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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. 

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.