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After Trump executive order, GOP lawmaker tries to get Georgetown funding pulled over ‘anti-Israel, pro-Islamist’ bias

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On December 11, President Trump signed an executive order that effectively weaponizes antisemitism as a cudgel to beat back BDS activities on college campuses. The order threatens to withhold federal funding from universities if the government determines that they’ve failed to prohibit discrimination. Trump’s move was barely announced before a member of congress attempted to use the new playbook. Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) has sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos asking for Georgetown University to be investigated over its alleged anti-Israel bias.

Deja Vu: Israel to hold unprecedented third election cycle

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz

Israelis woke up on Thursday morning to what seemed like a bad case of deja vu. Plastered on their newspapers, TV and mobile screens, was news that many had hoped would never come: they would be heading into an unprecedented third election cycle.

Trump executive order marks culmination of deliberate strategy to stifle campus organizing for Palestinian rights

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UNC-Chapel Hill Students for Justice in Palestine, December 24, 2012. (Photo: Facebook)

Trump’s Executive Order empowering the federal government to crack down on campus organizing for Palestinian rights under the guise of combating antisemitism was not issued on a whim but as the culmination of a deliberate strategy to stifle pro-Palestinian solidarity. On the campaign trail, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman menacingly pledged that “the Trump administration will ask the Justice Department to investigate coordinated attempts on college campuses to intimidate students who support Israel.”

MP Candidate Gordon Gregory: Israel has ‘no reason to stop occupying’

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Gordon Gregory (Photo: Facebook)

Gordon Gregory, a Tory candidate for Parliament in the upcoming UK election, tells Shahd Abusalama, “If the violence from Palestine stopped then the Israel would have no reason to attack.  But whilst attacks are continuing and the existence of Israel is not accepted, they have no reason to stop occupying.”

The Trump administration has declared war on the Palestine solidarity movement

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President Trump is on the verge of signing an executive order aimed at cracking down on the campus Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The order recognizes Judaism as a nationality and uses a civil rights loophole that will allow the government to withhold funding from schools that failed to effectively crack down on discrimination, which in this case might mean criticism of Israel. “This is a baldfaced attempt to silence the movement for Palestinian rights on college campuses – something that has been at the top of the Trump administration’s agenda,” said Palestine Legal director Dima Khalidi says.

Biden hits Sanders on proposed Israel policy, says conditioning military aid is ‘bizarre’

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“In terms of Bernie and others who talk about dealing with Zionism, I strongly support Israel as an independent Jewish state,” said Biden, “The idea that I’d withdraw military aid, as others have suggested, from Israel, is bizarre. I would not do that. It’s like saying to France, ’Because you don’t agree with us, we’re going to kick you out of NATO.”

House vote on two-state solution shows Congress more divided than ever over Israel

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

The vote last week on H.Res.326 reveals Congress to be more divided than ever in its approach to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Almost all Republicans now back Israel’s one-state apartheid rule over the Palestinian people, whereas most Democrats still give lip-service to Palestinian statehood without being willing to pressure Israel toward this end. However, Josh Ruebner writes that things are changing for the better within the Democratic caucus as a few Representatives bravely challenge the two-state paradigm and test the waters for conditioning aid to Israel.

Omar, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez, and Pressley only Dems to oppose Israel resolution that omits all mentions of occupation

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In a Twitter thread, Rep. Omar detailed her opposition to the resolution. “The goal of these changes was clear: to pass a resolution that will not actually bring a resolution to this conflict,” she wrote, “That’s why the resolution doesn’t have support from Palestinians in Congress or Palestinian advocates. We are told to swallow these changes in the name of ‘pragmatism.’ But there is nothing “pragmatic” about a vote that makes peace unachievable.”

The challenges of parenting in Palestine

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Boshra Jabr shows a picture of her daughter and nieces in her home in the West Bank city of Hebron. (Photo: Megan Giovannetti)

Raising a three-year-old can be challenging for any parent. But parenting in Palestine comes with its own set of obstacles that extend far beyond answering tough questions.

Israel’s plan to build new settlement atop Hebron market evokes painful memories for residents

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Shuhada Street (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)

Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennet, of the ultra nationalist “New Right” party, said on Sunday that a new settlement would be built on top of Hebron’s once bustling fruit and vegetable market, now referred to by locals as a ghost town. “The American government gave the greenlight to the Israelis to build settlements without consequence,” Mufeed al-Sharabati tells Mondoweiss.

Palestinian teen is shot dead in army attack near Hebron settlements

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Badawi Khaled al-Masalma, 18, from IMEMC.

Israeli soldiers opened fire on three Palestinian civilians near a settlement west of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. Badawi Khaled al-Masalma, 18, was seriously wounded and Palestinian medics were not allowed to approach him for several minutes. He later died.

Palestinian shot in back amid laughter in shocking video comes forward

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Karam Qawasmi recounts being shot by laughing Israeli soldiers

Karam Qawasmi, a Palestinian man who was recorded last year in a shocking encounter where he was shot in the back while walking away from the camera with his arms stretched above his head, has come forward with new allegations of abuse surrounding the incident. 

Israel holds a US scholar in administrative detention, as colleagues demand his release

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“It’s a crime that the Israeli military would pull a gentle soul like Ubai [Aboudi] out of his home in front of his family in the middle of the night,” Noam Chomsky said in a joint statement published by Scientists for Palestine. “They are clearly sending a signal to anyone who works with Palestinian civil society.” The group seeks the release of political economist Aboudi, arrested by Israel on November 13 and held in administrative detention.