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May 2013

Tell Alicia Keys: Don’t entertain apartheid

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Alicia Keys has announced that, despite protests, she is going forward with her upcoming show in Israel. The New York Times reports: Alicia Keys said on Friday that she is going forward with a July 4 performance in Tel Aviv that has drawn calls from other artists to cancel as part of a larger cultural […]

Kerry and Blair’s $4 Billion Mystery Plan for Palestine: Crony capitalism under the guise of peace?

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discusses Middle East peace with Quartet Representative Tony Blair at the Villa Taverna, the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Rome, Italy, on May 9, 2013. (Photo, and caption: U.S. State Department) The recent World Economic Forum in Amman, Jordan, was billed as the Obama administration’s milestone moment for reviving the […]

The Not-So-Complex World of Michael Bloomberg: When a white person does it, it’s not terrorism

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Last week, a threatening letter laced with the deadly chemical ricin was sent from Shreveport, Louisiana to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a response to the mayor’s outspoken support for stricter gun control laws.  Two identical letters, also containing the lethal substance, were addressed to both President Barack Obama and the head of the Washington D.C. lobbying group, […]

Is Israel ‘Funtown’?

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Photoshopped spoof billboard in front of Superland’s ferris wheel “”Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for Jews. Mondays and Wednesdays for Arabs.” Here are several responses to yesterday’s news that an Israeli amusement park called Superland segregates high school students on a racial basis. First, there’s a giant mock billboard in front of Superland’s ferris wheel flying […]

Updated: al-Aqsa Foundation discovers mass graves of Palestinians killed during the Nakba in Jaffa

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JAFFA, Israel. During a restoration project at the historic Al-Kazakhana cemetery workers discovered “nozzles” leading to the mass graves with hundreds of skeletons of Palestinians killed during the Nakba and 1936 uprising.

(Update below) During a restoration project repairing gravesites which had collapsed due to natural conditions at the Al-Kazakhana cemetery in Jaffa, workers for the al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, an NGO based in the city of Umm al-Fahm, discovered the existence of six mass graves with hundreds of skeletons of Palestinians who perished during […]

Visiting Hollywood, mayor sells Jerusalem as location– ‘good business, good Zionism’

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The Hollywood Reporter has an item about the “mayor of the Israeli capital” — Jerusalem, presumably — visiting Hollywood to drum up film business. Mayor Nir Barkat is a rightwinger who is close to Sheldon Adelson who has vigorously supported the occupation of Palestinian land. Nir Barkat, mayor of the Israeli capital, quietly traveled to […]

The ‘double standards’ issue and moral judgment of Israeli policies

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For many years, defenders of Israeli policies towards the Palestinians–and even some critics of those policies–have complained that Israel is judged by double standards, on the grounds that many worse offenders against human rights receive far less criticism or opprobrium.  The latest round of these complaints was prompted a few weeks ago by the withdrawal […]

‘Scoop Israel’ — Stand With Us markets propaganda with Waugh’s cachet

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Scoop Israel Stand With Us is a youth-oriented pro-Israel group. It is sponsoring an international conference for student journalists at Ben Gurion University in the Negev this summer called “Scoop Israel.” The title and ink-stained logo seem to play off Evelyn Waugh’s famous satire of Abyssinia foreign coverage, which, as I remember was steeped in […]

‘This time we were not forced to swim naked in the sea’: Gaza fishermen left jobless after illegal arrest in Palestinian waters

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Israeli military harassing Palestinian fishermen (Photo: Rosa Schiano/Civil Peace Service Gaza) A young Palestinian fisherman was arrested together with his brother within Palestinian waters on 19 May 2013 by the Israeli navy and released the following day. Their boat and all equipment were confiscated by the Israelis, leaving them with no means to make a […]

In confab over ‘Jewish democracy,’ Goldberg says the U.S. has plenty of ‘schmucks’ and ‘fascists’ too

