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July 2017

Thank you – a little earlier than we expected

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We’re delighted and grateful to announce Mondoweiss supporters have met a $5,000 challenge set by a generous donor last weekend, which means our 2017 summer campaign, “They Fear The Truth: We Report It” is only about $9,000 short of the $75,000 goal. We know that for some readers, appeals for donations distract from core news coverage. So we’ve decided to do something unconventional in the world of fundraising: thank all our supporters, and wind down the drive a bit earlier than planned. All funds raised through this campaign are earmarked to pay freelance journalists on the ground in Palestine for their vital reporting. But starting now, we won’t be soliciting full-force as we have been. We simply want to thank you for believing in the value of Mondoweiss and the work we publish.

‘Irreplaceable bedrock’ of U.S. backing for Israel is threatened by — intermarriage

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A chorus of voices say a “chasm” is growing between Israel and the United States because young Jews are increasingly marrying out of the tribe so they don’t care so much about the place. Newsweek does readers the great favor of listing the tab of U.S. expenditure on behalf of Israel– more than any other country since World War II– and suggesting that Israel prepare to give up that assistance.

In move to recognize Palestine, South Australia has overwhelming majority of Aussies behind it

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Maragret Cassar writes, “The state where I live, South Australia, has a long and proud history of firsts especially in the area of social justice. In 1856 South Australia was the first state to introduce universal male suffrage. In an Australian first, women were admitted to degree courses at universities in 1882. It was a world first in 1895 when women were able to vote and permitted to stand for Parliament in South Australia.

This proud history gained a new entry on June 22, 2017, when the South Australian Parliament passed a landmark motion calling on the Australian government to recognize the State of Palestine just as it recognizes the State of Israel.”

The Palestinian Authority is on the verge of collapse, and collapse it should

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“The Palestinian Authority, a historically toothless government operating within the confines of Israeli control and authority in the entirety of historic Palestine, may not be long for the world,” writes Luke Peterson, “But change may well be in the air as regards the stultified and ineffective government. Public confidence in the integrity and efficacy of the Palestinian Authority amongst the Palestinians in the West Bank is at an all-time low and faith in the ability (or even desire) of PA officials to steer Palestine into an improved economic and political future is all but nonexistent. Years of bureaucratic bloat, nepotistic policy, and corruption have turned Palestinians against their elected leadership. Harsh crackdowns on free speech (to include the policing of social media sites), the enrichment of the elites at the expense of the public good, and complicity in Israeli occupation policies are to blame. As a result, references to ‘Palestinian Democracy’ are laughed off by the public at large.”

Ontario caves to Israel on falsely-labeled wines– for now, anyway

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Falsely labeled wine from illegal settlement of Psagot, deep in the West Bank. (Photo: David Kattenburg)

Six months after I complained that wines labelled “Made in Israel” in Ontario stores were the products of illegal settlements, the Canadian food inspection agency ruled that the wines were falsely labeled and instructed the Ontario liquor board to cease imports of the wines. Within hours B’nai Brith Canada had posted it on its Facebook page, stating confidently that the outrageous directive would be quashed by day’s end. It soon was.

Young survivors of Gaza beach slaughter three years ago ‘lost their minds’

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It has been three years since the most infamous atrocity of the Gaza onslaught, the killing of the four Bakr boys on the beach by an Israeli missile. A child psychologist tells an Irish documentary that surviving children “lost their minds” and she was unable to treat them for their trauma.

They fear the truth. Mondoweiss reports it. And thanks to a dedicated supporter, you can double your investment in truth from Palestine.

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One of Mondoweiss’s most dedicated readers wrote to us: “I am constantly outraged and devastated by the abuses Palestinians confront, and I know that informing the widest possible audience is the best way to challenge the regime oppressing them. So I’m issuing a challenge. I will match every gift you receive by the end of July, up to a total of $5,000.” Can you step up and meet the challenge? Whatever you give by the end of July will have double the impact.

The spirit of ’68 lives on! Palestine advocacy and the indivisibility of justice

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Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi writes, “By suing SFSU administrators and naming me, this legal bullying attempts to pick up where other members of the pro-Israel network previously failed, namely get rid of me, dismantle the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) Studies Program and erase the General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS) and advocacy for justice in Palestine at SFSU campus. While the lawsuit names several SFSU administrators and staff, Campus Watch, David Horowitz and other Zionist groups have focused their Twitter campaigns on me and GUPS. AMCHA, Horowitz, Canary Mission, Stand With Us, Zionist Organization of America, Campus Watch, the David Project, and the Middle East Forum have launched one smear campaign after another to extinguish the Palestinian activism and advocacy for Palestine on campus.”

