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Palestinian Youth to BLM: "We see you"
Palestine... Fully Furnished اخدوها مفروشة Akhaduha Mafroosheh
Supermodel Bella Hadid made headlines last week after confronting Instagram for deleting a photo she had reposted of her father’s U.S. passport, which listed “Palestine” as his birthplace. “Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram?” she wrote to her 31.5 million followers on the platform. “This, to me, is bullying. You can’t erase history by silencing people. It doesn’t work like that.”
We have followed the meteoric career of Bari Weiss with keen interest, admittedly often for the shock and humor value, and two days ago the meteor left The New York Times with a resignation letter that says she was made to feel unwelcome in the “illiberal” new political environment at the paper.
I hesitated to write about Weiss’s news. First, Weiss is such a gifted careerist that even this moment feels like shtik: Bari Weiss playing her own persecution for the greater glory of Bari Weiss, and– and, why play any part in that? Though I also found her letter persuasive about ways she was made to feel uncomfortable re the intolerance of the left. As a writer with leftwing goals, I know that if you stray from certain views you will bring down cascades of scorn, and it’s not good for independent thought. (In fact, it’s why I no longer have much interest in being an intellectual; there’s a sense that all the hard work’s been done already if you’re on the left, read from the script, mic check.)
The End of Zionism: Thoughts and Next Steps
An LGBTQ+ Pride rally in Israel isn’t political, apparently — until you wave the Palestinian flag. When I did so at Tel Aviv Pride last month, a homonationalist attendee first tried to cover the Palestinian flag with a bigger pride flag he was holding, and ended up violently assaulting activist and lawyer Sapir Sluzker-Amran, who stood up for a woman who was trying to defend me.
Three Perspectives on Anti-Zionism: Miko Peled, Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro, and Professor Norton Mezvinsky
The Zionist project that established Israel in 1948 always had at its centre the aim of acquiring Palestine's land without its native population. In the 72 years of Israel's existence to date, that aim never wavered. It led to the mass Palestinian expulsions of 1947-9, the second mass expulsion in 1967, and an ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing since then to denude the Palestinian presence in the country still further.
Israelis protest against Netanyahu, gov't handling of COVID-19
Ghassan Kanafani and the era of revolutionary Palestinian media | The Listening Post (Feature)
Jerusalem Municipality demolishes duplex under construction, East Jerusalem, 15 July 2020
Amer Zahr, Siri does not recognize Palestine too
Israeli settlers hurl stones at Palestinian homes and vehicles central Hebron 12 June 2020
Peter Beinart’s essay in Jewish Currents and op-ed in The New York Times of two weeks ago, announcing his abandonment of the two-state solution idea for Palestine-Israel, have made a lot of noise, and mark a serious crisis for ‘liberal Zionism’.
While some, like Haaretz’s US corresponder Chemi Shalev, insisted on holding respect for Beinart while expressing “sorrow and regret”, others were much less respectful. Last week Israel apologist Alan Dershowitz published a piece in Newsweek titled “Beinart’s Final Solution: End Israel as Nation-State of the Jewish People”. The allusion to the Nazi genocide is not accidental, and its repetition at the last paragraph of the piece affirms this:
“The citizens of Israel—both Jewish and Muslim—will be the ones to decide on the appropriate solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. They overwhelmingly support a two-state solution, and they overwhelmingly reject Beinart’s Final Solution.”
For now, the coronavirus crisis appears to have stayed Israel’s outright annexation of the West Bank. Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial – he’s been accused of bribery, fraud and “breach of trust” – has been newly invigorated, a development that may further delay the announcement. But talk of annexation is beside the point. Fifty-three years of occupation and settlements have produced their own reality. Ironically, it is a reality that may give hope to those who seek justice in Israel-Palestine.
Farah Miqdad from Gaza
The Israeli C.A demolishes home under construction in Birin, Hebron District, 21 June 2020
Yesterday, an unbelievable verdict came down at the Beersheba District Court in Israel:
Two Israeli security officers were acquitted in a case involving the lynching of Haftom Zarhum, an Eritrean refugee, although they were filmed beating him and repeatedly dropping a bench on his head. The judge cited “reasonable doubt”.
The bloodthirsty mob lynching in October 2015 was part of a string of “mistaken identity” incidents in Israel. A terror attack had in fact taken place earlier at the Beersheba central bus station; a man from an unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev opened fire, killing a soldier and wounding 11 others.
Question: Have there been other examples in history where victims of gross injustice, like that perpetrated against Palestinians by colonizing European Jews, are asked to acknowledge and embrace the poisonous and false claims of their oppressors?
