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August 2012

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 weeks before the presidential election, but new reports indicate it will be drastically scaled down.

A response to Judith Butler: I hear you

Darnell L. Moore on

Darnell Moore is reminded by Judith Butler’s Mondoweiss article to speak and push against the many “separation walls” that are constructed to withhold voices and bodies.

Corrie verdict energizes worldwide movement to challenge Israeli impunity

Rochelle Gause on

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. The Corrie verdict, that was handed down as the bulldozers tore through Khirbet Zanuta, confirmed that the Israeli legal system supports the military’s ability to act with impunity. The verdict has also empowered a worldwide movement working to hold Israel accountable through boycott, divestment and sanctions.

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 […]

Exile and the Prophetic: Shoah business

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Lanzmann’s film checked in at more than nine hours in length. By the end of the film you don’t have the energy to say Palestinian, let alone the courage. By remembering the Holocaust in this way, the hope was that you would forget all about Palestinians. More or less, Lanzmann accomplishes this goal.

Lanzmann’s documentary shuts down discussion related to Israel and the Palestinians. It also shuts down discussion about life beyond the Holocaust and how the Holocaust, if it is to retain any meaning at all, must be a bridge toward all those who are suffering, including and especially the Palestinian people.

CUFI: Keep Israel the focus of US elections

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Today, Christians United for Israel sent out an email from John Hagee and David Brog asking supporters to advocate keeping the focus on Israel during the 2012 Presidential election season.

Rocks For Palestine

Roqayah Chamseddine on

‘Rocks For Palestine’, is a poem creatively drawn out in Arabic calligraphy by Everitte Barbee.

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

Marsha B. Cohen on

In an Israeli commercial, a high level general takes a taste of a delectable chocolate spread and inadvertently sets in motion an Israeli military strike on an unnamed country — Iran by implication and context — a command that the Israelis have been waiting for and are eager to carry out.

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 killing of an American peace activist is unacceptable,” said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. “The court’s decision confirms a climate of impunity, which facilitates Israeli human rights violations against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Territory.”

US gov’t has failed its promise to get answers from Israel about Rachel Corrie killing, her mother says

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The family of Rachel Corrie, who was killed by the Israelis nine years ago at age 23, has been shocked by the failure of the US government to get answers from its close ally about the killing, Rachel Corrie’s mother said today. “Yes we have had support from the US government,” Cindy Corrie said. “Has enough been done at this point? I don’t think so.”

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 – the people whose violent acts directly accomplish genocide and ethnic cleansing – are rarer, though studies of this type also yield valuable insights.

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 New York City on October 6–7, 2012.

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.