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June 2013

The Secretary of Pandering arrives in Israel, again

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Where has Prime Minister Netanyahu been spending time preparing for the Secretary’s visit? In a West Bank settlement, Barkan, where he dedicated an elementary school named for his father who died last year. Speaking to the students, Netanyahu reflected on Jewish history before the state of Israel: “All sorts of bad things happened to the Jews. Why? Because they did not have a country. They did not have a land of their own, they did not have an army of their own. This is what my father saw. If you understand, remember it.”

Yet another film about Palestinian suicide bombing (‘The Attack’)

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Given how few feature films are made about Palestine, it is painful to see this fringe theme—isolated in time, within a certain context, and since abandoned—recycled over and over again, as if it somehow defines the Palestinian experience. — Pamela Olson on a cinematic treatment of suicide bombings

‘The people will meet the bulldozers with their bodies’: Plan to forcibly resettle 20,000-30,000 Bedouin passes first Knesset vote

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Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction of movement Bedouin relocation plan wins slim Knesset majority after stormy 1st reading Haaretz 24 June by Yanir Yagna and Jonathan Lis — Plan which would see 20,000-30,000 Bedouin resettled in recognized towns has raised the ire of the local community, and prompted Arab […]

Leading American Jewish group announces plan to ramp up campaign against BDS movement

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Malcolm Hoenlein (above), a top official with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told Haaretz this week that the campaign against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement is about to ramp up. Hoenlein pledged that his organization will launch a “major Internet and social media campaign, in which we hope to reach every single college student in America.” The comments are an indication of just how much the movement to isolate Israel is shaking up the Jewish establishment.

The Young and Palestinian

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Ben-Gurion said the old Palestinians will die and the young will forget. No, they haven’t, says Lena Ibrahim

Syria’s faultlines extend into Lebanon and Palestine

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New faultlines in the Syrian conflict: religious supporters of the Sunni rebels on the one side, and more secular/leftist political parties on the other. Few Palestinians – or secular Lebanese — express any fondness for the Assad regime, but increasingly they fear the consequences of victory by religious extremists in Syria.

Review: The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust

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Noam Chayut’s recently translated memoir, “The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust,” is a rich, compelling read written by a left-wing activist. The book follows his trajectory from patriotic Israeli to activist in the anti-occupation group Shovrim Shtika (Breaking the Silence).

Zombie Hasbara: ‘World War Z’ and Hollywood’s Zionist embrace

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Jesse Benjamin writes: “I went to the Drive-In in Atlanta Friday night, to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I’m not a zombie fanatic, so other than watching the Walking Dead, I had few expectations beyond the World War Z trailers that have been on TV since the Super Bowl. So I was surprised, jarred out of the movie really, when right in the middle of the narrative, Brad Pitt’s character, Gerry Lane, travels to Israel and spends more than 10 minutes in a full-on pro-Israel propaganda piece that was as corny as it was crazy.”

Invisible Man

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Finance minister Yair Lapid is the great hope of liberal Zionists. He is said to represent a turn to the left in Israeli politics. Why then does he ignore demands by Palestinian members of Knesset?

‘Let’s go back to Gaza and give it a thorough cleaning’

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From the rightwing Israeli news service Arutz Sheva. The unspeakable headline is theirs. Chairman Avigdor Lieberman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee said, Monday morning, that there’s no choice but to consider reconquering Gaza. Interviewed on Kol Yisrael government radio following the launching of seven rockets at southern Israel, Sunday evening, the chairman […]

Palestinian children’s theater festival, featuring puppets and European troupes, is shut down in Jerusalem

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Apartheid Israel blocks East Jerusalem children’s festival, citing link to Palestinian Authority Haaretz 24 June by Amira Hass — Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch has blocked a Palestinian children’s theater festival from opening in East Jerusalem this Saturday night on the claim that the event was […]