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If billionaires have no right to exist, what about Israel?

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Should billionaires exist? Phil Weiss says the question of the day echoes and exposes the famous question, Does Israel have a right to exist? “The issue ought to be dealt with in the same detached manner as Sanders and others have handled the billionaire question,” Weiss writes.

A Lawsuit, a Resolution, and The Democrats!

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The Shift, a weekly politics newsletter from Mondoweiss that takes you the front lines in the battle over Palestine in U.S. politics.

In the first installment of The Shift, Mondoweiss U.S. correspondent Michael Arria looks at free speech on campus, the Democrats and AIPAC, a surprising declaration from Cambridge, Mass, and other recent political news you might have missed.

UN releases database of companies operating in illegal West Bank settlements

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After countless delays, the UN released the highly-anticipated database of companies that operate in Israel’s hundreds of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Among the international businesses listed are several companies in the travel industry previously known to operate in settlements, like Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia, and TripAdvisor. American food manufacturer General Mills and telecommunications giant Motorola Inc. are also on the list.

Trump cuts last remaining aid to PA to coerce acceptance of annexation plan

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The Trump administration has dealt another blow to the the flailing Palestinian Authority (PA) in the form of more budget cuts, this time to the PA’s security forces. It is understood that future funding is contingent upon the PA accepting Trump’s “peace plan” that was released two weeks ago, which they have categorically rejected.

Time to ditch US as peace broker: Abbas

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Palestinian protesters wave national flags during a rally in support of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and against US President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on February 11, 2020. Photo by Oday Deybes/ WAFA

Addressing diplomats in New York, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas proposed an “international mechanism” to replace the Americans as the sole broker of negotiations with Israel.

Will Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren attend the AIPAC conference?

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Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in Jan. 14, 2019. screenshot.

“Well if I do go — I don’t think I am, I don’t think it’s going to be on my schedule — but you know, I have no objection to going, but the question is what I say when I get there. That’s the point. And what I will say is something that I have said for years, and I speak as somebody who’s Jewish, and that is we need a foreign policy in this country, we need a Mideast policy which absolutely protects the integrity and the independence and safety of Israel, but also understands that the Palestinian people have needs and they have got to be treated with respect and dignity. And that is not the case right now. So that is my view. We will treat all people with respect and dignity.”

Lis Harris wanted to understand How Israel had gone this way

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Lis Harris

Lis Harris, author of the superb new book, “In Jerusalem,” spent years trying to learn why Israel has become such an illiberal society. “I don’t believe the problem was started in ‘67 or ‘48 but from the beginning in the Not thinking of the people who were there and what you were doing to them, and what their rights were. It wasn’t always necessarily malign. But it was arrogant.”

More than Apartheid

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A Palestinian stands on his property overlooking the Israeli settlement Har Homa, West Bank, February 18, 2011. (Photo: UPI/Debbie Hill)

The “Deal of the Century” has reinvigorated the discourse naming Israel’s practices as apartheid, but Nada Elia says we must push for a denunciation of the entire scope of the initial catastrophe that befell Palestinians last century, rather than its recent manifestations.

The week since the plan: Israel pushes annexation, trade war with PA, and attacks on Gaza

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Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni. (Photo: Twitter/@IsraeliPM)

It’s been a whirlwind of a week in Palestine following the release of the Trump ‘Deal of the Century.’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s overeagerness to move forward with annexation has hit a few bumps in the road; the Palestinians are on the brink of a potential trade war with Israel; Israel has begun normalizing relations with more regional powers; tensions with Gaza spiked again; and Netanyahu quietly pushes for a population transfer of Palestinian citizens of Israel in the north.

Mondoweiss is Hiring – Individual Giving Manager

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Mondoweiss is now hiring.

Mondoweiss is hiring an Individual Giving Manager. Inspired to build relationships with donors, the Individual Giving Manager will help increase ​Mondoweiss​’s capacity to inform the public about human rights in Palestine. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting February 21; please apply as soon as possible.

The ‘Deal of the Century,’ an architecture of exclusion

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General view of the wall of separation between Ramallah and Jerusalem, July 9, 2012. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/APA Images)

President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century,” much like his presidency, is a morbid joke. Sadly, however, the punchline running centerstage in this theater of the absurd is set to come at the expense of the Palestinians.

Democratic Party draws a line in the sand on Israel in naming platform committee

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The DNC’s list of nominees to the platform committee ahead of the 2020 convention is stacked with pro-Israel advocates, including rightwingers with AIPAC connections. The DNC is planning to battle against the progressive wing on Israel, opposing BDS and with all its guns a-blazin. If you wonder why Buttigieg and Warren seem to have tempered their criticisms of Israel, this is why.