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December 2010

Beit Hanoun demonstration commemorates 2 years since the Gaza attacks as victims’ families mourn

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Poster at the Beit Hanoun protest featuring Ismail, Haia and Lama Hamdan. (Photo: ISM) A demonstration commemorating the beginning of “Operation Cast Lead” was held Tuesday in the Gazan city of Beit Hanoun. Families of victims were in attendance, as were 5 International Solidarity Movement activists. Two years have passed since the Israeli attacks on […]

Israeli justice between darkness and light

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Israel’s justice system recorded two extreme points this week, one of praise and acclaim and another of dishonor and shame. Let’s begin with the good news: Moshe Katzav, Israel’s 8th President, was convicted of two counts of rape, one of forcible sexual assault, one of sexual harassment and one of obstruction of justice. Unless something […]

Entry 12: For Norman Finkelstein– A conversion story

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This is Entry 12 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. A regular commenter at this site, occupyresist, asks that we preserve her anonymity, and she nominates scholar-author Norman G. Finkelstein. I was wrapping up a degree in Chicago. My then-husband had run off back to Saudi Arabia and left me to deal with everything, […]

Entry 11: For taking the profit out of occupation– Dalit Baum and Merav Amir

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This is Entry 11 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest. As the Campaign Manager for CODEPINK’s Stolen Beauty Ahava Boycott Campaign, I had been working with Dalit Baum and Merav Amir, the lead researchers of Who Profits (a project of the Israeli Coalition of Women for Peace) for over a year and a half via […]

Entry 10: For the indomitable people of al-Araqib

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Entry 10 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest are the people of al-Araqib. It was 6 a.m. when the Israeli police invaded al-Araqib for the third time. Still half-asleep, I stood alongside village residents and Israeli and international activists, trying in vain to stop the impending home demolitions. Thin tarps were ripped from wooden beams, […]

Entry 9: ‘Sabra Song’

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Entry 9 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest. Sung to the tune, Darling Clementine In a tavern with my companion Excavating for some wine Found my hummus implicated In the suffering in Palestine … Humiliation of a nation By brigades who have free rein Soldiers supported by Sabra Hummus chant “We are Golani, we are […]

Entry 8: Gaza, then and now

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Entry 8 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest. Year before last, I was sitting in the living room of my childhood home sharing a cup of morning coffee with my mother and musing over the holidays. We laughed over kitschy Christmas gifts from well-meaning relatives before deciding to turn on the news for five minutes […]

Entry 7: I nominate Adalah-NY

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Entry 7 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest. This contest helps us remember how intertwined we all are, all the many pieces and members of the movement that are moving all the time–in Palestine, in Israel, in the U.S., in the rest of the world, and how we are all building it together. And just […]

Entry 6: The land, the gun, the olive tree

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By Sameeha Elwan In Memory of Nakba He closed his eyes when the smell of the thyme found its way to the deepest memory his mind is still tirelessly clinging to. He opened them with a persistence to inhale as much of the smell as he can. Something that would help him live on the […]

Entry 5: Zionism’s call to me– and my answer

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by David Samel In one sense, I owe my life to Zionism. My parents met in a Zionist youth group in New York in 1946. As a boy, I naturally absorbed the prevailing view portraying Israel as a lonely outpost of Jewish modernism heroically fighting for its very existence in a sea of irrational Arab […]

Entry 4: My first trip to Palestine

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by Morgan Bach My first trip to Palestine has left me discouraged, confused, and at times just seething mad, but somewhere in the last two days I found the thread in my jumble of thoughts, my take-away, my inspiration. It lies in my evolving understanding of resistance in Palestine. When I arrived, I only knew […]

Never again? Elderly Palestinian women called ‘whores’ on Yad Vashem tour, while racism explodes across Israel

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The only image of a Palestinian inside Yad Vashem depicts the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem sig heiling Nazi troops. (Photo: Max Blumenthal) This week, a group of elderly Palestinian women were escorted to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance musuem to learn about the Jewish genocide in Europe. At the entrance of the […]

Notes on my own racism, part 5: Feeling for Marty Peretz

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I read some of Marty Peretz’s comments in the New York Magazine piece this week with a filial cringe. They reminded me of stuff my father’s generation always said that reflected Jewish exceptionalism, that we’re smarter, more accomplished. When Peretz told the writer, I happen to believe there are differences between people, he was saying […]

Entry 3: Hedy Epstein, an inspiration (and star of Egypt)

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Nominated by Sandra Tamari: Hedy Epstein, 85-year old Holocaust survivor and tireless champion for Palestinian rights, traveled to Cairo in December 2009 to participate in the Gaza Freedom March. This was her third attempt to visit Gaza and break the siege. She has visited the West Bank several times since 2003 and tried to board […]

Entry 2: Year of the Flash Mob

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Nominated by Rae Abileah and Colleen Kelly: We in Generation Y (children of the ‘80s and younger) have been known to express a desire to try something new, beyond the looping renditions of “Give Peace a Chance” and marchers carrying the same flowery peace signs at anti-war rallies of past movements. We have been eager […]

Entry 1: ‘I loved you once, I love you now anyway’

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By Morad Fareed I loved you once, I love you now anyway We danced at a wedding once. It wasn’t always around flags on fire. Palestine is Iraq is New Orleans. Loss breeds ire. ……..

Yo, heads up, Mondo Awards roll-out begins this a.m.!

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Half a score and two days ago Annie announced the Mondo Awards contest with unnamed prizes but big name judges for compositions of inspiration, leadership, tragic suffering, joy, and laughter emanating from the conflict in Israel/Palestine. The submissions have been rolling in, and now we are going to start rolling them out for all to […]

This is funny: Lanny Davis called himself a ‘super-lawyer’

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You can’t make this stuff up. From the guy who misspelled Abidjan even as he was getting $100,000 a month from Ghanaian president and human-rights-abuser Gbagbo, this is Lanny Davis back in October, announcing his new partnership. Somebody better get a screenshot before he edits this: Former White House Special Counsel and Washington super-lawyer Lanny […]

Remnick book tour is turning into Israel-turkey-trot

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JPost says that New Yorker editor David Remnick who is selling an Obama book did another interview in Israel with Army Radio in which he sharply criticized Israel. I don’t have the interview; also, I’m not sure who we is, but it touches on Jewish identity (h/t John Edelstein): Remnick was quoted as saying, “Netanyahu […]

SJP statement on FBI intimidation: ‘We live in an age in which silence is not only criminal but suicidal – we shall, therefore, make as much noise as we can’

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National Solidarity Statement on Impact of Grand Jury Subpoenas on Students’ First Amendment Rights December 29, 2010 “For if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night.” – James Baldwin, in an open letter to Angela Davis, November 19, 1970 As students at over fifty American universities, we unequivocally […]

Why doesn’t CNN hold Fran Townsend to the Octavia Nasr standard?

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John Edelstein writes: Last Wednesday, a group of prominent Bush-era Republicans, including former NYC Mayor Rudy Guiliani, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former White House adviser Frances Townsend and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, flew to Paris (per TPM) to speak in support of MEK, a Marxist Iranian exile group there — one that’s […]

Gaza was #11 in the long sad caravan of Israel’s wars of regime change

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This is a crosspost from Helena Cobban‘s Just World News: This week is the start of the 22-day-long second anniversary of Operation Cast Lead– a.k.a. # 11 in the long, sad caravan of wars of forced regime change that Israel has launched against its neighbors since 1948. I used to describe Cast Lead as #5 […]