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Israeli Apartheid: Vermonters Don't Buy It - BOYCOTT!
Deadly Israeli euphemisms
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/30/2016
     There is a concerted campaign going on in the UK, in France, in the US and in the entire western world to suppress any form of criticism of Israel – especially the movement to boycott Israel. It takes many forms.A prime example is the current witch hunt in the British Labour Party against “anti-Semites” – a grave charge indeed. But in reality, the people being purged are those expressing support for Palestinian human rights.
     In fact, there is no evidence whatsoever that the level of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is even statistically significant, let alone any kind of grave threat.
     Reputable polling suggests that the level of anti-Jewish prejudice in the UK runs at seven percent (lower than in other European countries, and far lower than hatred against Muslims in the UK). The number of allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is currently no more than 11 cases.
     In a party of 380,000 full time members (which may be as many as half a million once you add in registered supporters) that is a statistically insignificant. The level of anti-Semitism in the party is far less than in the general population – something that should be celebrated.
     In any case, most of these cases are falsified, as I documented in a major investigative piece this week.
     What is really going on right now is a fanatical and desperate campaign, orchestrated by anti-Corbyn die-hards and Zionist hoodlums within the Labour Party to purge any criticism of Israel. They are after Corbyn’s head, as a long term activist for Palestinian rights.
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UK Labour Party in grip of Zionist inquisition
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 4/29/2016
     The orchestrated smear campaign against pro-Palestine sympathisers sent me reaching for my pen. But Gilad Atzmon too was eyeing the Labour Party’s crazed witch hunt for “anti-Semites” with misgiving and had already declared, in his usual robust way, that Labour under Jeremy Corbyn was not so much a party as a piece of Zionist-occupied territory.
     Writing in his blog about Corbyn’s and McDonnell’s servile commitment to expel anyone whose remarks might be interpreted by Zionist mafioso as hateful or simply upsetting to Jews, Atzmon concludes: “Corbyn’s Labour is now unequivocally a spineless club of sabots goyim [which I take to mean non-Jewish dogsbodies who do menial jobs that Jews are forbidden to do for religious reasons].
     “The Labour Party’s policies,” says Atzmon,
     "are now compatible with Jewish culture: intolerant to the core and concerned primarily with the imaginary suffering of one people only. These people are not the working class, they are probably the most privileged ethnic group in Britain. Corbyn’s Labour is a Zionist occupied territory… It proves my theses that the left is not a friend to Palestine, the oppressed or the workless people.
     "I would have never believed that Jeremy Corbyn would engage in such colossally treacherous politics. I did not anticipate that Corbyn would become a Zionist lapdog. Corbyn was a great hope to many of us. I guess that the time has come to accept that the left is a dead concept, it has nothing to offer."
     This writer too is shocked after signing up as a supporter (though not a member) of the Labour Party with the express purpose of voting in the leadership election for that beacon of common sense....
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The Month in Pictures: April 2016
Electronic Intifada: 2 May 2016 - A monthly roundup of photographs documenting Palestine, Palestinian life, politics and culture, and international solidarity with Palestine.
Age of Fools – Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 2 May 2016 - Reviewed by Jim Miles (Age of Fools.  William A. Cook. Dandelion Books, LLC.  Mesa, Arizona. 2015. ) In a world of fools,  Age of Fools by William Cook is passionate and accusatory book that reviews the Bush/Sharon era of Israeli/Palestinian affairs. Cook’s style is different than the usual prosaic works of history, and while the ‘facts’ are clearly delineated, there is also a much more forthright expression of disgust and anger towards the actions of the U.S. and Israel in controlling the media, the message, and the very real violence against the Palestinians.  Throughout the work are references to works of fiction that have passed the test of time. I hesitated at first to read this work as I am not generally a reader of fiction, yet as described by Cook, the work “draws upon literary tradition” referencing “all the masterworks that illuminate human potential and human failure” creating “a meaningful narrative...
