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[l] at 9/26/20 9:46am

As you may know, a landmark event in the politics of Palestine took place yesterday: Congressional star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York withdrew from participation in an October memorial to Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli Prime Minister who was slain in 1995 by a rightwing extremist, after critics pointed out Rabin’s human rights record. Rabin is a liberal Zionist hero, maybe the greatest hero of...

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[Category: News, Adalah Justice Project, Alex Kane, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Americans for Peace Now, BDS, Democratic Majority for Israel, Liberal Zionism, Noura Erakat]

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[l] at 9/26/20 8:02am

There’s a shift happening. I’ve covered U.S. politics for a decade, and what I’m seeing now is different. Today – on Capitol Hill, on U.S. campuses, and among the public at large – candidates, movement leaders and everyday people are questioning blind support for Israel’s apartheid policies. Mondoweiss brings you news about Palestine/Israel that other media ignore – news that helps shape attitudes...

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[Category: Site News, Fundraising, Top Headlines]

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[l] at 9/25/20 2:29pm

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces held an on-line gala last week. The FIDF is an American nonprofit that raised $132 million in 2018, including $43 million at its LA gala, with the mission of providing “life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide.” Emphasis mine. If you wonder why Joe Biden won’t say a critical word about Israel, Haim Saban is a leading...

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[Category: Media Analysis, Adalah, Benny Gantz, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Haim Saban, Israel Defense Forces, Nation State Law, Operation Cast Lead, Operation Protective Edge]

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[l] at 9/25/20 12:15pm

It was a beautiful fall day here in Chicago this year on Rosh Hashanah, so I did what I do during most of these pandemic days–I took a walk around the north side of Chicago. On this crisp, cool day, the light turning from summer yellow to fall white, I remembered missing days like these when I lived in Israel. I used to write letters to my mother explaining how much I missed the fall.

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[Category: Opinion, ethnic cleansing, High Holy Days, Israel Lobby, Jewish National Fund, Nakba, Rosh Hashanah, Zionism]

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[l] at 9/25/20 11:32am

The Latest: 217,899 tested positive for COVID-19 in Israel; 1,412 deaths 48,282 Palestinians tested positive for COVID-19; 327 Palestinian deaths Breakdown of Palestinian cases: 35,305 in the West Bank; 10,319 in East Jerusalem; 2,658 in Gaza 86% increase in the new cases per day over the last month in Gaza this month Israel’s hospitals are overwhelmed, patients wait hours in ambulances for beds...

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[Category: Newsletters, Benjamin Netanyahu, coronavirus, COVID-19, covid-newsletter-fri]

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[l] at 9/25/20 10:58am

The official Arab World seems to be intent on betraying the Palestinian people through an ongoing process of normalization that was launched by the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in the late 1970s, and continued by the Jordanians and the PLO in the early 1990s. This led to the UAE and Bahrain joining in, giving legitimacy to a settler colonial project in the heart of the Middle East.

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[Category: Opinion, Bahrain, Israel-UAE Deal, normalization, One state/Two states, Palestinian Authority, Top Headlines]

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[l] at 9/25/20 9:33am

After more than a decade of political strife, rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have agreed to hold elections for the first time in Palestine in nearly 15 years. According to the officials from both sides, polls will be scheduled within six months and priority will be given to holding legislative elections, followed then by presidential elections of the Palestinian Authority (PA)...

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[Category: News, Fatah, Hamas, Palestine Liberation Organization, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian elections]

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[l] at 9/25/20 7:44am

I FOUND MYSELF IN PALESTINE Stories of Love and Renewal from around the Globe Edited by Nora Lester Murad 256 pp. Olive Branch Press. $20 The main title of Nora Lester Murad’s edited collection of personal reflections on being a foreigner in Palestine, “I Found Myself in Palestine,” is the perfect articulation of the two kinds of narratives found in the book. Pronouncing it without any particular...

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[Category: Culture, book review, Mariam Barghouti, Ramallah, Reviews, West Bank, women]

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[l] at 9/25/20 7:00am

The U.S. brokers “normalization” agreements between Israel and two Arab states, and corporate media gushes. But this is no time to get starry-eyed. In the West Bank, annexation continues: Palestinian lands and water are still confiscated. Workers are still herded like sheep through Israeli checkpoints. Families are still forced to demolish their own homes. Children are still spirited away in...

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[Category: Site News, Fundraising]

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[l] at 9/24/20 11:36am

Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, is already running for president in 2024. To that end, he is trying to provoke Iran into a conflict in the days and weeks to come. The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Nimitz just steamed through the Straits of Hormuz and into the Persian Gulf, the first American capital ship there in nearly a year. The Trump administration has already illegally imposed harsh...

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[Category: Opinion, 2020 October Surprise, 2020 U.S. Election, Iran attack, Israel Lobby, Mike Pompeo]

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[l] at 8/14/20 7:30am

“HUGE breakthrough today,” crowed Donald Trump on twitter as he announced the new peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The deal makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state and the third Arab nation, after Egypt and Jordan, to have diplomatic ties with Israel. But the new Israel-UAE partnership should fool no one. Though it will supposedly stave off Israeli annexation of the...

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[Category: News, Annexation Plan, Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran, Mohammad bin Zayed, Top Headlines, Trump Administration, United Arab Emirates, US Policy in the Middle East]

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[l] at 8/13/20 9:59am

It’s Kamala With protests against police brutality raging and activists pushing for criminal justice reform, Joe Biden picked a former a tough-on-crime prosecutor as his running mate. The selection of Senator Kamala Harris isn’t exactly surprising, but it’s a reminder of how disconnected the Democratic establishment is from this current moment. What does Senator Harris’s record on Israel look like?

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[Category: Newsletters, The Shift]

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[l] at 8/13/20 9:15am

Many staunch supporters of Israel who claim to reject Netanyahu’s plan to annex large swaths of the West Bank have no concern for the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, but fear that the planned annexation will irreparably damage Israel’s image in Western public opinion. In fact, support for Israel is waning in the United States and Europe, especially among millennials.

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[Category: Opinion, BDS, normalization, Tunisia]

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[l] at 8/13/20 9:00am

Today the White House along with Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced a historic deal, the UAE will normalize relations with Israel; and annexation is off the table– for now. From the announcement: Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim World.

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[Category: News, Annexation Plan, Deal of the Century, Hanan Ashrawi, Jared Kushner, Michael Koplow, Republican Jewish Coalition, Top Headlines]

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