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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. 

Kahane the prophet

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On a visit to Tel Aviv, scholar Yakov Rabkin finds that the extreme nationalist appeals of Meir Kahane, once ostracized in Israeli politics, are now mainstream. Kahane grasped the brutal logic of settler colonialism and had the courage to make it explicit. Time proved him right.

Pro-Palestine campus groups are being targeted via federal complaints thanks to the Trump administration

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File photos of UMass Amherst Students for Justice in Palestine protesting, July 11, 2014. (Photo: UMass Amherst Students for Justice in Palestine/Facebook)

Last month, two civil rights complaints were filed against Columbia University in the wake of the Trump administration’s recent executive order on campus antisemitism. The Lawfare Project launched one complaint on behalf of an Israeli-American student who claims he was a victim of “systematic discrimination” from professors and pro-Palestine groups such as Students for Justice for Palestine and Columbia University Apartheid Divest.

Thank you for helping Mondoweiss start the new year in a strong position!

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Thanks to hundreds of generous supporters, we have surpassed our year-end goal! Your investment means Mondoweiss will share even more stories to advance change in 2020. The energy of those fighting for justice–and those trying to prevent it–has never been higher. Ths year, Mondoweiss will continue to deliver independent news and opinion to keep you and the rest of the world informed.

Killing Soleimani reflects U.S. desperation in the Middle East

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Funeral of Qasem Soleimani in Ahvaz, Iran on January 5, 2020. (Photo: Ayoub Hosseinsangi/Wikimedia)

Iran’s next move following the U.S. assassination of top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani will define the Iranian-US-Israeli relations in the region for years to come, and will further intensify the ongoing regional and international “Great Game”, on full display throughout the Middle East.

Assassination splits Israel supporters on party lines

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Trump’s decision to assassinate a leading Iranian official in Iraq yesterday has contributed to the split inside the Israel lobby in the United States. Republican Israel supporters celebrate the killing, and see it as destroying the last hope of saving the Iran deal. Many Democratic supporters of Israel are critical of the decision.

Trump risks a major war in an election year– why?

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Miriam and Sheldon Adelson present Trump with a menorah, Dec. 7, 2019. Israeli American Council national summit. Screenshot.

Donald Trump has campaigned against “never ending wars.” Tonight with an assassination in Iraq, he risks another one– putting his reelection in jeopardy, say some observers. Trump knows what he is doing, trying to please his biggest donor, Sheldon Adelson.

Buttigieg shifts on Israel, from conditioning aid to vague platitudes

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As he becomes a mainstream contender, Pete Buttigieg has shifted on the Israel Palestine issue. After saying directly that he would seek to condition aid to Israel if the country moves toward annexing the West Bank, the South Bend Mayor dodged this question entirely at the last debate, offering platitudes about the need for U.S. “leadership” in the world. 

Montana lawmaker returns from Israel trip drawing comparisons between Palestinians and Native Americans, but reaches wrong conclusions

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Shortly after returning from a trip to Israel, Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton shared a strange, meandering post on his website titled “We Were Here First.” In the post, Stapleton compares the Little Shell tribe of Chippewa in Montana to the Palestinians and draws a parallel between Israeli policies and those of Montana’s government.

The top 10 Mondoweiss stories of 2019

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Mondoweiss' Top Stories of 2019

Our top 10 stories in 2019 focused on BDS, the Democratic Party primary, Trump’s thus far secret Deal Of The Century peace plan, and the ongoing daily oppression of the Palestinian people. Hopefully 2020 will see justice for the Palestinian people. Let’s make it happen.

The last decade brought the conflict to the U.S., and that is progress

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib addressing the House of Representatives on H.Res.326.

The assault on BDS in the US and the rise of Democratic Party organizations to support Israel are evidence of the progress on the Palestine issue in the U.S. in the last decade. At last the matter is politicized. Some Democratic pols openly support Palestinian rights. This is where the struggle really needs to be, in Washington; and we can thank Benjamin Netanyahu and Bari Weiss for the damage they’ve done to their own cause.

MuzzleWatch: Israel-based Facebook effort targets Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

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Representative Rashida Tlaib and Representative Ilhan Omar

MuzzleWatch is a new Mondoweiss column that will focus on attempts to silence the voices, actions, and campaigns working for justice in Israel and Palestine. In the first installment, Rob Lipton looks at how Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have been targeted by a “vast international operation” that leverages Facebook far-right pages to “inflame Islamophobia for profit.”

A decade in review: Palestinians who stood out, and took a stand, over the last 10 years

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Palestinian protester hurls stones towards Israeli forces during clashes on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, in al-Bureij in the center of Gaza Strip on April 18, 2018. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

In most of the stories Mondoweiss has reported since 2010 – of popular resistance movements, boycott campaigns, and the strength of the human spirit — more often than not, there were brave Palestinians at the helm, risking everything for a brighter future for their people. Here are just a few of the Palestinian changemakers that stood out to us this past decade.

Imagine more radical possibilities: I hope you’re as inspired as I am by Jafar’s vision

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Yarden Katz translated a discussion in Tel Aviv between Palestinian activist Jafar Farah and Jewish activists Yael Barda and Meron Rapoport. Jafar gave brilliant rejoinders to a challenge from the audience–and his delivery of those words, in that Israeli-Jewish forum, was in itself a powerful act. But Jafar was also reminding us to also imagine more radical possibilities for the region as a whole.

Jews are safe ‘walking around the West Village’ only because Israel exists — Bari Weiss of ‘NYT’

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ews are only safe walking around the West Village because Israel exists, and it’s “insane” not to understand this, says Bari Weiss of the NYT. She also says Jewish donors should stop giving money to “prestige” schools so as to fight for Israel. “The idea that there are very wealthy Jews giving their money to places that actively employ antisemitic professors is astonishing to me,” she says.

They do endure, and they do overcome: alerting the world to those working for justice

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Palestine correspondent Yumna Patel writes: “When an international group that monitored human rights violations in Hebron was forced to leave, a group of Palestinian activists formed their own team of observers. ChangeMakers like these brave civilians keep me inspired in my reporting and motivated to tell their stories. Because we need to keep informing the world about their work, I’m asking you to make a contribution to Mondoweiss today. Your gift will help unlock a $100,000 challenge fund to expand and sustain our reporting.”

The captain returns: Gaza fisherman home after 18 months in an Israeli prison

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Suhail al-Amoudi with his grandson Mohammed after returning home.

A largely forgotten casualty of the Great Return March protests in the Gaza Strip quietly returned home in November after serving 18 months in an Israeli prison. Suhail al-Amoudi, 58, was the captain in the Freedom Boats 2, commanding one of three vessels in a flotilla that sought to break the Israeli naval blockade around Gaza.