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November 2013

Thousands across Palestine protest against efforts to uproot Bedouin

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Protests erupted across the Palestinian territories today as a show of force against the Prawer Plan, the Israeli government’s initiative to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin Arabs, demolish their villages and build new Jewish towns on top of their ruins. Demonstrations that were part of the planned “Day of Rage” occurred within Israel, Gaza, […]

Following ‘a great deal of consultation,’ NYT corrects itself on the Apartheid Wall

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On November 19 and 20 the New York Times website published a two-part interview (here and here) with Josef Koudelka, a renowned Czech photographer, in Lens, a section of the site dedicated to photography, video, and “visual journalism.” The occasion was the publication of a new book of Koudelka’s photos called “Wall: Israeli and Palestinian Landscapes,” […]

Petition to Hillary assails ‘right wing Democrats’ who take ‘warmonger AIPAC’ cash

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Another public assault on the Israel lobby. Just Foreign Policy, partnered with, is running a petition to ask Hillary Clinton to support the Iran deal. She’s been lamentably silent. But she was outfront on bombing Syria. Notice that the petition states that many Democrats are not getting behind Obama, because they want the cash […]

‘NYT’ article on Palestinian refugees manages to quote Israeli govt spox but no Palestinians

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Yousef Munayyer’s tweet really says it all: UNREAL @nytimes story on photos of Palestinian refugee experience quotes Israelis but precisely ZERO Palestinians — Yousef Munayyer (@YousefMunayyer) November 29, 2013 The article, “Photographs Tell a History of Palestinians Unmoored,” is about a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) photo exhibit that just opened in […]

International ‘Day of Rage’ against the Prawer Plan today

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Today, activists in Israel/Palestine, and around the world, will carry out a “day of rage” to protest the Prawer Plan, an Israeli government plan to destroy 35 Arab villages in the Negev desert that will lead to the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Bedouin citizens of the state of Israel in order to clear the […]

While we’re on the topic . . . Settler normativity and American football

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The following post first appeared on the blog Picked Last: Fan perspectives on sports and politics. In September Peter King of Sports Illustrated made the decision to stop using the Washington, D.C. NFL team’s racist name. His explanation did not demonstrate understanding of why the name is problematic and didn’t oppose the use of the team name by others but still […]

Preaching to the choir: reflections on Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath’

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This review of Max Blumenthal’s book Goliath appeared in longer form at Jerome Slater’s site. He gave us permission to excerpt. –Ed. In my own work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I start from two premises. The first is that in light of Israeli intransigence, there is no chance of attaining a two-state settlement of the […]

Ambassador Mohammed Assaf comes to the UN

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Mohammed Assaf took time off from the swooning hearts of his North America tour Monday to visit the United Nations where he participated in the Observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.   UNRWA Newsroom: Describing the honour of bringing the voice of Palestine refugee youth to New York, he [Mohammed Assaf] […]

The Siege of the Tel Aviv bus station

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It’s high noon at Tel Aviv’s central bus station. By ten-thirty in the evening the Magav, a Special Forces unit of Israel’s border police usually on patrol for riots not public transportation passengers, was at its new post. In one busy corner Israelis in stereotypical fashion shoved each other as they dogged the uniformed men. […]

‘LRB’ runs Adam Shatz’s long report on murder of Juliano Mer-Khamis

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The murder of actor/director Juliano Mer-Khamis in Jenin refugee camp 2-1/2 years ago was a shattering event that the left has done a poor job of examining. Here was an Israeli activist born of a Palestinian father and Jewish mother who was working to build cultural resistance inside the occupation, and was almost certainly killed […]

‘What happened there was historic’: A report from the American Studies Association boycott debate

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Full room at the American Studies Association Conference's Town Hall Meeting on #Palestine. (Photo: Lena Ibrahim)

