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World Has Forgotten Gaza, But Gazan Children Can’t Forget

Palestinian boys search the debris of destroyed houses in the town of Beit Lahiya (Barcroft India)

By Bayan Takrouri

Ramadan 2014 was approaching. I had been waiting for this month all year. It was a time for spiritual reflection, increased worship, long hours in the mosque for night prayers, internal serenity, and forgiveness from our God. This year was different. This year there was no internal serenity. This year I was hurting, grief-stricken, heart-broken, I was sobbing at my TV. And how could I not when Gaza was being blown apart, torn into pieces, it was being destroyed right in front of my eyes and I could do nothing. It seemed like the world did nothing.

Steven Salaita Files Lawsuit Against University of Illinois Board and Donors

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By Bill Chambers

At a press conference this morning, Professor Steven Salaita and his attorneys at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Loevy & Loevy announced that Professor Salaita has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UICU) administration, Board of Trustees, and unidentified donors “for violation of his constitutional rights, including free speech and due process.”

OP ED: Open Letter to Yifat Elrich’s Arab-Jewish Coexistence Proposal

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By Samantha BordersSamantha Borders

Dear Yifat,

In your recent op-ed titled “Arab-Jewish co-existence through a Christian military draft”, you state that rather than a dividing force, Arab Christians joining the Israeli Defense Forces would provide “an entry ticket into Israeli society”.

Who Really ‘Won’ the Gaza Conflict?

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By Aya Nimeraya-cm

After 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five Israeli citizens killed, many analysts are arguing over who really won the war based on the treaty signed in Egypt on Tuesday.  The problem with this analysis, however, is that it does not look at the general effects of the conflict on its participants.

Chicago Protesters Disrupt Israel Fundraiser

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By Bill Chambers

Attendees of the Jewish United Fund “Chicago Stands With Israel” fundraiser at the Chicago Hilton last night were met with over 250 protestors picketing outside as well as a die-in representing the continued Palestinian civilians deaths in Gaza. What they didn’t expect was multiple protestors from Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews for Justice in Palestine inside the venue disrupting the speeches of Mayor Rahn Emmanuel and former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren.

Chicago Protests Media Silence on Palestinian Deaths in Gaza

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By Bill Chambers

Last Sunday, an estimated 8,000 people protested in Chicago against the media silence on the over 2,000 deaths in Gaza during the current conflict. Proving the point, the protest was barely covered by the local media.

Chicago Media Coverage of the Assault on Gaza is Insulting

The remains of Beit Hanoun. Photo credit by Samer Zaneen

By Dania Mukahhal

It’s no secret that the mainstream American media is biased when it comes to covering the assault on Gaza. On July 7, a few days after the start of the Muslim holy month, Ramadan, Israel began a military offensive called “Operation Protective Edge.” Since then over 1,400 Gazans have been killed and over 8,000 injured.

NBC Chicago Made a Mistake by Connecting Hate Crime to Sunday

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By Kiersten Hellegers.sarah-cm

To the editor of the CBS Chicago online publication,

Monday, Jul 21, 2014, NBC Chicago posted a report about a leaflet threatening crimes against the Jewish community if Israel does not end its siege of Gaza. NBC Chicago made a mistake by connecting this hate crime to Sunday’s peaceful Chicago protest against Israel’s strikes on Gaza. The fact is, there are hate crimes against both Jews and Muslims in Chicago, and trying to make the Israel-Palestine Conflict a religious issue only adds to this problem.

OP/ED Operation Dani: Lydda and Ramle Remembered in light of recent atrocities in Gaza

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By Tarek Khalil

Israel was founded on the ruins of Palestinian society.  Along the way in that Zionist quest, many massacres occurred, many lives were lost, dispossessed, and many villages were destroyed.  Some 90 percent of the Palestinians living in historic Palestine were driven out, many by psychological warfare and/or military pressure.  Well-known and widely documented examples of outright expulsion include the Palestinian towns of Lydda and Ramle, located roughly halfway between Jaffa and Jerusalem.

Chicago & the World Protest Collective Punishment of Palestinians

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By Bill Chambers

Over 1000 people from a coalition of Chicagoland Palestinians, along with members of student, faith-based, human rights and  social justice groups, turned out for a rally and march last Saturday to demand an end to collective punishment of Palestinians and demand justice for all Palestinians killed in the Israeli Army’s “Operation Brother’s Keeper”.  Chicago was joined by similar protests in more than 40 cities world-wide including Washington DC, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Seattle, Dearborn, Brooklyn, Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Denver, New Orleans, Philadelphia, London, Galway, Paris, Brussels, Melbourne, and Madrid. Now with the launch a few hours ago of “Operation Protective Edge” against Gaza, global protests may soon be returning to the streets.