Foreign Policy Shift: Skepticism of German-Israeli Friendship Growing in Berlin
Palestine Chronicle: 2 May 2016 - By now, Angela Merkel is used to it. Whenever she meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the confidential content of their discussion appears in an Israeli newspaper a few days later. But the story that appeared in Israel Hayom, a free, pro-Netanyahu newspaper on Feb. 16 surprised even the German chancellor. “Merkel: This Isn’t the Time for Two States,” was the headline. That was the chancellor’s message to Netanyahu, the paper claimed, during the German-Israeli government consultations that had just taken place in Berlin. Merkel’s advisors were furious. The Israeli premier had apparently twisted her words to such a degree that it seemed as though she were supporting his policies. In fact, though, Merkel had repeatedly made it clear to Netanyahu that she believes the effects of Israeli settlement construction in the occupied territories are disastrous. The settlement policy, she believes, makes it unlikely that a viable Palestinian state...
On May Day in Gaza: Everyone Takes the Day off Except for Workers
Palestine Chronicle: 2 May 2016 - By Yousef Aljamal – Gaza Across the world, the 1st of May is a day to celebrate workers as a gesture of appreciation of their contribution to the society. Workers across the globe take the day off, but this is not the case for Gaza’s workers, many of them are jobless due to the suffocating siege imposed on Gaza. According to the latest statistics, 250,000 workers are jobless in Gaza, making it one of the highest rates in the world. Dozens of workers took place in a sit-in organized by the Workers Union in Gaza in front of the Ministries Complex in which they called for “improving the conditions of Gaza’s workers.” Workers were seen in Gaza on May Day at various construction sites, as taking a day off is a luxury they cannot afford. Taking the day off would make it harder for them to bring food to their...
On May Day in Palestine, High Unemployment and Harsh Working Conditions (PHOTOS)
Palestine Chronicle: 1 May 2016 - As the world marks International Workers’ Day (May Day), laborers in the Palestinian territory continue to suffer from soaring unemployment, poverty, and other dire working conditions. The average unemployment rate in the Palestinian territory was 26 percent in 2015: in the occupied West Bank, unemployment stood at 17 percent, compared to a staggering 41 percent in the besieged Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). Trade unions in the Gaza Strip estimate unemployment there has reached 60 percent. PCBS estimates some 336,000 are unemployed in the West Bank, while 193,000 are unemployed in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian laborers wait to enter Israel. Photo taken at 04:30AM today in the Bethlehem checkpoint. By Joel Klemes pic.twitter.com/pNV6mgC1S0 — Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) March 14, 2016 Participation of men in the Palestinian labor force was approximately four times higher than the participation of women in 2015. At a 60 percent...
Now is the Time, Senator Sanders: Seize the Moment!
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Apr 2016 - By Ralph Nader Senator Bernie Sanders has come a long way without other people’s advice. The progressive lone ranger is now leading in the polls nationally as the preferred candidate to defeat Donald Trump—ahead of Hillary in that matchup. Now, however, Bernie Sanders is facing the verdict of closed primaries in many states which bar independent voters from voting for any of the Democratic or Republican candidates. Pointedly, Senator Sanders won only one of the five states with primaries on April 26, 2016: Rhode Island. Why? Because that state has an open primary allowing independent voters, heavily pro-Sanders, to carry him to victory. Had the other closed primary states—Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut and earlier New York—held open primaries, he would likely have defeated Hillary Clinton as Obama defeated Hillary in 2008. Sanders would also have the possibility of changing the minds of many permanent superdelegates. Chalk up another blockage of...
Understanding the Birzeit Elections
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Apr 2016 - By Abdul Sattar Qassem The elections held at the Palestinian universities, Birzeit and Al-Najah, are considered a good indicator of the popularity of Palestinian factions. The media outlets usually refer to the student union to sense the popular Palestinian feelings towards the Palestinian factions and organisations. In recent years, the media outlets focused on Birzeit University because its administration believes in democracy and insists on holding elections. As for Al-Najah University, it did not hold elections in recent years, perhaps out of fear of the PA nominees losing to the Islamist movements. The violation of democratic principles at Al-Najah University has gone as far as the university president dismissing the head of the Employees’ Union and replacing him, while the university employees remained silent. Mishaal: Birzeit elections victory for armed resistance https://t.co/IYsmykuc4l @palinfoen #Palestine pic.twitter.com/KhPeUZCIRM — al whit (@soitiz) April 28, 2016 The Birzeit University student union elections were held...

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