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December 2017

The Most Important Voice for Truth: Yours

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You are the person for whom Mondoweiss gathers and delivers news. Whether you’ve donated to our year-end fundraising drive, will do it today in the last hours of our drive, or you share what you learn from Mondoweiss with others, you are one of the Thousand Voices for Truth. We are grateful for every dollar you invest and every action you take to bring the world the truth from Palestine.

Why Ahed Tamimi’s slap is so thrilling to Palestinians

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The power of Ahed Tamimi’s slap in the eyes of Palestinians: “Your slapping of those soldiers speaks for all of us,” Hatim Kanaaneh writes. “Israelis slapped us in 1948 and in 1967 and innumerable times since. By slapping their faces, you are telling those aggressors to permit the return of the exiled Palestinian Refugees and to end the apartheid their state forces on us under the dogma of ‘the Jewish State.’”

Doctors urge mental health group not to meet in Israel in light of ‘massive, remorseless’ injury to Palestinians

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Psychiatrist Samah Jabr and three US mental health clinicians called on the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP) to reconsider its decision to hold its 2019 international meeting in Israel because the state is “perpetrating massive injury to the Palestinian people, through its relentless assault on the minds and bodies of its individuals and its remorseless ambition to annihilate Palestinian history, culture, economy, artifacts, architecture, and community life.”

I’m proud to stand with Cindy Corrie in this fight

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Phil Weiss writes: Today I pay tribute to Cindy and Craig Corrie and their tireless work for justice—and I am also proud and grateful to share Cindy’s endorsement of our work at Mondoweiss: “Mondoweiss keeps me and our entire activist community updated and invigorated while allowing people around the world to share how they challenge injustice.” I hope you’ll join Cindy in donating: your gift today will help release $60,000 in additional challenge funds.

‘They would charge us with the crime of being born Palestinian’: a report from the latest Tamimi court hearing

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Mariam Barghouti reports from Nariman, Nour, and Ahed Tamimi’s latest hearing where the three women’s detention was extended even though no official charges have been brought against them. Nawal Tamimi, Ahed’s aunt, tells Mondoweiss, “in the end, this is an occupation. If they could they would officially charge us with the crime of being born Palestinian.”

Smart, sophisticated and strategic: less than 60 hours left to join Mondoweiss’s Thousand Voices for Truth

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Mondoweiss has about $23,000 left to raise to meet the challenge of four visionary supporters: to raise $100,000 by the end of 2017. They will provide an additional $60,000 toward journalism that powers justice if we meet their challenge–and I know that because you value Mondoweiss, we can still get to the finish line. We are extremely grateful to all who have contributed already, and thanks in advance to those who will take action now to keep the information flowing.

Why liberal Zionists have nothing to say about Ahed Tamimi’s slap and arrest

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When liberal Zionist groups say anything about Ahed Tamimi, the 16-year-old Palestinian girl who has been imprisoned without charges for slapping an Israeli soldier occupying her back yard, it’s to praise Israeli soldiers for their restraint. They know the case has made the Palestinian cause heroic in the eyes of the world, but they are not allowed to identify with Palestinians.

Where is the #MeToo movement for Ahed Tamimi

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As the #MeToo movement continues to build and uplift more marginalized voices CODEPINK’s Ariel Gold and Taylor Morley write that Ahed Tamimi should be regarded as a pillar in the movement: “Ahed is revoking her consent for Israel’s brutal occupation. She refuses to give her consent to Israeli forces that invade her family’s home in yet another vicious, meritless night raid. She continually confronts her aggressors and stands up to the violent system of power that keeps perpetuating this cycle of abuse against Palestinians, and for that, she is threatened with sexual violence. Now is the time for voices in the #MeToo movement to call for her release and help draw the parallels.”

No, Rachael Ray, hummus is not Israeli: How and why Palestinian culture gets erased

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Rachael Ray, an American celebrity chef and television personality, posted a tweet claiming hummus to be an Israeli dish, alongside tabbouleh, meze stuffed grape leaves, and an assortment of dips familiar to the Arab world. CJ Werleman writes, “Ray’s tweet amounts to more than your everyday willful, yet forgivable display of ignorance, but rather reflects the effectiveness of unchallenged pro-Israeli narratives and storytelling in Western political discourse, one that seeks to erase any memory of Palestinian existence.”

Video: What would we do without Mondoweiss?

