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January 2019

Mohammad Sabaaneh explains BDS: I will not exhibit with an Israeli artist so long as Palestine is under brutal occupation

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Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh, who is developing an international reputation, explains why he supports boycotting Israel: “As long as we are under this occupation, and this atrocity, and brutality, I will not do any joint event with any Israeli artist or citizen. Because he is a soldier. Whatever his work– artist, doctor, engineer, journalist—he served in the IDF, or will serve in the IDF, or serves in the IDF.”

Dem presidential hopefuls vote against anti-BDS bill, as Van Hollen says it will ‘strengthen’ the peaceful BDS movement

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The good news from the anti-BDS bill’s progress in the Senate yesterday, 76-22, is that progressive Democrats are standing up against AIPAC for the right to “peacefully” protest Israeli policies, and almost all the presidential hopeful Democrats voted against the legislation, even Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. And Chris Van Hollen said the bill will “strengthen” the boycott movement.

Now Chad, then Mali: Why African countries are normalizing with Israel

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It is not the road to Tel Aviv that Chad and Mali are seeking, but rather the road to Washington itself. For African leaders who enjoy no democratic credence, a handshake with Netanyahu could be equivalent to a political life insurance, and a sure ticket to the Washington political club.

New ‘progressive’ Israel lobby group is led by heroes of AIPAC

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Three leaders of a new group aimed at preventing the Democratic Party from splitting over Israel–Jennifer Granholm, Peter Villegas, and Ann Lewis –are affiliated with the Israel lobby group AIPAC, which has been panicked by the possible splintering of political support for the Jewish state.

Anti-Zionism is a rejection of racism and imperialism, not just criticism of Israel

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Activists Eyad Kishawi, Max Ajl, and Liliana Cordova-Kaczerginski applaud Jewish Voice for Peace’s recent statement outlining its “unequivocal opposition to Zionism,” but raise a critique that it gives credence to the idea that Zionism emerged from Jewish life, and was not a colonial ideology developed to expand western imperialism in Palestine. “Anti-Zionism is not merely criticism of current Israeli policies or even the idea of a Jewish nation-state,” they write, “It is a rejection of an imperially-imposed, racist, settler-colonial state.”

Israeli general mounts challenge to Netanyahu by flaunting Gaza carnage

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Like Israel’s former politician generals, from Yitzhak Rabin to Ehud Barak and Ariel Sharon, Benny Gantz is being portrayed – and portraying himself – as a battle-hardened warrior, able to make peace from a position of strength. Gantz’s campaign slogans “Only the Strong Wins” and “Israel Before Everything” are telling. Everything, for Gantz, clearly includes human rights.

The fight for Sheikh Jarrah continues as residents battle second wave of evictions

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Mohammad Sabbagh has lived in Sheikh Jarrah since 1956.

“We were forced out of our homes by the occupation when I was a boy, and now in my old age they are expelling me again,” 70-year-old Mohammed Sabbagh tells Mondoweiss. He and his extended family are fighting to stay in their home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah while Israeli settler organizations are attempting to force them out. “It’s another Nakba,” Sabbagh says.

Gaza’s ‘Edward Said Public Library’ needs your support to do even more

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The Edward Said Library is in desperate need of donations in order to be able to continue offering book clubs, English language conversation classes, and opportunities for schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip. Nada Elia writes, “Please donate what you can. It can buy a box of crayons, coloring books, books on decolonial struggle, it can help pay the rent. It can lessen the suffocation of Gaza, until the siege is lifted.”

After years of study and discussion, Jewish Voice for Peace rejects Zionism

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For 22 years after its founding Jewish Voice for Peace declined to take a position on Zionism. Now it has boldly stated that “Zionism has meant profound trauma for generations” and “We unequivocally oppose Zionism because it is counter” to “our vision of justice, equality and freedom for all people.” JVP member Robert Herbst writes that the landmark statement “helps restore in my Jewish heart and soul a modicum of pride.”

‘NYT’ editor hails Jewish community for ‘maintaining political support for Israel’

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Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor of the New York Times, praised the American Jewish community’s role in “maintaining political support for Israel” because it “is a very small country in a very hostile neighborhood.” Weisman’s definition of the Jewish community was all Zionist organizations, leaving out the anti-Zionists of Jewish Voice for Peace; and he credited the view that anti-Zionists are anti-Semites. 

#IsraeliApartheidWeek – the embodiment of the human spirit of solidarity and love

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Michia Moncho reports on the amazing success of 2018’s Israeli Apartheid Week in South Africa which saw over 150 activities, including events with over 5,000 people in attendance: “Not out of arrogance, but humility, we can confidently claim that in this last year’s #IsraeliApartheidWeek, South African civil society (across the gender, racial and religious spectrum) undoubtedly played a role in advancing the struggle for the freedom of the Palestinians.”

Israeli settlers claim another Palestinian life: Father of four shot and killed in West Bank village

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Israeli settlers shot and killed a Palestinian father of four during a raid on the al-Mughayyir village in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Saturday night. Palestinian officials and local media outlets reported that a group of Israeli settlers raided the village under the protection of armed Israeli soldiers — a common occurrence in areas of the West Bank located close to settlements.

Pay no attention to Tlaib and Omar, says Pelosi– but she does

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‘If this Capitol crumbled to the ground, the one thing that would remain’ is commitment to Israel, Nancy Pelosi says, though she acknowledges pressure from the left. “The extreme left on this is asking for a one-state solution. So understand we have to strike the balance.”

Birmingham civil rights institute votes to give award to Angela Davis after all

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The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has now gone full circle: It announced today that it has voted to give a human rights award to Angela Davis after all! The institute rescinded the award to Davis on Jan. 4 due in part to her support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) targeting Israel.

Israeli militarism and U.S. border imperialism — two crimes, one weapons company

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Israeli weapons giant Elbit Systems is reaping profits from the suffering both in Gaza and at the U.S.-Mexico border. Ariel Gold and Ursula Rozum of CODEPINK say that divestment from Elbit will play a major role eroding the institutional and economic support that allows Israel to commit war crimes with impunity and the U.S. to increase border repression.

Israeli forces injure 150 prisoners in raid at Ofer Military Prison in Ramallah

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Early on the morning of January 22nd some 150 Palestinian prisoners at Israel’s Ofer Military Prison in Ramallah were injured by a raid carried out by the Metzada unit, a subset of the Israeli military. Of the approximately 150 prisoners reportedly injured, 40 of them suffered head injuries and an additional six were treated for broken bones during a raid which saw the use of dogs, tear gas, rubber coated steel bullets, and sound bombs against the prisoners.

Don’t use the murder of my family members to suppress criticism of Israel

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A woman places flowers on an impromptu memorial at the Tree of Life synagogue where 11 worshipers were murdered during Saturday's shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 28, 2018. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

Two of Chad Rosenbloom’s family members were murdered by Robert Bowers during the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Following the massacre Rosenbloom soon observed how their deaths would be exploited by those seeking to justify Israeli oppression of the Palestinians. He writes, “Using the deaths of my family members and the nine other victims to suppress criticism of, and activism around, Israeli policy disgraces their memory and obfuscates this essential truth.”