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[l] at 2/21/20 7:21am

I keep telling friends that before long a prominent liberal Zionist is going to say, I’m sick of what the Jewish state is doing in my name so I’m going to become an anti-Zionist, just like an American pol leaving one party for another. But it hasn’t happened. Peter Beinart hasn’t been able to take the plunge. My college friend Dan Fleshler is still with J Street.

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[Category: Activism, anti-Zionism, Eric Flamm, IfNotNow, J Street, Liberal Zionism]

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[l] at 2/20/20 2:40pm

The story of a Palestinian boy who lost an eye after being shot in the face by Israeli police has angered Palestinians across the occupied territories who see the incident as another tragic example of Israel’s wrongful targeting of Palestinians with excessive force. Eight-year-old Malek Issa was on his way home from buying a sandwich on Saturday afternoon in the occupied East Jerusalem...

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[Category: News, East Jerusalem, Israeli occupation, Issawiya]

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[l] at 2/20/20 11:00am

The Shift is a weekly politics newsletter from Michael Arria taking you to the front lines in the battle Palestine in the United States. Got a tip? Send them to michael@mondoweiss.net Sign up for The Shift and other Mondoweiss newsletters here. Let’s Reminisce About the Time Betty McCollum Kicked AIPAC Lobbyists Out of her Office Something incredible happened shortly before the debut issue...

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[Category: Newsletters, AIPAC, Bernie Sanders, Betty McCollum, The Shift]

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[l] at 2/19/20 8:36am

In a humorous video intended to dispel the rumors about intense tensions within the “cockpit” of four leaders of the Blue White party – Benjamin Gantz, Yair Lapid, Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon, and Gabi Ashkenazi – Lapid is heard telling Ashkenazi that “Bogie was quite a murderer in the army, in his military career.” The two then segue into a joke about the rivalry...

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[Category: News, Benny Gantz, Blue White, Gabi Ashkenazi, Mavi Marmara, Moshe Ya'alon, Operation Protective Edge, Saleh Shehade, Yair Lapid]

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[l] at 2/19/20 7:50am

Israel is planning to build a new Israeli settlement in the Atarot area of East Jerusalem — the same swath of land that was slated by US President Donald Trump’s peace plan to go to the Palestinians. According to settlement watchdog Peace Now, the Israeli Ministry of Housing submitted plans a week ago to the Jerusalem Municipality for a new settlement spanning 9,000 hectares (22,239 acres)...

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[Category: News, Atarot, Deal of the Century, Jerusalem, Kfar Aqab, occupation, Peace Now, Qalandiya]

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[l] at 2/18/20 12:17pm

After years of prodding members of Congress to act on their concerns over Palestinian human rights abuses, last year Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced legislation that would prohibit militaries from using American funds to detain and prosecute children. The historic bill, H.R. 2407, targets Israel’s army for arresting children as young as 12. It currently has 23 Democratic cosponsors...

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[Category: Activism, News, Betty McCollum, Congress, human rights, Israel, Palestinian children]

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[l] at 2/18/20 8:42am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told American Jews that he and the Trump administration are moving ahead with plans to remap the West Bank to give Israel sovereignty over large portions of occupied territory, and Palestinians are going to have to live with that plan “whether they accept it or not.” Netanyahu’s discussion of Palestinian submission to the “radical&#

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[Category: News, ", Arthur Stark, Deal of the Century, Malcolm Hoenlein, Netanyahu]

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[l] at 2/17/20 1:57pm

President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” released last month was not about so much a peace plan as it was a presidential executive order that confers legitimacy and acceptance to the core founding tenets and claims of Zionism. Indeed, the deal represents the wish list for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and settler-colonial forces of Zionism in Israel and in the U.S. It is a deal...

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[Category: Opinion, David Friedman, Deal of the Century, Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, Republican Jewish Coalition]

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[l] at 2/17/20 11:51am

Blue-White, the largest Jewish party in Israel, announced last week it renounces the idea of creating a stable government: It declared there is no scenario in which it will accept the Joint List, which represents Israeli Palestinians. Blue White’s leader, Benny Gantz, made it clear (Hebrew) that the Joint List won’t be part of his coalition. Spokespersons for Blue White said they will...

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[Category: Opinion, Avigdor Liberman, Ayman Odeh, Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Blue White, Joint List, Likud]

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[l] at 2/17/20 9:54am

The pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC used to pride itself on doing its business in the dark. We work most effectively as a “night flower,” AIPAC operative Steve Rosen once explained to Jeffrey Goldberg. Those days are now over, maybe forever. The rightwing group is controversial in ways that it never wanted to be. Just in the last few days, AIPAC has made a lot of headlines.

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[Category: Media Analysis, AIPAC, Bernie Sanders, Data for Progress, Democratic Majority for Israel, Elizabeth Warren, IfNotNow, J Street, Pete Buttigieg, Yossi Klein Halevi]

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[l] at 2/17/20 9:54am

The pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC used to pride itself on doing its business in the dark. We work most effectively as a “night flower,” AIPAC operative Steve Rosen once explained to Jeffrey Goldberg. Those days are now over, maybe forever. The rightwing group is controversial in ways that it never wanted to be. Just in the last few days, AIPAC has made a lot of headlines.

