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January 2013

Hagel offers himself as secretary of Israel’s defense

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Yesterday during his confirmation hearing to become Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel stood up for his criticism of US foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, but abandoned his criticisms of Israel and the lobby. The most urgent questions were about Israel, and many came from liberal Democrats insisting that Hagel pledge to go to war against Iran if it acquires a nuclear weapon. Hagel was suitably craven.

Students suffer as Israel denies Palestinian freedom of movement and education in the occupied territories

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How long does it typically take university students to get to their morning lectures where you live? It might just be a matter of whether they decide to walk, cycle or take the bus. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for Palestinian students in the West Bank who continue to face incredible difficulties in accessing education because of the movement restrictions of the Israeli occupation.

UN fact-finding mission: Israeli settlements violate intl law; Israel must ‘immediately initiate a process of withdrawal’; Governments and companies must ‘[terminate] their business interests in the settlements’

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A U.N. fact-finding mission into “the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory” has issued a blockbuster report on the Israeli settlement project warning of “creeping annexation” of the occupied territories and making the closest call yet from the U.N. for sanctioning Israel over its violation of Palestinian human rights and international law.

From Islamophobic surveillance to ‘stop and frisk’: Organizers decry criminalization of their communities in NYC

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A packed house gathered in an Upper West Side church January 29 to hear about the connections between Islamophobia and police “stop and frisk” policiees in New York City. The event, organized by the Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition, was testament to the burgeoning coalition between Black and Latino groups working on “stop and frisk,” Muslim activists working on Islamophobia and Jewish activists supporting that work.

See Iyad Burnat in DC, Feb. 3 & 4

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On February 3rd and 4th, 2013, Palestinian activist Iyad Burnat will culminate his United States speaking tour with three public events in Washington, DC that narrate personal stories of life in the occupied West Bank and outline strategies for non-violent popular resistance to the Israeli occupation.

Forces prevent Palestinians from bringing saplings into occupied village, Beit Iksa

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction of movement Watch: Palestinian steadfastness honored in short animation “The Kite That Caught a Mountain” EI 29 Jan — The Kite that Caught a Mountain, directed by Alexander Gaisie-Walker and James Altham, is a uniquely stylized portrayal of the literal machine of Israeli occupation and […]

Drone warfare panel brings home the civilian carnage U.S. policy produces around globe

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Surgical strikes, terrorists and high-level militants–those are the buzzwords most Americans are accustomed to thinking about when a conversation turns to drone warfare. But the audience who attended the Culture Project’s panel on drone warfare last night in New York got a much different take. It was a discussion that bluntly said that drones are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians and are the cause of visceral hatred against the U.S.

Human rights orgs: Israeli obstruction of UN Human Rights Council shields Israel from accountability and undermines human rights

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Yesterday, Israel refused to attend a United Nations Human Rights Council review of its human rights record becoming the first country ever to boycott the Universal Periodic Review process. In response, a coalition of 15 Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations released a statement warning of the far reaching consequences of Israel’s decision: “This lack of transparency will not only mean that Israel avoids rigorous criticism of its violations of international law, but that the entire UPR system will be undermined by the loss of its two fundamental principles: equality and universality.”

A story that even ‘hasbara’ cannot explain

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Israel’s coaxing of Ethiopian women to take birth control, evidently so as to suppress African birth rate, is a story that flies in the face of democracy

Legal initiative launched to fight back against harassment of Palestine solidarity activists

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The National Lawyers Guild and the Center for Constitutional Rights have launched the Palestine Solidarity Legal Support initiative, a resource for activists focused on Palestinian rights. ‘This legal support initiative comes at a crucial time and responds to growing efforts to obstruct advocacy in support of Palestinian rights and brand it as anti-Semitic,’ said the Center for Constitutional Rights’ legal director.

Obama in Tehran

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Obama looks like a bad guy from an 80s movie in a Tehran billboard