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December 2013

Happy new year from Mondoweiss

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Thank you for another wonderful year of Mondoweiss. In what has become somewhat of a yearly tradition around these parts, here is a rundown of some of our site stats from the past year (and here are the year-end roundups from 2012, 2011 and 2010). In 2013 Mondoweiss had: 8.3 million page views 5.1 million visitors 2,832 posts 90,000 comments […]

Should dual citizen of US/Israel be vice chair of our Federal Reserve Bank?

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Two weeks back, Forbes and CNBC reported that President Obama plans to nominate Stanley Fischer to be the next vice chairman of the Federal Reserve if the current vice chair, Janet Yellen, is confirmed by the Senate as Fed chairwoman in the new year. This would be a giant sop for the Israel lobby: Fischer is […]

Simon Wiesenthal Center calls Falk, Walker, Waters, Blumenthal and ASA anti-Semites

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You’d think it’s a parody but it isn’t. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which says it’s devoted to fighting anti-Semitism worldwide because of the Holocaust, has made a year-end list of the “Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs” for 2013 and (no surprise) the victors are a combination of actual anti-Semites and critics of Israeli policy. The American […]

Palestine is a topic too far for Boston African-American paper

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Over the years I have been an occasional op-ed contributor to a Boston African-American owned newspaper, The Bay State Banner. The editors gladly printed pieces of mine about Iran and the price of gas; military spending and US Budget priorities; a visit to an ANC colleague in South Africa (some of the article links are […]

Indiana scholars say their school presidents are wrong on boycott

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This collective response by eight faculty from three Indiana campuses to attacks by the Indiana University and Purdue presidents on the American Studies Association vote for boycott went up yesterday on a Gannett site. We received permission to republish from a representative of the authors. Mitch Daniels, speaking as president of Purdue University, and Michael […]

Infiltrating the New Year

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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. “Infiltrators” – a word increasingly used to describe African refugees in Israel. It’s become acceptable political discourse in Israel. Not surprisingly, such terminology weighs heavily on my mind as 2013 comes to […]

Low turnout for Palestinian prisoner release as negotiations slump

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In a scaled back ceremony early Tuesday morning 18 Palestinians returned to the West Back in the third round of prisoners released by Israel during the Kerry-backed direct negotiations. The group, all pre-Oslo prisoners who were sentenced to 19 to 28 years, were transferred to Ofer military prison, and then entered the West Bank through […]

The importance of Susan Abulhawa’s poetry

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Over the holidays I’ve been reading and re-reading poems in Susan Abulhawa’s new book,  My Voice Sought the Wind, and I cannot recommend a collection more highly. Abulhawa’s poems are best understood as a reflection of the grief of el ghorba, an Arabic word that Abulhawa says is not translatable but means strangeness, “the state of […]

El Al airlines promotes tourism in occupied territories

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Not too bright, the folks at El Al airlines. Notice how they spell Golan: Planning a visit to Israel? The Goloan Heights is a MUST landmark you should keep in mind. Here are the… — EL AL Airlines (@EL_AL_AIRLINES) December 29, 2013 The airline promotes a piece on the top 10 things to see […]

Shocker: ‘NYT’ publishes fair story on Swarthmore Jews bucking Hillel guidelines

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Yesterday the New York Times stunned us by publishing a very fair story about the vote by Swarthmore Hillel to throw out Hillel International guidelines on who is welcome, indicating that it will invite anti-Zionists. Reporter Laurie Goodstein told her story in a calm, thoughtful manner, and clearly tilted toward the liberalism of the Swarthmore […]

Being pessimistic is not a solution

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(This is the author’s third diary of her life in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Here are her first Palestine to Sheffield: One month away from home, and second Two months away from home) And here the world is about to farewell a year filled with lots of ups and downs. A year that has been so long and […]

Palestinian Ministry: 3,874 Palestinians detained by Israel in 2013, including 931 children