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[Category: Media Analysis, AIPAC, Bernie Sanders, Data for Progress, Democratic Majority for Israel, Elizabeth Warren, IfNotNow, J Street, Pete Buttigieg, Yossi Klein Halevi]

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[l] at 2/17/20 8:29am

In 2012, Brooklyn’s Park Slope Food Coop held a vote over whether or not to support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. One of those responses came from Michael Bloomberg, who was the Mayor of NYC at the time. “I think it has nothing to do with the food,” he said after being asked about the vote at a press conference.

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[Category: News, anti-bds, BDS, Michael Bloomberg, Park Slope Food Co-op]

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[l] at 2/17/20 7:44am

There was an urgency about Rashid Khalidi when the dean of Palestinian-American historians addressed a jam-packed crowd at the prestigious Politics & Prose bookstore in DC, Feb. 10. He told us he was taking off the academic gloves in his new book, “The Hundred-Years’ War on Palestine.” “This book is more personal,” he said. It draws on his illustrious family’s more than hundred...

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[Category: Culture, Rashid Khalidi, Reviews, settler-colonialism, Theodor Herzl]

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[l] at 2/15/20 9:07am

Gaza What Valentine’s Day means in Gaza, Palestine UNRWA USA National Committee 7 Feb by Hani Almadhoun, UNRWA USA’s new Director of Philanthropy — If you grew up in Palestine like I did, you knew it was Valentine’s Day season when the best pop songs are released, when everyone on the streets was wearing red, and when all the locally grown roses were nearly sold out. As a little boy...

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[Category: News, Gaza, UNRWA]

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[l] at 2/15/20 8:56am

Three days ago, the UN released a long-awaited list of companies that have ties to illegal settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory. One may have thought that Israeli politicians on the Zionist left, who at least pretend to have a concern for the illegality of settlements and that elusive “two-state solution”, would welcome the exposure of those complicit in it. But that was hardly the case.

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[Category: Media Analysis, Amir Peretz, Benny Gantz, Blue and White, Debby Wasserman Schultz, Liberal Zionists, Nancy Pelosi, Nitzan Horowitz, Noa Landau, Reuven Rivlin, UN list, Yair Lapid]

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[l] at 2/14/20 2:50pm

In July 2014, Israel launched a series airstrikes on Gaza, kicking off a 51-day war that left thousands dead. According to the United Nations, at least 2,104 Palestinian were killed, including 1,462 civilians. 495 were children and 253 were women. Over 17,000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged as a result of the attacks. At the end of that month, the US Federal Aviation Administration...

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[Category: News, 2020 U.S. Election, Michael Bloomberg]

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[l] at 2/14/20 11:32am

Jennie Formby The Labour Party Southside 105 Victoria Street London SW1E 6QT 11/2/2020 Dear Jennie Formby, I am writing you in the wake of recent events – the expulsion of Jo Bird and the excellent letter by Natalie Strecker, as I would like to ask you to kindly refer me to the Compliance Unit, for ‘antisemitism’ – for the reasons I detail below. I would like to tell you about my...

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[Category: Opinion, antisemitism, Jeremy Corbyn, UK Labour Party]

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[l] at 2/14/20 10:26am

The concerted movement to curtail criticism of Israel on university/college campuses has been well-covered in these pages – in general and at individual schools such as Fordham, UCLA, and Duke/UNC. Campuses are portrayed as hotbeds of antisemitism where Jewish students are physically unsafe, targeted solely because of their religion and heritage. This is part of a broader effort to prompt school...

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[Category: Opinion, antisemitism, Bari Weiss, Batya Ungar-Sargon, free speech, Jodi Rudoren]

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[l] at 2/14/20 7:33am

When I’m not writing about mystic philosophy and esoteric topics like chakric metaphysics (and consequently feeling the climbing eyebrows of scientific materialists), my other primary creative outlet is making advocacy films. The mystic’s worldview lines right up with advocating for universal human rights. If we truly believe from our innermost depths that we are all one big global family...

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[Category: Activism, Culture, Bernie Sanders, Edward Said, IfNotNow, Jewish Voice for Peace, Nakba, Razan al-Najjar]

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[l] at 2/13/20 12:10pm

Anyone who smugly thinks the Palestinian people will just quietly accept the Netanyahu/Trump annexation plan should have been chilled to read a paragraph buried in a New York Times article the other day. The report, on Mahmoud Abbas’s appearance to denounce the plan at the United Nations, noted that a just-released poll of Palestinians found that: Nearly two-thirds favored waging an armed struggle...

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[Category: Media Analysis, Annexation Plan, Benjamin Netanyahu, Deal of the Century, Jared Kushner, New York Times]

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[l] at 2/13/20 11:00am

This is Michael Arria, U.S. correspondent at Mondoweiss, punching in for the first installment of The Shift. This newsletter will cover the battle over Palestine within the United States. I welcome your thoughts, comments, ideas, and tips. Feel free to send them to Michael@mondoweiss.net Sign up for The Shift and other Mondoweiss newsletters here. Where’d the Campus Free Speech Brigade Go?

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[Category: Newsletters, The Shift]

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