Category Archives: In the News

Kushner’s plan to sugarcoat the occupation of Palestine

By Josh Ruebner In 2018, prosecutors in Brooklyn subpoenaed information from the family-run real estate development business Kushner Companies to investigate how it “routinely filed false paperwork that resulted in the company netting millions during a three-year period” when presidential … Continue reading

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Republicans push BDS bill to paint Dems as anti-Semites, and party leadership falls for the trap

Josh Ruebner May 17, 2019 On Wednesday, Republicans in the House initiated a rarely-used legislative procedure to try to force a vote on a controversial bill that encourages states and localities to penalize individuals, nonprofit organizations, and companies that boycott … Continue reading

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Don’t expect Trump to care about these journalists on World Press Freedom Day

By Josh Ruebner The nearly century-old tradition of the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner, a usually uproarious occasion which is much anticipated and beloved by the DC glitterati for its roasting of the administration and the president’s skewering of … Continue reading

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McCollum reintroduces historic bill to promote Palestinian children’s human rights

Josh Ruebner May 1, 2019 Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) reintroduced yesterday her historic bill to promote the human rights of Palestinian children who face detention, interrogation, abuse and violence, including torture, and imprisonment by Israel through its separate-and-unequal military court … Continue reading

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Will Republican goading galvanise Democratic support for BDS?

By Josh Ruebner Omar Barghouti, a leading figure of the Palestinian civil society-led campaign to boycott, divest, and sanction (BDS) Israel, is unflappably calm and measured when articulating his vision for how people of conscience around the globe can support … Continue reading

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Ending US participation in Yemen’s war: A watershed moment

By Josh Ruebner In an historic vote yesterday, the US House of Representatives approved a joint resolution invoking congressional authority under the War Powers Resolution to direct the president to end US participation in the devastating Saudi Arabia-led war against … Continue reading

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‘Palestinian Rights Has Become an Incredibly Mainstream Issue’

CounterSpin interview with Josh Ruebner on BDS bans JANINE JACKSON  Janine Jackson interviewed Josh Ruebner about BDS bans for the February 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Janine Jackson: The New York Times doesn’t say exactly what’s in the provision Senate Republicans added … Continue reading

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US Senators vote down anti-BDS, pro-Israeli bill

Ma’an News Agency WASHINGTON (Ma’an) — The United States Senate voted down in a cloture vote, on Tuesday, a bill aimed at fighting boycott of Israel spearheaded by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Republican Senators Marco Rubio, James … Continue reading

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Israel lobby bills may pass through Congress by stealth

Nora Barrows-Friedman Lobby Watch 10 December 2018 US lawmakers could rush two bills into law that aim to silence and criminalize Palestine rights advocacy. The legislation – the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act – could be tacked on to a spending bill, evading … Continue reading

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Possible Congressional move on Israel Anti-Boycott Act alarms activists

Peter Feld Pro-Palestine and free speech activists who have been mobilizing against the Israel Anti-Boycott Act are sounding an alarm about rumors of a secret attempt this week to slip the legislation, which the ACLU has declared unconstitutional even in … Continue reading

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