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March 2012

Sullivan forces American attention on the settlements

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Israeli settlers al-Shuhada street, Hebron  (Photo:Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty) Andrew Sullivan I’m ecstatic about this new post by Andrew Sullivan.  He’s got a firm grip on the main artery of Israel’s relentless expansion and he’s not backing down, he’s doubling down, driving it home and not letting go. He clenches their argument by  the throat, shakes it […]

Fire and flowers at Erez

Johnny Barber on

Photo of youth at Erez crossing by Johnny Barber I have returned from Beit Hanoun [in northern Gaza]. A terrible day. I spent the early afternoon at a demonstration attended by several thousand people. The Hamas authorities refused to allow the people to march to the border and clashes broke out with the police. The […]

‘Judaizing’ Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem, with backing from Americans

Jeff Halper on

Natche family home under threat of eviction by settlers, Beit Hanina. (Photo: Michael Salisbury) Driving Palestinians out of their homes in “east” Jerusalem is, as you can imagine, a dirty business. But its not terribly difficult. The Palestinians are a vulnerable population, poor (70% subsist on less than $2 a day), completely unprotected by the […]

The Palestine National Orchestra: a view from the violin section

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Palestine National Orchestra, 2010. (Photo: Los Angeles Times) The Palestine National Orchestra, Palestine’s flagship symphonic ensemble, is the brainchild of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, Palestine’s preeminent institution for both Western and Arabic music. When the Conservatory’s Michele Cantoni asked me to join the PNO for their March 2012 series, I eagerly accepted. […]

Jews utilize 85% of historical Palestine (and counting)

Kate on

and other news from today in Palestine: Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction of movement Israel defense ministry plan earmarks 10 percent of West Bank for settlement expansion / Akiva Eldar Haaretz 30 Mar — For years Israel’s Civil Administration has been covertly locating and mapping available land in the […]

Land Day in Pictures: Israel, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank

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Yesterday, Palestinians marked Land Day by protesting against the Israeli land confiscations with demonstrations in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel, Lebanon, and Jordan. This year, the protests were also supported by a solidarity campaign known as the Global March to Jerusalem, where Palestinians and allies marched to the Israeli controlled borders of the occupied Palestinians […]

UPDATE: Mustafa Barghouti stable after being struck in head at Qalandiya; Palestinian protester reports Barghouti attacked by fellow protesters

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Update, 6:30 pm Earlier today we reported: Mustafa Barghouti was among 150 Palestinians injured at a Land Day demonstration at Qalandiya checkpoint in occupied Palestine this morning. A leader of the nonviolent movement and former candidate for president, Barghouti said that he was struck in the head by a teargas canister fired by Israeli forces. […]

Land Day protest at Times Square, today at 4:30 PM

Philip Weiss on

Below is the latest product from the messengers of We Will Not Be Silent: The Palestine hoody. Sarah Wellington wears one to her workshift at Park Slope Food Coop a day after the vote. The group will be helping to lead a Land Day protest today in Times Square at 4:30 PM. Palestine hoody Palestine […]

BDS is endorsed by large Latino/a youth organization at Arizona conference

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We received the following press release today from student solidarity groups in Arizona: March 30, 2012 — At the 19th annual national conference of M.E.Ch.A. (Movímíento Estudíantíl Chí[email protected] de Aztlán), the largest association of [email protected] youth in the US, chapter leaders voted by a landslide decision to endorse the global call for Boycott, Divestment, and […]

Live updates from the Global March to Jerusalem and Land Day protests

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The Global March to Jerusalem is currently happening, and protests are taking place across Israel/Palestine to commemorate Land Day. Above is a live feed of the protests in Jerusalem from Russia Today. Follow below for the latest news and updates from Twitter:  

Land Day in posters: a retrospective of the 1980s

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Palestinian Land Day posters serve as a monument to the movement they represent. These vibrant graphics weave together images of nature and politics into a tapestry that is a testament to resilience. Like the bloodied kuffieyah print flower that breaks through barbed wire in the 1983 Land Day poster, these depictions promise life beyond barriers. […]

Video: Students in Palestine and the US mark Land Day by calling on TIAA-CREF to divest

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A friend at AFSC sent along this video and wrote: Marking Palestinian “Land Day”, students from Palestine and colleges and universities around the United States have joined the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) in sending a video message to one of the largest financial services companies in the United […]

Global March to Jerusalem website blocked in Israel; decoy site directs to hasbara video

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Yesterday, a Mondoweiss reader in Haifa sent us the following note: I just wanted to inform you that all day today, I have not been able to access the official website to the Global March to Jerusalem: The link would not connect using either google Chrome or explorer. I was able to access the NA […]

What Park Slope BDS activists were up against: the full force of the Israel lobby

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Yuli Edelstein at the Park Slope Food Co-op last December (Photo: Stop BDS at the Park Slope Food Coop) Advocates for Israel are crowing over their victory this week at the Park Slope Food Co-op, as a measure that would have put the question of boycotting Israeli products to a vote failed, 60-40. But when […]

‏The story of the land

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As we now commemorate the Land Day, we honor the people who stood up for their land back in 1976 when Israel announced thousands of Palestinian dunams to be confiscated.

Land Day vs. the ‘Jewish State’: an interview with Haneen Zoabi

Elsa Rassbach on

Land Day, 1978. (Photo: Gidon Gitai) Since the late 1970s, Palestinians have each year marked March 30th with protests to celebrate Land Day. The day commemorates the first widespread struggle of Palestinian citizens of Israeli against land confiscation intended to create Jewish majorities in certain communities: the policy of Judaisation. The marches and general strikes […]

Emma Thompson among group of prominent British actors calling on Globe theatre to withdraw invite to Israeli National Theatre

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UK groups have for three months been pressing Shakespeare’s Globe to withdraw its festival invitation to Habima in response to the Palestinian call to boycott Israeli cultural institutions, and now a group of prominent actors, playwrights and directors have published a letter in the Guardian, ‘Dismay at Globe invitation to Israeli theatre’ We notice with […]

Israel stands by debunked story of Palestinian child’s death

Allison Deger on

Khalood Badawi (Photo: Luis Jaume) A Palestinian working for the United Nations, Khulood Badawi, is at the center of a raging controversy over her March 12 tweet about a three-year-old Palestinian girl who died as a result of an Israeli attack in 2006.   During Israel’s latest air strike in Gaza, Badawi, an employee of the […]

Bradley Burston dips his toes in one-state water

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In his latest Haaretz column, Bradley Burston dares to go where he has never gone before, taking the first tentative steps toward consideration of the one-state solution. Burston strikes me as a true “liberal Zionist,” one whose expressions of decency are genuine rather than cynical, but he has never, to my knowledge, allowed himself to […]

Settlers take over house in Hebron, PA detains owner

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Settlers take up residence in Hebron house Several dozen settlers move into property located near Cave of Patriarchs; say they have legal ownership. Palestinian owner detained by PA police.,7340,L-4209563,00.html New book shows how the PA enriched an elite and normalized occupation, Mayssun Sukarieh Globalized Palestine: The National Sell-Out of a Homeland explores the rise […]

Obama administration buys time on Iran–but what will happen after the elections?

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Phil Weiss highlights this Haaretz article by Amir Oren reporting that Israel has decided to wait on attacking Iran until next year. An important takeaway from Oren’s article, if it’s correct, is that the US has literally bought time on the question of an Israeli attack on Iran. Pentagon spokesman George Little announced last night […]