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USA vs. Rasmea Odeh – New Judge, Next Hearing

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By Bill Chambers

The judge for the case of Rasmea Odeh originally refused to step down even with a history of giving funds to pro-Israel organizations. After reviewing defense documents showing he had an undisclosed Israeli business interest in a Jerusalem store involved in Odeh’s original arrest, Judge Borman recused himself and Odeh prepares for a new judge and her next hearing on September 2.

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.

Thousands of Chicagoans March for Palestine

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By Allen Kenneth Schaidle allen-cm

On Sunday, July 20th, thousands of Chicagoans gathered downtown to protest recent events related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. While there is no exact figure on the number of attendees, estimates run as conservatively as 2,000 to as enormous as 10,000 and is arguably the largest Palestinian protest in Chicago to date. Marchers convened along Upper Wacker Drive for the start of the protest. After weaving through downtown, they concluded their march at the intersection of Madison and Canal near Chicago’s Israeli consulate. Throughout the march, chants and songs could be heard resonating within the vicinity of downtown. While there were numerous organizations, individuals, and voices, they all marched for the same cause—an end to the violence in Palestine.

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.

Pope Francis- Religious Leader and Political Liaison

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By Sara Abdeljalil

On May 24th, Pope Francis embarked on a three day trip to Israel and the State of Palestine. While in the West Bank, he made an unexpected stop at the separation wall, or “Apartheid wall”, which separates Palestine and Israel. While at the wall, the Pope touched his head and hand on the wall. Although the act was simple in nature, many argued that it implied his solidarity with the Palestinians.

Rasmea Odeh: Repression of a Palestinian Community Leader

Photo by Bill Chambers at November 2013 arraignment in Detroit

By Bill Chambers

On June 10 in Detroit, Rasmea Odeh, a 66 year old Chicago Palestinian and Arab community organizer, will start her trial for allegedly “lying” on her twenty year old citizenship application about an over forty year old conviction in an Israeli military court. If found guilty, she could face up to ten years in federal prison, an immediate revocation of her citizenship, and deportation from the United States. Given Odeh’s stature in the Palestinian and Arab community in Chicago as a tireless organizer for women and immigrant rights, these years old charges only indicate the extremes the government is willing to go to suppress Palestinian activists.

Anti-Boycott Bills Threatening Academic Freedom Spread to Illinois

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By Bill Chambers

In December 2013, the American Studies Association (ASA) , the largest association of academics devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history, passed a resolution to endorse the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

Scarlett Johansson is an iconic woman (and has poor political views)

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By Hadeel Hejjacm_logo-thumbnail

Interestingly, there seems to be a stigma when it comes to women in the media industry, where ideals are taken for face value and the reality is hidden underground and erased from the populations conscious. Notably, the famed “Avengers” actress Scarlet Johansson is a textbook example of this scenario. She is a prominent actress, having recently starred in the movie “Her” directed by Spike Jonze, and is recognized as beautiful. To add to her great resume, she was, until recently, a member of a humanitarian group Oxfam, who condemn any breaking of international laws, especially when those laws dealt with human rights, and specifically having a position of disagreement with illegal Israeli settlements.