Palestine Crisis - Special Reports

The Early Edition: February 22, 2018

Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here . Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. SYRIA “My appeal to all those involved is for an immediate suspension of all war activities in Eastern Ghouta, allowing for humanitarian aid to reach all those in need,” the U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said yesterday, urging action as the
2018-02-22 13:02 | Daily News Roundup ,Featured | JustSecurity

More Than a Fight over Couscous

As soon as Virgin Atlantic Airlines introduced a couscous-style salad “inspired by the flavours of Palestine”, a controversy ensued. Israel’s supporters ignited a social media storm and sent many complaints to the company, obliging the airline to remove the reference to Palestine. In the Zionist narrative, Palestine does not exist – nor is it allowed to exist – even if merely as a cultural conception. The sad irony is that, while Israel appropriated Palestinian-Arabic couscous (the Palestinian
2018-02-22 02:02 | Ethnic Cleansing ,Human Rights ,Israel/Palestine | DissidentVoice

Israel’s coming war with Hezbollah

By Mara Karlin Another war between Israel and Hezbollah is almost inevitable. Although neither side wants a conflict now, the shifting balance of power in the Levant and shrinking areas of contestation are indicators of a looming showdown. The real questions are how and where—not if—the impending conflagration will occur. The events of February 10 underscored the Levant’s instability. Israel shot down an Iranian drone that flew into its airspace and bombed the site in Syria from which the
2018-02-21 20:02 | News | Brookings

Jared Kushner-Qatar Redux: Robert Mueller Enters the Fray

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is probing senior White House aide Jared Kushner’s attempts to secure financing for a distressed Manhattan property after the 2016 election, including pitches made to investment firms from China and Qatar, several news outlets reported this week. The attempt by Jared Kushner’s father Charles to secure funding from Qatar before and after Donald Trump’s election — up until the spring of 2017 — was
2018-02-21 17:02 | Uncategorized | TheIntercept

Geopolitical Interests And Moral Rhetoric In States’ Policy Options: Analysis Of Pakistan’s Policy Making

Introduction Although moral/religious values have lesser to do with geopolitics, states do invoke moral rhetoric when it suits their geopolitical interest. Pakistan’s policy choices strengthen the aforementioned dictum. For, Pakistan which proclaims itself as ideological Muslim state, has often used religion to create a favorable opinion for its official policies. Nevertheless, such play of morality/religion and politics in a diverse society like Pakistan has often proved itself dearly for the state. The following article analyzes how the state’s interplay with
2018-02-21 16:02 | 1 ,Analysis | EurasiaReview

Russia stumbles in the fog of Syrian war

By Pavel K Baev The February 10 Israeli air force strike on the Tiyas (or T-4) military airbase near Palmyra, Syria brought the Syrian civil war into a new phase, as my Brookings colleagues Dror Michman and Yael Mizrahi-Arnaud recently argued . Russia overall finds its ability to control the complex Syrian conflict—particularly the interplays between the parties involved—much diminished. Just a couple of months ago, its mission of ensuring the survival of the internationally ostracized Bashar al-Assad regime
2018-02-21 16:02 | News | Brookings

Israel plans new law to ban Palestinians from Jerusalem

A proposed new law will give Israel wider powers to strip Palestinians of their right to live in occupied East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The legislation follows earlier attempts to remove social security benefits and family reunification rights from Palestinians in Jerusalem. “This time they are going after the right to residency,” Sani Khoury, a lawyer in Jerusalem, according to Arab News. The draft law approved by the Israeli parliament’s legislative committee allows the government to withdraw
2018-02-21 16:02 | News | AbrarOnline

After 50-year occupation, Israelis and Palestinians are still no closer to peace: UN envoy

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process Nikolay Mladenov said on Tuesday that after over a century of hostilities including 50 years of continued military occupation, Israelis and Security Council Considers Situation in Middle East Security Council meeting: The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, briefs the Security Council.
2018-02-21 16:02 | News | AbrarOnline

The Early Edition: February 21, 2018

Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here . Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. SYRIA At least 250 civilians have been killed in the past two days in the besieged, rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near the Syrian capital of Damascus after intensified bombing by the Syrian government and its allies, with the U.K.-based
2018-02-21 13:02 | Daily News Roundup | JustSecurity

So, You Think You Are My Partner? International NGOs and National NGOs, Costs of Asymmetrical Relationships

Photo by DFID – UK Department for International Development | CC BY 2.0 Despite decades of talk in the humanitarian community about empowering national partner organizations to be equals of the international non-government organizations – and in fact having them take over the work – little has changed. Not only do the vast majority of national organizations remain in a relationship that resembles a prolonged adolescence to an international ‘parent’, the failure to truly partner national
2018-02-21 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Finkelstein on Gaza: Who or What Has a Right to Exist?

Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom ( Verso, 2018 ) ,  is an extraordinary book.   It is also a difficult book to read.   In his preface, Norman Finkelstein writes that this work “has been a painstaking, fastidious undertaking born of a visceral detestation of falsehood, in particular when it is put in the service of power and human life hangs in the balance.”  He writes that “Gaza is about a Big Lie composed of a thousand, often seemingly abstruse
2018-02-21 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Muslims Face Increasing Discrimination, State Surveillance Under Trump

US President Donald Trump received another setback last week when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Richmond, Virginia, ruled against the latest version of his Muslim ban. In its ruling, the court stated that the ban is “unconstitutionally tainted with animus towards Islam” and that its central purpose is “to exclude Muslims from the United States.” Despite the ruling, “Muslim Ban 3.0” will remain in effect while the Supreme Court considers the case. The decision by the Fourth
2018-02-21 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Revisiting ‘Make America Great Again’

It’s been over a year since Donald Trump has been sworn into office. How does his campaign slogan of ‘Make America Great Again’ hold up? Well, unsurprisingly, not too spectacular. To start with, Making American Great Again is the antithesis of being even more beholden to the military-industrial-security complex, with a newly proposed $716 billion gift to the Pentagon. It is not inflaming tensions with a faraway dictator who has nuclear weapons. It is not bowing to
2018-02-21 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

LOC Flare-Ups And Aspirations Of The Common Man – OpEd

“Let Line of Control (LOC) be a line of peace.” — Mr. Manmohan Singh, ex-Prime Minister of India. The end of the British Raj paved way for the freedom of the masses at the time of independence. However, it was at the cost of the economic and socio-political exploitation of the masses. The division of the British colony into the two states ascribed to the circumstances was a heart wrenching and sordid state of affairs post independence. The
2018-02-21 03:02 | 1 ,Opinion | EurasiaReview

The Question Of Sanctions: South Africa And Palestine – OpEd

Sanctions against apartheid South Africa are, in the opinion of the writer, the only instance when sanctions have achieved their objective. They were also driven by civil society rather than by governments. By contrast, US sanctions since the 1950s against Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, North Korea and numerous other countries have proved dismal failures. Even worse, they have inflicted unjustifiable misery upon the very people they were purportedly intended to assist. The former US Secretary of State Madeleine
2018-02-21 03:02 | 1 ,Opinion | EurasiaReview

India And Iran Resolve To Focus On Connectivity And Economic Cooperation – Analysis

By Ashok Sajjanhar* The three-day visit of Hassan Rouhani to India, his first after becoming President in 2013, is testimony that India’s ”Think West” Policy, like its ”Act East” Policy, is thriving and blooming. Rouhani’s sojourn came within a month of the highly successful and historic six-day visit to India of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, Iran’s implacable foe in the region. Netanyahu’s visit came a little over six months after Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, the first
2018-02-21 01:02 | 1 ,Analysis ,Business | EurasiaReview

Beyond The Couscous Row: Why Palestinian Narrative Must Be Embraced – OpEd

As soon as Virgin Atlantic introduced a couscous-style salad “inspired by the flavors of Palestine,” a controversy  took off. Israel’s supporters ignited a social media storm and sent many complaints to the company, obliging the airline to remove the reference to Palestine. In the Zionist narrative, Palestine does not exist — nor is it allowed to exist — even if merely as a cultural concept. The sad irony is that, while Israel appropriated Palestinian-Arabic couscous (the Palestinian dish, in
2018-02-21 01:02 | 1 ,Opinion ,Social Issues | EurasiaReview

