2019-05-27: News Headlines

Jack Dodson (2019-05-26). As Israel Basks in the Glow of Eurovision, Anti-Occupation Activists Show Tourists the West Bank. theintercept.com At the annual international pop music contest, held recently in Tel Aviv, revelers party on the beach and activists bring busloads of tourists to catch a glimpse of life under occupation.

Staff (2019-05-26). Anti-Occupation Coalition Grows Stronger Despite Israeli Military Violence. truthout.org I watched the Israel Defense Forces throw several stun grenades — one right after the other — deep into a crowd of my friends earlier this month. I saw people dear to me get choked by soldiers, thrown forcefully onto the ground and dragged away by their limbs. Following this, the army arrested 17 people — including many Jewish activists from around the world, two Palestinian journalists and three Palestinian residents from the area. | The crime? Presumably, the IDF's harsh punishment would be because our protest turned violent. However, we were steadfastly nonviolent. We were simply fixing a…

RT (2019-05-26). Politico ripped for 'anti-Semitic' illustration of Sanders, who is Jewish, with 'money tree'. rt.com Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted Politico for using anti-Semitic tropes in its scathing profile of Bernie Sanders. In a piece focused on his 'wealth', the presidential hopeful is shown next to a 'money tree'.

Craig Wood (2019-05-25). Madonna Wishy-Washes Apartheid Israel at Eurovision. dissidentvoice.org Art-washing is a PR tactic that uses famous artists in ways that divert attention away from bad behavior. An ad designer who combines a Monet water lily image with an oil company logo is one way. Recruiting an international pop icon like Madonna to sing at a music festival in the creepy political climate of …

teleSUR (2019-05-25). Tens of Thousands of Israelis Protest Immunity for Netanyahu. telesurenglish.net Thousands of Israelis protested Saturday against legislative steps that could grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution and limit the power of the country's Supreme Court. | RELATED | Minority Coalition for Netanyahu as Liberman Refuses to Join | The demonstration in Tel Aviv was attended by nearly all opposition parties, a rare show of unity for Israel's splintered political system. Police did not say how many people attended. A Reuters photographer estim…

Stuart Littlewood (2019-05-24). Was that the Next Palestinian President You Just Banned, Mr Trump? dissidentvoice.org Hanan Ashrawi, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member, speaks to journalists at UN Headquarters. (UN Photo/Evan Schneider) Grandma Ashrawi is more than a match for Israel's stooges in the White House and whatever 'deal of the century' they have cooked up for the Holy Land So the Trump administration will no longer allow Hanan …

Alison Weir (2019-05-24). View the Frontline Documentary on Gaza that PBS Pulled. dissidentvoice.org PBS stations around the U.S. were scheduled to show a riveting new Frontline documentary, "One Day in Gaza," but at the last minute PBS pulled it. The film is missing important context about the issue, but it includes footage that Americans, as Israel's top funders, should see — including a young, unarmed teen being shot …

Staff (2019-05-24). Far-Right Israeli Organization Publishes List of 'Disloyal' Professors. therealnews.com Hilla Dayan discusses the right-wing Zionist group Im Tirtzu, and the scare campaign against leftist and progressive professors going on in Israel…

Phyllis Bennis (2019-05-24). The Amputation Crisis in Gaza: a US-Funded Atrocity. counterpunch.org My friend Andrew Rubin is an amputee. He's lost his right hand, lower arm, right foot, and lower leg. He used to be an avid runner and cyclist. He can't do much of that anymore, although his walking is getting much better. Soon he might be able to run with his artificial leg. Andrew is More

Melvin Goodman (2019-05-24). The Dangerous Demise of Disarmament. counterpunch.org Donald Trump and his national security team have weakened virtually every aspect of American foreign policy over the past two years. U.S. bilateral relations with both Russia and China have worsened, driving Moscow and Beijing into their closest relationship in more than fifty years. U.S. standing in Europe, particularly with our central NATO allies, has been compromised as President Trump has embarrassed key allies in London, Paris, and Berlin. The recent bungling of political upheaval in Venezuela has made the United States a laughing stock throughout South America. Trump's obsequious behavior toward Israeli Pr…

