Monthly Archives: April 2013
(Ed. note: On background read TIAA-CREF asks feds for OK to dodge Israeli divestment vote at annual meeting) Press Release: Yesterday, lawyers for the We Divest Coalition filed two letters (see here and here) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in response to retirement fund giant TIAA-CREFF’s continued refusal to allow a shareholder […]
The situation at Guantanamo continues to deteriorate. Here’s 6 facts you should know about Guantanamo Bay and the ongoing act of protest most of the prisoners are participating in.
Islamophobia has reared its ugly head post-Boston bombings. This time, though, the major purveyors of it aren’t right-wing bigots. Instead, it’s the U.S. government and a general tolerance for the violation of Muslims’ civil rights. The treatment of Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the main suspect in the Boston bombings, is a case study in how there’s a “Muslim exception” to the U.S. Constitution. This “Muslim exception” is rooted in Islamophobia.
Joel Kovel on the need to end Zionism and strive for universalism: “The bad conscience of Zionism cannot distinguish between authentic criticism and the mirrored delusions of anti-Semitism lying ready-made in the swamps of our civilization and awakened by the current crisis.”
Psychologist/novelist Noam Shpancer seems to be hiding the Israeli origins of his material in his acclaimed debut novel, The Good Psychologist
Are two staunch Zionists really the poles of the American conversation on a Jewish state? Dershowitz and Beinart debate whether Zionism is in crisis.
‘On the way back to Jerusalem, Gabi asks me if I still think there’s some possibility for the two-state solution. I shake my head.’ –David Shulman at +972
“If you want to say that people who devote their lives to defending the Jewish state are illegitimate voices, then what do I care what you have to say?” Uber-Zionist Caroline Glick to uber-Israel-lobbyist Alan Dershowitz
Noted Israeli activist Ezra Nawi faces a struggle to continue protesting in the West Bank. He needs a new truck.
Greek Orthodox Christians at Gaza’s Church of Saint Porphyrius, which recently commemorated its 1,606th anniversary, celebrated Palm Sunday yesterday according to the Eastern church calendar.
The Ma’an News story about Samer Issawi ending his hunger strike carried a striking photograph; I was moved by its potency. In it, the emaciated and wheelchair-bound prisoner is guarded by a thick, forbidding prison guard.
Over the weekend former Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert spoke at a conference organized by the Jerusalem Post in New York City. As the the video above shows the crowd did not support his argument that a Palestinian state is in Israeli self-interest.
On March 15, The New York Times Magazine broke important ground in the mainstream by publishing Ben Ehrenreich’s long and often-thrilling account of resistance in occupied Nabi Saleh. While the Forward and Haaretz were quick to attack Ehrenreich for his failure to believe in Zionism, there has been surprisingly little media followup to this important article. Phil Weiss talks to Ehrenreich about his article, the reaction it received and the media landscape for discussing Israel/Palestine.
Video: Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished a house and a building in al-Tur village – Jerusalem Silwanic.net 24 April http://silwanic.net/?p=37456 Video: East Jerusalem resident demolished a room in his house with his own hands Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) 2 Apr — Jerusalem citizen Taysir Abu al Hawa demolished a room in his house in al Sawane, East […]
Why did Noam Shpancer leave Israel for Columbus, Ohio, and do lessons about Israeli militarism play any part in his meditations on collective trauma?
Dustin Hoffman dared to agree to present an award on Saturday to Emad Burnat, co-director of ‘5 Broken Cameras.’ The Jewish Press smears him, saying he’s not really Jewish
Why should double amputee from Boston marathon bombing have her hat in hand to get support for her injuries? And meantime we think all we owe her is “remembrance-speak”
Andrea Mitchell of MNSBC hosts Ambassador Michael Oren of Israel for 5:35 and can’t ask him one question about the Israeli occupation or the Palestinian demands for freedom
When the Bush presidential library was opened Thursday, protesters wearing white masks and remembering the victims of US wars gathered across the road
What could be more important than a huge political scandal unfolding in Maryland over prison corruption? Well, Gov. Martin O’Malley is in Israel, mulling a presidential run in 2016. Marco Rubio was there before him. The Israel lobby at work
Financial Times piece on Simcha Hochman, dancing Hasid, glorifies war to techno music
Yet another Palestinian solidarity activist is questioned for hours on entering Israel and refused entry to the occupied territories. Frank Barat, a coordinator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, had wanted to visit friends in the West Bank. But Israeli security officials demanded he open his email account, so they could see whom he was in touch with. Barat gave a second email account. His story follows
May 16 event at 92d St Y called “A Time to Lead: Blueprint for… the peace process” features Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander and Dennis Ross, the peace processor who served as Israel’s lawyer
On Wednesday an Israeli court ordered an expansion of the separation barrier into the Cremisan Valley. The wall will now envelop a Catholic monastery and school on three sides, and confiscate precious wine-producing lands. Will this landgrab awaken the world to the plunders of Greater Jerusalem?