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Mondoweiss updates for 08/11/2014:

Rania Masri gives Barack Obama a lesson on the meaning of ‘barbaric’

By Annie Robbins
Thousands of people from Austin and the surrounding region attended a rally and march protesting Israel’s assault on Gaza, joining the millions protesting around the world. Though for the most part, Austin’s protest on August 2 went unreported. And video from that rally, of a thunderous speech by Dr. Rania Masri chastising President Obama over … … Continue reading
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Giving birth under bombardment

By Hedaya Shamun
To be a woman living a war of terror, with an unborn child, holding on to your two young daughters, surrounded by death and fire consuming what remains of your humble house. To be a woman and live through that can only mean you are a Palestinian surviving the most recent massive attack on Gaza. To be a woman … … Continue reading
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The West Bank insurrection

By Allison Deger
After months of unremitting tensions in the West Bank, another Palestinian youth was killed in a run of protests Friday near the settlement of Psagot outside of Ramallah. The funeral for Mohammed al-Qadary, 19, was held Saturday following noon prayers. Afterword mourners scrambled up a hillside cut with terraces for yet another round of clashes … … Continue reading
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The Greenhouse propaganda—How Gazan history is being rewritten to dehumanize Palestinians

By Justin Schwegel
Erase memory and you wash away the blood from the perpetrator’s hands, you undo the done deed, make it disappear from history. Erase memories of atrocities and you tempt future perpetrators with immunity—Miraslov Volf In recent weeks, as Israeli bombs and artillery have slammed into the tiny strip of land that is home to nearly … … Continue reading
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Hollywood’s latest blacklist shadows Bardem, Cruz, Almodovar

By Philip Weiss
This is just horrifying, the kind of story I wish I could ignore, like a kid covering his eyes to make the monsters go away, so as not to give forces of darkness power over my friends in the film industry who care about Palestinians, but that doesn’t work. And yes the report is mostly gossip, … … Continue reading
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Professor Salaita was fired for disagreeing too vehemently with Professor Nelson

By Philip Weiss
Steven Salaita, the scholar of indigenous peoples who lately relocated to Illinois from Virginia only to have the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana rescind his appointment to teach because of his tweets against Zionism, has gotten strong support from Robert Farley and now Scott Lemieux, at Lawyers, Guns and Money. Lemieux, a professor himself, is offended by … … Continue reading
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‘One nation, one state, one leader’ — frightening slogan at Tel Aviv protest

By Philip Weiss
Ofer Neiman sent this along, from Facebook. From that facebook page: Ultra-Zionists counter-protesting today against Rabin Square antiwar demo, sign reads: “one nation, one state, one leader”. Yes, the Reich is back in white and blue. Neiman passes on this comment from a friend: “sadly It’s not a hoax. some people we know talk to … … Continue reading
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Video: Israeli sniper kills Palestinian protester in Hebron

By Annie Robbins
This video captures the moment an Israeli sniper shot a bullet into the heart of Nader Mohammad Edrees, 40, during a protest in the Bab az-Zaweya area of Hebron on Friday. Doctors performed heart surgery but were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead hours later. The video appears to show that Edrees posed no risk at all to occupying Israeli … … Continue reading
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‘We are all Palestinian’

By Annie Robbins
Today the Day of Rage demonstrations are taking place in cities all over the world, demanding immediate sanctions on Israel. We’re expecting reports to start rolling in, here’s our first one. Nineteen-year-old student and activist Barnaby Raine has been organizing a “Jewish Bloc against Zionism” in London. And his speech at today’s Day of Rage demonstration … … Continue reading
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Six arrested in civil disobedience at Federation offices in Philly

By Rabbi Rebecca Alpert
In another sign of the burgeoning movement inside Jewish life, yesterday Jewish Voice for Peace held a civil disobedience action at the Jewish Federations office in Philadelphia to protest the Gaza onslaught. A video is above. Rabbi Alpert sent along this report. Excerpts of a news report on the action follows her account. –Ed.  Many … … Continue reading
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Rep. Steve Israel tweets his meeting with Mikey Weiss of Roslyn Heights — but not Netanyahu

By Philip Weiss
Steve Israel, the Long Island congressman, is visiting the country that bears his name on a trip paid for by AIPAC, the Israel lobby. As we’ve noted, Israel (the man not the country) has been stung by criticisms. Well, on Wednesday Israel met with Netanyahu: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked US lawmakers Wednesday to help … … Continue reading
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‘An extreme rightwing regime behaving in the most criminal fashion and defying the world and unscrupulously using the Holocaust to justify what they’re doing’

By Philip Weiss
A lot of folks have seen this, according to Youtube. It’s the first truly great speech I’ve seen from a western politician decrying Israeli impunity. David Norris is an Irish senator. Note that he says that he had a home in Israel or Palestine; he had a longtime relationship with Ezra Nawi, the great Israeli activist. … … Continue reading
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How the Israeli discourse on terrorism seeks to justify blatant war crimes

By Rémi Brulin
Appearing on CNN a few days into the current offensive in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Hamas as “the worst terrorists, genocidal terrorists.” He said they want to “pile up as many civilian dead as they can,” and, he added, to “use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause.” By contrast, Israeli strikes are said … … Continue reading
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A Palestinian defends violent resistance to occupation

By Philip Weiss
One of the most interesting moments during Amer Shurrab’s appearance in New York Thursday night was the exchange above, when an audience member who gave his name as Bob Herbst asked Shurrab if he could respond to charges against Hamas: that it should be engaging in nonviolent resistance rather than shooting rockets and that, per … … Continue reading
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Looking for the Palestinian Kirk Douglas

By Marc H. Ellis
This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The ceasefire did not hold or was allowed to lapse so Israel and Hamas are at it again – asymmetrically. “After the ceasefire before the next ceasefire” is another form of politics. … … Continue reading
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What does it mean to be a Palestinian father?

By Nazmi Al-Masri
Almost no Palestinians in Gaza have slept well over the last two weeks, especially parents who care about their children’s mental, psychological and physical safety.  I am one of these parents who have 5 sons and one girl. To have 6 children is the average number of a Palestinian family in Gaza. Last night, while … … Continue reading
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Three Palestinian men killed in separate West Bank protests, one outside a Jewish settlement

By Kate
West Bank Israeli soldiers kill a Palestinian man in Hebron IMEMC/Agencies 9 Aug by Saed Bannoura — Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, have reported that a Palestinian man died Saturday, at dawn, of a serious injury suffered Friday, after Israeli soldiers opened fire at local protesters … … Continue reading
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