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Building our power for a free Palestine

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Preparing for 2020: Advocating for Rights, Justice, and Freedom in Palestine and Israel

The last five years have witnessed unprecedented change in the struggle for justice in Palestine. These changes offer opportunities that our movement needs to act on, particularly during the 2020 election cycle. 

Biased ‘NYT’ article on Tlaib/Omar trip says Democrats criticizing Israel will undermine US national security

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New York Times headquarters

A ‘New York Times’ analysis of the Israeli government’s refusal to allow two American congresswomen to visit the West Bank embraces a central claim of the Israel lobby, that bipartisan support for Israel is critical to US national security, and leaves out Trump’s largest donors, the Adelsons, for whom Israel is the overriding issue.

Political upheaval over Tlaib and Omar shows the power of BDS

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Representative Rashida Tlaib and Representative Ilhan Omar

By banning Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, Israel has created a political upheaval in the U.S., with many Americans now favoring cutting aid to the country. One thing achieved this result: The women support BDS, and they have demonstrated the power of the nonviolent campaign.

Tlaib refuses to ‘bow down to oppressive & racist policies,’ cancels Palestine trip over Israeli conditions

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Rashida Tlaib

US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib was told by Israel today that she could visit her family on the West Bank so long as she does not “promote boycotts against Israel” on the trip. She has refused the offer. “I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in–fighting against racism, oppression & injustice.”

Now is the time for the Democratic Party to stand up to Israeli racism

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Rep. Ilhan Omar and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP Images)

Democratic Party leaders’ responses to the Israeli decision to ban Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the latest sign of division between progressives and enablers of Israeli apartheid. Nada Elia says this division is rending the Democratic Party apart, and threatens to secure Trump a second term.

‘Tlaib and Omar gave us hope’: Decision to bar entry to congresswomen sparks anger and disappointment amongst Palestinians

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Palestinians are joining the chorus of international condemnation facing Israel for barring entry to US Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. “We are extremely disappointed and saddened that Rashida and her colleagues won’t be coming to visit us in Palestine,” Muhammad Tlaib, 44, a cousin of Congresswoman Tlaib and former mayor of her hometown in the West Bank, Beit Ur al-Fauqa, told Mondoweiss. “We wanted to show Rashida how proud we are of her and how much we appreciate her dedication to fighting Trump’s racism against the Palestinian people, and her efforts to fight against the occupation.”

Trump tweets Israel should ban Tlaib and Omar, says they ‘hate Jews’

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Hours after Israeli media reported Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib would not be allowed to enter the West Bank for a planned Congressional delegation, President Donald Trump tweeted Israel should deny the two entry, claiming “they hate Israel” and “all Jewish people.”

Netanyahu will fall in September, experts predict — unless Trump releases peace plan!

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Polling suggests that Netanyahu will fall from power in Israel’s September elections His Hail Mary to stay as prime minister and avoid indictment is that the Trump administration interferes, by releasing its peace plan, thereby putting pressure on Netanyahu’s rivals to make a government with him, says Evan Gottesman of Israel Policy Forum.

Israeli lawmakers to Congress: two-state solution far more dangerous to Israel than BDS

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Tzipi Hotovely waving an Israeli flag with the Dome of the Rock in the background, in a 2014 promotion

On August 12, Twenty-one Israeli lawmakers sent a letter to members of Congress criticizing a bill that condemned the boycott of Israel because it endorsed a two-state solution. “We would like to make our position clear that the establishment of a Palestinian state would be far more dangerous to Israel than BDS,” the letter reads.

Raja Shehadeh is disrespected in the United States– but he won’t give up on us!

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In a far-ranging interview, Palestinian author Raja Shehadeh relates how annoyed he is when American media read from the Zionist script and demand that he defend Hamas. He also talks about how difficult it is to maintain human relationships with Israelis when Israelis cannot confront the past of ethnic cleansing. And how the late Amos Oz patronized him…

Shocking report on leading Jews’ effort to defeat Rashida Tlaib

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A shocking report on a meeting organized by the Jewish Federations of Detroit at which powerbrokers said they were “socking away money” to defeat Rep. Rashida Tlaib because she supports boycott of Israel is evidence of “hate” and dehumanization of Palestinians, Rep. Tlaib says.

You stole the home of a people and you’re not even willing to say ‘sorry’

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Jafar Farah

Speaking in a public forum in Tel Aviv, Palestinian civil rights activist Jafar Farah responds to a question from a Zionist Israeli about the Jewish right to the land based on a two-thousand-year history: “In the last three thousand years, I didn’t expel you from here, I’m not responsible for this. It’s a chutzpah to lay the blame for that on me. My parents lived in Haifa and one day woke up and found that rather than 70,000 Palestinians they were merely 2,000. They try every day to rebuild themselves and deal with the trauma you’ve created for us. And yes, you have no right to expel another people because God promised you something.”

‘Unapologetic Palestinian’ Oday Aboushi leads by example in the NFL

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Oday Aboushi addresses the media at Detroit Lions training camp (Screenshot via

Mansur Shaheen profiles Oday Aboushi, the first player of Palestinian descent in the NFL. “Growing up Palestinian, [with] both parents Palestinian, they always instill the culture. That’s really shaped me as a man and my morals and current values that I have,” Aboushi tells Mondoweiss.