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Ahmed Masoud: The Arab Spring: A Palestinian Perspective

Ahmed Masoud: The Arab Spring: A Palestinian Perspective

By Ahmed Masoud In the fourth instalment of our series of Arab reflections on the regional uprisings, award-winning Palestinian author and playwright Ahmed Masoud explores the impact of the Arab Spring on the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice. While upheaval has been sweeping the Arab World since the start of the year, Palestinians seem to have taken a different approach to their struggle, focusing on their internal affairs and their hopes of achieving national unity. Indeed, despite being … Read entire article »

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Nora Barrows-Friedman: Punks Against Apartheid officially launches website, BDS network

Nora Barrows-Friedman: Punks Against Apartheid officially launches website, BDS network

By Nora Barrows-Friedman “Stumbling onto the scene” with a demand for legendary punk rocker and social justice activist Jello Biafra and his band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, to cancel a performance in Tel Aviv last June — which Biafra eventually did — activists with theboycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) group Punks Against Apartheid (PAA) have announced their official launch as a website and activism network. PAA was the major driving force behind the appeal to Biafra to cancel his gig, and was formed quickly and with large … Read entire article »

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Nader Fawz: Flotilla Heads to Gaza Amid Turkish Obstruction

Nader Fawz: Flotilla Heads to Gaza Amid Turkish Obstruction

By Nader Fawz Flotilla activists bent on breaking the Israeli siege of Gaza had to pose as tourists and downsize their crew to overcome Turkish efforts to stall their trip. Fatiha (Turkey) - Two boats carrying Canadian and Irish activists joined by a handful of journalists managed to leave Turkish waters for Greece to avoid any legal bans that could be imposed by Ankara before declaring their official destination was Gaza. The two boats, named Tahrir and Saoirse respectively, … Read entire article »

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Matan Kaminer: On The Current Conjuncture In Israel

Matan Kaminer: On The Current Conjuncture In Israel

By Matan Kaminer Many progressives around the world have been wondering out loud about what exactly has been going on here for the last month. Who are the unprecedented crowds taking to the streets in the name of “the people” (ha’am), demanding “social justice” (tzedek hevrati), and what exactly do they want? Is there any connection to the ongoing occupation and oppression of the Palestinians? And if not, can the protests be at all justified? In order to … Read entire article »

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Odeh Bisharat: “The Revolution Of The Young” – Arab Author Addresses 300k Rally

Odeh Bisharat: “The Revolution Of The Young” – Arab Author Addresses 300k Rally

By Odeh Bisharat Palestinian Israeli author Odeh Bisharat addressed the 300,000-strong rally for social justice in Tel Aviv on Saturday. This is the full text of his speech. One summery day‪,‬ a revolution began in Israe‪l. The revolution of the young. ‬ In July. The sweet, contagious innocence defeats all the sophistication. One morning, a young man or a young woman got up. A young man or a young woman who took no account of the complexities of politics. Who didn’t care what … Read entire article »

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Joseph Dana: What About The Occupation?

Joseph Dana: What About The Occupation?

By Joseph Dana   Largely shielded from the European and American financial crises, the Israeli economy has been growing at an astonishing rate over the past five years: 4.7 per cent in 2010 alone. But the wealth isn’t evenly distributed: most Israelis living inside the 1967 borders struggle to make ends meet because of the high cost of living and relatively high taxes, which are largely spent on security and the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Last month, … Read entire article »

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Eyal Clyne: Middle-Class Rage Is Upsetting Netanyahu’s Apple-Cart

Eyal Clyne: Middle-Class Rage Is Upsetting Netanyahu’s Apple-Cart

By Eyal Clyne Rage, distress and protest About a month ago an Israeli, outraged at the cost of cottage-cheese, started a Facebook group calling for consumer boycott. Within days, thirty-four thousand members had joined, and the group made it onto the evening news. Netanyahu quickly promised to ease the import of dairy-products to increase competition and decrease costs, but he failed to see that cottage-cheese was merely a symptom. Cottage-cheese is perceived as an elementary must-have Israeli … Read entire article »

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Dahlia Scheindlin & Joseph Dana: The Tent Protest – Neither Social Justice, Nor Revolution

Dahlia Scheindlin & Joseph Dana: The Tent Protest – Neither Social Justice, Nor Revolution

By Dahlia Scheindlin & Joseph Dana: This article was jointly written by Dahlia Scheindlin and Joseph Dana, based on our shared experiences of the protests.   The popular, mass protests here that began as a cry of rage against housing prices have evolved admirably into a public outcry against a slew of deep-rooted problems in Israeli social and economic life. Visiting the tent camps early every day, we’ve watched the protest grow from a motley band of wishful … Read entire article »

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Paul Feldman: Arab Spring Meets Jewish Summer

