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AIPAC held its' annual meeting in Washington.  Here are several videos on what took place.





Al Jazeera's The Stream looks at whether the Israel Lobby is recruiting minority students to nullify human rights complaints.

It snows in Jerusalem.

Palestinians originally from the village of Lifta near Jerusalem abandoned during the Naqba  now live near Hebrew University.

To mark International Women's Day, the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations highlights the hunger strike of administrative detainee Hana Shalabi.

A school in California wrote to the Khan Al Ahmar school in the West Bank after hearing the school was slated for demolition.

Demos took place in Bilin & Nabi Saleh.

Film maker Abeer Haddad releases Duma, a film about sexual assault in Palestine.

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  •  Thanks again (6+ / 0-)

    Republicans take care of big money, for big money takes care of them ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:01:11 PM PST

  •  Okay. I have to make this point. (0+ / 0-)
    Al Jazeera's The Stream looks at whether the Israel Lobby is recruiting minority students to nullify human rights complaints.
    At the top of the show, the presenter stated that critics of what the Israel Lobby is doing as "blackwashing."

    Hmmm. Israel wants the US to be out in front of defending its actions worldwide. And our POTUS' race is ... ?

  •  In other news, rockets from Gaza. (2+ / 0-)
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    volleyboy1, Hoodoo Man

    http://www.haaretz.com/...

    Over 40 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel’s southern cities and towns on Friday. Eight people were injured and some damage was reported.

    The hit on the secretary-general of the Popular Resistance Committees, Zuhir al-Qaisi, came after the IDF learned that he had been planning a terror attack on Israel's Highway 12, which runs along the Egypt-Israel border, and was the site of a deadly terror attack in August 2011, in which eight Israelis were killed.

    Where are we, now that we need us most?

    by Frank Knarf on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 10:05:16 PM PST

    •  Just to be clear (7+ / 0-)

      The "rockets" from Gaza were in response to Israeli attacks on Gaza, attacks which have killed at least 15 so far.  Israel claims that the PRC was about to launch attacks from Egypt.  However, remember that Israel also claimed the last attack from Egypt was launched by the PRC, and used that as an excuse to bomb Gaza repeatedly.  Israel was later forced to admit it was lying, and the attack was launched by Sinai Bedouin.  

      Indeed, "Egypt" is the latest scary term Israel now uses to justify its bombings of Gaza, knowing full well some people will rush to spread the IDF's propaganda without ever questioning it in the slightest.  However, there is absolutely no reason to believe the latest Israeli propaganda claim has any more substance than its last such claim.  

      "How did you go bankrupt?" "Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly." - Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises.

      by weasel on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 08:10:04 AM PST

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      •  This is your view (2+ / 0-)
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        Frank Knarf, volleyboy1
        The "rockets" from Gaza were in response to Israeli attacks on Gaza, attacks which have killed at least 15 so far.
        Of course, if you listen to the attackers themselves, the rockets are fired indiscrimiately, in the hopes of killing or terrorizing civilians, just because the people who live in Israel are Jews.
      •  Israel currently claims al Qaisi was responsible (1+ / 0-)
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        volleyboy1

        for planning the attack last year and that he was planning another.  Do you have a reference that the claim was retracted at some point?

        Where are we, now that we need us most?

        by Frank Knarf on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 02:35:32 PM PST

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      •  You'd think they'd be dizzy from all the spin. (4+ / 0-)
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        Terra Mystica, Aunt Martha, weasel, sofia

        The frenzy re Iran is just to keep attention away from the Palestinian issue (the rest of the world has clearly shown it's impatience with Israeli recalcitrance in the UNESCO vote) and to keep the view that Israel is the plucky underdog rather than the main bully in the region (which is how it is viewed by the locals). We can only return our attention to Palestinian to show they are doing evil, evil things. Without mentioning the evil things that Israel does to them. Because this is all predicated on their desire for us not to think.

        If it didn't mean something as serious as human lives and human rights, it would actually be funny.

      •  Not just this time, but almost every time... (2+ / 0-)
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        poco, Friendlystranger

        Thanks for clarifying this.

        Yousef Munnayer at the Jerusalem Fund looked at the timing of the instances of Palestinian casualties and rocket attacks.  

        He found that:

        As you can see in the chart (at link) above, increases in the red line, which signifies Palestinian casualties, typically precede increases in the blue line, which signifies launches of projectiles from Gaza. This is particularly evident before the most significant spikes in the blue line. This suggests that Palestinian launches may be explained, in part, as a response to Israeli projectiles which kill or injure Palestinians.

        ...

        Absent the upsurge of launches that occurs after Palestinian casualties inflicted by Israeli projectiles, projectiles from Gaza are few and far between. The three Israelis who died as a result of Palestinian projectile fire died during periods of upsurge provoked by preceding Israeli projectile fire into Gaza. In fact, 75% of launches from Gaza came during these upsurges provoked by Israeli fire.

        ...

        This suggests that it is the Israelis and not the Palestinians who, through their capacity to actually inflict high casualties with their projectiles, control escalation in cross border dynamics. While all launches from Gaza cannot be explained as responses to Israeli fire, most of them are. Of course, this is not a reality that the @IDFspokesperson or Leibovich wants to convey and that is perhaps another important reason why they are not so forthcoming with other information.

        The other interesting thing about this exchange is that Iron Dome is completely incapable of defense against barrage attacks.  It does seem to be capable of defending against one's and two's.  Given the Jerusalem Fund analysis, and the fact that the level of rocket launches into Israel outside of these provocations are almost always one or two, it raises the serious question of why Iron
        Dome is not used to counter the sporadic fire.  

        Doing so would sure seem to prevent anything from landing in southern Israel on a routine basis, which in turn would prevent the need for the air-strike provocations that do lead to mayhem and death in southern Israel.  De-escalation.  What a concept.

    •  I'll cover this next week (4+ / 0-)

      if Al Jazeera or The Real News puts up a video.
      But Frank.  You didn't rec or tip me?  
      I'm shattered.
      This makes it look like you just came here to post some 'hasbara.'

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