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+972 Magazine: Independent commentary from Israel & the Palestinian territories

+972 Magazine: Independent commentary from Israel & the Palestinian territories

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Land of Hope and Dreams by Amnon Gutman and Kim Frumin Land of hope and dreams In June 2002, the government of Israel decided to erect a physical barrier to separate Israel and the West Bank in an attempt to minimize the entry of Palestinian terrorists into the country. This has partially solved today's terrorist infiltration problem but has caused grief and pain to innocent Palestinians in every area in which it was constructed, along the 1967 Green Line. Since 2009, I have been documenting the movement and livelihood of Palestinian people, on their way into Israel, via gaps and loopholes in the separation barrier, in the southern region of Mt.

Watch the video on Israeli racism The New York Times didn't want you to see Regular readers of The Electronic Intifada are familiar with the shocking and escalating racism in Israel against people from countries in Africa. Our extensive coverage of the incitement and attacks on Africans, thanks in large part to the work of David Sheen, demonstrates that this phenomenon is not marginal, but is incited by Israel’s top political leadership. When Israeli government ministers incite angry mobs, calling Africans “cancer,” they are simply expressing another face of the racism that Palestinians have always experienced.

Patrick Jennings In the last video we introduced the Fact Without A Point Tactic that GW skeptics and deniers like to use . And in this video we want to talk about just one of the more popular talking points so that we can see this tactic in action and that talking point is the always popular "CO2 is plant food" and therefore can't possibly have any negative effects on our climate. I call each of these talking points a "Fact Without A Point" because, while they are factually correct; when presented in a vacuum; with no additional context; they don't increase our understanding of the issue.

Edward Said documentary revisits Oslo period I came across this great documentary called “In Search of Palestine” from a friend that was aired on the BBC in 1998. It is about the return of Edward Said to Palestine for the first time since his exile in 1948. For anyone interested in revisiting the pre-Second Intifada Oslo period, it is a spectacular look at the situation on the ground with the preeminent Palestinian scholar of his time. It also includes interviews with a number of interesting personalities including Israel Shahak, Azmi Bishara, Mahmoud Darwish, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod, Daniel Barenboim, and others. For those who don’t know Edward Said, who passed away in 2003, he was a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and author of several renowned and influential books, including Orientalism.

Huck and Jim vs. Herzl and Morris: Mark Twain on Zionism and the first aliyah Mark Twain’s visitors pass to Palestine issued by the Ottomans in 1867. (Photo by Shapell Manuscript Foundation via Haaretz) Anyone reading Joan Peters’s From Time Immemorial or its fetid progeny, Alan Dershowitz’s The Case for Israel, will find Mark Twain’s Innocents Abroad invoked as evidence for the claim that there weren’t many or any Palestinians in Palestine. This Is Hell! 796: Control, Alter, Delete Shows Wealth division multiplies / Taking back the internet / Ukrainian for “nuance” / PLUS: Brazil’s stadium splurge, RIP Michael Ruppert and Buzzfeed’s quiz answered 795: Liquidity Trap Shows

Book review: ‘In Your Eyes a Sandstorm’ Bedouin citizens of Israel from al-Arakib (Photo: Mya Guarnieri) The Palestinian Authority’s United Nations bid for statehood is, in a word, divisive. It has set America and Israel adrift from the international community—confirming, yet again, the United States’ deep bias towards Israel. The request is also controversial within Palestinian circles. Even if the bid is successful, will it create meaningful change on the ground? Can it end the occupation? What Sex Means for World Peace In the academic field of security studies, realpolitik dominates. Those who adhere to this worldview are committed to accepting empirical evidence when it is placed before their eyes, to see the world as it “really” is and not as it ideally should be. As Walter Lippmann wrote, “We must not substitute for the world as it is an imaginary world.” Well, here is some robust empirical evidence that we cannot ignore: Using the largest extant database on the status of women in the world today, which I created with three colleagues, we found that there is a strong and highly significant link between state security and women’s security. In fact, the very best predictor of a state’s peacefulness is not its level of wealth, its level of democracy, or its ethno-religious identity; the best predictor of a state’s peacefulness is how well its women are treated.

Black on Palestine Given the primacy of civil rights in the Palestinian and Israeli conflict, the racism directed towards Palestinians and other communities of color in the Middle East, the growth of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, and the mounting relevance of an Apartheid analogy to Israeli policies, voices of African Heritage communities are increasingly important to strengthen and support struggles for justice in the Middle East. This program is built upon existing efforts within African Heritage communities and will strengthen work focusing on civil rights in Israel, justice in Palestine, and the growth of boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns nationally. Little can do more to amplify such voices than an on-the-ground experience which allows participants the chance to develop strong and lasting relationships with Palestinian and Israeli activists.

Gates Foundation Critique - Techrights From Techrights The Gates Foundation was described as a shell for tax avoidance by philanthropist and accounting expert, Sheldon Drobny. Techrights has collected evidence that shows the same and will organize it here. Through the foundation, Bill, Melinda and Microsoft maintain pharmaceutical patent investments, tobacco investments, investments in alcoholic beverages, petroleum investments, investments in experimental and controversial crops, and even investments in news/media.

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