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September 2015

UK activists target radio station’s ‘Win a trip to Israel’ contest

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A group of UK BDS activists have been making inquiries after hearing several advertisements on the UK’s Magic 105.4 radio broadcast hyping a “Win a trip to Israel” contest. The station has already backed down from suggesting Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.

Eid in the rubble

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When Nidal Alareer, a 40-year-old father of five returned to Shujaiya after Israel’s 51-day war on Gaza, he found all three of his houses destroyed. Though promises of reconstruction have proven to be hollow, his family was able to obtain materials to rebuild their home from the Qatari government. But the labor is back-breaking and until he and his young sons finish reconstruction, his family is scattered about Gaza with no money to rent apartments. Dan Cohen spoke with Alareer as he worked on his house during Eid al Adha.

Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen wedding with US weapons, killing 131 civilians

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The Saudi-led, US-backed coalition killed 131 civilians, including at least 80 women, after bombing a wedding in Yemen on September 28. A representative of Doctors Without Borders said there was no military presence near the wedding. This attack marks the deadliest day in the war in Yemen, which has now gone on for over half a year.

Who running for president is not ‘friends’ with Benjamin Netanyahu?

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Among most U.S. elected officials and politicians, pursuing Benjamin Netanyahu’s friendship– and bragging about their Bibi-buddy-bonafidas– is extremely trendy. Katie Halper runs down the candidates running for president in 2016 who claim to be best friends with Netanyahu.

The anti-semitism charge is the canard

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When Netanyahu, Michael Oren and Natan Sharansky all appeal to American Jews to defy their president in support of Israel, they’ve allowed people to broach the topic of dual loyalty– and JJ Goldberg at the Forward agrees

Anti-WASP tropes in the ‘NYT’

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David Brooks goes in for stereotype against WASPs as inhibited while Marissa Rothkopf calls them “lockjaw” — casual prejudice in the New York Times that would never be tolerated against Jews

Celebrating Eid al-Adha in Gaza

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Isra Saleh El-Namy describes how her family celebrates Eid al-Adha in Gaza and what the holiday means to the besieged strip a year after the war with Israel. 8 year old Yazzan tells her “I wanted to seize every moment to play to have fun with my friends. I want to compensate what I have missed during last year Eid.”

Wanted: The killer of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun

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Richard Silverstein: “I appeal once again for any Israelis who know this person to step forward and name him. He deserves to be held accountable for what Amnesty International has called an “extrajudicial execution.” Please circulate this poster online everywhere you can.”

Israel’s UN amb. called for annexing West Bank, tries to delete evidence

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Danny Danon, Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations, boasted on his official Facebook page on April 27, 2011 that he was proposing legislation that would have the Israeli government “annex the West Bank and repeal the Oslo Accords.” The Facebook post was deleted sometime on or after August 28, 2015—after Netanyahu had appointed him Israel’s ambassador to the UN. While he can delete past Facebook posts, there is some evidence Danon’s radical right-wing politics that he cannot expunge.

Israel approves sniper fire and 4 year mandatory prison sentences against stone throwers

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Israel’s security cabinet voted unanimously Thursday evening to permit the use of sniper-fire against stone throwers in circumstances where an officer’s life is not at imminent risk. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed the changes and declared the increased measures were a “fight against those who throw rocks and firebombs, and shoot fireworks.”

Pope Francis, American churches, and Palestinian rights

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Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the US will doubtless reinforce his reach to the new audiences he has attracted beyond the Catholic Church with his strong positions on such issues as the environment, poverty, migrants – and Palestinian rights to freedom and equality.

Syrian and Palestinian refugees can be helped by better representation on TV and in film

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Help support filmmaker Susan Youssef make her new film ‘Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf’: “Our screens are a reflection of our society. We need an honoring of Syrian and Palestinian life as equal as our own as Americans and Europeans. Supporting media by Arabs and Muslims about Arabs and Muslims is one way that we can instigate the process of healing and hope.”