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September 2012

Exile and the Prophetic: Hashtag #BibiBombCaption

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The guardians of the sacred always end as cartoon-like figures. They turn the sacred into cartoons, too. Once the sacred and their guardians are reduced to cartoons, the prophets feast. Even on twitter.

Researcher: More than 75,000 Palestinians arrested by Israel since Sept. 2000

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Israeli Violence / Raids / Illegal arrests Report: ‘More than 75,000 arrests made by army since Sep. 2000’ IMEMC 27 Sept — Former Political Prisoner, Palestinian Researcher, Abdul-Nasser Farawna, issued a report marking the 12th Anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada (September 28 2000), and said Israeli soldiers conducted more than 75.000 arrests, and deported hundreds […]

Exile and the Prophetic: The circled wagons

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Those on the Jewish Left have regained part of their Jewishness by knowing that this Jewish equation is wrong – and by being on the run, again. The content of their Jewishness is exile and the prophetic. Many have reclaimed this specifically Jewish content precisely because other Jews claim a Jewishness highlighted by a false stability and an contextually absurd foundational identity.

How I fell in love with Nablus

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Of the major Palestinian cities in the West Bank, Nablus can often be overshadowed by the financial and political pseudo-capital, Ramallah, or the tourist-packed Bethlehem, or even the southern city of Hebron, besieged by settlers and a focal point for activism. Yet Nablus has its own history of being a center for culture, commerce, and resistance.

Benjamin Netanyahu: Master of show-and-tell

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (really) likes using visual aids. He has brought to the podium Xeroxed copies of old letters, meeting minutes and, now, a dazzlingly crude drawing of a cartoon bomb to illustrate this fearsome inevitability. Here’s a quick look at years past

Alsaafin: The Palestinian Authority is running Israel’s Guantanamo

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Palestinian Authority: Running Israel’s Guantanamo, Linah Alsaafin Scores of political detainees held in Israeli jails are released only to then be arrested by the Palestinian Authority, who is living up to its reputation of being Israel’s hired police force. Land Theft and Destruction / Ethnic Cleansing / Restriction of Movement / Apartheid & Occupation […]

Fire, Fire! And no water

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The Freedom Bus (sponsored by Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre) traveled to Beit Ummar,  a village surrounded by seven settlements which have confiscated much of Beit Ummar’s land and almost all its water. A fire broke out in the woods where we were having lunch. This one was probably set by kids rather than […]

Exile and the prophetic: My encounter with Alan Dershowitz — sort of

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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. You have to love Alan Dershowitz even if you can’t stand him. How Dershowitz survives at Harvard is an amazing feat. Then again, judging from aspects of Harvard’s history, perhaps it […]

New York Times covers Morsi’s UN speech without a word on its main theme: Palestine

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Egypt’s newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi, gave an historic speech at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. The focus of Morsi’s speech was Palestine — yet you wouldn’t know it if you read the New York Times. The preoccupation of its reporter seemed to be the Egyptian leader’s omission of a stalwart defense of free […]