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Adelson, Israeli Banks Must Defend Palestinians’ U.S. Suit on Fortune

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The ruling raises the prospect whether a U.S. court has to determine Israeli settlers committed war crimes and whether those targeted in the suit are financially liable. U.S. Circuit Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson said in her decision that the sovereignty issue was separate from a broader question of whether war crimes, including genocide, were being committed there.

“A legal determination that Israeli settlers commit genocide in the disputed territory would not decide ownership of the disputed territory and thus would not directly contradict any foreign policy choice,” Henderson said in a ruling joined by U.S. Circuit judges Nina Pillard and Harry Edwards.

Continue reading at http://fortune.com/2019/02/19/adelson-israeli-banks-must-defend-palestinians-u-s-suit/

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BASSEM AL-TAMIMI, ET AL. v. SHELDON ADELSON, ET AL. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia

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The plaintiffs, both Palestinian nationals and Palestinian
Americans, claim the defendants, pro-Israeli American
individuals and entities, are conspiring to expel all non-Jews
from territory whose sovereignty is in dispute. They sued in
federal district court, pressing four claims: (1) civil conspiracy,
(2) genocide and other war crimes, (3) aiding and abetting
genocide and other war crimes and (4) trespass. Concluding
that all four claims raise nonjusticiable political questions, the
district court dismissed the complaint for lack of subject matter
jurisdiction. We now reverse.

… the second potential political question presented—are Israeli settlers committing genocide—is a purely legal issue… Genocide has a legal
definition. See United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide art. 2, Dec. 9, 1948, 78 U.N.T.S. 277, 280 (defining genocide, in part, as “[k]illing members of [a national, ethnic, racial or religious group]” “with intent to destroy [the group], in whole or in part”). Thus… by incorporating the law of nations and the definitions included therein—provides a judicially manageable standard to determine whether Israeli settlers are committing genocide… We are well able… to apply the standards enunciated by the Supreme Court to the facts of this case.

Continue reading at https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/0/A3E75E70F0CD8003852583A6005636CA/$file/17-5207-1773741.pdf

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Senate’s first 2019 bill seeks to outlaw resistance to Israeli apartheid by Saul Kanowitz


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David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, referring to the displaced Palestine people in 1949, said, “The old will die and the young will forget.” For over 70 years, the Palestinian people have resisted the Zionist occupation of Palestine, the forced displacement from their homeland, living under military rule, administrative detention, and genocidal policies of collective punishment and blockade. The old have passed on the history of the Palestinian people and the young have learned, remembered and continued the fight for self-determination.

Continue reading at https://www.liberationnews.org/senates-first-2019-bill-seeks-to-outlaw-resistance-to-israeli-apartheid/

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We’ve always been nationalists by Robert Kinnaird on The Hofstra Chronicle

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The truth is that America has been a nationalist country for a long, long time. Our country has a habit of making itself the world police. We destabilize governments that go too far left through coups; we place embargos on socialist countries; we blindly support an apartheid state in the middle east that is actively committing genocide on Palestinian people while breaking international law to do it. And most of us don’t care. Most Americans are willing to turn a blind eye to American imperialism and war crimes because “America doesn’t do that. America is the good guy.” But we’re not.

Continue reading at https://www.thehofstrachronicle.com/category/editorials/2018/10/29/weve-always-been-nationalists

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UNRWA cuts doom Gazan residents to uncertain future by Isra Namey

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Ziad Al Sarafandi, a member of the refugees’ department in the Gaza Strip, told Gulf News that Washington’s efforts to weaken UNRWA by imposing serious cuts to its budget are meant to make a decision on one of the major Palestinian issues — refugees.

“The US administration, the Israeli occupation regime’s biggest ally, falsely claims the international organisation is inflating the numbers of Palestinian refugees by conferring refugee status on descendants of more than 750,000 Palestinians who fled their ancestral villages in 1948 as a result of the genocide perpetrated against them by the Zionists,” he said.

Continue reading at https://gulfnews.com/news/mena/palestine/unrwa-cuts-doom-gazan-residents-to-uncertain-future-1.2278277

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Green Party urges Int’l Criminal Court to probe Israel’s war on Palestinians by Green Party US

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“The purpose of the letter is to call attention to the crimes against humanity, including genocide, that have been committed by Israel against the Palestinians and to finally hold Israel accountable for decades of war crimes. Before we personally deliver the letter to the ICC in November, we expect to gather hundreds of signatures from Green Parties across the United States and around the world, as well as peace and justice organizations. The Green Party of the United States supports a foreign policy based on adherence to international law and diplomacy. We also support the Palestinians’ Right of Return” said Margaret Flowers, MD, Green Party co-chair.

Continue reading at https://www.gp.org/probe_israels_war_on_palestinians

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Guatemala’s pro Israel vote by Atif Shamim Syed

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“America and Israel were both deeply involved in the genocide of the Mayans. While America provided the Guatemalan army with weapons and military hardware, Israel provided training and advice. The deadly military campaign carried out against rural indigenous peasants was devised by Israeli advisors. The Mayans who managed to survive the campaign were relocated to military-controlled villages again under the guidance of the Israelis who had already successfully crammed the displaced indigenous population of Palestine in the West Bank and Gaza.
Israeli authorities were fully aware of the intentions of their Guatemalan counterparts… This was nothing new to the Israelis because they had also been involved in a similar campaign in Palestine where the natives of the land were physically displaced and their culture stolen.”

Continue reading at https://dailytimes.com.pk/170550/guatemalas-pro-israel-vote/

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