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Portland ad campaign links rights violations at Standing Rock and Palestine

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Occupation-Free Portland, a coalition of faith, social justice and peace organizations, in collaboration with Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign, have launched an ad campaign on TriMet buses serving the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area that read, “Portland: Divest from Caterpillar. Caterpillar Violates Human Rights from Standing Rock to Palestine.” The ad shows a photograph of a Caterpillar bulldozer that was used to desecrate a sacred burial site on land promised to the Standing Rock Sioux nation by an 1851 treaty. It also shows a photograph of a Palestinian child left in the ruins of her home demolished by a Caterpillar bulldozer.

Gaza writes to Standing Rock: Your story is our story

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Israa Suliman writes from Gaza to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: “Although we are of different color, religion, culture and place, I have learned, as I read about the protests at Standing Rock, that we have much more in common than differences. When I read your history, I can see myself and my people reflected in yours. I feel in my core that your fight is my fight, and that I am not alone in the battle against injustice.”

Why Standing Rock matters

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Nada Elia reflects on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation’s defiant resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline and its intersections with other struggles for justice: “Standing Rock “isn’t” about Palestine. Standing Rock “isn’t” about Black Lives. Standing Rock “isn’t” about climate change. Standing Rock is about all of this, and all of us together. But ultimately, Standing Rock matters because it is about the Sioux Nation, and the indigenous people of this land.”

Palestinians join Standing Rock Sioux to protest Dakota Access Pipeline

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Nadya Raja Tannous drove from the Bay Area to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Bismarck, North Dakota to join hundreds of representatives of Indigenous Nations around the world who have come to support resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline: “I had spent most of the hours on the road to North Dakota contemplating the connections between the obstacles and oppressions facing those in Standing Rock and the obstacles and oppressions facing we Palestinians under occupation and apartheid. However, upon arriving at Standing Rock, I no longer just thought about the similarities, I felt them in my bones.”

Stand with Standing Rock, and say no to Dakota Access Pipeline

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Palestinian Youth Movement opposes the Dakota Access Pipeline as another opportunity to destroy Native environment and it will caravan from California to Standing Rock, North Dakota in solidarity this month.

Ten days of awe: standing with whom?

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Martin Buber

During the high holidays, Jews must consider the nature of the state that claims to speak in their name: Political Zionism in practice in Israel has produced a settler colonial state founded on the basis of establishing an Arab free state, where Jewish trauma, aspirations, and history are privileged at the expense of everyone else and this continues to this moment.

My journey connecting indigenous movements: How Mondoweiss broadens our understanding of the struggle

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Nadya Raja Tannous writes, “On my trip to Standing Rock, I saw a kind of overarching control, surveillance and government force that is horrifyingly similar to life in occupied Palestine. Because of Mondoweiss, what I saw on the ground in Standing Rock reached communities who could not witness it themselves. Please join me in donating to Mondoweiss to support their commitment to covering real news on pertinent issues that mainstream news outlets don’t cover.”

Clinton propagates false understanding of Camp David

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During a performance of Israeli right wing talking points in Thursday night’s debate in New York, Hillary Clinton’s response on Camp David summit simply fell short of being true.

Israeli police attempt to arrest Palestinian preschoolers for throwing rocks

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The International Middle East Media Center reports: “Israeli police, on Tuesday, attempted to arrest two preschoolers during a raid on two homes in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Silwan, according to witnesses. WAFA correspondence reports that police raided the home of Mr. Mohammad Abd al-Raziq, in the Bir Ayoub neighborhood of Silwan, in search of two children aged three and five, for allegedly throwing rocks at them.”

Air strikes and rocket fire resume as Gaza negotiations collapse

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Hours before a ceasefire was set to expire between Israel and Hamas, negotiations in Cairo have collapsed and rockets and air strikes have resumed. A deal on the status of Gaza or an extension of talks was expected at midnight tonight. However the Israeli delegation in Egypt has been sent back to Tel Aviv. At […]

The catastrophe inflicted on Gaza–and the costs to Israel’s standing

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The statistics coming out of Gaza as Israel’s most recent bombardment of that hapless territory gradually winds down are on the scale of a natural disaster, but they capture the nature of a catastrophe methodically inflicted by one people on another. In a month of indiscriminate bombardment, Israel has killed or injured almost twelve thousand […]

Understanding ‘militant’ as a cover-up for civilian deaths, and other ways international law helps clarify the Israeli attack on Gaza

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At least 35 Palestinians have been killed and over 300 wounded in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in the first two nights of “Operation Protective Edge.”  As Israel calls up thousands of army reservists for a potential ground assault, the deaths will likely increase even as their human cost is buried by misleading news and […]

‘The Israeli sniper shot my son as if he hunted a bird’: Wajih Wajdi Al-Ramahi, 14, killed while standing outside of West Bank school

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An Israeli sniper killed a child yesterday. Wajih Wajdi Al-Ramahi, 14 was shot in the back by while walking in front of a school in Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah. Thousands of mourners turned out for his funeral today. Ma’an News reports the family said “their son was “executed” and “assassinated in cold blood,” ” […]

How 20 tents rocked Israel: Palestinians take the fight to their occupiers in Bab al-Shams

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Bab al-Shams at night, January 12, 2013. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills) When the Palestinian leadership won their upgrade to non-member observer status at the United Nations in November, plenty of sceptics on both sides of the divide questioned what practical benefits would accrue to the Palestinians. The doubters have not been silenced yet. Palestinian Authority President […]

The Establishment fights back (Hagel gets nod from Volcker, Hills, Wolfensohn, Crocker)

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As we await Act II– or is it 22?– of Obama’s endless dithering over Chuck Hagel, the Establishment is fighting back. Hagel is getting a lot of support from conservatives and members in good standing of what we used to call the ruling class. Ryan Crocker, the former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, has endorsed […]

Israeli TV corrects the record — no rockets were fired from UNRWA schools in Gaza during ‘Cast Lead’

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 By Ali Abunimah,  Another staple of Israeli propangada has been busted, as Israeli television has – years late – admitted that claims rockets were fired from UNRWA schools in Gaza were false. UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, issued a statement yesterday, in eastern occupied Jerusalem, that says in part: Israel’s highest-rating news programme, […]

Protests against Palestinian Authority and high cost of living rock West Bank

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Shoes being thrown at a banner of Salam Fayyad during protest in Hebron. (h/t Yousef Munayyer)   Palestinian ‘price protests’ / PA economic crisis Fayyad defends economic policies RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said on Saturday that paying public employees was the government’s top priority as it would give […]

‘Standing up to bulldozers’ in Susya

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(Photo: Lazar Simeonov) Photoblog — Susya: Standing up to the bulldozers Al Akhbar 24 June by Lazar Simeonov, Ramallah. http://english.al-akhbar.com/photoblogs/susya-standing-bulldozers Disinheritance sponsored by Oslo / Akiva Eldar Haaretz 25 June — …The orders to destroy 52 buildings at the Palestinian village of Susya, issued by the Civil Administration following a petition by Regavim, are yet […]

PCHR says misfired rocket killed girl in Gaza

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The other day we did a post on the violent death of a two-year-old girl in Gaza, Hadeel Haddad, which sources attributed to an Israeli air attack— though our postscript mentioned that the official story was in doubt. Well, now the Palestinian Center for Human Rights has investigated and ascribed the child’s death to Palestinian […]