Cancelled “squad trip” to West Bank puts U.S. Israel policy in the spotlight

By STEVE XAVIER In August, an announced trip by freshman House members Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) to the occupied West Bank drew the ire of President Trump and other GOP politicians. The Netanyahu government decided to bar entry to the two legislators using the urging of Trump, who tweeted that the pair … Continue reading Cancelled “squad trip” to West Bank puts U.S. Israel policy in the spotlight

Ilhan Omar: Anti-Zionist comments smeared as anti-Semitic

By JEFF MACKLER and BRUCE LESNICK In a new campaign reminiscent of the McCarthy era witch-hunt, politicians and media pundits have taken to smearing pro-Palestinian, pro-BDS activists as anti-Semitic. Singled out for special attention are those, like Somali-born Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who happen to be people of color. A … Continue reading Ilhan Omar: Anti-Zionist comments smeared as anti-Semitic

UNAC statement on the CNN firing of Marc Lamont Hill

The following statement was published by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) on Dec. 3. Supporters of Israel and Zionism have repeatedly charged in the mainstream media that Professor Marc Lamont Hill’s statements at the UN on behalf of the rights of the Palestinian people are “anti-Semitic” and have demanded that Temple University fire him, … Continue reading UNAC statement on the CNN firing of Marc Lamont Hill

Does criticism of Israel equal anti-Semitism?

By STEVE XAVIER The aftermath of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting has focused renewed attention on anti-Semitism. Claims that a shadowy group of sinister figures are behind world events—which appear in conspiracy theories about financier George Soros, the 9/11 tragedy, and elsewhere—have dangerous implications. These conspiracy theories have deep roots on the far right, … Continue reading Does criticism of Israel equal anti-Semitism?

Novelist detained in Israel: ‘Statement to Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival’

 Philadelphia-based novelist Susan Abulhawa, a long-time activist for the rights of the Palestinian people, was detained at the Tel Aviv airport on Nov. 1. At the time, she was traveling to the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival, where she had been invited to speak. In the United States, close to 3000 people signed an emergency petition … Continue reading Novelist detained in Israel: ‘Statement to Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival’

Israel slaughters 65 in Gaza, as U.S. embassy opens in Jerusalem

By JOHN LESLIE The Great Return March culminated on May 15, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel, known to the Palestinian people as the Nakba (catastrophe). Israel hit Gaza with air strikes and tank fire, claiming to be targeting Hamas positions. A day earlier, a mass mobilization of more than 100,000 … Continue reading Israel slaughters 65 in Gaza, as U.S. embassy opens in Jerusalem

UNAC statement on Israeli/U.S. war on Gaza’s Nakba protests

For more than 70 years, Palestinians have endured the crimes of ethnic cleansing, dispossession, disenfranchisement, destruction, and death at the hands of apartheid Israel, with the unqualified backing of the United States, as well as the tolerance of this ongoing trampling on humanity and justice by the international community. As Israelis celebrate the May 14, … Continue reading UNAC statement on Israeli/U.S. war on Gaza’s Nakba protests

More casualties in Gaza on the ‘Friday Of Tires’

By JOHN LESLIE On Friday, April 6, one week after the Land Day Massacre, more than 20,000 demonstrators returned to the border fence between Gaza and Israel to demand the right to return for all Palestinians. Protesters burned tires to obscure the vision of Israeli snipers. The death toll now stands at 31, with 10 … Continue reading More casualties in Gaza on the ‘Friday Of Tires’

Massacre in Gaza as Israeli troops fire on peaceful protesters

By STEVE XAVIER At least 18 Palestinians are dead and more than 1700 injured after Israeli forces opened fire on peaceful protesters gathered at the Gaza border fence with southern Israel. The event was timed to mark the anniversary of Land Day, commemorating the 1976 killing of six Palestinians taking part in mass protests against … Continue reading Massacre in Gaza as Israeli troops fire on peaceful protesters

A children’s book that teaches about justice and resistance

By JOHN LESLIE  “P is for Palestine,” a children’s alphabet book by Golbarg Bashi, illustrated by Golrokh Nafisi. The publication of the book, “P is for Palestine,” has sparked controversy and charges of anti-Semitism from pro-Israel parents and politicians. Some parents were particularly upset by the choice of “I is for Intifada” as part of a … Continue reading A children’s book that teaches about justice and resistance

Landmark UN report scores Israeli apartheid

By MARK UGOLINI A powerful United Nations report labels Israel “an apartheid regime” that “dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.” It also calls for “boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activities and [urges governments to] respond positively to calls for such initiatives.” Issued by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on … Continue reading Landmark UN report scores Israeli apartheid

Netanyahu’s White House visit and the ‘two-state solution’

