Eman Ghanayem writes, “In light of the rapid growth in the Palestine activism community that is led, administered and predominated by non-Palestinians, the following is a letter of affirmations and requests made to address that community. This letter represents a Palestinian plea and critique that can henceforth improve the language used to address Palestine and Palestinian liberation movements and create better relationships between Palestinians and their allies.”
Monthly Archives: March 2017
Robert Silvers, the late editor of the New York Review of Books, ran Tony Judt’s great piece imagining a one-state democracy in Israel and Palestine in 2003, and then he ran away from it. Silvers could take on the establishment over Vietnam, Iraq, and Freud; but he couldn’t really go after Israel.
Palestinian society has condemned Israel’s arrest and interrogation of Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as the next step in Israel’s fight against BDS. On Sunday, Israel arrested Barghouti on charges of tax evasion, raided his family home in Acre, Israel, held him for 16 hours and released him — however the BDS co-founder has been subjected to daily interrogations with Israeli authorities since then. Fellow BDS movement co-founder Adnan Ramadan says this is just another step in Israel’s strategy against the BDS movement: “It’s part of their war against the campaign, but it won’t work. They can arrest whoever they want, they can do more than that, but that won’t prevent people from continuing to use BDS as a tool in the struggle for Palestinian freedom.”
Palestinians are both scared and skeptical of the prospect of Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman going through with his threat to seize money from the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Palestinian National Fund (PNF), which delivers money to the families of Palestinian prisoners and those killed or injured by Israel under political circumstances. According to Liberman, the funds provide “massive support” to terrorism against Israel. Palestinians find the statement ironic, because on average families estimated that around three-fourths of the money sent to them is given to their loved ones in prison, who spend the money on commissary items within Israeli government prisons, essentially meaning the money is funneled into the Israeli government.
Soccer club Beitar Nordia was formed to allow Beitar fans to separate from racist Beitar Jerusalem and its fanbase La Familia. “We aim to provide a voice to the silent majority who oppose La Familia,” says chairman Itsek Alfasi.
The creation of the new DNC deputy chair position and appointment of Keith Ellison to this never-before-existing post was an attempt to dress-up another ugly smear campaign against an African American Muslim candidate to protect Israel’s influence over the Democratic Party.
Rev. Alex Awad, who served as Dean of Students at Bethlehem Bible College, writes British Prime Minister Theresa May: “Britain was among the first in creating this tragic conflict but shouldn’t be the last in taking positive steps to resolve it. Let 2017 be the year that Britain conducts its policy for Israel and Palestine independently of the influence and dictates of the United States. A first step would be for Britain to recognize an independent Palestinian State in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.”
When Israel gets rocked by an earthquake, Jonathan Safran Foer’s American Jewish hero says, “Just let it go,” in his latest novel. No wonder that theme got no attention.
Marilyn Garson worked for Mercy Corps and UNRWA in Gaza between 2011 and 2015, where she lived through two wars in four years: “A UN official was quoted as saying that “the world watched in horror.” I felt only bitterness toward the world that did no more than watch.”
The campus community at the University of Illinois at Chicago condemns a series of flyers that were posted on campus that exploits social justice issues to spread anti-Semitic views.
Israeli authorities arrested overnight 18 Palestinians who were all members of the same religious chat group on WhatsApp.
Rabab Abdulhadi, Suzanne Adely, Angela Davis, & Selma James ask if the occupation of Palestine, the bombings of Gaza, the apartheid that applies two separate and unequal systems to Israel’s relationship to Palestinians – can be compatible with feminism?
The UN-commissioned report on Israeli Apartheid that was shelved last week (two days after it appeared) is no doubt explosive. The very idea that Israel is guilty of the crime of Apartheid is one that should give everyone pause. But there is another explosion in the report. Israel and its supporters have desperately sought to shelve a discussion about Zionism as a racist ideology. The Apartheid report brings it back to the forefront.
UNC Students for Justice in Palestine respond to the ongoing controversy following the cancellation of a Rania Khalek speaking event at the university, including the allegation that they participated in blacklisting Khalek.
Aubrey Bloomfield concludes his series on sports and the movement for boycott, sanctions, and divestment (BDS) against Israel by looking forward after 6 NFL players announced they have joined the movement.
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Neera Tanden and three other experts from the Democratic Party linked thinktank CAP are speaking at AIPAC this year, in the 50th year of occupation. The fault line in the Democratic Party.
A necessary and productive debate has been going on in US feminist circles following the International Women’s Strike on March 8, with its openly anti-colonial, pro-Palestine platform. In an Op-Ed, writer Emily Shire questioned whether there was room for Zionists in the feminist movement. This exchange is the latest chapter in a long conversation in activist circles around Palestine as a feminist issue. The question Shire should have asked is “Is there room for Zionists in any justice movement?” The answer is No.
Even as UN agency accuses Israel of apartheid, NPR runs feel-good story about occupied Abu Tor in East Jerusalem that never mentions occupation or settlers or fact that Palestinians there are “permanent residents.”
A 240-foot minaret rises in East Jerusalem, in defiance of settlers and a bill to silence the Muslim call of prayer in the Israeli parliament
Israel and USA have pressed hard to get the report on Israeli Apartheid shelved. But it is too important a discussion to be buried.
“I find myself incapable of bowing to fearmongering and threats, and not because of my role as an employee of the United Nations, but simply as a sane human being” — Rima Khalaf, former executive sec’y of UN ESCWA, after being forced to withdraw report labeling Israel an apartheid regime.
Around 2,000 mourners marched on Friday in the Bethlehem-area village of al-Walaja for the funeral of slain Basil al-Araj, 36, who was slain by Israeli forces March 6.
Rima Khalaf the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) resigned today after she was asked to withdraw a report her agency published earlier this week that stated Israel is an “apartheid regime.”
Eli Clifton of Lobelog shows that AIPAC supported Frank Gaffney, the Islam-basher, to the tune of $60,000.