Here is an important story from Palestine: Nour Joudah, 25, a Palestinian-American masters graduate of Georgetown who teaches at the Friends School in Ramallah was denied entry into Israel on Monday. This is the second time in two months Israel has stopped Joudah from going back to her classes in Palestine. In a heartbreaking goodbye to her students Joudah writes, “I’ll always be your teacher. The Israelis can’t take that from me or from you . . Remember – just because I lost this small fight now, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth fighting – and it doesn’t mean the larger fight is over. Never let anyone keep you from living in your country.”
Monthly Archives: February 2013
Yesh Din, human rights organization, can document “ten separate and serious incidents in which Israeli civilians have attacked Palestinians” in occupied West Bank over last week
AIPAC’s annual policy conference is this weekend, and they will be pushing for U.S. Congressional backing of any Israeli strike on Iran. Today, two Senators, Lindsey Graham and Robert Menendez, announced they will be introducing the AIPAC-requested resolution.
Allison Deger reports from the West Bank as demonstrations grow in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners. Israel has attempted to crack down on protests with force, and appease Palestinians by releasing long withheld tax revenues, but there is no end in sight as the popular resistance spreads.
Frank Barat writes a personal remembrance of Stéphane Hessel who died Tuesday at age 95.
Every Monday morning families of Palestinians detained by Israel gather in the courtyard of the International Committee of the Red Cross’s Gaza Strip headquarters. In 2011, an organizer said that the event, which began after the redeployment of Israeli forces following the Oslo accords in 1994, “could enter the Guinness book of records for the longest running weekly sit-ins in the world.”
Israel returns 1000 Sudanese nationals to certain punishment. Wait, didn’t the west get eternal obloquy and scorn for just such measures against Jews?
The Emergency Committee for Israel scrubs criticism on its site that it is an agent for a foreign power
In announcing Best Documentary at the Oscars, Ben Affleck said ‘5 Broken Cameras’ illuminates ‘the tension and resentment of those living in the West Bank’ — as though the occupation is about peevishness
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll is primarily focused on U.S. domestic politics, but contains some interesting numbers pertaining to Israel/Palestine.
In his speech at the Pentagon today, his first day as Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel left Iran off the menu of upcoming threats and challenges, speaking vaguely about the Asia-Pacific region and NATO
Although the Palestinian Authority has already announced the results of an autopsy showing Arafat Jaradat’s death was the result of torture in an Israeli prison, this is not good enough for the U.S. State Department which refuses to comment until it sees the “Israeli results.”
Above is a video recorded December 27, 2012 by a B’Tselem volunteer in Yasuf, a Palestinian village located in the heart of the West Bank. It documents a Jewish settler attempting to convince Palestinian farmers he is the rightful owner of their land. Yasuf is almost completely surrounded by settlements and villagers have been denied access to thousands of dunams of their land since 2001. In addition, Yasuf has suffered violent settler attacks for years.
The ‘New York Times’ puts an admiring profile of neoconservative provocateur Michael Goldfarb on the front page — and meantime exercises a bar on publishing op-eds by Israel lobby critic John Mearsheimer, who used to be in its pages all the time
Former Israeli soldiers Shai Bernstein and Hen Mazzig, now affiliated with the Israel lobby group StandWithUs, show up at Berkeley screening of ‘5 Broken Cameras’ to spout propaganda
J Street Miami will screen “The Gatekeepers.” Why not “5 Broken Cameras” which was made by a Palestinian?
The UN is now calling for an inquiry into the death of Arafat Jaradat, after Palestinians demanded an international investigation.
“The recent increase in attacks against Arabs is a symptom of a racist and intolerant society” — Ahmed Tibi
Palestinians aren’t mentioned once in AIPAC’s legislative agenda for its annual policy conference but there is a palpable fear that the aid spigot to Israel is about to turn off, or at least slow down, given the budget face off taking place in Washington.
Larry Abramson of NPR lectures Palestinians against using violence. Maybe he should talk to the Israelis?
Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Disrespect for non-Jewish religions / Restriction of movement Jerusalem Old City master plan derailed by rightists on city council Haaretz 25 Feb by Nir Hasson — Right-wing members of the Jerusalem City Council succeeded in blocking a master plan for Palestinian building in the Old City, […]
Chuck Hagel has finally been confirmed as Secretary of State by a Senate vote of 58-41. Although they were able to prolong the process over the Defense Secretary nomination, today’s vote serves as a stinging defeat to the neocon campaign against Hagel.
Here’s how U.S. aid to Israel works. The Israeli military is switching from Ford to Dodge trucks.
Harlem Shake videos from New York and Palestine.
The UC-San Diego chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine has announced that tomorrow the UC San Diego Associated Students will vote on a resolution calling on the University of California system to divest from “companies that profit off the military occupation of and violence inflicted upon the Palestinian people.”