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Liberal Zionists are ‘terrified’ (yet again) by Israel’s rightward shift

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Avigdor Lieberman meets with Benny Gantz, Sept. 23, 2019. From Gantz's twitter feed.

Benny Gantz support for annexing the Jordan Valley shows that the left is completely feckless in Israeli politics, and the only liberal hope is in Palestinian politicians. American liberal Zionists should accept that the two state solution is dead, and they should abandon the ideology that created apartheid: Zionism.

Opposing Settlements While Supporting Injustice: Progressive Jews and the World Zionist Congress

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An advertisement for voting in the 2020 US Election for the 38th World Zionist Congress. (Image: American Zionist Movement)

Voting for the 38th World Zionist Congress begins today, and progressive Zionist organizations in the US are encouraging American Jews to vote for their slate. Donna Nevel says the elections themselves illustrate the racism and inequity of Zionism: “Participating in the World Zionist Congress elections under the banner of progressive values effectively whitewashes Zionism’s impact on Palestinians. These elections don’t begin to tackle Israel’s unjust, apartheid system and its underlying Zionist ideology, but, rather, feeds that system and ideology and gives them more roots.”

Guantanamo’s indelible legacy

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U.S. Army Military Police escort a detainee to his cell January 11, 2001 in Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during in-processing to the temporary detention. The detainees will be given a basic physical exam by a doctor, to include a chest x-ray and blood samples drawn to assess their health, the military said. The U.S. Department of Defense released the photo January 18, 2002. (Photo: Petty Officer 1st class Shane T. McCoy/U.S. Navy)

Here are eight ways in which the toxic policies of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba have contaminated American institutions, as well as our laws and customs, in the 20 years since the first detainees arrived there.

Palestinian community orgs and ex-prisoners say the Arab Bank is closing their accounts

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The Arab Bank appears to be closing accounts of Palestinian community-based organizations and former prisoners due to a suit by Israelis alleging that the bank played a role in terrorist actions. “I never thought that being arrested by the occupation, simply for fighting for my rights as a Palestinian, would affect something so simple as trying to open a bank account,” Ahmad Salah says.

Science against all the odds: ‘Scientists for Palestine’ holds its third international conference

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Dr. Tarek Loubani demonstrating his stethoscope made by a 3 D printer on a conference participant. (Photo: Hubert Murray)

Hubert Murray reports from Cambridge, Massachusetts where Scientists for Palestine held their third international conference, this year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Another conclusion from witnessing this sophisticated and productive exchange of ideas is that despite the politically-imposed privations endured by Palestinian scientists (and of course the population as a whole) there is a corresponding ingenuity at prevailing against the odds,” Murray writes.

Israel is having its third election in a year because governments exclude Palestinian lawmakers

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The exclusion by Labor/Meretz of a Palestinian lawmaker in the next election list is a reminder of the racism in Israeli politics. The main reason Israeli politics are stalemated and the country is going to its third election in a year is Palestinians don’t really count in election totals; and the leading Jewish party is happy to cut a deal with other Jewish parties but refuses to deal seriously with the third largest party, the Joint List of Palestinian parties.

NY private school fires Jewish teacher for anti-Zionist statements

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Twice in the last two years, a Jewish history teacher has been forced out of a private NY high school due to anti-Zionist statements. Now: J.B. Brager at Fieldston. In Brager’s case and Joel Doerfler’s before, outraged Jewish donors to the schools are said to have pushed the school administrations to take a stand against anti-Zionism. 

GOP lawmakers are using recent attacks on Jews as an excuse to push anti-BDS, pro-Israel curriculum in public schools

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On January 9, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced H. Res. 782. The legislation, which is cosponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and David Kustoff (R-TN), would encourage “public schools to design and teach a curriculum about the history of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and the vital and historic importance of the Jewish State of Israel.” The bill also cites the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which it claims is spreading “rampant anti-Semitism” across college campuses.

In Zuabi’s ‘Grey Rock’, a Palestinian rocketman dreams of reaching the moon

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“Grey Rock,” a play by Amir Nizar Zuabi about a Palestinian television repairman who is secretly building a rocket in his shed to reach the moon, is about the right of Palestinians to escape their oppression and dream of great achievements. It is at the Public Theater in NY then at the Guthrie, and you should see it if you can.

After 15 years, Palestinians finally visit prized spring

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Women from a-Tuwani village fill containers with water from the Ein al-Beida spring for the first time in 15 years. (Photo: Miriam Deprez)

At daybreak Kefah Adra set out to fill a plastic container of water from a nearby spring, a morning errand she has not done in 15 years. Like many Palestinian towns in this southern region of the West Bank, a-Tuwani is hemmed in by Israeli settlements, which a decade and a half ago cut off access to her water source.