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Tag: Israel Palestine

On Israel’s Plans to Tear Down 13,000 Palestinian Buildings

Tearing down Palestinian buildings is one way that Israel constrains the Palestinian economy and encourages Palestinians to leave their homeland, in a kind of slow-motion ethnic cleansing.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

Why Israel Deserves to Stay on the United Nations’ Child Rights ‘Blacklist’

The United Nations’ decision—under pressure from the U.S. government—to remove Israel from its list of children’s rights violators should not blind us from the truth: Israeli forces killed hundreds of Palestinian children last summer, and its continued occupation of Palestine undermines children’s basic human rights.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE

Adelson Tabloid Slams Obama for Listening to ‘Court Jews’ in Questioning Israel’s Credibility

President Barack Obama gave an interview on Israeli television Tuesday in which he said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position on rejecting a Palestinian state as long as he is in power is damaging Israel’s credibility.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky: Israel Is a Violent State Acting in Direct Violation of International Law

In a talk aired on C-SPAN in March, the world-renowned linguist and political activist discusses his book of essays “Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013” and answers questions about Israeli politics.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE

Apartheid Forever: Israel’s Netanyahu Rules Out Palestinian Statehood (Video)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under extreme pressure over the real possibility that he will lose the March 17 elections, made a powerful appeal to his far right-wing constituency by vowing that he would keep millions of Palestinians stateless.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE

Leonard Nimoy’s Last Wishes for Israel and Palestine (Video)

Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on Star Trek, spoke out as a Jewish American in favor of a two-state solution and a divided Jerusalem.

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 READ MORE

Ferguson & Israel? Netanyahu Calls for Stripping Palestinian-Israelis of Citizenship Amid Protests

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was looking into whether Israel could strip citizenship from those who speak out against the continued statelessness of the Palestinians.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE

Amnesty Report Accuses Israel of War Crimes and Condemns Palestinian Rocket Fire

A damning 49-page report says the Israel Defense Forces acted with “callous indifference” to civilians in airstrikes that destroyed entire families in homes during the recent war in Gaza.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE

Far-Right Extremist Avigdor Lieberman Says Swedish Recognition of Palestine Will Bolster Extremism

There was a time when people like Avigdor Lieberman were not welcome in Israeli politics, or, indeed, in Jewish circles in the United States.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE


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The Girl Behind One of the Most Devastating Photos Taken in Gaza

Although Najia Warshagha is only 9 years old, this is not her first war.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE

Why America Continues to Back Israel While Some Other Countries Call for Boycotts

The U.S. government wasn’t always Israel’s strongest ally, but as political figures in countries such as Norway call for a boycott of Israeli goods to protest the Gaza operation, our politicians almost unanimously continue their unfailing support.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE

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Israel, Gaza and the Fatal Spirit of Versailles

The Egyptians appear to have floated their cease-fire agreement Tuesday morning in the press, but Hamas leaders insisted any such proposal had to be communicated directly with them.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE

Richard Falk: U.N. and U.S. Won’t Do Anything About Israel, but Maybe Grass-Roots Efforts Can

The former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights argues that in the face of Western diplomats’ and the media’s “cynical disregard” for the Palestinian struggle, it’s up to the rest of us to put pressure on Israel.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE

The Map: A Palestinian Nation Thwarted and Speaking Truth to Power

This map has attracted so much ire and controversy not because it is inaccurate but because it clearly shows what has been done to the Palestinians, whom the League of Nations had recognized as not far from achieving statehood in its covenant.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

Backseat Driver

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

Israel’s Groundhog Day: Reverse Snowballs and the Horror of Lawn Mowing

A horrible video is circulating on social media, of a Palestinian father in Gaza who is bringing a toy to his 4-year-old son, only to find once he enters his home that his son’s head has been crushed by Israeli shrapnel. That is the face of Israel’s current military operation against Gaza to the outside world.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE

Stop Saying ‘If X Fired Rockets at U.S.’: It’s Racist, and Assumes We’re Colonial

Is anyone else disgusted by the propaganda trick of trying to get Americans to sympathize with Israel’s massive attack on the civilian habitations of Gaza by saying, “If the U.S. was subjected to rocket fire by X [usually Mexicans], what would it do?”

