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Did Nancy Pelosi just ask to halt weapons to Israel?

The genocide in Gaza continues in full force. But in the U.S., our movement’s power has been instrumental in pulling even centrist Democrats toward the left.

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May 30, 2013

Going back to Lifta, a Palestinian exile returns: Video

Yacoub Odeh, a Palestinian who fled from Lifta, west Jerusalem in 1948, shows film-maker Mat Heywood around his deserted home village, now under threat from Israeli plans to build a luxury resort. Click here to…

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May 21, 2013

1979 speech by Vice President Mondale: International responses to refugee crises from Nazi Europe to the Vietnam War

In this speech to a U.N. conference in 1979, U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale cites the Evian conference’s refugee decisions in making a case for expanding immigration quotas for refugees from Southeast Asia. This helps…

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May 21, 2013

We put the Arabs on buses

In May 1948, the 13th battalion conquered Beit She’an (Bisan), one of the 17 largest Arab towns in Palestine. In fact, it was not a conquest, but rather occupation in the wake of surrender. In his book, Zamir writes that the battalion commander, Avraham Yoffe, convinced the mayor of the town to surrender, after promising that nothing bad would happen to him or his 7,000 residents.

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May 21, 2013

Absentees’ Property Law

This law defines absentees, vests absentees’ property rights in care of “the Custodian,” and grants to the Custodian “every right an absentee had in any property,” so that the “status of the Custodian shall be…

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May 21, 2013

Survival of the Fittest?: An Interview with Benny Morris by Ari Shavit

Historian Benny Morris, who opened the Pandora’s box of Zionism, has found a new way to deal with the demons he unleashed. He justifies the expulsion of the Arabs in 1948, bemoans the fact that…

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May 21, 2013

Israel’s cynical campaign to pit Arab Jews against Palestinian refugees

Israel’s new diplomatic campaign to draw attention to the forgotten plight of Jews from Arab countries is an attempt to use historical injustices to justify current injustices. It is also a lost opportunity.

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May 21, 2013

Changing tack, Foreign Ministry to bring ‘Jewish refugees’ to fore

In a sea change from traditional diplomatic policy, the Foreign Ministry has decided to put the issue of Jewish refugees who fled or were forced to leave Arab countries after 1948 at the top of its agenda, demanding financial compensation for both Jewish and Palestinian refugees and blaming the Arab League for causing the entire problem in the first place.

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May 21, 2013

Bernard Avishai on the “right of return” and other rights

At bottom, the question my Harper’s piece tries to answer is deceptively simple and by no means relevant to the Palestinian right of return alone. It is this: how can a democratic state, a commonwealth of free citizens, be reconciled with the right of citizens, collectively, to sustain national distinction?

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May 21, 2013

A sad commentary on the state of liberal Zionist discourse

Recent work by authors Bernard Avishai and Gershom Gorenberg reflect the inability of liberal Zionist champions to engage in an honest debate about the core issues of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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May 21, 2013

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Article 13. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to…

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