News Summary: Developments in Israel/Palestine

After the deaths of three Israeli and one Palestinian teenagers and the return of rockets from both sides of the separation wall, the situation in Israel/Palestine is once again in the news. There are numerous pieces about the issue that I’ve found compelling, and thought it would be a good idea to share. If you have any other works you’d like to highlight, drop us a comment. -Schuyler K.

JVP mourns the deaths of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach by Jewish Voice for Peace

Netanyahu government knew teens were dead as it whipped up racist frenzy by Max Blumenthal, Electronic Intifada

JVP’s Statement of Concern [over the death of Mohammed Abu Khudair] by Jewish Voice for Peace

Israel Kills 9 Hamas members in Gaza Bombing from Democracy Now!

Israel Begins Military Operation Against Gaza by Edmund Russell, Alternative Information Center

A Call from Gaza: Support Our Right to Life! by the Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel

BDS Debate: Leftist author and academic Noam Chomsky surprised many in the Palestinian justice movement by criticizing some elements of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. One crucial point he made was the significance of the United States in propping up Israel’s occupation of Palestine. This is especially important in light of the recent Israeli police assault on 15-year old American teenager Tariq Abu Khdeir during his trip to East Jerusalem, which appeared to shift the conversation in U.S. media to be more critical of Israel. Below is a link to Chomsky’s article and a reply by Tom Suarez.

On Israel-Palestine and BDS by Noam Chomsky, The Nation

Chomsky and BDS by Tom Suarez, Mondoweiss


Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Gaza and the West Bank (CNN)

Note: This is a surprisingly good documentary on Israeli/Palestinian food and the prospects for a just peace in Israel/Palestine from the celebrity food tourist. Apparently this was first aired last September, though a version of the video aired last night on CNN.

Israel & Palestine: Identity & Human Rights (The Majority Report)


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