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Report: ‘Soldiers kidnapped 3,874, including 931 children, in 2013’ IMEMC — [Friday Dec 27] The Census Department of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainee published its annual report stating that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, this year, 3,874 Palestinians, including 931 children. Four detainees died in 2013. The Census Department said that 1,975 of the kidnapped are between […]

Israeli ministers committee votes to annex Jordan Valley

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In a move that would thwart the reported “security arrangements” in John Kerry’s draft peace proposal, a committee of Israeli government ministers today approved new legislation to annex the occupied Jordan Valley. Kerry’s proposal is said to include plans to imprison Palestinians behind another wall on the border with Jordan and  provide Israel control of the […]

What Would Jesus Do (on his birthday in Jerusalem)?

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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. If Mahmoud Abbas should simply give up his diminished – or non-existent – ship of state and go AWOL, since there’s no end in sight to the occupation, what should the churches […]

African refugees hold up i.d. numbers, recalling Holocaust tattoos

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Thousands of African asylum-seekers, joined by Israeli supporters, held a silent march through Tel Aviv last night (Saturday).   The protesters demand  that the Israeli government recognize them as political refugees and request freedom for their countrymen, who are being held in three Negev desert detention centers, Saharonim, Ketziot and Holot, because of their official […]

Guilty on Christmas

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All through Christmas I thought a lot about Ari Shavit’s declaration to progressive American secular Jews that we need Israel “like oxygen” in order to stay Jewish– and therefore we must support the Zionist project. Shavit is warning that without a strong pole for Jewish identity, we will assimilate, vanish into the American bread pudding. […]

Gaza is the only place the world forgets about (or pretends to forget about)

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‘Look where the world is and where we are!’ an exclamation I very frequently heard at home, and even expressed myself at some points. Going out to this world though, makes this thought invalid. It is a world where a major concern is offering dogs a better life, healthier food and softer napkins because humans […]

Unintended consequences

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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. People of all faith persuasions – including many Christians of Conscience – must be glad to see the Christmas season disappear into our collective rearview mirror. We know it will return, more […]

Palestinian farmers are to blame for settler attacks on occupied land, Israel says

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Israel: Palestinian farmers to blame for settler attacks on their land Haaretz 26 Dec by Amira Hass — The state is claiming that Palestinians who were the recent target of a “price tag” attack are to blame for their misfortune – because they failed to adequately protect […]

Rage over ASA boycott shows, world has never punished Israel for human rights violations –Derfner

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Everyone is passing around this slam-dunk argument from Israeli-American Larry Derfner at +972 saying that the “reaction” against the ASA boycott vote highlights the fact that Israel has enjoyed favored immunity from boycott, forever. It’s titled, “The world’s blatant double standard – in Israel’s favor,” and points out that Israel’s human rights violations have gone […]

‘WSJ’ piece argues that Israeli Christians and Jews are aligned, but not Muslims

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Expect to see more of this trend, which has an Islamophobic scent to it that we covered yesterday. In the Wall Street Journal, “Israel’s Christian Awakening,” by Adi Schwartz, argues that Israel is more hospitable to Christian Palestinians than neighboring countries are to their Christians. The piece contains a statement from Hanin Zoabi, the Palestinian member […]

Video: Nabi Saleh activist shot at point blank range by Israeli border police (Updated)

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Video: Israeli soldiers shot Manal Tamimi aka @screamingtamimi from a distance of zero meters today #NabiSaleh — لينة (@LinahAlsaafin) December 27, 2013 Mairav Zonszein has some details on the video above: An Israeli Border Policeman was videotaped shooting Palestinian activist Manal Tamimi in the leg with a rubber-coated bullet from very close range in […]

Stanley Fish and the violence of neutrality

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Now that the American Studies Association (ASA) has had its say with the resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions, the expected backlash has been loud and furious.  It is pointless to challenge that backlash using the conventions of intelligent debate, because there is little in the backlash that demonstrates intelligence.  It’s often difficult to tell […]