Without an Iran deal, the world could have seen a nuclear exchange in the Middle East. President Obama wiretapped Israeli PM Netanyahu not out of political rivalry but to stave off the threat to world peace posed by Netanyahu and his American allies trying to sabotage the deal.
Monthly Archives: December 2015
Mondoweiss.net had 12.3 million visits to the site this year, and our top post got 322,000 views and was by Allison Deger, detailing an incident in which German Chancellor Angela Merkel caused Palestinian teen Reem Sawhil to cry with a lecture about unwelcome immigrants in Germany
Thirty years ago Marc Ellis called for a solidarity with the Palestinian people. Now that call is more relevant than ever. Because the abyss is clearly in view.
For her bat mitzvah, Faryn Borella’s grandparents bought her fifteen shares of stock in General Electric. Every financial quarter since she has received a tiny check in the mail, which she has dutifully yet automatically deposited in her bank account. Then she became a BDS activist.
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Former Brandeis President Frederick Lawrence mentions not one Palestinian, only Jews and Israelis, when he says the way to defeat BDS is to invite participants with all perspectives on campus. He hired three former Israeli soldiers to present a picture of Israel in the “context of love.”
Supermodel Gigi Hadid made international headlines last week when she posted to Instagram a note about her Palestinian heritage —“check out the last name. Hadid. Half Palestinian & proud of it.” But the model is not the only “proud Palestinian” from the Hadid family on social media. Her father Mohamed Hadid posted a series of images of the past few weeks of his Nazareth-born family as refugees in Syria following the 1948 war.
A new Wall Street Journal scoop details how a NSA wiretap trained on the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led to intercepts of conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American Jewish groups. While the possibility of illegal spying on Congress will dominate public discussion of the story, the monitoring of Netanyahu and his staff, and the blunt way American officials reportedly discuss it in private, completely belies the public presentation of a relationship based on “shared values.”
Israel takes another step down a dark path, banning a novel from high school classes that deals with a romance between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian man. The government says it will undermine “Jewish identity.”
2015 was a landmark year for the BDS movement. Read a detailed round-up of BDS victories over the past 12 months.
Not making this up. Marco Rubio titles a neoconservative foreign-policy ad for his campaign: “Lunatic/Marco Rubio for President”
Just when the Israel lobby was getting back to its feet after Iran Deal, Obama administration wiretaps reveal Israeli officials working with US Jewish groups against the deal. WSJ says Obama authorized taps as a serving a “compelling national security purpose.”
WAFA reports: Since early October 2015, Israeli army forces have killed 142 Palestinians including 27 minors and seven women; in addition to 15,620 Palestinians who were injured during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
Since the San Bernardino shootings the public sphere has been rife with demands that Muslims do more to combat extremism in their midst. Saja Raoof offers ten easy suggestions for Muslim-Americans who want to address the widely perceived collective guilt being directed at their community. Step 1: Denounce yourself and your family.
Heidi Morrison remembers Dr. Adel Yahya, the founder and director of PACE, the Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange. She writes, “Adel was a master oral historian, having recorded and archived hundreds of interviews with Palestinian refugees living in camps as far away as Lebanon and Jordan. He was also a master at teaching others, like me, to do the same.”
Israel’s ambassador to Switzerland, Yigal Caspi, posts an image and quotation of Nazi Hermann Goering on his Facebook page to warn Israel about what it’s becoming. As Israel seems to be imploding, the only question is what American leaders will do to speak out for Palestinian rights.
Brazil is not interested in having a right wing settler envoy as Israel’s ambassador and Israel won’t take “No” for an answer. A diplomatic crisis has been unfolding between the two countries since last August when Netanyahu publicly announced the appointment of Dani Dayan, the former head the Yesha Council from 2007 to 2013, as Israel’s next ambassador to Brazil — without first consulting the Brazilian Foreign Ministry.
A group of red beret Palestinian police scuffled with Israeli soldiers near Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ residence last week ordering the military to leave the area of the West Bank under Palestinian security control. A recording of the December 21, 2015 incident was published by local media, showing Palestinian presidential guards threatening Israeli forces.
Labeled ‘malevolent,’ ‘virulent,’ and ‘noxious’, BDS continues to put real pressure on Israel, as leading business site says that the movement is having economic impact.
Hatim Kanaaneh responds to a news report showing Israeli settlers celebrating the death of the Dawabshe family: “The report is about real madness; vicious, murderous and ultimately state-sponsored collective insanity.”
One of the most important tools we have to change minds and policy regarding Israel/Palestine is video. Here are some highlights of the important video journalism Mondoweiss produced in 2015. We need your help to increase our ability to produce more groundbreaking video in 2016.
Finally the ‘NYT’ profiles a Palestinian shot by soldiers and quotes his family and Hamas standing up for him– because Ishaq Khalil Hassan was shot by Egyptians. The 136 Palestinians shot by Israeli soldiers can’t be humanized in this manner.
Michael Singh’s film “Valentino’s Ghost,” which shows that anti-Muslim and anti-Arab images in popular culture are part of an imperialist/Zionist propaganda effort, has itself suffered from that orthodoxy, rejected by PBS.
Five Palestinians killed in alleged stabbing attacks and two Israelis killed bring total number of victims since October 1 to 136 Palestinians and 18 Israelis. Israel holds many of the Palestinian bodies
It is incontrovertible that Israel commits war crimes and acts of state terrorism. If anything, Breaking the Silence doesn’t go nearly far enough. But the New York Times manages to diminish its work