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Help send Alex Kane to Israel/Palestine

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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 […]

The challenge to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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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.

Israel commandeers UN for anti-BDS pep rally

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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.

‘Besides not having a job, everything’s great’: Steven Salaita on his firing and what comes next

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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.

‘Combating BDS Act’ passes Senate, 77-23, as Dem presidential hopefuls vote No

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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.

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.

Campaign to stop Linda Sarsour from speaking at CUNY was an epic flop

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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.

Hillary Clinton gains backing of neocon megadonor who funds Islamophobic groups

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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.”

Israeli forces shoot five Palestinians during raid of Sa’ir as siege of southern West Bank continues

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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.”

Tax day is annoying for Americans, and hell for Palestinians

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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.

Michael Bloomberg has been a fervent supporter of Israel, to a point

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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.

UN: 47% of Gaza households were food insecure in 2014

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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.

Netanyahu for president? He’s been a citizen– twice!

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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?