By MARK UGOLINI — CHICAGO — On Feb. 15 more than 200 Palestinians and their supporters converged on Trump Tower to protest the White House visit of Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu. Several buses from local mosques transported protesters, who held signs and shouted chants demanding: “Free Free Palestine!” “Justice is our Demand. No Peace on … Continue reading Netanyahu’s White House visit and the ‘two-state solution’

UN again condemns Israel without sanctions, while settlements expand

 By MARK UGOLINI On Dec. 23, the UN Security Council voted 14-0 to condemn Israel for “flagrant violation” of international law by constructing and expanding Jewish-exclusive settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The U.S. abstained from the vote rather than employ its standard practice of vetoing resolutions critical of Israel. Until now, the … Continue reading UN again condemns Israel without sanctions, while settlements expand

Court issues new ruling in case of Palestinian rights activist Rasmea Odeh

By MARK UGOLINI — CHICAGO — On Aug. 29, the defense case of 69-year-old Palestinian rights activist Rasmea Odeh took an unexpected and potentially ominous turn when presiding Federal Judge Gershwin Drain ruled that Odeh will be subjected to up to 18 hours of intensive psychological testing by an appointed government forensic examiner whose job is … Continue reading Court issues new ruling in case of Palestinian rights activist Rasmea Odeh

N.Y. assault on Palestine solidarity

By MARK UGOLINI As part of a major multi-country assault designed to outlaw advocacy of boycotts of Israel, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 5 signed “Executive Order No. 157,” instructing state agencies to divest from companies and institutions that participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In the tradition of McCarthyism, the … Continue reading N.Y. assault on Palestine solidarity

New developments in Palestine struggle

By ERNIE GOTTA In February, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected the appeal of Mohammed al-Qeeq, an imprisoned Palestinian journalist on his 85th day of hunger strike. Al-Qeeq had asked to be transferred to a Palestinian hospital in the West Bank. Directly following this decision, however, a partial victory was won in the case of Palestinian American activist Rasmea … Continue reading New developments in Palestine struggle

Labor Briefing: UE workers win back pay

By BILL ONASCH Two Wins For UE—The United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers registered two important victories from the National Labor Relations Board over the past month. The first was an award of two weeks’ back pay to 270 workers at bankrupt Republic Windows in Chicago. This caps a seven-year struggle that began with a … Continue reading Labor Briefing: UE workers win back pay

Labor Briefing

By BILL ONASCH > Socialist Action members in Minneapolis write: “On Saturday, Oct. 10, over 400 enthusiastic participants joined a rally and march on U.S. bank in Northeast Minneapolis. U.S. Bank has actively lobbied against fair wages and treatment for workers and simultaneously financed dirty industries. The concurrent exploitation of workers and the earth is … Continue reading Labor Briefing

Rasmea Odeh found guilty

Rasmea Defense Committee statement —  In a travesty of justice, Rasmea Odeh today was found guilty of one count of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization. For over a year, Rasmea, her supporters, and her legal team have been battling this unjust government prosecution, saying from the start that the immigration charge was nothing but a pretext … Continue reading Rasmea Odeh found guilty

Justice for Rasmea Odeh!

UPDATED REPORTS FROM THE TRIAL: Socialist Action has received the following on-the-scene reports from the Rasmea Defense Committee. We express our solidarity with Rasmea Odeh, who was arrested in October 2013 for allegedly falsifying papers she had filled out for immigration to the United States. Previously, she had been imprisoned by Israel, who accused her … Continue reading Justice for Rasmea Odeh!

World condemns Israeli slaughter in Gaza

By JEFF MACKLER  Five hundred and sixteen children are among the over 2200 Gaza Palestinians murdered by the racist, Zionist, apartheid settler state of Israel. An estimated 75-80 percent of the Palestinians slaughtered were civilians. Some 1.8 million Palestinians “live” in perhaps the world’s largest prison, Gaza, virtually unable to enter or leave, starved and … Continue reading World condemns Israeli slaughter in Gaza

Stop the Israeli invasion of Gaza!

By JEFF MACKLER  — UPDATED AUG. 3, 2014 — End U.S. aid to apartheid Israel! Stop the Zionist bombing of Gaza!  The U.S.-backed racist, colonialist, apartheid Zionist entity known as Israel is once again saturation bombing the Palestinian people and destroying the infrastructure of the world’s largest open air prison—the Gaza Strip—a slip of land roughly … Continue reading Stop the Israeli invasion of Gaza!

Gaza protesters overcome French ban

INTERVIEW by CHRIS HUTCHINSON Over 600 people are dead in Gaza, and millions of workers around the world are speaking out against Israel's brutal assault on the Gaza Strip. Workers everywhere are standing against genocide and apartheid as well as demanding justice for Palestinians living under military occupation. In London one march reported 100,000 participants. … Continue reading Gaza protesters overcome French ban