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December 2012

Thank you for another year of Mondoweiss

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As always we are humbled and excited to report that we have reached (and exceeded!) our fundraising goal for December. Thank you! We appreciate this vote of confidence and promise to continue full steam ahead in 2013. The last year has been another period of incredible growth for the site. A review of site stats […]

Palestine wishes you a happy new year

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Tomorrow is the 1st of January 2013. A new year, a new beginning and a new everything or so it may seem. I still remember how we celebrated the beginning of 2009. I remember fireworks, I remember candles, I remember screams, I remember children scattered in the streets. I remember seeing parents’ faces with stains […]

A Palestinian village under apartheid — see for yourself

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It’s the last day of the year and I have wanted to publish this video for over a month. If anyone questions whether there is apartheid on the West Bank, well, look at this video. “Apartheid on steroids,” as the Nation put it. The man in the video is Abu Ibrahim ‘Attalah, 52, a father […]

Roots of Resistance: The source of Palestinian power is the moral force of our cause

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This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. Growing up, Gaza was a place like any other. But then that changed one summer. I was three when my family left Rafah. We moved to different countries for the next ten years, […]

Roots of Resistance: A moment of hope

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Palestinian women and children demonstrate on January 3, 1988 in Al-Ram in the West Bank. (Photo: Esaias Baitel/AFP/Getty Images) This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. The beginning of the First Intifada left an indelible impression on me. I can see […]

David Gregory covers up for the Israel lobby (even as he fingers the NRA)

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When David Gregory asked President Obama yesterday about the Chuck Hagel controversy on “Meet the Press,” he pretended that it was a controversy over 14-year-old gay slur by Hagel, for which the former senator has apologized, as Obama was quick to point out. This was deceptive. The “criticism” Gregory mentions has come chiefly from the […]

Rising rightwing in Israel is using violent provocation in West Bank to push annexation

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Since Mahmoud Abbas went to the UN for the Palestine Observer State status upgrade a month ago, nearly everything on the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s list of ways to threaten Palestinians has been initiated. Notably: Haaretz reporting that “Israel may initiate a building drive in West Bank” and Defense Minister Ehud Barak saying there would likely […]

Scene on an Israeli bus

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Editor’s Note: The following story was told by Mondoweiss contributor David Sheen over Twitter and compiled on Storify by SAHenryKrinkle. [View the story “@davidsheen rescues Palestinian citizen of Israel from Jewish supremacist” on Storify]

Settlers’ new tactic: Building wooden benches Palestinians can’t sit on

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Israel to seize hundreds of dunums of West Bank land JERUSALEM (WAFA) 29 Dec – The Israeli authorities Friday issued a number of notices to seize 456 dunums of land in the village of Beit Iksa northwest of Jerusalem to build a barrier that will separate the […]

The birth of Jesus– and the mythological birth of a Palestinian state

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Entrance of the Church of Nativity from Manger Square, Bethlehem, 25 December 2012. On Christmas Eve the Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal declared that this year Bethlehem would celebrate both “the birth of Christ our Lord and the birth of the state of Palestine.” But as tourists poured into Manger Square for the annual festivities—drum lines, […]

Do not let settlers expel us from our home in Sheikh Jarrah

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A banner is displayed at the entrance of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in March, 2009. (Photo: Anne Paq/Activestills) To whom it may concern, My name is Ayoub Shamasneh and I live in Um Haroun, Sheikh Jarrah. My wife and I are living here with our son, Mohammed, his wife Amaal, and their six children ranging […]

Neocons, wearing jackboots, are suddenly on the defensive over Hagel

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The Chuck Hagel debate has moved into a new phase: the neoconservatives are completely on the defensive. NYT op-eds by Tom Friedman (“Give Chuck a Chance“) and James Besser (“Don’t Let Pro-Israel Extremists Sink Chuck Hagel”) have now successfully positioned Hagel as a centrist being attacked by extremists. And the neoconservatives have got their back […]

Exile and the Prophetic: Gender equality is worth struggling for. Gender equality within Constantinian Judaism isn’t.

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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. Constantinian Judaism is an amalgam of religion and politics. Christianity pioneered it in the 4th century and beyond. Any Constantinian formation– including Constantinian Islam – is about religion and state working […]

Since when is the left embracing Chuck Hagel, a nationalist, establishment figure?

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Chuck Hagel (Photo: CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES) The neoconservative smear campaign against former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel has caused a crop of liberals and progressives to jump to his defense. But others further on the left have questioned whether those interested in a new U.S. policy towards the Middle East should be looking to Hagel to […]

The Western Wall is as political as the Apartheid Wall

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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. Netanyahu at Western Wall Just when my reflections on religion and the holiday season were becoming too pessimistic, a more positive development is in the offing.  At least it’s touted as […]

NY mayoral hopeful Quinn urges Obama to free Pollard

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You do the math: Christine Quinn is expected to run for mayor in NY next year. She is the speaker of the NY City Council. Yesterday she released this letter calling on Obama to commute the sentence of Jonathan Pollard, the spy for Israel inside Navy Intelligence who has spent many years in prison: “Mr. […]