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“Will Israel survive as a Jewish democracy?” That was the central question posed at an event at the historic synagogue at 6th and I in Washington D.C. Tuesday night. CNN’s Jake Tapper moderated the discussion that featured Atlantic heavyweight Jeffrey Goldberg — whom Tapper said the White House calls “the official therapist of the U.S.-Israel […]

At pricey Chicago fundraiser, Obama calls three leaders of J Street his ‘cabal’

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One of the curiosities of the conversation about the Israel lobby in the U.S. is that people sometimes use the word “cabal” when they’re talking about it, even though it has a negative connotation in the annals of anti-Semitism. Mostly I’ve heard it in connection with the neocons; even former Senator Lincoln Chafee called them a […]

Sheldon Adelson’s trash talk of Palestinians (was parroted by Romney last year)

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People are talking about Jodi Rudoren’s report on a lunch with Sheldon Adelson at the Jerusalem convention center where he was honored and then went on a rant against Palestinians as murderous. See below that Adelson’s former water-carrier, Mitt Romney, echoed these ideas during the presidential campaign last year. This is a great reminder of […]

Roger Waters joins Alice Walker in plea to Alicia Keys not to play Israel

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Alicia Keys ( Dear Alicia Keys I read today Alice Walker’s eloquent and moving entreaty to you in her open letter. It is hard to add anything except to implore you to follow all the links she has directed you to. To introduce myself to you, I am a fellow musician, my name is Roger […]

Conscientious objector Nathan Blanc outlasts the Israeli military, wins freedom

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Protester with photo of Nathan Blanc at recent demonstration in Tel Aviv   Photo: T. Applebaum Nathan Blanc, the young imprisoned Israeli conscientious objector, was informed this morning (Thursday) that he will be freed and that the IDF will declare him “unsuitable for military service.” This according to the Israeli daily, Ha’aretz (Hebrew). It should […]

Talking points for Secretary Kerry Re: New Jerusalem

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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. My last day indulging myself in updated Biblical themes. Promise. Yesterday it was Isaiah’s vision – swords into ploughshares. Today it’s every prophet’s New Jerusalem. Bear with me. This time I’m […]

The lost city of Gaza (Part 1)

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Gaza, Palestine 1862-1863 (Photo: Francis Frith /Source: New York Public Library’s Digital Library under the strucID 111264) This is crossposted at The Palestine Project   Old cities are the jewels of any society or civilization. With their narrow alleys, houses, castles, worship places, and markets, old cities tell whoever walks through many stories, not only […]

Op-Ed: Sen. Schatz, the Israel visa waiver exemption bill promotes a process similar to Hawaii’s own history of colonization and exploitation

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Kristen-Marie Puanani Young Ortiz has an Op-Ed in today’s Honolulu Star Advertiser asking Senator Brian Schatz to drop his support for the visa waiver exemption for Israel. The article is behind a paywall, but here’s a strong excerpt: I am a Native Hawaiian born and raised in Pearl City. Last summer I traveled to Ramallah, […]

The Solyndra of Israel, adored by Tom Friedman and NPR, goes bellyup

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A legendary Israeli startup that was going to have us all driving electric cars and free our dependency on Arab oil is folding. The New York Times’s Isabel Kershner has the story. So does Forbes: The green tech darling Better Place has flamed out, burning through $850 million with fewer than 1,500 electric vehicles sold…. [T]he […]

J Street is no longer on outs with Netanyahu

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The Netanyahu government used to be against the liberal Zionist lobbying group J Street. The Israelis said J Street was anti-Israel, here. And Netanyahu refused to meet with a congressional delegation that J Street organized, and the Israeli embassy boycotted the J Street conference in 2011. Times have changed. J Street’s head Jeremy Ben-Ami sent […]

New report shows Palestinians own only 8% of historic Palestine

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Data shows that Palestinians now own just 8 per cent of historic Palestine MEMO 28 May — New data published by the Lands Research Centre (LRC) shows that Palestinians own only eight per cent of historic Palestine. The LRC is affiliated to the Arabic Studies Association in Jerusalem. In a press conference held in Ramallah, […]