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"When my kids pray in a Mosque where brothers and sisters pray in the same space (like As-Salam Center in Boca Raton, FL), they are very peaceful, in awe and reverence. They are more attentive to what the Imam is saying and they generally have a more religious/spiritual experience.

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Opposition to cease fire proposal is jaw dropping

So senior Israeli officials said a cease fire proposal (not significantly different from an earlier proposal embraced by PM Netanyahu) was a “strategic terrorist attack”. 

Take a step back from the echo chamber and ponder that for a moment.

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What’s happening is simply so brutal and inexcusable that it makes the rote rationalizations of Israel’s apologists sound ever more risible.

So it’s important for people who feel, intuitively, that there is something deeply wrong happening in Gaza to see others fighting for that conviction. Among those who were taken into custody today was Corey Robin, a Jewish professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Robin is a longtime critic of Israel, but he’d never before been arrested over it. “I finally felt like I had to do something,” he said a few moments before lying down in the street. “This is my first time doing this for Palestine. If it’s my first time, it’s going to be somebody else’s first time, if not now, then another time.

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What I cannot accept, however, is the perversion of Zionism that has seen the inexorable growth of a Messianic Israeli nationalism claiming all the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River; that has, for almost a half-century now, produced the systematic oppression of another people in the West Bank; that has led to the steady expansion of Israeli settlements on the very West Bank land of any Palestinian state; that isolates moderate Palestinians like Salam Fayyad in the name of divide-and-rule; that pursues policies that will make it impossible to remain a Jewish and democratic state; that seeks tactical advantage rather than the strategic breakthrough of a two-state peace; that blockades Gaza with 1.8 million people locked in its prison and is then surprised by the periodic eruptions of the inmates; and that responds disproportionately to attack in a way that kills hundreds of children.

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While Ahava’s headquarters is in Israel, the company’s main factory is in the Jordan Valley settlement of Mitzpe Shalem. The Israeli anti-occupation, non-governmental organisation “Who Profits” has received confirmation from the Israeli military under Freedom of Information legislation that the company is licensed to extract mud from the West Bank section of the Dead Sea coast. Shamrock Holdings, owned by the Disney family, is believed to have an investment worth around $12m in the company.

A statement issued by Ms Disney says this is in “direct contravention” of both the 1907 Hague Convention and the Geneva Convention by exploiting natural resources in occupied territory. Settlements are also considered illegal under international law by most of the international community, including Britain.

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"Protesters waved “Return to Sender” signs, shoved a group of mariachi musicians and waited for a bus of immigrant children that the local sheriff told them would arrive. At one point, they briefly halted a bus before realizing it was carrying children from a YMCA."

Ariz. Protestors Mistakenly Blockade YMCA Bus Instead Of Migrants

Great job, Xenophobes.

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Gaza-Palestine-Israel: Debunkings & Explainers

via Ghazala Irshad:

I decided to compile recent, useful debunkings & explainers on Gaza-Palestine-Israel into one handy list to share. I know there are more in-depth pieces out there, but these are intended for people not as familiar with the situation (ahem, Americans!). Let me know if I’m missing anything in the comments and I’ll update. Feel free to share! Peace and love, G.

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"One of the most sinister things about normalized racism is you don’t have to have bad intentions to be racist, you just have to remain ignorant."

Why Some of Your Favorite People Are Racist | AmericaWakieWakie (via america-wakiewakie)

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