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Video: US Aid to Israel - The Real Deal

The special relationship between Israel and the United States goes deep...real deep. It's based on security, conflict and most of all money. Most of it for the Israeli military. But with over 200 killed in Gaza just this July and the Israeli military's long list human rights abuses, AJ+ Labs' Francesca Fiorentini asks: is this special relationship worth the price?    

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Press Release: UNRWA Commissioner-General Press Briefing on the Situation in Gaza Strip

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[The following statement was delivered by the Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, on 14 July. In the intervening six days, the casualty figures cited in this statement have more than doubled.]           As Delivered Thank you for joining us at this press briefing. As we stand here, the Gaza Strip is once again experiencing very dramatic circumstances, circumstances we had hoped it would never have to experience again. The population of Gaza, including Palestine refugees, is once again enduring great suffering and many ...

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Did Israel Spark Violence to Prevent "Peace Offensive"?: Democracy Now! Interview with Mouin Rabbani and Norman Finkelstein

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It is widely thought that the flare-up in Israel and the Occupied Territories began with the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in the West Bank just more than a month ago. But our guests — author Norman Finkelstein and Palestinian political analyst Mouin Rabbani — argue that such a narrative ignores the broader context of decades of occupation and recent events highlighting the expansionist goals of the Israeli government in the Palestinian land under its control. "Whenever the Palestinians seem like they are trying to reach a settlement of the conflict — which the [Fatah-Hamas] unity government was — at that point Israel does everything it can to provoke a violent ...

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Solidarity with Guantanamo Bay & Palestine: An Open Letter Calling on the Boycott of the White House Iftar

[Guests at the Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada's Eid Ul-Fitr Dinner on Parliament Hill Watch President Obama's White House Iftar, 2010. Image by US Embassy, Canada.]

[The following open letter was originally published by Falling Walls Initiative.] “Hardship is the only language used here. Anybody who is able to die will be able to achieve happiness for himself. He has no other hope except that. The requirement is to announce the end and challenge the self love for life and the soul that insists to end it all and leave this life, which is no longer called life, instead has become death and renewable torture. Ending it is a mercy and a happiness for the soul. With all my pains I say goodbye to you.” -Adnan Latif The quote above comes from Adnan Latif, a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was held indefinitely without being charged for ...

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Video: Life in Gaza Explained

Gaza has been described as the world's largest open air prison. Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has had catastrophic results for average Palestinians living there. AJ+'s Dena Takruri looks at the unforgiving realities they face everyday.

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Video: What The Media Isn't Telling You About Israel's Attack on Gaza

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In this two minute video on AJ+ Labs, host Dena Takruri explains what the mainstream media is missing in its coverage of Israel's attack on Gaza and why context matters.  

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Mouin Rabbani Appears on Russia Today's Cross Talk

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani participates in a debate on the current Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip on Russia Today's Cross Talk program. Other guests are Dan Arbell and Norman Finkelstein.  

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Letter Concerning LA City Council Threats to Student Free Speech

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[The following open letter was issued by theCommittee on Academic Freedom of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)] July 1, 2014 Bob Blumenfield  councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org  Mike Bonin  councilmember.bonin@lacity.org Joe Buscaino  councildistrict15@lacity.org Gilbert Cedillo  councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org Mitchell Englander  councilmember.englander@lacity.org Felipe Fuentes  councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org Jose Huizar  councilmember.huizar@lacity.org Paul Koretz  paul.koretz@lacity.org Paul Krekorian  councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org Tom ...

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Call for Applicants: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Military Mobilities, Ports, and Transport Infrastructure in the Middle East

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Department of Politics and International Studies SOAS, University of London Duration: 3-Year Fixed Term (Start: 1 January 2015 or ASAP thereafter) Location: London Salary: 32,862 to 38,795 (inclusive of London Allowance) Application Deadline: 1 August 2014 Description We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on a project funded by the UK’s Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC). This inter-disciplinary project will seek to understand the emergence of ports and transport infrastructure in the Arabian Peninsula at the conjuncture of wars, military movements, and commercial activities. You ...

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Video: Israeli Settlements Explained

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In this three-minute episode, which originally aired on AJ+ Labs, host Dena Takruri explains what Israeli settlements are, the violence they cause to Palestinians, and their critical role in fueling conflict.      

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Details and Statements On Federal Court Dismissing All Charges Against Sami Al-Arian

[The following statement was issued by Sami Al-Arian's attorney, Jonathan Turley, on 27 June 2014. Below it is a short statement by Al-Arian's family that was included at the end of Turley's statement.] Statemeny by Jonathan Turley It is with a great sense of relief and thankfulness that I can now report that all charges have been dropped against my client Dr. Sami Al-Arian. Minutes ago, United States District Judge Anthony J. Trenga signed the order dismissing the indictment against Dr. Al-Arian. The case was before Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, but it was Judge Trenga who signed the order on Friday afternoon. I have represented Dr. Al-Arian for roughly eight years as we ...

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Migrant Workers and Labor Unions in the Gulf: An Interview with Karim Radhi

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[In this Migrant Rights interview, trade union activist Karim Radhi focuses on the cultural attitudes toward migrant laborers in the Gulf, which he sees as the primary obstacle to their integration into any workers’ movement there. The interview first appeared in Arabic and was later translated by Saqer Almarri.] In this interview, the poet and trade union activist Karim Radhi, of the Secretariat of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions, speaks on the situation of migrant workers in Bahrain and the efforts and difficulties of including them in the workers’ movement. Radhi calls for a revision of cultural attitudes in order to stop excluding migrants from ...

