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Anti-Semitic? Disqualifying? Keith Ellison’s Views on Israel Are the Same as Most U.S. Jews Op-Eds & Analysis
Rebecca Zimmerman Hornstein, Haaretz

Anti-Semitic? Disqualifying? Keith Ellison’s Views on Israel Are the Same as Most U.S. Jews

When my grandmother, a Polish Holocaust survivor, passed away in 1998, my family set up an annual memorial lecture in her honor at her Cincinnati synagogue. When I was twelve years old, my father’s close friend and then-colleague in the Minnesota...

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The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act Would Damage Free Speech Rights on Campus Op-Eds & Analysis
Liz Jackson, Los Angeles Times

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act Would Damage Free Speech Rights on Campus

But the U.S. Senate did pass a bill last week called the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which cracks down on the constitutional rights of college students and faculty to criticize Israel. The House will vote on it any day now.

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Palestinian Group Slams New York Governor over BDS ‘Blacklist’ News Roundup
teleSUR

Palestinian Group Slams New York Governor over BDS ‘Blacklist’

Palestinian activists have slammed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over releasing a blacklist of organizations and groups who support and work with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israel, calling the list a violation of constitutional rights in the United States.

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Free Speech Advocates Warn that Anti-Semitism Bill Could Make Activism a Civil Rights Violation News Roundup
Josh Nathan-Kazis, Forward

Free Speech Advocates Warn that Anti-Semitism Bill Could Make Activism a Civil Rights Violation

After pro-Palestinian student activists set up mock West Bank checkpoints on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley in 2012, Jewish groups filed a civil rights complaint with the federal government. Jewish organizations charged that the mock checkpoints...

about 1 day ago
Poll Shows Growing Support Among Americans for Sanctions Against Israel News Roundup
Times of Israel

Poll Shows Growing Support Among Americans for Sanctions Against Israel

The number of Americans supporting sanctions against Israel over its settlement policy grew by 9 percent over the past year and now stands at 46%, according to a new poll released by the Brookings Institution on Friday. According to twin surveys conducted by the think tank’s Shibley Telhami before and after the November 8 presidential elections, support for punitive measures against Israel has increased among members of both major parties...

about 4 days ago
Teacher With Down Syndrome Breaks Stereotypes for Gaza’s Mentally Disabled Students News Roundup
Mohammed Asad, Mondoweiss

Teacher With Down Syndrome Breaks Stereotypes for Gaza’s Mentally Disabled Students

Hiba Anis Mustafa Shurafa guides students in her Gaza classroom, instructing them on the art of how to hold a pen and keep a steady hand when writing out letters. She understands the task is challenging because, like her students, Shurafa has Down syndrome.

about 6 days ago
Top Israeli Justices Face War Crimes Suit in Chile for Authorizing West Bank Wall News Roundup
Amira Hass, Haaretz

Top Israeli Justices Face War Crimes Suit in Chile for Authorizing West Bank Wall

A war crimes suit was filed in Chile against three Israeli Supreme Court justices for authorizing the construction of the West Bank separation barrier in the Bethlehem area, Palestinian sources involved in the lawsuit told Haaretz. The lawsuit, which also alleges crimes against humanity, was filed in Santiago on Monday and was joined by a number of Chilean lawmakers from left, right and centrist parties.

about 1 week ago
Chico Palestine Action Group Takes Stand Against Hewlett-Packard News Roundup
Taylor Torregano, ABC

Chico Palestine Action Group Takes Stand Against Hewlett-Packard

In a show of their support for the International Global Week of Action, the Chico Palestine Action Group is holding three demonstrations to boycott Hewlett-Packard. The International Global Week of Action began Friday, November 25. Protestors said this week is expected to be the largest coordinated series of boycotts to date. Close to 100 demonstrations will be carried out on six continents to target HP companies.

about 1 week ago
Israel Fires Raise Burning Questions About Occupation Op-Eds & Analysis
Amira Hass, Haaretz

Israel Fires Raise Burning Questions About Occupation

Is a fire started intentionally for political, or “nationalist,” motives worth more than an ordinary fire? Will the criteria for government compensation to Israeli citizens whose homes were damaged last week be set based on the source of the flames, creating a hierarchy of reparations and assistance?

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