The Kushner “Deal of the Century”: If Only America’s Profound Betrayal of the Palestinian People Came as a Shock

Eau Claire, WI (Special to Informed Comment) – President Trump unveiled his administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan at the White House on January 28, 2020, telling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel that there are ‘many, many countries who want to partake in this,’ and predicting that “you are going to have tremendous support from your neighbors and beyond your neighbors.” The architects of the plan, the trio President’s Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, long-time confidant, and chief legal officer
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Israel claims air strikes near Damascus

Israel said Sunday it struck bases of the Islamic Jihad militant group near Damascus, while Syria claimed that its air defences shot down "enemy missiles". Israel said Sunday it struck bases of the Islamic Jihad militant group near Damascus, while Syria claimed that its air defences shot down "enemy missiles". The Israeli army said in a statement that fighter jets "struck Islamic Jihad terror targets south of Damascus," following rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
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Israeli warplanes hit Gaza

Israeli aircraft hit what the military said were Islamic Jihad sites in the Gaza Strip late Sunday, after Palestinian militants said they fired a barrage of rockets at Israel. Israeli aircraft hit what the military said were Islamic Jihad sites in the Gaza Strip late Sunday, after Palestinian militants said they fired a barrage of rockets at Israel. In a new flareup a week ahead of a general election in the Jewish state, the Israeli Air
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On Dignity, Respect and Being ‘Pro-Israel’: What Sanders Actually Said about Palestine

US Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders, who has just won the Nevada Democratic primary and is projected to maintain his strong showing in the coming weeks, has adopted a position on Palestine and Israel that can be considered unique, especially if compared to his rivals. While Sanders has repeatedly emphasized that he is “pro-Israel” and that, as a president, he will continue to support Israel, he has also balanced that with statements where he demanded respect for Palestinians, going
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Syria Weekly: Few options to end catastrophe in Idlib

Turkey and Russia are facing off over Idlib, with a last-ditch attempt to save Idlib from disaster at French-brokered crisis talks. Fresh clashes between Turkey and the Syrian regime broke out this week in Aleppo province, as the deadline nears for Damascus to withdraw its forces from recently re-captured opposition areas or face a Turkish military response . Fighting centred on the village of Al-Nayrab , outside Saraqeb - a town
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Hundreds of Israelis ordered to self-quarantine as Israel blocks South Korean flight amid coronavirus fears

Israel has published a list of the sites visited by a group of South Korean tourists who later tested positive for the virus, amid fears of a major outbreak. A plane which arrived in Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport from Seoul was held on tarmac on Saturday, while 200 Israelis thought to have come in contact with a South Korean tourist group were ordered to self-quarantine, amid fears of a major outbreak in the Jewish state . 
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Video: Israeli bulldozer and tank invade Gaza to take bodies of two Palestinians killed by IDF

Early this morning (Sunday, Israel time) the Israeli military killed two Palestinians near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. According to the IDF, the two Palestinians were attempting to lay IEDs against the military. Soon afterwards, the IDF invaded Gaza with an armored bulldozer and a tank to snatch away the two bodies. A video (not enough TRIGGER warnings in the world) soon... Source
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Egypt to host Israeli electronic music festival in restive Sinai province amid growing normalisation

Egyptian authorities have agreed to provide security for the festival, as well as medical assistance, as relations with Israel enter a golden-era. Egyptian authorities have given an Israeli music festival organiser the go-ahead to host a four day electronic music event in the country's restive Sinai province. Amid the gradual normalisation of social and cultural relations between Israel and Arab countries,  Hashmaliko 's organisers desribe the participation of Israeli and Arab
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Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian, Drag His Body with a Bulldozer in Gaza (VIDEO)

Israeli forces killed one Palestinian near the fence separating besieged Gaza Strip from Israel, then used a bulldozer to extract the body and confiscate it. The Israeli army said that the “ soldiers opened fire at two Palestinians placing an explosive device next to the fence”, Reuters reported. MUST BE RETWEETED WIDELY Israeli occupation forces use a bulldozer to pull the body of Palestinian young man after killing him near the barbed fence in the south of
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Gruesome video shows Israeli forces drag, extract dead Palestinian with bulldozer

The body of a Palestinian man was extracted using a bulldozer after he was shot by Israeli forces near the Gaza border on Sunday. Israeli forces on Sunday shot dead a Palestinian then dragged and extracted his body using a bulldozer as other Palestinian locals attempted to retrieve his body. Gruesome videos shared online show the body of the deceased Palestinian man hanging from the bulldozer after he was shot dead along
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Video: Israeli forces attack Palestinian protesters with bulldozer

