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‘We Beyond the Fence’–Why I partnered with an Israeli journalist to share stories from Gaza

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Palestinian children in Gaza City, on January 20, 2014. (Photo: Ashraf Amra)

Ahmed Alnaouq, a Palestinian from Gaza whose brother was killed by Israeli forces, explains what motivated him to pair up with an Israeli journalist, Yuval Abraham, and co-launch a project that brings first-person narratives from Palestinians to an Israeli audience: “Translating the stories published by We Are Not Numbers into Hebrew offers unfiltered content straight from Gaza to all Israelis willing to try to understand.”

Opposing Settlements While Supporting Injustice: Progressive Jews and the World Zionist Congress

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An advertisement for voting in the 2020 US Election for the 38th World Zionist Congress. (Image: American Zionist Movement)

Voting for the 38th World Zionist Congress begins today, and progressive Zionist organizations in the US are encouraging American Jews to vote for their slate. Donna Nevel says the elections themselves illustrate the racism and inequity of Zionism: “Participating in the World Zionist Congress elections under the banner of progressive values effectively whitewashes Zionism’s impact on Palestinians. These elections don’t begin to tackle Israel’s unjust, apartheid system and its underlying Zionist ideology, but, rather, feeds that system and ideology and gives them more roots.”

On ‘missed opportunities’

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Photo-op at Camp David with President Clinton, Chairman Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak, July 11, 2000. (Courtesy: William J.Clinton Presidential Library)

The myth that the Palestinians keep “missing opportunities” for peace is being revived from Jared Kushner, to Tony Blair, to Mohammed bin Salman.

Peace is out. Good.

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Peace protesters in Israel

Noted Israeli peace organizations are closing, and Yossi Gurvitz thinks this is a good thing. “We’ll need to talk about 1948,” Gurvitz writes. “This will not be easy to Israelis, but we won’t get anywhere without it. And we cannot bring it up if we keep speaking of peace instead of justice. So let the old organization dismantle.”

Why India’s Hindu nationalists worship Israel’s nation-state model

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The Modi-Bibi bonhomie rests on much more than personal chemistry, or even the Israeli military-industrial complex’s significant role in servicing Indian needs. It is rooted in the profound admiration of generations of Hindu nationalists for Zionism and its product, Israel, whose model of nation-state they seek to emulate in India.

Trump’s executive order on antisemitism is only meant to suppress Palestine solidarity on campus

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

The Trump administration’s executive order on antisemitism signals a repressive state action—in effect, setting policy by executive fiat—and an increasingly hostile limit on speech. It will give permission to those university administrations who wish to suppress Palestine solidarity activity rather than make a strong defense of academic freedom.

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.

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.

The ICC will likely throw out Palestine’s case for war crimes, Norman Finkelstein says

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Norman Finkelstein says that the International Criminal Court crossed a “Rubicon” when it announced a formal investigation of Israeli war crimes in Gaza and its ongoing settlement project, but that the ICC will likely use a technicality, that Palestine has no standing as a state, to throw out the case. The real battle will be in public opinion, and the case may help force the reckoning inside the Democratic Party.

The last decade brought the conflict to the U.S., and that is progress

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

The assault on BDS in the US and the rise of Democratic Party organizations to support Israel are evidence of the progress on the Palestine issue in the U.S. in the last decade. At last the matter is politicized. Some Democratic pols openly support Palestinian rights. This is where the struggle really needs to be, in Washington; and we can thank Benjamin Netanyahu and Bari Weiss for the damage they’ve done to their own cause.

Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to Tunisia cemetery exemplifies defamation campaign against him

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Jeremy Corbyn’s appearance at the Tunis cemetery, remembering 72 killed by Israel in 1985 terrorist attack, was quite consistent with his decades-long condemnation of all bigotry and violence, and was one of his many unforgivable humanizations of Palestinians. He refused to adopt the mandatory fictions that Israel only kills civilians accidentally and only kills at all in self-defense

What India’s Prime Minister Modi can teach us about Zionism

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a helicopter tour of Israel in 2017 (Photo: Israel Government Press Office)

India’s Prime Minister Modi, his ruling BJP party, the RSS movement, and their intertwined actions can teach us all a lot about what Zionism is, how how both Zionism and Hindutva work to create and defend an exclusivist, ethno/sectarian-nationalist state.

ICC moves on Palestine investigation – yet drags its feet

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International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda surely felt compelled to announce an investigation of Israel’s conduct in the occupation so as not to appear to be completely failing her job, but her referral of a “question” concerning the “territory” under jurisdiciton to a “Pre-trial Chamber” of the court risks dragging this process out by months, maybe even years.

Understanding Canada’s ‘orphan vote’ at the United Nations

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Justin Trudeau at NATO Engages: The Brussels Summit Dialogue in July 2018 (Photo: Wikimedia)

Canada recently voted to support “the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination” at the UN. The move broke with the country’s decade-old tradition of steadfast support for Israel at the UN by either voting against or abstaining on these resolutions. Marion Kawas looks at the motives behind the vote, and whether it is a sign of change for the Trudeau government.

Bernie supporters: talk about Palestine, or succumb to the smears

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(Cartoon: Carlos Latuff)

Critics are starting to smear Bernie Sanders as antisemitic in the same manner that Jeremy Corbyn was attacked in the U.K. Shelby Shoup says we have to learn from Labour’s failure to categorically reject the conflation of antisemitism and anti-Zionism (or even mere criticism of Israel) or we are doomed to repeat their mistakes and succumb to the smear campaign. We cannot shy away from centering Palestinian freedom in our movement.