Sunday, May 21, 2017

5-21-2017 Palestinians call for 'Day of Rage' to protest Trump's visit to the occupied territory – Ma’an News Agency


Palestinian factions in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah have called upon the Palestinian people to partake in a "Day of Rage" on Tuesday, during the planned visit by US President Donald Trump to the occupied Palestinian territory…While the Israeli government is believed to have strategically stalled legislation that further entrenched Israel's illegal settlement expansion until after Trump's inauguration, owing to the belief among Israeli leaders that right-wing policies would be more easily implemented under a Trump presidency, Trump's unpredictable nature has left Israeli authorities and Palestinian leaders alike unsure of his actual stance on the conflict.


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

5-6-2017 Campus Activists Fight Fordham University's Ban on Students for Justice in Palestine - David Palumbo-Liu Truthout



Fordham University has recently been awarded the dubious distinction of being named one of the 10 worst campuses in the United States when it comes to free speech and academic freedom. Its sin? To have, in an unprecedented move, overturned its own process for approving student groups and unilaterally denied recognition to one student organization alone -- Students for Justice in Palestine


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Thursday, May 4, 2017

5-3-2017 The Prisoners’ Revolt: The Real Reasons behind the Palestinian Hunger Strike - Ramzy Baroud The Palestine Chronicle

…It is under this backdrop [the occupation] that the hunger strike becomes far more urgent than the need to improve the conditions of incarcerated Palestinians.  It is a revolt within Fatah against their disengaged leadership, and a frantic attempt by all Palestinians to demonstrate their ability to destabilize the Israeli-American-PA matrix of control that has extended for many years.  "Rights are not bestowed by an oppressor," wrote Marwan Barghouti from his jail on the first day of the hunger strike.  In truth, his message was directed at Abbas and his cronies, as much as it was directed at Israel.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

5-1-2017 What Hamas's New Document Does and Doesn't Say - Atlantic Magazine

…"One of the more important things in this document is what's not in it, and that's any mention of the Muslim Brotherhood," Rumley said. "Hamas released this now out of realization that Sisi is here to stay and that his war on the [Muslim] Brothers has hit them hard—not only at Rafah, but in the tunnels and in access to Egypt and the ability to get out of the Gaza Strip. It's really hamstrung the organization."  Rumley said the move could also be seen as an attempt to undercut support for Fatah, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority from which Hamas broke ranks after it assumed control of the Strip in 2007.  The new document was dismissed by Israeli and Palestinian Authority leaders. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a "smoke screen," with David Keyes, a Netanyahu spokesman, adding: "Hamas is attempting to fool the world but it will not succeed."  Osama al-Qawasme, a Fatah spokesman, called on Hamas to apologize to the party "after 30 years of accusing us of treason for that policy."


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5-1-2017 Abbas fears the prisoners’ hunger strike - Jonathan Cook Mondoweiss


The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is due to meet Donald Trump in the White House on Wednesday to discuss reviving the long-cold corpse of the peace process.  Back home, things are heating up. There is anger in the West Bank, both on the streets and within the ranks of Abbas's Fatah movement. The trigger is a two-week-old hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners…

ries to Gaza's civil servants.…A popular struggle of non-violence – blocking settlement roads, marching to Jerusalem, tearing down walls – would be hard to characterise as terrorism, even for Trump. It is the Israeli army's nightmare scenario, because it is the only confrontation for which it has no suitable response.  Such a campaign of civil disobedience, however, stands no chance of success so long as Abbas is there to undermine it – and insists on obediently chasing after illusions in Washington.


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5-3-2017 True independence on Nakba Day: accountability and healing as an Israeli aggressor


…I went on to study biological psychology in the United States specializing in the behavioral neuroscience of fear, stress, social behaviors, aggression and trauma... Since its inception, Israeli politicians invoke fear by perpetuating a victim narrative based on centuries of real persecution of Jewish peoples. In effect, they reinforce a form of collective Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), whereby annihilation is eternally around the corner. Thus, fear enables a level of aggression and oppression that is a part of daily life in the reality of occupation.  Today is a perfect day of reckoning for Israelis: the anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba ("catastrophe" in Arabic), when Zionist forces ethnically cleansed Palestine of its native peoples in order to fulfill their goal of Judaizing the land.  To heal, we as Israelis must abandon exclusivism and choose the evolutionary path of empathy and altruism. This painful process includes acknowledging shame and guilt and embracing historical truth over propaganda. Once the bond between Zionism and the self is broken Israelis will be able to engage in dissent as a legitimate and natural means of building an inclusive and just society in Israel/Palestine.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

5-1-2017 In Palestinian Power Struggle, Hamas Eases Talk on Israel – Ian Fisher New York Times 

Hamas, the militant group that has long engaged in violent resistance against Israel, sought on Monday to present a more moderate public face as it struggles for control among Palestinians with its main rival, the Palestinian Authority.  A new document of principles — released by Hamas just days before the Palestinian Authority's leader, Mahmoud Abbas, was scheduled to meet President Trump — calls for closer ties to Egypt, waters down the anti-Semitic language that is prominent in its charter and accepts at least a provisional Palestinian state…"We are a pragmatic and civilized movement. We do not hate the Jews. We only fight who occupies our lands and kills our people…."

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

4-27-2017 Letter of Support for Palestinian Hunger Strikers from Lawyers, Legal Workers, Law Students and Legal Organization - National Lawyers Guild International Committees

Over 200 lawyers, law students, legal workers and legal organizations have come together to sign the following letter in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. Additional signatures are welcome – you may sign on at the form, or send your signature to  We, the undersigned lawyers, legal organizations, law students and legal workers, express our solidarity with Palestinian lawyers currently boycotting Israeli military courts. This boycott was launched on April 18 in response to Israeli authorities' denial of legal visits to Palestinian prisoners participating in a hunger strike launched on April 17 and involving approximately 1,500 detainees. (1) In addition, we declare our support and solidarity for the demands of the Palestinian hunger strikers (2) and urge their immediate implementation...

4-30-2017 Israel Can Do Better – Judith Ferster Chapel Hill News


…This idea about Israel as a democracy is the heart of the matter for many arguments about Israel, its role in the Middle East, and its relationship to the United States. Let's put aside the occupation of the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights, as well as the siege of Gaza, which many Zionists agree are not good for Israel so that we can focus on whether Israel protects the rights of all its citizens, of whom more than one and a half million people (according to Israeli government statistics) are Palestinian Muslims, Christians, and Druze.  They can vote in Israeli elections, and serve in the Knesset (the Israeli parliament), hold civil service jobs, and represent Israel as diplomats. Nevertheless, they are discriminated against in many ways…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

4-27-2017 Dismantling the distortion about Israel - Ron Such Electronic Intifada


The historian Ilan Pappe's latest work, Ten Myths About Israel, is a useful primer for people just becoming familiar with the Palestinian liberation struggle – but it is far more than that. It is also a valuable tool for veteran organizers seeking to explain cogently and simply how Israel's foundational myths and ongoing propaganda perpetuate the oppression of the Palestinian people.  While concise at 192 pages, Ten Myths About Israel points readers to many of the seminal works in Palestinian and Israeli historiography. Those who wish to explore more deeply can thereby obtain other, more in-depth guides…

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