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February 2020

Bloomberg defends Muslim surveillance program: ‘We’re supposed to do that’

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“In the course of six years, the NYPD’s now-disbanded and incredibly illegal surveillance program of infiltrating and spying on Muslim communities, houses of worship and student clubs, generated zero criminal leads,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad in a statement, “CAIR believes that in addition to costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, the NYPD’s illegal spying program under Bloomberg’s leadership damaged the Muslim community’s trust in law enforcement and made it difficult for the NYPD to maintain open lines of communication.”

‘What’s next?’: Palestinians fear Area B ban will set dangerous precedent

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The village of Turmus Ayya, nestled in a valley between the Nablus and Ramallah districts in the northern occupied West Bank, had high hopes when a local Palestinian company proposed constructing a new housing development on the outskirts of the village. But the Netanyahu government wouldn’t allow it. “We learned from the media that Israel was banning construction in Area B, specifically in Turmus Ayya and the villages around the Shilo settlement,” Saeed Hussein, mayor of Turmus Ayya told Mondoweiss. “Since the release of the peace plan, any new policy in Israel can be directly tied to the American government,” Hussein said.

Remember when Bloomberg defended shelling a school?

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The Shift, a weekly politics newsletter from Mondoweiss that takes you the front lines in the battle over Palestine in U.S. politics.

Since former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg bought his way into the Democratic race, it’s been a little difficult to keep up with all the stories from his past that are filtering out. One issue that hasn’t got much coverage is his reaction to Israel shelling schools in 2014.

Under the radar: Israeli water companies in the UK

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Netafim drip irrigation (Photo: Borisshin / CC BY-SA)

Israeli multinational water, irrigation, and sewage companies – some with connections to the Israeli military and prison service – have made significant inroads into the UK market.

Tal’at: a feminist movement that is redefining liberation and reimagining Palestine

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Palestinian women in the Tal'at movement protest in Ramallah on September 26, 2019. (Photo: Tal'at)

Defying racist and orientalist stereotypes, women in the Middle East and North African region are at the forefront of the struggle for building a fairer, more equal and just society. “As we write, women are occupying squares and marching through the streets of war-torn Iraq, determined to play an active role in shaping their future,” explain Hala Marshood and Riya Al’sanah, both activists with the feminist movement Tal’at.

First-ever U.S. festival of Palestinian literature comes to NYC in March

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Palestine Writes flyer art by Malak Mattar

Rarely have the greatest living voices in Palestinian literature been heard in North America. That is about to change. On March 27-29, Palestine Writes, the first-ever festival of Palestinian literature in the United States will feature a three day celebration of Palestinian writing in New York City.

Tom Stoppard’s first Jewish play leaves Zionism offstage

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Aaron Neil's character in Tom Stoppard’s new play Leopoldstadt reads Theodor Herzl's Zionist manifesto Der Judenstaat. (Photo:

Robert Cohen reviews Tom Stoppard’s new play Leopoldstadt, which follows an extended Viennese family across three generations and half a century of deteriorating Jewish history. “Jewish 20th century history is so often presented as one long justification for the project of Jewish national renewal,” Cohen writes, “so it was curious to see such a major artistic telling of Jewish experience leaving Zionism offstage.”

Tensions rise after video of Israeli bulldozer dragging Palestinian body sparks outrage

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Tensions have sparked again in Gaza after a disturbing video showing an Israeli bulldozer dragging the body of a Palestinian who was shot just moments before along the border fence between Gaza and Israel. The video was circulated on social media over the weekend, drawing outrage from activist groups and Palestinians who described it as a war crime.

Video: Israeli forces attack Palestinian protesters with bulldozer

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Still from video of Israeli military bulldozer attacking protesters during an anti-settlements protest in the village of Kufur Qaddoum.

Two Palestinians were injured on Friday as Israeli forces attacked dozens of protesters taking part in the weekly anti-settlements protest in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, near Qalqilia in the central occupied West Bank, said Mourad Shtewi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village. An Israeli army bulldozer was filmed pushing large rocks towards the protesters in the village, injuring a Palestinian child, identified as Mo’men Shtewi, 9, who was treated at the scene.

If billionaires have no right to exist, what about Israel?

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Should billionaires exist? Phil Weiss says the question of the day echoes and exposes the famous question, Does Israel have a right to exist? “The issue ought to be dealt with in the same detached manner as Sanders and others have handled the billionaire question,” Weiss writes.

Liberal Zionist’s teen son is– an anti-Zionist

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Writer Eric Flamm says after four trips to Israel, his 15-year-old son has become an anti-Zionist and supports BDS. “Because he couldn’t support the notion that in Israel the Jews received preferential treatment over Palestinians in all aspects of life, such as education, housing, employment, and access to justice.”