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Israel’s war on Gaza as part of the counter-revolutionary wave that has swept the Middle East at the hands of Arab elites and dictators seeking to bury the Arab Spring.

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Many calls for solidarity with Palestine have rung out across the U.S. since the Israeli onslaught on Gaza began—a sign of the turning tide of public opinion. In this statement, the Chicago chapter of Jews for Justice in Palestine describes why expressions of support for all Palestinians are more important than ever.

 … It is important to spread the message that Jewish identity is not synonymous with Zionism. Too often, both in our communities and in the media, the two are conflated. Criticism of Israel is painted as anti-Semitism and support for Israel has become the shibboleth of participation in most Jewish communities. We call for the development of a new approach to Jewish identity, one which mobilizes our histories and our heritage as a source of power in confronting injustice wherever we find it. We stand proudly in the tradition of resistance fighters, ghetto uprisers, partisans, and the long history of Jews who have stood for justice, tolerance and liberation.

In May 1947, the Jewish Anti-Zionist League released a pamphlet in the streets of Cairo. Its words are as important now as they were then:

Jewish men! Jewish women! Zionism wants to throw us into a dangerous and hopeless adventure. Zionism contributes to making Palestine uninhabitable.

Down with Zionism! Long live the brotherhood of Jews and Arabs!

We also write this statement out of a conviction that, as Egyptian Jews wrote over a half-century ago, Israel is engaged in a dangerous adventure that not only risks the lives of innocent Palestinian civilians, but undermines the very safety of Jews across the globe.

Occupation and apartheid are not Jewish values! Solidarity and liberation are!

In solidarity and struggle,
Jews for Justice in Palestine


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Make no mistake, this is the logic of fascism, plain and simple. And it demonstrates how such barbarism emerges “organically” out of capitalism in an epic of neo-liberalism, austerity, and decline. In a word, when capitalism falls apart, the ruling class cannibalises what it deems to be the least-productive, most-costly, “surplus population.” In Germany before WWII, this was Jews, gypsies, and disabled people. In Europe today, it is increasingly Arabs, immigrants, and, as ever, disabled people.

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Anti-Arab pogroms in Israel carried out by Zionist Jewish extremists, abetted by the Israeli police. The war on Gaza is bringing all of Israel’s internal barbarism up to the surface.

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From a participant at the abortion clinic defense in Boston on 26 July 2014:

The event in front of Planned Parenthood was inspiring. Many women (and men) who live in the neighborhood came up to thank us for being there and to join us. Some of the bigots were so bothered by our presence that they left early.

From a participant at the abortion clinic defense in Boston on 26 July 2014:

The event in front of Planned Parenthood was inspiring. Many women (and men) who live in the neighborhood came up to thank us for being there and to join us. Some of the bigots were so bothered by our presence that they left early.


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One Direction’s @zaynmalik tweets #FreePalestine. Who needs Justin Bieber. #Gaza
One Direction’s @zaynmalik tweets #FreePalestine. Who needs Justin Bieber. #Gaza

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#tdih July 26, 1950: the No Gun Ri Massacre in South Korea, one of the deadliest acts committed by U.S. ground troops in the 20th century. If reports of upwards of 300 civilians killed are correct, then the event is comparable to better known tragedies such as the 1968 My Lai Massacre. This tragic event was barely reported outside of Korea until 1999 when three AP journalists, Sang-Hun Choe, Charles J. Hanley, and Martha Mendoza, brought the story to international attention. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1pnFgvx

#tdih July 26, 1950: the No Gun Ri Massacre in South Korea, one of the deadliest acts committed by U.S. ground troops in the 20th century. If reports of upwards of 300 civilians killed are correct, then the event is comparable to better known tragedies such as the 1968 My Lai Massacre. This tragic event was barely reported outside of Korea until 1999 when three AP journalists, Sang-Hun Choe, Charles J. Hanley, and Martha Mendoza, brought the story to international attention. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1pnFgvx

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Via a friend who lives in the West Bank (Bethlehem).

Via a friend who lives in the West Bank (Bethlehem).


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Approximately 80,000 people in Gaza sought food aid from the UN in 2000. Today, the figure is more than 830,000 — from a total population of 1.8 million.

More than 140,000 people have sought refugee in UN-run schools.


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Newly obtained surveillance video shows the violent encounter between a 17-year-old girl and Clairton police officers that left the teenager in the hospital.

A 17-year-old girl claims she was beaten by police in Clairton after she and her friends were stopped for a curfew violation Tuesday night.

Merceedez Wright admits she and her friends were out a few minutes after the city’s 10 p.m. curfew, and that she both ran from officers and resisted them after being tackled, but she doesn’t believe she deserves the injuries she suffered.

Wright is now recovering in the hospital with injuries to her trachea, esophagus and neck, plus several cuts and bruises.

"She’s a cheerleader, she’s a lifeguard at the Clairton pool, she was just on prom court," said Wright’s mother, Audelia Amoah. "She’s a good kid."

Even so, Wright admits she ran from officers.

"I was scared because of how he got out of the car. He didn’t just walk out, he jumped out of the car and started chasing me, so my first instinct was to run," she said.

Wright also said she did resist officers once she was knocked to the ground. She said she was trying to get her arms free to protect herself.

Clairton police did not respond to requests for comment.

Read more: http://www.wtae.com/news/teenage-girl-says-police-beat-her-after-curfew-violation/26992088#ixzz388DHjtCm


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