Running Amok: The feeds of the IDF depict what Zionism can’t see by Mary Turfah

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  1. The cruelty itself, on display in videos like the one taken from the vantage point of Israeli soldiers driving their tank over the “I Love Gaza” sign (that greets visitors entering Gaza through the Rafah crossing), is somehow less disturbing than that it is presented with naked glee—no trace of the sober air that marks a person “doing what needs to be done” or an awareness that the rest of the world might not welcome overt, genocidal sadism as enthusiastically as the average Israeli. It’s like they can’t see us seeing them. 

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Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood: Stop Artwashing Genocide by Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

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  1. Last Sunday night, while Israeli forces bombed displaced Palestinians sheltering in tents in Rafah, Gaza – burning men, women, children and babies alive – a short drive away, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood performed a concert in apartheid Tel Aviv.

Regardless of excuses, crossing the Palestinian picket line and performing in apartheid Israel during its genocide against 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza is to consciously whitewash – or artwash – Israel’s genocide and underlying 76-year-old regime of settler-colonial apartheid.

Palestinians unequivocally condemn Jonny Greenwood’s shameful artwashing of Israel’s genocide. 

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Personal Essay by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

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I am beginning to have fewer dreams. Or nightmares; I am unsure what the most accurate description is. I no longer have a normal sleep pattern—most nights, I am scrolling or stationed in front of satellite news reports, watching a tomorrow that has yet to begin where I live unfold its horrors on our people. I have kept this meager vigil for seven months, trying to absorb every fact and detail of the genocide in Gaza. Poet Fady Joudah writes of our dead, “I am a grief capitalist, I claim them all.” While grief animates my vigil, so does distrust. I know not to trust the record-keeping. I watch our deaths disputed, I watch the months, years, crimes, and devastations of seventy-six years that predate October 7th, 2023, erased before my eyes.

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War on Gaza: Israel kills hundreds of imams offering message of hope and patience by Abubaker Abed

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Around 300 Islamic scholars and sheikhs, including Quran instructors, Islamic preachers, and imams, have been killed so far in the military assaults, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Religious Affairs. 

Meanwhile, more than 500 mosques have been completely flattened, and dozens of mosques have been partially destroyed, including the historic Al-Omari Mosque.

Three churches have also been reduced to rubble, including the historic Church of Saint Porphyrius. The ministry’s main building and the Quran Podcast Institute were also struck and damaged by Israeli raids. 

… A ministry spokesperson said that Israel’s targeting of mosques and Muslim scholars is “a deliberate act aimed at breaking the faith of Palestinians. We call on especially the Islamic scholars and ministries in the Arab world to seriously act and stop the ongoing atrocities against our people.”


“Our message to the world is that we want you to stand with us, protest to provide protection for innocent civilians, and stop the genocide in Gaza,” they added.

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Eurovision 2024: The beloved contest has become an ugly mess on DAZED

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This year Eurovision’s mantra ‘united by music’ rings hollow as the European Broadcasting Union doubles down on including Israel in this year’s contest.

… in 2022, following outcries from artists and international broadcasters, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) made the decision to disqualify Russia from the song contest following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. In a statement at the time, the EBU said that based on meetings with Eurovision’s governing body, the rules of the event and “the values of the EBU… [that] the inclusion of a Russian entry… would bring the competition into disrepute”. Such sentiments sour when considering the EBU’s attitude towards Israel and the organisation’s failure to consider experiences of those living in Palestine. It’s baffling that Russia’s assault on Ukraine is considered the antithesis of what Eurovision stands for but an ongoing genocide is permissible. 

Continue reading at https://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/62587/1/eurovision-2024-israel-palestine-boycott-olly-alexander-eden-golan

We, the undersigned, call for the exclusion of Israel from the Venice Biennale. by Art Not Genocide Alliance

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  1. We, the undersigned, call for the exclusion of Israel from the Venice Biennale.
    As the art world readies itself to visit the Giardini’s nation-state diorama, we say platforming art representing a state engaged in ongoing atrocities against Palestinians in Gaza is unacceptable. No Genocide Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

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400+ Irish artists write to Bambie Thug calling for Eurovision Boycott on Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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We are writing to you as Irish artists, writers and poets, many of us queer and trans. Firstly, we congratulate you on being selected to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. This is an honour and recognition of your talent and artistry.

