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Naomi Shihab Nye: Trees Gossip with the Birds

When the orange sun sinks over the AZIZI sign I feel
the darkening world soaking up all the extra noise

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

James J. Zogby: Most Democratic Candidates Still Afraid To Criticize Israel’s Violations Of Palestinian Rights

Benjamin Netanyahu and his policies are viewed negatively by most Democrats. This shift in opinion has placed many Democratic presidential candidates in a bind.

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Jordan Goldwarg, Aneela Afzali: Progressives Must Stop Weaponizing Charges of Anti-Semitism Against Critics of Israel

We need to accept in our American political discourse that anti-Zionism does not equate to anti-Semitism. When we fail to do this and instead conflate the two, the American Jewish community becomes less safe.

March 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Lucas Johnson: Remembering Dorothy Cotton, freedom educator

Dorothy Cotton was the director of education for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the King years. (Twitter / @natcivilrightsmuseum) . On June 10, the world lost another veteran of … Continue reading

June 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

Yara Hawari: Seventy Years of Palestinian Resistance Since the Establishment of the State of Israel

In 1948, the Nakba (catastrophe in Arabic) saw the state of Israel established, 750,000 Palestinians forced into exile, and over 500 Palestinian villages and towns destroyed. (Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Image) … Continue reading

May 30, 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

Jonathan Cook: Israel Repurposes Nakba Myths to Justify Today’s Massacre in Gaza

The only legitimate struggle for Palestinians, it seems, is keeping quiet, allowing their lands to be plundered and their children to be starved. Palestinians rush to the border fence with … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The Campaign to Exterminate Muslims

Muslims in this age of racialized authoritarianism have been stripped of due process in our courts and are subject—as Abid Naseer and Haroon Aswat were in Britain before being extradited to … Continue reading

April 10, 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

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