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July 2015

You be the judge

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Ahmad Gharabli photo of Jewish and Palestinian youths being taken away from Al Aqsa mosque shows starkly different treatment. The Palestinian is being manhandled by two soldiers, the Jewish boy is escorted by a soldier with a hand on his shoulder

The great Highway 17 billboard contest

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Israel supporters in Canada have countered an ad calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel (BDS) because of apartheid practices with an “I Love Israel” billboard. Is that really an answer?

Huckabee plays the Iran Holocaust trump card

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Mike Huckabee invokes the Holocaust re Iran Deal: “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history… he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

It’s time for American Jews to recognize they have been duped

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American Jews either do not know or refuse to acknowledge that Israel is a settler colonial project. When Israel supporters call on them to attest that Israel has a “moral” army, that should be a wakeup call, to give up the intellectual dishonesty

‘NYT’ must think it has no Amish readers

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Novelist Jennifer Weiner makes fun of Amish people in the NYT, for using outhouses and not having TV. Casual prejudice– would it be tolerated toward any other minority group?

Hundreds of Israelis join protest to save Bedouin village on brink of demolition

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For Palestinian-Bedouins living in the south Hebron hills under the threat of demolition and expulsion, victories are rare. Yet residents from the tin and tarp village of Susiya are uncharacteristically optimistic that they will receive a reprieve from the impending demolition of their village that is scheduled to take place before August 3rd.

This is Gaza too: Bullet songs

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Shrouq El-Eila from the We Are Not Numbers project writes about Gaza musicians Ghada Shoman, 20, and her brother Mohammed, 16. “Now my voice and my brother’s guitar are our ‘weapons,’” Ghada says. “During the last offensive on Gaza (in the summer of 2014), the resistance was inspired by national songs of bravery and a vision of future freedom. And now, so are we.”

Greek Syriza-led government makes military deal with Israel that only US has made

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Greece’s ruling ostensibly left-wing Syriza party signed a “status of forces” accord with Israel on July 19. The Jerusalem Post explains that the agreement “offers legal defense to both militaries while training in the other’s country.” Only one other country in the world has signed such an accord with Israel; that country is the US, which calls its uncritical support of Israel the “special relationship.”

Deconstructing Netanyahu’s response to the Iran deal

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Robert Fantina dissects Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s initial response to the Iran deal and asks, ” has a more astoundingly dishonest and hypocritical set of words has ever been uttered?”

The global arms race between the US and China is devastating Africa and the Middle East

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The global arms race has never been more lucrative. America and China are engaged in unprecedented levels of spending around the world to influence and shape global affairs. The effects are devastating on civilians but Washington and Beijing insists they’re “stabilizing” nations. It’s one of the deadliest myths of the 21st century.