West Bank / Jerusalem Palestinian journalist and child injured by Israeli bulldozer attack IMEMC/Agencies 22 Feb — Two Palestinians were injured on Friday as Israeli forces attacked dozens of protesters taking part in the weekly anti-settlements protest in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, near Qalqilia in the central occupied West Bank, said Mourad Shtewi, coordinator of the popular resistance... Source
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Israeli taxi-hailing app sued for allowing riders to avoid Arab drivers

An international taxi-hailing app has come under fire for a service which allegedly allows customers to discriminate against Arab drivers. An taxi-hailing app is being sued for allegedly providing an option for Israeli customers to avoid Arab drivers. Gett, which operates across the US, Europe and Canada, is being sued by a Jerusalem human rights group over its controversial 'Mehadrin' service, which refers to the most stringent level of Kosher supervision.
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5,000 factories Closed in Gaza Due to Israeli Siege

Head of Popular Committee Against the Siege on Gaza, MP Jamal Al-Khodari, announced on Friday that 5,000 factories in Gaza were closed down due to the 14-year-long Israeli siege. In a statement, Al-Khodari said that the closure of the factories reflects the level of humanitarian suffering as a result of the siege, as thousands of workers, engineers, accountants and technicians lost their jobs. The ongoing Israeli siege on the #GazaStrip has entered its fourteenth year and resulted
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Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Young Man, Arrest his Family in Jerusalem (VIDEO)

Israeli police on Saturday morning opened fire and killed a Palestinian young man, near Bab al-Asbat, the Lions’ Gate, in Jerusalem’s Old City. The victim was identified as  Maher Ibrahim Za’atra, a 33-year-old father of three from the neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabber, in occupied East Jerusalem.  Witnesses said that Za’atra was shot several times and left on the ground bleeding before Israeli paramedics arrived at the scene. Palestinian man shot
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Israeli forces kill Palestinian in Jerusalem after alleged soldier attack

A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli police on Saturday after allegedly attempting to stab soldiers in Jerusalem's annexed Old City. Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man in Jerusalem's annexed Old City on Saturday after he allegedly approached officers posted near one of the gates armed with a knife , police said. Police did not immediately release further details on the identity of the suspect. "At approximately 11 am a terrorist approached border police
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Abbas’ UN Speech and the Breakdown of Palestinian Politics

A precious moment has been squandered, as Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, had the chance to right a historical wrong, by reinstating Palestinian national priorities at the United Nations Security Council on February 11, through a political discourse that is completely independent from Washington and its allies. For a long time, Abbas has been a … Continue reading "Abbas’ UN Speech and the Breakdown of Palestinian Politics" The post Abbas’ UN Speech and the Breakdown
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‘The Donald Trump I know’: Abbas’ UN Speech and the Breakdown of Palestinian Politics

A precious moment has been squandered, as Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, had the chance to right a historical wrong, by reinstating Palestinian national priorities at the United Nations Security Council on February 11, through a political discourse that is completely independent of Washington and its allies. For a long time, Abbas has been a hostage to the very language that designated him and his Authority as ‘moderates’ in the eyes of Israel and the West. Despite
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Gantz’s Failed Company Faces Criminal Probe

Israeli prosecutors say they are opening a criminal investigation into the failed start-up of Benny Gantz, Prime Minister  Benjamin Netanyahu ‘s challenger, shaking up what has already been a tumultuous election campaign. In a statement released on Thursday,  Israel ‘s justice ministry said Israeli police will conduct the investigation into “Fifth Dimension.” The statement did not say whether opposition leader Gantz is a suspect. Gantz’s Blue and White Party is in
| News, Benjamin Gantz, Benjamin Netanyahu |

Israeli Forces Injure Palestinian Child, Journalist in Bulldozer Attack (VIDEO)

Two Palestinians were injured today as Israeli forces attacked dozens of protesters taking part in the weekly anti-settlements protest in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Qalqilia in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources. An Israeli army  bulldozer was caught on camera while pushing large rocks towards the protesters, injuring Palestinian child Mo’men Shtewi, 9, and Palestine TV photojournalist Mohammad Enaya, 28. Shtewi was treated at the scene while the photojournalist was moved
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Labour’s Next Leader has Already betrayed the Left

