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Abby Zimet: We Know What Hate Looks Like — Standing With Ilhan

Amidst the ongoing, breathtaking hypocrisy of rabid charges of anti-Semitism – aka daring to criticize America’s toxic complicity with Israeli war crimes – heedlessly leveled against her, often from down-and-dirty bigots, Ilhan Omar is all done apologizing.

March 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: They Took My House, They Took My Life, They Took Everything.

Israeli police forcibly expelled a Palestinian family from their home in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday and promptly turned it over to right-wing Jewish settlers, who raised the Israeli flag over it as family members wept.

February 22, 2019 · 2 Comments

Stephen Zunes: ‘More AIPAC Than J Street’ — Kamala Harris Runs to the Right on Foreign Policy

Harris is being embraced by many progressive Democrats, and she’s branding herself as a progressive. Yet in the course of her little more than two years in the U.S. Senate, she’s taken some foreign policy positions that should give pause to supporters of human rights and international law.

February 11, 2019 · 4 Comments

Murtaza Hussain: U.S. News Headlines on Israel-Palestine Show Systemic Bias

A new study calls to attention the need to more critically evaluate the scope of coverage of the Israeli occupation and recognize that readers are getting, at best, a heavily … Continue reading

January 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: After A Year of Grief and Death, “We Are Here and We Will Never Leave”

With Palestinians facing staggering losses amidst the increasingly flagrant ethnic cleansing campaign that is the Occupation, many view 2018 as the year Israel went finally, openly, blatantly authoritarian and apartheid. … Continue reading

January 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Shalom Lappin: On the Tree of Life Shooting

In a particularly poignant scene of Spike Lee’s superb new film BlacKkKlansman, Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer in Colorado Springs in the 1970s, who infiltrates the local Klan … Continue reading

November 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fadi Abu Shammalah & Jen Marlowe: The Great Return March and the Women of Gaza

Why Palestine’s Feminists are Fighting on Two Fronts “I am here because I heard my town call me, and ask me to maintain my honor.” Fifty-seven-year-old Um Khalid Abu Mosa … Continue reading

June 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Camillo Mac Bica: Rationalizing Genocide

It’s long past time for the United States to end its complicity with Israeli war crimes. “Many of whom who hold dual Israeli-American citizenship, e.g., Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Richard … Continue reading

May 26, 2018 · 2 Comments

Jon Queally: While Many US Outlets Equivocate on Israel’s Massacre of Unarmed Palestinians, The Onion’s Piercing Satire Destroys IDF Talking Points and War Crime Apologists

The searing satire of headline writers at The Onion over the last two days have perhaps done more than most mainstream journalists to expose just how wantonly cruel the actions … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Resist, My People, Resist Them — Poetry Is Not A Crime, Except For Palestinians

   Tatour in court with her attorney. Reuters photo . After what critics called “a hollow charade of a trial” and “theater of the absurd,” an Israeli court Thursday convicted … Continue reading

May 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Israel Arrests Ahed’s Relatives, Including A Child Missing A Third Of His Skull After They Shot Him

Ahed protesting with her father, mother and aunt. Photo by 2 Suns Shamsaan/Facebook . Having evidently “gone out of its mind” in its thirst for vengeance, Israeli forces just undertook … Continue reading

March 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Holding A Mirror Up To A Shameful Occupation

Ahed Tamimi, the fierce 16-year-old Palestinian girl arrested last month for daring to confront an Israeli soldier who’d allegedly shot her cousin in the head, has been indicted on 12 … Continue reading

January 5, 2018 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: On Stomping Into A Bone-Dry Forest With A Naked Flame

Sign of the enraged times. Twitter photo. . It took only hours after Trump’s heedless “act of diplomatic arson” against Palestinian rights and hopes for furious protests to break out … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye: Thank you, Bernie Sanders

Even Walt Whitman was confused. Who has rights and who doesn’t? Are white people superior to others? How did we miss this news in grade school, holding Whitman’s words on … Continue reading

May 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

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