On the eve of a divestment vote by George Washington University’s student senate, multiple students witnessed two men who they say clearly did not attend the university, posting flyers around campus attacking the student group responsible for the resolution, as well as Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Student Association Senators. The vote was cancelled due to safety concerns and rescheduled for April 23.
Monthly Archives: April 2018
The Great Return March has already made a difference. This time around, not a single Democrat has actually come out to shield Israel. Nada Elia says this is the turning point we have been looking for, when Israel is finally viewed as a liability, not an asset. And now, then, she writes, is the time to break the Zionist hold on our political representatives, and make it very clear to them that they do not have our support while they profess “joint values” with Israel.
The Israeli government has sought to ban the dissident soldiers group Breaking the Silence, but its director said yesterday in Washington that as many Israeli soldiers as ever are reaching out to it, including some serving on the Gaza border now. Avner Gvaryahu declined to say what those soldiers are saying.
Rabbi Ophir Wallas of the Bnei David Military Mechina was caught on video teaching young would-be soldiers that Israelis are, from the point of view of religious law, permitted to wipe out Palestinians, and that only fear of massive retaliation prevents that.
Late Monday evening, Durham voted unanimously to become the first city in the U.S. to prohibit police exchanges with Israel, after broad community pressure and popular petition by the Demilitarize! Durham2Palestine coalition, an affiliate of the Deadly Exchange Campaign. The policy, which states that, “the Council opposes international exchanges with any country in which Durham officers receive military-style training,” was voted into official policy of the City of Durham during heated debate at City Council.
In April of 2015, an anonymous website called Canary Mission appeared with profiles of mostly young Arab, Black, and Jewish student activists with the mission of intimidating supporters of Palestinian human rights into silence. Now, at long last, organized opposition to Canary Mission has arrived. Today the project Against Canary Mission is launching, featuring a website dedicated to representing in truthful detail the lives of activists in support of Palestinian liberation, and to narrating accurately the conditions of Israel’s Occupation.
Haaretz reports: “A group of around 30 demonstrators from the left-wing Jewish group “If Not Now” gathered Monday in front of the office of Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) to protest Israel’s use of deadly force against thousands of Palestinian demonstrators on the Israel-Gaza border in recent weeks.”
Eitan Bronstein Aparicio and Eleonore Merza Bronstein wonder what was so threatening about Nasreen al-Najjar that as she approached the fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, soldiers shot her. She was only carrying a flag.
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Israel’s propaganda machine, Hasbara Central, is forcing the ‘New York Times’ to revert to biased reporting of the Gaza demonstrations, as Times Jerusalem bureau chief leaps to amend a story.
Speaking of Palestinian genocide is acceptable in Israeli discourse. Israeli PM Netanyahu lately published support for Avihai Boaron, an extreme settler who has blamed moderate rabbis for shirking their duty to create death camps for “Amalekites” — enemies of the Jewish people.
Several Israeli ministers and Knesset members praised an Israeli sniper who cheered after shooting an unarmed Palestinian boy near Gaza’s borders. (See video below.) Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the soldier “deserves an appreciation certificate” for doing his job properly. Education Minister Naftali Bennett said, “Anyone who was ever on the battlefield knows that to sit in Tel Aviv or studios and judge IDF soldiers according to their comments, when they are busy defending our borders, is not something serious.”
For the third consecutive Friday, Deema Abu Sharekh preferred to spend her school weekend participating in the weekly march east of Gaza city instead of entertaining herself with friends and neighbors in the Shejaiya neighborhood, which suffered dozens of deaths and widespread destruction during the 50-day conflict between Israel and Gaza in 2014. The 7-year-old, […]
Israeli leaders have been making downright genocidal claims against Palestinians, and the rhetoric finally seems to be backfiring. Israel’s line on “defending itself from terrorists” is being rejected by the world. And the process is accelerating Israel’s delegitimization as a supposed liberal democracy.
As several liberal Democratic politicians finally object to Israel’s shooting of unarmed Palestinians at the Gaza fence, a report in al-Monitor suggests that Israel targeted Palestinian journalists last week because it was concerned by the international criticism of its actions.
Alan Dershowitz has become an advocate for Donald Trump on the airwaves at a time when the president has few legal chums. And Israel’s interests are close behind. Dersh is a conduit to Israeli PM Netanyahu, and the EPA set up a research agreement with an Israeli water company of which Dersh is a board member– at the prodding of Trump donor Sheldon Adelson.
The killing by an Israeli sniper of Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja on April 7 at the Gaza fence is drawing mounting international outrage. The New York Times editorialized sternly about Murtaja’s killing, the General Federation of Arab Journalists wants the case prosecuted at the International Criminal Court, and Michael Moore calls on documentary filmmakers around the world to speak out against the crime.
Days after an Israeli human rights group urged soldiers to refuse orders to shoot at Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip along the fence that divides the occupied territory from Israel, a group of left-wing Israeli activists approached soldiers stationed along the border and called them “terrorist.”
Haidar Eid writes from Gaza: “We have reached the conclusion that our fight on the ground through a series of marches culminating on May 15, the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, can pose a serious challenge to Israel’s system of occupation, colonization and apartheid if it is accompanied by a global campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.”
A photo of 9-year-old Mohammed Ayyash wearing a mask with an onion stalk slipped inside to protect against Israeli teargas has become one of the iconic images of Gaza’s Great March of Return. Asmaa Tayeh talks with Mohammed and his family about the protests and the child’s hope for the future. “I want to have my own playground so I can play football and basketball the whole day,” Mohammed tells Tayeh. “And I want it to be named after my new nickname, Abu Basala (the kid with an onion).”
The Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister have painted slain Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja as a “terrorist,” but the amazing thing about this round of Israeli atrocities is that international press is ignoring the absurd claims. The Gaza killings are thus a landmark in Israel’s growing international isolation.
“Nobody wants a big war,” says Amb. Ryan Crocker, but the old foreign policy duopoly of neoconservatives and liberal interventionists certainly wants some kind of war with Iran in Syria. In tones reminiscent of the Iraq war runup, liberals call for bombing in the NYT op-ed page, while neocons call for joint operations with Israel that would bring “hellish consequences” to Syria’s Assad, as well as to Russia and Iran.
Over the last two weeks Palestinians in Gaza have assembled in mass along the border with Israel for the “Great March of Return,” protesting against their displacement and the siege over the Strip. Here are some of the amazing photographs from the last week of the protest, including a birthday celebration for teenager Hussein Madi who was killed last Friday on his 14th birthday. Yesterday his family lit candles in memorial near the location where he was fatally wounded.
Palestinian teenage poet Mohammad al-Kurd talks poetry and politics to Mondoweiss: “Being ‘apolitical’ is a privilege. Dinners in Palestine consisted of politics served and tabled before any food was. Expressive arms, opinionated and stubborn, persuaded and challenged whichever person had an opposing voice.” Al-Kurd’s first full-length poetry collection, “RIFQA” will be published later this year.
The Great March of Return began on Land Day and ends on Nakba Day. In the process it is demonstrating that each period of Palestinian dispossession is connected — it is an ongoing saga where the Nakba never ended. The protest is also showing that when Palestinians seek to make the world remember them, they are killed with impunity. Still, Jonathan Ofir says the Israeli response has exposed Israel “as the monster that it was destined to be.”