Poetry Corner: Silence for Gaza by Mahmoud Darwish

Silence for Gaza by Mahmoud Darwish [excerpt]   Gaza not the most beautiful of cities it is Its shore not bluer than these of other Arab cities they are And its oranges are not the most beautiful on the Mediterranean And Gaza is not the richest of cities And it is not the most progressive among cities But it is equal to a nation's history Because it is the ugliest in the enemy's eyes Poorer, more miserable and most ferocious Because it is the savage lesson for [...]

Joint Statement by Palestinians in North America on Nakba Day: May 15, 2021

https://palestinianyouthmovement.com/nakba-73 As we mark the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba, we, the undersigned, join together to reaffirm our commitment to the Palestinian people’s struggle for justice, return, and liberation. We commemorate the loss experienced by Palestinians in 1948 when hundreds of thousands of our people were forced into exile and saw their homes and villages stolen or destroyed by Zionist militias. To this day, colonization and dispossession remain ongoing processes, where Palestinians continue to endure land theft and encroachments on their basic rights. Despite the multiple decades [...]

New Definition of Antisemitism Distinguishes it from Anti-Zionism

Leading Jewish scholars say BDS, one-state solution are not antisemitic by Arno Rosenfeld Boycotting Israel and calling for an end to its Jewish majority is not inherently antisemitic, according to a new definition of antisemitism released Thursday by a group of more than 200 scholars of Jewish studies. The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism represents the latest salvo in the debate over how to define anti-Jewish bigotry and is the most permissive of the mainstream definitions when it comes to attacks on Israel. Alon Confino, a Jewish studies [...]

The Envoy on Antisemitism, the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, the ADL and Me

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA Rumor has it that Joe Biden is considering naming Abe Foxman, former head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), as his new Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, a position within the State Department that falls under the Under-Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. This focused my attention both on the purpose of the office, which is related to US foreign policy, explaining why it’s an “envoy” (someone being sent elsewhere) and also on the ongoing controversy over the IHRA [...]

Lebanon and Syria: The Manufacture of Dissent

Lebanon and Syria: The Manufacture of Dissent By Rania Khalek httpss://thegrayzone.com/2019/12/11/us-parties-lebanon-protests-pushing-country-war-roadblocks/#more-17767 The US is desperate to ride the revolutionary wave in Lebanon, hoping it can fracture a governing coalition that includes Hezbollah, a top target of the Trump administration and its friends from Tel Aviv to Riyadh. To this end, political figures Washington has cultivated and parties the US backs have penetrated the protest movement that has swept the country and are now on the frontlines of blockades obstructing roads around the country. In the first part [...]

Israel May Face First Arab to Lead Parliamentary Opposition

Israel May Face First Arab to Lead Parliamentary Opposition Joint List chair, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), was interviewed by Israel’s Reshet Bet (Network B) radio in August, to discuss possible outcomes of the September 17 general elections. Odeh told his audience that if Benny Gantz's Blue & White Party forms a unity government with Netanyahu's Likud, Odeh, leading a projected bloc of 11 to 13 seats in the Knesset, will emerge as the first Arab head of the Knesset opposition parties. “Gantz is neither politically or intellectually [...]

Free Speech Threatened, B-D-S Proponents Attacked

Meet the Texas Speech Pathologist Who Lost School Job for Refusing to Sign Pro-Israel, Anti-BDS Oath httpss://www.democracynow. org/2018/12/18/meet_the_texas_speech_pathologist_who   Well, for more, we are turning to Omar Barghouti. He was scheduled to join us here in our Democracy Now! studio in New York today, but instead he’s joining us from Ramallah in the West Bank. Omar Barghouti is the author of Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights. Omar, welcome to Democracy Now! Can you describe what happened when you got to the airport in Tel Aviv on Wednesday? OMAR BARGHOUTI: Sure. [...]

Welcome to the New Algerian Revolution

Welcome to the New Algerian Revolution: an Interview with Hamza Hamouchene by Omar Hassan - April 29, 2019 httpss://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/29/welcome-to-the-new-algerian-revolution-an-interview-with-hamza-hamouchene/ In 2011, a wave of revolutionary struggle swept the Middle East and North Africa, often bringing down dictatorships that had governed for decades. Millions protested on the streets, occupied public spaces and demanded “bread, freedom and social justice”. Having broken through the fear produced by years of repression, the Arab Spring became an inspiration for activists across the world. Predictably, the existing elites – the military, big business [...]

Don Bustany

Don Bustany passed away early one morning in late April, peacefully, at his assisted-living home in Santa Barbara, after a long illness. Having lived a full life, he lost his wife Judy some years ago, as well as his life-long friend and radio partner Casey Kasem. He had decided to refuse further treatment. He is survived by a stepdaughter, Kristen.  R.I.P. Don was born in Detroit to Lebanese-American parents. He and radio host & voice actor Casey Kasem were childhood friends and later co-creators of the syndicated [...]

Zionism, Arab Reaction and US Imperialism on the Attack

Israel Committing Itself to Apartheid in New 'Basic Law' by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. httpss://ara-la.tumblr.com/post/172315363940/growing-desperation-of-us-imperialism-zionism Israel's ruling parties, backed by Trump's decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem as soon as this May, is committing the state irrevocably to apartheid by drafting a new 'basic law,' the equivalent of a constitution, defining Israel as the "nation-state of the Jewish people," replacing an earlier law which defines it as a Jewish and democratic state. The law also eliminates the status of Arabic as an official language, [...]

Sunshine in Palestine

SUNSHINE IN PALESTINE [col. writ. 6/1/17] ©2017 by Mumia Abu-Jamal On Saturday past, hundreds of Palestinian political prisoners announced a stunning victory against the repressive conditions in Israeli prisons. After Israeli prison officials granted some concessions, a majority of Palestinian prisoners who had engaged in a huge hunger strike, called off the 40-day action. According to these officials, some 1,578 prisoners joined the strike, and 834 ended it on Saturday, the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. Eighteen others were hospitalized. The hunger strike was led [...]

How Most of the US Left Failed Syria

How Most of the US Left Failed Syria Interview of Rania Khalek by Joe Emersberger [excerpts] https://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/How-Most-of-the-U.S.-Left-Failed-Syria-20170110-0029.html (C-L note: Rania Khalek spoke in L.A. last month at the Peace Center under the auspices of Arab-Americans for Syria, in the wake of Trump's missile attack on a Syrian air base. She discussed the links between Saudi-financed Wahhabists on the one hand, and Zionists on the other, both backed by US imperialism, in fomenting an armed revolt in Syria, used as a pretext for direct US military attacks. This [...]

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