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March 2014

Settler seizure of Hebron house signals gov’t effort to splinter Palestinian community

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The recent decision of the Israeli Supreme Court of March 11, authorizing the purchase of the al-Rajabi house in the H2 area in the city of Hebron by a group of settlers, has been described by some Palestinians as a clear political move, one which explicitly promotes dangerous settlement expansion in the heart of Hebron. […]

My heart bleeds cold borscht over the downfall of liberal hero Olmert

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been convicted of corruption charges linked to a giant Jerusalem construction project. Here’s Al Jazeera‘s report. Here’s the Times. I am glad to see Olmert go. He is an overpumped blowhard who is more about B.S. and corruption than politics and peace. Olmert who warned about an apartheid struggle […]

‘New Yorker’ satirist Borowitz won’t touch Adelson’s Israel agenda with a barge pole

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The fact that four Republicans presidential possibilities went out to kiss Sheldon Adelson’s ring in Vegas for financial backing was just too delicious for Andy Borowitz, who does news satire for the New Yorker. The casino billionaire and Republican kingmaker Sheldon Adelson met several 2016 G.O.P. candidates available for purchase over the weekend, but decided […]

Cutting thru hysteria over divestment, ‘Forward’ quotes Jews in favor

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This is excellent. A Jewish reporter at the Michigan Daily has penned a piece for the Forward on last week’s failed University of Michigan divestment resolution, relating what a wrenching episode it has been in the life of the Ann Arbor campus. Yardain Amron concludes that the proponents of divestment may have won in losing: that […]

Discrimination in the Israeli labor force mirrors inequality across Israel/Palestine

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From a welfare system to a liberal economy. Since the 1980s, the route taken by Israeli governments has resulted in decades of a politically weak labour force and an economic structure based on significant differences between rich and poor, men and women and ethnic communities. The Israeli form of socialism, acclaimed by Europe in the […]

Wait, did a ‘Washington Post’ columnist just call Netanyahu a bad guy?

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Jackson Diehl in the Washington Post says that John Kerry was delusional in thinking he could make peace in the Middle East when he’s up against a bunch of hard cases. Diehl’s series of bad guys goes from the massacring general in Egypt to the massacring president of Syria to… Netanyahu! But hold on. It […]

First Land Day, in ’76, marked a turning point in Palestinian struggle

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Land Day What is Palestine’s Land Day? Electronic Intifada 30 Mar by Ali Abunimah —  On this day in 1976, thousands of Palestinians marched in towns and villages across the Galilee region, in the north of present-day Israel, to protest Israel’s expropriation of vast tracts of land as part of its openly declared policy to […]

Attacks on BDS sharpen as it gains traction in the Jewish community

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The other day we ran a piece on liberal Zionists’ role in opposing BDS, boycott, divestment and sanctions. Donna Nevel addressed similar themes in a piece at Tikkun titled “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) and the American Jewish Community.” She gave us permission to republish here. –Ed. Many American Jewish organizations claim to be staunch supporters of […]

Mahmoud Abbas vs Mohammed Dahlan: The showdown begins

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When late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was confined by Israeli soldiers to his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Mohammed Dahlan reigned supreme. As perhaps the most powerful and effective member of the ‘Gang of Five’, he managed the affairs of the ruling Fatah movement, coordinated with Israel regarding matters of security, and […]

Christie steps in deep doo-doo, promptly apologizes to Adelson. Whew!

