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US scales back military exercise with Israel; Israeli official tells TIME, ‘Basically what the Americans are saying is, ‘We don’t trust you”

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Back in January, reports came out that the US was planning a massive joint military exercise with Israel that was viewed as a possible precursor to an attack on Iran. Later that month, the exercise was called off, although it was not exactly clear why. The exercise was rescheduled to take place in October, just […]

‘Stop aid to Israeli military’ ad goes up on SF buses

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“Stop $30 Billion: Spend Our Money At Home, Not on the Israeli Military.” Muni bus ad, San Francisco. (Photo: Facebook) As of yesterday afternoon, this ad is up on twelve San Francisco buses. These are two photos from the streets. Here’s the website for Bay Area Stop $30 Billion Military Aid to Israel. The group […]

Exile and the Prophetic: Rachel Corrie – On the field of battle

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. I awoke this morning at four in the morning, my apartment shaking, a loud noise outside my bedroom window. I was startled, then I remembered. A rocket launch, delayed because of […]

NYT’s Bronner to speak about ‘My Israel’ on behalf of liberal Zionist group

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Next week Ethan Bronner, a NY Times reporter who till recently was the Jerusalem bureau chief for the newspaper,  is speaking about “My Israel” and his transformative experience with respect to the country, and the $75 donation goes to the New Israel Fund. The New Israel Fund invites you to hear from master storytellers about […]

Mayor Barkat– he who sows discrimination will reap a lynchmob

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Barkat protest At Facebook, from Ofer Nieman (Hebrew at the link), a demonstration against the man who is Judaizing Jerusalem: “Barkat, he who sows discrimination will reap a lynch mob” Solidarity activists disrupt Jerusalem municipality session, chaired by Mayor Nir Barkat, a pillar of discrimination on all levels against Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents. Barkat’s statements reflect […]

A response to Judith Butler: I hear you

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Dear Judith Butler, Thank you for your impassioned and brilliant message, which was recently published in Mondoweiss, in response to the hostile article in the Jerusalem Post denouncing your receipt of the Adorno prize. You noted the following in your response: My actual position is not heard by these detractors, and perhaps that should not […]

Sheldon Adelson’s daughter rams ‘Democracy Now’ crew as it questions her dad

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During the Republican National Convention in Tampa, the daughter of pro-Israel billionaire Sheldon Adelson rammed into a Democracy Now producer and a cameraman, grabbing the news team’s camera and dropping it before retreating into her family’s private corporate suite. The altercation began after Democracy Now‘s Senior Producer Mike Burke trailed Sheldon Adelson and Karl Rove […]

Corrie verdict energizes worldwide movement to challenge Israeli impunity

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Solidarity action in Al Mufaqarah village, South Hebron Hills, West Bank August 28, 2012

On August 28th, the day that an Israeli Judge absolved the military of any responsibility in the 2003 killing of peace activist Rachel Corrie as she stood to protect a Palestinian home from demolition, the majority of the small Palestinian village of Khirbet Zanuta was demolished. In the South Hebron Hills, the Israeli military destroyed […]

Romney says that Obama ‘has thrown… Israel under the bus’

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This was the brief segment on foreign policy in Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech last night. Yes I know Clint Eastwood stole the show, but this went down after 11 pm. On another front, every American is less secure today because he has failed to slow Iran’s nuclear threat. In his first TV interview as president, […]

48 hours of land theft, illegal arrests and violence towards Palestinians

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Ethnic Cleansing / Destruction of Property / Apartheid / Refugees Israeli PM to back report legalising settlements Israel’s Prime Minister is intending to enact the Levy Report to legalise settlements in the occupied West Bank under Israeli law, Likud member of Knesset Danny Danon said on Thursday morning. “Benjamin Netanyahu downplayed the report when it was […]

Ed Koch says people should shut up about Pussy Riot because of– Iran

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The Israel lobby engulfs every issue. Politicker picked up this Ed Koch commentary that makes it clear that human rights everywhere must be subordinated to the issue of Iranian nukes (thanks to Max Blumenthal): I also believe it is not in the interest of the U.S. to support the actions of the Pussy Riot defendants. […]

