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April 2015

Two videos to challenge my liberal Zionist friends

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A main-stage debate is beginning between liberal Zionists and non- and anti-Zionists. Here are two videos that show the continuous human rights abuses of Jewish nationalism, from 1950 to 2012; how can liberals call themselves liberals and support that ideology?

Night of horror at Ben Gurion airport for two French music students

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On April 19, two French music students were held overnight at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport and humiliated, interrogated, strip-searched, and then deported all because their destination was Palestine, where they had previously taught music. The authors relate their story in order to oppose the “violation of intimacy, psychological torture, dehumanization, racism, theft, trauma” that often greet travelers at Ben Gurion.

Freedom Theatre: The Siege – cultural resistance in Palestine

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Members of the International Solidarity Movement write about a new play by the Jenin Freedom Theatre “The Siege” which tells the story of the Israeli siege of the Church of the Nativity in 2002 during the second Intifada.

Haneen Zoabi’s power and vision (and answers to Theodore)

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Touring America, Haneen Zoabi, Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, envisions a democracy in Israel alongside a Palestinian state. “We have a vision to stay and live with each other. We don’t want to throw anyone in the sea! No! We suggest when we say equality it is equality with you, this is to recognize you.”

‘Israel assassinated my son in cold blood’: Hundreds mourn Palestinian teen killed while walking near separation wall

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Ma’an reports: “Hundreds of Palestinians attended the funeral of Muhammad Murad Yahiya, 18, on Tuesday after he was shot dead by Israeli forces late Monday in al-‘Araqa village in western Jenin. ‘Israel assassinated my son in cold blood,’ Yahiya’s father, Murad, told Ma‘an. ‘After a family wedding Muhammad and several of his friends went walking in our lands near the separation wall when Israeli soldiers opened fire and hit him.'”

Earlham Student Senate passes resolution in support of divestment from Israeli occupation

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On April 22, following three weeks of deliberation, the Student Senate of Earham College passed a resolution in support of divestment from companies directly involved in the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. The resolution, presented by Boycott Divestment Sanctions Earlham (BDS Earlham), calls for divestment from three major companies profiting from the Occupation: Motorola Solutions, Hewlett Packard, and Caterpillar. This Senate Victory was a unique one. As opposed to a voting-based model, the Earlham Student Senate utilizes a consensus-based decision making model, which requires that all members of Senate feel comfortable moving forward with any decision.

Is there room for liberal Zionists in an anti-Zionist movement?

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The Likud party’s unsurprising success in last month’s Israeli election reinforced the essential argument that the two-state outcome is not viable. Phil Weiss wrote that the time for an open discussion between anti-Zionists and liberal Zionists has arrived. Ahmed Moor says, it’s a good argument, but not one that is easily embraced.

Forgiving the anti-Semites

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A Passover diary, in which a friend tells me that Jews need to forgive European anti-Semites their historical crimes because that is all that will stop Israel from reenacting the crimes against Jews

Political cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh: Art can change how people view Palestine

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Mohammad Saba’aneh is among the most well-known Palestinian artists. His art frequently includes images of Palestinian prisoners, Israeli soldiers and Palestinian refugees. Israeli authorities arrested Saba’aneh in February 2013, and he was held for five months. Mondoweiss spoke with Saba’aneh in New York last week, where he was speaking at the New School.

Finkelstein goes to Syracuse and the opposition stays home

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Who could stay home when this self-hating, Jewish-people-hating, delusional ex-professor would address malleable ears? Sadly, with a couple of exceptions, those standing by Israel’s policies chose to stay away when Norman Finkelstein spoke at Syracuse last week.

It’s time– again– for BDS to end oppression

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When Rhodesia and South Africa said that they were white-led nations that would never have majority rule, the world responded with boycott, divestment and sanctions. When Netanyahu says that there will never be a Palestinian state, it is again time for the BDS movement to put down its shoes and be on the move.