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47Soul in DC: Shamstep is on the move

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On a wintery Friday night in Washington DC the Palestinian electronic debke band 47Soul plays a sold-out club show at the Tropicalia. Kim Jensen interviewed the band about their music that fuses elements of electronic dance, trance, reggae, and rock with Palestinian percussion and the mijwiz—a traditional Arab reed instrument—driving the vibe. “That sound deserves to be international,” guitarist and vocalist Hamza Arnaout tells Jensen. “I want it to be part of our music. Maybe later on it will contribute to the bigger pool of consciousness in pop music.”

Intersectionality and Israel’s transnational violence

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Zionism has traditionally enabled the oppression of diverse population groups globally. Denijal Jegic writes that intersectional and transnational analyses of Zionism are thus inevitable as they help disclose the crucial relationship between Israel’s various victims, dispel the myth of an alleged “Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” explain Zionism as a transnational imperialist-colonialist force, and eventually strengthen de-colonial resistance.

Palestine and the Climate Crisis 

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The urgency of the global climate crisis makes it imperative for social justice movements to come to grips with, and confront it in some way. Nowhere is the environmental impact more connected to injustice and oppression than in Palestine.

Now Chad, then Mali: Why African countries are normalizing with Israel

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It is not the road to Tel Aviv that Chad and Mali are seeking, but rather the road to Washington itself. For African leaders who enjoy no democratic credence, a handshake with Netanyahu could be equivalent to a political life insurance, and a sure ticket to the Washington political club.

Don’t use the murder of my family members to suppress criticism of Israel

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A woman places flowers on an impromptu memorial at the Tree of Life synagogue where 11 worshipers were murdered during Saturday's shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 28, 2018. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

Two of Chad Rosenbloom’s family members were murdered by Robert Bowers during the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Following the massacre Rosenbloom soon observed how their deaths would be exploited by those seeking to justify Israeli oppression of the Palestinians. He writes, “Using the deaths of my family members and the nine other victims to suppress criticism of, and activism around, Israeli policy disgraces their memory and obfuscates this essential truth.”

Jewish stones are better than Palestinian stones

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Many rabbis are openly supporting the Jewish youths who are suspected of throwing the stones that killed 48-year-old Palestinian mother Aisha al-Rabi. Will their stones be treated like Palestinian stones? “A stone thrower is a terrorist,” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said in 2015, speaking of Palestinians.

Gideon Levy vs Benny Morris – and the fight for the soul of the one-state

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Israeli historian Benny Morris tells Gideon Levy that one state means a future of genocide and ethnic cleansing for Israeli Jews, thereby dehumanizing Palestinians as murderous, wild animals, when history tells us Palestinians are angry over ethnic cleansing and discrimination and when those conditions end, we can struggle toward one state with equality.

What the ‘Irish famine’ genocide teaches us about Palestine

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The British took advantage of the potato famine to try to halve the population of its Irish colony, and prevent resistance, and nearly two centuries later the story can be told. But Avigail Abarbanel writes that “we see another such case unfolding in Palestine right in front of our noses and no one is doing anything about it.”

Shoshana takes Jaffa: a cold Brechtian rendition of a hot rococo adventure

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Shoshana, an American in Palestine visits Jaffa and finds that it’s different from the movies, “I don’t like Jaffa. In my all-consuming Palestine obsession, I find it frustratingly Israeli. I hear so much Arabic but see no Palestinian flags. It feels generalized and deracinated.”

A teacher’s look at Birthright’s study abroad course description

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Last year Birthright began offering academic study abroad programs to U.S. college students. Educator Liz Rose writes about the course descriptions and what they say about how Birthright represents Israel and Palestinians: “Israel is represented as minding its own business, just trying to survive. Students are told they will talk with the Jewish residents near Gaza, but they won’t speak with Gazans or hear their perspective.”

Amos Oz was the wizard of liberal-Zionist zealotry

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The late Amos Oz’s lecture from last year, translated and analyzed by Jonathan Ofir, is a summary of his political credo: Palestinians suffer from the “illness” of “Recontritis,” the desire to return to a land that has disappeared. And Zionists must use violence to maintain their own place on that land.

Australian Labor Party commits to recognizing Palestine

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Two weeks ago the Australian Labor Party unanimously passed a resolution committing to recognize an independent state of Palestine if the left faction takes over the government in elections this coming May.

The top stories of 2018

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David Rothkopf on the Israeli response to the Great Return March.

Happy new year from Mondoweiss! Here are our ten most read articles in 2018. This year we published more than 2,250,000 words across 1,254 articles which sparked more than 28,000 comments. If you appreciate what we do please considering becoming a supporter today to help us continue to grow our coverage of these critical issues. If you donate before the end of 2018 your donation will be MATCHED, doubling your impact.

Searching for Palestine in Lebanon

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Marion Kawas’ return to Lebanon came with disappointments, “In many areas, there is nothing left to recognize from 45 years ago, especially given the destruction that occurred during the years of the devastating civil war and the subsequent 1982 Israeli military invasion.”

Between hopefulness and despondency (and nostalgia for the First Intifada)

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Palestinian activists of the First Intifada believed they would succeed in achieving their national rights. “Our leadership was aligned with our demands and suffered alongside us,” Nadia Naser-Najjab recalls. “There was no elite class benefiting from the colonial power.” She says Palestinian leadership must challenge colonialism, not cooperate with it.

‘NYT’ calls out AIPAC and ADL for assault on free speech criticizing Israel

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B.D.S. has “gathered steam despite bitter opposition from the Israeli government,” a New York Times editorial says, warning that Israel and its friends are attacking “bedrock” US principles of dissent in pushing anti-boycott legislation as part of the federal spending bill. An ACLU lawsuit against a similar law in Texas is publicizing the Israel lobby’s efforts to curb American free speech.