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December 2013

Five Years after Cast Lead: ‘Gaza Writes Back’

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The blog Arabic Literature interviews Refaat Alareer, editor of Gaza Writes Back, a book of short stories marking the five year anniversary of Cast Lead: ArabLit: How did the idea for this collection come about? How did you put out the call for submissions? Did you tell the writers it was to commemorate Cast Lead? Refaat Alareer: I’ve been teaching World […]

‘NYT’ fails to follow the money in reporting attacks on the academic boycott of Israel

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Fund-raising is the most important part of the job for a college or university president in America. Today’s article in the New York Times quotes four different presidents (and one ex-president) who sharply criticize the American Studies Association’s boycott of academic institutions in Israel. But the article, by Tamar Lewin, “Prominent Scholars, Citing Importance of […]

A Palestinian messenger

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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 Christian messages keep coming. First Edward Snowden, then the Pope, now Mahmoud Abbas. Shall the last become first? Perhaps. But if the news is accurate, it seems that America’s Secretary of […]

Danny Ayalon fabricates Christian fears in Islamophobic hasbara video

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The rightwing Israeli politician Danny Ayalon is back with another of his lying hasbara videos, this time in response to Lara Sawalha and Dana Dajani’s ‘The real truth about the West Bank’. This time, along with the usual ‘Palestine and Palestinians don’t exist’ denial narrative, the former deputy foreign minister is also promoting the idea Palestinian Christians have […]

Shavit and Beinart willfully ignore an anti-Zionist Jewish movement

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Ari Shavit got home to Israel from his triumphant U.S. book tour and reported that the American Jewish community is still Zionist, even if the young people don’t find Israel that relevant: The American Jewish community opened its heart…. Even the Jewish left longs to see a reincarnation of the old Labor Zionism that it […]

Palestine’s chief peace negotiator characterizes Israeli attack on Gaza as ‘terror’

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Israel attacked Gaza Tuesday, launching a series of air strikes across the Strip killing 3 year old Hala Abu Sbeikha and wounding 10 others (including children). The attack was in retaliation for the killing of, Salah Abu Latif, 22, a Bedouin and Israeli civilian, who was killed by a Palestinian sniper while Abu Latif was doing military contract […]

Modern Language Association convention to feature academic boycott panel and resolution slamming Israeli denial of entries

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The Modern Language Association’s (MLA) annual convention is not an event known to raise hackles or attract global media attention.  This year, though, the 30,000-member academic group best known for producing the MLA handbook on citations is in the hot seat–and it’s all because of a focus on Israel. The MLA convention, set to be […]

This Christmas, consider a Christian peacemaker’s book about Iraqi reconciliation

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One of the most compassionate people I have had the privilege to get to know is Peggy Faw Gish, a member of the Christian Peace Maker team, who went to Iraq in October of 2002 before the illegal and immoral U.S. invasion. While millions of us were protesting, lobbying our reps and being arrested because […]

Israeli rap warns vulnerable Jewish women about seductive, dangerous Arab men

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You don’t really need a translation, but David Sheen fills us in: What Israeli “hip hop” has come to: Warning against inter-racial dating, claiming Arabs kidnapped 50,000 Jewish women http://t.co/By4lGgrTdd — David Sheen (@davidsheen) December 25, 2013 Well at least this isn’t viral. Just 1800 hits so far. Thanks to Max Blumenthal.

Kerry wants to imprison West Bank with massive security fence along Jordanian border

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According to a widely quoted report from Israeli Army Radio (Galei Zahal) on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will propose most of the security arrangements that Israel desires from any agreement with the Palestinians. It is rumored that on December 31st, Kerry will present a draft proposal to both sides which will outline the […]

One London church goes on the record with ‘Bethlehem Unwrapped’

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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. Still more Christmas messages. The Pope weighed in again, albeit mostly in broad generalities, but with a nod to atheists.  The justice club is growing. But check out this London church’s “Bethlehem […]

American Studies Association caucus seeks support against campaign to discredit ASA

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The following is a statement from the ASA Caucus on Academic and Community Activism. It is not from the American Studies Association. To Friends of the AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION SUPPORT THE ASA Background: In an act of international solidarity, congruent with its historic mission to advance social justice, the American Studies Association (ASA) announced on […]

Snowden’s Christmas address

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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 just couldn’t resist, after my own Jewish Christmas message, another unexpected Christian message – from Edward Snowden no less. At least Snowden has finally found a place to lay his head. […]

‘Time is running out’: The peace process and the fierce urgency of never

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“I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.” –Golda Meir Since the dawn of the peace process, serious men and women have warned that time was running out on a two state solution. If dramatic, urgent measures were not taken and painful compromises not made, the apocalypse would soon be upon us all. […]

A visit from the NSA (for Christmas)

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the land, Not a hacker was hacking along the broadband. The laptops were plugged by the chimney with care With hopes that the outlets would work over there. The children were nestled with their iPhones 4S While visions of Candy Crush danced in their heads And I, […]

Three-year-old Palestinian girl, Hala Abu Sabikha, killed in Israeli raid on Gaza

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Gaza under blockade Palestinian girl killed in Israeli strike on Gaza GAZA CITY (AFP) 25 Dec — A three-year-old Palestinian girl was killed in an Israeli raid on the Gaza Strip after the fatal shooting Tuesday of an Israeli near the Gaza border, in the latest uptick in Israeli-Palestinian violence. Cross-border exchanges between Israel and […]

In ‘intractable conflict,’ Israel must periodically and forcefully ‘mow the grass’

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Yet another sign of the lack of vision of the Israeli security state and the crisis that it is plunging into given the failure to resolve the conflict with Palestinians. A study by leading national security experts calls for “mowing the grass” in the West Bank and Gaza for the forseeable future. “Mowing the Grass,” […]

Palestine is no longer a word hesitantly murmured at George Mason U

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As I was reseated after walking out on apartheid profiteer Shari Arison, I could not help but reflect on the accomplishments of George Mason’s Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) and the relationships I’ve built along this journey. SAIA has dramatically changed our campus culture since its foundation one year ago. In the fall of 2011, when […]

On Christmas let us begin begin to reverse the process of fragmentation

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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. It’s irresistible, the Christian claim of salvation, but Christians shouldn’t be surprised when they’re blindsided by the unredeemed world. After all, they keep insisting on Jesus as the savior. Israel’s war on […]

JNF ‘Blue Box’ erases Green Line

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One theme on the site is the erasure of the green line in Jewish life – both in Israel and the U.S. The green line demarcates Israel’s internationally recognized border at the 1949 armistice line, and its absence on Israeli and American Jewish maps alludes to a broader Jewish claim over Greater Israel. As I searched […]

Swarthmore Hillel attendance spikes because of decision to invite anti-Zionists

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This is amazing. The Forward did what a newspaper is supposed to do and sent a reporter to Swarthmore to find out what’s going on there, and surprise, the Swarthmore Hillel board’s decision to adopt guidelines that would include anti-Zionist speakers has fostered a spike in attendance at the chapter. Hody Nemes reports that young […]

‘Huffpo’ shames pro-war Democrats, blames AIPAC (and gets lectured by Foxman)

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Huffington Post has called out the 15 Democratic Senators who are pushing a bill to kneecap the Iran deal and enable Israel to tangle us up in another Middle Eastern war. Check out the roll of dishonor at that post, and the lead: As the United States finally puts a decade of war behind it, […]