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Many commentators believe that over the past decade, a new trend has emerged within the dominant stream of the Israeli political right: the nation, rather than the land, is now at the heart of right-wing discourse. The territorial discourse concerning Greater Israel — that the State of Israel should control the entirety of the land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea — has weakened at the expense of a nationalist and ethnocentric discourse. And although the settler right did not initiate this narrative, it has pushed it along considerably in recent years.
The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Between Trump and Biden
Amid the current deluge of apocalyptic news, Zoom’s cancellation last month of a webinar hosted by San Francisco State University, featuring Leila Khaled and other Palestinian and Palestinian rights supporters, went largely unnoticed. The move, however, has worrying implications for those of us struggling for an equal and livable world.
The decision to pull the plug on the event, which was organized by the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Studies program (AMED) and the Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS), came after The Lawfare Project, a right-wing Zionist legal aid group, threatened to take Zoom to court for giving a platform to Khaled. Khaled is a longtime member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) who became a symbol of Palestinian resistance for hijacking planes in 1969 and 1970.
In mid-March, after COVID-19 landed in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a prime-time televised press conference in which he declared “war” on the pandemic.
Those were the early days of the coronavirus, when much of the world was watching the harrowing scenes coming out of countries such as Italy, Spain, and France. Netanyahu, vowing to defeat the “invisible enemy,” deployed the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, to surveil millions of Israeli citizens, while the country’s security apparatuses jumped into high gear to try and beat the virus into submission. Very little was done by way of propping up civilian infrastructure or building the citizenry’s trust.
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Grassroots Activism in '48 Palestine: A webinar hosted by Miko Peled
Military trains in al-‘Aqabah, violating procedures instated after residents’ petition
Israel destroys water supply line in Masafer Yatta, South Hebron Hills, 28 Oct. 2020
Reuven Kaminer left us on September 20, Rosh Hashanah 5781. He was my most important teacher and model for how to live a life of moral and political commitment. Over the course of decades, Reuven drew on his profound knowledge and political experience to teach many younger people about the Marxist critique of capitalism. His teachings and personal example inspired generations of activists who have maintained a lifetime of political engagement in Israel and around the world.
Reuven taught us that political practice should be informed by theory. He had great respect for scholarship, worked for much of his life in academic administration, and retired with the title of Vice Provost of the School for Overseas Students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. But Reuven always insisted that scholastic theory without practice is sterile. For more than half a century he participated in every important political battle in Israel. He was a central figure in several radical left organizations and broader coalitions, usually exercising leadership by his influence on others whose public presence was more prominent.
Palestinian prisoner Maher al-Akhras has been on hunger strike for 100 days to protest his administrative detention. After four petitions were rejected by Israel’s High Court of Justice, it seems the authorities simply do not care if al-Akhras dies. The state claims that the only way for him to be released is if he agrees to put an immediate end to his hunger strike and serves the rest of his detention until it ends on Nov. 26.
Al-Akhras, 49, a father of six from the village of Silat al-Dahr in the occupied West Bank, was arrested on July 28. On Aug. 7, he was placed under administrative detention for four months after Israeli authorities claimed he was a “prominent operative in Islamic Jihad,” a claim al-Akhras has repeatedly rejected outright.
Israel PM Netanyahu thanks US President Donald Trump
In the largest West Bank demolition operation in a decade, Israeli military authorities on Tuesday razed around 70 structures in the Jordan Valley’s Humsa al-Fuqa community in the occupied West Bank. Locals reported that six bulldozers, accompanied by around 100 Israeli soldiers, carried out the demolitions, leaving 11 Palestinian families homeless.
Among the demolished structures were those seemingly funded by the European Union and other European governmental and non-governmental institutions.
As expected, every member of The Squad was easily reelected. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley will all be returning to the House, but this time they will be joined by even more left-leaning lawmakers.
Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank have razed a Palestinian village, leaving 73 people – including 41 children – homeless, in the largest forced displacement incident for years, according to the United Nations.
Excavators escorted by military vehicles were filmed approaching Khirbet Humsa and proceeding to flatten or smash up tents, shacks, animal shelters, toilets and solar panels.
“These are some of the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank,” said Yvonne Helle, the UN humanitarian coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory.
Rashid Khalidi on 'The Hundred Years' War on Palestine.'
CMOT Dibbler. Just to let you know I appreciate your posts, and read many of them. Thanks for introducing me to Mondoweiss. I have bookmarked it. The article on McCollum's election in Minnesota, increasing the numbers of pro-Palestinians in the House of Representatives was a bit of good news from this election. I wish there were Canadian politicians with McCollum's courage.
