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December 2017

Pop star ‘Lorde’ honors BDS call, cancels Tel Aviv concert

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The pop singer Lorde announced on Sunday that she would be canceling her June 5th performance in Tel Aviv after pressure from the Palestinian BDS movement. “I had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in Tel Aviv, but I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one,” the singer wrote on social media explaining her decision.

New Yorkers rally in solidarity with Ahed Tamimi

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Through a bullhorn to cut through the hum of holiday shoppers, some forty people rallied in New York City’s Union Square Friday night in support and solidarity for Ahed Tamimi, the 16-year-old Palestinian girl arrested by Israeli soldiers during a pre-dawn raid of her family’s home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Mariah Tamimi called Ahed the best representative for her people, telling Mondoweiss, “she inspires me; and I think she inspires the rest of Palestine.”

A Christmas letter to Nikki Haley

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Roland Nikles sends a Christmas message to US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley: “On this Christmas Day, we recall that near Bethlehem, there were shepherds out in the field, ‘and an angel of the Lord appeared to them. . . and the angel said. . . I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.’  And we behold: the angel did not say ‘America First!'”

Israel has transferred Ahed Tamimi to three different detention facilities in the last five days even though she has not yet been charged with a crime

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In the five days since Ahed Tamimi’s arrest, Israeli authorities have attempted to coerce confession from her without access to a lawyer or a parent; moved her from the occupied West Bank in contravention of international law; and transferred the sleep-deprived teenager between at least three different detention centers and prisons, including West Jerusalem’s infamous Moscobiyeh detention center. All of this and Tamimi has not yet been charged with a crime.

The New York Times tries to make the Ahed Tamimi story go away

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The New York Times ran a piece on the very different ways that Israelis and Palestinians see the slapping incident involving 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi and an Israeli soldier. It treats an occupying soldier and a 16-year-old girl as equals and does not quote a single member of the Tamimi family, whose land the soldier was on when the incident took place.

A day after UN vote on Jerusalem, Israeli aggression intensifies in the West Bank

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It’s the third Friday of Rage since Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, and the day after the UN Assembly draft resolution vote, where 128 countries called for the US to overturn its decision to move the US embassy. Rhiannon F. reports, “There appear to be more Israeli soldiers in force today in Beit El, north of Ramallah, scattered along the hilltops close to the illegal settlement. The air is tense as the soldiers hold back from firing the amount of rubber bullets and tear-gas they are known to be capable of. Palestinian protesters know if it is silent and appears calm on the Israeli soldiers’ end of a clash, a plan is most likely about to erupt.”

Bedouin community uses Christmas celebration to challenge Israeli land grab

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While Damascus Gate has been the central point of protest in light of US president Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Palestinians have also been confronting the declaration through other means. The residents of Jabal al-Baba used this year’s Christmas celebration to reaffirm the need to defy Israeli policy of forced displacement and the plans to take over the areas of E-1 northeast of the city.

Israel has detained 148 Palestinian children since Trump’s Jerusalem speech 2 weeks ago

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Israeli forces detained 28 Palestinians overnight Tuesday from occupied territories, including a 15-year-old. That brings the total number of Palestinians detained by Israeli forces since the beginning of the protests that followed US President Donald Trump’s’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to 490, including 148 minors and 11 women.

The never-ending crisis of Zionism

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Seven years ago it was a viral video of a Palestinian boy weeping as his father was arrested by occupying soldiers. Now it’s viral video of a Palestinian girl slapping Israeli soldiers. The occupation is endlessly horrifying to American liberal Zionists but they never do anything about it concretely. They just have their never-ending crisis. Their ethnocentrism ought to horrify their own children.

How Palestinians can transform statelessness into strength

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Ahmed Moor writes that the main failure of the Palestinian leadership is that they act as though Israel can be maneuvered through negotiations with a heavyweight tipping the scales in their favor, even though history has shown this will not be successful. Nonetheless, he writes, there is a path forward: “By restating the goals of the Palestinian national movement, away from state building and towards human rights and dignity, the PLO, Hamas, and the PA may fundamentally alter their dynamic with Israel. The pursuit of equal rights is the only mechanism for transforming statelessness into strength.”