Lawrence Davidson (2019-05-24). Senator Schumer's Divine Mission. counterpunch.org Back on 31 March 2019 I wrote an essay entitled "God and U.S. Foreign Policy." The central figure in that essay was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo is a Christian fundamentalist who believes that God is at work when it comes to both sustaining Israeli society as well as the U.S. foreign policies that underpin it. More

patrick (2019-05-24). Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization. bdsmovement.net Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization: UpdateThrough statements issued by both the PLO and Palestinian civil society groups, and protests at German Representative Offices, Palestinians have unanimously condemned the German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution attacki…

Isaac Scher (2019-05-23). 'No Songs Can Be Sung': Eurovision Goes to Israel. progressive.org Diverse groups of local and international nonviolent activists disrupted the festivities to protest against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

Marissa Brostoff (2019-05-23). Morgan Bassichis's Haunted American Songbook. thenation.com The performer's work presents a riotous vision of what an intergenerational left might look like.

unitedEditor (2019-05-23). Rising tides of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean. uwidata.com Turkey, which has been immersed in a situation of economic crisis ahead of its recent electoral race, has become surrounded on all sides in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Israel, Egypt, Cyprus and Greece, which, with the support of the United States and some European countries, have begun to explore recently discovered oil and gas fields, …

patrick (2019-05-23). Palestinians overwhelmingly condemn German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution. bdsmovement.net Palestinians overwhelmingly condemn German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution: Open LetterPalestinian civil society coalitions, human rights organizations, labor unions, and representatives of the Palestinian people, condemn in the strongest terms the German Parliament's resolution which is based on outright lies and equates the nonviolent BDS movement for Palestinian right…

Avigail Corry, Sulaiman Khatib (2019-05-22). Why We, Palestinians and Israelis, Insist on Mourning Our Dead Together. thenation.com Why We, Palestinians and Israelis, Insist on Mourning Our Dead Together…

United Nations (2019-05-22). Palestine refugees' relief chief warns Security Council money to fund Gaza operations will run out in mid-June. un.org The head of the UN relief and works agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) warned on Wednesday that despite weathering a "truly existential crisis" over funding last year, money to continue operations this year in the Gaza Strip will only last until mid-June.

United Nations (2019-05-22). Wednesday's Daily Brief: Women boost work profits, saving biodiversity, UK loses Chagos Islands vote, Gaza funding, malaria-free in Argentina, Algeria. un.org Today's top stories include: boosting profits at work by hiring more women leaders; saving biodiversity to beat climate change; General Assembly condemns UK over Chagos Islands; just a month of funding left for Gaza; celebrating malaria-free Algeria and Argentina; and justice experts dicuss how best to fight hate crime.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-20). Headlines for May 20, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens "Official End of Iran" Via Tweet If It Provokes the U.S., First Phase of Kushner's Middle East Peace Plan to Focus on Palestinian Economy, Sweden Requests Detention of Assange as WikiLeaks Accuses U.S. of Illegally Seizing His Property, Australian Voters Choose Conservative PM Morrison Over Opponent Who Vowed to Tackle Climate Change, Austria Calls Snap Election After Far-Right Leader Caught in Corruption Scandal, Protesters Take to the Streets Ahead of European Parliament Elections, Narendra Modi on Track for Second Term as Prime Minister as Voting Ends in India, Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriag…

SAMIR (2019-05-18). Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final. bdsmovement.net Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final : Action Alert | | Eurovision is being broadcast from apartheid Tel Aviv right now- join us to counter it | May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

SAMIR (2019-05-18). And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is… bdsmovement.net And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is… : PACBI StatementMore than 150,000 people, hundreds of artists and over 100 LGBT+ organizations joined our calls to boycott Eurovision 2019 | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

