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April 2014

Israel approved almost 14,000 settler homes and demolished over 500 Palestinian structures during 9 months of peace talks

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Israel okayed nearly 14,000 settler homes during talks: NGO JERUSALEM (AFP) 29 Apr — Israel approved plans for nearly 14,000 new settler homes during the nine months of peace talks with the Palestinians, an Israeli settlement watchdog said Tuesday as the negotiation period formally ended. Figures quoted by Peace Now showed that during the talks, […]

Very far from paradise: Palestinians from Fureidis protest ‘price tag’ attack

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If you want to see apartheid in Israel, go to Fureidis.  This rural northern coastal town of 12,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel with not a single Jew, is surrounded by many all-Jewish settlements.   Most notable among them is Zichron Ya’akov, which was founded in 1882, as one of the first colonies in what has become […]

Defending Apartheid – From 1968 to the present

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The Daily newspaper at the University of Washington recently ran an editorial titled “Why Israel?: The problems with ASUW Resolution 20-39.” In this article, Nathan Taft makes two arguments against a resolution brought before the Associated Students of the University of Washington which urges UW to divest from companies profiting from the Israeli government’s human […]

It is ‘full-fledged apartheid’ now but Americans can use a familiar term, ‘segregation’ — Mustafa Barghouthi

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John Kerry’s use of the word “apartheid” before the Trilateral Commission last Friday and the brouhaha it has caused is spurring a debate we’ve never had in this country about Palestinian conditions. It’s not that enlightened a debate in the mainstream. But at least it’s beginning. First, here is Mustafa Barghouthi talking to the Institute […]

J Street woos the lobby as Israel considers annexing the West Bank

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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 too late to express horror or cry hypocrisy about the Kerry apartheid retraction. By now it’s just too obvious. Like the Los Angeles Clipper owner, Donald Sterling, once the racist or […]

3 weeks in Beirut, 5 days in jail and a 90 day travel ban: The saga of journalist Majd Kayyal

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Even though Palestinian journalist Majd Kayyal was released from prison on April 17th for traveling to Lebanon to attend a writers’ conference, he is still under the thumb of Israel’s security services. Kayyal, an Israeli citizen, was thrown in a basement cell for five days after violating Israel’s ban on travel to “enemy states.” While […]

Boycott on the horizon if Starbucks buys stake in SodaStream

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SodaStream stocks have been jumping around this week after a Globes report surfaced out of Israel that claimed “sources” alleged corporate coffee giant Starbucks, “arguably the first international symbol of globalized consumerism”, might buy a 10% stake in the home seltzer product located in an illegal Israeli settlement inside the occupied Palestinian territories. In a recent CNBC interview Starbucks’ CEO […]

When Yitzhak Rabin met Marek Edelman: A story for Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Here is a moving story my mother told me about the meeting between Yitzhak Rabin and Bundist Marek Edelman. When my mother [the late Shulamit Aloni] was Israeli Minister of Education, she travelled to the Warsaw ghetto as part of a delegation with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The Polish side included among others Lech Walesa […]

Guess who else fears that Israel will be labeled an Apartheid state?

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With all the ruckus around Kerry’s Apartheid gaffe and his pathetic apology, one would think that his statement attests to radical anti-Semitism or at least an anti-Zionist sentiment. As a matter of fact, the logic and vocabulary of Kerry’s statement is shared by no other than Naftali Bennett – head of Israel’s religious and far […]

Intra-Palestinian Reconciliation: Time for accountability

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The al-Shati’ refugee camp reconciliation agreement signed in Gaza on April 23, 2014 between Fatah and Hamas is the most recent chapter in the intra-Palestinian reconciliation saga. While it is promising news for the Palestinian people, the obvious challenge is whether it will be implemented. It seems that both parties are underestimating the extent of […]

Apartheid label will stick

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In a world characterized by the ubiquity of rapid mass communication the apparent degree of coordination among members of the American Zionist leadership shouldn’t be very impressive. Yet, it is impressive. And it also indicates something about those leaders’ perspective on strategy. John Kerry’s decision to identify apartheid for what it is – the qualifier, […]

