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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

Video: When the FBI knocks on your door, you should handle it just like this woman.

An Austin, Texas woman, who is a peaceful antiwar activist, was visited by the FBI. They wanted to know if she knew of “any plans to destroy property.” Here’s how … Continue reading

January 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Jen Marlowe: “One Family in Gaza”

One Family in Gaza, Jen Marlowe’s award-winning short documentary film featuring the Awajah family. Included here by permission of TomDispatch.

December 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tim Holmes: Everything you know about Hamas is wrong

Originally posted on Tim Holmes:
Alright, not everything. And no, not you, smart-arse. Still, it’s been alarming to be reminded over the past month just how delusory much western public…

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Noam Chomsky: Ceasefires in Which Violations Never Cease

What’s Next for Israel, Hamas, and Gaza? On August 26th, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) both accepted a ceasefire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Art Spiegelman Breaks His Silence on Israel

“Israel is like some badly battered child with PTSD who has grown up to batter others.” Art Spiegelman — celebrated comic book artist, illustrator and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

“A Slaughter of Innocents”: Henry Siegman, a Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace, on Gaza

Henry Siegman, the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s “big three” Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Over 10,000 Turn Out to Tel Aviv Peace Rally

Thousands fill Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square under the message: “Changing Direction: Toward Peace, Away from War” Thousands fill Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square under the message: “Changing Direction: Toward Peace, Away … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Myriam Miedzian: Chasm on the Left — Blame Israel vs. Blame Both

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN when I am careful not to utter the words “Israel, Palestinians, Gaza” to a certain number of my leftwing friends and acquaintances. We agree on just … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Israel Clamps Down on Internal Dissent

As a tenuous ceasefire takes hold, the besieged Gaza strip must contend with the path of death and destruction left by Israel’s month-long military assault, including 1,939 Palestinian lives lost, … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Amnesty International’s Position on the Gaza Occupation

Want to know more about where Amnesty stands on the Israel-Gaza conflict? Here’s  a video that answers the most frequently asked questions.

August 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Amnesty International: Medical workers and facilities being targeted by Israeli forces in Gaza

Testimonies from doctors, nurses, and ambulance workers who have spoken to Amnesty International paint a disturbing picture of hospitals and health professionals coming under attack by the Israeli army in … Continue reading

August 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: Don’t Believe the Libel that Poets Don’t Engage in Politics

Watching, we won’t see leaves break through the smooth finality of surface. This strophe from Rusty Morrison’s poem, “History of Seed,”* explains to a wondrous extent the way we are beguiled … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson: Gaza blockade must end

Israelis and Palestinians are still burying loved ones killed during Gaza’s third war in six years. Since 8 July, more than 1,800 Palestinian and 65 Israeli lives have been sacrificed. … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

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