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    NGOs and Palestine Uda Olabarria Walker November 01, 2005
      Today there are at least 1,200 Palestinian NGOs operating in a geo-political space equivalent to the size of Washington DC and Delaware combined. According to the World Bank, 200 of these are foreign run, 400 are local and organized under the umbrella of the General Union of Charitable Organizations, 90 are organized under the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations’ Network (PNGO) and a couple hundred others are divided among 4 other NGO Unions.
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    A Night in Rafah Kristen Ess September 14, 2004
      Israel’s process of ethnic cleansing in Rafah in the occupied Gaza Strip is going along without much of a hitch, despite UN condemnation, illegality under international law, and rampant violations of human rights standards. Kristen Ess reports.

    Bilal Mosque cries out the call to prayer, despite its blackened top floor gutted by Apache helicopter fire during one of Israel’s daily attacks on the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. The 53-year old father of Ahmed and Mohammed Al Sha’er lives just down Al Quds Street from the mosque in Tel Al Sultan neighborhood. The asphalt is torn up. The house behind his is completely destroyed. The Sha’er father, Jasser, says most the houses in Tel Al Sultan are now uninhabitable.

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    Colonial Mentality Rami El-Amine October 01, 2006

    The failure of many in the US antiwar movement to fight anti-Arab/anti-Muslim racism is often rooted in conscious or unconscious acceptance of two interconnected racist ideologies—Islamophobia and Zionism. A good example of this is the anti-war movement’s wary response to Hamas’ overwhelming victory in this year’s Palestinian legislative elections.

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    Boycotting Israeli Apartheid in Toronto Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid February 01, 2007

    The landmark conference “The Struggle Continues: Boycotting Israeli Apartheid,” held in Toronto from October 6-8, drew over 600 activists together around one challenge: How can we move global boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel forward? Organized by the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), the conference centered around the coalition’s central demands: an end to the Israeli occupation of all Arab and Palestinian lands, the release of all Arab and Palestinian political prisoners, full equality for all citizens of Israel, and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands from which they were expelled from 1947 to the present day.

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    Breaking Ranks: Refusing to Serve in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip Kristin Bricker February 01, 2007

    Through the voices of the IDF soldiers who refuse to serve in the occupied territories, Breaking Ranks offers incredible insight into Israel’s movement for a just peace. While it focuses almost exclusively on occupied Palestine, the book is an invaluable tool to understand the motivations, politics, and racism behind Israel’s war on Lebanon. When war broke out with Hezbollah, Meretz—Israel’s “peace party” which holds seats in the Knesset—supported the bombing of Lebanon using the tired excuse that Israel “had no choice.” Israeli refusers have heard it before and likely aren’t surprised by the party’s position. Meretz has always condemned the refuseniks.

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    Anti-Arab Racism in the USA: Where It Comes From and What It Means for Politics Today Ziad M. Abu-Rish February 01, 2007

    While violence towards Arabs has increasingly become a central component of US domestic and foreign policies since the end of the Cold War, surprisingly little has been written about the topic of anti-Arab racism itself. Salaita’s book offers a much-needed discussion that specifically addresses anti-Arab racism and offers an analytical framework for understanding it that allows the reader to grasp its historical transformation, as well as its political context.

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    Challenging the New Apartheid: Reflections on Palestine Solidarity Adam Hanieh, Hazem Jamjoum, and Rafeef Ziadah June 01, 2006

    The Palestinian solidarity movement has made significant gains since the onset of the Second Palestinian Intifada in September 2000. Over the last five years, a new generation of Palestinian solidarity activists has mobilized in the streets, campuses, and schools across North America. Among the left and progressive movements, there is broad acceptance of the proposition that US foreign policy in the Middle East is based on support for Israel as a “colonial-settler” state, to draw upon the title of Maxime Rodinson’s classic work.

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    Notes from Gaza Dr. Mona El-Farra October 01, 2006

    We are tired of the racist and colonial rhetoric of the Israeli government. As they attack Gaza under the pretense of securing the release of one soldier, thousands of Palestinians remain imprisoned for years, often without trial or charges. As one old woman, the mother of a political prisoner told me, “Our sons and daughters inside the Israeli jails are not less dear than the captured Israeli soldier.” Israel’s pre-planned attack on Gaza, named “Summer Rain,” aims to create chaos in the Gaza Strip in order to run down and topple the democratically elected government of Hamas.

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    Israel: Cornerstone of the “New Middle East” Palestine: Cornerstone of Resistance Jamal Juma October 01, 2006

    Until the beginning of this year, Israeli colonialist plans had been going ahead smoothly. Almost half of the Apartheid Wall project—that steals 48% of the West Bank land—had been built. The de-Arabization of Jerusalem was progressing rapidly leaving the city almost completely isolated. The Orwellian terminals to funnel goods and workers among the Palestinian ghettos carved out by the Wall were edging closer to completion (for more information see Cementing Israeli Apartheid: The Role of the World Bank in the Oct/Nov 2005 Left Turn).

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    Palestine Solidarity Movement: Struggle for Unity Matt Horton September 14, 2004
      As patience with the failed Oslo agreements was clearly breaking down nearly 4 years ago, a solidarity movement was beginning to pick up the pieces after thinking that the situation in Palestine was settled. When the inevitable second intifada exploded, activists responded quickly and hundreds of autonomous organizations emerged in North America, joining with the world to support the uprising and condemn Israeli aggression. But the movement these activists created was not without its difficulties. Palestine solidarity activist Matt Horton takes a critical look back.

    In the early heady stages of the intifada, as a US-based solidarity movement began to take shape, prospects for launching a diverse and powerful coalition of forces looked promising.

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