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Mark Braverman, a writer for Mondoweiss as well as a longtime reader, is one of the Thousand Voices for Truth. He shares his reasons for valuing the site, and asks you to check out a short video that showcases amazing photos from the site. Please watch, share and donate: your gift today will help release $60,000 in additional challenge funds.

A most unlikely martyr: matriarch Hamda Zubeidat, killed in the night by stun grenades

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On the night of December 12, Israeli soldiers threw stun grenades at the home of Hamda Zubeidat, a mother of 12 in her late 70s, triggering her death by heart attack. Israeli police have not returned calls about consequences for the killing deep in occupied territory, as Hamda’s family struggles to make sense of her loss. A report by Yumna Patel from Hamda’s village in the Jordan Valley.

How Ahed Tamimi was slapped first, and why no one is talking about it

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Before Ahed Tamimi slapped an Israeli soldier on her family’s occupied property on December 15, the soldier slapped her hand away from him. But no one is talking about that violent moment; and Israeli media are showing video of the incident that begins right after that moment, in an effort to describe the incident as one of provocation and restraint, not the usual violence, which in fact preceded and followed the video.

Palestinian teen in viral arrest photo released on bail following interrogation and torture

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When Fawzi Mohammad al-Juneidi, 16, was arrested and assaulted by 23 Israeli soldiers on December 7th a photo of the incident went viral around the world. Yesterday al-Juneidi was released on 10,000 shekel bail and rushed to the hospital for specialized treatment for a fracture in his shoulder. The teen says during his incarceration he was kept in a dark room where he was beaten. “I felt I was going to fall unconscious as a result of torture,” al-Juneidi was quoted as saying.

New Israeli train line with station named after Trump was built on stolen Palestinian land

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The Israeli government has announced that a stop on a new train line connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will be named after Donald Trump. The station will be near the Western Wall in occupied East Jerusalem, and honor is meant to mark Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The train line in question was already controversial as it was built in part of land taken from the West Bank village of Beit Iksa.

Zionism didn’t have to turn out so badly for Palestinians, says Roger Cohen

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The fact that Israel kicked out 750,000 Palestinians and then occupied the West Bank for 50 years “was not inevitable and is still not irreparable,” Roger Cohen writes in the New York Times. But given the actual history, was it possible for Zionism not to be anti-Palestinian racism. The burden of proof is on Cohen.

Gandhi said a woman who slaps an attacker is not committing violence

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Mahatma Gandhi anticipated the incident in which 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi slapped an Israeli soldier occupying her back yard. In 1932, scholar Norman Finkelstein relates, Gandhi wrote that a woman slapping an attacker “has no strength to cause harm. Hence her act is not violence.”

Israeli lawmaker calls Palestinians visiting relatives in Israeli prison ‘beasts’ and ‘human scum’

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Oren Hazan from the ruling Likud party received backlash today after he boarded a bus full of Palestinians traveling from Gaza to visit relatives who are detainees in Israeli prisons, and called them “dogs” and “terrorists” in a video he posted of the encounter to social media. “No, it’s not a question of family visits-this is a reality that must stop, and that’s why I came to confront the beasts,” Hazan wrote yesterday. He further said the Palestinian passengers were  “human scum.”

What it takes to make change for Palestine: see what longtime activists say

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Today, read the words of some more of the Thousand Voices for Truth. Three seasoned activists have shared their analyses and personal stories on Mondoweiss over the years. Please read why they value Mondoweiss as an outlet to inform and strengthen the movement for justice in Palestine. And add your voice to the thousand by investing today in responsible journalism at Mondoweiss.

Israeli journalist who called for unspeakable acts against Ahed Tamimi tries, and fails, to backpedal

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Prominent Israeli journalist Ben Caspit caused international furor last week, when he wrote of Ahed Tamimi, “in the case of the girls, we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras”. Caspit has felt the heat in response to his insidious suggestions and is now in crisis control mode. In a new article Caspit trys to “clarify” in English but Jonathan Ofir says the attempt at spin control is futile and disingenuous: “Caspit, in his desperate attempt to backpedal, is providing an even more pathetic article, which suggests that its just the ‘goyim’ who didn’t understand Israeli jargon.”

Christmas in Ofer military court

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Yesterday, an Israeli military court extended Ahed Tamimi’s detention and postponed her trial. Mariam Barghouti reports from Ofer military court, where on Christmas day Palestinian families, including the Tamimis, gathered to attend the trials of their imprisoned loved ones. Wafa Daud, who was waiting to attend a hearing for her 19 year old son tells Barghouti, “Behind the numbers, there are the family members and friends that are also being punished in this system.”