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March 2013

A child’s dream under occupation

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Declaration of the Rights of the Child adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution 1386 (XIV) of 10 December 1959 states: The child shall enjoy all the rights set forth in this Declaration. Every child, without any exception whatsoever, shall be entitled to these rights, without distinction or discrimination on account of race, colour, sex, language, […]

Federal anti-discrimination law being used to shut down criticism of occupation

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More at The Real News The Real News Network episode “Shutting Down Critique of Israel on Campus” interviews Michael Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Ratner provides an overview of how Title 6 is used through the Department of Education to shut down critics of Israel and Zionism, then explains how […]

‘My surprise was even greater–‘ Israeli emboff pens Dickensian letter to Lancet justifying harsh treatment of children throwing stones

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Oh, what bureaucratic officious and oleaginous prose is marshaled in the cause of child imprisonment: the press attache for the Embassy of Israel in London delegitimization by writing to The Lancet to protest an editorial that calls for certain basic protections for Palestinian minors imprisoned and often tortured for the alleged crime of throwing stones. […]

Israeli army captain assaults valiant protester Ezra Nawi

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I’ve often gone to demonstrations in the occupied territories with the great Ezra Nawi, an Israeli plumber/activist– of whom there will one day be stained glass window portraits in synagogues. Here, seeking to document the weekly demonstration against the sprawling illegal Efrat settlement in al Masara yesterday, he gets pushed around by an Israeli army […]

Not a happy Passover for Hebron’s Palestinians

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Palestinian youth stops in front of road closure to Shuhada Street in Hebron. Hundreds of Israelis traveled over the Green Line to observe Passover in Hebron this week at a carnival-like event as Israeli officials closed the Ibrahimi Mosque to Palestinians in the West Bank’s largest city. Since at least the mid-1990s, settlers and religious […]

Insider-trading case touches on American support for Zionism

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Maybe you’ve been following the government’s insider-trading case against nine employees of SAC, the hedge fund started by Steven A. Cohen. I haven’t; it all blurs for me. But a friend sent along the latest story on the arrest of SAC employee Michael Steinberg. Here’s an anecdote high in the New York Times story by […]

In Iraq, and now Syria, US seeks secular outcome by… promoting sectarian division

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Everybody is talking about Syria, which we can all agree is a mess. With rare exception, this site has not been covering Syria, but I must point out that Assad is fighting a jihadist-dominated rebel movement, and the US is continuing to insert itself by utilizing the “inclusion of some of the more radical forces… […]

A tale of two rabbis

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Flyer announcing new venue for event (click to enlarge) An event is taking place in New York City on April 4th [flyer at right] to discuss the following questions: Is Israel—or can it be—a democracy? Is there—or can there be—equality in Israel? Can a Jewish state be democratic? The current realities in Palestine/Israel, and deep […]

My 72 depressing hours on Obama’s trail

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Image via Blog.StandforIsrael.Org If you ever had a burning desire to see the American-Israeli alliance shine, there wasn’t a better place to be than Jerusalem last week. Spending 72 hours there, on the trail of President Obama’s tour through Israel/Palestine, was more than enough time to appreciate the enormous work ahead of those wishing to […]

Liberal Zionist students battled Phila Jewish community to stage event critical of occupation– but ‘rooted in love’ of Israel

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The University of Pennsylvania chapter of J Street, the liberal Zionist organization, sponsored an appearance by Breaking the Silence, the Israeli dissident veterans group, at the school’s Hillel two nights back. That’s good news. Ahead of the event, the J Street executive committee published an article in the school paper describing the five-month delay in […]

Obama allowed Zionists to feel cool again

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Obama’s visit to Israel was annoying – especially with all the excessive yukking over nothing in particular – but there were a few things about it that are worth highlighting. I was a little surprised at the level of frothy excitement projected by liberal Zionists into the public realm. Their virtual palpitations on Twitter seemed […]

‘Look at the world through their eyes’ — Obama should take his own advice

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Obama after his speech to people of Israel, 3/21, White House photo by Pete Souza It was master-crafted as an ingratiating speech by the world’s most important leader talking on behalf of the government that has most unreservedly championed Israel’s cause over the decades. Enthusiastically received by the audience of mainly Israeli youth, and especially […]

BRICS memo: Time ‘to take decisive action against the increasing Israeli Occupation as well as Israel’s apartheid policies’

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Over 150 protestors gathered March 26, 2013 at Speakers Corner at the 5th BRICS Summit taking place in Durban for the Memorandum handover. The Memorandum on Palestine was officially submitted to Marius Fransman, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. (more photos here) Yesterday the BRICS Memorandum on Palestine was officially submitted to […]

Another bad review: ‘Obama takes Palestinians for granted’

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Last week MJ Rosenberg praised Obama’s visit as a good investment. Now he’s reconsidered, in a post headlined, “Obama takes Palestinians for granted,” wherein he states that Obama exposed the fact that the U.S. can’t be an honest broker on the conflict. At every stop, he made clear that the United States is 100 percent […]

Breakthrough: Mennonites divest from ‘companies that support Israel’s occupation’

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Mennonite Central Committee logo Yesterday the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) United States announced that its board of directors had voted unanimously on March 16 to divest the organization’s direct holdings in “companies that support Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.” The global relief and service agency, which represents 15 Mennonite, Brethren in Christ […]

Lessons learned from a box of matzoh

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Matzoh (Photo: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt) Matzoh, the Jewish bread of affliction, has a historical narrative that dates thousands of years. In our haste to leave Egypt, the land where we were slaves, the Israelites gathered their children, animals, belongings, and bread dough before it had a chance to rise, and before the hard hearted Pharoah […]

Obama’s speech was racist — a Palestinian student explains to ‘USA Today’

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I remember when USA Today founder Al Neuharth pioneered diversity by insisting that graphs and charts in the newspaper that featured cartoon figures should have dark-skinned figures, too, because USA Today needed to reflect America. Here USA Today reporter Michele Chabin extends that tradition in her report on Obama’s speech in Jerusalem last week, and […]

‘Better a battered dream than no dream at all’ –liberal Zionist lament

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Leonard Fein, the venerable Forward columnist and founder of Moment magazine, sent out a fundraising note on Passover to followers of Americans for Peace Now, the liberal Zionist group. It includes these statements: There is not only a promised land; there is also a promised time. And we are withal, still in the desert. Now […]