Podcast: The Targeting of Free Speech & Activism Around Palestinians on University or College Campuses

By: Sunday April 6, 2014 9:14 am

Pro-Israel groups are engaged in a “fighting retreat,” as one professor at Columbia College Chicago, who had his academic freedom violated, puts it. They are confronting vibrant activism from students calling attention to the suffering of Palestinian people under Israeli military occupation, and, in trying to overcome the challenge they present to their worldview, they are engaged in the suppression of freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of assembly on college or university campuses.

No Academic Freedom for Professor Who Teaches Course on ‘Israeli/Palestinian Conflict’ at Chicago College

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 10:20 am

The suppression of students and faculty supportive of Palestinians and critical of Israeli occupation seems to have become more pronounced this month.

The I/P Peace Farce

By: Friday March 21, 2014 7:03 pm

It seems the PA is not the solution either.

Late Night: MENA Mashup

By: Monday March 3, 2014 8:00 pm

Bibi will have none of that.

MENA Mashup: Al Qaeda, Egypt, False Flags, and Hasbara

By: Friday January 17, 2014 5:20 pm

It’s always refreshing to see a MSM outlet shine some sort of light on our perfidy.

Saturday Art: Will 2014 Be the Watershed Year for Cultural Boycotts of Israel?

By: Saturday January 4, 2014 3:00 pm

On December 27th, Gaza’s University Teachers’ Association and the Gaza Palestinian Students for the Academic Boycott of Israel wrote to young Norwegian songwriter, Moddi, asking him to cancel his upcoming 2014 concert, in Tel Aviv on February 1st. Friday the young and rapidly upcoming artist responded, in a Facebook post that links to an article Jello Biafra wrote after he had cancelled an Israeli show, with his band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, back in 2011.

‘#NotYourNarrative’: Journalist Rania Khalek on Lack of Arab or Muslim Voices in US Media

By: Sunday December 22, 2013 8:34 am

On Wednesday, journalists Rania Khalek and Roqayah Chamseddine, started a hashtag—”#NotYourNarrative”—to call attention to the absence of Arab or Muslim voices in US media, particularly in reports that have to do with Palestinian or Arab issues.

The hashtag was successful. A number of journalists from around the world used the hashtag to vent about the domination of white privileged voices in media.

The criticisms were not limited to corporate or establishment media but also included progressive media. And Khalek wrote an article titled, “Does The Nation have a problem with Palestinians?” It was published by Electronic Intifada.

Former Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Seeks to Have U.S. Criminalize Support for BDS Against Israel

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 7:00 pm

More and more American and foreign academic organizations are looking closely at passing resolutions in support of Boycotting, Divesting from and Sanctioning (BDS) Israeli educational organizations and institutions, for their involvement in the illegal occupation of the West Bank, and for those institutions’ lack of concern for educational infrastructure in the Occupied Territories and in Gaza. This past week, two important American academic organizations have passed motions supporting Global BDS of Israel, and advocating the end of relations with Israeli academic institutions and organizations. Back in April, the Association for Asian American Studies voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

The Israel/Palestine Peace Farce Drags On and On

By: Tuesday August 13, 2013 6:12 pm

I’ve been covering the Israel/Palestine for well over a decade now and one would think I’d be inured to the farcical actions by now…! But, once again, my jaw hit the desk with this bit of news…

Alicia Keys Playing for Israel

By: Saturday July 6, 2013 11:30 am

As a musician, it was interesting to read about Alicia Keys and the controversy over her performance in Israel on July 4th. Numerous artists, activists and musicians urged her not to perform in Sun City because of Israel’s “apartheid” policies towards Palestinians. Keys refused to cancel and played regardless, saying to the New York Times that “[m]usic a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show.” The problem, however, is that Keys believes that by playing, everything will be solved the following day of her performance.

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