Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival shows films about the Palestinian struggle
Bill Meyer | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-13
TORONTO–Two compelling films about the Palestinian struggle were featured at the Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival this year. The award-winning Gaza is a visually stunning documentary enhanced with a heart-rending musical score, and one of the most emotionally powerful representations of the hardships of a people living in an area that is only 7 miles …
'Conditions for Surrender': Palestinian FM Slams Trump Peace Plan
The New Arab | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-13
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki on Thursday voiced opposition to US President Donald Trump's so-called ' Deal of the Century', saying the terms amount to "surrender" for Palestinians. | "This is not a peace plan but rather conditions for …
Palestine Forces Call for Massive Protests in the West Bank
plenglish.com | 2019-05-13
Ramallah, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The National and Islamic Forces, the supreme coordinating body of the main Palestinian factions, have called Monday for a massive participation in the demonstrations for the 71st anniversary of the 1948 exodus known as the Nakba.
Faculty at Chicago's DePaul University condemn professor's anti-democratic, militarist comments on Middle East
wsws.org | 2019-05-13
The faculty resolution condemned the views of Professor Jason Hill, who called for Palestinians to be stripped of voting rights and for Israel to exercise "unprecedented and excessive military might."
Madonna's own song just got turned into a call to boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-05-13
Pressure is rising for Madonna to cancel her scheduled appearance at the Eurovision song contest final in Israel on 18 May. And now, activists have turned one of her most iconic songs into a powerful call to support Palestinian people and boycott the competition. | "Ma…
Gaza blockade causes 'near ten-fold increase' in food dependency, says UN agency
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-13
At a time when Muslims globally are observing the holy month of Ramadan, more than half the population in Gaza depends on the international community for food aid, the director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said on Monday, citing a "near ten-fold increase" in need.
Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders Back Rashida Tlaib Amid Trump Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Many progressives and activists like congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Shaun King, etc., came forward in defense of congresswoman Rashida Tlaib after she was attacked by the United States President Donald Trump for her comments on Holocaust. | RELATED: | 'Hands off Ilhan': Black Women in Solidarity with Ilhan Omar | Tlaib, in an interview on Yahoo News's "Skullduggery" podcast Saturday said her ancestors, Palestinians, had to suffer to create a safe haven for the Jewish people. | "There's,…
With the US-Iran War Ball Now Rolling, Could an "Accident" or "False Flag" Serve as Pretext?
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
Certain forces in the U.S. and Israel have been actively pushing for war with Iran for years and have a track record that demonstrates little inhibition about using an "accident" to start it.
Trump slams Rashida Tlaib for 'tremendous hatred of Israel' after controversial Holocaust comment
rt.com | 2019-05-13
US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, accusing her of "tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people" after she made controversial comments about the Holocaust. | …
Israel's Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
The latest attack on Gaza was meant to serve the interests of all of Netanyahu's possible coalition partners and in order for Netanyahu to keep his partners happy, he needs to persistently keep pounding the enclave.
Bolton Is Spinning Israeli 'Intelligence' to Push for War Against Iran
Gareth Porter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-13
John Bolton has gotten away with a dangerous deception. The national security adviser's announcement Sunday that the Pentagon has deployed air and naval forces to the Middle East, which he combined with a threat to Iran, points to a new …
Monday's Daily Brief: #ClimateAction for the Pacific, Gaza blockade, attack in Burkina Faso
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-13
This Monday, top stories are: Gaza's aid dependency due to the ongoing blockade; a special focus on climate change and its impact on islands and people of the Pacific; UN condemnation after a deadly attack in Burkina Faso.
Germany Debates 'Mosque Tax' to Replace Foreign Funding
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-12
Support is growing in Germany for a "mosque tax" to make Islamic institutions less dependent on so-called "radical" foreign funding sources, a media report said Sunday. | RELATED: | Germany Expels Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh | The conservative federal government sees it as "a possible path," according to an answer to a parliamentary query, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported. | Several of Germany's 16 states had also signalled support…
'Stop Arming Israel, Stop Bombing Gaza': Thousands March in London Demanding Justice for Palestinians
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-11
(CD) — Thousands took to the streets of London on Saturday to show solidarity with the Palestinian people and demand an end to Israel's brutal occupation. Ahed Tamimi–the 18-year-old Palestinian activist who became a global protest icon after she was imprisoned for slapping Israeli soldiers outside of her home in the occupied West Bank–joined Saturday's march and delivered a …
'Stop Arming Israel, Stop Bombing Gaza': Thousands March in London Demanding Justice for Palestinians
Deal of the Century Adds "New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name "Palestine"
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-10
The apartheid regime we know as "Israel" was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, yet Israel and its allies around the world celebrate "Israeli independence."
Is Leaked Document Trump's 'Deal of the Century?'
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-10
If genuine, the report published by an Israeli newspaper widely seen as Netanyahu's mouthpiece offers a catastrophic vision of the Palestinians' future, writes Jonathan Cook. By Jonathan Cook Jonathan-Cook.net A report published this week by the Israel Hayom newspaper apparently leaking details… Read more ?…
Nakba 2019: Eurovision fails to hide suffering of Palestinians
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
The annual commemoration of al Nakba on May 15 — the 1947 catastrophe when 750,000 Palestinians were evicted from their homes and thousands of Palestinian villages wiped off the map — coincides this year with the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. | Ramadan has also begun, and Israeli crackdowns during Ramadan and around al Nakba commemorations are a given. What is different this year is the viciousness of the attacks and Israel's determination that its Eurovision PR showcase will proceed, uninterrupted by questions about its human rights record. | As Palestine…
Golan is Syria!
