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August 2013

Seamus Heaney supported the Palestinian cause

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The Irish poet Seamus Heaney died Friday in Dublin at 74. His support for Palestine is not part of the mainstream obituaries. –Ed. Seamus Heaney who knew first hand of violent sectarian strife was a supporter of the Palestinian cause. He was a patron of the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest), an organization founded in […]

Critics of Obama’s narrow action cite Martin Dempsey’s caution — ‘act of war’

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As we await Obama’s speech today re Syria, I’m seeking to serve as a node for opposition to the “limited, narrow act” against Damascus that Obama is now whiteboarding in the White House situation room. First, Ambassador Samantha Power has posted a couple of tweets defending US action. 1. Not a scratch, shrapnel wound, cut, […]

Gaza gets it from both sides (Egypt shoots fishermen, Israel shoots farmer)

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Blockaded Gaza Egypt forces shoot Palestinian fishermen GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 30 Aug — Egyptian naval forces on Friday shot two Palestinian fishermen near the Egypt-Gaza border and detained five others, Palestinian sources in Gaza said. Egyptian forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats, injuring 19-year-old Ibrahim Abdullah al-Najjar and 21-year-old Wael al-Bardawil. They were taken […]

Obama lost his English poodle, but it looks like he’ll get a French one

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It’s now clear that the Obama administration is going to strike Syria. Speaking in the White House, Obama just said that he is considering a “limited narrow act that would help make sure that not only Syria but other countries around the world” get the message they can’t use chemical weapons. Andrea Mitchell of NBC […]

Israel’s dancing soldiers

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Here’s some image buffing we don’t see every day.  “Israeli soldiers are still finding time to party” with Palestinians is sweeping the press today. Allegedly the video was recorded on Monday at a Palestinian wedding in Hebron, the same day three Palestinians were gunned down in Qalandia refugee camp. The “Gangnam Style” video aired on […]

Stopping Sara from falling in love with Sammy in Qalandia

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This Jewish organization based in LA and Jerusalem raises money to prevent the “exploitation of Jewish girls in Israel.” What does this mean? The group, called Learn and Live, says it is concerned with sex trafficking and girls getting into abusive relationships, but some of its appeal has a racial theme. Learn and Live seeks […]

The burgeoning left-right antiwar coalition on Syria (and what it means for Iran)

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Let’s begin with the huge news out of England, and then move to the commentary which only continues to reflect the arc that began yesterday: Don’t let’s attack Syria. First, of course, British PM David Cameron bows out of war party after his defeat in the House of Commons: David Cameron indicated on Thursday evening […]

Operation Stage Whisper

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This post first appeared two days ago on Elias Muhanna’s site, Qifa Nakbi, and folks are spreading it around. He allowed us to publish it. As the United States prepares for a likely military strike on Syria, speculation about the timing and extent of the operation is the topic de jour. Lucky for you, the […]

New revelations of NYPD spying injected into mayoral race

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After months of largely ignoring the issue of police spying on Muslims or outright supporting it, the latest Associated Press expose on the surveillance dragnet has prompted the leading mayoral candidates to speak out more. Both Bill de Blasio, the top contender in the race who has captured the attention of progressives, and Christine Quinn […]

A note from Roger Waters to Abe Foxman

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Dear Mr. Foxman, Thank you for your letter.  I will try to address the points you make, in the order that you make them. With the general proviso though, that I am wary of, and wearied by any form of slanging match. Anti Semitism: I think I note a change in A.D.L.’s position on my […]

Has the Prawer Plan begun?

