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With New Israel Aid Deal, Obama Is Patron of the Occupation; Hundreds of Israeli Intellectuals Ask World Jewry: `End Occupation for Israel's Sake'

Gideon Levy; Times of Israel; Ravit Hecht Haaretz (Israel)
U.S. generosity, which costs every American taxpayers $300 a year, is detrimental to Israel and will only push it toward more acts of aggression. Hundreds of Israeli intellectuals appeal to world Jewry: `End Occupation for Israel's Sake'. Signatories of letter include seven high-ranking IDF officers, 20 former ambassadors, authors David Grossman, Amos Oz. As long as U.S. aid isn't in question, Israeli settlements are here to stay.

Celtic Soccer Solidarity with Palestine - Match the Fine For Palestine: The Higher You Build Your Barriers, the Taller We Become

Abby Zimet; Wilson Dizard Common Dreams and Mondoweiss
The defiant display of Palestinian flags in Glasgow last week by Scottish fans of the Celtic soccer team raised over $200,000 in donations online, all marked for two Palestinian charitable groups. Activist fans of Scotland's Celtics soccer team - the working-class, historically progressive community already facing punishment for flying Palestinian flags at a recent game against Israel to protest the Occupation - have launched the fundraiser.

Why Solidarity Between the Movement for Black Lives and Palestine Makes Sense

David Palumbo-Liu, Truthout News Analysis Truthout
Critics of solidarity between the Movements for Black Lives and the Palestinian struggle miss how concepts like apartheid are not meant to apply only when there is perfect equivalence between two situations. They also apply when the experiences of two oppressed groups share common features.

Dream Defenders Statement on the Condemnation of M4BL Platform by Some Pro-Israel Groups

Dream Defenders Dream Defenders
Those who previously claimed to be allies of the Black lives matter movement have shown us that they are comfortable with our resistance so long as it fits within particular confines. It is convenient to endorse black lives matter when it benefits you. And as long as we stay silent about Israeli apartheid, they will "stand" with Black liberation in the US. Now that our movement has taken a stand against all forms of white supremacy...Black lives no longer matter.

Tidbits - August 11, 2016 - Reader Comments: Elections, Supreme Court, Defeat Trump; Nagasaki; A.J. Muste; Jews Support #BlackLivesMatter; Rock Against TPP Concerts; more...

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Reader Comments: 2016 Elections, Supreme Court, All In To Defeat Trump; Nagasaki - The World Did Not Need US's Experiment; A.J. Muste - An Inspiration for Today; Labor Must Take on Capital; Black Lives Matter takes on Education and Police Unions; Jewish Support for #BlackLivesMatter; Palestine Removed from GoogleMaps - What You Can Do; Announcements: New Book - Women Fight the Islamic State;Rock Against the TPP Concerts - Seattle, Portland and San Francisco; and more.

Friday Nite Videos -- July 15, 2016

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Why Bernie Waited to Endorse Hillary. Für Elise in Different Tastes. Jim Zogby on Democrats and the Occupation of Palestine. Senator Elizabeth Warren Calls for Action to Root Out Influence of Money in Politics. Where Do Galaxies Come From?

Jim Zogby on Democrats and the Occupation of Palestine

Palestinians are in for "another difficult four years" as a result of the weakness of the Democratic Party platform's statement on Israel and Palestine, says Jim Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute.

Our Girl -- Israeli Conscientious Objector Sentenced to Sixth Term in Military Lock-up

Sima Kadmon Yedioth Ahronot (Israel)
Conscientious objector Tair Kaminer, 19, was sentenced to another 45 days in military prison on Sunday for refusing to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. The sentence will be the sixth term served by Kaminer. She has already served some 125 days in lock-up. By the time Kaminer completes her latest sentence, she will have spent almost 170 days in military detention. She has served more time in military prison than any conscientious objector before her. (Haaretz*)

My Role With the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee

James Zogby Common Dreams
By silencing the Arab-American community and marginalizing us because we might dare to advocate for Palestinians, there is the damage that this hysteria does to our national discourse. At issue, it appears, is not what we are saying, but that we are the ones saying it. We are accused of “singling Israel out”, while in reality it is our critics who are singling out this issue as the only one we cannot discuss.
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