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June 2013

Obama had a liberal Jewish base, and didn’t work it

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George W. Bush relied on a splinter group in the Jewish community for his worst ideas about the Middle East: the neoconservatives. Why didn’t Obama show have that degree of conviction on the basis of the support he had from liberal Jews who opposed settlements?

Kerry and Abbas discuss– Mohammed Assaf

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In Dubai, thousands of fans waited in the heat to catch a glimpse of Mohammed Assaf, and the newly-minted star from the Gazan refugee camp did not disappoint: “I will never forget the suffering of the Palestinian people,” he said. “I live the Palestinian cause every day…. Trust me I will use my music, my singing, my art and my fame to give justice to the Palestinian cause.” And as John Kerry tried to jumpstart peace talks in Palestine, Assaf was all that he and Palestinian President Abbas could talk about

Meet Mr. Palestine

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Why is this man smiling? ‘Imad AbdulAziz of Nablus has been arrested 17 times for his political activities on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and spent six years in Israeli jails. Once he was shot in both legs. But AbdulAziz is also a bodybuilder, and widely beloved

Attack in Tel Aviv: ‘Jewish girls do not go out with Blacks!’

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Tel Aviv continues to witness low-level anti-African attacks on a regular basis. David Sheen shares an account from Friday where two Jewish men attacked a group of friends out for the night because one person in the group was African. Incidents like this are so commonplace they rarely merit any mention in the media, but by North American standards, any one of these stories would be considered scandalous. Above, an African refugee watches an anti-refugee demonstration held by right-wing activists in south Tel Aviv on December 31, 2012.

Exile and the prophetic: Obama’s Robben Island

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Marc Ellis on Obama: What you didn’t want to be remembered for – being the first African American President of the United States – is what history will remember you for. Significant, but as I’m sure you would agree, not enough.

Exile and the Prophetic: Obama’s reverence for Mandela has failed on every count

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Is Obama’s failure to reach Mandela’s eminence simply a difference in context and generation? No doubt this plays a part. But the deeper issue lay elsewhere. Mandela knew himself, had a purpose and struggled for it. When he suffered, he had a deep reservoir of commitment from which to draw. This combination made Mandela great. This is exactly what Obama lacks.

Leak inquiry launched over ‘NYT’ story on American-Israeli cyberwar targeting Iran

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General James Cartwright is the target of an leak investigation after a story was published by the New York Times revealing details about the U.S.-Israeli cyberwar on Iran. National security blogger Marcy Wheeler raises an interesting question about the leak: is Cartwright being investigated for what he revealed about U.S. officials’ anger at Israel over a cyberwar program gone awry?

Israel issues demolition notice for every single structure in West Bank village of Susiya

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction of movement ‘We will not give up; to give up is to die” – Susiya resists mass demolition orders Susiya (ISM) 27 June by Khalil Team — Today, June 27, 2013, the Israeli Civil Administration served thirty-four demolition orders in the Susiya village, which is […]

Gaza in shadows

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Candid photos taken in Gaza that offer a “glimpse of the situation in the Gaza Strip, a closed, besieged place put under a blockade by the Israel”

‘Courage is Contagious’: Glenn Greenwald electrifies Chicago crowd speaking on Snowden, journalism and the NSA

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Friday night in Chicago Glenn Greenwald addressed the Socialism 2013 conference live via Skype and reflected for the first time on the past month in the wake of his interview with Edward Snowden, and subsequent disclosures regarding the National Security Agency’s spying on American citizens. In an impassioned introduction, journalist Jeremy Scahill called Greenwald the “conscience of America” and attacked his critics in the beltway press corps.

‘Listen Mandela’ — Apartheid Land 2013

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Video artist Eitan Meir Altman has uploaded a powerful video, “Welcome to Apartheid Land 2013”, photos of Palestinian apartheid to the soundtrack of an anti-Apartheid song from South Africa

Israeli Prime Minister directly involved in efforts against BDS movement

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is directly involved in growing efforts to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Yedioth Ahronoth reported this week that Netanyahu met with a small group of unnamed “Jewish millionaires” at the Israeli Presidential Conference last week in Jerusalem to enlist them in the “war” against the BDS movement.

Letter from a West Bank refugee camp

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Professor Robin D. G. Kelley pens an open letter to an African-American pro-Israel lobbyist organization: the Vanguard Leadership Group. The letter was prompted by Alice Walker’s bold and principled open letter to Alicia Keys, which urged the singer to boycott her upcoming concert in Israel.

‘New York Times’ profile of group bent on sanctioning Iran fails to mention Israel connections

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The New York Times recently profiled United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a hawkish group bent on monitoring Iranian commerce at sea and promoting sanctions against the country. But the article had a glaring omission–there was no mention of Israel, despite the fact that the group has connections to Israel lobby groups and receives funding from organizations with a focus on Judaism and Israel.

A true story of bovine resistance

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The 1948 war was the incomplete war in the eyes of Israeli generals. In 1967 they finished the job. The first intifadah, 20 years deferred, was the inevitable response