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.
Monthly Archives: December 2013
Are the American college presidents who speak out against the Israel boycott afraid of losing big donors if they keep quiet?
If John Kerry’s latest reported proposal to truncate Palestinian freedom doesn’t cause the Palestinian Authority negotiators to walk, well not even Jesus can save them, the man Mahmoud Abbas has called “a Palestinian messenger”
Israeli rightwingers justify murderous attacks on Gaza as “mowing the lawn.” Henry Norr at Mondo says that Palestinians have a more benign interpretation of that expression
Jesus was a Jew, former Israeli foreign minister Danny Ayalon says, in a video seeking to deny Christian suffering under Israeli occupation.
Ari Shavit says that the American Jewish left hungers for a revival of labor Zionism. He is ignoring a sizable movement of non- and anti-Zionists inside the Jewish community
Saeb Erekat, Palestinian negotiator, described the Israeli assault on Gaza that killed a 3-year-old as Israel’s Christmas gift to the Palestinian people
The Modern Language Association’s convention, set to be held January 9-12 in Chicago, will play host to a panel on the academic boycott of Israel and will consider a resolution condemning Israel’s denial of entries to academics invited to Palestinian universities. While no measure to endorse boycotting Israel is currently on the table, the panel on BDS and the denial of entry resolution could lay the groundwork for a future academic boycott resolution.
Peggy Faw Gish went to Iraq in 2002 to try and stop the war as a member of the Christian Peace Maker team. She has a new book out about courageous Iraqis building a national reconciliation movement
Israeli rap video warning against interracial dating pictures seductive Palestinian beating his Israeli girlfriend before her liberation by religious Jews
According to a widely quoted report from Israeli Army Radio, on Tuesday John Kerry will offer a draft proposal to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority outlining the outstanding issues to be addressed in any peace agreement. Kerry is proposing a massive security fence on the Jordanian border, which would imprison the West Bank between the present separation barrier and the border, and an ongoing Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley.
Check out this London church’s “Bethlehem Unwrapped” happening. They built a real Wall – in the middle of London – with a series of events to boot. Quite an undertaking. Talk about going on record.
‘Boycott is a time-honored, time-tested mode of civil disobedience in the face of the refusal of political entities to do social justice,’ Eric Cheyfitz says of the ASA vote for academic boycott of Israel
The ASA’s Caucus on Academic and Community Activism calls on membership to show solidarity in the face of criticism, harassment, and hate mail
I just couldn’t resist, after my own Jewish Christmas message, another unexpected Christian message – from Edward Snowden no less.
Since the dawn of the peace process, serious men and women have warned that time was running out on a two state solution, and yet there has been so little progress. Max Blumenthal has compiled news clippings from the last three decades illustrating the fierce urgency of never when it comes to negotiations in Israel/Palestine.
‘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, Edward Snowden, with a sense of foreboding,
Had just settled down with some Christmas Eve coding,
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.
The lack of vision of Israel’s leaders is reflected in a Likudnik report calling for managed conflict forever in the occupied territories
Students at Geo Mason University walk out on Israeli billionaire Shari Arison even as school’s president lavishes praise on her. Tareq Radi reports proudly on the walkout
But if politics is the place for (un)thinking salvation, this means our journey is ongoing. Signing away Palestine isn’t the place to begin. Rather the opposite. On Christmas let us begin again. Reverse the process of fragmentation and division and began to think how Jerusalem and the rest of Israel/Palestine can be shared.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and an Israeli production company were moving full-steam ahead to film a Hollywood show in occupied Silwan. Then political pressure evidently caused NBC to reverse those plans.
The iconic JNF blue boxes fail to show the green line demarcating Israel’s internationally recognized border.
In yet another sign that young American Jews are not afraid of anti-Zionism, Swarthmore Hillel is experiencing a jump in membership due to its decision to invite anti-Zionist speakers, according to a report in The Forward
The antiwar left helped launch the careers of several Dems who are now supporting a warmongering Iran bill. The grassroots are turning on them, at Huffpo