PACBI (2019-05-08). Pledge to #deactivateAirbnb on May 15, Nakba Day. bdsmovement.net Pledge to #deactivateAirbnb on May 15, Nakba Day: Action AlertAfter initially committing to stop listing rentals in Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, Airbnb did a complete reversal, and will now continue to allow rentals on stolen Palestinian land. | Economic BoycottMay 8, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

2019-05-27: Social Media Postees

As Israel Basks in the Glow of Eurovision, Anti-Occupation Activists Show Tourists the West Bank
Jack Dodson | theintercept.com | 2019-05-26
At the annual international pop music contest, held recently in Tel Aviv, revelers party on the beach and activists bring busloads of tourists to catch a glimpse of life under occupation.
theintercept.com/2019/05/26/eurovision-2…

Anti-Occupation Coalition Grows Stronger Despite Israeli Military Violence
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-26
I watched the Israel Defense Forces throw several stun grenades — one right after the other — deep into a crowd of my friends earlier this month. I saw people dear to me get choked by soldiers, thrown forcefully onto the ground and dragged away by their limbs. Following this, the army arrested 17 people — including many Jewish activists from around the world, two Palestinian journalists and three Palestinian residents from the area. | The crime? Presumably, the IDF's harsh punishment would be because our protest turned violent. However, we were steadfastly nonviolent. We were simply fixing a…
truthout.org/articles/anti-occupation-co…

Politico ripped for 'anti-Semitic' illustration of Sanders, who is Jewish, with 'money tree'
rt.com | 2019-05-26
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted Politico for using anti-Semitic tropes in its scathing profile of Bernie Sanders. In a piece focused on his 'wealth', the presidential hopeful is shown next to a 'money tree'. | …
rt.com/usa/460284-sanders-anti-semitism-…

Tens of Thousands of Israelis Protest Immunity for Netanyahu
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-25
Thousands of Israelis protested Saturday against legislative steps that could grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution and limit the power of the country's Supreme Court. | RELATED | Minority Coalition for Netanyahu as Liberman Refuses to Join | The demonstration in Tel Aviv was attended by nearly all opposition parties, a rare show of unity for Israel's splintered political system. Police did not say how many people attended. A Reuters photographer estim…
telesurenglish.net/news/Tens-of-Thousand…

Madonna Wishy-Washes Apartheid Israel at Eurovision
Craig Wood | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-25
Art-washing is a PR tactic that uses famous artists in ways that divert attention away from bad behavior. An ad designer who combines a Monet water lily image with an oil company logo is one way. Recruiting an international pop icon like Madonna to sing at a music festival in the creepy political climate of …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/madonna-wishy…

Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-24
Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization: UpdateThrough statements issued by both the PLO and Palestinian civil society groups, and protests at German Representative Offices, Palestinians have unanimously condemned the German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution attacki…
bdsmovement.net/news/palestinians-unanim…

Was that the Next Palestinian President You Just Banned, Mr Trump?
Stuart Littlewood | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-24
Hanan Ashrawi, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member, speaks to journalists at UN Headquarters. (UN Photo/Evan Schneider) Grandma Ashrawi is more than a match for Israel's stooges in the White House and whatever 'deal of the century' they have cooked up for the Holy Land So the Trump administration will no longer allow Hanan …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/was-that-the-…

Senator Schumer's Divine Mission
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Back on 31 March 2019 I wrote an essay entitled "God and U.S. Foreign Policy." The central figure in that essay was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo is a Christian fundamentalist who believes that God is at work when it comes to both sustaining Israeli society as well as the U.S. foreign policies that underpin it.
counterpunch.org/2019/05/24/senator-schu…

View the Frontline Documentary on Gaza that PBS Pulled
Alison Weir | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-24
PBS stations around the U.S. were scheduled to show a riveting new Frontline documentary, "One Day in Gaza," but at the last minute PBS pulled it. The film is missing important context about the issue, but it includes footage that Americans, as Israel's top funders, should see — including a young, unarmed teen being shot …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/view-the-fron…

Far-Right Israeli Organization Publishes List of 'Disloyal' Professors
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-24
Hilla Dayan discusses the right-wing Zionist group Im Tirtzu, and the scare campaign against leftist and progressive professors going on in Israel…
therealnews.com/stories/far-right-israel…

