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February 2014

Gaza boy in coma after being shot in head with teargas canister at demonstration

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Gaza under blockade Video and Photos: Israeli bullets and tear gas target popular resistance in Gaza GAZA, Occupied Palestine (ISM – Charlie Andreasson) 25 Feb — At al-Shifa hospital Mohammed Helles, age 14, is lying in a coma with an uncertain outcome after he was shot with what appeared to be a tear-gas canister in […]

Video: AIPAC Policy Conference 2014

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The 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference takes place March 2-4 in Washington D.C. I don’t know who made the video above, but safe to assume it wasn’t AIPAC. Here’s their version:

Netanyahu seems to put Hitler mustache on Angela Merkel

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And you thought Obama had it bad with Netanyahu. Look at this uncanny image from the Netanyahu-Merkel meeting yesterday. “JPost photographer snaps what must be the most inadvertently hilarious political picture of the decade,” tweets AFP’s Jerome Taylor. But the Jerusalem Post says it is not using the photograph. This next photo is also odd. Yousef Munayyer wrote: […]

Wesleyan president slams NY Jewish community for suppressing differences over Israel

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Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan University, has a piece at Huffpo criticizing the decision by the Jewish Museum of New York to cancel a talk on Kafka because speaker Judith Butler supports boycott of Israel. (Roth refers to himself in the third person, because the piece is bylined by himself and Sigmund Freud. Long story.) What a […]

In 2004, Jeffrey Goldberg warned Israelis might murder Israeli PM over deal

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The history of rightwing Jewish extremism in Israel is strong. Not 20 years ago a religious extremist murdered Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin because he was considering giving up land to Palestinians under the Oslo accords. Killer Yigal Amir was backed by a conspiracy including rabbis and settlers. Ten years ago Ariel Sharon was Prime Minister, and Jeffrey […]

Israel lobby group compiles secret dossiers on pro-Palestinian speakers

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The day before Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, gave a speech on Palestine in Port Townsend, Washington in 2010, he exposed a dossier circulated about him.  Authored by the right-wing pro-Israel group StandWithUs, it was a blueprint for what local activists should do when questioning Abunimah. “When Ali Abunimah comes to your campus, […]

Political Zionism is destroying a culture and a people, and intentionally so

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I just spent two weeks in Israel/Palestine, representing American Presbyterians, with an international team that planted olive trees for Palestinian farmers who would otherwise be unable to work their fields.  This happened to be the two weeks in which the flap over the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Israel Palestine Mission Network’s new publication, Zionism Unsettled, was […]

‘When I go into the class, I am preparing tomorrow’s citizens for the next war’

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This poster is at Facebook. It is at the Tzahal site, the Israeli army, and is an official Israel Defense Forces poster. Ofer Neiman supplies the translation: “When I go into the classroom, I know I am preparing tomorrow’s citizens for the next war”. (Can you imagine a bleaker vision for a society? And when you […]

Palestinians in Hebron demand Israel ‘Open Shuhada Street’ and protest twentieth anniversary of Ibrahimi mosque massacre

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On Friday around one thousand Palestinian and Israeli activists protested in the West Bank city of Hebron to reopen a central downtown street twenty years after it was first closed by the Israeli military. The Open Shuhada Street demonstration began at a mosque near the entrance of the former hub of Palestinian economic activity, what […]

Jewish day school student first learned about ‘occupation’ when he got to college

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More of the burgeoning conversation among young Jews. Ali Kriegsman and Jana Kozlowski seek funding for a documentary about the Jewish Day Schools’ failure to educate young Jews about Israel. “Before coming to Penn, I never even heard the word occupation mentioned,” says one student. The students are shocked and embarrassed to enter a critical environment […]

Fadel Abu Odwan, 13, in critical condition after being shot by Israeli military in Gaza

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Gaza under blockade 13-year-old shot and seriously injured near Rafah IMEMC Sat 22 Feb by Chris Carlson — A Palestinian child, age 13, has been seriously injured, on Friday evening, as Israeli forces east of Rafah fired at him. Al Ray reports that medical sources at Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in the southern Gaza Strip […]

Meet the Jewish students who are taking on the Jewish establishment

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In the last few days I have talked to several young Jews who are part of the historic Open Hillel movement that is determined to break down the doors on the official Jewish conversation about Israel and allow young people to think for themselves. For me the movement is as glorious as other impulses toward […]

