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  • WATCH: 'Rap News' takes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    Decades of failed peace talks have led nowhere. But do not lose hope just yet: join Robert Foster as he attempts to host the first ever Middle East Peace Raps, using rhyme and reason to bring together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, and a representative of Hamas. We investigate the key arguments, counter-arguments, ad-hominems from both sides. But the picture would not be complete without a thorough discussion of "America's last taboo," as Edward Said once referred to it: the U.S.'s role as Israel's best (and only) buddy in the world (OK, together with Australia). Featuring special cameos from…

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  • Boycotting Israel means denying its right to exist

    Most boycotters would deny Israel’s right to exist, or deny Israeli's right to self-determination. They would install Palestine in its place, instead of by its side. By Noam Wiener Apartheid week is here again and with it the debate about Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS). Norman Finkelstein gave an interview, Sean O’Neil responded indignantly. Bradley Burston wrote a piece in Haaretz, Noam Sheizaf responded here on +972. I want to focus more on the choice to boycott, and less on whether it is effective, whether BDS is a big or a small movement, or whether the one state solution is…

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  • In flinching move, Finkelstein slams boycott movement

    American political scientist and author of the "Holocaust Industry," Norman Finkelstein - known for his outspoken criticism of Israel and advocacy of Palestinian rights - showed his own fear of the paradigm shift  in discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when he called the BDS movement a 'cult' last week By Sean O'Neill The interview with Norman Finkelstein that circulated all over the web on Wednesday, in which he calls the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel a "cult" and compares it to Maoism is, I think, a milestone of sorts.  Or, more accurately, the symptom of a milestone - a sign that…

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