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  • Coordinated American-Israeli effort working to smear critical voices

    Last Friday evening, B’Tselem employees were busy sending out press releases and compiling media kits detailing the use of tear gas by the Israeli military in the West Bank.  For the past ten years, B'Tselem has been one of the only Israeli organizations documenting routine violations of military and civilian law by Israeli soldiers.  On Friday, an unidentified Israeli soldier shot and killed an unarmed Palestinian protester, with an American-made tear gas canister, who was throwing stones at armoured military jeeps in the village of Nabi Saleh. The military claims this was an 'exceptional' incident but the facts show that…

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  • J14 and the rift between Israeli and international activists

    Former allies in fight against occupation are battling over the meaning of the tent protest. Can the relationship be rescued, and should it be? The tent protest, also known as J14, already had an effect on many groups in Israeli society, forcing them to re-examine their political positions and alliances. And while we have yet to see what comes out of this process, it is safe to say that in the last few weeks a new conversation has emerged. One of these developments, perhaps an unwelcome one, was a growing rift between Israeli left-wing activists and some progressive bloggers and…

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  • Akiva Orr on J14: 'The longest journey starts with one small step'

    Over the years of writing and wrestling with Israel/Palestine, Akiva Orr has become a supportive figure. Born in 1930’s Berlin, Orr has lived the entirety of Israel’s existence. From Eric Fried to Joe Slovo, Akiva can speak for days about his personal relationships with some of the most interesting revolutionary leaders of the late twentieth century. It is not Akiva’s circle of friends rather his work on the ground in Israel/Palestine as a founding member of Matzpen which is most fascinating. Orr wrote Max Blumenthal and me an email this morning in reference to our latest piece about Israel's tent protests. It is…

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  • WATCH: Faith, blind support and the Jewish state

    American Zionism is at a dangerous crossroads. At the AIPAC conference days ago, Max Blumenthal asked some participants about the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The answers he got were shocking for their ignorance but not surprising. What I saw in this video is the American Zionist movement with AIPAC at its head is becoming one based on faith and not political reality. No longer are facts or even logic necessary for one to be 'pro-Israel.' In fact, factual analysis of the present situation is often critiqued for being biased or ungrounded in historical reality of Israel. American Zionism is characterized by people with…

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  • Facing up to Jewish nationalism and racist violence

    This piece originally appeared on Electronic Intifada and was co-authored with Max Blumenthal When we released the now famous and censored video Feeling the Hate in Jerusalem, we were widely attacked and dismissed for daring to publicize footage of college-age Jewish kids behaving like racist fanatics while intoxicated. We argued that our footage revealed a deep sickness within Israeli society and among diaspora Jews who defined their Jewish identity according to extreme Zionist ideology ("Censored by the Huffington Post and Imprisoned By The Past: Why I Made 'Feeling the Hate in Jerusalem,'" 6 June 2009). We insisted that Jews should focus their outrage not…

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  • BDS comes to JStreet

    In 2005, one hundred seventy Palestinian civil society organizations began a global non-violent boycott, divestment and sanction movement (BDS) aimed at forcing Israel to abide by international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. BDS has since become a major factor in the ‘Israel debate’ as it has opened new possibilities for global civil society to stand in solidarity with Palestinians under occupation. Palestinian non-violence, which is under constant threat due to Israeli military repression in the West Bank, is going global through BDS. Just as the Israeli military fears non-violent demonstrations on the ground since they highlight the true exploitative…

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  • Feeling the loyalty to the Jewish State of Israel

    The Israeli Knesset is debating a bill proposed by David Rotem of the extreme right Yisrael Beiteinu party that would require all Israeli citizens to swear loyalty to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state.” This bill is targeted at increasing pressure on the 20 percent of Israelis who are Palestinian citizens, while forcing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish minority who reject the legitimacy of any state not based on Jewish biblical law to accept Zionism. If passed in its proposed form, citizens unwilling to take the loyalty oath would be at risk of losing citizenship. Israeli leaders committed to a classic…

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