Washington Watch: Senate Bill 720: Making It a Crime to Support Palestinian Human Rights

Posted on August 12, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby It is fascinating to watch some US senators tripping over themselves as they attempt to defend their support for or opposition to proposed legislation that would make it a federal crime to support the international campaign to Boycott, Divest, or Sanction (BDS) Israel for its continued occupation of Palestinian lands. What ties these officials up in knots are their efforts to square the circle of their "love of Israel", their opposition to BDS, their support for a "two-state solution", and their commitment to free speech.    The bill in question, S720, was introduced on...

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Washington Watch: The History Is Too Deep, the Pain Is Too Real

Posted on July 15, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby A week ago, a pro-Israel media monitoring group accused me of making "an unsubstantiated charge that Israel supporters are responsible" for discrimination, hate crimes, and the political exclusion of Arab Americans. Because this issue is so important to Arab Americans and because some hardline pro-Israel groups refuse to acknowledge their role in harming my community, I am obliged to respond with a few examples representing just the tip of the iceberg of painful acts of defamation, discrimination, exclusion, threats, and violence.  From the moment Arab Americans began to organize and to advocate for causes...

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Criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitism

Posted by Omar Baddar on June 22, 2017 in Blog

The injustice of Israel’s occupation of Palestine is so glaring that it is difficult for its supporters to defend it, so they tend to opt for suppressing the voices exposing it. This was the case a couple of weeks ago, when an event on Capitol Hill on the abuse of Palestinian children under Israeli occupation was smeared by the Israel Project. Not only was the event misrepresented as “hate speech”, but the Congressman whose office reserved a room for the event, Representative Mark Pocan,...

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Washington Watch: What We Didn't Know or Chose to Ignore About the '67 War

Posted on June 17, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby In June of 1967, I was in the midst of my final weeks in college when the war broke out. At the time, I knew little about the Middle East, since I was more engaged in the anti-war and civil rights movements. And so as I watched the UN Security Council debates that preceded and followed the war, I saw what was unfolding through the prism of those struggles with which I was more familiar—the one in opposition to the war in Vietnam and the other for civil rights and justice in America. As...

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Palestinian children under occupation discussed on the Hill

Posted by Guest on June 10, 2017 in Blog

By Sarah Decker

At age 12, most American children are making the transition to middle school, learning how to use their first lockers, joining new sports teams, and experiencing all the changes that their teenage years have to offer. However, under the Israeli occupation in Palestine, age 12 means something different. At the end of 2015, there were 116 Palestinian child detainees between 12-15 years old. Each year, Israel systematically prosecutes 500-700 children in military courts. As we reflect on 50 years of occupation and systematic injustice, it is critical...

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