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[l] at 1/18/20 8:51am

Gaza Press Release. Gaza 2020: Breaking the Siege Wed Jan 15 — International activists including Finnish MP arrested for trying to cut Gaza fence in protest of Israeli siege — An international delegation of activists was arrested by Israeli police for attempting to cut through the Gaza barrier fence and break the siege. The group, Gaza 2020 Breaking the Siege...

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[Category: News, Gaza, Tom Hurndall]

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[l] at 1/17/20 12:34pm

The new year is starting off fast, the forces of censorship are waxing. This makes sense as there is a well-financed, coherent, state, NGO and private political campaign that is, as predicted, unrelenting. At this writing, 28 US states now have some version of anti-BDS and/or explicitly pro-Israel laws on their books and these are not idle, toothless resolutions. Often these laws prohibit the...

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[Category: Opinion, antisemitism, BDS, Muzzlewatch]

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[l] at 1/17/20 10:32am

Congressional Republicans continue to push legislation that targets the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and their first move of 2020 is the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. The legislation, which was introduced by rabidly pro-Israel Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), would an add an amendment to the Export Administration Act of 1979 that would prohibit boycotts against United States allies (such as...

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[Category: News, antisemitism, BDS, Zeldin]

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[l] at 1/17/20 8:33am

The ADL has lumped me and Max Blumenthal and Jeff Morley in with rightwing antisemites because we said that Trump killed Qasem Soleimani out of concern for Israel’s interest. The ADL classifies us as the “anti-Zionist left,” but it associates us with nationalist Jew-hating rhetoric that has undoubtedly made Jews less safe in the United States. And the ADL specifically scores me...

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[Category: Media Analysis, Anti-Defamation League, Bernard Marcus, David Friedman, Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, Paul Singer, Sheldon Adelson]

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[l] at 1/16/20 8:40am

Over the weekend from Friday the 10th January through Sunday the 12th Scientists for Palestine (S4P) held their third international conference, this year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In front of an audience of about 200, there were thirty Palestinian scientist presenters and panel participants, nine of whom had made the journey from Palestine to Cambridge.

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[Category: Activism]

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[l] at 1/16/20 8:00am

Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar was interviewed by the New York Times editorial board as part of their endorsement process yesterday. The Minnesota Senator addressed a number of topics, including Israel. Klobuchar implied she might roll back the Trump administration’s declaration on the legality of settlements, but said she would not move the United States Embassy back to Tel Aviv:

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[Category: News, 2020 U.S. Election, Amy Klobuchar, Democrats]

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[l] at 1/16/20 7:00am

Last night (Wednesday) was the deadline for submitting party lists ahead of the upcoming Israeli elections set for March 2nd – the third elections within a year. Israel is in a political gridlock, with none of the two major blocs managing to create a coalition of at least 61 seats out of the 120 Knesset seats. The right-wing bloc always lacks a few seats because Avigdor Lieberman with his Israel...

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[Category: News, 2019 Israeli Elections, Israel elections, Jewish Power]

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[l] at 1/15/20 11:43am

On January 14, South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order that prohibits state offices from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. South Dakota becomes the 28th state to pass legislation that targets the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. “Israel is one of our nation’s closest allies, and their success is critical to American national...

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[Category: Activism, BDS, south dakota]

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[l] at 1/15/20 11:41am

Last week, student activists with the group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) were in Iowa as part of their Palestinian Freedom 2020 Bus Tour. The 14 Jewish and Palestinian students arrived in the state to demand that Democratic candidates stop funding Israel’s occupation and embrace Palestinian rights. The trip was organized JVP Action, the political and advocacy wing of JVP. @

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[Category: Activism, activism, BDS, JVP]

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[l] at 1/15/20 8:54am

The U.S. mainstream media’s shoddy, dishonest reporting about the Iran Crisis continues. The media refuses to closely examine the Trump administration’s latest justification for killing Qasem Soleimani — that the Iranian general was responsible for the deaths of “thousands of U.S. troops.” Trump’s original rationale — that Soleimani was planning “imminent” attacks on U.S. embassies and soldiers —...

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[Category: Media Analysis, Iran, Iran Crisis, Qasem Soleimani]

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[l] at 1/15/20 7:37am

A clear divide in the Democratic Party presidential debate last night was between mainstream candidates who see American troops performing a vital role in the Middle East and the two progressive candidates who don’t. The talking point for the mainstream candidates was fighting “terrorism.” Amy Klobuchar went so far as to call Iran a “terrorist regime.&#8221.

