Ahmad Kabariti reports from the first day of the Great March of Return in Gaza where 15 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces. Despite the Israeli violence, there are scenes of nonviolent protest and persistence, and even a wedding. Groom Alaa Shahin tells Kabariti, “A few hundred meters away from those soldiers eyes, I emphasize my right and the whole Palestinian peoples’ right to return home after 70 years of displacement, we will not wait another 70!”
Monthly Archives: March 2018
The astonishing dishonesty in the Times continues in today’s paper coverage of the Great March of Return in Gaza. The article headlined “Confrontations at Gaza Fence Leave 15 Dead,” waits until the 21st paragraph to add that another 1000 Palestinians were injured, but insinuates right away that the Gazans are to blame for starting the violence.
There was growing proof on social media over night that the Israeli shootings of Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border yesterday were arbitrary and criminal. Videos of Palestinians shot walking, running and praying were posted on Twitter, but the US State Department and PBS News Hour blamed Palestinians for the violence, and the most progressive MSNBC host, Chris Hayes, had nothing to say.
Riham Darwish takes the opportunity of Land Day to explain why land is so important to the Palestinian people: “The 30th of March is the annual reminder of identity for generations of Palestinians, ones who still hold very dear the names of the hometowns they never visited, and may never visit.”
The Israeli government said it would meet Gaza protesters from the “Great March of Return” with live fire across the border fence and it has followed through today, killing at least 12 Palestinians, according to early reports. The number keeps climbing. The first to be killed was a Palestinian farmer, said to be working his fields.
On March 30th, the village of Al Walaja welcomed Palestinians from from surrounding areas to mark Land Day by planting olive trees. The village has lost most of its lands since 1948, in successive waves of Israeli confiscations and land grabs. Ali Khalil Al-Araj, a resident from Al Walaja, 50, said, “I am here because this is our land. We will stay here and we will defend it. My family just with the settlement and the road, we lost 50 dunums. But we will stay and die here.”
In preparation of the nonviolent Great Return March in Gaza the Israeli military deployed more than 100 snipers, with permission to fire, on the Gaza border. “We have deployed more than 100 sharpshooters who were called up from all of the military’s units, primarily from the special forces … If lives are in jeopardy, there is permission to open fire,” Lieutenant-General Gadi Eizenkot told Yedioth Ahronoth.
Adam Bulmash sees modern day Pharaohs all around him. In ICE deportations, contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, the coming border wall with Mexico and even the White House. But it’s not all bleak, there are sign of Moses huddling people for their liberation from the DREAMers to Standing Rock.
Studying abroad in Israel? Campaigners for Palestinian human rights launch a boycott of study abroad programs that send college students to Israeli institutions: “To enroll in a study abroad program at an Israeli institution means ignoring if not perpetuating the ongoing violation of the academic–and, indeed, human–freedoms of Palestinians.”
The New York Times today continues its biased coverage of Israel/Palestine, with a shocking, one-sided report on how Israeli has opened fire on the mass nonviolent Palestinian protest inside the Gaza border.
On March 21, activist Yifat Doron slapped a military prosecutor during a hearing in the case of Nariman Tamimi, mother of Ahed Tamimi, who will spend 8 months in prison for slapping an Israeli soldier in her occupied village. Doron spent only two days in jail, because she is classified by the state as Jewish. The double standard speaks volumes.
The Israeli government’s move to clear the building permit and zoning requirements for the US State Department’s construction on a new embassy in Jerusalem highlights what happens to Palestinians when they seek to build in the occupied city: their houses are demolished. Building permits are “unobtainable” to them, human rights groups say.
“What if 200,000 Palestinians headed peacefully to cross the border, while raising a poster that says they only want to go back to their land? What would happen?” It all started in 2011 with that Facebook post, the dream of a 33-year-old man in Gaza named Ahmed Abu Ratima. The Great March of Return will start on Land Day, March 30, and will continue for six weeks until May 15, which commemorates the Nakba, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced from their homes to make way or the creation of Israel. Palestinian refugees living in Gaza will set up tents near the border and move gradually—and peacefully—closer.
Conservative British Jewish organisations are trawling Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn through the mud of ‘anti-Semitism’ for a Facebook response in 2012 to a London street mural portraying oppressive bankers. The campaign is about one thing: preventing criticism of Israel inside a major British political party.
Palestinian journalist Raed Abu Rumaila recorded an apparent instance of Israeli soldiers harassing a 3-year old Palestinian child in Hebron’s Old City on Tuesday, posting the clip and photos of the incident to social media.
Professor of philosophy Joseph Levine takes apart the argument that BDS is anti-Semitic because it establishes a “double standard” for Israel. There are many reasons to single out Israel as a target for boycotts, rather than other oppressive nations. Because Palestinians have issued such a call as part of their struggle. And because of western complicity in the history of colonialism.
Chuck Schumer, Ron Lauder, and David Harris all seem terrified of what young non-Zionist Jews will do to undermine the work of the Israel lobby. They characterize the young as an existential threat to Israel. These young Jews are exercising the same generational power as the high school gun-control movement and #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.
While progressives often celebrate liberation seders for Passover, Harriet Malinowitz writes that the story of the Exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land becomes much more complicated when told from the perspective of the Canaanites: “Putting the Canaanites at the center of the story completely upends Exodus as a paradigmatic liberation narrative.”
For a fourth year in a row American Muslims for Palestine held its Palestine Advocacy Day and Training program in Washington DC bringing 250 to lobby Congress to support funding for Palestinian refugees, vote down anti-boycott legislation, and end military detention of children.
Rabbi Arthur Waskow does not mention Palestinians in his very political Freedom Seder, he says, because he was focused on the “big empire,” the United States, not the “little empire,” Israel. But he said that many Jews are guilty of idolatry in their inability to criticize Israel.
Israeli soldiers arrested Asad Al-Din Ibrahim Abulhawa, a 14-year-old Palestinian boy with severe burns on his back, from an East Jerusalem hospital, on charges of throwing a Molotov cocktail at Israeli forces. Police then defied the family and moved the boy to an Israeli hospital.
Student members of the Palestine Solidarity Alliance at Hunter College recently made public their proposed ‘Resolution Demanding CUNY to Adopt a Socially Responsible Investment Policy,’ a landmark first step towards pressuring the City University of New York to end its ties with US companies complicit in Israel’s ongoing violations of Palestinian human rights.
In 2011, Israel passed the ‘Boycott Law’ which made Israeli citizens legally liable if they boycott, or encourage a boycott of an Israeli product, company, or institution. A new amendment to the law seeks to raise the possible fine to boycott supporters a possible 300% and reinstate a controversial clause that says there is no need to prove a causal link between a boycott and the damages to a company for a boycott advocate to be found guilty. The organization Boycott from Within says: “We are not deterred, and we ask the international community to continue demanding accountability, by enacting boycotting, divesting from, and employing sanctions against Israel, in accordance with Palestinian civil society’s BDS call, until Israel abides by international law and respects the Palestinian people’s demands for justice, freedom, and equality.”
A conversation about Israel at a dinner party of liberal media folks reflects conventional wisdom: support for the existence of a Jewish state and concern about women’s rights in Arab societies.
The simple truth about John Bolton’s appointment to national security adviser is that the Republicans need Sheldon Adelson’s money in order to be competitive in the coming midterms, and John Bolton is a tool of Sheldon Adelson. And Adelson cares about one thing, Israel. But only alternative media will connect these rather obvious dots.