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Amos Oz’s daughter offers ‘the best possible justification of Zionism’ at DC memorial

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Fania Oz-Salzberger at her father's memorial in Washington, March 31. Temple Sinai, Washington. Photo taken from J Street's twitter feed.

The late Israeli author Amos Oz thought that Palestinians who wanted to return to the homes their grandparents were forced to flee in Israel suffered from a disease called “Reconstritis,” as did settlers who sought a biblical transformation of the West Bank. At a Washington memorial service for the author, his daughter Fania Oz-Salzberger cited the malady in extolling Zionism as a force that saved millions of Jewish lives.

Israeli lawmaker targeting dissidents praises… Joe McCarthy’s ‘every word’

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Ofir Akunis Joe McCarthy Haaretz, on the case: Likud MK Ofir Akunis, who sponsored the bill to limit foreign funding to Israeli human rights organization, stood behind Senator Joseph’s McCarthy’s actions in the 1950s. Speaking on Sunday on the “London and Kirshenbaum” television show on Channel 10, Akunis said McCarthy – who in the 1950s […]

Miko Peled on free speech and Zionism

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Miko Peled says that you cannot believe in free speech and then say that it is criminal to deny the Holocaust. And he says that racists should be denied platforms on the left– and that includes Zionists.

Brandeis students disrupt town-hall meeting with Israeli Knesset members

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Protesters wore shirts with the word “Apartheid” on them written in Hebrew. (Photo: Tess Scheflan/ Activestills.org) From a Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine press release: Newton, MA – On Monday, March 26th 2012, members of Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine (BSJP), together with Waltham and Boston area Palestine solidarity activists, disrupted a Town Hall Meeting with […]

A burning Zionist and non-Zionist debate the settlements

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In an interview with the “burning Zionist” Jonathan Møller Sousa on Danish media, non-Zionist Jonathan Ofir shows that the two-state solution has been made impossible by Israeli colonization of occupied territories, and that occupation is actually manageable. All because the international community does nothing to enforce its demands.

Why Israel wants us to say ‘terror’

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Based on the responses he has received it is clear that Jonathan Ofir’s latest article questioning the whole label of “terror” touched a raw nerve with Israelis and Israel supporters. Ofir asks, what is that nerve really? And why is it so offensive?

ADL’s Greenblatt says ‘murdering people in a mosque’ has never happened before

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Jonathan Greenblatt of the ADL will always cut Zionists a break on the standards he applies to others. Today he said of New Zealand mosque killings, “This act of violence really doesn’t have a precedent as far as we know, murdering people in a mosque.” He conveniently forgot the slaughter of 29 Muslims in Palestine by a Jewish settler in 1994.

Netanyahu says Israeli snipers are doing ‘holy work’

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Days after an Israeli human rights group urged soldiers to refuse orders to shoot at Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip along the fence that divides the occupied territory from Israel, a group of left-wing Israeli activists approached soldiers stationed along the border and called them “terrorist.”

NYT decontextualizes (ethnically-cleansed) Jaffa in hipster fashion piece

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Jaffa was once the pride of Palestinian culture, the bride of the sea. Then it was ethnically cleansed in 1948, by Zionist terrorist militias. A lot of the folks who lived there are in Gaza. You’d never know any of this from watching this new video of hipsters in Jaffa, on the NYT website, “Free […]

Why Israeli elections don’t make a difference

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz

Jonathan Ofir says Israeli elections are simply a reflection of the Zionist ethnic cleansing program, and that is why they will never create meaningful change.

Palestinian hunger strike spreads outside prison walls, but JVP says NYT hasn’t kept pace

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Palestinian hunger strikers entered their 25th day of strike on Thursday. While the protest for improved conditions inside of Israeli prisons for Palestinian detainees kicked off with an op-ed in the New York Times by strike leader and Palestinian prisoner, Marwan Barghouti, Jewish Voice for Peace says the Times has not kept up with the story. In the weeks since 1,500 Palestinian detainees announced they were on strike, multiple solidarity campaigns have launched and a Palestinian cartoonist is touring the U.S. speaking about the plight of prisoners.

Israeli defense minister Lieberman calls Palestinian lawmaker a ‘terrorist’

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The leader of the Israeli political party the Joint List, Ayman Odeh, referred a demand Thursday to the Government Judicial Advisor to open an investigation against the Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman due to suspicion of incitement to violence, when he referred to Member of Knesset Hanin Zoabi as a terrorist.

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.

Roger Cohen scares his readers: ‘the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state’

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Roger Cohen argues in the New York Times that the right of return is code for pushing Jews into the sea. Joseph Levine issues a challenge to Cohen and other liberal Zionists: “It’s time to stop the scare tactics, stop using loaded language about “destruction” and “throwing into the sea” and face the consequences: either defend liberal democracy consistently or admit that one is willing to sacrifice it for ethnic nationalism.”

Palestinians protest outside Ofer prison as hunger strikers’ story breaks into US media

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The three buses of students from Bir Zeit arrived to join protesters at #ofer. About 200 protesters are here now. — Abir Kopty(@AbirKopty) February 19, 2013 Palestinians protest in solidarity with hunger strikers outside Ofer prison, clash w/Israeli forces Feb 19,2013 As international pressure intensifies over Israel’s inhumane administrative detention policy, hundreds of Palestinians rallied […]

Report: Palestinian prisoners reach deal to end historic hunger strike

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A protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners outside Ofer prison. (Photo: Anne Paq/Activestills) UPDATE: Ma’an reports that Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahla have not yet decided whether to end their strike, which could impact the deal: Ofir Gendelman, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told Ma’an that all prisoners must end the hunger strike […]

About Mondoweiss

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Mondoweiss is an independent website devoted to informing readers about developments in Israel/Palestine and related US foreign policy. We provide news and analysis unavailable through the mainstream media regarding the struggle for Palestinian human rights. Founded in 2006 as a personal blog of journalist Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss grew inside the progressive Jewish community and has […]

Khader Adnan ends strike and will be released in April, under reported deal

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Palestinians in the West Bank demonstrating in today’s general strike. (Photo: Alaa Badarneh/EPA) Israeli officials today offered hunger striker Khader Adnan a deal for his release. Adnan was in his 66th day of protest against an administrative detention order. An Israeli authority confirmed to Reuters: ‘There is a deal. [Khader Adnan] will stop his hunger strike. […]

John Kerry picked the wrong timeline for the Jewish state

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After 100 years, the Jewish State has come full circle to comprise all of historical Palestine. As John Kerry notes, the choice in such a case is only between Apartheid or democracy, but he thinks there is a tomorrow. His timeline is wrong.