Category Archives: Writings

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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Americans have a constitutional right to boycott Israel

Politicians at the federal and state levels must reject AIPAC’s unconstitutional efforts to suppress the BDS movement. by Josh Ruebner 15 Mar 2018 The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) concluded its annual policy conference last week with a lobbying … Continue reading

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Senator Gillibrand pulls support for Israel Anti-Boycott Act

Josh Ruebner Activism and BDS Beat 3 August 2017 In an act unprecedented in recent history, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand took a stand this week in support of the right of Americans to boycott Israel by formally withdrawing her sponsorship … Continue reading

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New US bill would punish settlement boycotters

New bill in Congress backed by AIPAC aims to thwart international measures to hold Israel accountable for settlements built on occupied Palestinian land.  (Wisam Hashlamoun/APA images) US Senator Ben Cardin is once again trying to pass legislation designed to suppress the boycott, … Continue reading

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Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem: Historical, Legal and Policy Considerations

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