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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.

Middle East scholars: An American attack on Iran would be an unmitigated disaster for the US, Iran, and the world

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The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Suez Canal, May 9, 2019. (Photo: Petty Officer 3rd Class Darion Chanelle Triplett/US Navy)

Leading Middle East and Islamic studies scholars call on President Trump immediately to pull back from the brink of a war with the Islamic Republic of Iran: “It is clear to us that the human, diplomatic, legal, political, and economic costs to both countries, the Persian Gulf and larger Middle East, the global economy and the global system of international humanitarian law of a US attack would be even more devastating than was the US invasion of Iraq sixteen years ago.”

When activism becomes ‘anti-Semitism’: the silencing of pro-Palestine voices on campus

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UNC-Chapel Hill Students for Justice in Palestine, December 24, 2012. (Photo: Facebook)

This spring, the latest salvo in the battle surrounding Palestinian advocacy came to a head on two university campuses: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Emory University. Following condemnations and investigations from their respective universities and communities, Mondoweiss spoke to students and faculty involved in both incidents at Emory and UNC to understand, from their point of view, the events that took place, and the wider implications for pro-Palestine activism on their campuses, and on university campuses across America.

I’m marching for Palestine in the first Queer Liberation March in NYC June 30

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Pride Parade organizers have not accepted the Reclaim Pride coalition’s demands to use the parade for grassroots transformational change, so the coalition will hold the first Queer Liberation March in New York City history on June 30. The liberation of Palestine and all Palestinians — queer and non-LGBT as well — is a core commitment of the march, Pauline Park writes.

UK Liberal Dems call on party leaders to reinstate group suspended for criticism of Israel

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Members of the Liberal Democrat party in the UK publish an open letter to party leaders, opposing their definition of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel, which led to suspension of a party organization for social media posts. “Israel deserves same treatment as China, Russia or other violators of human rights,” the letter-writers say.

We call on the German government to fight racism and apartheid – not those who oppose them

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BDS protest (Photo: Scott Weinstein)

On May 17th, 2019 the German Parliament (Bundestag) has passed a resolution against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) condemning it as anti-Semitic. On June 28th, 2019, Palästina Spricht – Palestine Speaks, a coalition for Palestinian rights and against racism based in Berlin, will be protesting against the shameful resolution and against delegitimizing the BDS movement as a Palestinian non-violent, civil based struggle against Israel’s occupation and apartheid.

Why Palestinians are calling for a boycott of Puma

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Palestinian amputees who were injured by Israeli forces stand in front a sand castle in a protest calling to boycott sportswear retailer Puma, on the beach of Gaza City on May 29, 2019. Puma is the main sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes teams in Israel’i settlements. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

Palestinians activists are protesting this weekend at storefronts and offices for the German athletic wear manufacturer Puma. The reason? Puma sponsors the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes six teams in settlements in the West Bank.

On equating BDS and anti-Semitism: a letter to the German government

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Sara Roy challenges the German parliament over its resolution equating boycott of Israel and anti-Semitism: “I lost a large extended family to fascism and racism. By endorsing the motion that alleges that BDS is anti-Semitic, you are criminalizing the right to free speech and dissent and those who choose to exercise it, which is exactly how fascism takes root.”

The struggle for Palestinian rights among California Democrats

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After protests from a American Jewish organizations, the California Democratic Party leadership undertook to water down resolutions that were critical of Israel and supportive of Palestinian refugees, put forward by progressive activists. But as Jack O’Dell, the civil rights activist, advised James Zogby long ago: Never be devastated by setbacks and never become overly confident due to progress.

What can you say at NYU?

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Amith Gupta comments on the controversy over NYU President Andrew Hamilton’s undermining of campus free speech when he censured Steven Thrasher’s NYU commencement speech celebrating BDS. He says lost in the discussion is any meaningful discussion about which ideas are being suppressed at NYU in the first place — and which ideas are being promoted.

Chicago-area school district withdraws ‘Teaching Palestine’ course and apologizes for ‘sense of exclusion’ it created

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Just eight days after an administrator offered public high school teachers in Skokie, Illinois, the opportunity to take a summer professional development course called “Teaching Palestine” as part of “Equity” training, the school district retracted the offer in a statement from top administrators apologizing for for the hurtful, “one-sided nature of this course.” Pro-Israel groups had pressured the school district to remove the “propaganda” course.

Germany has lost the right to act as a referee on anti-Semitism

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Last week, the German Parliament passed a resolution that demonizes the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Hatim Kanaaneh writes to German politicians, “you dare to pass judgement on us for peacefully demanding our rights under international law. Now you have the audacity to ascribe to me your predecessors’ innermost ugly sentiments in order to aid and abet our continued victimization as surrogate Germans and anti-Semites.”

UCLA’s anthropology grad student association supports Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi and Dr. Kyeyoung Park over accusations of anti-Semitism

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The Anthropology Graduate Student Association at UCLA supports Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi who has come under attack for a recent lecture at the university: “As graduate students in the Department of Anthropology who lead discussion sections with undergraduate students, we are committed to creating inclusive and justice-centered academic settings. This includes ensuring that the loudest and most dominant perspectives in our society do not silence empirically verifiable evidence of oppression.”