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November 2015

For western elites, another savior of Israel: Benny Gantz

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Sensing their international isolation, Israelis in a poll turn to the idea of Benny Gantz, military leader during the last Gaza slaughter, to head a center-left government as prime minister after Netanyahu. It’s a traditional dodge, writes Ofer Neiman

The only way to take on ISIS is to take on Wahhabi doctrine

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Bombing campaigns are a simplistic and temporary response to ISIS’s spread; they don’t work and hurt civilians. The west must address the structural causes of ISIS’ rise, which include the Saudi support for a sectarian, conservative Wahhabi doctrine

Zionism is blocking the path to peace

Mohammed Alhammami on

The most dangerous threat Palestinians face in their struggle for freedom and human rights, besides the Israeli war machine, is the absence of historical context. Political Zionism is an ideology that is inherently racist, supremacist, and exclusivist. If you seek to understand the conflict, if you believe in and strive for a just peace in Israel-Palestine, this is where your fight starts.

Israel isn’t worried about ISIS

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Israel isn’t that worried about ISIS. It’s far from the Israeli border and it has limited military capability. Israel’s real concern is a regional power struggle, in which Iran has more influence than Israel due to Russia’s support for the Assad government in Syria and for Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border.

Hillary Clinton equates ISIS and Hamas

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After Paris, Israel advocates say that the west is in the same war as Israel. Hillary Clinton equates ISIS and Hamas, while Netanyahu says radical Islamic “beasts” prowl the streets and the waterways of “our common civilization.”

Nerves/Gas at Rachel’s Tomb

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Eitan Bronstein reflects on the challenges of being a “Decolonizer” and trying to change Israeli society from within.

Posters linking Muslim students and BDS activists to terrorism appear on college campuses in California and Washington, DC

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Last week inflammatory posters linking Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association to terrorism and anti-Semitism appeared on several college campuses in California and in Washington, DC. Another poster smeared the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights as anti-Semitic. Right-wing activist David Horowitz, and his Los Angeles-based Freedom Center, took credit for the posters.

‘Allahu Akbar’: A Muslim family in suburban New Jersey responds to the Paris attacks

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Sarah Aziza was staying overnight with the family of her college friend Nuna when she first heard the news of the Paris attacks. Aziza writes, “And then, just as the pace of the death toll began to relent, journalists began reporting a new detail—and the secret fears of Nuna and Miriam leapt to life. “A witness reports hearing “Allahu Akbar” shouted as the terrorists opened fire.” Nuna’s eyes were wet again, dark and glistening against her flushing face. Miriam’s head moved slowly from side to side. “Here we go again.” Under their breath, both Nuna and Miriam began to pray, reflexive, weary prayers.”

Israeli troops detain and interrogate 6-year-old Palestinian boy in Bethlehem

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Ma‘an reports: Israeli forces detained a six-year-old Palestinian boy in Bethlehem’s ‘Aida refugee camp on Tuesday, locals said. The boy, Abdullah Youssef, was detained as clashes broke out in the area between Israeli military forces and Palestinian youths. The young boy told Ma‘an that Israeli soldiers began firing tear gas into a children’s playground in the refugee camp, forcing him and his friends to flee the area. Israeli soldiers who had entered the camp then detained him as he was running away, and interrogated him for several hours before the Palestinian liaison office intervened to have him released.

ISIS as a fascist movement

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Stephen Sheehi says ISIS has more in common with Western fascist ideologies and militant, extremist right-wing extremist organizations rather than as an outgrown of political Islam and legitimate political “Islamist” parties.

In escalation against Palestinian citizens of Israel, government bans Islamic Movement of Northern Israel

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On Monday, Israel’s security cabinet outlawed the Islamic Movement of Northern Israel, arrested a senior officer and shut down 17 affiliated charities claiming the organizations sought “to subvert the state in order to establish an Islamic caliphate in its place.” Head of the Joint Arab List Ayman Odeh asserted the move was politically motivated and strategically timed after the Paris attacks on Friday to suggest a link between the Israel-based group and ISIS. “The decision was made for strategic purposes, and its timing indicates that Netanyahu wishes to position the conflict as a religious conflict,” Odeh said.

Dialogue’s Demise: Why the American Anthropological Association should support the boycott of Israe​li​ academic institutions

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On Friday, the American Anthropological Association will consider a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Laurie King writes in favor of boycott. “A boycott of Israeli universities (not individuals) would show Palestinians that they are not forgotten, that their suffering has not gone unnoticed or unanalyzed, that they are still considered fully human, while encouraging Israeli society to confront the discrimination and structural violence implicit in Zionism as it now is manifest in Israeli governmental, military, economic, and social policies.”

How do we mourn for the dead when empathy is a battleground

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Mark Bou Mansour asks, “How do we reach a place where the very act of mourning, the grief you feel over the ruthless murder of your fellow humans, becomes a political act by which you subjugate and dehumanise yourself?”

‘I endorse the cultural boycott of Israel’: Prominent artists support New York-based campaign for cultural boycott of Israel

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A new video released by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel features eight leading artists stating, “I endorse the cultural boycott of Israel.” The artists include Tony-nominated stage and television actress Kathleen Chalfant; musician Roger Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd; musicians Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio; musicians Kool A.D and Tamar-kali; artist and author of Drawing Blood, Molly Crabapple; and visual artist Swoon.