Palestine’s Olive Harvest: A Timeless Tradition
With all eyes on US election, Israel demolished an entire Palestinian community in the Jordan Valley
The Campaign to Topple Jeremy Corbyn: A webinar hosted by Miko Peled
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat dies from COVID-19
On July 23, 1986, Joe Biden, then a U.S. senator on the Foreign Relations Committee, publicly confronted the Reagan administration for its relationship with the Apartheid government in South Africa. While much of the international community had taken measures to sanction the racist regime, President Reagan and his State Secretary George P. Shultz instead promoted a policy of “constructive engagement” with Pretoria.
A now-famous video shows the Delaware senator taking on Shultz during a committee hearing for objecting to renewing sanctions, despite a worldwide boycott movement initiated by Black South Africans themselves. “They’ve tried everything for the last 20 years. They’ve begged, they’ve borrowed, they’ve crawled. Now they’re taking up arms,” Biden excoriated Shultz. “What’s our timetable? What are we saying to that repugnant regime? Are we saying you got 20 days? Twenty months? Twenty years?”
Israeli settlers attack farmers, damage chicken coops and kill over 300 chickens, Qusrah
Israel confiscates vehicles in the Jordan Valley, 4 November 2020
Save the Ras a-Tin Elementary School!
Israel demolishes home under construction intended to house a family of seven, east of Susiya
Last week witnessed the election of a new American president. Elections in the U.S. can have massive impacts across the world. So, what do the results mean for us Palestinians?
Donald Trump’s administration was undoubtedly the most far-reaching in its complete adoption of an agenda favoring Israel’s right-wing settlers occupying Palestinian territory in the West Bank. Is Joe Biden going to be any different?
That is what was raised by most Palestinians over the past few days, and just as often the response was to shrug off the question.
“Antisemitism is hatred, discrimination, fear, and prejudice against Jews based on stereotypes and myths that target their ethnicity, culture, religion, traditions, right to self-determination, or connection to the State of Israel.”
This is the definition of antisemitism included in proposed revisions to California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC). It equates criticism of Israel with antisemitism—and will have a chilling impact on Palestinian, other Arab and Muslim children, and on teachers across the state. Despite CA Governor Gavin Newsom’s and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond’s self-promotion as leaders of anti-racist education, this is essentially the Zionist definition of antisemitism that Trump has been pushing. Instead of targeting the real source of antisemitism in the United States—white supremacy—it targets Palestinian children and their families.
Donald Trump’s defeat in the U.S. presidential election last week brought a collective sigh of relief for progressives and vulnerable communities, both in the United States and across the globe, including Palestinians and those fighting for Palestinian rights. The reason is obvious: Trump’s policy on Palestine/Israel was driven by his affinity for authoritarianism and a desire to pander to his far-right evangelical base. Accordingly, it was handed over to incompetent ideologues like Jared Kushner and David Friedman, who fumbled their way into a failed effort to liquidate the Palestinian struggle for freedom once and for all.
That failure, however, did not spare Palestinians entirely, as they suffered devastating and unprecedented harms over the past four years, including the shuttering of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the endorsement of annexation plans, and the ending of U.S. funding to UNRWA and Palestinian hospitals. But beyond the undeniable harm reduction we will see in this change of U.S. administrations, what are the prospects for Palestinian freedom in the Biden era?
Donald Trump’s defeat in the U.S. election is a devastating loss for the Israeli right. So devastating, in fact, that its top media influencers in Israel are joining Trump and much of the Republican Party in falsely alleging nationwide voter fraud. In doing so, they are not only protecting their favorite U.S. president of all time, but are also laying the foundations for similar assaults on the democratic process in Israel.
The developments have been disturbing to watch: pundit after pundit apes the party line without showing any proof for the allegations that Democrats have “stolen” the election. Following Trump’s loss, Caroline Glick, the former senior contributing editor of the right-wing Jerusalem Post and one of the Israeli far right’s most prominent English voices, has accused Democrats of fomenting the current crisis and jeopardizing the very foundations of American democracy.
The 2020 U.S. presidential election brought into sharp relief the contrast between the American and Israeli Jewish communities, the two main centers of the Jewish world. According to post-election surveys, American Jewish support for the Democrats remains extremely high, at 77 percent (up from 70 percent in 2016). President Donald Trump was estimated to have received a mere 21 percent of the Jewish vote. In Israel, however, surveys have shown that Israeli Jews prefer Trump to Biden by 70 percent to 13 percent.