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All heck broke loose at the Adelson 2016 Primary in Las Vegas yesterday when Chris Christie, the embattled New Jersey governor still immersed in the bridgegate scandal, uttered the words “occupied territory” during an otherwise enrapturing speech in front of the Republican Jewish Coalition. A hush fell over the crowd. Politico reports that ZOA president Morton […]

A British Jew warns US Jewish orgs to heed rapidly-shifting world opinion

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We received the note below from a British Jew. I then had a conversation on the phone with him and he said he felt the urgent responsibility to communicate the world’s opinion of Israel to American Jews before public opinion in the U.S. shifts dramatically, led by the BDS movement. I’m honoring his wish to remain […]

Journalistic malpractice: Washington Post suggests Abbas doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist

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The other day the Washington Post ran this readers’ poll (for which we can’t find the link): Today’s Opinions poll Is President Obama overestimating Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s willingness to recognize Israel’s right to exist? Yes 73% No 27% 11692 people have taken this poll. This poll is completely deceptive. In the most significant compromise […]

‘The clash of civilizations’ theory is absolutely and completely dead

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It is far too early for a conclusive historical verdict on the wave of uprisings that have swept across the Middle East since a street vendor in Tunisia named Mohamed Bouazizi protested his unfair life by burning himself to death in December 2010. A half dozen Arab nations have been torn by massive popular uprisings, […]

Saudis don’t care about Palestinians, say American commentators

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Today’s New York Times coverage of Obama’s meeting with the Saudi king yesterday makes no reference to Israel-Palestine. King Abdullah cares about arming the Syrian opposition, and Iranian nukes: Saudi leaders have also expressed alarm at Mr. Obama’s diplomatic initiative with Iran to halt much of that country’s nuclear program, which they consider a serious threat to […]

Israeli bulldozers destroy mosque and medical center in East Jerusalem

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Judaization Israeli bulldozers destroy mosque, medical center in East Jerusalem JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 26 Mar — Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian-owned building that housed a mosque, a medical center, and apartments in East Jerusalem early Wednesday, witnesses told Ma‘an. Locals said Israeli police and special forces stormed […]

Liberal Zionists are the new front line against BDS

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One aspect of the shifting battle over the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) is that liberal Zionists have become the front line against BDS inside the American pro-Israel community. They are taking on BDS as avowed progressives, arguing that BDS rejects an idealistic project, the self-determination of the Jewish people. This was the thrust […]

UN Human Rights Council resolution warning companies to ‘terminate business interests in the settlements’ or face possible criminal liability gets watered down

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The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva passed a resolution today at the closure of the Human Rights Council’s 25th session titled “Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan” (pdf) urging all States to: (c) To provide information to individuals and businesses on the financial, reputational […]

‘I’m reminded of Jackson, MS, closing all public pools rather than integrating them’ — Franke on Barnard’s Banner-gate

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More on the astonishing case of the Barnard College administration taking down a pro-Palestinian banner two weeks ago. A great deal has been published about the case, including on our site this morning. Here are three more selections, followed by the entirety of a calm and forceful letter from Katherine Franke, director of the center for […]

Removal of Barnard Palestine solidarity banner was discriminatory act of censorship

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Mondoweiss recently reported on how a banner posted at Barnard College showing a map of historic Palestine was taken down by the administration. Here’s a letter written by the Center for Constitutional Right’s Baher Azmy to the president of the school: Dear President Spar: On behalf of Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (C-SJP), we […]

Shira Robinson speaks on ‘Citizen strangers’ at Palestine Center

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On Wednesday, professor and historian Shira Robinson delivered a lecture at the Palestine Center in Washington, DC, entitled “Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel’s Liberal Settler State,” that discussed many of the findings of her research included in her recent book of the same name.  Dr. Robinson argued that study of the period in Israel between […]

Expelled from French university, lecture on Palestinian rights takes place on banks of Rhone

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Two weeks back we ran a piece on the criminalization of BDS activism in France, translated from Le Monde. Below is a translation of a follow-up piece that ran two days ago in France on AURDIP, Association of Academics for the Respect for International Law in Palestine. –Ed. From Génération Palestine Lyon, The association of young people […]

African asylum seekers in Israel reject ‘invitation’ to desert prison

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Mutasim Ali has 30 days to clear out his office as executive director of a Tel Aviv-based refugee rights group and pack a small bag of his most prized and pertinent belongings. On Tuesday the African asylum-seeker/protest leader lost a petition appealing his imminent detention in a desert facility built to “concentrate” refugees claiming status […]