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On Monday al-Arakib, a Bedouin village known for being demolished over 50 times since 2010, was again destroyed for the 54th time. The day after that four leaders from nearby towns were arrested. In court on Wednesday the state explained their rationale for the arrests: to implement a restraining order on community leaders, keeping them […]

Global edition of ‘NYT’ runs op-ed against ‘Arab women giving birth’ in Israel

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Unbelievable. On the anniversary of MLK’s I have a dream speech, the global edition of the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, runs a piece by Shmuel Rosner deploring the Arab birth rate– or the Muslim Arab birth rate– as a threat to his “dream” of the Jewish state. The piece involves government subsidies […]

Glad tidings from NY: Power gets wise counsel from her hero Wiesel

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UN ambassador Samantha Power now has a twitter feed and 160-odd followers. She has three images in her library: a photo of her swearing in, a video of John Kerry, and the image above, taken in New York, two weeks ago, demonstrating that she is a friend of Israel. (Thanks to Angry Arab). Power’s caption: […]

Rising swell of voices warns against Syrian attack, citing Iraq and Iran concerns

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As Obama decides whether to strike Syria over alleged use of chemical weapons, a rising swell of voices here and abroad is questioning such an attack, often citing the bad intelligence in Iraq and the danger of unleashing a wider conflict. Here is a wrapup of some of those voices and concerns. Surprisingly, even the […]

Introducing the ‘Facts on the Ground Peace Index’

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The Institute for Middle East Understanding has compiled a “Facts on the Ground Peace Index” to track Israeli actions on the ground since new talks were announced late last month. New Settlement Announcements After refusing to halt the expansion of Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land, all of which are illegal under international law, in […]

AP and Time magazine annex the West Bank to Israel

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Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo of the Associated Press, published by Time Magazine, “NYPD designates mosques as terrorist organizations.” “I have never felt free in the United States. The documents tell me I am right,” Zein Rimawi, one of the Bay Ridge mosque’s leaders, said after reviewing an NYPD document describing his mosque as a […]

Expose of pro-settler student tour prompts fundraising appeal: ‘$25,000 helps student leaders fight BDS’

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The pro-Israel group BlueStar PR sees a potential fundraising opportunity in my article from last week, which examined the organization’s hardline pro-settler tours of Israel through the lens of first-hand participant accounts posted to the official trip blog. On August 28 BlueStar PR founder Jonathan Carey sent out a fundraising email (printed in full below). Titled […]

US-based holistic health center to hold ‘juice fast retreat’ in Israeli settlement

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Tree of Life is a progressive center located in Patagonia, Arizona run by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, a holistic medicine practitioner with a wide following, including several celebrities (actor Woody Harrelson called Dr. Cousens “probably the greatest living health practitioner”).  Tree of Life focuses on vegan lifestyle, peace, spirituality, meditation and many other alternative approaches to body-mind-spirit […]

50th anniversary nostalgia of the March on Washington helps disguise our lack of progress

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington was an exercise in nostalgia.  Lots of fanfare. Little action. Did you notice the separation of the speakers from the crowd?  What made the March […]

al-Araqib activist: ‘Prison is better for me than being deported’

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Negev activist: Prison better than displacement BEERSHEBA (Ma‘an) 27 Aug — A prominent activist in the Negev village of al-Araqib said Tuesday that he would rather stay in prison than be displaced from his village. Sayah al-Touri was arrested on Monday with three other activists from the Bedouin village, which has been repeatedly demolished by […]

Federal complaints targeting Palestine solidarity activism on campus are dismissed

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Three separate probes into allegations that campus activism for Palestine created an anti-Semitic environment have been closed by the federal government. The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights announced that three colleges in the University of California system–Berkeley, Santa Cruz and Irvine–are not in violation of civil rights laws for not protecting Jewish students, […]

‘Disappearing Palestine’ ads come to Vancouver public transit

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From a Palestine Awareness Coalition press release: The realities of Palestinian land loss are on display in Vancouver, as a new series of transit ads has been posted at the Vancouver City Centre SkyTrain station and on 15 TransLink buses, on August 27, 2013. The ads, created by the Palestine Awareness Coalition, made up of […]

The NYPD’s bigoted logic: Mosques are fronts for terrorism

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The New York Police Department’s dragnet surveillance program labeled mosques as terrorist organizations to justify infiltrating religious institutions. The latest bombshell on the program, published by the Associated Press’ Pulitzer Prize winning duo Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, exposes the logic governing the NYPD’s post-9/11 activities: every Muslim is a potential terrorist. Since the NYPD implemented […]