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‘Till the soldiers return the keys’: unyielding resistance in Palestine and Kashmir

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Kashmiri children walk past Indian paramilitary troopers as they stand guard during curfew and restrictions in downtown Srinagar, November 11, 2016. (Photo: Tauseef Mustafa/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Even though these differences exist between the histories of India and Israel, Kashmiris have expressed solidarity with Palestine because of a sense of resonance with their own experiences. While effective United Nations interventions are needed for Kashmiris and Palestinians, their resistance against these settler/(post) colonial projects continue.

Israeli activists to Ayanna Pressley – Palestinians are equally deserving of your solidarity

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Ayanna Pressley at a rally for Elizabeth Warren in Cambridge, MA (Photo: Flickr)

Israeli BDS activists write to Rep. Ayanna Pressley: “We were disappointed to learn of your recent vote in favor of HR 246. Your condemnation of the BDS movement – a global, grassroots-based, non-violent campaign for equality in human rights does not do justice to your relentless work for human rights and human dignity for marginalized populations.”

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.

Like Israeli settlers, white mass shooters are a manifestation of their society

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CCTV images of the gunman identified as Patrick Crusius, 21, as he entered the Cielo Vista Walmart store in El Paso, YX. Crusius was armed with an assault rifle and opened fire on shoppers, killing 20.

Just as there is an understanding amongst most progressive Americans that Israeli settlers are simply the rogue manifestation of Israel’s official policy of expansionism and land theft, so we must understand that white killers are also a rogue manifestation of the US government’s inherent white nationalism.

Israeli pols merge parties, and right wing seems stronger than ever

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As Israeli elections approach, Avigdor Lieberman remains the kingmaker of a likely rightwing coalition. Even if the new leftleaning Democratic Union and center join up, they would need the Palestinian parties and Lieberman to create a majority bloc, and that is not going to happen, Jonathan Ofir observes.

Reflections from Gaza on anti-Semitic language

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Palestinian protesters join the Great March of Return at the Israel-Gaza border in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip

Haidar Eid writes Palestinians can never endorse anti-Semitism and looks at models within popular movements and supporters of BDS who have championed the rights of all and worked in partnership with Jewish supporters of Palestinian human rights.

If Ayanna Pressley wants to hear from ‘people closest to the pain’, she must listen to Palestinians

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Ayanna Pressley at a rally for Elizabeth Warren in Cambridge, MA (Photo: Flickr)

Nada Elia on Ayanna Pressley’s dangerous talking points on Palestine: “One cannot speak of the pain on ‘both sides’ of Israel’s war on the Palestinian people without being a normalizer of violent settler-colonialism that hinges on racism. It is tantamount to Trump’s claim that ‘there are fine people on both sides’ of rallies promoting white supremacy, and the protests against these displays of hatred.”

Five years on, a reporter from Gaza remembers the 2014 war

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Palestinians flee with their belongings from the Shejaiya neighborhood of the Gaza Strip, on August 19, 2014. (Photo: Ezz al-Zanoun/APA Images)

Five years on Hamza Abu al-Tarabeesh remembers the 2014 war in Gaza when he was a young journalist. That summer one of his senior editors was killed in an Israeli airstrike, and photojournalist he worked alongside lost a brother. “At the moment of impact the electricity cut, smoke and dust covered the office, and I heard shrapnel hitting the exterior. One of my colleagues started sobbing.”

‘Progressive’ votes on anti-BDS bill offer a political defense of the indefensible

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Rep Ro Khanna, D-Calif., speaks at a rally against Mike Pompeo's nomination for Secretary of State on April 11, 2018, in Washington.

David Lloyd writes that congressional resolutions that affirm the duplicitous language of Zionist lobbies and apologists for apartheid will have little impact on the continuing growth of the BDS movement, “but ‘progressives’ who endorse them stand to lose sight of what is crucial to all fundamental political change: the moral force of social movements out of which, from abolitionism to civil rights to BDS, all substantial transformation has come.”

Israeli house demolitions are the true crime — not BDS

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Destruction and theft of Palestinian property by Israel is an indisputable violation of international law, and it’s why the BDS movement exists. Democrats and Republicans dispute many issues but are amazingly united against BDS. If only they could work in such a bipartisan fashion to solve many of the problems in our own country, rather than to protect a foreign state oppressing millions of indigenous people.

