OK, Chris

Why don’t we dance more? Just look at the kids in these videos: This one is for Chris Gunness of UNRWA — and the kids: Go Gaza! And here, too (the kids, in Rwanda): Where the hell is Matt dot com…

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Is God listening?

Via mondoweiss, here, a striking performance by American artist Emily Henochowicz, who had joined a demonstration of women and was with a small group carrying a Turkish flag to protest the Israeli naval assault on the Freedom Flotilla on 31 May, running across the Ramallah entrance of the terrible Qalandia checkpoint when she was shot […]

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The Tawjihi

The Tawjihi (pronounced Taw – jee – hee, with accent on the middle syllable) is the exam taken by all Palestinian students at the end of their obligatory schooling. A whole year is devoted to preparing for the Tawjihi. It takes two weeks to take all the parts of the exam. Then it takes about […]

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Are they still using "flechette" bombs in Gaza?

It has reportedly happened, again, in Gaza on 21 July – and this report comes via the International Solidarity Movement: “This is a mother describing to us her daughter, 9-year-old Sammah [Eid El-Massry]as she came in to her home at 4pm after the Israeli army reportedly shelled and fired four bombs into and around a residential [&hellip...

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Israel's Occupation: The (controversial) Play – by Ben Lynfield

By Ben Lynfield in Jerusalem — Defense Minister Moshe Dayan condemned it for undermining morale and giving succor to the enemy. Army Chief of staff Haim Bar-Lev joked that it was raunchy enough to be performed for the boys at the front with Egypt. Members of the audience hurled curses, stink bombs and stones while […]

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Israel's economy – what is its source of strength?

There are glimmers of understated suggestions that members of the Israeli government are challenging the country’s sacrosanct Defense structure. And, there are indications that this effort is being assisted by the American government’s touted effort to give Israel a “Qualitative Military Edge” or QME (see our earlier post fr...

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The Joan of Arc of the Knesset

It was a strikingly ugly act, an act of  public bullying, that made the soul cringe. It was excruciating to watch. This is incendiary and divisive stuff, in a country that has trouble managing minority-majority relations. Even writing about this group ganging-up against one individual human being causes revulsion. Haneen Zoabi, elected member of th...

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Anybody who's walked through Erez crossing already knows this

A report on CNN says that “A privacy group says the Transportation Security Administration is misleading the public with claims that full-body scanners at airports cannot store or send their graphic images. The TSA specified in 2008 documents that the machines must have image storage and sending abilities, the Washington-based Electronic Priv...

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