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Israeli court upholds decision to deport human rights worker

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Document from an Israeli government compiled dossier on Human Rights Watch's Israel and Palestine country director Omar Shakir. (Image: Human Rights Watch)

An Israeli court Tuesday upheld a ruling deport Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine director Omar Shakir over his advocacy calling on online booking agents to cease providing platforms for rentals in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Student & community groups condemn racist harassment campaign against Palestinian rights advocates at Emory University

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Emory Students for Justice in Palestine has come under attack for educational events, flyers, and protests it organized as part of Israel Apartheid Week. “Smearing racial justice advocates as ‘anti-Semites’ is an increasingly visible trend,” the organization writes, and they “reject the notion that challenges to US foreign policy and advocacy for justice in the Middle East are a form of discrimination against our friends in the Jewish community.” Emory SJP also calls on Emory University to cease validating the bigoted smear campaign and to discipline students and other Emory community members that are complicit in the ongoing harassment.

Dareen Tatour: I was booked to read poems alongside Rasmea Odeh in Berlin, then Israel intervened

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Dareen Tatour in Berlin. (Photo: Abu Salameh/courtesy of the author)

Rasmea Odeh dramatically had her visa revoked in Germany after pressure from the Israeli government grew to cancel her participation in a Berlin event on International Women’s Day. Her would be co-panelist, Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour explains how the events unfolded,”I was also supposed to read some of my poems. When I arrived at the event hall, I was surprised by something else. The venue was vandalized with graffiti.”

An open letter to Mayor de Blasio From your Jewish constituents

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NY Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses AIPAC policy conference, March 25, 2019. Screenshot from AIPAC livestream.

New York City residents write an open letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio saying his recent statements about Israel and antisemitism are extremely troubling and damaging: “You speak about Israel providing Jewish safety. Standing up for Israeli apartheid, as you have repeatedly done, does not promote safety. Quite the contrary.”

NARAL at AIPAC: And reproductive justice for some?

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Even as pro-justice activists were celebrating the fact that many Democratic politicians– including the main 2020 presidential hopefuls–have skipped this year’s AIPAC conference in DC, a national campaign was hastily being launched to urge Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) and Amy Everitt (California head of NARAL) not to speak there.  

A veto against a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel

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Pitzer College’s governing council voted March 14 to suspend a program in Israel for the same reason US institutions ended collaborations with Apartheid South Africa in the 1980s. Pitzer President Melvin Oliver’s veto of the resolution not only harms Pitzer but harms Palestinians and Jewish Israelis, as it blocks a material contribution to expanding the possibility of justice and peace for all, Pitzer Professor Daniel Segal writes.

CUNY professors issue statement in support of faculty targeted by Lawfare Project smear campaign

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Faculty at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY have been threatened with a lawsuit, smeared in the right-wing press, and received threatening letters and emails. City University of New York faculty have issued a statement to clarify the recent events at Kingsborough Community College, and sound the alarm to others who may be in the crosshairs of these right-wing groups.

Israeli Apartheid Week opens worldwide, as Netanyahu confirms discriminatory regime

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The 15th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), the largest global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) mobilization for Palestinian rights, opened on Monday with more than 80 events in 40 cities across Europe, North America and Palestine, featuring protests, lectures, film screenings, and cultural events. IAW is expected to be held in more than 200 cities worldwide.

Continue honoring Palestinian heroes, despite false accusations of antisemitism

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Clare Maxwell writes, “At a time when real anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence is growing in the country, we all need to stand up, condemn it, and find ways to protect Jews and other threatened religious groups. But disingenuous accusations of anti-Semitism that are hurled at Palestinians, or at human rights activists can cause damage as well. I know this because I’ve been there.”

Roman Levin: from Israeli military truck driver to army refusenik

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Israeli conscientious objector Roman Levin. (Photo: Mesarvot)

Roman Levin, 19, is the latest Israeli soldier to be imprisoned for refusing to continue serving in the military after on moral objections to the occupation: “I heard soldiers talk about how they raid villages at night to detain suspects. It grieves me to see how the Jews, in the past one of the most oppressed peoples, now occupy another people.”

Palestinians intervene to sue Israeli settlers in Airbnb lawsuit

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The West Bank town of Wadi Fukin is dwarfed by the nearby settlement of Beitar Illit. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/ Image: Mondoweiss)

Today, a Palestinian-American and two Palestinian villages, whose properties are the very properties that Israeli settlers have listed on Airbnb, filed counterclaims against the settlers in their suit against Airbnb, arguing that their actions constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and discrimination on the basis of religion and national origin.

Palestinians must avoid pressure to prioritize cultural expression over political advocacy

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Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University information booth

Hammam Farah says Palestinians in Canada are witnessing an attempt to redefine their identity away from a collective political emancipation to one where national symbols like the kuffiyeh or the olive tree are denuded of their meaning. “We are left with a culture that is being depoliticized and being ‘made safe’ for our elites’ integration into Canada’s ruling classes at an alarming rate,” Farah writes, “while exploitation and oppression suffered by the majority among us only deepen.”

Video: Palestinian human rights observers in Hebron under attack following TIPH expulsion

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Palestinian human rights observers in Hebron under attack following TIPH expulsion

Following Israel’s expulsion of the TIPH observer group from Hebron last month, a group of Palestinian activists from the city formed their own team of observers to fill in the gaps. Mondoweiss followed the team around one morning, and in the span of half an hour, the group, including our cameraman, were attacked and harassed by Israeli settlers, while one international activist who was filming the altercation was arrested by police.

Defying attacks on free speech, Palestine Advocacy Project revives campaign honoring Gaza heroes

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The Palestine Advocacy Project is relaunching a billboard ad campaign honoring Palestinian medics who put their lives on the line to rescue and treat injured protesters in Gaza’s ongoing Great March of Return demonstrations. The campaign comes nearly three months after its previous run was cut short after the billboard company received pressure calling the billboards antisemitic.