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September 2011

Israeli settlers attack Israeli activists & journalists; 19 injured, 3 hospitalized

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The following report was sent to us by Ofer Neiman: This morning (9/30) Israeli activists and Palestinians were attacked by settlers near the settlement of Anatot. The landowner of the plot to which the activists came in order to plant trees was also attacked by the settlers who cracked his head open, as well as […]

Why isn’t Kusra killing on the front page of our newspapers?

Philip Weiss on

Imagine for a moment that on the day of the fancy speeches at the U.N. last Friday an Israeli father had been killed by a rocket out of Gaza. You know that the killing and the funeral would have been big news in the States. I bet we would have seen a photo of the […]

The Department of Corrections: Ben-Hur, the LA Times & a place called Palestine

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“You know the law – every son of Israel must have some occupation.” – Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, Chapter IV On September 26, The Los Angeles Times ran a short Calendar section item on the new belated 50th anniversary, fully restored DVD and Blu-Ray editions of William Wyler’s 1959 blockbuster biblical epic Ben-Hur. The film, which was […]

PA says Tony Blair has lost all credibility (though he’s better than Dennis Ross)

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When asked about his contribution to the peace process, Tony Blair, the Quartet envoy, former British Prime Minister and Bush poodle, can only point to the closing of a few Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank and the gentrification of Ramallah.  But then again peace is hard, to paraphrase our President and Hopemeister Barack Obama, […]

‘Are there any Palestinians unaffected by the occupation?’ I ask him

Philip Weiss on

I’ve been in Israel and Palestine for a few days now and wanted to get down a few impressions. Overlord I’m walking through the Old City, on a crowded lane moving toward the Damascus Gate, when I jostle a young Palestinian woman. She glances up at me and then steps away and the expression in […]

Photos of the crowd at the opening of MECA’s ‘A Child’s view from Gaza’ Exhibit

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I didn’t hear about this exhibit until it was canceled, most likely many of the people that attended the opening didn’t either.  I suspect that the Middle East Children’s Alliance and many Palestinian activists are secretly happy about the publicity generated by MOCHA’s decision to cancel the event. All  photos taken by Youth Against Normalization.  […]

‘Time’ features generational divide over Israel– when will 92d St Y stage this family affair?

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Having long pressed for an open division inside the Jewish family over Israel, I’m pleased by Dana Goldstein’s New Year-timed piece at titled, “Why Fewer Young American Jews Share Their Parents’ View of Israel.” The piece begins bravely with Goldstein’s differences with her mother and though it concludes on a pro-Zionist note, captures some […]

In Gaza, fishermen are under constant attack for trying to make a living

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CPSG accompanying Gazan fishermen on 28 September 2011. Today, the Oliva, a monitoring boat manned by the Civil Peace Service Gaza project, accompanied three hasaka boats (the size of small rowboats) and one trawler as they attempted to fish. The Israeli naval boats relentlessly pursued the Oliva, until the crew decided to retreat back to […]

Imagine if this article was about whites and blacks in the US

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From Israel Hayom, the largest daily circulation newspaper in Israel: Demographic optimism in the new year By Yoram Ettinger On the eve of the Jewish New Year 5772, the Jewish fertility rate of 2.97 births per woman exceeds the fertility rates in most Arab countries. In defiance of conventional wisdom, Israeli Jewish fertility has been […]

Pro-Israel whitewash of 10-year-old’s killing unravels in court (and online)

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Pro-Israel whitewash of 10-year-old’s killing unravels in court, Max Blumenthal abir aramin Al Ahkbar English: One day in 2007, Israeli Border Police officers swept into the in the village of Anata just north of Jerusalem and began firing rubber bullets at a group of children who had thrown rocks at them. One Israeli bullet landed […]

Sullivan on Obama’s ‘capitulation’ at the UN

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Andrew Sullivan: The explanation for the humiliation of Obama at the UN, where he gave the kind of speech a junior congressman might give at an AIPAC break-out session, is pretty simple. Obama was checkmated. Netanyahu and the GOP recognized immediately that the Cairo speech could have opened up a whole new chapter in America’s […]

