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February 2013

Years of impunity for Israeli leaders may draw to a close in Turkish flotilla trial

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As Turkey is now conducting trials of four high level Israeli officials for the attack on the Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010, the question of who started the violence and who was acting to defend themselves when Israeli forces stormed the flotilla is not in doubt. The trial in Turkey could be the beginning of the end […]

The controversy over the Oscars joke that Jews run Hollywood

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Below is video of the infamous “you want to work in this town?” joke about Jews running Hollywood, delivered by a teddy bear called “Ted” created by Seth MacFarlane, at the Academy Awards Sunday night. It’s getting a lot of attention. Note that the talking bear says it’s important to give money to Israel to […]

Ten years after Rachel Corrie’s killing, AIPAC conference will feature Caterpillar executive

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AIPAC is holding its annual policy conference next week in Washington (I’ve sought credentials, have yet to hear from the folks there). The general theme of the conference is upbeat/let us drown out the shouts of the critics: “Shaping Tomorrow Together” is the conference motto, with a logo of joined American and Israeli stars (youtube […]

Dov Hikind dons blackface for Purim party (Updated)

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Update: Earlier today Dov Hikind gave a press conference that was basically a big non-apology. He promises “to do Indians next year.”In a later interview with Orthodox radio host Zev Brenner he said he would dress up “as a gay person” next year: Hikind: “Maybe I should dress up next year as a gay person. Would […]

In solidarity with Hebron, London shops get a taste of the occupation

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Israeli produce removed from a Tesco supermarket. (Photo: Nancy Kiousi) On Saturday, February 23rd activists in London staged multiple boycott actions and a protest at the Israeli Embassy in support of the Palestinians in Al-Khalil (Hebron). In solidarity with the people in Hebron and the Open Shuhada Street movement, London shops got a taste of […]

Argo’s Oscar and the failure of truth

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This post originally appeared on Nima Shirazi’s website Wide Asleep in America on Saturday, Febuary 23, 2013 (i.e. the day before the Academy Awards) One year ago, after his breathtakingly beautiful Iranian drama, A Separation, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, writer/director Asghar Farhadi delivered the best acceptance speech of the night. “[A]t […]

Notes from an illegal military court in Israel

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Hassan Karajah (Photo: Palestine Monitor) Standing at well over six feet tall and hunching as he enters the military court room at Kishon prison in Israel, Hassan Karajah’s hands and legs are bound with chains. The fifth Palestinian detainee brought before us on this day, his very presence as a prisoner within the borders of […]

Ignore the hype around Obama’s Israel trip — It’s four more years of settlement growth

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Israeli and Palestinian officials have been in Washington laying the ground for President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel and the West Bank, scheduled for next month and the first since he took office four years ago. Topping the agenda, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said, will be efforts to restart the long-stalled peace process. […]

Int’l pressure builds: Human Rights Watch calls for end to ‘abusive’ administrative detention of 178 prisoners

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International pressure is building against the Israeli security narrative. Human Rights Watch yesterday called on Israel to end the “abusive practice” of administrative detention, an extreme measure it is now using against 178 Palestinians, some of whom are among the hunger strikers capturing world attention. Israel should immediately charge or release Palestinians detained without charge […]

J14 leader is guest of Israel lobby group in Europe

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European Friends of Israel conference on J14 Last week Daphni Leef, a leader of the J14 social protests in Israel, appeared at a conference in Brussels on the social protests sponsored by the European Friends of Israel, an Israel lobby group. Daphni Leef, at right last week, as guest of lobby group EFI is dedicated […]

In ’62, Israel shunned MLK as ‘militant’ who had alienated ‘moderate’ blacks

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An investigative piece in Haaretz, “How Martin Luther King Jr. Avoided Visiting Israel,” says that from the time that Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Prize in 1964, Israeli officials urged him to visit Israel and King played ball but apparently had reservations about going; he never went in the four years that were […]

Press treats Palestinian protests as tactic aimed at Obama, but they began long before he announced visit

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Yesterday Israel demanded that the Palestinian Authority take action to “calm the territory,” responding to Palestinian protests in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners ahead of President Obama’s visit to the region, less than a month away. That Israeli demand has gone viral–as the protests are finally garnering international attention after months. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed […]

