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Even Bernie can’t square the circle of ‘progressive Zionism’

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Bernie Sanders’s call for reciprocity for Palestinians and Israelis in understanding the others’ narrative actually erases the Palestinian experience of Zionism and imposes a Zionist frame on the history of the conflict, Joseph Levine writes. Sanders’s concern for the “just claims” of Israeli Jews turns the moral and historical facts of the case upside down and show the incompatibility of his democratic Socialism and his Zionism.

Looking beyond ‘women and children’ in Gaza’s casualties

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Relatives of Palestinian Mohammed Shurrab, who was killed by an Israeli airstrike, mourn during his funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on November 14, 2019.

Nada Elia says that once again she is reading the statistics about casualties in Gaza and is deeply disturbed by the emphasis on the number of women and children. “This does not do the Palestinians any favor,” Elia writes, “as it inadvertently reinforces the racist Zionist narrative that treats every Palestinian man as a fighter, a militant, a terrorist.”

Any of us can be the next victim in Gaza

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Palestinians inspect the damaged house destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on November 14, 2019. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

“On Monday night I told myself I needed to sleep early in order to get up the next day to head to work as usual. I sat the alarm for 5:00 a.m. However, it was not the phone alarm that woke me. It was an Israeli airstrike targeting the home of Islamic Jihad senior commander Bahaa Abu al-Ata,” Aya Al Ghazzawi writes.

Another Election, Another War

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Israel has vigorously escalated its aggression in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza in the past several week and the timing could not be better for Netanyahu and his allies. Netanyahu is employing a tactic he has used time after time, with near consistent results, to stay in power: start a war in Gaza.

Why anyone who is Jewish and on the Left should have no problem voting for Jeremy Corbyn

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Guardian editor Jonathan Freedland’s latest attack on Jeremy Corbyn robs the charge of antisemitism of its real and important meaning. His broadside is a hodgepodge of assertions based on guilt-by-association and statements taken out of context. If 87 percent of British Jews now believe Corbyn is antisemitic it is because of the media parroting pro-Israel propaganda.

Inside the mind of an Israeli settler

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Yakov Berg, the CEO of Psagot Winery in the occupied West Bank.

David Kattenburg reports on the testimony of Yakov Berg, the CEO of Psagot Winery in the occupied West Bank, in a case pending before Canada’s Federal Court regarding the labeling of products made in the occupied territories. Berg says labeling his wine as anything other than a ‘Product of Israel’ would be discriminatory and antisemitic.

The shared trauma of Palestinian life

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Majed Abusalama is experiencing the trauma of Israel’s latest attack on Gaza, even if he doesn’t live there any longer. “All Palestinians endure ongoing trauma, stress, and fear even if we are exiled outside of colonized Palestine,” Majed Abusalama writes, “We all carry this package of pain and trauma.”

When a whole society supports a terrorist organization

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In Israel, the military is by far the most trusted institution. And though it terrorizes Palestinians daily, the fealty it gets from Jewish Israeli society serves as a shield against taking it to account.

Microsoft revealed to be funding Israeli surveillance on Palestinians

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The act of Palestinian activists covering their faces during anti-Israeli occupation rallies is an old practice that spans decades. Ramzy Baroud writes now Palestinians should be more worried than ever, as NBC discovered Microsoft has funded the Israeli firm AnyVision, which supplied the IDF with facial recognition software.

The Democrats finally confront military aid to Israel

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Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg at the Democratic debate held in Westerville, OH in October 2019. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Major presidential candidates are now supporting conditioning US aid to Israel. Josh Ruebner says it is up to us to support these candidates’ steps in the right direction while at the same time acknowledging that none of them go nearly far enough. “With continued education, determined and strategic organizing and mobilizing, we will get them there,” Ruebner writes.

Dershowitz lobbies for the criminal Israeli looter, Dan Gertler

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Dan Gertler, Israeli looter of oil assets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is too corrupt for the Trump administration, which has ruled that he cannot do business in the U.S. But Alan Dershowitz has now registered as a lobbyist for Gertler, presumably to argue for the removal of Treasury Department sanctions against Gertler as a “malign” actor.

Remembering Meir Shamgar, the chief legal architect of Israeli apartheid

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Still of Meir Shamgar from "The Law in These Parts" (Image:

Meir Shamgar, former president of the Israeli Supreme Court, passed away on October 19. Benjamin Netanyahu said he “played an important role in shaping Israel’s legal foundations, including the legal policy in Judea and Samaria,” and Dr. Uri Weiss agrees. “Judge Shamgar was the chief architect of the Israeli legal regime of occupation, settlement construction, and apartheid,” Weiss explains.

On Jared Kushner’s Palestinophobia

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Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner. (Photo: AP/Evan Vucci)

Jared Kushner told a conference of business leaders in Saudi Arabia that, “Israel is not the cause of all the suffering of the Palestinian people.” Haider Eid says Kushner’s combination of racism, Orientalism, and colonialism can only be described as “Palestinophobia.”

Anti-Zionism is celebrated on a New York Jewish stage, at Yivo panel on Bundism

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“We oppose Zionism. We oppose the role that Zionists play in the diaspora,” historian Jack Jacobs explains Bundism at the Yivo Institute in New York, on a breakthrough panel that included Molly Crabapple calling for one democratic state to whoops and applause and Jacob Plitman saying his Zionism was “shattered” after one encounter with Palestinians and learning their story.

Netanyahu gives up on forming government – for now

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Benjamin Netanyahu, March 2019. Israeli Government Press Office.

Benjamin Netanyahu has announced he is giving up on his mandate to form a new government following elections. The baton will now be passed to Benny Gantz – but he will likely fail as well. Unless something surprising happens, Israel is most likely headed to yet another national election.

The gas fields off Gaza: a gift or a curse?

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A Palestinian man stands next empty gas canisters at a natural gas station in Gaza City on April 13, 2011, as Gaza Strip suffers from the shortages of natural gas. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Thirteen years after the discovery of gas fields off the coast of Gaza, efforts to develop them remain deadlocked despite the international backing the project enjoys. Meanwhile, the besieged Gaza Strip suffers prolonged power cuts and the Palestinian economy bears a huge financial cost – as do the Western taxpayers keeping it afloat. Al-Shabaka Program Director Victor Kattan discusses the actors and amounts involved as well as the reasons why the project has stalled and recommends some policy options to break the deadlock.

Central American dictators use Jerusalem to sway U.S. policy

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The United States has given a pass on corruption to the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala in part because they have played the Jerusalem card: recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and opening offices there.

The two-state solution is a cruel delusion, and an idol in Washington

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The two state solution is dead. Sen. Chris Murphy on the Senate floor, Yousef Munayyer in Foreign Affairs, and Ian Lustick in a new book are the latest public figures to acknowledge as much. But Democratic presidential candidates liberal Zionists want to deny the one-state reality so as to maintain the dream of a Jewish democracy. Amplifying Palestinian voices is the only answer to this logjam.