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In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott

Posted on Feb 3, 2018

Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters confront each other in Jerusalem’s Old City on Dec. 15, 2017.


Glenn Greenwald
January 31 2018, 9:06 a.m. in The Intercept

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The ruling is a significant victory for free speech rights because the global campaign to criminalize, or otherwise legally outlaw, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been spreading rapidly in numerous political and academic centers in the U.S. This judicial decision definitively declares those efforts — when they manifest in the U.S. — to be a direct infringement of basic First Amendment rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

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From pilgrimage to exodus: Is the end nigh for Palestinian Christians?

Posted on Jan 22, 2018

‘Our fear is from America’

By Ian Lee, CNN
Updated 11:44 AM ET, Mon January 22, 2018

 

Holy Land Christians snub Mike Pence

Bethlehem (CNN)A church service begins in Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.

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Edward Said on “claims to Israel”

Posted on Dec 15, 2017

Following the recent announcement by US President Trump, Samia Khoury of Jerusalem forwarded the following video of the late Edward Said speaking about claims to the lands of Israel. In two minutes Said gives a rational message.

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What Christian Artifacts of the Middle East Can Show Us About Tolerance

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

  Nov 20, 2017

PARIS — Behind the famous dilating windows Jean Nouvel designed for its Seine-side home, the Institut du Monde Arabe has presented a string of recent shows that have deepened and diversified France’s understanding of Islam. From “The Thousand and One Nights” (2012) to “Hajj: The Pilgrimage to Mecca” (2014) and the epic “Ocean Explorers” (2016), exhibitions here have disclosed the breadth of Islamic culture and history, and their intimate, centuries-long links with the West.

But Islam is not the only religion in the Arab world, and this autumn the institute, which celebrates its 30th birthday this month, has turned its attention to another faith. “Eastern Christians: 2,000 Years of History,” a vital, thorough, and sometimes astonishingly gorgeous exhibition, explores the birth and transmission of Christianity from Jesus’ death to the present day.

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Is Israel Jewish?

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

UN-CUT FOR PALESTINE is one of the many Videos to follow the others in the making.

First Episode features Ronnie Barkan, a longtime Jewish Israeli activist and math teacher who was raised in Raanana, near Tel Aviv, is a co-founder of Boycott from Within. He has been involved since 2004 in protests against the Israeli barrier in the West Bank and has been arrested and detained a number of times. In UN-CUT FOR PALESTINE Ronnie Barkan opens up and gives you an insight of the Israeli occupation and there agenda.

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Holy tattoo! A 700-year old Christian tradition thrives in Jerusalem

Posted on Jul 12, 2017

Razzouk Tattoo in Old City Jerusalem, Israel. Credit: Addie Mena/CNA.

0 13 13 Razzouk Tattoo in Old City Jerusalem, Israel. Credit: Addie Mena/CNA. Razzouk Tattoo in Old City Jerusalem, Israel. Credit: Addie Mena/CNA.

Adelaide Mena | Catholic News Service

Jerusalem, Jul 9, 2017 / 04:02 pm – In the Old City of Jerusalem it’s hard to escape the ancient history that’s still alive within its walls. A simple smartphone search can send you on a walk to a centuries-old shop, bring you to the steps of a millennium-old Church, or lead you past the 3,000 year-old Temple Mount – all bursting with people and energy.

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United Church of Christ: Rights of Palestinian Children

Posted on Jul 3, 2017

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Today delegates at the national gathering for the United Church of Christ (UCC) in Baltimore voted to pass a resolution asserting the rights of Palestinian children!

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The aim of the resolution is to call attention to “the traumatic situation of children living with constant fear of arrest, detention, and violence at the hands of Israeli forces.” It calls upon the UCC to advocate for their human rights. It asks church leaders to petition the prime minister of Israel and the Israeli ambassador to guarantee due process for Palestinian children and abide by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It also calls on the U.S. government to cease military aid to Israel.

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Israeli and Palestinian Teens Have Advice for Divided Americans

Posted on Jun 30, 2017

Sarah Ruiz-Grossman, Huff Post

Israeli and Palestinian teens, who join together despite the region’s decades-old conflict, have some advice for Americans facing a deep political divide: talk with people you disagree with.

The YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus brings together Israeli and Palestinian teens to sing together and to discuss issues facing the region, as well as their own lives. Started five years ago by Micah Hendler, a Jewish-American, the chorus has around 30 students, about evenly split between Israelis and Palestinians. They come from schools in East and West Jerusalem, are Christian, Jewish and Muslim, and represent a range of political beliefs.

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YWCA of Jerusalem: “First, we give them hope … and then a job”

Posted on Jun 16, 2017

Every story is unique. This is the certainty with which the YWCA, the Christian Women’s Association (Palestine section) has been working for years to promote equality and employment.

Christian Media Center

“Knowledge is the tool for social engagement in a democratic environment.” This is the certainty with which YWCA, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), has been working for years by taking ownership for themselves of the motto of the world movement “to empower women, to promote equality” (Empowering women, Promoting equality).

SANDRINE AMER
Executive Director – YWCA – Jerusalem
“YWCA is a membership-based female association. Established in Palestine in 1893 and formally registered in 1918, its main objective is the development and appreciation of Palestinian women to achieve a free and democratic civil society.”

With its headquarters in Jerusalem and other locations in Ramallah and Jericho, as well as in two different refugee camps, the association uses the collaboration of local, national and international organizations and works in different areas.

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Amnesty International’s campaign to ban all settlement goods…

Posted on Jun 13, 2017

Greetings All,

Amnesty International has just launched a ground-breaking, bold and exciting campaign ‘Occupation @ 50’.  AI is calling on all third party states to abide by their legal obligations under international law to not recognize or assist illegal situations.  Therefore, AI calls on countries to:

  •  stop helping to sustain the settlements (illegal activity) by banning all settlement goods from their markets and
  • prevent, through legislation and/or regulations, companies domiciled in their countries from operating in settlements or trading in settlement goods.
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