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[Category: News, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Iran deal, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg]

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[l] at 1/15/20 7:20am

The Israeli Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that it had approved the creation of seven new Israeli nature reserves in Area C of the occupied West Bank. According to the Jerusalem Post, the move — which also includes the expansion of 12 existing nature reserves — is the first time since the Oslo Accords that an approval of its kind has been issued. The news comes on the heels of...

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[Category: News]

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[l] at 1/14/20 1:19pm

A myth that the Palestinians keep “missing opportunities” to find lasting solutions is being revived from Jared Kushner, to Tony Blair, to Mohammed bin Salman. The prime example that is often raised is the 2000 Camp David Summit between the late Chairman of the PLO Yasser Arafat and the former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, where Palestinians turned down what was often reported as a “generous”...

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[Category: Opinion, Camp David, Deal of the Century, Jared Kushner, missed opportunity, peace talks, Trump Administration]

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[l] at 1/14/20 10:46am

The “usual suspects” are already being rounded up. U.S. citizens with Iranian names and backgrounds are being selected for special screening at the border. City police departments in New York and Los Angeles have vowed to be on alert for Iranian terrorists. It’s been the same story for decades. Nearly anytime the United States has a military conflict with a country or group that is labeled Muslim...

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[Category: Opinion]

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[l] at 1/14/20 10:44am

The latest news from Israeli politics is that the leftwing Meretz Party is joining forces with the Labor Party in order to try to stay above the threshold of oblivion in the next election (3.25 percent) and the list of parliamentary candidates they’ve announced excludes Palestinians. The Palestinian member of Knesset Issawi Frej had fought for Meretz’s survival in the last two...

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[Category: Media Analysis, Avigdor Lieberman, Ayman Odeh, Issawi Frej, Joint List]

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[l] at 1/14/20 8:15am

We’re only a few days into the new decade and it’s somehow already a bigger dumpster fire than the last. On January 2nd, President Trump decided to order what one expert called “the most important decapitation strike America has ever launched.” This one took out not some nameless terrorist in a distant land or a group of civilians who happened to get in the way, but Major General Qasem...

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[Category: Opinion, drones, Qasem Soleimani, War on Terror]

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[l] at 1/13/20 12:16pm

The defeat of Jeremy Corbyn in the recent British elections was an event that called for celebration amongst Israel supporters. “The beast is slain”, cried Joe Glasman, head of Political and Government Investigations in Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA). Glasman’s organization is “an influential anti-Palestinian lobby group,” EI says. Glasman was transmitting a rather...

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[Category: News, IHRA antisemitism definition, Jeremy Corbyn]

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[l] at 1/13/20 9:21am

UPDATE: On Monday, Jeopardy apologized for airing the Bethlehem-is-in-Israel answer. It did so with a convoluted statement saying that its original clue “was flawed as written and that determining an acceptable response would be problematic.” Statement at end of this article. On Friday night the game show “Jeopardy” blew the Palestine question, badly; and it&#8217.

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[Category: Media Analysis, Alex Trebek, Code Pink, James Zogby, Jeopardy, Omar Baddar]

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[l] at 1/13/20 7:32am

Here’s yet another example of bias in U.S. media coverage of the Iran Crisis: using the expression “Iran’s proxies” to describe various militia forces across the Mideast, instead of the accurate “Iran’s allies.” The mistaken, slanted description adds to the distorted view that Iran is a dangerous, expansionist adversary, a view that the U.S., Israel, and their ally Saudi Arabia have promoted for...

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[Category: Media Analysis, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, Iran Crisis, Qasem Soleimani, Tom Friedman]

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[l] at 1/13/20 7:05am

As the region reels from a tumultuous week of tensions between the US and Iran, new information has come to light, alleging that the sole foreign leader who knew of US President Trump’s plans to assassinate Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Reports surfaced over the weekend that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed Netanyahu on the strike ahead of...

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[Category: News, Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah, Iran, Qasem Soleimani]

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[l] at 1/11/20 9:03am

Gaza IDF pushing for thousands of Gazans to work in Israel Ynet 3 Jan by Yoav Zitun — Israel Defense Forces Chief of General Staff Aviv Kochavi made a dramatic announcement on Wednesday, in which he declared his support for the plan to offer Gaza’s citizens certain relief in return for calm in southern Israel. The plan, which Kochavi refers to as “government policy,&#8221.

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[Category: News, Aviv Kochavi, Gaza, Gaza blockade]

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