The American Studies Association held their 2013 Annual Conference at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC November 21-24. Among the many sessions were two landmark events — a “Town Hall Meeting on Palestine” and an “Open Discussion on Palestine.”These forums where to discuss and debate a boycott resolution proposed by the “ASA Activism Caucus” urging the American […]

AIPAC plays the long game on new Iran sanctions

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Image via When the Geneva deal over Iran’s nuclear program was announced on Saturday night, reactions came in fast and furious–except from America’s foremost Israel lobby group. The silence didn’t last long, though. On November 25th, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) made its position known. In a policy memo, AIPAC ran through […]

Israel shouldn’t rely on Obama’s word, says chair of (US) Center for National Interest

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Maurice R. Greenberg, financier and World War II veteran, tells Jacob Heilbrunn that Israel has to do what it has to do on Iran. Note that Greenberg is chairman of the Center for the National Interest, which purports to be America’s “realist voice,” and this piece appears in the National Interest. Ironic. Also notice that […]

Iran deal poses conflict of loyalties for US Jews, say Economist and Haaretz

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The Iran deal is an important moment in Jewish history because the Jewish state has made clear that it wants American Jews to support it and oppose the deal, but American Jews aren’t buying. This is a crisis both for the lobby (the dovish segments of which are supporting the U.S. government) and for the […]

ADL connection is suddenly a liability for a court nominee

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This is astonishing. From the JTA, Ties to the ADL are proving to be a problem for a Massachusetts court nominee. The nominee has “a long track record in civil rights advocacy.” But his organization tried to dismiss the Armenian genocide at a time when Turkey and Israel were getting along; and progressives are calling […]

The country that cried wolf

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This is delicious. From Richard Silverstein. 1984. Iran in final stages of production of nuclear bomb: Maariv headline April 25, 1984 — Tikun Olam (@richards1052) November 26, 2013 Thx to Scott Roth.

A Thanksgiving from Hell — US ‘native foods’ at the UN feature Snickers and Oreos

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Last week we ran an anonymous report from the UN Women’s Guild bazaar in Geneva that described the processed, corporate offerings at the American booth. Well, dear reader, here’s the proof: Four anonymous photos from the American women’s booth. As the UN Women’s Guild says, at the bazaar “one will find a myriad of national […]

Palestinians increasingly concerned Jordan may be given control of West Bank in future deal

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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. In Vienna last week, it wasn’t the people surrounding the interfaith dialogue that were boring.  Not at all.  The organizers of the conference are committed Austrian Christians who repent of their country’s […]

American Task Force on Palestine finds funding from anti-Palestinian billionaire and a repressive monarchy

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Despite its claims to be “committed to strengthening Palestinian-American relations” as “an independent voice for Palestine,” the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) has begun accepting funding from one of the most aggressive funders of anti-Palestinian and Islamophobic initiatives in the United States. A recently released 2011 Internal Revenue Service Form 990 information return revealed […]

Sydney Pollack, gunrunner

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Everyone’s talking about the Israeli TV broadcast in which Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood producer, says that he spied for Israel in the U.S. and brought out nuclear triggers and such. (Back in the days when the U.S. was worried about a society that didn’t get along with its neighbors in the Middle East going nuclear). […]

Israel supporters target New America Foundation for upcoming event with Max Blumenthal

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Max Blumenthal is scheduled to discuss his book Goliath at the New America Foundation in Washington DC on Wednesday, December 4th. Afraid that Blumenthal’s reporting has breached the walls of the beltway, Israel’s defenders have started the predictable McCarthyite campaign to shut it down. It seems it started with this Ron Radosh post on the right-wing Pajamas […]

The Cult in the Shadow War: An Interview with a former member of Mojahedin-e-Khalq

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Masoud Banisadr was an active member of the controversial Iranian opposition group Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK, PMOI) for twenty years, serving as the organizations representative to the United Nations and to the United States during his tenure. The group is largely obscured from public discourse, or more recently veiled in headlines describing them as political dissidents or refugees. […]