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From inside Gaza: “How much of our blood is sufficient?”

Palestinians mourn victims of Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, 12 July. Many of us feel enraged but helpless in the face of Israel’s war crimes, with the active complicity of elites and mainstream media in Europe and North America.  … Continue reading

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A desperate plea from an Israeli Jew

Via Jewish Voice for Peace: “My name is Eran Efrati, I am Jewish, a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces, and a 7th generation Jerusalemite. What I’ve seen in Israel over the last few weeks is beyond anything I have … Continue reading

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A turning point: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) votes to divest

Friday, June 20, the 221st General Assembly of the US Presbyterian Church voted 310 to 303 to withdraw its $21 million holdings from three major US corporations that profit from Israel’s military occupation of Palestine: Caterpillar (heavy equipment to destroy … Continue reading

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Stop Mekorot

March 22 (World Water Day) to March 30 (Palestinian Land Day) marks the first International Boycott Week Against Mekorot. Israel’s national water company, Mekorot oversees the water apartheid policies of the Israeli state, stealing water from under Palestine to supply … Continue reading

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The Desert of Israeli Democracy

Here is American journalist Max Blumenthal’s deeply perceptive, moving account of his recent travels through the Negev Desert, where the Israeli government is poised to implement a plan for the expulsion of 40,000 indigenous Bedouin citizens of Israel from their … Continue reading

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Free John Greyson & Dr Tarek Loubani: sample open letter for small communities

As residents of Prince Edward-Hastings riding in Ontario, Canada, we call on you to exercise your influence and responsibility in the following matter of urgent concern to all of us. As of October 1, Canadian citizens John Greyson and Dr … Continue reading

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From a rural distance

From a rural distance, the city of Toronto dazzles.  It also puzzles me. I gather that the municipal government there faces enormous challenges, and ever-shrinking resources.  Same dilemma in the small rural county where I live. How then do a … Continue reading

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Clean bubbles: kicking the SodaStream habit

SodaStream corporate website:  “We seek to revolutionize the beverage industry by reducing plastic bottle waste and being an environmentally friendly product.” Forbes.com, February 6:  “SodaStream sells its beverage systems in 15,000 retailers across the United States and many thousands more … Continue reading

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“It’s not me that will succeed. Reality will.”

Exciting news from an otherwise uniformly bleak picture of Israel’s upcoming elections.  Published online today by Challenge magazine. Asma Agbarieh-Zahalka, Tel Aviv, September 2011. Photo: Challenge magazine A little context:  When I was in Palestine-Israel writing Our Way to Fight, … Continue reading

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‘Isawiyya.

From David Shulman in Jerusalem, January 4, 2013.  He teaches at Hebrew University, and wrote the book Dark Hope. — I meet the drummers on the city bus to French Hill. They ask me: “Are you going there?”  Yes. Smiles. … Continue reading

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Ideas as dangerous as weapons

The Israeli secret police don’t like the Israeli mathematician Dr Kobi Snitz.  Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say they fear him.  But how can one of the most powerful military states on the planet be afraid of … Continue reading

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‘Children of the stones’

Twenty-five years ago this month, young Palestinians launched an uprising that came to be known as the First Intifada.  It wasn’t the first uprising against the Israeli military occupation of Palestine, but the first to reach widespread international attention. This … Continue reading

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A cartoonist speaks out

Normally cartoonists follow the rule that a picture is worth a thousand words.  But yesterday, under attack for a recent cartoon on Palestine, Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig felt compelled to use his words as well, quite powerfully, in the newspaper … Continue reading

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Québec recognizes Palestine

On Tuesday December 4, the National Assembly of Quebec adopted a motion to recognize the right of Palestinians to self-determination and statehood. March for Palestine, Montreal The motion originated with Québec Solidaire, a new political party that won two seats … Continue reading

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The United Nations welcomes Palestine

How the world voted: Yes: 138       No: 9      Abstain: 41 Yesterday, Thursday November 29, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted to approve Palestine’s bid to become a non-member observer state.  The final vote stood at 138 in favor, 9 … Continue reading

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Palestine at the United Nations, today

This message & video link just arrived from Jewish Voice for Peace, in Washington DC: Hours from now, Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, will speak to the United Nations General Assembly and ask 193 countries to vote for non-member … Continue reading

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Gaza: back to normal

If the truce holds, life in Gaza goes back to normal.  (For the 104 civilians killed, one third of them children, it’s too late.) In Gaza, for the survivors a return to normal means: Israel continues to impose its suffocating, … Continue reading

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Six ways to stand with the people of Gaza

Gaza City, today.  Photo: The Guardian, UK 1.  Due to the long Israeli siege, Gaza’s medical system was already badly damaged before this latest assault.  Now it has to deal with a wave of traumatic injuries.  Medical Aid for Palestine … Continue reading

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Gaza, now.

Tal el Hawa neighborhood, Gaza city, Nov 16, after Israeli air attack.  Photo: Activestills.org From The Real News Network, 16 November 2012: UN Holds Urgent Security Council Meeting, US Stands With Israel. No surprise there.  Of 79 United Nations resolutions … Continue reading

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Gaza.

The latest Israeli assault on Gaza is impossible to comprehend if one relies on the mainstream media.  Once again they obscure and distort what’s actually happening on the ground, and why. On the ground, Gaza, Nov 14, 2012. By contrast, … Continue reading

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