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Madonna’s Fake Revolution: Eurovision, Cultural Hegemony and Resistance

Rim Banna, a famous Palestinian singer who translated Palestine’s most moving poetry to song, passed away on March 24, 2018, at the age of 51. Rim captured the struggle for Palestinian freedom in the most dignified and melodious ways. If we could imagine angels singing, they would sound like Rim. When Rim died, all Palestinians mourned her death. Although a few international outlets carried …

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Eurovision turns out to be a big hit for Palestine

It was the result that nobody predicted: the winner of Eurovision 2019 is… Palestine! Despite the organisers describing the Eurovision Song Contest as a non-political event, the issue of Palestine took back, front and centre stage in Tel Aviv over the weekend, which may make Israel come to regret its weaponisation of culture and the whitewashing of its discrimination against the Palestinian people. Reaching …

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German Resolution Against BDS Angers Palestinians

Palestinians denounced the German parliament (Bundestag) resolution to denounce the boycott, divest and sanctions movement against Israel (BDS). On Friday, German lawmakers approved a resolution denouncing the BDS movement describing its methods as anti-Semitic and reminiscent of Nazi-era calls to boycott Jews. The motion called on the German government not to support events organized by BDS organizations or other groups …

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Germany votes to define BDS as anti-Semitic

Germany today voted to define the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as anti-Semitic, becoming the first major European parliament to do so. The German parliament – known as the Bundestag – this afternoon voted to accept a motion defining BDS as anti-Semitic. The motion, “Resist the BDS Movement – Fighting Antisemitism,” was sponsored by the Bundestag’s two largest parties …

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BDS launches global campaign to boycott Puma

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement has launched a global campaign to boycott the sportswear manufacturer “Puma” because of its sponsorship of the Israel football association, which includes teams in Israel’s illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land. “When companies like Puma sponsor and profit from illegal Israeli settlements, they give a nod to Israel’s far-right regime that its criminal land …

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Germany: 3 BDS activists on trial for protesting Israel MK

Three activists who protested against an Israeli politician yesterday appeared in a German court, facing trial for trumped-up claims of trespassing and assault. The trio – Palestinian activist Majed Abusalama and Israeli activists Ronnie Barkan and Stavit Sinai – are facing trial for their involvement in a June 2017 protest at Humboldt University, in the German capital Berlin, against Israeli …

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Corbyn calls for freeze on British arms sales to Israel

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for a British arms embargo against Israel after a UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry said that the Israeli occupation forces has likely committed war crimes on the Gaza border. “The UN says Israel’s killings of demonstrators in Gaza – including children, paramedics and journalists – may constitute ‘war crimes or …

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US lawmakers bully Ireland over move to ban Israel’s settlement goods

A grouping of US politicians has threatened Ireland with economic repercussions if it bans goods from Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank. Both houses in the Irish parliament, the Oireachtas, have approved a bill to outlaw Israel’s settlement exports during the past few months. Ten US lawmakers have reacted to the moves by warning that a ban could have “potentially severe …

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After Warsaw Summit, Arabs launch ‘Anti-Normalization’ campaign

In response to last week’s US-sponsored conference in Warsaw on peace and security in the Middle East, which brought together several Arab foreign ministers and the Israeli occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Arab political activists and media representatives have launched a campaign aimed at criminalizing normalization between the Arab states and Israel. The campaign, launched on Saturday on Twitter, is …

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