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Noura Erakat: Constructing the prototypical terrorist in America…Guess who?

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This past weekend I had the good fortune to attend an unprecedented two day seminar at Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights? With indomitable spirit, one of the first speakers, Noura Erakat delivered a presentation “Palestinians in US Federal Courts: Constructing a ‘Terrorist’ Prototype” with such prescience […]

Buttu, Erakat, Dajani, Rabbani and Abunimah respond to UN speeches

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Following yesterday’s speeches by Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu before the United Nations General Assembly, the Institute for Middle East Understanding sent out a sheet of expert quotes responding. Here are the IMEU’s excerpts: Diana Buttu, former PLO legal advisor and negotiator, current Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s […]

Naomi Klein to receive honourary degree (a few days before she appears in New York)

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Tomorrow in Fredericton, New Brunswick (not that far from Maine), St. Thomas University will confer an honourary degree on Naomi Klein. I mention this because all honors to this young author are deserved, especially as she brings her vast powers to bear on the global warming issue; because she played a helpful role in the […]

Erakat says Gaza siege is cracking (and she’ll be speaking in New York next week)

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Noura Erakat is a Palestinian attorney, activist and co-editor of Jadaliyya. A true star of the movement for human rights in Palestine, she will be our guest next week in New York at our May 19th panel discussion on the Goldstone Report and its repercussions, along with Naomi Klein, Col. Desmond Travers (the Irish member […]

Klein, Erakat, Travers, Flanders, Ratner to discuss Goldstone in NY

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Save the date. We’re proud, this is our event, along with the Culture Project. Naomi Klein and Desmond Travers and Noura Erakat will traveling to New York next month to discuss the Goldstone Report and its reverberations. They’ll be joined by our co-editor on the volume, Lizzy Ratner, and moderated by Laura Flanders of Grit-TV. […]

D.C. Palestinian Film and Arts Festival celebrates ‘what it is to be Palestinian’

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Palestinian artists from the Washington D.C. metro area and beyond convened at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on Monday, October 2nd for opening night of the seventh annual D.C. Palestinian Film and Arts Festival. Festival co-founder Noura Erakat tells Mondoweiss, “When we discuss Palestine, we’re discussing a lot of the pain and intensity. There are so few places to celebrate what it is to be Palestinian and what it is to be Palestinian in our global diaspora as we exist. [This festival and its artists] are the iterations of being Palestinian-American.”

Killings shouldn’t be necessary for world to hear Gaza voices

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The slaughter on the Gaza border has given Palestinian writers an opening in the mainstream media they have not had before. And this could lead to a public opinion shift. It shouldn’t take the deaths of 128 Palestinians to open the world’s ears. Haneen Abo Saud and Rana Shubair of We Are Not Numbers are two Gazans writing about freedom who deserve global support.

Live Blog: Protests continue as Palestinians begin holding funerals for 61 killed in Gaza

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Palestinians in Gaza today began holding funerals for protesters killed by Israeli forces at yesterday’s Great March of Return near the buffer zone between Gaza and Israeli, which coincided with the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Overnight casualties increased to 61, with the youngest killed was identified as 8-month old Laila al-Ghandour who died of tear gas inhalation.

Israeli forces shoot unarmed protesters from across Gaza security fence, killing at least 15

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The Israeli government said it would meet Gaza protesters from the “Great March of Return” with live fire across the border fence and it has followed through today, killing at least 12 Palestinians, according to early reports. The number keeps climbing. The first to be killed was a Palestinian farmer, said to be working his fields. 

‘ICE is out of control’: Amer Othman Adi continues hunger strike as family fights for his freedom

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Eight days have passed since Amer Othman Adi was detained by federal immigration agents upon arrival at a “routine” check-in, as mandated by the Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) office in Cleveland. Following his arrest, Adi’s family has applied unrelenting pressure on the immigration agency, both engaging the press and elected officials via social media, letter writing, and direct action. “This isn’t [ICE] deporting immigrants; this is ICE bullying and tricking people,” Lina Adi, Amer’s daughter, tells Mondoweiss “ICE is out of control.”

Only grassroots activism and global solidarity can bring justice to Palestine

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Nada Elia: It is likely President Trump had no clue what his “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel” declaration heralded. He may have been aspiring for “the deal of the century,” when all he has done is unwittingly announce the end of a farce.  With the cumbersome “peace process” out of the way, we can focus on the real solution:  grassroots activism and global solidarity.  

Armed groups in Gaza vow to respond to Israeli attack on tunnel

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At least seven Palestinians were killed, and 12 others were wounded after Israeli forces blew up an underground tunnel between the southern Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday. “We will exercise our right to respond – this is our duty,” Daoud Shehab, a leader in the Islamic Jihad movement, told Al Jazeera, adding that it is a legitimate right of resistance groups to respond.

On empathy, Yom Kippur, and the NFL

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Alice Rothchild attended a benefit dinner for the Institute for Middle East Understanding and found it to be a fundraiser, a celebration, a showcase of the active, committed Palestinian community, and also a uniquely Yom Kippur moment. She writes it was an opportunity “to join the celebration of a movement of creative, thoughtful, very visible Palestinians who are building their own powerful voice in U.S. society, linking arms with others in the struggle for justice.”

On boycotts, Palestine, and resistance: a review of ‘Assuming Boycott’

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Kim Jensen writes: Why do critics of cultural boycotts insist on framing them as a form of censorship, rather than as an invitation to imagine and enact more principled forms of engagement? Are cultural and academic boycotts an effective strategy when some artists and allies may be marginalized in the process? These are the kinds of questions that are explored in a useful new collection of essays, “Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production,” which offers a rich and lively analysis of historical and present-day boycotts and the ethical, political, and practical issues they raise.

Join Roger Waters on Facebook Live as he discusses his support for BDS

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Tune in Saturday, July 15 when the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) will be hosting a live web conversation with Roger Waters on his support for the cultural boycott of Israel and Palestinians’ rights.

After exciting disruptions, David Friedman hearing is a walk in the park

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A repentant David Friedman, Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next ambassador to Israel, got an easy ride at the Senate Foreign Relations committee this morning. The most exciting part of the hearing were the first few minutes, as Friedman’s opening statement was interrupted repeatedly by protesters.

Why Obama waited 8 years to take on Netanyahu

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John Kerry devoted his most important speech to a problem, Israeli settlements, the Democratic Party removed any reference to in its last platform. The bitter failure of the Obama administration to take on Netanyahu till the last minute is proof of the power of the Israel lobby inside American liberalism.

Palestinian boy of 12 in occupied West Bank is killed by rubber-coated steel bullet

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A 12-year-old Palestinian boy, Muhye Muhammad Sidqi al-Tabbakhi, was killed Tuesday evening during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the occupied village of al-Ram in the West Bank after he was struck in the heart by a rubber-coated steel bullet. Police had raided the village and youths responded with bottles and stones, which were met by live fire, rubber bullets, and tear gas.

The list of foreign policy experts Bernie Sanders should be consulting

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Last night Hillary Clinton criticized Bernie Sanders for not having foreign policy advisers. She thereby echoed the conventional wisdom in the corporate media that Bernie Sanders is lacking in foreign policy smarts, and a symptom of the deficit is his absence of a braintrust. We decided to put forward our own list of names Bernie Sanders might want to consult.