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As Israel Turns 70, Young American Jews Turn Away

    As Israel Turns 70, Young American Jews Turn Away

Natalie Portman, the Oscar-winning actress, recently kicked off a massive storm of controversy when she pulled out of a prestigious award ceremony in Israel because, she said, she “did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu.” The response to Portman’s refusal to appear alongside Israel’s prime minister was intense. She was denounced by right-wing Israeli…

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A Professor and Student Weigh in on the US’ Jerusalem Embassy Move

    A Professor and Student Weigh in on the US’ Jerusalem Embassy Move

The United Nations has shared a global sentiment in their recent vote to admonish the current American administration lead by President Donald Trump.  The world body’s recent 128 to 9 vote, (with 35 abstentions), was meant to reject the United States’ choice to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is clear that…

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Video: IDF Soldiers Block Road, Shoot Unarmed Protesters, Celebrate on Camera

    Video: IDF Soldiers Block Road, Shoot Unarmed Protesters, Celebrate on Camera

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – Israeli human rights group B’Tselem released a video on Tuesday that shows an Israeli soldier celebrating and shouting “that son of a bitch” after shooting an unarmed Palestinian protester with a rubber-coated metal bullet in the town of Madama in Palestine’s West Bank. The video, taken on April 13, also shows…

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Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill Second Palestinian Journalist

    Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill Second Palestinian Journalist

After Yaser Murtaja, Ahmed Abu Hussein, another Gazan photojournalist‎, who was seriously injured last Friday while documenting the March of Return, succumbed to injuries Wednesday afternoon, Gaza’s Health Ministry has said. Hussein‎ was stationed at a permissible distance from the border fence when an Israeli sniper shot the 24-year-old journalist in the stomach, causing grave injuries.…

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The Ghost of Herut: Albert Einstein on Israel, 70 Years Ago

  The Ghost of Herut: Albert Einstein on Israel, 70 Years Ago

Albert Einstein, along with other Jewish luminaries, including Hannah Arendt, published a letter in the New York Times on December 4, 1948. That was only a few months after Israel had declared its independence and as hundreds of Palestinian villages were being actively demolished after their inhabitants were expelled. The letter denounced Israel’s newly-founded Herut…

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As Humanitarian Crisis Deepens, US Refuses to Say There Are Civilians in Gaza 

  As Humanitarian Crisis Deepens, US Refuses to Say There Are Civilians in Gaza 

GAZA – Though Gaza has long been the target of Israeli hostility – which has ranged from a decades-long illegal blockade of the area to several wars of aggression – this year has arguably been unlike any other for Palestinians who call the Gaza Strip their home, as airstrikes pound the area and its infrastructure…

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Human Rights Activist Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel

  Human Rights Activist Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel

I first learned of Gideon Levy many years ago, during a casual conversation with an Israeli human rights activist. He told me that he had asked Levy why was he such a serious critic of Israel’s government and its policies with the Palestinians. Levy, whose own father was a German Jewish refugee who had settled…

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BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of “Jewish Nobel” Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies

  BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of “Jewish Nobel” Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies

JERUSALEM – In an unexpected rebuke, Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman has declined to attend the June award ceremony for the Genesis Prize, sometimes nicknamed the “Jewish Nobel,” citing recent and “distressing” events in Israel. Portman, in declining to receive the prize, will still receive $2 million in prize money, which she previously announced she would…

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After 70 Years of Repression, Gazans’ Great Return March is Modern Exodus

  After 70 Years of Repression, Gazans’ Great Return March is Modern Exodus

GAZA — (Analysis) As the U.S., U.K. and France bomb Syria, claiming to support its people but in reality adding misery to a country that has had more than its fair share of violence, the humanitarian disaster in Gaza is almost completely ignored by the international community. This is because the perpetrator of this seven-decade-long…

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Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel As a Matter of Policy

  Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel As a Matter of Policy

The term ‘media bias’ does not do justice to the western corporate media’s relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more profound than mere partiality. It is not ignorance, either. It is a calculated and long-term campaign, aimed at guarding Israel and demonizing Palestinians. The current disgraceful coverage of Gaza’s popular protests indicates that…

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