Exciting news, Mondoweiss staff reporter extraordinaire Alex Kane will now be working on the site as an Assistant Editor.
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Announcing Mondoweiss’s first staffers: Allison Deger is joining us as assistant editor, and Alex Kane will be our first staff reporter.
As many of you know Alex Kane is a frequent contributor to Mondoweiss. His work on Islamophobia, media analysis, the Freedom Flotilla, and general news from Israel/Palestine has been invaluable. Alex is now raising money to travel to Israel/Palestine as part of a delegation organized by American Jews for a Just Peace. Please help him […]
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may not know enough about Palestine, but she needs to hear from real progressives, not from the various shades of Zionism that have long held the Democratic Party hostage. She needs to understand that whereas Palestine may not be a regular topic of conversation around the kitchen table in a Porto Rican house, it is nevertheless an issue of national import.
Here are the latest tweets: and other news from Egypt, inlcuding the Protests/Attacks & Arrests Against Protesters & Eyewitness Account
Alex Kane reports from the UN where the Israeli Mission to the UN commandeered the General Assembly yesterday for a day-long pro-Israel pep rally, filled with an estimated 1,500 people–many of them college students–who listened to speakers rail against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel. The summit reflected the Israeli government’s increasing focus on the BDS movement.
Mondoweiss’ Alex Kane spoke with scholar Steven Salaita last week at the end of his three-week speaking tour. Salaita was set to join the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign’s American Indian Studies program when a pro-Israel pressure campaign targeted him. Salaita’s contract with the university was terminated, and he has become a cause celebre for academic freedom advocates and Palestine solidarity activists. Now, Salaita and his lawyers have sued the university for not releasing emails that would shed light on how the decision to fire him was made.
In a landmark of anti-Palestinianism, the Senate voted 77-23 to punish boycotts of Israel, though almost all Dem presidential hopefuls voted against the AIPAC-sponsored law and Republican Rand Paul said “Boycotts are fundamentally American,” and said many senators are “paranoid” about the Israel lobby.
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.
An Israeli court ruled that the defense ministry did not owe anything to a Gaza doctor after three of his children were killed in their home by Israeli tank fire during an attack during Operation Cast Lead in the winter of 2008-2009.
Rashida Tlaib likens the Israeli occupation to the Jim Crow south. Both Jimmy Carter and Condoleezza Rice made the same analogy, to the south of their youths, and both suffered politically for it.
Sometimes a newsworthy event takes place when nothing unusual occurs. Despite months of an opposition campaign to disinvite civil rights activist and co-organizer of the Women’s March, Linda Sarsour, from giving a graduation speech at the City University of New York (CUNY), Sarsour’s keynote went off without a hitch Thursday.
Israeli academic Yehouda Shenhav reflects on his latest book, a translation of Arabic literature into Hebrew, in hopes of exposes Israelis to the culture of Palestinians and Arabs, after politics, academic research, and non-fiction has failed to do so.
Emails leaked from the Clinton campaign chair show Stu Eizenstat urging Hillary Clinton to come out against BDS and get close to Netanyahu, to assuage the “great angst in the Jewish community” over Israel, which is tearing US Jews apart.
Hillary Clinton has gained the support of major neoconservative donor Seth Klarman. Klarman’s family foundation supports rightwing Zionist groups, including the David Project and the Israel Project, and has supported several Islamophobic groups, including one that “applauded” an Oklahoma law later struck down as unconstitutional, that would have discriminated against Muslim religious practices. A Democratic Party think tank has said that the organizations Klarman supports have put out “anti-Islam messages polluting our national discourse.”
Relatives of four Israeli-Americans and one American tourists killed in Israel and the occupied West Bank between 2014 and June 2016 are suing Facebook for $1 billion in damages, claiming the social media site promotes “terrorism” and “knowingly and intentionally assisted” in the deaths.
Ma’an reports: “Israeli forces shot and injured at least five Palestinians and detained three others in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron overnight Saturday, as Israeli forces continued to impose a strict siege on the village of Sair after an Israeli man was shot and injured while driving his car around midnight near the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Teqoa.”
In occupied Yatta, Israeli forces raided the town and took measurements of Muhammad Moussa Makhamreh’s home, the father of suspected attacker Khalid Makhamreh, in preparations for a punitive home demolition expected to be carried out on Monday.
Tax deductible contributions from the United States to illegal Israeli settlements are believed to be $1 billion a year. The ordinary American has standing to contest US support for human rights violations. Here’s how you can join author Susan Abulhawa’s suit.
Donald Trump says Muslims hate the U.S. and that’s an important problem. Marco Rubio says many Muslims love the U.S., but Trump is “anti-Israeli” because he wants to cut a peace deal between Israel and Palestine.
Former NY mayor Bloomberg, who is considering throwing his hat in the presidential race, has sided with Israel in its assaults on Gaza and aided Islamophobic efforts in New York; but he also said those who don’t want to allow a BDS panel at Brooklyn College should go live in North Korea.
An emergency report published by he UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) revealed that 47% of Palestinian households in the Gaza Strip were food insecure in 2014.
In New York, rightwing Israeli settler Aryeh King lays out his biblical “Hagar” plan to send Palestinians to Jordan and says Europe’s war on Muslims will dry up the boycott movement
Benjamin Netanyahu is a revolving-door American citizen, according to his former aide Michael Oren. The Israeli PM has twice renounced US citizenship, to serve in the Israeli army in 1967 and to become an embassy official in 1982. He may have got his citizenship restored in the 70s. Why not do so again, and run for president?