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Nobel Laureate Malala Donates $50,000 to Gaza
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai announced Wednesday that she is donating $50,000 to rebuild schools in Gaza. The amount represents the full proceeds of the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, sometimes called the "Children's Nobel," which the 17-year-old education...
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"Chickenshit": Public Feud Erupts Between Named (and Unnamed) US-Israeli Officials
Reporting by The Atlantic 's Jeffery Goldberg published late Tuesday, in which he offers anonymity to a "senior Obama administration official" who called Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a chickenshit," has set off a public relations firestorm in both Tel Aviv and Washington, DC. Goldberg...
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Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights
Israel’s seven weeks of attacks this summer on heavily populated civilian neighborhoods in Gaza has led to unprecedented concern among Americans who, while still broadly supportive of Israel, found the attacks to be disproportionate and unnecessary . Close to 1,500 Palestinian civilians in Gaza...
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Who Benefits from Billions Pledged for Gaza Reconstruction?
A donor conference hosted in Cairo on Sunday to raise funds for the reconstruction of war-devastated Gaza has boasted $5.4 billion in pledges from various Western and Arab governments. Yet Israel is the true beneficiary of this aid money. The self-declared international community has once again...
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The Token Palestinian and Authentic Narrative
I recall, with particular awkwardness, my first talk at a socialist student gathering at the University of Washington in Seattle nearly two decades ago. When I tried to offer an authentic view of the situation in Palestine from the viewpoint of a refugee, my hosts were hardly impressed. However,...
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We Called It Genocide in Guatemala. Why Not in Gaza Too?
In Israel’s recent assault on Gaza, 70 percent of those killed were civilians. Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of genocide. And he has company. The National Lawyers Guild, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the American Jurists Association, and other legal...
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Why Must Gaza Wait in the Dark?
When I asked my colleague in Gaza about her biggest dream, her answer made an impression on me: “I dream of what life would be like with 24-hour electricity.” This was the answer of a single, mid-career, western educated, professional woman who lives in the more affluent part of Gaza City. Her...
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'I’m Just a Kid': Tariq’s Ordeal in Occupied Palestine
Last summer, Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old American citizen from Baltimore, accompanied his parents to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat for a six-week visit with relatives. The first friend Tariq made when he arrived was his cousin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, whom Tariq had not seen since he was...
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Abbas at UN: World Must Hold Israel to Account for "War of Genocide"
A day after the Palestinian Authority and Hamas announced a " comprehensive " agreement to implement a unity government to rule the Gaza Strip, PA President Mahmoud Abbas delivered an impassioned speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations on Friday as he accused Israel of waging a "war of...
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Obama Blasts Brutality and Bullying, But Not by Israel
UNITED NATIONS - When U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday, he was outspoken in his criticism of Russia for bullying Ukraine, Syria for its brutality towards its own people, and terrorists of all political stripes for the death and destruction plaguing Iraq,...
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