AIPAC’s promotion of a recent New England leadership dinner in Boston at $300 a head shows that the leading Israel lobby group raised nearly $5 million from just one region of the country. So when pro-Israel voices say that Ilhan Omar is wrong, AIPAC doesn’t work by raising money, they’re trying to deceive you.
Jeff Klein remembers South African fighter Jabulani Jali, a former member of the ANC’s armed wing the uMkhonto we Sizwe, after his passing earlier this year.
Proponents of law targeting BDS in Massachusetts argue that Israeli companies would leave the state if the legislature fails to pass anti-BDS act. That’s frankly absurd. Israel needs Massachusetts much more than Massachusetts needs Israel.
Ron Fox, a 77-year-old Jewish Democrat in Mass., urges the party’s state committee to condemn Israeli settlements: “For 45 years, not a day has gone by that I have not thought about human rights violations caused by settlements.”
Jeff Klein reports on the horrific devastation left in the wake of the ISIS occupation of the world-famous ancient city of Palmyra and the neighboring Syrian town of Tadmor. He traveled there with a delegation that was the very first group of international civilians to view the site in the aftermath of the battle that took place there.
Regulations on seat belts and smoking for Palestinians in the West Bank may be good for their health, but they were imposed by a government they didn’t get to vote for. Another reminder of oppression of occupation.
In Palestine, as in the rest of the Arab world, many are turning to religion in response to the failure of the various liberation and nationalist or socialist projects. Some practice a religious-inspired political quietism or wait for an apocalyptic solution for the existing impasse.
In mid-November, people will gather in Cambridge, Mass, to examine the lessons of the anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa in an effort to build more effective political campaign to influence Congress today. A conference organized by Peace Action will examine the current state of US politics and policy regarding Israel-Palestine, assess the growing partisan divide on the issue and take concrete steps to organize on-going efforts based in each Massachusetts Congressional district.
When Senator Elizabeth Warren began spouting Likud talking points– that Hamas welcomed civilian deaths and the US should not sanction Israeli settlement construction — her progressive base was shocked. That’s why they confronted her at a talk at Tufts earlier this week.