Israel Continues Airstrike Campaign Across Gaza

Israeli air forces conducted airstrikes on agricultural lands east of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday at dawn. According to locals, Israeli warplanes conducted 10 airstrikes causing significant damages to the land. No injuries were reported. Israeli media reported that the airstrikes were in response to rocketfire from southern Gaza. Israeli news website Ynet said that a rocket fired from Gaza had exploded in southern Israel. Meanwhile, the Israeli army released a statement confirming the
2018-02-21 00:02 | 1 ,World News | EurasiaReview

Guterres Reiterates UN Commitment To Two-State Solution To Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

After over a century of hostilities including 50 years of continued military occupation, Israelis and Palestinians are still no closer to peace, a United Nations special envoy said on Tuesday, warning that even as many in the region have lost hope for positive change, the enemies of peace are growing more confident by the day. UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process Nikolay Mladenov delivered his latest monthly briefing to the Security Council, noting that he was doing so
2018-02-21 00:02 | 1 ,Social Issues ,World News | EurasiaReview

Palestinian Authority President No Longer Wants U.S. To Lead Peace Efforts

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, angry over the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, wants other countries to lead peace efforts now. He is making his case to the U.N. Security Council.
2018-02-20 21:02 | News | NPR

‘NYT’ writers slam left for intolerance of dissent– on Israel panel that excludes anti-Zionists and Palestinians

New York Times columnists Bret Stephens and Roger Cohen repeatedly bashed the left for not tolerating dissent at a panel about Israel in New York  last week. Cohen called for “unsafe” speech and “open discussions, fierce debate” so as to fend off a “monolithic” McCarthyist “mob” on campuses. But the panel itself embodied Jewish intolerance of dissent: All three speakers on stage at the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan were ardent Zionists, introduced by a JCC official, Dava Schub,
2018-02-20 17:02 | American Jewish Community ,Islamophobia ,Israel Lobby | MondoWeiss

Sex, lies and corruption: Israeli politics from Ben-Gurion to Netanyahu

Last week, the Israeli police recommended indicting Prime Minister Netanyahu on two separate corruption charges. The cases have been under discussion for a long time now. Jonathan Cook has wrote for this site over a year ago, how the Netanyahu scandals “reflect corruption at the heart of Israeli society”. I will not go into further detail regarding Netanyahu in this writing, as I will explain later. Right now, I want to relate
2018-02-20 15:02 | Israel/Palestine ,Israeli Government ,Benjamin Netanyahu | MondoWeiss

The Question of Sanctions: South Africa and Palestine

Sanctions against apartheid South Africa are, in the opinion of the writer, the only instance when sanctions have achieved their objective. They were also driven by civil society rather than by governments. By contrast, US sanctions since the 1950s against Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, North Korea and numerous other countries have proved dismal failures. Even worse, they have inflicted unjustifiable misery upon the very people they were purportedly intended to assist. The former US Secretary of State Madeleine
2018-02-20 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Pity The Almond Tree – OpEd

Pity the almond tree, especially when it is in full bloom. The bloom of the almond is, in German, Mandelblüt. That is also the name of Israel’s chief legal official, called “the Legal Advisor of the Government”. The Legal Advisor is appointed by the government, but is supposed to be completely independent. He is in practice the Attorney General, the person who has the final say about indicting people, especially the prime minister. That is now his unhappy lot.
2018-02-20 06:02 | 1 ,Opinion | EurasiaReview

Mapping Trump’s Empire: Assets And Liabilities – OpEd

The US empire spans the globe; it expands and contracts, according to its ability to secure strategic assets, willing and able to further military and economic power to counter emerging adversaries. The map of empire is a shorthand measure of the vectors, reach and durability of global power and wealth. The map of empire is changing — adding and subtracting assets and liabilities, according to the successes and retreats of domestic and overseas power centers. While the US empire has
2018-02-20 05:02 | 1 ,Opinion | EurasiaReview

Iran: Zarif Decries US Presence In Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed the US government’s ‘uncalculated’ policy towards Syria and the dire consequences of American military presence in the Arab country. Speaking to reporters upon his arrival in Moscow for the annual Valdai Club Middle East Conference, Zarif denounced US activities in Syria, particularly the most recent and “very dangerous” stage of its presence in the Arab country. The US is in Syria with an ‘uncalculated’ policy and is trying to occupy parts of
2018-02-20 04:02 | 1 ,World News | EurasiaReview

Sarah Silverman stands by Ahed Tamimi: ‘Do you wonder where her rage comes from?’