In recent years the British Labour party has grown rapidly to become one of the largest political movement in Europe, numbering more than half a million members, many of them young people who had previously turned their backs on national politics. The reason was simple: a new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, had shown that it was possible to rise to the top of a major party without being forced to sacrifice one’s principles along the way and become just
| Anti-semitism, Board of Deputies of British Jews, Boris Johnson |

Two Palestinians Injured as Jewish Settlers Storm Jordan Valley Villages

Thousands of Jewish settlers, protected by the Israeli army, stormed today several villages in northern Jordan Valley, including al-Burj, Umm al-Qaba, and Ein el-Auja. Aref Daraghmeh, a local activist, confirmed that Israeli forces escorted a convoy of buses packed with some 4,000 Jewish settlers into the villages, where they stayed for over four hours. Following Trump’s ridiculed peace plan announcement Israeli settlers got on their tractors and invaded The West Bank, demanding the annexation
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Modi's anti-Muslim moves threaten unholy alliance between India and Arab allies

India's Modi faces the challenging task of navigating an unfamiliar and tricky geo-political situation in order to keep intact the close partnership he has forged with some Gulf countries. When five Muslim countries, Malaysia, Turkey, Iran, Qatar and Indonesia met in Kuala Lumpur in December, it was widely expected to be another episode in the 'Game of Thrones' series played out by major Arab powers. But there was more to the summit than meets the eyes as the gathering turned
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US denies entry to British-Israeli war crimes investigator based on 'terrorist detecting algorithm'

Eyal Weizman said he is "alarmed" that the US asked him to give information on contacts in order to be allowed entry to the country, after his visa was revoked. The head of the human rights-focused investigative group Forensic Architecture has been denied entry to the US because he is deemed a security threat by an algorithm, according to a statement released on Thursday. Eyal Weizman, whose group's work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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Influential Muslim group backs Bernie Sanders for US presidential nomination

‘We are proud to stand by his side’: One of the US’ most influential political groups has thrown its weight behind Democratic nominee for president Bernie Sanders. US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has won the endorsement of a top Muslim group, further cementing the progressive candidate's support among America's wider Muslim community. Sanders, who has won the popular vote in the first two Democratic primary votes, tweeted on Thursday that is was an "honor"
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Josep Borrell : reiterated the EU’s continued support to Palestinian state building

Brussels/PNN/ Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union/Vice-President of the European Commission, met on Thursday in Brussels with the Palestinian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Dr Riyad Al Malki. They exchanged views on relations between the European Union and the Palestinian Authority. High Representative Borrell reiterated the EU’s continued support to Palestinian state building. High Representative Borrell stressed the EU’s continued commitment to a negotiated two-state solution, welcomed the Palestinian
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Palestinian-Canadian writer denied entry into his homeland by Israel

Palestinian-Canadian writer denied entry into his homeland by Israel "This is a violation and I'm going to appeal it," Chaker Khazaal told StepFeed in a statement. February 21st, 9:49 am February 21st, 10:34 am Step Feed Palestinian-Canadian writer Chaker Khazaal. Israel's establishment in 1948 was built on stolen Palestinian land, which it has since claimed to be its own. The decades-long illegal occupation has left millions without a home,
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Roaming Charges: Billion Dollar Babies

Walls (sea) and Bridges (Astoria). Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + Michael Bloomberg is, of course, the perfect person to lead a party which has been the driving political force behind the neoliberal policies which helped make him the 9th richest person in America. In fact, he may be its apotheosis. Finally, we’ll have some clarity about what the Democratic Party has really been up to for the last 40 years. + The Democratic Party has been bought for
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‘The Donald Trump I know’: Abbas’ UN Speech and the Breakdown of Palestinian Politics

Photograph Source: The White House – Public Domain A precious moment has been squandered, as Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, had the chance to right a historical wrong, by reinstating Palestinian national priorities at the United Nations Security Council on February 11, through a political discourse that is completely independent from Washington and its allies. For a long time, Abbas has been a hostage to the very language that designated him and his Authority as ‘moderates’ in
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UN List of Firms Aiding Israel’s Settlements was Dead on Arrival

Photograph Source: צילום על ידי מנחם ברודי – CC BY-SA 2.5 Nazareth. After lengthy delays, the United Nations finally published a database last week of businesses that have been profiting from Israel’s illegal settlement activity in the West Bank. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced that 112 major companies had been identified as operating in Israeli settlements in ways that violate human rights. Aside from major Israeli
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Our First Amendment or Our Empire, But Not Both