Human rights orgs to UN: Sends a clear message that human rights are universal – move the Goldstone Report forward

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The Center for Constitutional Rights has joined the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, the International Federation for Human Rights, and Al-Haq in making the following appeal to the United Nations: During the 66th General Assembly, the world’s attention has been focused on issues surrounding recognition of Palestinian Statehood. However, as human rights organizations we believe […]

It’s okay to say apartheid…but only about Bahrain

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Nicholas Kristof tweets that Bahrain is “apartheid-like” on the news that the country has sentenced doctors to prison for treating demonstrators during this year’s uprising in Bahrain.  Anthony Shadid, the veteran New York Times Middle East correspondent, also used the term “apartheid” in a recent piece on Bahrain: Five months after the start of a […]

Haymarket books to celebrate 10th anniversary

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Haymarket Books 10th Anniversary Celebration Friday, September 30, 2011 Galapagos Art Space Brooklyn, NY Haymarket Books is ushering in its tenth year of independent publishing with an evening of drinks, music, and politics at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn on Friday, September 30. Come see authors Dave Zirin, Chris Lehmann, Frances Fox Piven, Brian Jones, […]

Could censorship of children’s art prove a turning point?

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If I were one of the Zionist operatives who pressured the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland to cancel the exhibit of Gaza children’s drawings, I’d be kicking myself right now. If they’d simply ignored the whole thing and let its scheduled two-month run proceed, probably no more than a few hundred people, most of […]

Why do they call them Stalinists?: Yisrael Beiteinu and the Soviet experience

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One has to wonder why people sometimes allude to Avigdor Lieberman, and by extension, his nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, as latter-day Stalinists. Given Stalin’s attitude towards Zionism (against it), perception of Jews (dangerous elements) and plans for them (arrests and relocation to Siberia), it is not a charge that can be made lightly. And whether […]

The world includes Palestine – wouldn’t it be great if kids could read about it?

Adam Horowitz on

At least two thirds of UN member nations gave Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a standing ovation recently in support of recognition of Palestine. But did you know that children in elementary or middle schools watching or listening have no books in their school or public libraries that recognize the contributions, the history, the geography, the […]

Israel to the international community: ‘This is not a pipe’

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Israel says newly approved homes ‘not settlement’ JERUSALEM (AFP) 28 Sept — Israel on Wednesday rejected international outcry over its plans to build 1,100 new homes in Gilo in annexed Palestinian east Jerusalem, insisting the area was “not a settlement.” “Gilo is not a settlement, nor a settlement outpost. It is a neighborhood which constitutes […]

Mourning the Jewish New Year

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How sad the end is. I rend my garments. I mourn. Last week, I listened to Barack Obama, an African American and my President, speak at the United Nations. I became sad beyond words. I wonder where his sense of history went. I am a Jew. President Obama spoke of Jewish history – the years […]

Perfect match: Bob Bernstein uses settler sources for racist anti-Arab ‘WaPo’ Op-Ed

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Robert Berstein has an Op-Ed in today’s Washington Post that shows just how truly desperate Israel’s cheerleaders have become. Bernstein, a founder of Human Rights Watch who now seems to hate human rights, responds to the push for Palestinian statehood by recycling the tired argument that it is Palestinian words that are driving the conflict, […]

Visit to the Office of Congressional Ethics about AIPAC junkets to Israel

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Two members of CODEPINK, Tighe Barry and myself, along with Grant Smith from IRmep had a meeting with three lawyers from the Office Of Congressional Ethics (including the OCE’s director) about the complaint we submitted regarding AIEF/AIPAC trips to Israel. We walked them through our complaint, including the growing body of evidence that AIEF functions […]

Background on Israel as a ‘Jewish state’ and the ongoing discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel

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In recent months, Israeli and American officials have been increasingly vocal in demanding that the Palestinians must recognize Israel as a “Jewish state” as part of any peace agreement. On Monday it was reported that Israel and America’s insistence that a clause defining Israel as a Jewish state be inclulded in the terms of reference scuttled efforts […]