After comedian Sarah Silverman called last week for people “to stand up” for imprisoned Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, she quickly encountered a barrage of feedback that lasted through the weekend. Some applauded, some criticized, some sought to educate Silverman, who has a history of supporting groups opposed to Israel’s occupation. The comic retweeted a call from Amnesty International for Tamimi to be freed from jail, two months after she slapped a soldier. Jews have to stand up EVEN
2018-02-20 01:02 | American Jewish Community ,Israel Lobby ,Media | MondoWeiss

The emperor’s new terrorist

T he Israeli occupation prosecutors have been working arduously for two months, like the tailors in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes , to tailor a case for Ahed Tamimi, in order to make her a terrorist . After her arrest, it was ruled that she must be kept in prison until the end of proceedings, because, God forbid, she might slap again . After indicting her on some
2018-02-19 17:02 | Israel/Palestine ,The Tamimi Family & Nabi Saleh Resistance ,Ahed Tamimi | MondoWeiss

‘I faced my Jewish racism’ — an alumnus’s call to Jewish students for Israeli Apartheid Week

– A call to Jewish students for  Israeli Apartheid Week 2018 We need to talk about Jewish racism. I know what you’re thinking. How dare I accuse us, a people who’ve suffered so greatly from prejudice, hatred and persecution, of holding racist attitudes ourselves? But it turns out that our past experience provides no protection and our communal memories can hinder, not help us. This particular conversation is about to become more urgent
2018-02-19 16:02 | Middle East | MondoWeiss

My father came home from prison when I was 7

Dear Ahed Tamimi, I would like to dedicate this article to you. Sending you love and Solidarity, We Stand with You and with All Palestinian Prisoners.                                                                                                                     “If you pull out an olive tree from my land, I’ll plant a hundred olive trees in return” and that’s my heroic motto. After my father’s release from the Negev prison in 1988, our family, friends, and neighbors had a huge celebration welcoming him home. He spent a few
2018-02-19 15:02 | Features ,Israel/Palestine ,Land Grab: Israeli settlements in the West Bank | MondoWeiss

A plea for Ahed Tamimi’s protection

The Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick of Che Guevara black and red portrait fame has done it again: He has painted a minimalist poster of another iconic leader of her people and of a worldwide liberation movement, this time of an oppressed child who had slapped power with her bare   truth. When I read his rationale for painting the new portrait I cried. The man’s pacifism, sincerity, and especially his concern for Ahed Tamimi’s life
2018-02-19 15:02 | Activism | MondoWeiss

Istanbul hosts mass wedding for 100 Palestinian couples

Turkey’s Mehir Foundation held a mass wedding party for 100 Turkey-based Palestinian couples at Sultanbeyli Sports Hall on Saturday night. The party was held under the slogan of “Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa – there of our joy” in collaboration with the Association of Palestinian Scholars and Sultanbeyli municipality. It gathered large numbers of well-wishers from various Muslim nationalities. Four trucks loaded with household goods, including clothing, home textile, furniture and cold coins for the couples set out from central
2018-02-19 13:02 | News | AbrarOnline

The Early Edition: February 19, 2018

Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here . Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. TRUMP-RUSSIA The office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced the indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three Russian entities on Friday for interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said the suspects “allegedly conducted
2018-02-19 13:02 | Daily News Roundup | JustSecurity

Headlines for February 19, 2018

Trump Lashes Out in Angry Tweetstorm After DOJ Indicts Russians for Election Meddling After Parkland, Students Launch Historic Youth-Led Movement to End Mass Shootings 66 Feared Dead After Iranian Plane Crash in Zagros Mountains Israeli & Iranian Leaders Clash over Syria Conflict at Munich Security Conference Syrian Gov't to Enter Afrin to Help U.S.-Backed Syrian Kurds Repel Turkish Offensive Gaza: Two Palestinian Teenagers Killed by
2018-02-19 13:02 | News | DemocracyNow

Blowback: How Israel Went From Helping Create Hamas to Bombing It

What do you know about Hamas? That it’s sworn to destroy Israel? That it’s a terrorist group, proscribed both by the United States and the European Union ? That it rules Gaza with an iron fist ? That it’s killed hundreds of innocent Israelis with rocket , mortar , and suicide attacks? But did you also know that Hamas — which is an Arabic acronym
2018-02-19 12:02 | Uncategorized | TheIntercept