McCollum’s bill on Palestinian children’s rights: Now is the time to act

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Following the arrest of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi it is urgent for Congress to pass Betty McCollum’s proposed bill to prevent the use of US tax dollars for the Israeli military’s detention and mistreatment of Palestinian children. The message of the bill is simple: As Israel’s largest benefactor, the US must stop funding Israel’s human rights abuses against children.

Palestinians celebrate resounding Trump and Israel failure at the UN

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Today, the overwhelming majority of the world’s nations at the UN General Assembly voted 128-9 in favor of a resolution calling on the United States to overturn its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Omar Barghouti, speaking on behalf of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), responded by saying: “This vote is further proof that the far-right Israeli-Trump alliance is more isolated than ever as the overwhelming majority of nations are finally recognizing its fatal attempt to undermine both Palestinian rights and the very rule of international law. Holding Israel accountable for its egregious, decades-old human rights violations is crucial to upholding both.”

Beyond clickbait: Mondoweiss delivers critical analysis from leading experts

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This city that isn’t one: fragments on a fragmented city

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The logic of so-called unification of Jerusalem is one of increasing maximum mobility rights to Israeli Jews in the occupied Palestinian populated areas while providing minimum resident rights to Palestinians in turn. Jerusalem is a city that emblematizes partition as such. Divided, it divides. And the more it is said to be unified, the more divided it is. For the unification is not about unity but about militarized colonial control. A city that is colonized and occupied cannot be unified but by force.

How a Palestinian girl from an occupied village emasculated the Israeli army

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After young ‘Ahed Tamimi humiliated Israeli soldiers in occupied Nabi Saleh, the Israeli army needed to release a video of the 16-year-old girl’s arrest in the middle of the night. The incident shows that hasbara is directed mostly at Israelis and Jews to convince them of Israel’s rightness and strength, even if that means exposing the hateful practice of detaining children.

Trump threatens to cut aid to countries voting against Jerusalem decision at UN

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The President of the United States on Wednesday confirmed that countries voting in favor of a United Nations draft resolution condemning the U.S.’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could lose U.S. aid money. “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” Reuters quoted Trump as saying during a White House press conference.

Lexicography for Dummies

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“Youthquake” has been selected by Oxford Dictionaries as the 2017 word of the year. It is defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people,” we are told. Hatim Kanaaneh says they should have chosen, “intifada.”

The case for US government sanctions on Israel

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LA Jews for Peace’s Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin make the case that now is the time to advocate for U.S. sanctions on Israel: “a December 2016 Brookings public opinion poll reveals that nearly half of the U.S. public supports sanctions on Israel – including a majority of self-identifying Democrats. This increased support for U.S. government sanctions indicates that now is the time for political groups committed to a just resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict to lead public opinion, not follow or ignore it.”

Two more Tamimi family members are said to be arrested, as Ahed, 16, appears in court

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Today the arrest of Ahed Tamimi, 16, in occupied Nabi Saleh early Tuesday morning, after a video surfaced showing her slapping an Israeli soldier, is gaining global attention, including from the Washington Post. The malignant piece in the Post quotes Israelis calling her “Shirley Temper,” as if Ahed chose to be in an occupied besieged village as a career move at age 10.

Israeli forces shoot boy in face, arrest cousin for protesting, her mother for looking into it

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Israeli soldiers forced their way into the Nariman and Bassem Tamimi’s home before dawn on Tuesday, the way they have done dozens of times before — only this time instead of leaving with Nariman or Bassem, they arrested the couple’s 16-year-old daughter, Ahed Tamimi. It is alleged that Ahed was arrested for slapping a soldier during a demonstration the day before. The demonstration was organized to protest Israel’s use of force during a protest on Friday, when Ahed’s 14-year-old cousin Mohammed was shot in the face by an Israeli soldier, leaving him in critical condition. After a six-hour surgery the boy was put into a medically induced coma for at least 72 hours.

Rivlin may pardon Elor Azarya after all

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The Israeli paper Maariv has reported that President Reuven Rivlin might grant a pardon to Elor Azarya, the soldier-medic who shot and killed an incapacitated Palestinian at point-blank range in March 2016, despite having refused to do so last month.