Reza Aslan Slams Bill Maher for Facile Arguments’ About Muslim Violence
Via Adalah NewYork: Israeli basketball team Macabi Tel Aviv will be playing at Barclays Center against the Nets, using their cultural cache to support a fundraiser for the Friends of the IDF before the game begins. Various members of the pro-Palestine community in NYC will be protesting outside - for more info email Ahmed Eltouny, email@example.com.
"To ‘deepen the debate and discussion around BDS as a strategy and movement’ Verso is giving away the ebook of The Case for Sanctions Against Israel [with leading international thinkers, edited by Audrea Lim] for free.”
You can download the ebook of The Case for Sanctions Against Israel here.
Hiba El Mansouri - Ahwak
this has for real been on repeat since the last time I posted this.
The victim, Netanel Roi Arami, owned a construction company contracted to do exterior work on a hi-rise building in central Israel. During the fatal day, Arami was rappelling along the side of the Petah Tikvah building in order to seal vent openings when both his cables snapped and he fell 11 stories to his death.
Over 50 workers were at the site of the time, the majority of which are Israel-Arabs and Palestinians, as well as a few Chinese nations, but none have been arrested. The workers, for their part, claim his death was an accident.
Such irresponsible reporting. Claims of ‘nationalistic murder’ without any evidence except “he was a professional”. Why burn the fires of hate when you do not have an extinguisher large enough to put it out?
I am writing about this incident precisely because I did not take it personally. I do not take personally the fact that some faculty members were hiding behind hypothesized angry students and a law that many others seem to be unaware of. In my opinion, it would have been more dignified to tell me explicitly: We do not differentiate between those who support the occupation and those who are against it, between those who report on policies to forcibly evict the Bedouin or those who carry out that policy; for us, there is only one place for every Israeli Jew - outside.
At the final session of the conference on Wednesday, a lecturer from another department asked to discuss the fact that I had been kicked out, and the issue of banning left-wing Israeli Jews in general. The lecturer and others, who weren’t present at the time of the incident, were shocked and expressed their protest, I was told. When it was announced that I was asked to leave, “for my own protection,” a number of people left the hall in anger. Meanwhile, a storm erupted on Facebook. Acquaintances have since called me to apologize. The owner of my local grocery store apologized “in the name of the Palestinian people.”
Meanwhile, the university published a statement Saturday saying: “The administration has nothing against the presence of the journalist Hass. The university as a national institution differentiates between friends and enemies of the Palestinian people… and works with every person or institution that is against the occupation.”
I understand the emotional need of Palestinians to create a safe space that is off limits to citizens of the state that denies them their rights and has been robbing them of their land. As a leftist, however, I question the anti-colonialist logic of boycotting left-wing Israeli Jewish activists. In any case, such leftists do not seek kosher certificates while opposing the occupation and striving to put an end to the Jewish regime of privileges.
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers early Tuesday occupied 23 houses in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan south of the Old City of Jerusalem, a local information center said.
Wadi Hilweh Information Center said in a statement that “settlers of the Elad (Ir David) Association” stormed Silwan at 1:30 a.m. escorted by Israeli soldiers and forcibly evicted the residents of an apartment and occupied it, in addition to several vacant homes.
The houses belong to Baydoun, al-Karaki, Abu Sbeih, al-Zawahra, al-Abbasi, al-Khayyat, Qarain and al-Yamani families, the statement said.
BEIRUT (AFP) — Civilian casualties were reported as fresh US-led strikes hit Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, both in its Raqqa province stronghold and in Aleppo province further west, a monitoring group said on Monday.
In Aleppo province, the strikes hit targets around the IS-held town of Minbej, including a complex of grain silos and a mill that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said was being operated by civilians.
The group’s director Rami Abdel Rahman said there were initial reports of civilians killed in the raid, but no confirmed toll.
In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas proved that he is not a partner for peace.
In his previous General Assembly speeches, Abbas denied the Jewish people’s historical connection to the Land of Israel and Jerusalem. But this time he conveyed an unprecedented message: He does not want negotiations – not even American-brokered talks – and is not interested in durable pace based on security arrangements and mutual recognition.
Abbas’ plan basically sets an impossible ultimatum for Israel: He has asked the UN Security Council to impose a nine-month period of negotiations, during which the core issues will be discussed based on the 1967 borders, without security arrangements and with a solution to the refugee problem.
If Israel refuses to accept these conditions – and there is not a single Israeli government, even a left-wing one, which will be prepared to accept them – Abbas will turn to the International Criminal Court in order to impose sanctions on Israel as an occupying force of a UN member state.
It’s important to understand that these sanctions are not aimed at achieving better starting point for future negotiations – but at putting an end to the Zionist enterprise.