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January 2019

Jewish stones are better than Palestinian stones

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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.

University of California Regents: Distance yourself from Canary Mission

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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.

Gideon Levy vs Benny Morris – and the fight for the soul of the one-state

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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.

‘No to Apartheid’: Palestinian activists blockade entrance to Israel’s new ‘Apartheid Road’

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Protesters blockade the entrance to the 'Apartheid Road' in the West Bank on January 23, 2019.

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.”

Anti-Zionists ARE anti-Semites– Bari Weiss draws the line in the ‘New York Times’

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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 Pompeo says Trump will unveil peace plan following Israeli elections

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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.

‘We will not be bullied into silence’: Over 350 scholars and Civil Rights movement veterans speak out in support of Palestinian rights and Angela Davis

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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.

Another Israeli terrorist vies to be Prime Minister

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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.

The 2019 Women’s March: privileging victimhood and the power of class

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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.”

What the ‘NYT’ feature on Rouzan al-Najjar refused to tell you

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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.

Israel’s ‘Apartheid Road’ brings renewed home demolitions, land confiscations for Palestinian town

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The Palestinian side of Israel's new "Apartheid Road". (Photo: Yumna Patel)

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.”

Palestinian professor sues SF State for breach of contract, discrimination

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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.

The ‘arc of the moral universe’ bends towards justice for Palestine

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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.  

Israel advocates land on Alexander’s MLK/Palestine piece as ‘strategic threat’ and ‘shameful appropriation’ of King’s memory

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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!

Israel just ‘lost Cronkite’ — the struggle for Palestinian rights at ‘The New York Times’

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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.

Michelle Alexander explodes an open secret in the ‘NYT’: progressives keep quiet about Palestine out of fear for their careers

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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.

Boston Jewish establishment org moves to ostracize venerable Workmen’s Circle for rubbing shoulders with anti-Zionists

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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.

Tlaib and Omar’s support for BDS is now a lightning rod for Republicans

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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.

Israeli historian Benny Morris doubles down on his advocacy for ethnic cleansing

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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.

Trump admin to end all USAID projects in West Bank and Gaza by January 31

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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.