Photo Essay: Gaza children honor Rachel Corrie, protest Israeli court

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Editor’s note: On Wednesday August 29, 2012 the Rachel Corrie Children and Youth Cultural Center protested the Haifa District Court’s decision to reject the Corrie family’s wrongful death lawsuit against the state of Israel. Judge Oded Gershon said nearly 10 years ago Corrie did not act as a “reasonable person” when the 23 year-old was […]

Exile and the Prophetic: Shoah business

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Isaac is now a hurricane battering the New Orleans area. With the storm passing into the Gulf and beyond, the weather here is hot and humid. On the religious front, some […]

CUFI: Keep Israel the focus of US elections

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It is not new that “Christians United for Israel” (CUFI) demands U.S. support for Israeli policies. Today, an email was sent out to supporters from John Hagee and David Brog asking those supporters to advocate keeping the focus on Israel during the 2012 Presidential election season. Not only a focus on Israel, but the “candidate […]

Rocks For Palestine

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Rocks for Palestine by Everitte Barbee This piece, entitled ‘Rocks For Palestine’, is a poem creatively drawn out in Arabic calligraphy by Everitte Barbee, as translated below. The stones being thrown by the Palestinian youths each say “Hob” which means ‘love’ in Arabic. “We do not throw these rocks with hate. We throw these rocks […]

Death by chocolate: Selling war with Iran to Israelis one ad at a time

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This post originally appeared on LobeLog. Israelis are being sold on war with Iran in more ways than one. In a commercial featuring John Cleese (a veteran of the zany British comedy shows, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers), a high level general takes a taste of a delectable chocolate and hazelnut spread and […]

GOP official hopes platform plank on foreign law inspires states to target sharia

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Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State. Photo: Associated Press via Politico Laws targeting the non-existent threat of sharia, or Islamic law, in the U.S. have already been introduced in 31 states. But Republicans clearly want to see sharia targeted in all 50 states, with one official now hoping that the recently published GOP platform inspires […]

Jimmy Carter on Corrie verdict: ‘The court’s decision confirms a climate of impunity, which facilitates Israeli human rights violations against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Territory.’

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The Carter Center released the following press release today: Carter Center Calls for Accountability After Corrie Verdict Atlanta….On Aug. 28, the district court in Haifa, Israel, ruled that the State of Israel was not responsible for the 2003 killing of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old U.S. peace activist who was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer as […]

California State Assembly passes resolution equating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism

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School’s out, but that didn’t stop California’s state assembly from passing Resolution HR35 buttressing a controversial report commissioned by the University of California that accuses students and faculty of contributing to an environment fostering anti-Semitism on campus. The report’s recommendations, which seek to limit criticism of Israeli state policies as a form of “hate speech”, […]

Perpetrators of the Nakba

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While the testimony of survivors plays a vital role in establishing the facts of genocide and ethnic cleansing, an approach that focuses on perpetrators can tell us much more about why such events occur. Many studies have examined perpetration at the level of ideology and top-level power politics. Studies of perpetrators at lower levels – […]

State Department affirms Israel’s impunity– abandoning ambassador who said Israeli investigation of Corrie killing was unsatisfactory

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A new low point in the history of American protection for Israeli impunity: State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland yesterday refused to criticize the Israeli court decision saying there was nothing wrong with an Israeli army tank crushing an American protester to death while she was trying to protect children in a Gaza house in 2003.  […]

Join the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in NYC – October 6 & 7, 2012

Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Dennis Banks, Russell Means and Stephane Hessel on

We are writing to you on behalf of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP), an international people’s tribunal that was created to expose human rights abuses and stir people to action in opposition to Israel’s recognized violations of international law. We hope that you will help promote, attend, and participate in our final hearings in […]

Justice for Salim Najjar

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The bubbling outrage over the Israeli court ruling that International Solidarity Activist and U.S. citizen Rachel Corrie’s 2003 killing was an accident is understandable and justified. It also points to a problem about which lives we do and do not value. Bassem Abu Rahmah who, like Corrie, was killed participating in nonviolent direct action, is […]