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Petition: Nobel Peace Laureates and Celebrities Call for Military Embargo on Israel

[This letter was posted by BDS Movement. An abridged version of this letter calling for the UN and governments to impose a military embargo on Israel was published in the Guardian on July 19 2014. The letter is signed by six Nobel peace laureates: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Adolfo Peres Esquivel, Jody Williams, Mairead Maguire, Rigoberta Menchú and Betty Williams. Other signatories include Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, playwright Caryl Churchill, US ...

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On Our Intervention in Kalam al-Nas: Real Estate Development Will Not Realize the Dreams of the Lebanese

On Thursday 26 June 2014, a number of activists from the Civic Campaign for the Preserve of Dalieh infiltrated a live broadcasting of an episode of LBC’s Kalam al-Nas in Downtown Biel’s “Dream Real Estate Expo.” The particular episode tackled the topic of real estate development in Lebanon, and aired live from from Downtown Biel’s “Dream Real Estate Expo.”  This special episode brought together a number of real-estate developers who participated in the Expo, showcasing ...

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FAQ on Failed Effort to Arrange Ceasefire Between Israel and Hamas

Q: Why do you think Hamas didn't accept the terms of the ceasefire? Rashid Khalidi (RK): Hamas has insisted that there be a lasting resolution of the basic problem of Israel's siege of Gaza, as was promised as part of the 2012 cease-fire, but never implemented in spite of Israel's recognition that Hamas scrupulously maintained the cease-fire until quite recently. The Egyptian proposal makes lifting of the siege conditional on Israel's approval, which means never. Mouin Rabbani (MR): Hamas, ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Debates Whether Diplomacy Can End the Conflct in Gaza on Al Jazeera English’s “Inside Story”

[This video and post were originally published by Al Jazeera English.] US President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he was worried fierce fighting with Hamas in Gaza could escalate, and offered help to broker a ceasefire.   Obama spoke to Netanyahu after Israeli jets pounded Gaza for a fourth consecutive day but did not stop its fighters from launching more rockets. The situation is causing global concern over the rising number of ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat “Debates” Senior Advisor to Israeli Ambassador on Democracy Now!

Israel’s brutal aerial onslaught on the population of the Gaza Strip continues. As of Saturday 12 July 2014, Israel has killed 127 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip alone, not including the nearly dozen killed during its Operation Brother’s Keeper. Hamas has responded by firing crude rockets and mortars into Israel that have killed zero persons and have injured nine Israelis, at the highest estimate. Media outlets have nonetheless disproportionately focused on the impact of Hamas’s response. In this episode ...

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Nobel Peace Laureates Slam Human Rights Watch's Ken Roth for Refusal to Cut Ties to U.S. Government

[In a May 12 letter, two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and over 100 scholars, journalists and human rights activists called on Human Rights Watch to close its revolving door to the U.S. government. On June 3, HRW published a response from executive director Kenneth Roth on its website, arguing that their “concern is misplaced.” In a June 11 debate on Democracy Now!, HRW Counsel and Spokesman Reed Brody similarly rejected their recommendations. Nobel Laureates Mairead Maguire and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel join ...

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Call for Contributions: Translation and the Many Languages of Resistance, Cairo, March 2015

Translation and the Many Languages of Resistance Call for Papers Cairo, 6-8 March 2015 Deadline: 15 September 2014 Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK Organized by Mona Baker, Yasmin El Rifae, and Mada Masr Call for Contributions Keep Reading »

Letter Concerning Israeli Raids on Palestinian University Campuses

[The following open letter was issued by theCommittee on Academic Freedom of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)] June 30, 2014 John Kerry US Secretary of State via fax 202-663-3636 Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel via fax 972-2-5303367 Dear Sirs, On behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), I write to express our concern about the recent raids by Israeli forces against Palestinian university ...

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Israeli Police Brutally Beat Palestinian-American Youth

[The following press release was issued by friends and family members of Tarek Abu Khdeir on 4 July 2013.] For Immediate Release Following the brutal abduction and murder of 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem, his cousin, 15-year-old Tarek Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian-American child in Jerusalem on holiday from Tampa, Florida is in Israeli detention after being beaten by two undercover Israeli police agents last night.  Despite needing critical medical attention for severe injuries to his ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Responds to Israeli General Consul Regarding Operation Brother’s Keeper On Al Jazeera America

On June 12, 2014, three Israeli settler boys were kidnapped on a hike near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. Although a police recording indicated that one of the boys had been immediately killed, Israel set off a national search for the boys, entitled “Operation Brother’s Keeper,” in which it killed six Palestinians, arrested 545 others, and violently invaded 1,300 Palestinian sites. On 30 June 2014, the bodies of the three boys were found in Halhul, just north of Hebron. ...

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Israel’s West Bank Operation: Causes & Consequences

The disappearance of three Israeli youths in mid-June 2014 while hitchhiking home from a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank has brought an already volatile situation to the boiling point. At a time of growing Palestinian agitation on account of a mass hunger strike by prisoners and amidst Israeli legislative initiatives to authorize force-feeding them, the Israeli military has launched its largest offensive in the West Bank since the end of the 2000-2005 Palestinian ...

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ABC Radio (Australia) Interviews Jadaliyya co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on Palestinian Reconciliation

In this interview with ABC Radio (Australia), Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani explains the background and examines the prospects of the April 2014 Palestinian reconciliation agreement. Rabbani answers questions about the formation of a new Palestinian government, its political program, and economic challenges.    

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