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June 2013

‘This is worth it, folks,’ Kerry says of talks– and warns of ‘avoiding war’

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We’ve had so many posts mocking John Kerry’s shuttle diplomacy that it is only fair to post some of his press conference today from Tel Aviv in which he repeatedly stated that he is positive about a possible resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Let’s be clear: the two sides won’t even sit down […]

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

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The other day I got an email from Jim Klutznick, chairman of Americans for Peace Now, affirming his love of Israel and saying a two-state solution is the only hope:  Israel is an important part of my Jewish identity and I feel the efforts of Americans for Peace Now offer hope for its survival… We […]

Kerry and Abbas discuss– Mohammed Assaf

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discuss Arab Idol June 30, 2013 (photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was shuttling between Israel/Palestine on his fourth diplomacy junket to region to “jump-start negotiations”.  Sunday morning he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Guess what they discussed? AP: The […]

Meet Mr. Palestine

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I met Mr. Palestine today in Nablus. Really. ‘Imad AbdulAziz won the title Mr. Palestine in a body-building championship in the year 2000. As usual here, things get a little more complicated, even in a seemingly benign sport like bodybuilding. ‘Imad is 53 years old and he has been a member of the leftist Popular […]

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

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An African refugee watches an anti-refugee demonstration held by right-wing activists in south Tel Aviv on December 31, 2012. (Photo: Oren Ziv/ A year has elapsed since the May 23, 2012 anti-African pogrom in Tel Aviv, and though there have been no other full-scale race riots since, the city continues to witness low-level anti-African […]

Exile and the prophetic: Obama’s Robben Island

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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. The goal posts in the Middle East peace process keep moving as our Secretary of State’s couples therapy has failed again.  Instead of today or tomorrow the hope now is to […]

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

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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. It isn’t every day that a visit by the President of the United States to an African country is upstaged, especially America’s first African American President. In South Africa this is […]

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

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General James Cartwright is in the crosshairs of the Obama administration’s latest leak investigation. (Photo: D. Myles Cullen/U.S. Army/Wikimedia Commons The Obama administration’s war on leaks has now ensnared General James Cartwright, a four-star general and a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a high-level body of military leaders. Cartwright is the target […]

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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From the video’s Vimeo page: I tried to collect some pictures offering a glimpse of the situation in the Gaza Strip, a closed, besieged place put under a blockade by the Israeli Zionist state. Despite the everyday misery and difficulty, people carry on with their lives and try to do their best in order to […]

‘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 what the past month has been like for him in the wake of his interview with Edward Snowden, and subsequent disclosures regarding the National Security Agency’s spying on American citizens. Greenwald had been scheduled […]

‘Listen Mandela’ — Apartheid Land 2013

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“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” –Nelson Mandela As the news of Nelson Mandela’s critical condition circulated, video artist Eitan Meir Altman uploaded a haunting video, “Welcome to Apartheid Land 2013”, onto his YouTube page. To the soundtrack of anti-Apartheid song Welele Mandela, “Listen Mandela”, Altman’s […]

The homogeneity and ‘intense political programming’ of Jewish day schools

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Students from Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School participating in an Israeli army training in the Negev as part of the school’s “senior experience” trip to Eastern Europe and Israel. (Photo: Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School) Students of biological evolution know that diversity is key to the survival of species, enabling organisms to withstand […]

Israeli Prime Minister directly involved in efforts against BDS movement

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Netanyahu speaking to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (Photo via Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is directly involved in growing efforts to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, according to a report on the website of Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. Nahum Barnea, a leading Israeli commentator, reported June 25 […]

Snowden is a hero in NY hall, but AP exec won’t touch him with a bargepole

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In the last week we covered two Snowden-related events: I went to a celebration of Edward Snowden’s actions at Cooper Union in New York, at which the national surveillance state was compared to Nazi totalitarianism; and Peter Voskamp watched a discussion by an Associated Press executive at the National Press Club about the Justice Department’s […]

Letter from a West Bank refugee camp

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Gate into the Aida Refugee Camp with a key that says “Not for Sale.” (Photo: Reham Alhelsi/Flickr) Editor’s Note from Portside, where this post was originally published: The original Portside post that prompted this submission was Alice Walker Open Letter to Alicia Keys – Don’t Perform in Israel; Roger Waters Also Appeals to Keys (May […]

Exile and the prophetic: Kerry’s couples therapy is a setup for failure

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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. Will personal diplomacy do the trick?  Has our Secretary of Pandering become a couples therapist?  So says Haaretz (link) in their attempt to describe why John Kerry’s latest round in the […]

McDonald’s refuses to sell where Ben & Jerry’s will — occupied territory

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McDonald’s logo: “i’m lovin it” McDonald’s Corp. (MCD)’s licensee in Israel has confirmed their company’s refusal to open a franchise inside a mall being built in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. According to a McDonald’s Israel spokesperson the company, with 180 outlets in Israel, has never operated in territory seized by Israel in 1967. Apparently […]

A true story of bovine resistance

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Beit Sahour Iyad Rishmawi appears to be an older respectable kind of gentleman, balding, neatly dressed, but the guy clearly has a sense of humor. He wants to talk about the First Intifada from the point of view of the people rather than the politicians, but first he wants to show us a documentary film, […]

Assaf’s victory teemed with references to Al Aqsa, martyrs, Palestine as the Arab mother– and ‘every free human’

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Mohammed Assaf (photo:AFP) The centrality of Palestine’s place in the hearts of everyone throughout the Arab world was a manifest theme throughout the final episode of Arab Idol. After Mohammed Assaf gave his acceptance speech (full transation below) the presenter congratulated Assaf and announced the Lebanese star Assi Hillani wanted to give Mohammed the trophy […]