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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

Mehnaaz Mome: The Missing Piece in the Gun Violence Discourse — The Porous Border Between Republic and Empire

It may not be a coincidence that the rise in the killings of unarmed civilians thrives at a time when America remains engaged in a multitude of wars, some visible, … Continue reading

December 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Medea Benjamin: I am American, Jewish and banned from Israel for my activism

This month, the Israeli government announced that activists affiliated with 20 organizations, including my organization Codepink, would be banned from entering Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories because of our … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

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

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: Gaza — Witnessing The War And Destruction

First published on Jul 16, 2015 When Israel started its invasion of Gaza in the summer of 2014, the pictures of death and destruction were all over the news. Max … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Michael Schwartz: The Great Game in the Holy Land

How Gazan Natural Gas Became the Epicenter of An International Power Struggle Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 4 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

Jen Marlowe: Broken Homes and Broken Lives in Gaza

Rubble. That’s been the one constant for the Awajah family for as long as I’ve known them. Four months ago, their home was demolished by the Israeli military — and … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Jewish Voice for Peace

Produced by Jewish Voice for Peace, this video is a first of its kind expression of support for Palestinian freedom, equality and justice.  Featuring a diverse group of celebrities, artists, and … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

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