However, we are asking you to withdraw from Eurovision 2024, to heed the call from Palestinians to boycott the competition due to the participation of Israel. We welcome that you have chosen, along with other participating artists, not to be silent. However, while you say “My heart and solidarity has and will always lie with the oppressed” – by participating in Eurovision you will be standing with the oppressor. Palestinians have called for artists to withdraw from the contest, and if your wish to stand in solidarity is sincere, then you should listen to them. None of us with the privilege of living in safety knows better than Palestinians, a people who are experiencing the most extreme colonial violence, that of genocide, and who for 7 decades, have been subjected to systematic apartheid, occupation, siege, ethnic cleansing, dispossession, mass incarceration and murder. Words from the stage will be meaningless as you will have ignored the Palestinian call to boycott.

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Reflections on ‘Mental Harm’, Culture, and Nur Mashala’s Histories of Palestine by John Docker

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Yet Ann and I were not certain that the final draft of the Genocide Convention does exclude cultural genocide entirely. Pondering Article 2 of the convention—“Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group”—made us interrogate the notion of ‘mental harm’ and the interpretational latitude it offers. We wondered whether it is possible to interpret mental harm as both psychological and cultural, i.e. harm to an individual’s sense of cultural identity in addition to the larger harm to humanity itself.

 In this essay, I will examine “mental harm” as a term that encompasses collective as well as individual suffering through the lens of Israel’s destruction of Palestinian material, cultural and intellectual achievements in 2023-24. To this end, I will draw extensively from the works of Nur Masalha…

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The Potential and Limits of International Law in Achieving Accountability in Gaza by Noura Erakat at Georgetown University Qatar

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“So as a note, this analysis, in particular, in regard to genocide as a legal framework- in particular- as inscribed in the 1948 convention. Right? Raises some problematics for us. the primary challenge is that something that legal scholar, Rabea Eghbariah, wrote about brilliantly and published in the nation when the Harvard Law Review refused to publish it, even after its editors accepted it, when he said, namely, that the Nakba is not an internationally recognized crime in international law. The Nakba features ethnic cleansing, apartheid, and- more recently- genocide. It combines hot and cold violence as it accomplishes territorial consolidation and genocidal expansion. And failure to examine the Nakba on its own terms has created this legal and analytical challenge for us now, which is a problem of legal translation. We have to describe the Palestinian condition through analogy and through drawing on legal frameworks that come from other geographic, social, political contexts. And although genocide and apartheid are universal, they remain closely associated with the case studies that canonize them, namely the Shoa at the hands of the Nazi regime and apartheid rule in South Africa. That is why we are often distracted by comparisons to either case studies as somehow relevant, as somehow telling us that 30,000 killed is not enough to prove genocide. As somehow telling us that because 20% of the Palestinian population that wasn’t ethnically cleansed has second-class citizenship, that it’s not apartheid. But we have to examine these, as we do as legal scholars, as treaties taken to a high level of abstraction and application. And still, absent the legibility of the Nakba in criminal law and absent a racial colonial analysis of Zionism- historically enshrined in UN General Assembly resolution 3379 of 1975 that condemned Zionism as a form of racism and racial discrimination and later rescinded by the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1991 as a precondition for entering into the Oslo sovereignty trap- we are making our arguments today in translation as genocide and apartheid.”

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Munther Isaac’s sermon in the Easter Vigil for Gaza from Bethlehem by Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac

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“Easter has come upon us, in Palestine, in the most difficult circumstances. It has been 175 days since this genocide began. 175 days of bombardment, siege, and starvation. I would have never thought that we would still be witnessing this by Easter. I thought, surely, this violence would have stopped by now. I thought world leaders do have some conscience at the end of the day. I was wrong.”

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