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Israeli embassy is now BuzzFeed contributor, posting alarmist map of threats to Jewish state

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The Israeli Embassy is now a “community” contributor to the popular website BuzzFeed.  Tweets Rosie Gray of BuzzFeed: The Israeli embassy is now a BuzzFeed community contributor! Cool new trend among embassies in DC. http://t.co/fcB2e0ekdo — Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) August 28, 2013 As a community member, Israel-in-the-US has posted a map of the threats faced by […]

Striking Syria

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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. Yet another “upgrade” of the warning levels on Fukushima.  “Dirty” water is still seeping into the ground and pouring into the sea.   Is anyone paying attention? It turns out that Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) […]

Moral obscenities in Syria

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Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department talking about Syria. (Photo: Associated Press) The threat of a reckless, dangerous, and illegal US or US-led assault on Syria is looking closer than ever. The US government has been divided over the Syria crisis since it began. Some, especially in the Pentagon and some of […]

The settlers willing to vacate the West Bank for a Kerry-brokered two-state solution

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Scenic overlook at Alfei Menashe, a West Bank settlement near the Green Line on the Israeli side of the separation wall. (Photo: Allison Deger) As sundown approaches on Saturdays, Erez Ashkenazi, 29, speeds from Tel Aviv to the astroturf patio of his mini-mart café. Post-Shabbat business is usually ripe at his espresso bar. He can […]

Olive tree resistance: Qusra farmers replant crops after settler arsons

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A Palestinian in the village of Qusra holds the broken branch of an olive tree. (Photo: Associated Press/Nasser Ishtayeh) Located in the hills south of Nablus, Qusra has been making headlines on a regular basis over the past few years. Tucked in between highway 60 and the Jordan valley it is a rural community that […]

Even rightwing Jewish poll reveals young Jews’ indifference to Israel

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A new poll of 1800 Jews conducted by a rightwing online Jewish university, called Jerusalem U, reveals generational slippage in support for Israel. A large majority of younger Jews don’t strongly agree that North American and Israeli Jews “share a common destiny.” And if Israel ceased to exist, one in seven Jews are indifferent. Evidently […]

How do you celebrate the march on Washington? Fight Islamophobia

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The giant retrospective the country is having this week about the march on Washington 50 years ago is not about self-congratulation, it is about the meaning of history, and to me that meaning seems very clear. Fight Islamophobia. Yesterday on NPR, Cokie Roberts reminded people that what we celebrate and join hands on today was […]

Do’s and don’ts for progressives discussing Syria

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With Syria back in the news due to the horrific chemical weapons attack last week that killed hundreds and threats from the US to engage in military strikes, below are some do’s and don’ts for progressive/radical anti-war organizations/activists in the US as you figure out a proper response. 1. DON’T in any way say or […]

Israel arrests Palestinian youth leader invited to State Dep’t training session

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The leader of a Palestinian youth group who was invited to a social media training session organized by the State Department “to create a sustainable community that fosters innovation and social progress” was arrested by Israeli authorities today as he attempted to travel from Gaza to the West Bank. Ala’a Miqbel, 30, director of a […]

After Qalandia killings, shops close in Jerusalem and Ramallah, and Al Aqsa brigade members brandish AK-47s

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Clashes in Qalandia refguee camp near Jerusalem continue hours after three Palestinians killed during early morning arrest. (Video: Maysa Ayaad) Funerals for the three Palestinians killed earlier today in an Israeli incursion into Qalandia refugee camp were over by morning’ s end, but ten hours later the clashes continued. Robin Zayed, Younis Jahjouh and Jihad Aslan died […]

The new anti-Semitism, and the campaign to silence American critics of Israel

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Despite many assaults, past and present, the First Amendment of the United States constitution broadly guarantees freedom of speech.  But it is threatened by a slanderous campaign to discredit or silence American critics of the Israeli government.  The Israel lobby, guided by the Israeli government, with the help of Israeli think tanks, is organizing this […]

Help fund new Antony Loewenstein documentary on disaster capitalism

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Our friend Antony Loewenstein is working on an important documentary about the pillaging of resources without respect for the people’s interests in Afghanistan, Haiti, and Papua New Guinea. He’s got a Kickstarter campaign up for the project; I’m going to donate today (because we all know this is the way journalism will be funded in […]

Killings in Qalandia cause Palestinians to cancel talks set for today

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Undercover Israeli forces  raided Qalandia refugee camp around 5 a.m. this morning killing three Palestinians. According to Ma’an News, Israel’s occupation forces were wearing civilian clothes and opened fire on a crowd of Palestinians in the camp during an incursion to arrest a recently-released prisoner, Yousef al-Khatib. al-Khatib had previously spent 10 years incarcerated in […]

Piece process: Bulldozers level Nablus land for colonists’ outpost called Hill 782

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PA: Israeli forces expand illegal outpost in Nablus NABLUS (Ma‘an) 25 Aug — Israeli bulldozers on Sunday leveled private Palestinian land in Nablus in order to enlarge an illegal settlement outpost, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas told Ma‘an that Israeli forces dug up vast tracts of land surrounding Einabus village to enlarge an […]

Will we survive the revival of religiosity?

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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. I remember many years ago when the demise of religion was seen as inevitable.  Obviously, in the last decades there’s been a reversal of that understanding.  Now the question is whether we […]

Israel’s Rx for the Palestinians, and the region: managed conflict

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You may have noticed that John Kerry’s peace process, by excluding Hamas among other measures, is aimed at managing the conflict. Not resolving the basic justice issues, because they seem too overwhelming, but putting the conflict on the back burner so it doesn’t boil up. Trying to sustain the unsustainable status quo by making it […]

Are we all Islamists now?

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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.  Was the creation of Israel, like the Egyptian revolution, an exercise in magical realism?  Is the Holocaust, when employed in a distorted way, remembered in the same way? In the creation of […]

Bulldozers move in on East Jerusalem, and another 1500 settlement units are set for approval

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Israel levels East Jerusalem land for ‘national park’ JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 21 Aug — Israeli bulldozers leveled Palestinian land in the Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur on Wednesday. Israeli police closed the area of Khallat al-Ein and prevented local residents from accessing the area before bulldozers started to level […]

Mohammed Assaf: ‘I have a goal and it’s not fame, I want to influence people’

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Mohammed Assaf (photo: Arin Rinawi) Since winning Arab Idol last June, Mohammed Assaf’s life has been a whirlwind, from adoring fans in Gaza, Ramallah, Amman and Dubai, to concerts everywhere. He has been the positive story of the summer in the Arab world, a summer that has seen drastic changes in Egypt, Syria and many […]

Segregated kindergartens — for Tel Aviv, 2013

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“Israel’s most liberal city introduces racially segregated kindergartens,” at the Daily Beast, by Lisa Goldman: When the children of south Tel Aviv head back to school on Tuesday, kindergarteners will attend facilities that are segregated by race. The children of asylum seekers from sub-Saharan Africa will go to their kindergartens and all the other kids […]