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July 2018

‘A very, very, very bad law’ — Justice Joubran on Israel’s new nation state law

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Salim Joubran, the first Palestinian justice on the Israeli Supreme Court (2004-2017), earlier this year derided the law the Israeli parliament passed this month declaring Israel the nation state of the Jewish people.
“This law is a very, very, very bad law for the state of Israel… The only thing is to cause damages to the Arab population.”

No more family visits for Gazans imprisoned in Israel

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The Israeli authorities have cancelled all family visits for Palestinian prisoners from Gaza held in Israeli jails indefinitely. The move comes as the latest measure to sanction the Strip, following a ban on commercial trade and limits in exit permits.

The incomplete freedom of Ahed Tamimi

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Ahed and Nariman Tamimi may now be free from prison, but they are in no way free from Israel’s colonialist occupation. There are nearly 6,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons (which is in contravention of international law). Nearly 300 of them are children.

Released from prison, Ahed Tamimi says she finished high school and won’t take questions from Israeli media

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After eight months in Israeli prison, 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi returned home on Sunday morning to a hero’s welcome in her village of Nabi Saleh, in the central occupied West Bank. Arm in arm with her father Bassem and mother Nariman, who was also released on Sunday along with her daughter, the teenager broke down in tears as she was embraced by her younger brothers, extended family, and fellow residents of Nabi Saleh.

Artists painting heroic mural of Ahed Tamimi on separation wall are arrested

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Israeli border police arrested a Palestinian man and two Italian artists next to the Israeli separation wall in occupied Bethlehem on Saturday. The artists had been painting a heroic mural of imprisoned Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, who is set to be released back to her home tomorrow after serving eight months in prison for slapping an Israeli soldier.

Ten Tonys for ‘The Band’s Visit’ can’t make Israel a normal country

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The Band’s Visit uses its Arab characters and culture as far as it can to serve Israeli characters and an Israeli narrative, and then sends them on their way. Imagine setting such a show in South Africa under apartheid. It’s no wonder that normalization projects are so important; they normalize the unacceptable. A review by Noushin Framke.

Killings of 3 protesters brings Palestinian death toll to 155 in Great March

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The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has reported that Mo’men Fathi al-Hams, 17, died, on Saturday morning, from serious wounds he suffered by Israeli army fire on Friday. In addition to two other killings Friday, one of a child, the death toll for the Great Return March is now 155.

Why the poet Dareen Tatour was convicted of incitement

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Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour is to be sentenced for incitement for her Facebook posts on July 31. The case began with a mistaken arrest, but her conviction was no mistake, reflecting Israel’s need to punish any proud Palestinian. “Terrorists are always everywhere in Israeli consciousness wherever Palestinian resistance is mentioned,” writes Yoav Haifawi.

Apres Rabbi Jacobs, the deluge

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Head of the US Union for Reform Judaism calls deportation by Israel of Ariel Gold “disgraceful”. US religious leaders are trying to delay the day when they will have to say that Israel is disgraceful, though they never want to say that about Zionism.

The challenge to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may not know enough about Palestine, but she needs to hear from real progressives, not from the various shades of Zionism that have long held the Democratic Party hostage. She needs to understand that whereas Palestine may not be a regular topic of conversation around the kitchen table in a Porto Rican house, it is nevertheless an issue of national import.

We repudiate any right to Jewish self-determination in historic Palestine

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The state of Israel has always been an apartheid state. Its founding was based on denying and destroying Palestinian collective life on the land, while encouraging Jewish immigration and participation in a settler-colony, itself based on a classed racial hierarchy among Jews. –International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network response to Israel’s new nation-state of the Jews basic law.

Light show projects Palestinian names on Manhattan buildings

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An anti-colonial protest group beamed the phrases, “Fallen heroes” and “Great March of Return” on to high rises across the street from the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC’s office, and an Israeli bank in New York last week– the latest project of the activist-artist collective, Decolonize This Place or the DTP Crew.

To Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s critics: This is no time for sloganeering

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s unprecedented victory in a NY congressional district was followed by her endorsement of the two-state solution in Israel and Palestine, generating angry criticism from leftwingers who seek one democratic state. But she is now in a position to give voice to the victims of US foreign policy, not least the Palestinian people. It would verge on criminal to saddle her with a position that dooms her to political irrelevance, writes Jamie Stern-Weiner.

UNRWA announces layoffs due to Trump cut, setting off chaos in Gaza

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Scenes of chaos erupted in Gaza City on Wednesday, after UNRWA — the UN agency responsible for providing services for Palestinian refugees — announced that it would be laying off hundreds of its employees following massive US budget cuts this year. One Palestinian man, an employee at UNRWA, attempted to set himself on fire.

Soccer and the politics of immigration

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Sport is inseparable from politics. Despite Trump’s continued rhetoric about how immigration is “ruining Europe”, France won the World Cup by fielding a team made up of players from immigrant backgrounds who did not look like traditional Frenchmen.

Gaza hip-hop artist: Israeli snipers shot up my performance

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Palestinian hip-hop artist Ibrahim Ghunaim, aka MC Gaza, recorded his latest music video amid chaos during the Great March of Return in Gaza. Now he has relocated to Tunisia and seeks help to further his career.