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A Massachusetts lawmaker is pushing a bill that targets BDS and creates a blacklist of companies that support the movement

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State Representatives Steve Howitt

Although a new bill in the Massachusetts State House didn’t mention the BDS movement, its sponsors left no doubts about its intentions. “This is a proud moment where the legislature can stand together in support of Israel” said State Representatives Steve Howitt after introducing it, “This bill clarifies to businesses that either support BDS or who boycott Israeli-owned businesses and products that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will not engage in commerce with them. I look forward to its quick passage.”

Change requires knowledge. Will you take action today?

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Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights, writes “I rely on Mondoweiss and similar movement media to enlighten me about the extremely important U.S. context of our struggle and beyond. I have donated personally to Mondoweiss for many years, and I’m asking you now to do the same. At a time when the U.S. is joining Israel to clamp down on the rights of those who speak out for Palestine, Mondoweiss is a rare source of free speech and insightful analysis–a sign of hope for those seeking to create real change. Knowledge is power, and without power we cannot defeat oppression. I urge you to support Mondoweiss as an indispensable source of knowledge for our struggle.

After Trump executive order, GOP lawmaker tries to get Georgetown funding pulled over ‘anti-Israel, pro-Islamist’ bias

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On December 11, President Trump signed an executive order that effectively weaponizes antisemitism as a cudgel to beat back BDS activities on college campuses. The order threatens to withhold federal funding from universities if the government determines that they’ve failed to prohibit discrimination. Trump’s move was barely announced before a member of congress attempted to use the new playbook. Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) has sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos asking for Georgetown University to be investigated over its alleged anti-Israel bias.

Deja Vu: Israel to hold unprecedented third election cycle

Yumna Patel on
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz

Israelis woke up on Thursday morning to what seemed like a bad case of deja vu. Plastered on their newspapers, TV and mobile screens, was news that many had hoped would never come: they would be heading into an unprecedented third election cycle.

Time to end the Georgia Law Enforcement Exchange program

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A delegation of Israeli law enforcement officials taking part in a 2012 GILEE training. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

It is necessary to take a particular look at the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) program in light of ongoing police brutality and understand the role of militarization both at home and abroad. 

Trump executive order marks culmination of deliberate strategy to stifle campus organizing for Palestinian rights

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UNC-Chapel Hill Students for Justice in Palestine, December 24, 2012. (Photo: Facebook)

Trump’s Executive Order empowering the federal government to crack down on campus organizing for Palestinian rights under the guise of combating antisemitism was not issued on a whim but as the culmination of a deliberate strategy to stifle pro-Palestinian solidarity. On the campaign trail, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman menacingly pledged that “the Trump administration will ask the Justice Department to investigate coordinated attempts on college campuses to intimidate students who support Israel.”

Dutch NGO appeals to ‘passive’ ICC: open investigation into Israeli war crimes

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The Rights Forum, an organization “committed to a fair and sustainable Dutch and European policy on the Palestine/Israel issue,” announced earlier this week that it was delivering its appeal with the support of 185 organizations from 25 countries. “Without further delay, investigate possible war crimes committed in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory,” the group said in their appeal, which they delivered to Chief ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at The Hague on Tuesday.

When Jews stopped being American

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The Jewish “nationhood” proposition being promoted by the Trump regime — in which American Jews are expected to love Israel — is the ultimate endorsement, and thereby the anti-Good Housekeeping seal, to Jewish nationalism. And all this was predicted when Zionism arose in the west.

New project aims to establish Palestine’s place in the broader progressive movement

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Image from the Freedom is the Future website

Freedom Is the Future is a joint project recently launched by US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and Adalah Justice Project to establish Palestine’s place in the broader progressive movement by promoting a rights-based framework. “This came about in part because there was a recognition that there was an absence of a framework and reference points within progressive organizing here in the United States that was Palestinian-authored and Palestinian-centered,” Yousef Munayyer explains.

MP Candidate Gordon Gregory: Israel has ‘no reason to stop occupying’

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Gordon Gregory (Photo: Facebook)

Gordon Gregory, a Tory candidate for Parliament in the upcoming UK election, tells Shahd Abusalama, “If the violence from Palestine stopped then the Israel would have no reason to attack.  But whilst attacks are continuing and the existence of Israel is not accepted, they have no reason to stop occupying.”