Al-Quds OIC Youth Capital 2018 opening ceremony held in style

The acclaimed opening ceremony of Al-Quds OIC Youth Capital 2018, co-organized by the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC) and the Palestinian High Council of Youth and Sports (HCYS), was held in Ramallah recently, kick-starting a year of landmark initiatives for Palestinian youth that seeks to raise international awareness of the Palestinian issue and preserve the Islamic character of Jerusalem. The ceremony was inaugurated by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. ICYF-DC President Ambassador Elshad Iskandarov, HCYS Chairman
2018-02-19 10:02 | News | AbrarOnline

UN: Israel demolishes 6 EU-funded structures in January, 44 schools awaiting demolition

Israeli authorities demolished six European Union-funded structures in Area C of the occupied West Bank in January under the pretext of lack of building permit while 44 schools have pending demolition orders, a report on Israeli demolition of Palestinian structures during January by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Friday. OCHA said in another report also published on Friday on the protection of civilians in the occupied Palestinian territories covering the first
2018-02-19 10:02 | News | AbrarOnline

Netanyahu’s Ruthless Instinct for Political Survival Remains Undimmed

The recommendation by police to charge Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu with two counts of bribery – there are more cases looming – marks a dangerous moment for Israel and the region. For the past three decades, corruption scandals have swirled around a succession of Israeli leaders. Ehud Olmert, Mr Netanyahu’s predecessor, was forced to resign over suspicions he took cash in envelopes, and later ended up in jail. But Mr Netanyahu is the first to face the possibility of
2018-02-19 07:02 | Benjamin Netanyahu ,Blowback ,Corruption | DissidentVoice

Another Face Of Abu Qatada: Speaking On Principle Of Terrorism – Analysis

By Anne Speckhard* Abu Qatada, who many have called the spiritual father of al Qaeda in Europe, is a scholar of Islam and what many might deem a terrorist instigator, or an ideologue who puts out arguments in support of militant jihad, but never himself fights jihad or spills blood. Yet, in these interviews, the third and fourth ICSVE researchers have made with him over the past year, he spoke candidly about his views on terrorism—making statements that will surprise
2018-02-19 02:02 | 1 ,Analysis | EurasiaReview

China’s Step Into The Maelstrom Of The Middle East – Analysis

The Middle East has a knack for sucking external powers into its conflicts. China’s ventures into the region have shown how difficult it is to maintain its principle of non-interference  in the internal affairs of other states. China’s abandonment of non-interference is manifested by its (largely ineffective) efforts to  mediate conflicts  in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan as well as between Israel and Palestine and even between Saudi Arabia and Iran. It is even more evident in China’s trashing of
2018-02-19 00:02 | 1 ,Analysis | EurasiaReview

A Massive U.S. Drone Base Could Destabilize Niger — and May Even Be Illegal Under Its Constitution

Late in the morning of October 4 last year, a convoy of Nigerien and American special forces soldiers in eight vehicles left the village of Tongo Tongo. As they made their way between mud-brick houses with thatched roofs, they were attacked from one side by dozens of militants, if not hundreds. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Nigeriens and Americans fled, some on foot, running for cover behind trees and clusters of millet, their boots caked in the light brown earth. By
2018-02-18 13:02 | Uncategorized | TheIntercept

The US needs “Eureka!” Moments re “Vetting; “Displacement”; “Discernment”; “Integration”!

Eureka! Eureka! (I have found it!) — Archimedes Having played with fire, one knows inner forms, inner function. — Kijima Hajime Let’s first debunk the “fake news”!  Famed scientist and mathematician, Archimedes, probably did not cry out “Eureka! Eureka!” (Greek for “I have found it!”) when he sat in a public bath in Syracuse, Sicily, discovering one of his—and our—“laws of buoyancy”! But, as with most good, apocryphal stories—the parables in the Bible, for example—there
2018-02-18 02:02 | Culture ,Donald Trump ,Fake News | DissidentVoice