“A community will evolve only when a people control their own communication” – Frantz Fanon At long last we (i.e., Americans) are forced to make a clear choice—either preserve the freedoms established by the First Amendment in 1791, or toss them aside and obstinately plod on with our exceptionalism. Julian Assange’s extradition hearing will begin on the 24th of February in London, but it is also a trial for Americans. We are being interrogated about how much
| articles 2015 |

Traveling private collection of Banksy artworks lands in Saudi Arabia

Traveling private collection of Banksy artworks lands in Saudi Arabia "The Art of Banksy 'Without Limits'" has already toured in Amsterdam, Melbourne, Berlin, and Paris. February 21st, 7:39 am February 21st, 7:40 am Razan Mneimneh If you're in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia this weekend, consider your plans sorted. Starting Feb. 20, unknown - yet globally famous - British artist Banksy will have some of his artworks on display at the King Abdullah Financial Center.
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Homeland Security Algorithm Revokes U.S. Visa of War Crimes Investigator Eyal Weizman

Eyal Weizman , an Israeli-born British architect who uses visual analysis to investigate war crimes and other forms of state violence, was barred from traveling to the United States this week for an exhibition of his work after being identified as a security risk by an algorithm used by the Department of Homeland Security. Weizman, a professor at Goldsmiths, University of London, where his human rights research agency Forensic Architecture is based, frequently travels to the U.S.
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“The Donald Trump I know”: Abbas’ UN Speech and the Breakdown of Palestinian Politics

A precious moment has been squandered, as Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, had the chance to right a historical wrong, by reinstating Palestinian national priorities at the United Nations Security Council on February 11, through a political discourse that is completely independent from Washington and its allies. For a long time, Abbas has been a hostage to the very language that designated him and his Authority as ‘moderates’ in the eyes of Israel and the West. Despite the Palestinian leader’s
| Annexation, Donald Trump, Land ownership |

Palestinian boy, 8, loses eye after being shot by Israeli police in Jerusalem

The story of a Palestinian boy who lost an eye after being shot in the face by Israeli police has angered Palestinians across the occupied territories who see the incident as another tragic example of Israel’s wrongful targeting of Palestinians with excessive force. Eight-year-old Malek Issa was on his way home from buying a sandwich on Saturday afternoon in the occupied East Jerusalem... Source
| News, East Jerusalem, Israeli occupation |

Netanyahu Announces Thousands of New Homes for Illegal Settlers in West Bank, East Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday, during an election campaign tour in illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the construction of thousands of new settler homes at the outskirt of occupied East Jerusalem. In a speech that he delivered in the illegal Jewish settlement of Har Homa, Netanyahu revealed that his government would revive a plan which would allow for the massive expansion of Israel’s colonial enterprise in the occupied Palestinian Territories. 
| News, International Law, Jewish Settlements |

AIPAC and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Winter

The Shift is a weekly politics newsletter from Michael Arria taking you to the front lines in the battle Palestine in the United States. Got a tip? Send them to michael@mondoweiss.net Sign up for The Shift and other Mondoweiss newsletters here. Let’s Reminisce About the Time Betty McCollum Kicked AIPAC Lobbyists Out of her Office Something incredible happened shortly before the debut issue... Source
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Israel's Netanyahu announces thousands of new East Jerusalem settler homes

Netanyahu is trying to secure his re-election at a third vote due to take place on 2 March. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans on Thursday to build thousands of new homes for Israeli settlers in occupied East Jerusalem, a project unveiled less than two weeks before a general election. "I have huge news today - we're adding another 2,200 units to Har Homa,"  Netanyahu said in a video message posted by his office.  The contentious Har
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Israeli Forces Confiscate Container Classroom near Hebron, Expel Students (VIDEO)

The Israeli army on Wednesday confiscated a container classroom that used to serve students from the village of Susya, near Hebron. (Al-Khalil). The head of the village council, Jihad Nawaj’a, told QNN that the Israeli army stormed the village of Susya and confiscated a container classroom. Israeli soldiers also expelled eight students, who were already in the classroom. The container has been serving the students of the village for five years.
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Sanders: ‘We Cannot Ignore the Needs of the Palestinian People’ (VIDEO)