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-05-10
A demonstration in front of the Israeli Mission in New York City denounced Trump's recognition of Israel's 52-year illegal annexation and occupation of Golan, a province of Syria. The protest was held May 6 — Martyrs' Day in Syria and Lebanon, and for over 100 years a commemoration of continuing . . . | Continue reading Golan is Syria! at Workers.org…
"Now I Can No Longer Call Myself a Zionist . . ."
Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman | progressive.org | 2019-05-10
A new book explores the nuances behind the opposition to Zionism and effectively dispels the myth that Jewish people who criticize Israel are "self-hating Jews."
The Enemy is Not Resistance
Stanley L. Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
The Islamic Resistance Movement began more than thirty years ago at an historical moment in time which it knew to be fraught with absolute peril for their people. The founders of this national liberation struggle examined the overwhelming military capabilities of Israel, fostered by its global superpower sponsor, the United States. They looked at Israel's expansionist programs–the Zionist project of illegal settlements erasing their homes and villages, dispossessing mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers–and at the failure of the international community to stop them. They knew then that within a ge…
'A Nice Guy, Everybody Loved Him' – With San Diego synagogue shooter, media once again normalize white male violence
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2019-05-10
After opening fire at worshipers celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover at the Poway Synagogue near San Diego, California, 19-year-old John T. Earnest was arrested. Earnest killed one woman and injured three other worshippers before his semi-automatic weapon jammed and he fled the scene, calling 911 himself to report the shooting. The shooter published …
In Gaza, the Bombs Have Stopped, but Our Suffering Continues
Ahmed Abu Artema | thenation.com | 2019-05-10
In Gaza, the Bombs Have Stopped, but Our Suffering Continues…
Anti-Racist Canada promotes Video by Anti-Palestinian, FOX News Filmmaker
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-09
Why would Anti-Racist Canada (ARC) promote a video by a FOX News filmmaker who compares the Left to the KKK and claimed Swedish police refuse to go into immigrant neighbourhoods? Is it because the ARC collective is an example of people who fight racism except if it is anti-Palestinian? Recently, ARC retweeted long-time anti-Palestinian activist …
Jacksonville celebrates May Day
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-09
Jacksonville, FL — About 35 people gathered on May 1 to celebrate International Workers' Day in Jacksonville. The rally was held in front of the Duval County Courthouse. Members of several local trade unions were present, including Letter Carriers, Teamsters, SEIU, Teachers, and IATSE. Other local activist groups included the Community Action Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, Progressive Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Network, the Northside Coalition, and the local Democratic Black Caucus. | The rally was united under the theme of building alliances between different groups and organizations. A…
Trump and Kushner Middle East Peace Deal Is a Trojan Horse for Further Occupation
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-09
Phyllis Bennis discusses the recent Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the real nature of Kushner's supposed "deal of the century"
Congress, Laws Suppressing Boycotts of Israel Are Unconstitutional. Sincerely, Three Federal Courts
aclu.org | 2019-05-09
Congress has a constitutional duty to protect the rights of the American people, including the First Amendment right to participate in boycotts. | Congress just got yet another reminder that the First Amendment right to political boycotts is alive and well in the United States, and any legislative attempt to infringe on that right puts them squarely against the Constitution. | Last week a federal district court in Texas blocked as unconstitutional a state law that required government contractors to certify that they d…
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) …
The Democratic Counterrevolution Has a Self-Appointed Leader: Josh Gottheimer
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
Not long after Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were sworn into Congress, they began hearing from their new colleagues that one member of the House Democratic caucus, Josh Gottheimer, had particularly strong views about each of them. Gottheimer, a second-term representative from New Jersey, has deep ties to the lobbies for Saudi Arabia and Israel, while Tlaib and Omar are often critical of both Mideast governments. | So when Gottheimer reached out to meet with Tlaib, she was eager to take it, hoping that a personal connection would help bridge their differences. On the day of the meeting, February 6, Gottheimer arriv…
Fans stay away from Eurovision in Tel Aviv
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-08
An Israeli government-backed propaganda initiative is attempting to rig another online poll about whether there should be a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv later this month. | This desperate effort to manipulate public opinion comes as Israeli organisers are struggling to unload thousands of unsold tickets to the event. | The Irish publication thejournal.ie put up a poll asking readers whether they support the boycott. | On April 30, t…
Wednesday's Daily Brief: updates from the Near East and Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, World War remembrance
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-08
On Wednesday, we cover: chronic hunger in the Middle East; the toll of war on Gazans; the one-year-long detention of an academic in Iran; Syrian health facilities under attack; Ebola casualties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo hitting the 1,000 mark; and a two-day remembrance effort for those who died during the Second World War.
Israeli offensive, North Korean missiles, Venezuela, Assange
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-06
Israel offensive On May 4, the Israel Defense Forces announced an air strike on dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip. The office of the Turkish news agency Anadolu in the Gaza Strip was hit in the course of the offensive. Mevlàºt àáavu≈üoƒülu called the incident an example of aggression on the Israeli side, and …
Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-04-26
Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw: PACBI StatementCancelling performance in apartheid Tel Aviv would be a meaningful expression of solidarity for the band, who are on record supporting Palestinian rights. | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019April 26, 2019…
AXA IM divests from Elbit Systems – involved in Israeli war crimes
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-04-17
AXA IM divests from Elbit Systems – involved in Israeli war crimes: UpdateThe campaign against AXA's problematic investments continues, as AXA remains linked to Elbit Systems through an affiliate, and AXA maintains investments in five Israeli banks. | Economic BoycottApril 17, 2019 | By: | | SumOfUs …