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  • Prominent actors, musicians, and authors demand Ahed Tamimi's release

    Danny Glover, Rosario Dawson, Cornel West, Angela Davis and others sign letter demanding Israel release the 17-year-old Palestinian from custody.  By +972 Magazine Staff Dozens of major American actors, athletes, musicians, scholars, and political figures signed a statement published Monday by American human rights group, Dream Defenders, calling for the release of Ahed Tamimi. Tamimi, a 17-year-old Palestinian who was arrested in December following the publication of a video showing her pushing and slapping armed Israeli soldiers on the porch of her family’s home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. [tmwinpost] Tamimi is set to appear before an Israeli military court…

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  • Alice Walker, Dave Eggers call for release of jailed Palestinian poet

    Over 150 literary luminaries sign letter expressing solidarity with Dareen Tatour, who was imprisoned for a series of poems she published on Facebook. Over 150 renowned writers, poets, and literary figures, including Alice Walker, Dave Eggers, Natasha Trethewey, and Susan Abulhawa have signed on to an open letter calling for the release of jailed Palestinian poet, Dareen Tatour. [tmwinpost] Tatour, a 33-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel from the village Al-Reineh near Nazareth, was arrested by Israeli authorities in October of 2015 for a series of poems she posted on her own personal Facebook page and YouTube during the height of latest wave of…

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  • Why boycotts against Israel are fair game

    Israel is unique in one very important way: for other malefactors like Syria and Sudan, there is no need to convince the international public of their wrongs. If it wasn’t a persuasive argument, Israel’s defenders wouldn’t keep using it, like they are now against Alice Walker: Why are these left-wingers singling Israel out for boycott, not to mention condemnation, when so many other countries are committing far worse injustices and causing so much more suffering? Why aren’t these people boycotting Syria, or Iran, or the Taliban, or Sudan, or Eritrea, or Zimbabwe, or China, or Saudi Arabia, or any of…

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  • NY Consul General tells Alice Walker when she may criticize Israel

    Walker: Hello, I’d like to speak to Mr. Ido Aharoni, the Israeli Consul General in New York. Aharoni: This is him. Walker: Mr. Aharoni, I read your op-ed in the New York Post, and was wondering if you could help me out. Aharoni: Yes, Ms. Walker. Walker: I understand that according to your logic, I must first criticize countries with more harsh human rights violations before I criticize Israel. Is this true? Aharoni: Yes, ma'am. You’ve said nothing about Syria or North Korea, ma'am. Walker: May I ask which countries I must go through first? Aharoni: Yes, ma'am. You can…

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  • On Alice Walker and cultural boycott: A debate

    Alice Walker, author of the award-winning novel 'The Color Purple,' has reportedly refused translation rights of her book to an Israeli publisher, citing Israel as an 'apartheid state' with policies worse than the treatment of blacks in the southern United States and South Africa. This post will be updated with additional opinions throughout the day. Readers are welcome to contribute their comments.  The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel posted on its website a letter said to be from Walker, in which she notes: I would so like knowing my books are read by the people…

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  • Author of 'The Color Purple' boycotts Israeli publisher's translation

    Alice Walker, author of the award-winning novel 'The Color Purple,' has reportedly refused translation rights of her book to an Israeli publisher, citing Israel as an 'apartheid state' with policies worse than the treatment of blacks in the southern United States and South Africa. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel posted on its website a letter said to be from Walker, in which she notes: I would so like knowing my books are read by the people of your country, especially by the young, and by the brave Israeli activists (Jewish and Palestinian) for justice…

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  • Flotilla passengers are no more than post-modern tourists

    Passengers on the flotilla are a post-modern type of tourist, but only simply tourists nonetheless. They can role-play heroes, but ultimately they are not looking to participate in genuine, meaningful humanitarian activity - that would ruin their sense of vacation. By Dr. Evgeni Klauber, Tel Aviv University For some of its Western participants, the Gaza Peace Flotilla is not just an ordinary political protest: it is an exotic and dangerous cruise that involves a heroic element. In this sense, the flotilla represents a fashionable new type of tourism – call it "post-modern tourism." In the 21st century, the geography and…

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  • Flotilla organizers: Greece aiding Israel in delaying departure

    This post was updated. Athens -- At a press conference held at 3pm local time on Thursday, organizers of the US boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope, unveiled their ship to international press corps. Roughly 70 journalists , including a news crew from Israel's Channel 10 as well as other Israeli journalists, were in attendance. Organizers defiantly called on the government of Greece to allow their boats safe deployment and passage. Former US army colonel Anne Wright, speaking on behalf of the US ship, demanded that the Greek government follow through with inspection of the ship, following an Israeli legal…

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  • TEDx Ramallah reminds us of creation under occupation

    Walking into the sleek Bethlehem convention centre last Saturday morning to a crowd full of young people on smartphones and MacBook computers, I forgot that I was in Palestine. But it only lasted for a moment as my eye caught a glimpse of a massive Israeli settlement perched quietly on the hilltop above the centre and visible through the windows of the reception area. Ignoring the settlement as one ignores any random building, people around me were buzzing as the very first TEDx event held under military occupation was set to begin. Despite living under military occupation, Palestinian culture is…

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