The Dangerous Demise of Disarmament
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Donald Trump and his national security team have weakened virtually every aspect of American foreign policy over the past two years. U.S. bilateral relations with both Russia and China have worsened, driving Moscow and Beijing into their closest relationship in more than fifty years. U.S. standing in Europe, particularly with our central NATO allies, has been compromised as President Trump has embarrassed key allies in London, Paris, and Berlin. The recent bungling of political upheaval in Venezuela has made the United States a laughing stock throughout South America. Trump's obsequious behavior toward Israeli Pr…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/24/the-dangerou…

The Amputation Crisis in Gaza: a US-Funded Atrocity
Phyllis Bennis | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
My friend Andrew Rubin is an amputee. He's lost his right hand, lower arm, right foot, and lower leg. He used to be an avid runner and cyclist. He can't do much of that anymore, although his walking is getting much better. Soon he might be able to run with his artificial leg. Andrew is…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/24/the-amputati…

'No Songs Can Be Sung': Eurovision Goes to Israel
Isaac Scher | progressive.org | 2019-05-23
Diverse groups of local and international nonviolent activists disrupted the festivities to protest against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.
progressive.org/dispatches/eurovision-go…

Palestinians overwhelmingly condemn German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-23
Palestinians overwhelmingly condemn German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution: Open LetterPalestinian civil society coalitions, human rights organizations, labor unions, and representatives of the Palestinian people, condemn in the strongest terms the German Parliament's resolution which is based on outright lies and equates the nonviolent BDS movement for Palestinian right…
bdsmovement.net/news/palestinians-overwh…

Morgan Bassichis's Haunted American Songbook
Marissa Brostoff | thenation.com | 2019-05-23
The performer's work presents a riotous vision of what an intergenerational left might look like.
thenation.com/article/morgan-bassichis-j…

Rising tides of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-23
Turkey, which has been immersed in a situation of economic crisis ahead of its recent electoral race, has become surrounded on all sides in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Israel, Egypt, Cyprus and Greece, which, with the support of the United States and some European countries, have begun to explore recently discovered oil and gas fields, …
uwidata.com/3477-rising-tides-of-tension…

Palestine refugees' relief chief warns Security Council money to fund Gaza operations will run out in mid-June
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-22
The head of the UN relief and works agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) warned on Wednesday that despite weathering a "truly existential crisis" over funding last year, money to continue operations this year in the Gaza Strip will only last until mid-June.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

Why We, Palestinians and Israelis, Insist on Mourning Our Dead Together
Avigail Corry, Sulaiman Khatib | thenation.com | 2019-05-22
Why We, Palestinians and Israelis, Insist on Mourning Our Dead Together…
thenation.com/article/palestinians-israe…

Wednesday's Daily Brief: Women boost work profits, saving biodiversity, UK loses Chagos Islands vote, Gaza funding, malaria-free in Argentina, Algeria
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-22
Today's top stories include: boosting profits at work by hiring more women leaders; saving biodiversity to beat climate change; General Assembly condemns UK over Chagos Islands; just a month of funding left for Gaza; celebrating malaria-free Algeria and Argentina; and justice experts dicuss how best to fight hate crime.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-18
Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final : Action Alert | | Eurovision is being broadcast from apartheid Tel Aviv right now- join us to counter it | May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …
bdsmovement.net/news/tweet-now-eurovisio…

And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-18
And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is… : PACBI StatementMore than 150,000 people, hundreds of artists and over 100 LGBT+ organizations joined our calls to boycott Eurovision 2019 | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …
bdsmovement.net/eurovision-winner

Pledge to #deactivateAirbnb on May 15, Nakba Day
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-08
Pledge to #deactivateAirbnb on May 15, Nakba Day: Action AlertAfter initially committing to stop listing rentals in Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, Airbnb did a complete reversal, and will now continue to allow rentals on stolen Palestinian land. | Economic BoycottMay 8, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …
bdsmovement.net/deactivateairbnb