In an response to activists who authored a report about the Jewish Communal Fund donating to “hate groups,” a board member emailed them their findings are “spewage,” and likened the authors to former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke.
Monthly Archives: January 2019
To observe the humiliations of Palestinians at the largest Israeli checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, Jaclynn Ashly took her camera to Qalandia on a recent Friday, and met dozens of Palestinians waiting at the turnstiles as soldiers spoke Hebrew orders over microphones.
Many rabbis are openly supporting the Jewish youths who are suspected of throwing the stones that killed 48-year-old Palestinian mother Aisha al-Rabi. Will their stones be treated like Palestinian stones? “A stone thrower is a terrorist,” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said in 2015, speaking of Palestinians.
California Scholars for Academic Freedom call on the University of California Regents to distance themselves publicly from the Canary Mission, and also from UC donors who have contributed to supporting the Canary Mission, such as the Diller Foundation.
Israeli historian Benny Morris tells Gideon Levy that one state means a future of genocide and ethnic cleansing for Israeli Jews, thereby dehumanizing Palestinians as murderous, wild animals, when history tells us Palestinians are angry over ethnic cleansing and discrimination and when those conditions end, we can struggle toward one state with equality.
Over a dozen Palestinian activists, along with Israeli and international supporters, blockaded the entrance to Israel’s new ‘Apartheid Road’ in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem on Wednesday morning. The group of activists closed the gates to the newly opened road and formed a human chain, raising banners in Arabic, English, and Hebrew saying “No to Apartheid” and “No to Annexation.”
Just when anti-Zionism is becoming mainstream, Bari Weiss reads the pro-Israel hasbara playbook and says that all anti-Zionists are anti-Semitic, because they demonize the Jewish desire for a homeland and apply a double standard to 6 million Jews as opposed to the other 7 billion people on the planet. But the New York Times columnist is powerful and important.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the Trump administration will be renewing peace efforts in Israel and Palestine following the upcoming Israeli elections in April. Pompeo went on to say that “we’ve begun to share elements of this across the region,” and that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, and special representative Jason Greenblatt had been leading the development of the peace plan.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, over 350 scholars of the Civil Rights and Black Freedom Movements, and veterans of these historic struggles, along with educators and human rights advocates, issued the following statement in support of Palestinian human rights, and in defense of, Angela Y. Davis, who was publicly dishonored three weeks ago by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute when it abruptly reversed its decision to recognize her with its annual award because of her stand on Palestinian rights.
Michelle Alexander’s excellent New York Times column on speaking out on Palestine is getting huge attention is already clearly a watershed moment, but why has Alexander prompted such a huge reaction? James North has some tentative explanations.
Former Israeli Chief of Staff Benjamin (‘Benny’) Gantz has launched his campaign to challenge Netanayhu from the ‘left’, with an incredibly bellicose series of videos. His slogan is “Israel before everything”. Gantz brags in campaign videos of his responsibility for Gaza onslaughts in 2012 and 2014.
In the splintering of the movement around the Women’s March, Alice Rothchild writes, “Today, the angry chorus of accusations are coming from white Jews who are accustomed to the privileging of their victimhood and the power of their class. The voices of Jews of color have been largely sidelined from this conversation.”
Much has been made of a recent New York Times piece about Rouzan al-Najjar, the Palestinian volunteer nurse who was killed while treating injured protesters at the Great March of Return. While many saw the reporting as a sympathetic portrayal of Palestinians, Eric Maddox writes, there are still shortcomings.
When Israel’s new Route 4370 opened, stark images of the eight meter wall running through the middle of the highway made international headlines. But as the international media buzzed about the new “Apartheid Road”, one reality of the highway’s inauguration was noticeably absent. In the days leading up to the opening of the highway, Israeli authorities delivered over 20 demolition notices to homes in the West Bank town of Anata located along the route. In addition, any families from Anata who own land within 300 meters of either side of the road are now be unable to cultivate or work on their lands, as per Israeli orders. “It is plain and simple, they are using this road as a means of further land confiscation in Anata,” Mohammed Salameh tells Mondoweiss. “Just as they have done in our town for decades.”
Last week, lawyers for Professor Rabab Abdulhadi filed suit in US District Court against San Francisco State University and top administrators including President Leslie Wong, seeking a permanent court judgment to protect the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas program, and protect the civil rights and freedom of speech of AMED director Professor Rabab Abdulhadi PhD and her students.
Nada Elia says there is no need to rewrite history where Martin Luther King Jr. is involved, as we have ample documentation of the direction the civil rights leader was heading: one opposed to militarism and fascism globally, along with his unflinching commitment to end segregation and apartheid–two evils that have become the hallmark of modern-day Israel.
Perceiving Michelle Alexander’s opinion piece on Palestine and Martin Luther King in the New York Times as a huge blow to Israel’s reputation among elites, and to the traditional alliance of blacks and Jews, Israel’s cheerleaders leaped to denounce Alexander. Michael Oren says the article is a “strategic threat” to Israel, David Harris says MLK would be “appalled” that Alexander “hijacked” his legacy!
The BDS campaign doesn’t want to destroy Israel but to end its Zionist regime, Yossi Gurvitz explains. No people have the right to self-determination in another people’s homeland. Yet this is precisely what happened in Israel, and this is precisely what Zionists are defending: a country based on denial of the rights of others.
For more than a generation, Palestinian voices have been suppressed at the New York Times. But under the new publisher A.G. Sulzberger, 38, the paper is serving notice that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans who want open debate. This explains Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking piece saying it’s time to end the progressive silence over Palestinian rights.
Progressive politicians are silent about Palestinian human rights because of the power of the Israel lobby, and “civil rights activists and organizations have remained silent as well… because they fear loss of funding from foundations, and false charges of anti-Semitism,” Michelle Alexander writes in a groundbreaking piece in the New York Times. Guided by MLK, she says she will be silent no longer.
The Jewish establishment is reactionary when it comes to Israel: The Boston Jewish Community Relations Council voted overwhelmingly Thursday to move towards throwing out one of its founding members, the Boston Workmen’s Circle, because BWC had signed on to statements with Jewish Voice for Peace, which is anti-Zionist and supports Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) targeting Israel. JCRC sided with members AIPAC, Camera, and the Zionist Organization of America.
BDS shakes up the House! Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s support for BDS “is inconsistent with our national values,” says a Republican congressman, while the Dems’ appointment of BDS-supporter Ilhan Omar to House Foreign Affairs shows “the days of the Democrats’ support-Israel-at-all-costs stance are numbered,” as the young Jewish group IfNotNow proclaims.
Benny Morris, the Israeli historian who has documented Israeli-Palestinian history so meticulously, is again bemoaning that a full ethnic cleansing was not completed in 1948. In a new interview with Haaretz, the schism between Morris the historian and Morris the political pundit is on full display.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will end all its projects in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip on January 31st following the US administration’s decision to cut funding to the Palestinians, Dave Harden, former USAID Mission Director and Managing Director of the Georgetown Strategy Group, confirmed on Thursday.
Women’s March organizer Tamika Mallory talks anti-Semitism on the Breakfast Club: “There are forces that want to be able to use anti-black racism and anti-Semitism within the Jewish and black communities to keep us apart because God forbid we pulled our power together and really really starting working together.”