Of course, there have been. Those with the military or political power to oppress have historically imposed their “narratives” on their victims and written their history books accordingly. When liberation came, when the oppression was lifted, the colonial downtrodden and dispossessed were able to reclaim their geographic territory and their history. The oppressors were forced to reevaluate their racist/supremacist self-education.
Confiscations and demolitions in the South Hebron Hills; family of seven left homeless again
ON AUGUST 7th, amid broad efforts to get Facebook to clamp down on extremist activity and hate speech, more than 120 organizations sent a letter to the social media giant, urging it to “fully adopt” the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism as the “cornerstone of Facebook’s hate speech policy regarding antisemitism.” This definition, which was adopted by the IHRA in 2016 and has been promoted to governments worldwide, includes several examples of what it describes as “contemporary” antisemitism—including “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor” and “applying double standards” to Israel—that can be interpreted to define much criticism of Israel, Israeli policies, or Zionism as antisemitism.
Israel and UAE agree to normalise diplomatic relations
The State of Palestine Due to the "State of Israel" w/ Miko Peled
Gaza’s Past, Present, and Future with Wafaa Ali Aludaini, Ahmed Abu Artema, and hosted by Miko Peled
Episode 16: Susan Abulhawa from El-tur (Mount of Olives), Jerusalem
A Look Inside Palestinian and Israeli Classrooms
Radical Jewish settlers annexing the West Bank | DW Documentary
Colonising the Tastebuds
Hamas: Israel-UAE deal a 'stab in back of Palestinians'
UAE nixes meeting with US, Israel over F-35 arms deal row: Report
Eli Cohen: Mossad Agent 88 | Al Jazeera World
West Bank: Loss of contact with Israel affecting Palestinians
Pompeo Middle East trip: Push to improve relations with Israel
Suhail Khoury and Rania Elias were arrested last month by the Jerusalem Police. A married couple, they are, respectively, the Palestinian directors of the Jerusalem Society for Music Teaching and Research, and the Yabous Cultural Center — two East Jerusalem institutions that were simultaneously raided at the time of their arrests. The police accused them of tax avoidance and fraud, but have yet to present them with any charges in relation to the allegations.
Since the announcement of the U.S.-brokered “Abraham Accord” between Israel and the United Arab Emirates two weeks ago, state officials in all three countries have portrayed it as an unprecedented step toward bringing “peace” to the region.
The agreement stipulates that the UAE will recognize and normalize relations with Israel — the first Arab state to formally do so since Egypt in 1978 and Jordan in 1994 — in exchange for the “suspension” of Israeli annexation plans in the occupied West Bank. This means that the two countries will open up trade, facilitate cultural ties, and increase military and security coordination with each other
Some excellent links, CMOT. Thank you.
I am hoping Alan Dershowitz gets caught out in the Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell web of scandal and possibly illegal actions.
Israeli soldiers place at least 3 IEDs by a road in Kafr Qadum
Palestinian activist recounts moment of viral arrest video
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, held off Democratic challenger Alex Morse in Tuesday’s primary.
The 71-year-old Neal — the longest-serving member of the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation — defeated 31-year-old Morse, seen as a political rising star after becoming one of Massachusetts’ youngest and only openly gay mayors since becoming chief executive of Holyoke in 2011 at age 22.
Preserving Gaza's photographic history | DW Documentary
GAZA | Official Trailer (Sundance 2019) HD
Israeli settlers surround the Abu Shamsiyeh home in Hebron, after attacking family members.
Israel’s takeover of the mountain ranges and hills throughout the occupied West Bank has not spared sacred places of worship for Palestinian Muslims. According to a new report by Israeli anti-occupation group Machsom Watch, maqams — tombs or shrines built on a site associated with a Muslim saint or religious figure — across the West Bank have been informally annexed to Israeli settlements through military orders, the expansion of IDF open-fire zones, and entrapment in nature reserves and antiquity sites.
A home, build story and businesses - two days of self-destruction in East Jerusalem, 7-8 Sep. 2020
Episode 17: Wafa Ali Aludaini from Gaza, Palestine
Why is the Mainstream Media Silent on Palestine?
Israel-UAE deal: Settler movement could still benefit from plan
Bahrain follows UAE to normalise ties with Israel
A coordinated public pressure campaign is attempting to induce Facebook to adopt the controversial definition of antisemitism used by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and to use it to police content published on its platform. On August 7, 128 organizations sent an open letter to Facebook’s Board of Directors, calling on them “to fully adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism” and to implement a hate speech policy on antisemitism with that definition “at its core.”