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Gaza in Arizona: How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the US-Mexican Border
It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country’s border policing strategies. In his PowerPoint presentation, a photo of the enclosure wall that isolates the Gaza Strip from Israel clicked onscreen. “We have learned lots from...
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Think Of Us When You Are Warm: Rebuilding Gaza, Or Maybe, Mournfully, Not
A U.N. photo from last year showing hungry Palestinians awaiting emergency food in their ravaged neighborhood near Damascus, said a U.N. official to skeptics, "is an exact replica of reality. I can understand why that reality would beggar belief. But in the 21st century, such a scene exists."...
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When Will Palestinians Learn? Turning to International Law Isn't the Answer — Just Ask America and Israel
Throw an old dog a bone and sure enough, he’ll go chasing after it. So it is with “Palestine’s” request to join the International Criminal Court. An obvious attempt by Mahmoud Abbas to try Israel for war crimes in Gaza this year , we are told. Or maybe a “two-edged sword” – yawns are permitted for...
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What Would Happen If the Int’l Criminal Court Indicted Israel’s Netanyahu?
If the International Criminal Court takes up Israeli government actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, it could well find specific officials guilty of breaches of the Rome Statute of 2002 . Article 7 forbids “Crimes against Humanity,” which are systematically repeated war crimes. Among...
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In 2015, Let’s Not Punish the Palestinians for Joining the ICC
A proposed New Year's Resolution: in 2015, let's not punish the Palestinians for joining the International Criminal Court . No doubt some Members of Congress - presumably, the ones who aren't busy resigning for felony tax evasion or defending themselves for schmoozing with white supremacists - will...
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Five Reasons Why 2014 was a Game Changer in Palestine
In terms of losses in human lives, 2014 has been a horrific year for Palestinians, surpassing the horrors of both 2008 and 2009, when an Israeli war against the Gaza Strip killed and wounded thousands. While some aspects of the conflict are stagnating between a corrupt, ineffectual Palestinian...
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When 'Civility' Is Code for Suppression
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the free speech movement this September, University of California Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent an email to the campus community stating that the right to free speech "requires that people treat each other with civility." The Chancellor was forced to...
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Isn't It Important to Realize Who Our Enemies Really Are?
Well, heaven preserve us: the most useless “peacemaker” on earth has just used an Arabic acronym for the greatest threat to civilisation since the last greatest threat. Yup, ol’ John Kerry called it “Daesh”, which is what the Arabs call it. It stands for the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant”...
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No Exit in Gaza: Broken Homes and Broken Lives
Rubble. That’s been the one constant for the Awajah family for as long as I’ve known them. Four months ago, their home was demolished by the Israeli military -- and it wasn’t the first time that Kamal, Wafaa, and their children had been through this. For the last six years, the family has found...
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"Palestine Is Not an Environment Story"
After writing for The Guardian for over a year, my contract was unilaterally terminated because I wrote a piece on Gaza that was beyond the pale. In doing so, The Guardian breached the very editorial freedom the paper was obligated to protect under my contract. I’m speaking out because I believe it...
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