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December 2012

Holiday greetings from the BDS movement

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During the holiday season activists across the United States brought their message of justice, freedom and equality to shoppers considering products connected to the occupation. Most protests focused on Sodastream, a home carbonating device whose main production site is in the illegal West Bank settlement of the Mishor Edomin Industrial Zone. Check out these videos from BDS protests around the country.

Exile and the Prophetic: Redeeming the Christmas season?

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At the heart of Christianity – and Islam – and Judaism – and modernity – is beauty and violence, a violence we partake in or suffer from. All the religious symbols I know of are held hostage by their history of violence.

‘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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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, but that still means we have to raise $5,000 in the next six days. Please consider giving a donation today.

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 […]

Bagel for Hagel?

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David Bromwich at Huffpo predicts that Obama will walk away from Hagel idea for Defense. Jennifer Epstein at Politico describes his opposition as arising from “Jewish groups” and powerful Jewish senators

Why should I be accused of being Westernized?

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“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 the first time in my whole life has put me in a very serious confrontation with my own identity not only as a Palestinian, or as a Muslim but also as a woman.

Exile and the Prophetic: Narrating Palestine

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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: ‘Nakba’? What in the world does that mean?’

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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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 of all its citizens” – is proof for most Israeli Jews that their compatriots are really a “fifth column”. But who would imagine that Israeli Jews could be so intimidated by the innocuous Christmas tree?

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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Two startling images from Bil’in’s weekly demonstration, by Hamdi Abu Rahma and David Kattenburg

Preparing for the best

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On the need for a government-in-waiting for Israel/Palestine as a single democracy