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Support ‘Palestine Writes’, the first Palestinian Literature festival in North America

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Palestine Writes

Palestine Writes, the first Palestinian Literature festival in North America, is scheduled to take place in New York City on March 27-29, 2020, and will serve as a landmark for Palestinian culture in the United States. The festival will be the first chance for many people to hear the voices of some of the greatest living Palestinian writers, and organizers are looking to raise money to make sure this ambitious project is as successful as possible.

California academics condemn detention of Birzeit professor

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Widad Barghouti (Photo: Palestine News Network)

California Scholars for Academic Freedom, a group of over 200 academics working in higher education in California, condemn in the strongest terms the brutal invasion by Israeli forces of the home of Professor Widad Barghouti and her subsequent detention without cause on September 1, 2019. 

Boycotts, Benjamins, and America’s university leaders

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A BDS pamphlet

Do American university leaders oppose the academic boycott of Israel because they actually believe that it undermines academic freedom, or are there other reasons?  If academic freedom were the real reason, wouldn’t their reactions to targeted boycotts of other regions besides Israel, U.S. states for example, be the same?

‘Jared Kushner, you haven’t reached out to us’ writes Israeli peace activist

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Israeli peace activist Angela Godfrey-Goldstein writes an open letter to the president’s son-in-law: “Jared Kushner, maybe you believe you’re supporting Israel with your positions, statements and actions? For those of us who for many decades have fought for peace, nothing could be more mistaken.”

Democrats oppose child detention on the border– and Jewish activists call for the same stance on Palestine

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Rep. Lynch addresses question at town hall in Braintree, MA on August 22. (Credit: Jill Charney)

Jewish activists are pressuring lawmakers to support a bill that bars Israel from detaining children with U.S. funds. “You said separating families does not protect U.S. security. That is also true in Israel at this moment and it’s our money that is paying for the Israeli military in very high amounts,” an activist challenged MA Rep. Stephen Lynch.

Liberal Zionist group omits two-state solution in message to Israeli voters

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OneVoice was founded to end the occupation as a “moral” and “existential” imperative for Israel. But it has dropped the two-state solution in its messaging to Israeli voters in next month’s elections, focusing on issues of “division and racism” and the “cost of living.” It knows that Israeli Jewish voters are against a Palestinian state.

A life redefined by a tear gas canister

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Samer looks at old homework in his own handwriting that he had completed before his injury, in his home in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, on May 26, 2019. (Photo: DCIP/Mohammad Ibrahim )

Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council’s monthly round-up of health in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. This month JVP shares articles on injured children in Gaza, a nurses strike in Israel, Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike who are in solitary confinement and more.

‘Playing the Child of Holocaust Survivors card’ in the Canadian wine dispute

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In pushing the case in Canada to have settlement wines labeled as such rather than products of Israel, David Kattenburg was identified as a wine lover, educator, publisher, and child of Holocaust survivors. The last designation — CHS — has caused howls of outrage, but Kattenburg’s parents’ experience helped him to set his moral compass.

Building our power for a free Palestine

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Preparing for 2020: Advocating for Rights, Justice, and Freedom in Palestine and Israel

The last five years have witnessed unprecedented change in the struggle for justice in Palestine. These changes offer opportunities that our movement needs to act on, particularly during the 2020 election cycle. 

Political upheaval over Tlaib and Omar shows the power of BDS

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Representative Rashida Tlaib and Representative Ilhan Omar

By banning Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, Israel has created a political upheaval in the U.S., with many Americans now favoring cutting aid to the country. One thing achieved this result: The women support BDS, and they have demonstrated the power of the nonviolent campaign.

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

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David Clennon

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.