BDS and the purveyors of Israel’s democratic image

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There is some debate regarding the extent to which boycott and divestment directly contributed to the fall of Apartheid in South Africa. I think there can be no doubt however, that a growing sense of isolation among white South Africans did play an important if not decisive role in bringing an end to minority rule […]

Our museum is not allergic to controversy — director explains Judis’s reinvitation

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David Marwell is the director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York and a scholar in his own right. Here’s his blog entry yesterday explaining the back and forth over John Judis’s invitation and disinvitation and reinvitation (confirming what we also reported yesterday morning from Judis). His piece is a model of official […]

When you type ‘apartheid’ on Google search, it supplies ‘Israel’

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From George’s Friends (Yossi Gurvitz’s blog) (translated from the Hebrew), thanks to Sol Salbe (and Ofer Neiman): Google does not quite reflect the world; it is less of a “pure” search engine and more of a search engine according to popularity. As more people are looking for something, or linking to a particular site, the rating […]

Judis says Museum of Jewish Heritage has reinvited him to June 1 appearance!

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Great news. The Museum of Jewish Heritage will be staging an event with author John Judis, after all. Judis stated as much on Facebook today. He tells me: “I just said on Facebook in response to someone else that I had been reinvited for June first.  That’s a fact.” Last week we reported that the […]

Do Americans want to know that Israel is waging war on Africans?

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In December 2013, the Israeli Knesset circumvented a three-month old High Court ruling, quashing the law that criminalized all African asylum-seekers in the country. In its place, the Netanyahu government instituted a new policy to corral the Africans onto an ethnic-cleansing assembly line that forces them into a dead-end desert detention center, where they are […]

Mayor de Blasio receives invitation to visit Palestine

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On February 4, 2014, the Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism (CODZ) sent New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio the letter reproduced below. In it we invited the city’s new “progressive” mayor to tour Palestine/Israel, meet with Palestinian representatives, and witness Palestinian reality with his own eyes. The letter was prompted by Mayor de […]

In occupied Jerusalem, an Arab-Jewish couple see their home demolished

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing  / ‘Price Tag’ racism Jewish-Arab couple protest demolition of J’lem home Haaretz Wed 19 Feb by Nir Hasson — Malice or misunderstanding? The Jerusalem municipality last week razed a house belonging to an Arab-Jewish couple in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, a move that the family […]

‘Price-tag’ attacks on Palestinians are as Israeli and common as matkot on a Tel Aviv beach

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  Early Wednesday morning Ha’aretz reported (Hebrew, see also English report here) a so-called “price tag” attack against Palestinian citizens in the neighborhood of Sharafat in the village of Beit Safafa.  (See video above.)  The vandals punctured tires on 30 automobiles and spraypainted the words “Arabs = Thieves” and “No Coexistence” on a wall.  The […]

AIPAC chair pushing sanctions on Iran is crucial Obama backer

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Yesterday the New York Times ran an op-ed piece co-authored by the chairman of the leading Israel lobby group, AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, calling for congressional sanctions on Iran till it dismantles its centrifuges. Lee Rosenberg wrote: Our message to Tehran should be clear: It will not achieve its objectives unless it […]

Mayor of Canadian city invites Ehud Barak to economic summit

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The argument that we can separate the political from everything else seems to be persistent when there is a discussion about the occupation of Palestine. This time, the issue emerged in an email correspondence between me and Mayor Dianne Watts’ communications assistant, who by the virtue of his position is often given certain guidelines on […]

A month later, de Blasio’s AIPAC declaration continues to roil New York

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New Yorkers organized by Jews Say No! slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in a letter delivered to City Hall yesterday. 700 people signed on to a missive calling the main U.S. Israel lobby group a “right-wing organization that strong-arms elected and other government officials to support […]

144 Irish educators pledge boycott– as Karmi says, We gave up waiting on governments for help

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Yesterday Academics for Palestine launched in Dublin with the announcement that scores of educators would boycott Israeli institutions– “just as they did with apartheid South Africa,” in the words of Conor McCarthy. It issued the statement below, and posted the press conference, above, which begins with the reading of congratulations from Omar Barghouti and Ilan Pappe […]

By 2035, Jewish population in Israel/Palestine is projected at 46 percent

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A large amount of news, analysis and political rhetoric is disseminated daily about the current American-initiated Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. However, comparatively little attention — and, hence, insufficient understanding — is given to a  critical aspect of the decades-old conflict: population growth. Differential rates of population growth are redefining the relative demographic standing of Arab-Israelis, Jewish-Israelis […]