexive, weary prayers.”

West’s war against terrorism is Israel’s war, Chuck Schumer says

Philip Weiss on
Sen. Chuck Schumer (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

After 9/11, the neocons sought to conflate US and Israeli interests in a global war on terror. They have started up the same talking point again, as Chuck Schumer says– mindlessly– the terror in Paris could have been stopped if world had stood by Israel.

The American colonization of Palestine

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American and Israeli flags fly in the streets of Jerusalem. (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi /Flash90)

Settler Colonialism in Palestine is at its core transnational. It has always required institutional alliances on the military and economic fronts. Today, the US presence in Israel’s military and settler fronts, and its active financial and material support of both, is an unprecedented milestone reached by the Zionist movement. And because of this support, the US is directly implicated in the ongoing colonization of Palestine.

Theocratic Israel

Philip Weiss on
Ruling on a woman's private life by a rabbinical court in Jerusalem, 2015

A rabbinical court in Jerusalem allows a woman who had intercourse with a non-Jew to marry non-Jews. The power of these religious courts over private life would be unimaginable in the U.S.

Netanyahu’s fancy watch

Philip Weiss on
Netanyahu at Center for American Progress on Nov. 11, 2015, with Panerai?

Bill Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu share taste: they both wear fancy Panerai watches

Netanyahu brings neocons and liberal Zionists together again

Philip Weiss on
Jane Eisner, editor of the Forward

Neocon David Makovsky wants Israel to annex portions of the West Bank to save itself from becoming a binational state. And Jane Eisner, a liberal Zionist, endorses the plan. That’s because they’re both Zionists committed to the need for a Jewish state

The titter-tape charade

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Neera Tanden

Parody remix of Center for American Progress conversation between Netanyahu and CAP president Neera Tanden shows Tanden giggling for 70 seconds– even as CAP article explodes Netanyahu falsehoods