Ari Shavit blames breakdown of talks on Arabs’ ‘anachronistic political culture’

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Ari Shavit, the Zionist revivalist author who was laurel’d by American media last year, has published his idea of a “New Peace” plan in the New Republic. He says that the Palestinians didn’t get a state under the old peace process because they are “victims of an anachronistic political culture whose negative ethos makes it especially […]

Welcome to the post-peace process era: A review of Ali Abunimah’s ‘The Battle for Justice in Palestine’

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As Secretary of State John Kerry’s April 29 deadline looms for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the State Department has dropped any pretense that talks will result in a framework agreement, instead confirming that negotiations at this point revolve around keeping the moribund “peace process” on life support for a few more months. Whether or not the United States succeeds […]

Two-state solution is ‘psychological solution’ allowing people to take themselves off the moral hook — Telhami

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Shibley Telhami said today that the two-state solution is a “psychological  solution” that has allowed world leaders and liberal supporters of Israel to escape moral responsibility for the wrongs of the Israeli occupation. But the time has come that this psychological solution is “immoral,” he said. Telhami, a Beltway insider who is an analyst at […]

Jewish Voice for “Real” Peace

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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. A few days ago, Jewish Voice for Peace released a statement on the Hamas-Fatah unity agreement and Israel’s withdrawal from the peace talks. Title: “Real Peace.” Now the press reports that John […]

Kerry says that Israel could wind up being ‘an apartheid state’

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The Daily Beast has published an exclusive based on a taperecording it got of John Kerry speaking to world leaders. Josh Rogin: If there’s no two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict soon, Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state,” Secretary of State John Kerry told a room of influential world leaders in a closed-door meeting Friday. […]

Over 100 Palestinian prisoners begin hunger strike to protest Israeli administrative detention

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4 more Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail on hunger strike RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 27 Apr — Four Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail began a hunger strike on Wednesday in protest against their detention without trial, a Palestinian prisoner advocacy group said on Sunday. News of the four hunger strikers follows reports that over 100 Palestinian prisoners […]

NBA owner Sterling reportedly sought to justify his racism by citing Israeli racism

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You surely know about the Donald Sterling story: even as his basketball team competes in the playoffs, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is the focus of national outrage for grotesquely racist statements he is said to have made to his former girlfriend on a tape published by TMZ. The NBA is investigating, and many […]

From Sheffield to Palestine, by bicycle

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(This is the author’s fourth diary of her life in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Preceding it are: first Palestine to Sheffield: One month away from home, second Two months away from home, and third Being pessimistic is not a solution) Sara, a Jewish friend, is going to cycle over 7000 Kms from Sheffield (Northern part of England) to Palestine. […]

Apartheid and hafrada, and the psychology of separation

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Bell responds to an article we ran in 2010 in which Hannah Schwarzschild suggested replacing the word apartheid with hafrada, a Hebrew word for separation that Israelis use. You might be interested to know that “-heid” in Afrikaans means “-ness”. Thus “apartheid” = separateness. Thus the Hebrew word “Hafrada” has precisely the same intended meaning […]

Walter Benjamin’s theory of fascism

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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. Thank God Passover and Easter are over – and the peace process, too. Not to worry, though, just like Passover and Easter, the peace process will return one day. Maybe soon. But […]

Our eviction action at NYU created more dialogue than ever before

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Yesterday Phan Nguyen did a piece showing how mock eviction notices delivered to dorm rooms by the Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at NYU were being thoroughly misrepresented in the media, out of pro-Israel bias. This piece addressing the same action first appeared on SJP’s blog. No government is more crucial – financially or diplomatically – in enabling Israel’s crimes and shielding it from […]

Settlers fell 7-year-old Palestinian with stones as she walks home from school

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Violence / Raids / Attacks / Clashes / Illegal arrests Settlers attack 7-year-old girl in south Hebron hills BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 25 Apr — Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian family in the south Hebron hills on Thursday, injuring a seven-year-old girl, a peace group said. At midday on Thursday, two settlers riding a quad bike attacked […]