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December 2012

In backing Hagel, mainstream news organizations call out the Israel lobby

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The last 24 hours have seen major support for Chuck Hagel as a possible Defense Secretary originating from many mainstream venues, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Chris Matthews on Hardball. The Times piece by James Besser, formerly of the Jewish Week, and the New Yorker piece by Connie Bruck are both […]

Nakba Revisited: Syria’s Palestinians and the centrality of the right of return

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It must have been 2007, although I cannot remember the exact date. I do recall getting lost in what seemed like a futile search for the headquarters of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Rome. There was a meeting of NGOs and some General Assembly body, consisting of several UN ambassadors, dedicated to […]

Holiday greetings from the BDS movement

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St. Louis: Philadelphia: New York: More on the New York event, including a downloadable anti-apartheid songbook, here. Chicago: Los Angeles: San Francisco: For more about Sodastream see Who Profits and the BDS movement website.

‘Save Samer, he is dying’: Samer Issawi and the plight of Palestinian hunger strikers

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Samer’s father Tariq, and sister Shireen, holding a photo of Samer in the family’s East Jerusalem home (Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/ Alternative Information Center) Today, Wednesday the 26th, I woke up thinking of the last episode in Samer’s story; of his heart; of his mother; and of an innocent family. He has been charged with spurious […]

Jolly Christmas: BBC celebrates ‘return’ of a ‘lost tribe of Israel’ — and not a word about Palestinians’ right

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Members of the Bnei Menashe tribe (Getty Images) The BBC Newshour graced Christmas by honoring an American-Israeli, Michael Freund, who allegedly has made prejudice melt away. But the newfound tolerance is not toward Palestinians. No, it’s toward “lost tribes” of Israel. Freund, who is also a hero to Glenn Beck, leads a group that works […]

Exile and the Prophetic: Redeeming the Christmas season?

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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. So what if there was a Christmas tree at Auschwitz. That doesn’t invalidate Christmas and its symbolism, does it? Star of David helicopter gunships patrolling the Palestinian sky. That doesn’t invalidate […]

‘For the first time in decades, Israel has a new university’ — Netanyahu following decision to upgrade Ariel settlement campus

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Israel ‘approves 1,200 housing units’ in Gilo TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma‘an) 25 Dec  — Israel’s interior ministry has decided to allow the construction of 1,200 settlement units in the Gilo area in the Bethlehem district, Israeli media reported Tuesday. Israel’s Ynet news agency reported that the interior and housing ministries decided Monday that once the […]

Almost there! Help Mondoweiss reach our fundraising goal in the next six days

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Mondoweiss logos through the years As you know we’re almost done with our end of the year fundraiser, but we still need your help! We have about $10,000 to go to reach our goal of raising $40,000 before the end of the year. Luckily, a generous donor has agreed to match all donations over $100, […]

Obamas’ Christmas card gets thumbs down over cranberries and trifle

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The Obamas’ Christmas card I had Christmas dinner at the home of an Obama donor, and people passed around the Christmas card from the White House, and it got a lot of thumbs down. (I had my thumb up but changed my mind after I saw which way the wind was going, 5-2, with the […]

Exile and the Prophetic: A Christmas tree at Auschwitz

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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. Is Christmas day a time to reflect Jewishly on the meaning of Christmas?  Aside from endless shopping and fraught family gatherings, there isn’t much to say about Christmas as it has […]

Israel turns again to East Jerusalem neighborhood, ordering Palestinians out

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Bad news from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, the section traditionally favored by the Brits, where you will find their consulate and the Quartet’s mega-headquarters, and the Shepherd’s Hotel, now converted into a settlement. Apparently the Judaization is beginning again in Sheikh Jarrah, after a three-year lull. Will the State Department breathe a […]

Bagel for Hagel?

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A bagel for Hagel? A big zero, I mean. Well, some folks are saying as much. That this idea will float away without a word from the president. And it’s becoming a character issue for Barack Obama. Really: who can take his claims about the Middle East seriously if he bails on Hagel, his former […]

Why should I be accused of being Westernized?

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                                     (photo: Sameeha Elwan) “Westernized” is very often the first accusation pointed in your face when attempting to discuss or even try to raise gender matters in our society.” Especially if it stems from someone who has just come back from abroad, let alone it being a woman. I cannot deny that being abroad for […]

Exile and the Prophetic: Narrating Palestine

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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. The United States Nakba Memorial Museum. It sounds a bit strange to Jewish ears. Non-Jewish Americans would be surprised to hear of such a museum, too. The first question would be: […]

What ceasefire? Israeli soldiers shoot five Palestinians in latest in series of violations

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Palestinians hang flags in the Israeli imposed “buffer zone” in the Gaza Strip after a protest in 2010 (Photo: Anne Paq/ The world’s cameras have turned away, but Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip continues unabated. The latest Israeli violation of the ceasefire agreement occurred last week when Israeli soldiers fired on Palestinians near the […]

Chuck Hagel gets reinforcement from gay rights advocates, but White House is wobbling

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A lot going on on the Chuck Hagel front. The possible Defense Secretary nominee got hammered on the talk shows yesterday not only by Israel lobbyist Chuck Schumer but by rightwingers Lindsey Graham and Joe “serious doubts” Lieberman— to the point that the National Journal reports that lilylivered Obama is wavering on his former friend […]

Video: From Palestine on Christmas

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Christmas and Christians in the Holy Land PLO releases Bethlehem Christmas video BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 22 Dec — The PLO’s negotiations affairs department and Palestinian Government Media Center released a video on Saturday about the realities of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas. The video, titled Justice is Possible and Hope is Justified, reflects the “current reality of […]

Terror lurking in a Christmas tree? Israel tries to ban non-Jewish celebrations

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Santa Claus in Bilin, 2011. (Photo: Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlement of Bil’in via Israel’s large Palestinian minority is often spoken of in terms of the threat it poses to the Jewish majority. Palestinian citizens’ reproductive rate constitutes a “demographic timebomb”, while their main political program – Israel’s reform into “a state […]

No surprise: Chuck Schumer refuses to stand up for Hagel

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The Israel lobby continues to use the gay issue as cover for going after Chuck Hagel as possible Defense Secretary nominee, and the media allow the lobby to get away with it. Both Andrea Mitchell and David Gregory of NBC, apostles of conventional wisdom, hint that the possible nomination is going down. NBC News: Asked […]

Veolia withdraws bid for North London waste contract under boycott pressure

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No 2 Veolia Action Group (No2VAG) celebrate a huge victory. London Dec.21, 2012 (photo:No2VAG) During the last 2 years, a great campaign by the No to Veolia Action Group (NO2VAG) has worked hard in pressuring councilors to exclude Veolia from a £4.7 Billion contracts in north London. They have also submitted letters to North London […]

Exile and the Prophetic: The United States Nakba Memorial Museum

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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. So what if for one day at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a Jew spoke about the aftermath of the Holocaust and how it has affected Palestinians?   Whether there have […]

Facing the wall in Bil’in

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Here are two startling images from the Bil’in weekly demonstration along the wall in occupied Palestine. Hamdi Abu Rahma took the photo below on Friday. It appears to be a youth returning a teargas canister to soldiers. Bilin December 21 And this image of settler children observing the weekly demonstration from atop construction materials in […]

Preparing for the best

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In this essay, capitalized “Democracy” means what it means in South Africa: equal rights for all the citizens of Palestine.  Democracy’s enemy is apartheid, the present form of government in Palestine.  Another term for apartheid in Palestine is Zionism, the ranks of former liberal Zionists swelling steadily as one by one we reluctantly, belatedly come […]