Zionism and the Nakba at 75

Zionism and the Nakba by Donna Nevel   As Israel and many of its supporters prepare to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its settler colonial foundaing, and Palestinians mark the anniversary of the Nakba (atastrophe and ethnic cleansing), we are reprinting excerpts from this Jewish critique of Zionism as a contribution to international solidarity with the just struggle to free, free Palestine. See calendar listings for pro-Palestine actions around May 15. The [...]

Israel, Rwanda and the African Union

by Ann Garrison, Black Agenda Report Contributing Editor https://blackagendareport.com/israel-africa-0  On February 18, at the annual summit of the African Union, AU security personnel removed an Israeli delegate who had arrived without an invitation. In 2021, the AU granted Israel observer status, but outcry among members led to suspension of the decision and formation of a committee to review it. Israel, with colossal arrogance, sent its envoy, Sharon Bar-Li, to the 2023 annual [...]

Poetry Corner – Questions for “Shomrim” by Leonard Cohen

Questions for Shomrim By Leonard Cohen And will my people build a new Dachau And call it love, Security, Jewish culture For dark-eyed children Burning in the stars Will all our songs screech Like the maddened eagles of the night Until Yiddish, Arabic, Hebrew, and Vietnamese Are a thin thread of blood clawing up the side of Unspeaking steel chambers I know you, Chaverim The lost young summer nights of our childhood [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Welcome to the Oppressed

A welcome to the oppressed by Mumia Abu-Jamal https://www.prisonradio.org/commentary/a-welcome-to-the-oppressed/ Dear friends, I greet you all at the People’s Forum in New York City. As we reason and reflect on the plight of Palestine, let us not forget the recent passing of the late and beloved archbishop Desmond Tutu who is remembered today for his fierce critique of the oppression of Palestinians, which he compared to the generations of sufferers in his native [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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