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE

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ABC News’ Diane Sawyer Mistakes Stricken Palestinians for Israelis

In the current round of fighting between mighty Israel and the little Gaza Strip, Israeli airstrikes have killed 53 Palestinians.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE


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In the Deaths of 3 Israeli Teens, Likud Policies Are Also Implicated

The kidnapping and killing of three Israeli squatter youth whose parents usurped Palestinian land has produced a paroxysm of hatred and calls for reprisals in Israel.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Call for Sovereign, Independent Palestinian State

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin is signaling that Pope Francis in his visit to Bethlehem on Sunday will strongly support the right of Palestinians to a sovereign state.

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE

Who Knew Herpes Could Be Good for Something?

Scientists have discovered a way to kill brain tumors in mice using the herpes virus; Israel’s future, as John Kerry predicted, may not be far from apartheid; meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health is mandating gender balance in animal studies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 20, 2014 READ MORE

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Israeli Squatters’ Anti-Church Terror in Jerusalem ‘Poisons’ Papal Visit

The Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, has said that Israeli squatter attacks on and desecration of Christian churches has poisoned the atmosphere in advance of Pope Francis’ planned visit to Jerusalem.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE

Two State Solution

Posted on May 4, 2014 READ MORE

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Israel, U.S. Complain About Not Being Able to Divide and Rule the Palestinians

This week the Fatah Party (secular Arab nationalist) of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas met in Gaza with members of the Hamas Party (fundamentalist Muslim), seeking a reconciliation and a government of national unity.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE

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Thousands of Palestinians Rally for Release of 5,000 in Israeli Jails, Including 200 Children

As talks between Israel and Palestine falter, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated Thursday on behalf of nearly 5,000 Palestinians imprisoned by Israeli authorities in 22 Israeli jails, many of them arbitrarily.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE

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Poof! John Kerry Blames Israeli Squatting in East Jerusalem for Breakdown in Peace Talks

The State Department rushed to affirm that John Kerry blamed both sides for the collapse of his talks, but he was pretty plain about what he thought actually happened.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE

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Russian Annexation of Crimea, Israeli Annexation of Palestine

Russia’s annexation of Crimea on Tuesday is among the few significant territorial acquisitions since the end of World War II by one country from another, more or less by force.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE

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Obama and Hollande Stress Hope for Iran Breakthrough

In his news conference with French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday, President Obama outlined four areas of diplomatic progress.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 READ MORE

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Camel Bones and Jerusalem: Archeology Shows Bible Written Late, Full of Errors

A new paper by Israeli archeologists Lidar Sapir-Hen and Erez Ben-Yosef is bad news for biblical literalists and far right wing Israeli nationalists who use the Bible for support.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE

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Now Peace Talks, John Kerry, Are ‘Anti-Semitic’ in Eyes of Israeli Far Right

The Likud-led Israeli government doesn’t like U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at all.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE

Medical Records Reach the Age of the Computer

At last, patient documents are becoming paperless; the European Union and Israel are in the middle of a dispute over soldiers sent to stop diplomats from giving aid to Palestinians; meanwhile, Canada could give the U.S. a few tips on how to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 READ MORE

Middle East Peace Talks

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE

Peace in the Middle East

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE

Write a Blog, Risk Going to Jail

Daniel McGowan, an Earth Liberation Front activist, was imprisoned last week for writing a HuffPo post; Fox News claims that Rutgers University firing its abusive basketball coach is evidence of cultural decline; and no, Bitcoin is apparently not the future of currency. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE

Peace Heavy Lifting

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 READ MORE

The Newest Phenomenon in Israeli Politics

Naftali Bennett, a “forty-year-old settlement leader, software entrepreneur, and ex-Army commando,” is the face of Israel’s new religious right, and he’s ready to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a run for his money; a woman stole a train in Sweden and crashed it into an apartment building; meanwhile, although Jodie Foster’s coming out speech certainly made a statement, some LGBT activists argue she should have done so sooner. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE

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