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July 2018

Russiagate is a ghost story for liberals

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Why do Democrats have to get to Trump’s right on Russia? It used to be that talking to Putin was smart, even if he is a ruthless man, because Democrats like Obama are smart and try to reduce tensions. But now it seems Putin might have stolen emails and run some Facebook ads and Russians are better at using stolen Democratic campaign analytics than the Clinton campaign was, The hypocrisy only exposes the warmongering side of the Democratic establishment.

The criminal innocence of American Jews

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Some American Jews are fully participatory in the Zionist tale of “building our homeland.” And their innocence about the devastation “constitutes the crime,” in the words of James Baldwin. For Jews, to recognize the system of Jewish supremacy in Palestine is absolutely necessary, but painful.

I wonder about my place in the nation-state of the Jews

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I’d made up my mind to attend the demonstration in Tel Aviv against the new nation-state of the Jewish people law, Hatim Kanaaneh writes. Then I reconsidered. I don’t trust the Israeli security services. The same extreme nationalist religious factions whose compatriot killed Rabin, have pushed for the new law for years.

A tale of two rehearsals

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Israel’s military has used Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem as a rehearsal venue for urban action in entranceways, crowded alleys, and hills. Yesterday it killed 15-year-old Arkan Mezher there. And it is seeking international immunity for such crimes by seeking to equate Israel with Jewry, making any criticism of Israel anti-Semitism.

‘Hallucination of a poet convicted of terrorism’ — an interview with Dareen Tatour

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On July 31, Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour faces sentencing for alleged incitement due to her Facebook posts and expects to be imprisoned. In an interview with Kim Jensen, Tatour reflects on her commitment to one country with equal rights for all and to solidarity among women, and reveals that her rape is the subject of a forthcoming novel.

When you are oppressed, you are not allowed to become yourself– you must become a fighter

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The story of the 1916 Irish rebellion touches Avigail Abarbanel because she knows what it is like to be oppressed by a psychopathic authority and forced to rebel rather than to grow and develop. And colonialism perpetuates that structure. “The job of Israeli education was to prepare us to become good little drones who would not question or disobey, and who would be shaped into another generation dedicated to maintaining and continuing the Zionist settler-colonial project in Palestine.”

Tell Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: stand by your principles — stand with Palestine!

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Buttons supporting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's campaign.(Photo: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez/Twitter)

A progressive Jewish group calls on congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to stand by her support for Palestinian human rights. Under intense backlash, Ocasio-Cortez has “walked back” her stand, saying she had not used “the right words” in calling out Israeli occupation, and endorsing Israel’s “right to exist.”

They made the real estate section bloom

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It’s no coincidence that the New York Times real estate section featured a $4.8 million house in Israel — “Luxury on the Mediterranean Coast of Tel-Aviv” — the same week the Israeli parliament passed a law making Israel the “nation-state of the Jewish people.”

‘The New York Times’ parrots Israeli brigadier general on Gaza attack

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Once again, the ‘NY Times’ distorts its reporting about Israel’s latest air attack on Gaza. The Times takes 3 paragraphs of dictation from an Israeli brigadier general, and, for good measure, adds another paragraph from a lower-level military mouthpiece. But the paper found no room to interview people like Ayman Odeh.

After a day of extensive Israeli strikes on Gaza, a ceasefire is brokered

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An indirect ceasefire was reached between Hamas and Israel on Friday night, following extensive Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, and the killing of four Palestinian fighters and one soldier. Hamas spokesperson said that “through Egyptian, and international mediation, a ceasefire understanding was reached between the occupation and the resistance.”

A killing in Gaza

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Yesterday in Gaza Israeli forces killed Mohammed Sherif Badwan, 24, during the #GazaReturnMarch demonstration at the fence. Mohammed Zaanoun of Activestills.org documented the events, and the death.

Seven years a terror suspect

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Because he wrote a blogpost justifying armed resistance to armed settlers in 2011, Yossi Gurvitz was charged with the crime of incitement by Israeli government prosecutors. Then the case was purposely left open with no action and hung around his neck, and career, for 7 years till it was finally closed. The writer reflects on the painful experience.

Just boycott settlements? Liberal Zionist agenda faces huge pressure now

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With its new nation-state of the Jewish people law, Israel is now officially an apartheid state, with secondary rights for non-Jews. Liberal Zionists who have said they only boycott the occupation but not Israel are now challenged by this law to take action against discrimination inside the state of Israel (which the BDS boycott program has long targeted).