Paul Feldman: Arab Spring Meets Jewish Summer

By Paul Feldman The rhythmic Hebrew slogans used at many of the protests are strikingly similar to punchy Arabic lines that have reverberated throughout the Middle East since January: “Ha’am doresh / tzedek chevrati” ["The people demand social justice"], one observer noted. On Saturday night, more than 150,000 people – out of a population of seven million – gathered in 12 cities across Israel as part of the biggest social movement the country has witnessed. Small-scale actions that … Read entire article »

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Israeli Students Protest High Cost Living

Israeli Students Protest High Cost Living

Source: Press TV A sharp rise in the prices of the housing market has led many Israelis’ to camp in the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Al Quds, in what has become known as the tent protests. (video) … Read entire article »

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Emad Gad: The Importance Of Going To The UN General Assembly

Emad Gad: The Importance Of Going To The UN General Assembly

By Emad Gad: Source: Al-Masry Al-Youm Recognition of an independent Palestinian state by the UN General Assembly will be a great achievement and a step towards Palestinian membership of the UN. As the date of the opening session of the UN General Assembly in September approaches, there is growing debate over whether the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) should seek recognition of an independent Palestinian state, or if this is a futile move and that efforts should focus on building … Read entire article »

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Noam Chomsky: In Israel, a Tsunami Warning

Noam Chomsky: In Israel, a Tsunami Warning

By Noam Chomsky: In May, in a closed meeting of many of Israel’s business leaders, Idan Ofer, a holding-company magnate, warned, “We are quickly turning into South Africa. The economic blow of sanctions will be felt by every family in Israel.” The business leaders’ particular concern was the U.N. General Assembly session this September, where the Palestinian Authority is planning to call for recognition of a Palestinian state. Dan Gillerman, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, warned participants … Read entire article »

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Harpreet Paul: Israel/Palestine Conflict – Interview with Richard Falk

Harpreet Paul: Israel/Palestine Conflict – Interview with Richard Falk

At the end of May 2011 Global Policy Forum associate Harpreet Paul interviewed UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk. Falk is an international law and international relations scholar who taught at Princeton University for forty years. Since 2002 he has lived in Santa Barbara, California, and taught at the local campus of the University of California in Global and International Studies and since 2005 chaired the Board of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. In 2001 Falk served … Read entire article »

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US Boat To Gaza: The Audacity To Love

US Boat To Gaza: The Audacity To Love

Press release below… (video)   U.S. Boat to Gaza Seized by Greek Authorities and Captain Jailed Passengers Determined to Free Captain and Set Sail Again July 2, 2011 Contacts: In Athens – 30-694-266-3852 In New York – Leslie Cagan, 347-581-1782 After a two hour stand off at sea, the U.S. Boat to Gaza – The Audacity of Hope – was seized by the Greek Coast Guard and forced to return to the port of Piraeus under military escort. The boat’s captain has been put in jail, … Read entire article »

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Richard Falk: Sabotaging Freedom Flotilla II

Richard Falk: Sabotaging Freedom Flotilla II

By Richard Falk: Two of the foreign ships experienced similar forms of sabotage, creating allegations of Israeli responsibility. The reports that two of the foreign flagged ships planning to be part of the ten vessel Freedom Flotilla II experienced similar forms of disabling sabotage creates strong circumstantial evidence of Israeli responsibility. It stretches the imagination to suppose that a sophisticated cutting of the propeller shafts of both ships is a coincidence with no involvement by Israel’s Mossad, long infamous … Read entire article »

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Jennifer Lipman: Jello Biafra To Play In Israel Despite Protests

Jennifer Lipman: Jello Biafra To Play In Israel Despite Protests

By Jennifer Lipman:   Musician Jello Biafra has vowed to defy calls for him to boycott a planned performance in Israel. The former lead singer of the Dead Kennedys is set to play in Tel Aviv for the first time on July 2 with his band the Guantanamo School of Medicine. Since the concert was announced he has been inundated with criticism from boycott, divestment and sanctions groups urging him to cancel. A Palestinian group called “Punks against Apartheid” … Read entire article »

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Ron Ben-Tovim: Coldplay Endorses “Freedom for Palestine” Single On Facebook Page

Ron Ben-Tovim: Coldplay Endorses “Freedom for Palestine” Single On Facebook Page

By Ron Ben-Tovim: U.K. music bestsellers provide link to official “Freedom for Palestine” website, a project supported by groups such as Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, and Friends of Al Aqsa. (video) British music giants Coldplay have endorsed an upcoming musical collaboration called “Freedom for Palestine,” released as a single by the War on Want and One World foundations. Writing on their official Facebook page on Wednesday, Coldplay referred fans to the “Freedom for Palestine” page, saying: … Read entire article »

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