US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said support for Israel was possible without backing its “racist” government, and the needs of Palestinians must not be ignored. In a Town Hall meeting hosted by US news channel CNN, Sanders was asked what Israel-US policy would look like under his administration.  “To be for the Israeli people and to be for peace in the Middle East does not mean that we have to support right-wing racist governments that currently exist in Israel,” Sanders
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Bereaved Mother of Palestinian Prisoner Denied Visit to her Other Son in Israeli Prison

The mother of a Palestinian prisoner in Israel was denied today the right to visit her son in prison, reported WAFA correspondent. Israeli soldiers manning a checkpoint northwest of Ramallah stopped Amneh Abu Diak, from Silat al-Daher village, near Jenin, and told her that she could not proceed with the visit. His Last Wish Unfulfilled: Sami Abu #Diak Dies in Israeli Prison (VIDEO) https://t.co/zYW1vCGxwG via @PalestineChron pic.twitter.com/EVjplWfGwa
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Are billion dollar investments in India prompting Saudi Arabia's silence over Kashmir?

Stopping short of completely ignoring the situation in the Kashmir Valley since the Indian government completely scrapped its special status, Saudi Arabia has remained distant and disconnected. Saudi Arabia yet again  declined Pakistan's request for an urgent meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers on Kashmir at the Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC). Since August last year, India has kept the disputed Kashmir Valley in a state of lockdown with no internet after doing away with the
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Explaining Syria

It’s everyone’s fault except the U.S. and Israel The first week in February was memorable for the failed impeachment of President Donald Trump, the “re-elect me” State of the Union address and the  marketing of a new line of underwear  by Kim Kardashian. Given all of the excitement, it was easy to miss a special State Department press  briefing by Ambassador James Jeffrey held on February 5 th  regarding the current situation
| Commentary & Analysis, Iran, Israel Lobby |

Reclaiming Home: Looking at the connection between land rights, conflict and justice

Book Club: Reclaiming Home: The struggle for socially just housing, land and property rights in Syria, Iraq and Libya, offers insights into how property loss impacts those in conflict. Syria, Iraq and Libya are three countries locked in intractable conflicts that have caused enormous loss of life and destruction, and while attention is centred on armed groups, fighting and political alliances, war raises issues that are often overlooked. A key issue in need of scholarly and policy focused
| Society |

Yatta: IOF hand out orders to demolish four Palestinian homes

PNN/ Hebron/ Israeli occupation authorities on Thursday handed out notices of demolition of four houses, east of Yatta town south of Hebron in the West Bank. The coordinator of the Resistance Committees in Masafer Yatta, Fuad Al-Emour said that the occupation forces raided the area, and stormed the ruins of Al-Maqarra, Al-Majaz and Al-Rakiz, and notified the demolition of four houses owned by: Othman Zain, Ezzat Zain from Al Majaz, and Ahmed Musleh Hamamra, From Al-Maqzara, and Muhammad Hassan
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How Bloomberg Blew It in Las Vegas

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , Stitcher , Radio Public , and other platforms . New to podcasting? Click here .   On Wednesday night, six of the remaining Democratic candidates faced off in Las Vegas ahead of the Nevada caucuses. All eyes were on former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who, despite sitting out the early
| Deconstructed, Deconstructed Podcast |

Israel and Palestinian Authority end five-month dispute over cattle imports

The trade crisis erupted in September when the Palestinian Authority decided to stop importing beef in a bid to reduce economic dependence on Israel. Israel on Thursday said it would reverse a ban on Palestinian agricultural exports , a move aimed at defusing an escalating trade crisis that heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions. Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement that Israel would allow the agricultural exports after the Palestinians began
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Bloomberg is the Equal Evil

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair An oligarch is trying to buy the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination with cash payments from his own personal fortune. If his takeover attempt succeeds, it will smash the party and assure the reelection of Donald Trump. Given their shared interests, we might wonder whether that is Michael Bloomberg’s true intent. His cynical campaign is based on deceiving people into believing the opposite, that he would be a strong candidate against Trump. Many also
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Shut Down Canada Until It Solves Its War, Oil, and Genocide Problem

Photograph Source: tuchodi – CC BY 2.0 Indigenous people in Canada are giving the world a demonstration of the power of nonviolent action. The justness of their cause — defending the land from those who would destroy it for short term profit and the elimination of a habitable climate on earth — combined with their courage and the absence on their part of cruelty or hatred, has the potential to create a much larger movement, which
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