Watching Yoav Shamir’s Defamation

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Yoav Shamir’s memorable, must-see Defamation is by turns hilarious, profound and disturbing. It recently aired on the UK’s Channel 4 True Stories series. Shamir seeks to investigate whether bona fide Judeophobia really exists to anything near the levels the ADL (Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith) claims to combat. This takes him to the US, Israel, Russia, Poland and to several interesting encounters and interviews. (See also the official film site synopsis).

We live with the feeling that death is always with us. Whether that feeling is good or not, I don’t know. It is always hanging over us, and here in Auschwitz you see how it became an industry, an industry of death. The Germans started it all and we are perpetuating it.

I thought a lot about whether this March of the…

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STRANGE CONCEPT OF ‘JUSTICE’ IN ISRAEL

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If it’s OK to crush to death a protester with a bulldozer, why shouldn’t it be OK to shoot out the eye of another protester? According to the Israeli ‘Justice’ System, it IS OK as can be seen in the following…..

Emily Henochowicz being rushed away for treatment after she was hit in the eye with a tear gas canister during a demonstration in May.

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Police exonerate Israeli officer who shot canister that hit U.S. activist’s eye

Art student Emily Henochowicz was seriously injured during a protest against the IDF’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in late May.

The Judea and Samaria district police found no criminal wrongdoing in the actions of the Border Police soldiers who left an American art student without an eye after getting hit in the face with a tear gas canister at a protest in Qalandiyah six months ago.

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An Ode to Said El-Said by Stanley L. Cohen

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I love Said. He’s everything that’s good and decent and kind-and so much more. he’s the laughter of a toddler who’s just learned to run; the panic of young lovers who race to remake the bed as parents return home early; the broad grin that intoxicates us when the rare and sweet aroma of justice fills the room and gives us hope. Said is all things to all good people– those that are and those that aspire to be.

He’s been with us since the beginning of time and will smile down on us long after the last meteor shower has found its mark and we are gone. Palestinian by birth, humane by trade, and free by choice Said is a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew and none of the above. While many march in lockstep to the beat of the safe, quick and easy, Said has journeyed long and…

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Israel should answer to the International Court

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Recent RT interview with Miko Peled

One year after a Palestinian teenager was set on fire and burned to death following the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens, the situation in the region remains dire in the wake of 2014’s military conflict that left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead. Anya Parampil speaks with Israeli peace activist Miko Peled about how the Gaza Strip conflict has settled down since then, and what Palestinian relations with the rest of the world may look like.

 

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Boycotting Israel — Advice for Scholars

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions has released “Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions — Advice for Anthropologists,” a 5-page guide to help scholars make informed judgments in implementing the boycott.

We are issuing this document to mark two anniversaries this week: one year ago, Israel began a 51-day onslaught against the Gaza Strip that inflicted unprecedented death, injury, and destruction upon the 1.8 million Palestinians living in the besieged territory. The attack galvanized international condemnation of Israel and bolstered support for the worldwide movement for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS), launched a decade ago.

Over 1,100 anthropologists have pledged so far to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Through their actions, anthropologists can show that the academic boycott is not only a matter of ethical and political urgency, but is feasible and indeed already being put into practice.

The academic boycott applies to Israeli academic institutions but not to Israeli scholars in their individual capacity. Accordingly, the advice published today emphasizes practical and flexible approaches…

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‘Let me be blunt: Gaza is a huge concentration camp’

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Amira Hass, Haaretz correspondent for the Occupied Territories, pictured during her speaking tour of New Zealand earlier this year (Photo: Kia Ora Gaza.)

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, Editor, ISLAMiCommentary 6 July, 2015:

This past Spring Amira Hass, correspondent for Haaretz, spoke at the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University. Hass, an Israeli who has won numerous awards for her reporting, has been covering the region since the early 90s. She lived in Gaza for three years and currently lives in Ramallah in the West Bank. Originally from Jerusalem, she was educated at Hebrew University and wrote the well-known book Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land Under Siege as well as the forward and epilogue to the diary of her mother who survived the Bergen Belsen concentration camp.

She gave two public talks during her week-long residency at Duke — “The Israeli Occupation…

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