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December 2014

Finally, What Does Mondoweiss Mean To You?

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Palestinian resolution fails at the Security Council, U.S. votes against ‘staged confrontation’ at the UN

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The Palestinian leadership’s resolution to end Israel’s occupation through negotiations failed to pass the United Nations Security Council Tuesday evening. While Palestinian leaders had hoped to garner the nine votes needed to be approved by the 15-member council, only eight countries supported the measure. The United States and Australia voted against it while five others abstained. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said, “We voted against it because we know what everyone here knows, as well—peace will come from hard choices and compromises that must be made at he negotiating table. Today’s staged confrontation in the UN Security Council will not bring the parties closer to achieving two-state solution.”

Updated Security Council resolution calls for East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital, Israel says UN creating ‘second Hamastan’

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Late Monday evening Jordan submitted an updated version of a draft resolution seeking to end Israel’s occupation to the United Nations Security Council. The latest document maintains a 2017 deadline for an end to the Israeli occupation but contains a handful revisions, with substantive changes on the status of Jerusalem and Israel’s separation wall.

Our Readers Respond: What Mondoweiss Means To Us

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Several Mondoweiss readers write the latest message in our series “What Mondoweiss Means To Me” explaining what Mondoweiss means to them. If you agree that Mondoweiss plays a unique and necessary role, please invest in our work. We are asking Mondoweiss readers to help to raise $60,000 by December 31. Please donate and tell us what Mondoweiss means to you.

‘New York Times’ normalizes the blockade of Gaza

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The NYT demonizes Hamas in promoting a bridge-building effort to bring 37 Gaza war orphans to visit Israel so as to see it in a positive light. The main function of the feel-good exercise is to make liberal Zionists feel better about themselves while doing nothing to end open-air prison conditions in Gaza.

7-year-old is latest victim of hit-and-run attack by settler driver

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Recent months have seen a wave of hit-and-runs against Palestinians by Jewish settlers living in the occupied West Bank, as well as reprisal car attacks in Jerusalem. In the latest, a 7-year-old boy in a village near Hebron was left with moderate injuries requiring hospitalization.

Israel’s upcoming elections and the false nostalgia of Liberal Zionism

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For many liberal Zionists, the next Israeli election is about saving Israel from the right wing government that has made it more difficult to defend Israel’s legitimacy as a Jewish state. Dr. Reem Khamis-Dakwar wonders: are these calls by liberal Zionists to “rekindle the spirit of 1993” solely calls for a presentable “liberal” Israeli government, no matter what its policies really are?

Meet the Falics: West Bank settlement funders, Netanyahu backers, and owners of Duty Free America

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You know the name Sheldon Adelson. But how about the Falic family? Members of the Falic family have donated millions of dollars to pro-Israel U.S. politicians from both parties and to pro-Israel causes, including West Bank settlements. The family made their money through Duty Free America, which operates stores in airports around the U.S and the world where consumers buy tax-free products.

‘Peace Now’ plays the Borscht Belt

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The center in the Israel Palestine discourse is collapsing — witness Peace Now’s latest letter, a plea for irrelevance that channels Henny Youngman and makes no reference at all to Israel’s political crisis or the settlements, lest folks should start to argue

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Caroline Glick says there were no Palestinian refugees

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Israeli-American writer Caroline Glick says that Jews have claimed Israel for 3500 years so they are the indigenous people of the land; and thus the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled in 1948 are not refugees.

Selfies with Santa, fake trees, and businesses striving to stay afloat as Bethlehem celebrates Christmas

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By mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve crowds had thinned from the limestone plaza that is Manger Square, buffering Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity and its winding old city. International tourists lingered, but the bulk of the celebrators were Palestinians—Christian and Muslim alike. A handful of children under ten years old wore costumes and sold candies for 25-cents.

Hatim Kanaaneh: What Mondoweiss Means To Me

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Hatim Kanaaneh writes the latest message in our series What Mondoweiss Means To Me. He explains that for a Palestinian citizen of Israel the media horizons are quite constricted so he searches online for alternative media: “And, lo and behold, there are media outlets with a wider readership and fresher frontiers, media organs that are opening new frontiers in fact. Mondoweiss for one. Voila! I will part with some of my retirement cash to support them. Please join me and donate today. ” We are asking Mondoweiss readers to help to raise $60,000 by December 31. Please donate and tell us what Mondoweiss means to you.

‘Go to Auschwitz!: Extremist settler confronts injured ISM volunteer in Hebron

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Ally Cohen was monitoring Israeli checkpoints in Hebron with the International Solidarity Movement when she fell and sprained her ankle. She was in immobilized in pain and stuck just outside a settlement on Hebron’s infamous Shuhada Street. Just when she thought the situation could not get any worse a car pulled up next to her and Anat Cohen stepped out.

Chris Hedges is blackballed by Penn after likening ISIS to Israel

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All the free-speech rules go out the window for Israel. You can make a movie about killing a foreign dictator and the president will stand up for you, but if you liken Israel to ISIS, as Chris Hedges did, then you get disinvited from a speaking gig at Penn