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April 2013

The dancing cop at Al Manara

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When a Jewish friend came out to Israel for Passover, Pamela Olson got him to lie to his family and visit her in Ramallah, where he saw the dancing traffic cop. Another amazing fact about Palestine that you have never heard about in the west, where we have destroyed a civilization in our discourse

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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The words Iraq and Afghanistan, however, never passed Obama’s or Bush’s lips, or those of the three other presidents who spoke at Bush library opening

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

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The window for the two-state solution was a few years in the ’90s. But because the US sided with Israel during its unending expansion, partition is now dead, and everyone in D.C. policy circles knows this but is afraid to say it out loud. “The emperor’s clothes are beautiful,” Rashid Khalidi says. In this interview about his new book, Brokers of Deceit, the Columbia scholar also says that his friend Barack Obama, then a state senator, asked him and his wife sympathetic questions about the Palestinian narrative back in Chicago, but he was developing his knowledge, not his solidarity.

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

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A smear campaign against UN Rapporteur Richard Falk distorts his words to claim that he blames Israel and the US for the Boston bombing—and that he believes the vicitms had it coming. Yet Falk never made the comments he was accused of making. Above, Falk talks at the United Nations.

Israel shoots down drone off the coast of Haifa

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The Israeli military shot down a drone today that invaded Israeli airspace. The military is now scouring the Mediteranean Sea off the coast of Haifa in search of wreckage from the drone. The incident comes about six months after the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah sent a drone that invaded Israeli airspace.

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

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Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is gone–and with him goes the Palestinian Arab Spring, according to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. The author is innocent about American politics and its relation to the politics he sees rampant in the Arab world. Friedman ignores the repression and corruption everywhere–even among the leaders of our American empire.

Exile and the prophetic: Disaster payout czar Kenneth Feinberg, Gaza and One Fund Boston

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Kenneth Feinberg, the Disaster Czar who oversaw the 9/11 and BP payouts to victims, is heading up One Fund Boston for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Amid the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, Feinberg published a book reflecting on his experience with the victims of September 11th. The book should encourage us to reflect more deeply on the culture of victimhood, compensation, memorials and the apolitical world they create.

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

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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 been with the show since it began in 1995. Updike explores the routinized harassment of villagers in Nabi Saleh by the Israeli military. Above, Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian from the village.