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Efforts to suppress Palestinian activism on US campuses won’t work

Scott McConnell on
Northeastern chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. (Photo courtesy of Northeastern SJP)

As Dima Khalidi of Palestine Solidarity Legal Support made clear at a forum in DC last week, Palestinian activism in the US is on the ascent; and efforts to suppress it go against the American commitment to the First Amendment and will only hurt Israel in the end.

‘Besides not having a job, everything’s great': Steven Salaita on his firing and what comes next

Alex Kane on
Steven Salaita

Mondoweiss’ Alex Kane spoke with scholar Steven Salaita last week at the end of his three-week speaking tour. Salaita was set to join the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign’s American Indian Studies program when a pro-Israel pressure campaign targeted him. Salaita’s contract with the university was terminated, and he has become a cause celebre for academic freedom advocates and Palestine solidarity activists. Now, Salaita and his lawyers have sued the university for not releasing emails that would shed light on how the decision to fire him was made.

George Lopez turns into a Christian Zionist hack

Philip Weiss on
Comic George Lopez (r) with Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli foreign minister

Christian Zionist comedian George Lopez celebrated the Israeli colonization of Silwan, East Jerusalem, in which Palestinians are thrown out of their homes, during recent trip

‘My friends, with us tonight is the face of the Holocaust': Boteach talks Israel, Palestine, and genocide with Wiesel and Power

Eamon Murphy on
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Elie Wiesel and Samantha Power at New York's Cooper Union. (Photo: Facebook)

Shmuley Boteach was joined by Elie Wiesel, Samantha Power, and Noah Feldman at the Cooper Union on Monday night for a discussion called “Genocide and the Jews: A Never-Ending Problem” — a title that evoked Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning history, “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide. It was an evening characterized by uneasy contradictions, as the panelists differed on the basis for criticizing Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, the significance of accusing the Jewish state of genocide, and the prospect of a Shoah-like catastrophe in the age of Zionism.

Support for Israel in the U.S. Jewish community continues to erode

Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark and Donna Nevel on
Part of the Jewish Voice for Peace delegation at the 221st Presbyterian General Assembly in Detroit who worked in solidarity with Presbyterian groups on divestment from companies profiting off the Israeli occupation.

Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark and Donna Nevel write: “As the discourse changes and unquestioning Jewish support for Israel continues to erode – both for its policies and for its status as an ethnocratic state– there’s reason for optimism. But the ongoing work of Jewish groups standing with, and participating in the growing call for BDS and other efforts to achieve justice, equality, and human rights for the Palestinian people, as well as for a US foreign policy committed to these principles, remains more important and more challenging than ever.”

For CNN and NYT, Jewish lives matter more than Palestinian ones

James North and Philip Weiss on
New York Times headquarters. (Photo: Wikimedia)

The NYT’s account of the killing of four Jews in a Jerusalem synagogue in a Palestinian terror attack leaves the death of a Palestinian bus driver, said by Palestinians to have been lynched, to the 13th paragraph. Jews count more than Palestinians to the newspaper of record

Caltech prof says Israeli scientist passed NASA rocket secrets to his government

Philip Weiss on
Troian with her attorney, Dan Stormer

A professor of physics at Caltech says that an Israeli scientist at the school shared secrets from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, with Israeli government rocket scientists in violation of federal law, but that when she reported the matter to Caltech authorities, she was punished for the disclosure.