Israeli soldiers attack Palestinians planting olive trees

Violence / Detentions — West Bank / Jerusalem Nine Palestinians injured on 11th Friday of Rage, says Health Ministry RAMALLAH (WAFA) 16 Feb – At least nine Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces’ live bullets or rubber-coated steel rounds as the forces quelled a number of protests across the occupied West Bank on the eleventh Friday of Rage, according to the Ministry of Health. The ministry said three Palestinian protesters were injured, two of
2018-02-18 01:02 | Features ,Israel/Palestine ,Today in Palestine | MondoWeiss

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held without trial or charge launch boycott of Israeli courts

BETHLEHEM — Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons under administrative detention — Israel’s widely condemned policy of detention without charge or trial — launched an open-ended boycott of Israeli courts on Thursday. The 450 administrative detainees released a joint statement announcing the boycott, saying “the core of resisting administrative detention policy comes from boycotting this Israeli legal system.” “We put our faith and trust in our people, their power and institutions, and in the civil society
2018-02-16 15:02 | Israel/Palestine | MondoWeiss

Video: Susiya calls for greater international solidarity to stop demolitions following Israeli high court decision

On the top of the hill, at the edge of the village, Najah Moukhanam is looking with melancholy at her almond trees and blooming flowers that she planted. Her garden and tent can be destroyed at any time by the Israeli army. “I am tired. My body, my heart and my mind are tired,” Moukhanam told Mondoweiss . “It’s impossible that they demolish and I leave my homeland, because if I left they will take it. [So] they demolish
2018-02-16 15:02 | Israel/Palestine ,Middle East ,On the ground reports | MondoWeiss

Palestinian mental health professionals in Israel say international conference should not be held in Tel Aviv

Last summer, three mental health clinicians in the USA joined together to launch an organization, the USA-Palestine Mental Health Network,  dedicated to publicizing the impact of the Israeli occupation on the well-being of the people of Palestine. As mental health workers, we aim to make known the pervasive psychological damage inflicted by Israel–directly through means such as extrajudicial assassinations, torture of detainees, house demolitions, and nighttime raids upon homes as well as indirectly through the strangle-hold control of the Palestinian
2018-02-16 15:02 | Middle East | MondoWeiss

Extracting a legacy of Black, Southern organizing for Palestine

In 1967 the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), arguably one of the most influential organizing groups in the South in the 1960s, published a two-page pamphlet titled “Third World Round-up: The Palestine Problem: Test Your Knowledge.” The short yet controversial pamphlet included 32 facts about Israel’s June 1967 war and described Israel as “a colonial state backed by U.S. imperialism, and Palestinians as victims of racial subjugation,” as writer Robin D.G. Kelley puts it in his 2014 essay “ Another
2018-02-16 14:02 | Activism ,BDS | MondoWeiss

‘Preparing the hearts’ – how the Temple Mount movement works towards their goal of building the Third Temple over the ruins of Al Aqsa

After failing to blow up the Dome of the Rock in 1984, Yehuda Etzion of the “Jewish Underground” messianic terrorist group realized his mistake while in prison. Their plan to destroy the “abomination,” was appropriate; the only problem was that they acted ahead of their time, Etzion argued. “The generation was not ready,” Etzion wrote in a letter while incarcerated. Once out of prison Etzion established the Chai Vekayam (Alive and Existing) movement, which
2018-02-16 14:02 | Israel/Palestine ,On the ground reports ,Temple Mount | MondoWeiss

Atlas Shivered

A recent article by Matthew Moore appeared in The Times titled “Trump’s philosopher is heading for your local”. The piece not only suggests that Donald Trump is capable of reading a book, which seems unlikely enough, but that he’s also capable of reading a philosophical book. Quite frankly, that would be stretching credulity a little too far. The so-called philosopher in question is Ayn Rand, a White Russian émigré to the US who died almost forty
2018-02-16 09:02 | Capitalism ,Donald Trump ,Fascism | DissidentVoice

American Carnage

Americans have a remarkable tolerance for child slaughter, especially the mass murders of the children of others. This emotional indifference manifested itself vividly after the disclosure of the My Lai Massacre, when dozens of Vietnamese infants and children were killed by the men of Charlie Company, their tiny, butchered corpses stacked in ditches. After the trial of Lt. William Calley, more than 70 percent of Americans believed his sentence was too severe. Most objected to any trial at all. In
2018-02-16 09:02 | articles 2015 ,Leading Article ,Top Stories | CounterPunch