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January 2020

The left has ‘weaponized’ Holocaust against Israel, says advocate

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Yossi Klein Halevi, the author and Israel advocate, said that the left has “weaponized” the Holocaust against Israel. Speaking on i24 News on the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation, he said that he “frequently” hears leftwingers saying of Israel, “How can you do the same thing to Palestinians” that was done to Jews during the Holocaust.

Liberal Zionists are ‘terrified’ (yet again) by Israel’s rightward shift

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Avigdor Lieberman meets with Benny Gantz, Sept. 23, 2019. From Gantz's twitter feed.

Benny Gantz support for annexing the Jordan Valley shows that the left is completely feckless in Israeli politics, and the only liberal hope is in Palestinian politicians. American liberal Zionists should accept that the two state solution is dead, and they should abandon the ideology that created apartheid: Zionism.

Proposed Arizona amendment could target critics of Israel

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Arizona legislation would revise statutes relating to crime reporting to include the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism as an “aggravating factor” in sentencing decisions. That definition infamously includes some criticisms of Israel.

‘We Beyond the Fence’–Why I partnered with an Israeli journalist to share stories from Gaza

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Palestinian children in Gaza City, on January 20, 2014. (Photo: Ashraf Amra)

Ahmed Alnaouq, a Palestinian from Gaza whose brother was killed by Israeli forces, explains what motivated him to pair up with an Israeli journalist, Yuval Abraham, and co-launch a project that brings first-person narratives from Palestinians to an Israeli audience: “Translating the stories published by We Are Not Numbers into Hebrew offers unfiltered content straight from Gaza to all Israelis willing to try to understand.”

Gantz is no better than Netanyahu when it comes to Palestinian freedom

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Netanyahu calls for annexing Jordan Valley and Jewish West Bank settlements, Sept. 10, 2019.

The Democrats who say that we only need to get rid of Netanyahu for Israel to be great again should be aware of the long history of plans by the Labor politicians to annex the Jordan Valley, lately endorsed by Netanyahu’s “liberal” rival, Benny Gantz. Annexation is the buzzword.

Opposing Settlements While Supporting Injustice: Progressive Jews and the World Zionist Congress

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An advertisement for voting in the 2020 US Election for the 38th World Zionist Congress. (Image: American Zionist Movement)

Voting for the 38th World Zionist Congress begins today, and progressive Zionist organizations in the US are encouraging American Jews to vote for their slate. Donna Nevel says the elections themselves illustrate the racism and inequity of Zionism: “Participating in the World Zionist Congress elections under the banner of progressive values effectively whitewashes Zionism’s impact on Palestinians. These elections don’t begin to tackle Israel’s unjust, apartheid system and its underlying Zionist ideology, but, rather, feeds that system and ideology and gives them more roots.”

Guantanamo’s indelible legacy

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U.S. Army Military Police escort a detainee to his cell January 11, 2001 in Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during in-processing to the temporary detention. The detainees will be given a basic physical exam by a doctor, to include a chest x-ray and blood samples drawn to assess their health, the military said. The U.S. Department of Defense released the photo January 18, 2002. (Photo: Petty Officer 1st class Shane T. McCoy/U.S. Navy)

Here are eight ways in which the toxic policies of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba have contaminated American institutions, as well as our laws and customs, in the 20 years since the first detainees arrived there.

Palestinian community orgs and ex-prisoners say the Arab Bank is closing their accounts

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The Arab Bank appears to be closing accounts of Palestinian community-based organizations and former prisoners due to a suit by Israelis alleging that the bank played a role in terrorist actions. “I never thought that being arrested by the occupation, simply for fighting for my rights as a Palestinian, would affect something so simple as trying to open a bank account,” Ahmad Salah says.

Science against all the odds: ‘Scientists for Palestine’ holds its third international conference

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Dr. Tarek Loubani demonstrating his stethoscope made by a 3 D printer on a conference participant. (Photo: Hubert Murray)

Hubert Murray reports from Cambridge, Massachusetts where Scientists for Palestine held their third international conference, this year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Another conclusion from witnessing this sophisticated and productive exchange of ideas is that despite the politically-imposed privations endured by Palestinian scientists (and of course the population as a whole) there is a corresponding ingenuity at prevailing against the odds,” Murray writes.

Amy Klobuchar says she would work on increasing support for Israel if elected president

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Amy Klobuchar at Dem debate, June 26, 2019. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

In an interview with the New York Times editorial board Amy Klobuchar also cited her strong record of pro-Israel votes in the Senate. “I still think that they are in a really tough neighborhood in a really dangerous position,” she explained, “And made worse by what Trump just did with Syria because now Iran has a foothold there.”

South Dakota Governor signs anti-BDS executive order

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On January 14, South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order that prohibits state offices from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. South Dakota becomes the 28th state to pass legislation that targets the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.