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Monthly Archives: December 2012
Ma’an News is reporting Israel is planning on annexing an additional 456 dunams of land from the Jerusalem village of Beit Iksa to extend the wall. Beit Iksa is in area B under the civic control of the Palestinian Authority.
Nour O. El Borno recalls new year in 2009 as Israel bombarded Gaza during Operation Cast Lead and wonders if 2013 will only bring more Israeli violence.
Tony Blair, the representative of the Quartet, spent 23 minutes in Beit Iskariya three years ago– but he’s done nothing to end apartheid for the tiny village surrounded by Jewish settlements
Ahmed Moor shares memories of growing up in Gaza during the first intifada and what that struggle means for the Palestinians today. This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”
Mariam C. Said remembers the beginning of the first intifada and what it meant to her and her late husband Edward Said. This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”
If a leading journalist can’t mention the Israel lobby in a discussion of Chuck Hagel’s critics, our discourse really is broken
Abbas’s threat to turn over the keys to the West Bank to Netanyahu after the Israeli elections reveals the growing power of the religious right in Israeli politics, and in the life of Palestinians on the West Bank
David Sheen reports on a Jewish Israeli man attacking a Palestinian citizen of Israel on a bus in Jaffa.
A perfect example of how the Israel issue is treated in American legislatures: A video shows how a California state bill equating activism in solidarity with Palestinians with anti-Semitism was passed last August with no debate of the question
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 White House has reportedly been calling Jewish leaders to tell them that it will nominate Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense
Malcolm Hoenlein calls it “the Jewish lobby” and says Tom Friedman has lost credibility in the Jewish community by speaking frankly about the Israel lobby
A 31-year-old woman pushed a Hindu man to his death in New York City because she thought he was Muslim. In response, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said: ‘It’s a very tragic case, but what we want to focus on today is the overall safety in New York.’
As tourists celebrated Christmas in Manger Square in Bethlehem, shop owners were working. Despite its widely-hailed new UN Observer state status, the West Bank is in economic decline.
Liberals and realists are supporting Chuck Hagel and arguing that Obama can defeat the neocons with his appointment to Defense Secretary in a defining moment of his presidency
Ayoub Shamasneh appeals for international solidarity as his family faces eviction from the home they have lived in since 1964. He writes: “Now more than ever we are aware of the double standard of the Israeli law that does not lend Palestinian refugees or their children a claim to property they owned before 1948, yet allows children of Jewish Israelis to sue and evict Palestinian families from homes they have lived in for decades.”
MJ Rosenberg once said that if the mainstream started asking tough questions of Israel advocates, they’d be on the defensive. That’s come to pass, in the Hagel debate
Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Judaization / Restriction of movement Official: Israel demands 52,500 shekels to delay home demolitions NABLUS (Ma‘an) 26 Dec — Israel’s high court on Wednesday ordered 21 Palestinians to pay 52,500 shekels to delay the demolition of their homes in the northern West Bank, a Palestinian Authority […]
Benjamin Netanyahu wants to smooth the rough edges of political oppression so women can carry the Torah at the Western Wall. But when carrying the Torah scroll at the Western Wall is protected by the Apartheid Wall you have to challenge Constantinian Judaism rather than accept its leadership to reach your goals. When your equality is built on someone else’s inequality, we’re not far from the irruption of the prophetic.
The deputy consul general for Israel in Florida is given an op-ed to spout talking points about rockets aimed at Florida cities, countering Palestinian-American Rasha Mubarak’s op-ed
Max Ajl and Charles Davis deliver sharp ripostes to those on the left who think it’s worthwhile to defend Chuck Hagel. They make important contributions to the debate, with their pieces serving as a reminder that the Hagel nomination is more symbolic than anything and that U.S. policy is not going to change radically just because a more heterodox Defense Secretary is in.
New security camera footage has surfaced of Israeli border police killing 17-year-old Mohammed Salayme at a Hebron checkpoint on December 12th. The footage includes 19 seconds which had been edited out of a version released by the Israeli military. The new footage shows that an Israeli officer fired at Salayme several times after he retreated from the checkpoint.
Netanyahu has become an advocate of gender equality at the Western Wall because he knows that the issue is hurting Israel in the Diaspora. Should the major complaint of women who want religious equality involve prayer at a site that has been conquered and cleansed? Should Jews be united across gender lines in prayer at the Western Wall as it is now constituted and guarded?
Christine Quinn, NY City Council speaker, releases an earnest letter urging Obama to release imprisoned spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard