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Two Pennsylvania women to report on Gaza at Doylestown coffee shop

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The grass roots: Two (highly-articulate) women who visited Gaza in May will be reporting on their trip in Doylestown, PA, tomorrow. Susan Johnson and Emma Grigoire, whom I traveled with, will give two presentations on what they saw at a local coffee shop. Details at Johnson’s blog, "Seeing for Myself."

Abe Foxman catches foot in mouth in the Huffington Post

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Abe Foxman tries to discredit Obama’s settlement push in the Huffington Post by implying he is being a patsy for the Arabs, but instead he inadvertently reminds us that there is a widely held consensus that the US has been one sided for too long.

‘Rachel’ screening in San Francisco shows a growing movement tired of being censored about Israel

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Report from the screening of the film Rachel at the The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival this past Saturday: The fact that the vast majority of people in the crowd at the Castro Theatre would not let the Voice of Israel representative speak his mind without interruption reflects growing frustration with the use of pubic slander, character assassination, cancellation of speakers, firing of faculty and demand for resignations by the so-called defenders of Israel. The representative of Voice of Israel was not there to dialogue. Only to chastise. The crowd refused to be chastised. The crowd at the Castro represents a growing movement of individuals and groups who believe that peace between Israelis and Palestinians can never be achieved without addressing and redressing the issue of Palestinian human rights.

and the trickle became a flood…

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Eight US congresspersons reported to have entered Gaza today, to see the persecution and destruction for themselves

Hope lives in Gaza despite siege, desperation and anger

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The drive from Gaza City to Khan Younis takes around 40 minutes. The roads are rocky and the landscape barren, with destroyed houses and factories along the way. Cars and donkey-drawn carts populate the road. Last Friday I rode in a battered taxi towards the city to hear Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh address Friday prayers at the main mosque. Palm trees refused to sway. It was one of Haniyeh’s first public appearances since the end of Israel’s December/January bombardment . . .

Israel Expels African Refugees from Tel Aviv

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Israelis and African refugees protest the expulsion. Photo: Daniel Cherrin This past weekend, a couple friends and I helped four Sudanese families move out of Tel Aviv. The families, refugees from conflict zones in Darfur and South Sudan, were grateful to us for our help. We rented a van (which of course broke down mid-move), […]

NY Times runs a circa-1950 book review in 2009

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Talk about unreconstructed, the New York Times book review section today is a real doozy. Between celebrating the Israel of today and yesteryear, along with resuscitating the specter of the "Islamofacist" boogeyman, it really hits all the marks. But here is one passage from Jonathan Tepperman’s review of A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the […]

U.S.’s largest Jewish newspaper promotes aliyah without disclosing settlement angle

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This week’s NY Jewish Week has a front page article describing the economic recession’s effect on the number of people making aliyah to Israel. A spokesperson for Nefesh B’ Nefesh, the main organization assisting Jewish people making aliyah, says that 4,000 people from North America and England will likely settle in Israel this year, a […]

Did Israel commit piracy when it intercepted the Free Gaza ship?

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Several people have raised the issue with me of whether Israel committed piracy when it intercepted the Free Gaza ship trying to break the siege by delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza. Radhika Sainath has a useful post on the subject over at Electronic Intifada. In a nutshell, the answer seem to be “yes.”

It’s getting clear Obama needs to set a deadline with the Israeli Government – will he?

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Over at The Cable, Laura Rozen discusses the diplomatic plans for Robert Gates, George Mitchell, and James Jones in Israel next week, and gives some curious insight into the present U.S./Israel relationship.

The article discusses the possibility that President Obama may need to set a deadline in order to break the stalemate with the Israeli Government. According to earlier estimates, the President has about four weeks to get the peace process moving forward. He and his Administration have done an excellent job reaching out to all elements of the Status-Quo, Pro-Israel community. It is now time to for Obama to stop listening and start acting, otherwise these defenders of the status quo will continue to find new and destructive ways of playing out the clock.

The site looks great and we have foliovision to thank for it

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Thanks everyone for your kind words about the site redesign. Phil and I are very happy with it, and it would not have been possible without the wonderful work of the folks over at foliovision ( They have done an amazing job.

The team over there has helped us every step of the way, including the arduous task of moving us from Typepad to Wordpress. As you can see they didn’t only work behind the scenes, but gave us a slick new look as well. We love it. And then they even trained us on how to use it! (Although don’t blame them for any of our screw ups.)

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