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June 2012

FOIA request nets U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency video on Jonathan Pollard

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Today, the IRmep Center for Policy and Law Enforcement released a internal briefing video produced by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency that it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The video, called “Jonathan Pollard: A Portrayal,” was produced to convince American government employees to “report suspicious activities” of their colleagues. From the video’s YouTube […]

Censored billboards opposing aid to Israel give Berman chance to grandstand

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On June 18th CBS Outdoor censored 23 LA billboards, calling for an end to aid to Israel. CBS Outdoor did so on the (absurd) pretext that the billboard sponsors had “used the ‘CBS Outdoor’ name without permission” when they called on their supporters to thank CBS Outdoor for endorsing the principle of free speech in […]

Help replace @WelshinGaza’s camera destroyed by the Israeli navy

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On Monday, we published a harrowing account from @WelshinGaza about their standoff with the Israeli navy off the coast of Gaza. During the encounter, Welsh’s camera was destroyed by a stream of water the navy shot at the human rights observation boat Welsh was traveling on. Now, Mosa’ab Elshamy has kicked off a fundraising drive […]

An all-consuming occupation

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The following post first appeared on MERIP.org. On June 6, 2012, the Jerusalem Development Authority launched its fourth annual Jerusalem Festival of Light in the Old City. The previous year’s show had been a resounding success, according to sponsors quoted in the Jerusalem Post, with over 250,000 visitors enjoying “art installations bursting with light and […]

How I discovered the Nakba

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A Palestinian man overlooks a school in a refugee camp, 1948. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) I grew up in a Jewish family in the North London suburb of Muswell Hill. This is the story of how my family rejected Zionism and how I discovered the truth about the expulsion of the Palestinians from their homeland – […]

Where is Foxman?

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US Embassy Tel Aviv’s twitter feed. It evidently has to do with promoting Michigan. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” #Michigan’s Henry Ford. goo.gl From the Exiled: Oy Vey, Talk About Failure! US Embassy In Tel Aviv Tweets Quotes From Notorious Anti-Semite Henry Ford Thanks to Max Blumenthal.

Our intervention in Iran in ’53 paved the way for political Islam’s rise

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Shawn Amoei at Huffington Post on neocons rewriting the history of Iran to rationalize foreign intervention. Excerpt begins with 1953 American-British overthrow of democratically-elected Mohammed Mossadegh: The coup reinstated the Shah whose unremitting despotism would continue for another quarter-century. Thus an all-too-brief democratic experiment was prematurely aborted by a dictatorship that would soon give rise […]

Channeling Beinart, Yoffie says settlements are ending US Jewish love affair with Israel

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Rabbi Eric Yoffie, in my humble opinion, was the man who, as head of the Reform Movement, turned a movement once known for its deep commitment to social justice and universalism into a front for Israel’s colonial occupation of Palestine. Reform rabbis quickly learned what Yoffie expected and they obliged. Yoffie, that is, did to […]

Reminder: ‘New Yorker’ fiction parody contest ends in 3 days!

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Late last Friday, we announced a New Yorker fiction parody contest— inspired by the magazine’s publication of a short story told from the standpoint of an Israeli soldier saying that Palestinians were begging soldiers to shoot them so that they could get into the headlines and manipulate world opinion. The contest to outdo the New […]

Israeli writers protest J14 arrests with cultural boycott—Palestinians still ignored

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Saturday’s J14 arrests sparks call for cultural boycott from writers opposed to the BDS movement. (Photo: Yotam Ronen/ Activestills.org) Last Thursday, Israeli writers swiped a tactic from the BDS movement and called for a cultural boycott against Tel Aviv’s White Night festival, exposing the Jewish exclusivity of the J14 protests. The boycott was sparked after […]

Foxman in American translation

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Yesterday we picked up Allison Kaplan Sommer’s report for Haaretz on a debate in Israel featuring Peter Beinart and Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, among others. Foxman did attack Beinart in a gentle and backhanded way, stating “My love and support for Israel is unconditional, it does not depend on the Israeli acceptance of […]

Settlement mogul Moskowitz is good for $1 million to anti-Obama SuperPAC

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(Graph: ProPublica) Although mostly known as an East Jerusalem settlement financier, Irving Moskowitz is also bankrolling the GOP. In data published last week by ProPublica, the casino mogul’s donations were listed at $1 million this year, making the checks out to a Karl Rove-led Republican superPAC, American Crossroads. This 527 group advocates against Obama, calling […]

Peretz says, ‘Only Jews will have Israel’s back’

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In The Wall Street Journal, Marty Peretz says that Jonathan Pollard is a scoundrel, but Barack Obama is indifferent to Jewish history and persecution. I believe that Mr. Obama does exhibit a certain disdain for the Jewish state—an indifference to and ignorance of the incandescence of Jewish history. “When the chips are down,” said the […]

Following MSCI statement, anti-boycott orgs concede occupation’s role in Caterpillar divestment

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When the news first broke last week that Caterpillar was dropped from MSCI‘s socially responsible investing indices, pro-Israel organizations downplayed the action claiming it had nothing to do with Israel. MSCI’s statement yesterday that the occupation was a “key factor” in the decision is forcing anti-boycott activists to admit Caterpillar’s relationship to the Israeli military […]

MSCI statement on Caterpillar: Key factor in the downgrade was ‘on-going controversy associated with use of the company’s equipment in the occupied Palestinian territories’

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MSCI is a leading provider of socially responsible investing indices that funds use to monitor, and determine, their investments. The firm made headlines last week when it dropped Caterpillar from several of its indices. Today, MSCI issued a statement to explain the move, here it is in full: Caterpillar Inc. (ticker: CAT) was removed from […]

Shadid’s cousin ignites argument over ‘NYT”s role in his death; his widow refuses to join

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As Politico reported and several friends have communicated to me, the late Anthony Shadid’s cousin Ed Shadid gave a very dignified commemoration at the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee’s gathering on the weekend in which he accused the New York Times of killing the renowned Arab-American writer by twisting his arm to go into Syria last February […]

CBS pulls down billboards calling for end to US aid to Israel

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Stop30Billion billboard on Melrose Avenue — before and after Two weeks back we reported on 23 billboards being put up in the Los Angeles area calling for an end to aid to Israel. The ads have been torn down by the billboard operator, CBS Outdoor, which is part of CBS, the media giant. The Stop […]

Sam Harris, uncovered

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Sam Harris The Devil sucks in the most devout. In theology fanatics make for easier marks for conversion than moderates because of the jitters and fright common to all such breeds who fear their minds will be colonised by the Satanic advance of the secular world. I’m a living testament to the perils of monkeying […]

Homecoming

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Photo: Sarah Aziza “This is where mom would have walked back and forth between the house and our farm,” Dad said, gesturing from the sycamore tree towards the gently sloping hills. We were mostly quiet. Dad picked up a stick and half-heartedly flicked the tall grass as we walked towards the tell-tale, lone palm tree […]