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I said no to a Netflix audition because I support Palestinian rights

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David Clennon was invited to audition for a new Netflix television series that he learned was being produced by the creators of the Israeli series “Fauda.” As much as he needed the work he passed due to their connection to the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s “Brand Israel” campaign: “I haven’t been employed for a year and a half. So, with considerable reluctance, but inspired by the example of so many others, I chose not to participate in the whitewashing of Israel’s image.”

The first major legal win for campus Palestine activists just happened at Fordham

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In 2016, Fordham University tried to block a Palestinian advocacy group from being formed. After a two year legal battle, students at the school have won a landmark victory which legal advocates are calling “the first major legal victory for free speech for advocates of Palestine on college campuses,” and a Students for Justice in Palestine club can now be established on their campus.

Palestinian professor hits back at Israel lobby attacks

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Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi and SFSU Students

Aiming to expose and loosen the influence of the Israel lobby on U.S. campuses, Palestinian-born professor Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi has sued San Francisco State University (SFSU) in federal court for illegal retaliation for her political speech, and in state court for breach of contract and employment discrimination.   Her supporters have issued a call for donations to a fund to cover necessary expenses of the litigation.

Our Lives, Our Streets! — Palestine solidarity and the 2019 Berlin Radical Queer March

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Berlin Radical Queer March, July 27, 2019, Berlin, Germany. (Photo: Facebook/Palästina Spricht)

On Saturday, organizers of the Berlin Radical Queer March instructed police to block and ban the participation of the Queers for Palestine contingent, a group of 500 Arab and Jewish-led marchers. Queers for Palestine write: “The very fact that we need to defend ourselves against physical and police violence at a ‘radical queer march’ is infuriating and deeply shameful.”

Larry Wolf became an anti-Zionist in his 60s, so there’s hope for you

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Larry Wolf, a New York musician, got involved in Palestinian solidarity for the first time in his late 60s when he heard high school classmates justify the 2014 Israeli onslaught on Gaza because Palestinians were terrorists and monsters. Now he is an activist. “Palestinians need equal rights– that’s the whole purpose of my getting involved– and there’s still a strong feeling that Judaism is at risk of losing itself, if it hasn’t already,” he says.

Generational shift: Young Jews come out as anti-Zionist without fearing parents’ wrath

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Liz Rose meets two Jewish teens who feel no angst about coming out as anti-Zionist in articles in their Evanston high school newspaper. They have the support of their parents. But when Rose was becoming an anti-Zionist, her community was opposed. “Judaism and Zionism are totally synonymous!” my mother told her many times, when she tried to talk about the shift she was going through. 

All that we long for is justice and equality

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Palestinian activist Ahmed Abu Artema, 34, in Washington DC, Monday March 18, 2019. (Photo: Allison Deger)

“Let us combine forces. Let us struggle together. Cross the mountainous road together, and strive together for a better world for us, for our children, and for our grandchildren. A world where all human beings are equal, safe, and free.” — Great March of Return founder Ahmed Abu-Artema addresses the 2019 Palestine Expo in London, England

Palestinian stories and histories will never be erased

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The Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) celebrates the Ghassan Kanafani resistance arts scholarship in Toronto. (Photo via Palestinian Youth Movement)

The Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) Toronto chapter was supposed to hold a scholarship launch party to celebrate the artistic expressions of Palestinian youth in Canada and the United States, but right-wing supporters of Israel successfully pressured the venue to cancel shortly before it was supposed to take place. The PYM event was still able to take place, but the threat remains. “Efforts to suppress the Palestinian narrative and the voices of Canadians and others who support Palestinian rights is widespread and should be deeply alarming to anyone who cares about human rights and freedom of speech,” Lina Assi writes.

Cuba should not normalize with Israeli settler colonialism

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Doron Markel, left, with members of Cuba's Jewish community and KKL-JNF leaders, in Havana, Cuba, July 2019.

Hanna and Marion Kawas write that the recent visit of a Jewish National Fund delegation to Havana besmirches the long history of joint struggle and solidarity between the Cuban and Palestinian peoples.

Freedom only truly exists as a whole

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Daliah Vakili (left) at a protest in front of the German Parliament against an anti-BDS motion.

“Would any of us, here in our privileged bubble, accept justice or equality as such if only a bit of it was provided and the rest taken from us? No. We would call both injustice and inequality by its name. So why don’t we do the same when it is done to others?” — Daliah Vakili

Israeli government minister takes credit for 27 U.S. states passing anti-BDS laws

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Gilad Erdan, Israeli minister of strategic affairs under Netanyahu, says his government campaign against BDS has produced laws in U.S. “Our efforts are producing results. 27 US states now have counter-BDS legislation.” He vows to “promote” even tougher laws against advocacy for boycott. And you worry about Russian interference in U.S. politics?

Sports-washing and the Toronto Raptors

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NBA champions have refused to go to the White House for the last two years, and the Toronto Raptors should reject part-owner Larry Tanenbaum’s notion that the team will visit Israel. There has been silence about the plan for 3 weeks. But activists have been rallying opposition to the trip, and Marion Kawas hopes it is in the dustbin of history.