Christians need to know Jewish opposition to Zionism is on the rise

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Part of the Jewish Voice for Peace delegation at the 221st Presbyterian General Assembly in Detroit who worked in solidarity with Presbyterian groups on divestment from companies profiting off the Israeli occupation.

Steve France says Carolyn L. Karcher’s new book ‘Reclaiming Judaism From Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation’ opened his eyes to Jewish opposition to Zionism, and says his fellow Christian should take note: “our continued silence is based on the false assumption that Jewish Americans remain virtually unanimous in supporting Israel – or at least not openly criticizing Israel – we non-Jews are actually helping keep Jews silent.”

No place for the ADL

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Anti-Defamation League CEO and national director Jonathan Greenblatt. Credit: ADL.

A sobering number of progressive individuals, organizations, human resources departments, and media outlets have partnered with the ADL, because they do not know of its history of promoting racist practices. Nada Elia writes, “If there is to be ‘no place for hate’ in our communities, there should be no place for the ADL.”

Israelis celebrating the destruction of Palestine is nothing new

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The grotesque celebration by Israeli soldiers as they destroyed a Palestinian building in East Jerusalem is being treated as an aberration. But in fact there is a long history of Israelis celebrating the destruction of Palestine. 

Democrats line up with AIPAC, to stay on Israel’s side with 2020 looming

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Democrats voted 209-16 for a resolution that characterizes the nonviolent BDS campaign that targets Israel as bigoted. The Dems made the Israel lobby group AIPAC grateful for bipartisan support, and fought off Trump’s efforts to characterize Dems as “anti-Israel.” The vote demonstrates the importance of the Israel lobby for the 2020 presidential race, but if you call out the lobby the NYT will say you’re anti-semitic.

La Ahlan wala Sahlan: On Palestine’s unwelcoming reception to Arab normalizers

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A Palestinian child approaches Saudi blogger Mohammed Saud to spit on him as he visits the Old City of Jerusalem on an Israeli government delegation.

A delegation of Saudi, Emirati, Egyptian, and Iraqi journalists on an Israeli government-organized trip to the old city of Jerusalem were met with jeers and insults by onlooking Palestinians. Haidar Eid asks, “La Ahlan wala Sahlan. (You are not welcome) Such words are rarely uttered in Palestine. But what was the delegation expecting?”

Where should Palestinians stand on the protests by Ethiopian Jews inside Israel?

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Israeli police officers in Jerusalem's old city on October 15, 2015. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Ahmad Al-Bazz writes Palestinians realize that the recent wave of protests by Ethiopian Jews over the killing of a 19 year-old Ethiopian-Israeli man by an off-duty police officer is a natural consequence of the racism against them by the Ashkenazi majority. But the hard question here is: how should a colonized people think about the oppression of a segment of their colonizers?

Qatar is becoming Gaza’s only reliable donor, but the massive cash influx is still only a band-aid

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A Palestinian man rides his motorcycle in front of the image of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, adorn's a barrier where a project funded by Qatar is under construction, in Gaza City on October 21, 2012. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Qatar first began funding Gaza in 2012, in conjunction with the rise to power of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and has since sent more than $1 billion. But the Gaza Strip suffers from the world’s highest rate of unemployment and poverty, and Qatari money hasn’t reduced the decline. “To really address the humanitarian crisis, we need to find solutions, not just temporary relief,” says Yahya Qaoud, a political researcher with the Palestinian Center for Policy Research and Strategic Studies.

It’s about the Benjamins — Trump’s smearing of congresswomen demonstrates Israel’s influence in US politics

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Images of Reps. Rashida Tlaib (l) and Ilhan Omar

Donald Trump’s charge that four congresswomen are Israel haters is a political tactic aimed at taking pro-Israel donors away from the Democratic Party. Liberals set the table for Trump’s racist comments by roundly condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar as anti-semitic, when she was addressing an important issue in US politics: the role of the Israel lobby in setting foreign policy in the Middle East.

How the Goliath of the Jerusalem settler movement persuaded the world it’s really David

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An Israeli settlement in Silwan, September 2015. (Photo: silwanic.net)

Israeli police forced out the Siyam family from their home in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem last week, the final chapter in their 25-year legal battle against a powerful settler organisation. The family’s defeat represented much more than just another eviction. It was intended to land a crushing blow against the hopes of some 20,000 Palestinians living in the shadow of the Old City walls and Al Aqsa mosque.