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April 2013

The dancing cop at Al Manara

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The dancing cop at Al Manara On Monday night in New York, Pamela Olson will appear at the New School and read from her memoir of Palestine. Below is the opening of a story, “Deep in Enemy Territory,” that Olson posted on her blog but did not include in Fast Times in Palestine because it did […]

Memo to Francis: Israel’s occupation wall to separate elderly nuns from Catholic monastery

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Apartheid West Bank convent loses appeal over Israeli separation barrier route Guardian 26 Apr by Harriet Sherwood — Catholic group criticises ruling after seven-year legal battle over barrier that will separate Cremisan nuns from most of their land — Israel is expected to press ahead with […]

Exile and the prophetic: Our rogues gallery

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As I predicted, our former Presidents whitewashed President Bush’s White House record at the Bush Library dedication yesterday.  The Presidential Library Golden Rule:   Do unto others as you hope they will do unto you. Every President is the hero of their own library.  They seek to preserve the narrative they think they deserve. The New […]

In huge demonstration against lawless settler outpost, 500 Palestinians are teargassed by Israeli army

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Protesters march to Israeli outpost near Israeli settlement of Ofra  Photo:  Noah Browning (April 26, 2013) Reuters’ Noah Browning reports that 500 Palestinians were violently dispersed by the Israeli army as they marched toward an illegal Israeli settler outpost northeast of Ramallah. The protesters came from the adjacent village of Deir Jarir (also spelled Deir […]

‘NYT’s interview with Lanny Davis leaves out his fervent Israel-lobbying

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Lanny Davis is in addition to his other colorful achievements, an Israel lobbyist. He was out front for Israel during the butchery of the Gaza war, volunteering to do media appearances for the rightwing Israel Project. He then set up a consultancy with Josh Block, the former AIPAC spokesperson to whom AIPAC still directs callers, […]

Exile and the prophetic: Obama’s library-in-waiting

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Speaking about corruption in the Palestinian and Arab world, did you have a chance to watch the opening ceremonies of the Bush Library in Dallas yesterday?  Amazing stuff, especially when our […]

‘Palestinians be damned’ — Khalidi explains the American role in the peace process

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Khalidi Rashid Khalidi’s latest book on the conflict may be his most important in terms of policy. Brokers of Deceit documents as no work has before the record of American double-dealing during the peace process. For 40 years, the United States government managed the negotiations closely but always as Israel’s lawyer; and Khalidi, a professor […]

Israel destroys over 1,000 olive trees in Hebron village

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction of movement Map of destroyed villages aims to teach Israelis about Nakba Tel Aviv (IPS) 22 Apr by Jillian Kestler-D’Amours — Fireworks went off over the Tel Aviv skyline last week as thousands of flag-waving Israelis marked the 65th anniversary of their country’s establishment. At […]

Israel supporters use Boston bombing to call for firing of UN Rapporteur

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In recent days, news reports have accused Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, of blaming the Boston marathon attack on Israel and the US. Some reports even claim that he had said the victims deserved it. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon officially “reject[ed]” Falk’s alleged comments. The UK Mission […]

Palestinians applaud Association for Asian American Studies for endorsement of academic boycott

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PACBI logo The following statement was sent from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) salutes the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) in the United States for its principled support for the cause of justice in Palestine by adopting, […]

U.S. ambassador to UN says ‘huge part’ of her work is defending Israel

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How reassuring it is that the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations spends a lot of her time defending Israel. The JTA reports: Susan Rice said a major part of her work as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is defending Israel’s legitimacy. “It’s a huge part of my work to the United Nations,” Rice said Sunday […]

Israel shoots down drone off the coast of Haifa

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An Israeli patrol boat and helicopter search for the wreckage of a drone shot down by an Israeli F-16 warplane off the northern coast. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Israel is scouring the Mediteranean Sea off the coast of Haifa in search of wreckage from a downed drone after the Israeli military shot the aircraft down. Israel […]

Exile and the prophetic: Farewell to Salam Fayyad and American innocence

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is gone. With him goes the Palestinian Arab Spring. So says the New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman in his column, “Goodbye to All That.” Say […]

Watch live: Middle East Policy Council hosts talk on expanding the debate on Israel/Palestine

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Founder and co-editor of Mondoweiss Phil Weiss is participating in a Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) discussion this morning on expanding the debate on Israel/Palestine. You can watch the livestream above–it begins at 9:30 am EST and ends at about noon. The other panelists are: Henry Siegman, President of the U.S./Middle East Project; Stephen Walt, Professor […]

Israeli attorney general affirms policy of e-mail searches of foreign travelers

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Ben Gurion Airport The Israeli attorney general has announced that security officials can demand to search foreigners’ e-mail accounts when they try to enter the country. The announcement, first reported by the right-wing daily Israel Hayom, comes in response to an inquiry from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). The move represents an […]

Columbia faculty and students press retirement fund to divest from Israeli army-linked corporations

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Columbia student representatives from a wide array of organizations show their support for a divestment campaign (Photo courtesy of Columbia SJP) Staff members and students from Columbia University and Barnard College gathered yesterday to launch a divestment campaign targeting companies with links to the Israeli occupation. The Columbia faculty, backed up by the campus Students […]

D.C. speakers: Walt and Siegman on the conflict, Madar on Bradley Manning

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I’m headed to D.C., where I’m part of a special conference tomorrow on expanding the debate over the conflict, organized by the Middle East Policy Council. We’re in Rayburn House Office Building, Room 339, from 9:30 to noon, and I believe the discussion will be livestreamed at the link. The lineup includes two power hitters, […]

‘This American Life’ shines some light on that Palestinian life

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Israeli soldiers in the village of Nabi Saleh arresting a Palestinian (Photo: Nariman Tamimi via Haaretz) Last week’s episode of “This American Life,” the popular public-radio show hosted by Ira Glass, included a striking 23-minute segment about the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. The piece was reported by Nancy Updike, an award-winning producer who’s […]

UC Berkeley student president announces he will not veto divestment bill

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From the Daily Californian Landgraf announces no veto on divestment bill SB 160: ASUC President Connor Landgraf has announced that he will not veto SB 160, the controversial bill passed last week that divests ASUC funds from companies affiliated with the Israeli military and encourages the UC system to do the same. In a statement […]

‘Fast Times in Palestine’ offers a glimpse of what has been, what is, and what could be

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Pamela J. Olson’s recently-published book, Fast Times in Palestine, is an important and welcome addition to the books written from personal experience living in the occupied Palestinian territories. Part travelogue, part unflinching witness to the brutality of the Israeli occupation and colonization of the West Bank, and part “love affair with a homeless homeland” (the […]

Obama’s 2 guests on Air Force One to Israel/Palestine both undermine his policy

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Last week John Kerry made headlines saying that the two-state solution is expiring, and governments must act:  So there’s an urgency to this, in my mind, and I intend, on behalf of the president’s instructions, to honour that urgency and see what we can do to move forward. But wait; if it’s so urgent to […]