MEI Webinar Series Pt 1: The Future of Palestinian Politics under a Biden Administration
Palestine, Propaganda and the President - Ali Abunimah
Israeli military blocks access to two Palestinian communities in South Hebron Hills
MEI Webinar Series Pt 2: The Future of Palestinian Politics under a Biden Administration
The Palestinian Refugees: Rights, Reality & Return: A webinar hosted by Miko Peled
Israeli military trains in Jordan Valley throughout November, 2020
The Palestinian-led One Democratic State Campaign (ODSC), comprised of Palestinians from every major community (’48, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the refugee camps and the Diaspora/Exile), together with their critical Israeli Jewish partners, has issued a call for the establishment of a single democratic state including everyone living between the River and the Sea, including Palestinian refugees who choose to return to their homeland.
Over the past three years, the ODSC, founded in Haifa but with working relations throughout the worldwide Palestinian community, has formulated a 10-point political program setting out the vision and framework of a shared democracy in which all the inhabitants of historic Palestine would enjoy common citizenship and equality under the law in a new and pluralistic political community. After decades in which the justice of the Palestinian struggle against Zionist colonization has been recognized by the international community, after decades of chasing after the chimera of a “two-state solution,” and after decades of asserting Palestinian rights with no viable political expression, the time for an effective campaign of decolonization and liberation is now, and it is urgent. Every day the Israeli government, aided by the international community, imposes draconian and irreversible “facts on the ground,” locking the country’s majority population, the Palestinians, into tiny, impoverished enclaves, perpetuating as well the exile of half the Palestinian population. A democratic state in historic Palestine is no utopia if we organize around a just political program, organize, strategize and effectively mobilize our forces, the global grassroots, the international civil society — you. We call on you to join our One Democratic State Campaign and help us build it into an effective anti-colonial, liberation movement.
Farmers under attack in Palestine + post-election analysis with Michael Arria
Family to launch legal action to get Palestinian's body from Israel https://youtu.be/aWIxipl02Xg
As Hallel Rabin stood before the IDF conscientious objectors committee two weeks ago, the military body that decides whether or not she would be sent back to prison for refusing to serve in the army, she was asked the strangest of questions: “Would you agree to wear the army uniform if it were pink?”
“I don’t have an issue with the color,” she responded, “I have an issue with wearing an army uniform — regardless of the army.” A conscientious objector, Rabin was still in military prison for refusing to serve due to the army’s occupation policies. On November 20, Rabin’s fourth stint in military prison came to an end; a day later the army officially gave her the discharge she had wanted. She served a total of 56 days behind bars.
In recent years, a growing number of young American Jewish activists have joined the movement for Palestinian rights in the United States, working side by side with Palestinians. For many Palestinians in the movement, this has been a welcome development. Yet at the same time, some feel that American Jews’ lack of previous exposure to Palestinians and the power dynamic between the two groups within American society leads to tensions. These tensions are often left unspoken, bubbling beneath the surface.
Minal, a Palestinian activist, was born and raised in the United States, but had hardly had any interactions with Jews until she reached college and became active with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).
On November 28, 1973, nearly two thousand auto workers walked off the job at Chrysler’s Dodge Main assembly plant near Detroit, bringing production to a halt. The one-day strike was unusual in three respects.
First, it was a wildcat action, unsanctioned by the leadership of the workers’ union, the United Auto Workers (UAW). Second, the strike was entirely organized by recently arrived immigrants from Arab countries, who until then had been considered by corporate executives as some of the most “docile” workers in the auto industry. Third, the strike was an explicit protest against the UAW’s complicity in the colonization and occupation of Palestine, as well as an implicit assertion of dignity in the face of everyday racism and exploitation.
We, the undersigned Palestinian and Arab academics, journalists and intellectuals are hereby stating our views regarding the definition of antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), and the way this definition has been applied, interpreted and deployed in several countries of Europe and North America.
In recent years, the fight against antisemitism has been increasingly instrumentalised by the Israeli government and its supporters in an effort to delegitimise the Palestinian cause and silence defenders of Palestinian rights. Diverting the necessary struggle against antisemitism to serve such an agenda threatens to debase this struggle and hence to discredit and weaken it.
Wave of demolitions in West Bank: Fasayil a-Tahta, The Jordan Valley, 25 November 2020
Wave of demolitions in West Bank: Masafer Yatta, South Hebron Hills, 25 November 2020
On Aug. 31, 1973, Joe Biden, then a young Democratic senator not even a year in office, met with Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Although Biden has publicly reminisced numerous times about their encounter , he has rarely, if ever, mentioned that he had told Meir — according to an official Israeli record of the meeting recently published by journalist Nadav Eyal — that “he sees the platform of [Israel’s] Labor Party as creeping towards annexation of the [Palestinian] territories.” At the time, there were only about 1,500 Jewish Israeli settlers across the Green Line.
Against the Loveless World with Susan Abulhawa + Palestine Writes Literature Festival
NGP Talks with Athena Salman
Susan Abulhawa on her novel "Against the Loveless World"