United Methodists in US defend the right to boycott and divest

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The United Methodists of the U.S. said today they members passed a combined 23 resolutions supporting Palestinians, and some backed the right to organize boycotts against and divest from Israel: “Over the last 13 months, thousands of clergy and lay delegates representing over 1 million United Methodist Church members (based on data at www.umdata.org) have approved resolutions defending the right to boycott and divest: in 2017, the annual conferences of Minnesota, New England, Upper New York, Great Plains (Nebraska and Kansas), Desert Southwest (Arizona and Utah), Oregon-Idaho, and Florida; in June and July 2016, the California-Nevada Annual Conference and the Western Jurisdictional Conference, which represents United Methodists in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.”

My latest encounter with a stranger

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Rawan Yaghi meets an Israeli student at Oxford University and is amazed how little she knows about Gaza: “This girl may not deserve my direct sentiments of disgust and anger. But since her comfortable life and her plans in life are made possible by the sheer misery of myself and everyone I know from Gaza and in Gaza at the moment, I could not walk away without feeling like I’ve just met a human that disregards other human beings as less worthy creatures, less worthy of the mere knowledge of their/our existence.”

Canada order stores to deshelve settler wines with ‘made in Israel’ label

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Activist labels pasted across wine produced in the West Bank Israeli settlement of Efrat, originally labeled as "made in Israel." The Canadian liquor board will now require Israeli wines produced in settlements to carry the origin tag "made in the West Bank occupied territory." (Photo: Facebook/Canadian Jewish News)

The Times of Israel reports, “Canadian food inspectors have ordered liquor stores to stop selling wines made in the West Bank, saying their label identifying them as Israeli contravenes Ottawa’s policy on the territory … News of the order emerged with the issue of a letter Tuesday from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to liquor vendors, detailing the ruling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency a week earlier ‘that ‘Product of Israel’ would not be an acceptable country of origin declaration for wine products that have been made from grapes that are grown, fermented, processed, blended and finished in the West Bank occupied territory.’ The ruling extended to wines from ‘any other territory occupied by Israel in 1967’ that carried such a label, which would be ‘considered misleading,’ specifically mentioning the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Gaza, as well as the West Bank.”

Struggling for justice at San Francisco State University

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Students, staff, and faculty at San Francisco State University are under investigation by the university on trumped up charges of anti-Semitism brought forth by San Francisco Hillel. This is the latest in a long history of accusations made against Palestinians and Palestinian advocates at SFSU by the pro-Israel organization. Saliem Shehadeh unpacks the latest accusations and writes, “Hillel’s baseless complaint, in this case, is intended to wash out the grievances that the Arab, Muslim and Palestinian community have made to SFSU. And the university’s misconduct of this investigation affirms that the university is not able to make an objective decision based on the facts.”

At NY premiere, David Grossman will join Netanyahu minister who boycotts Darwish

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Netanyahu’s culture minister Miri Regev boycotts the work of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and wears a dress celebrating Israeli colonization. But David Grossman will join a delegation with her in New York later this month, as the Israeli government sponsors a production of a play based on his novel.

Israeli suit against family of Palestinian attacker takes collective punishment to new extreme

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A $2.3 million Israeli lawsuit against the family of Fadi Qanbar, who crashed a truck into soldiers in Jerusalem in January, killing four, demands that his widow reimburse the state for the compensation it awarded the soldiers’ families. If she cannot raise the astronomic sum, the debt will pass to her four children, the oldest of whom is currently only seven. Israel is reported to be preparing many similar cases.

Why they fear the truth

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Last year, we ran a satirical post titled “Birthright ends trips to Israel — ‘American Jews are better off imagining Israel than seeing it.’” Who could have known how right we were! Last month, Brand Israel Group released a study comparing a 2016 survey they did of Americans to one in 2010 and it shows the more Americans learn about Israel, the less they support it. This explains why Israel’s supporters fear the truth: people who learn about Israel’s actions understandably come to reject them. And that’s the core of Mondoweiss’s mission and our daily work. Please contribute today so that we can keep them shaking in their shoes.

NBC plays up gruesome crashes in Tour de France– then blames the riders

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The Tour de France is exploiting horrific crashes in this year’s race for publicity and profits, and when top rider Dan Martin called the Tour for its conduct, NBC commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen say the riders are to blame for taking risks. This is self-serving BS and sports fans need to call NBC on it.

Join Roger Waters on Facebook Live as he discusses his support for BDS

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Tune in Saturday, July 15 when the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) will be hosting a live web conversation with Roger Waters on his support for the cultural boycott of Israel and Palestinians’ rights.

What happened in the Israeli Labor Party ‘revolution’? Nothing.

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The newly-elected Labor leader in Israel, businessman Avi Gabbay, has inspired comparison to France’s Macron as a change-agent. His refusal to work politically with Arab parties or to commit to withdrawal from settlements shows that he is just the latest variation of Labor support for the Zionist status quo.