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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 [...]

Poetry Corner: IF…

IF © by john william brown 12 August 2014   If you use bombs that when exploding spray A thousand darts called flechettes, overhead, Knowing that such will obviously flay The skin from flesh of children who have fled From homes you phoned to say, “Go! Run away! We’re targeting your house but can’t say why!” If you wipe out whole towns within a day, Destroy civilian lives then spread the lie, That you can’t help it, they were human shields. Then you’re less than the swine [...]

Say NO! to Israeli Annexation & Occupation

Samidoun Network in occupied Palestine and in the diaspora has issued the following call, originally in Arabic. As an international network, we fully join in this call and urge all supporters and friends of Palestine to take action on 1 July in support of the mobilization taking place in Ramallah, occupied Palestine, to confront Israel’s declared plans for the annexation of much of the occupied West Bank of Palestine. We know that many Palestinians in exile and supporters of Palestine are, like Samidoun’s members, engaged in the [...]

No War on Iran! US Out of the Middle East!

From popularresistance.org:   The reckless and dangerous act of war committed by Donald Trump and the Pentagon in killing Major General Qasem Soleimani of Iran and the Iraqi leader of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, has brought the conflict in the Middle East (aka West Asia) to a new level. The conflagration of war is growing with the United States making this direct attack on a top Iranian official in violation of Iraqi sovereignty.   As expected, the corporate media and many politicians are [...]

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 [...]

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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. [...]

Facebook Gives the Nod to a Secret Pro-Israel Campaign

Facebook Gives the Nod to a Secret Pro-Israel Campaign [excerpts] httpss://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/facebook-gives-nod-secret-pro-israel-campaign by Ali Abunimah Facebook has banned several pages belonging to such viral media outlets as In the Now because they are affiliates of the Russian-funded network RT – even though these media outlets violated none of the social network’s rules. Yet The Electronic Intifada can exclusively reveal that Facebook has given a nod of approval to a network of secretive and deceptive pages set up by The Israel Project, a lobby group that collaborates with the [...]

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