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A new approach to Palestinian ‘aid’

A fascinating essay by Nadia Hijab, Alaa Tartir, and Jeremy Wildeman, published last week in Foreign Policy, a prestigious journal based in Washington DC. Olive harvest, Palestine Nadia Hijab is the director, Alaa Tartir the program director, and Jeremy Wildeman … Continue reading

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I will not be fuel to the fire of your war

At age 18, Omar Saad, a young Druze Palestinian musician from the Galilee village of al-Mughar received the usual summons to enlist in the Israeli army.  Recent studies show that if given the choice, two thirds of Druze youth would … Continue reading

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“The song will live”: Freedom bus & Zakaria Zubeidi

International pressure has finally succeeded in forcing the Palestinian Authority to release Zakaria Zubeidi from prison, after they had held him without charge since May 13.   But he’s still not free.  An update follows.  First, exhilarating news from the Freedom … Continue reading

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More cracks in the wall

Good news from Anna Baltzer, National Organizer with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation: The Quaker Friends Fiduciary Corporation (FFC) has become the first national fund in the United States to divest from Hewlett-Packard and Veolia Environment, based … Continue reading

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The Freedom Bus: All aboard!

From the irrepressible Freedom Theatre, a thrilling new initiative is set to go on the road: For nine days, 23 September – 1 October, the Freedom Bus will embark on a historic and ground-breaking solidarity ride through the West Bank of Occupied … Continue reading

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Just arrived, a petition to the Palestinian president for the immediate release of Zakaria Zubeidi, co-founder of the Freedom Theatre.  Doctors say it’s unlikely he can survive more than 3 days.  Please don’t delay in signing the petition, here.

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“Shame, shame”

An update on Zakaria Zubeidi, still on a ‘death fast’ in the occupied West Bank to protest his illegal detention by the Palestinian Authority: Zakaria Zubeidi (seated), in rehearsal (Photo: explore.org) From the Ma’an News Agency, received yesterday, September 17: … Continue reading

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Looking for a good hummus?

Good news from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana (via Mondoweiss): In Response to Student and Faculty Concerns, Earlham College’s Dining Services Stops Selling Sabra Products. [MR:  Founded by Quakers in the mid-1800s, Earlham College is now a full-range arts and … Continue reading

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Zakaria Zubeidi on death fast

Urgent: From the Freedom Theatre, Jenin refugee camp, Occupied Palestine, September 9, 2012 Zakaria Zubeidi, Jenin refugee camp Zakaria Zubeidi’s release from prison has been postponed yet again, Palestinian Authority officials announced, for 8 more days of “additional investigations.” Zakaria … Continue reading

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“We should all have been standing there with her.”

More comment from Cindy and Craig Corrie, on the Israeli judge’s verdict that neither the state nor the army bears any responsibility for the murder of their daughter Rachel.  Thanks to Leehee Rothschild and the Mondoweiss blog for this: While … Continue reading

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“Any thinking person”

In a Tel Aviv courthouse today, Judge Oded Gershon, a former military judge, ruled that the State of Israel bears no responsibility in the death of Rachel Corrie. Rachel Corrie, Gaza, March 16, 2003 On March 16, 2003, Corrie, an … Continue reading

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More cracks in the wall

The forces arrayed against Palestinians are overwhelming.  Often they seem, as they are meant to seem, invincible. History suggests that they are not. For people in other countries who seek a just peace in Palestine-Israel, one of very few effective … Continue reading

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A small story

This is a small story, happens every day.  But still it needs to be told. (Photo: Jonathan B Young) First the basic news item, sent by Israeli activist Dorothy Naor, then a little more personal detail about Hani Amer, the … Continue reading

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One apartheid state, for Jews only

Vast clouds of propaganda obscure reality on the ground in Palestine-Israel.  But now and then, through accident or arrogance (as in the New York Times op-ed described below), the clouds part and, for a moment, stark reality can be seen. … Continue reading

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Toxic hypocrisy

A news story from The Guardian UK today confirms what I wrote yesterday about the toxic hypocrisy of power elites in Europe (and elsewhere) toward Israel and Palestine: “The EU will offer Israel upgraded trade and diplomatic relations in more … Continue reading

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Official ‘aid’ and the destruction of Palestine

On July 21, bulldozers of the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) destroyed a water well near Khader village, in the southern West Bank.  Construction of the well was financed by the European Union (EU). Ahmed Salah, coordinator of the popular committee … Continue reading

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“The world had better take note”

“What do Israel and the international community get in return for their systematic plundering of Palestinian livelihood?  A stubborn, collective Palestinian memory which refuses to cower under the weight of historical injustice.  If this was merely a memory it would … Continue reading

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Gaza’s Ark – the unquenchable yearning for freedom

Inspired and inspiring: In cooperation with Palestinians in Gaza, and partners in the US, Australia and other countries, the Canadian Boat to Gaza has just announced a new, very creative challenge to the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza. … Continue reading

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Caterpillar runs into an obstacle

Just in from the We Divest Campaign: Pension fund giant TIAA-CREF [a US pension fund management firm for people in academic, medical, cultural, governmental and research fields] has removed Caterpillar, Inc. from its Social Choice Funds portfolio.  As of May 1, … Continue reading

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“A situation that screws up everyone”

On June 30, 2012, the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) will begin its 220th General Assembly.  Among other issues, it will tackle proposals from Church committees to divest from three companies that profit from the Israel’s military occupation of Palestine: Caterpillar, … Continue reading

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