The Trump administration has declared war on the Palestine solidarity movement

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President Trump is on the verge of signing an executive order aimed at cracking down on the campus Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The order recognizes Judaism as a nationality and uses a civil rights loophole that will allow the government to withhold funding from schools that failed to effectively crack down on discrimination, which in this case might mean criticism of Israel. “This is a baldfaced attempt to silence the movement for Palestinian rights on college campuses – something that has been at the top of the Trump administration’s agenda,” said Palestine Legal director Dima Khalidi says.

Backing two-state solution, Democrats deplore equal rights, deny the Nakba, and say Jews must never be a minority in Israel

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) (Photo: Center for American Progress/Flickr)

Republicans are trying to paint Democrats as the anti-Israel party. Not to worry. Rep. Jan Schakowsky sounded a lot like an old segregationist when she said that equal rights for Palestinians is a bad thing. In one state, “equal rights and equal votes for all” would mean that “in short order the Jewish population would be in the minority, and Israel as a Jewish state would cease to exist.”

How does change happen? Your help makes the difference.

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A protest in support of the rights of Palestinian political prisoners.

Mondoweiss brings you stories of people creating real change toward justice for Palestine. Like you, we know that amplifying their voices increases their impact. Before the year ends, we need to raise $200,000 to continue this work–and we can do it if you give today. If you and others provide $100,000, that will unlock a challenge fund of $100,000 more. Please join hundreds of others to make possible ongoing coverage of ChangeMakers for Palestine.

Palestine needs freedom, not pipedream cities

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Despite “60 Minutes” pipedream report on the Palestinian city of Rawabi, the development has only 5,000 residents, out of a planned 40,000. And nearby in four Israeli settlements, almost 200,000 Israeli settlers live comfortably, yet illegally, on stolen Palestinian land.

On finding a tapestry of characters in Gaza, and at the Academy Awards

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Four years after working on the feature documentary project “Gaza,” Mondoweiss’ Walaa Ghussein interviews directors Andrew McConnell and Garry Keane. McConnell tells her, “we both agreed that the best way to tell people about Gaza is to let the people of Gaza tell the story for themselves because we rarely see that.”

Beyond Habeas Viscus: Mourning my father

Abdalhadi Alijla on
Mahmoud Alijla

On December 3rd Abdalhadi Alijla woke up to learn over social media that his father had passed away. Alijla had not seen him in 12 years due to Israeli restrictions: “Since I left Gaza in 2007, Israel has denied my entry back into Gaza and has revoked my registry for no obvious reason, other than my being from Gaza. My father died with sorrow and pain because of the actions of Israel and I myself will live with sorrow and pain, forever remembering how the settler colonial Israel inflicted this pain on myself, my father and my people by building virtual and physical walls between loved ones.”

How to answer the question, ‘Do you recognize Israel’s right to exist?’

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Palestinian refugee Abdulrahim Saad, 82, holds the keys of his former house in the city of Lod as he sits at his home in the West Bank refugee camp of Askar, near Nablus, May 13, 2015. Many Palestinians keep the keys of their former properties as a symbol for both, of what they had to leave behind and to where they once intend to return. (Photo: Nedal Eshtayah/APA Images)

Steven Salaita: “I am happy, eager even, to affirm the right of Jewish people to live in peace and security, wherever that may be, a right all humans deserve in no particular order of worthiness.  But I won’t ratify Israel’s bloody founding or its devotion to racial supremacy. Ultimately, when Zionists demand that you affirm Israel’s right to exist, what they really seek is affirmation of Palestinian nonexistence.”

Biden hits Sanders on proposed Israel policy, says conditioning military aid is ‘bizarre’

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“In terms of Bernie and others who talk about dealing with Zionism, I strongly support Israel as an independent Jewish state,” said Biden, “The idea that I’d withdraw military aid, as others have suggested, from Israel, is bizarre. I would not do that. It’s like saying to France, ’Because you don’t agree with us, we’re going to kick you out of NATO.”

The Mondoweiss holiday gift guide is here!

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Palestinians celebrate around a Christmas tree at the Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2012. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/APA Images)

The Mondoweiss holiday gift guide is here! From our favorite books, to dresses with hand-stitched embroidery, ethically produced Hanukkah candles, hand-crafted olive wood nativity sets, and of course Mondoweiss swag we’ve pulled together some of our favorites for your end of the year gift giving.