Why We Are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons
By Marwan_Barghouti, April 16, 2017
HADARIM PRISON, Israel — Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel’s illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners. After exhausting all other options, I decided there was no choice but to resist these abuses by going on a hunger strike.
Some 1,000 Palestinian prisoners have … [more]
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8 in 11
By Arkansas Times’ The Observer, April 06, 2017
The state of Arkansas is planning on killing eight men soon, one right after the other, in 11 days. They are doing this to punish them for having killed people. The Observer used to be very much a capital punishment believer. But then, we sat through a death penalty trial, start to finish: the trial of Curtis Lavelle Vance, for the October 2008 rape and homicide of … [more]
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Deir Yassin Today
Although virtually all six million Palestinians in the world know of Deir Yassin, few have ever been there. The site is not identified on post-1948 maps of Israel. But it is not difficult to find.
The central part of Deir Yassin is a cluster of buildings now used as a mental hospital. To the east lies the industrial area of Givat Shaul; to the north lies Har Hamenuchot (the Jewish cemetery), to the west, … [more]
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March 29, 2017
The cult of atheist Zionism posing as Judaism
By Rich Siegel, January 1, 2012
This essay was first published in Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists, edited by Avigail Abarbanel (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), used with permission.
I consider myself a cult survivor. I was raised in the cult of Atheist-Zionism-Posing-as-Judaism. I stated this to a few select friends several years ago, and they thought it was funny. The statement brought with it a … [more]
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Donald, This I Will Tell You
By Maureen Dowd, March 25, 2017
WASHINGTON — Dear Donald,
We’ve known each other a long time, so I think I can be blunt.
You know how you said at campaign rallies that you did not like being identified as a politician?
Don’t worry. No one will ever mistake you for a politician.
After this past week, they won’t even mistake you for a top-notch negotiator.
I was born here. The first image … [more]
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While not technically a “preacher” (as far as I know), Lloyd Hoffman once again darkens the page of the Sentinel Record with a letter in Sunday’s paper that perfectly embodies a piece John Pavlovitz wrote last year, when he begged evangelical preachers to quit blaming God for Trump:
You’re making from the pulpit and platform, the greatest case for Atheism you could ever make.
You’re aligning God with an ignorant, petulant, narcissistic bully.
You’re putting God’s rubber stamp … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/03/27/the-greatest-case-for-atheism/
No, God Doesn’t Bless America
By John Pavlovitz, July 3, 2016
No, this isn’t the kind of inflammatory, fear-fueled message that lots of Evangelical pastors prefer to major in these days.
It’s not some doom and gloom, sky-is-falling, bullhorn warning that God is ticked-off at America and is doing terrible things to us because of it.
This is not a dire, brimstone chastising about God abandoning us for our growing wickedness, removing the specific good fortune we once … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/03/23/even-greater-news/