Families members in Gaza are arrested on charges of honor killings in deaths of two women
Monthly Archives: February 2014
A parody video on the 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference that takes place March 2-4 in Washington D.C.
Jerusalem Post doesn’t run photograph its photog took, in which Netanyahu inadvertently put Hitler mustache on Merkel with the shadow of his finger
Michael Roth is president of Wesleyan and bewails the fact that the NY Jewish community cannot abide conflict over views of Israel
Why don’t the American media talk more about Israeli Yigal Amir killing a Prime Minister over a possible deal in ’95. Ten years ago Sharon was threatened for the same thing, as Jeffrey Goldberg reported. But this knowledge is suppressed.
So Ali Abunimah is a “smooth” radical, Noura Erakat is “attractive” and inflammatory, and Breaking the Silence is “fringe.” The right-wing pro-Israel group StandWithUs has compiled dossiers on activist groups and speakers who work for Palestinian human rights. Alex Kane has obtained access to the files, which were made possible with funding from the Newton D. and Rochelle Becker Foundation
Dr. Rev. Jeffrey DeYoe 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 happening among those who oppose true Palestinian rights and justice.
Is this Israel’s vision of the future? An official poster for the Israeli army, on Facebook.
On Friday around one thousand Palestinian and Israeli activists protested in the West Bank city of Hebron to reopen Shuhada Street.
Two young Jews are raising money for a documentary about Jewish day schools’ failure to educate students about Israel.
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 said Fadel Abu Odwan, 13, was shot in the pelvis, assessing his this status as critical.
Phil Weiss talks with several of the 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. The movement has now won over two college chapters with a call to reject redlines that bar the participation of those who seek to “delegitimize” the Jewish state. And there are signs that Hillel International is respectful of the movement, which could become a wave. Above, Henry Rosen, Vassar freshman and member of the Jewish Union.
The boycott-divestment, sanctions movement (BDS) is unlikely to hurt the Israeli economy or the western governments’ support for Israel in the near future. Where it will have a huge impact, though, is on the cultural, intellectual and financial elite in Israel who have purveyed the country’s image abroad and are highly sensitive to world opinion. At first, the vast majority of this group rejected BDS, and called it anti-Semitic. With time however, BDS will become harder and harder for this group to dismiss with the kind of facile arguments offered by Israeli diplomacy and advocacy.
David Marwell of the Museum of Jewish Heritage shot John Judis’s book on Truman down because it was about the “pernicious” influence of the Zionist lobby. Now he’s reversed the decision and will stage a conversation with Judis on June 1 in New York.
Yossi Gurvitz reports that a search for the word “apartheid” on Google results in the suggestion, Israel, thereby reflecting a growing consensus on the internet
Great news! On February 18, the Museum of Jewish Heritage spiked a panel featuring John Judis, author of a book on Truman and Israel. Five days later the museum has reinvited Judis to speak at the museum.
Israel’s efforts to deport African refugees continues apace, and the only way to force the Israeli government to halt the process is garnering international support for their cause. Israeli journalist David Sheen is going on tour to educate and drum up global support for Africans in Israel.
The Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism has invited Mayor Bill de Blasio to visit Palestine and witness conditions there, in the wake of his telling the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that “part of my job description” is to defend Israel
Electronic Intifada reports that SodaStream is going to open a factory in the Negev, as part of Israel’s project for collectivization of Bedouins
Last week there was another pricetag attack on Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, with cars vandalized and spraypainted messages, “Arabs = Thieves” and “No Coexistence.” These attacks are almost never punished by Israeli authorities. Because the hooligans are expressing an all-Israeli message to the minority Palestinian population that is supported by Jewish officials, members of the Parliament and the general population: “Arabs, you are not wanted here on land that belongs to us – the Jews.”
‘NYT’ runs op-ed by AIPAC chair Lee Rosenberg calling for more sanctions on Iran; Rosenberg was a crucial financial backer of Obama
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is a participant in the 2014 Regional Economic Summit in Surrey, Canada. The mayor of the city invited Barak despite the BDS call and Barak’s involvement in Israeli war crimes.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech to the Israel lobby group AIPAC has stirred up a hornet’s nest. 700 people organized by Jews Say No! slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech in a letter delivered yesterday: AIPAC is a “right-wing organization that strong-arms elected and other government officials to support brutal Israeli government policies” that no progressive should support. And on his MSNBC show Chris Hayes questioned de Blasio’s declaration. While the progressive congregation B’nai Jeshurun is said to have divided over the matter.
Academics for Palestine announced its formation in Dublin yesterday, in a press conference featuring Ghada Karmi and Haim Bresheeth. It released a list of 144 educators who have pledged to boycott Israeli institutions
Nearly three out of five Jews in the world live outside the state of Israel. And inside Israel and Palestine, Jewish population numbers are approaching 50 percent