Israel demands Palestinians quench protests for Obama visit– even as extremist settlers install outpost, bulldozing olive trees

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Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Colonization Israel announces confiscating land in Jerusalem OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PIC) 24 Feb — Civic Coalition for Defending the Palestinians’ Rights in Jerusalem warned of the occupation authorities’ intention to confiscate lands and expand settlements, within the policies of judaizing Jerusalem. According to a statement issued […]

‘An Arab is the son of a prostitute, a Jew is a (blessed) soul’ — Jerusalem mob chants

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From Ofer Neiman, a short video of a mob in Jerusalem last night. I don’t know what occasioned this outburst (beyond the fact that such racism is the inevitable expression of fervent nationalism). From the facebook description by Avinoam Oltchik: Jerusalem, night between 24-25 Feb 2013. Young Israeli youth looking for the next lynch victim […]

‘5 Broken Cameras’ loses out to ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ for best doc Oscar

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Emad and Soraya Burnat with their son Jibreel on the red carpet entering the Academy Awards. (Photo: 5 Broken Cameras) Congratulations to “Searching for Sugar Man”…..And to all other documentaries and films recognized at this years Academy Awards! — 5 Broken Cameras (@5brokencameras) February 25, 2013 The awards have been announced and alas 5 Broken […]

Autopsy reveals Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture in Israeli custody

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Father of Arafat Jaradat, after identifying his son’s tortured body, Abu Kabir Forensic Institute, Feb. 24,2013 (Photo: Yotam Ronen/ Ma’an News reports Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture. Minister: Autopsy shows torture killed Jaradat: BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An autopsy has revealed that Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture in Israeli custody and did not have […]

Wait, why would a liberal Democrat line up with Dick Cheney?

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William C. Thompson Jr. is a progressive black Democrat running for mayor of New York, and he’s courting Jewish voters, according to this profile by David Chen in the Times. Thompson went to AIPAC, the Israel lobby, and evidently agreed with Dick Cheney there. Mr. Thompson’s courtship of Jewish voters is emblematic of calculations being […]

The Israel Project– and Chris Matthews– say you can’t make deals with Palestinians

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The Israel Project, a hardline Israel lobby group, responds to the new wave of Palestinian protests of occupation and imprisonment by stating that Palestinians are incapable of participating in a peace process– so why is Obama wasting his time. TIP’s press release is below. I would add that on Hardball the other night, Chris Matthews […]

In pictures: Thousands in Gaza protest the prison death of Arafat Jaradat

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Thousands marched and rallied in Gaza this morning to protest the death of Arafat Jaradat, a Palestinian detainee in Israel’s Megiddo prison, yesterday. GAZA, PALESTINE, February 24 – Thousands protested the death of Arafat Jaradat, a Palestinian detainee in Israel’s Megiddo prison, yesterday. (Photo: Joe Catron) “Tortured to Death” Protesting the death of Arafat Jaradat, […]

Blocked from central commercial street in Hebron for 13 years– Palestinians protest peacefully

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  Shuhada Street demonstration` Shuhada Street demonstration A press release from Badia Dwaik of Youth Against Settlements in Hebron: On the 19th Commemoration of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre, hundreds demonstrate to Open Shuhada Street in Hebron Hundreds demonstrated today, Friday, in Hebron as part of the 4th Annual Open Shuhada Street Protest.  Israeli forces quickly […]

In fresh defiance of Obama, Israeli gov’t approves oil-drilling in occupied Golan

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Jim Lobe reports at InterPress on another provocation from Israel, in league with American rightwingers. One of the investors in this drilling project, Michael Steinhardt, has denied that there is an occupation, denied there is a Palestinian people. And the company is headed by Effi Eitam, a hawkish former Israeli Cabinet minister. Lobe: In a […]

‘5 Broken Cameras’ co-director’s boycott call angers Israeli consul, who brags on the doc

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On MSNBC yesterday, Emad Burnat told Andrea Mitchell that “5 Broken Cameras,” the Oscar-nominated documentary that he co-directed, is a Palestinian movie. The Forward says the Israeli consulate is bragging on the film, which demonstrates the cruelty of the occupation, as proving Israel’s diversity of opinion; though Burnat’s Israeli co-director has endorsed boycott: Despite his […]