McGraw-Hill destroys textbook to placate pro-Israel bloggers | The Electronic Intifada

Given the highly politicized nature of all discussion related to Palestine in the United States, the definition of who is an “independent academic” would vary widely depending on the perspective of who is making the assessment. And if the “experts” are indeed independent, they should be willing to provide an explanation of how and why they deemed the maps to be inaccurate. The only way that McGraw-Hill’s credibility can be assessed is with some transparency about the groups or “experts” who made this recommendation. Otherwise, we are left to assume that McGraw-Hill is effectively burning books to placate the censorship demands of right-wing anti-Palestinian bigots.

Source: McGraw-Hill destroys textbook to placate pro-Israel bloggers | The Electronic Intifada

Woman arrested in France for T-shirt critical of Israel | The Electronic Intifada

The feminist collective 8 Mars Pour TouTEs denounced the arrest and pledged support for the activist and for the BDS movement. The arrest was evidence of the “criminalization of political struggles,” the group said, vowing to mount strong solidarity in response to “the police state and political and racist repression.” The left-wing grouping Ensemble has condemned the arrest, describing it as a consequence of the “security climate” in France. The Palestine solidarity group BDS France noted that the day after the arrest, Prime Minister Manuel Valls told a dinner hosted by the Israel lobby group CRIF that “anti-Zionism is nothing more than a synonym for anti-Semitism and the hatred of Israel.” “Today, politicians who support the Israeli apartheid regime are out of arguments,” BDS France said in a statement. “They conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism and terrorism, and take all the Jews of the world hostage, stubbornly insisting that they become accomplices of the war crimes and apartheid of a state which is foreign to them,” BDS France added. The campaign group said that with the growing global success of BDS, “a nonviolent, anti-racist citizen movement for the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people,” Israel and its allies in the French government had no recourse but to try to smear it as anti-Semitic. Court rulings and government decrees have outlawed calls to boycott Israeli goods, prompting defiance from French civil society. Undeterred BDS France is also vowing not to fold under government repression.

Source: Woman arrested in France for T-shirt critical of Israel | The Electronic Intifada

Historic moment for Brazil′s left as Workers′ Party rallies around Lula | Americas | DW.COM | 12.03.2016

For many political analysts, Lula’s questioning by police, who used “coercive conduction” to order his cooperation, gave his party fresh stimulus. “It’s a major development for Brazil’s politics, a turning point in the history of the Workers’ Party and for the future of the left wing in South America,” said Gabriel Petrus, political analyst in Brasilia with Barral M Jorge consulting firm. Supporters have rallied behind Lula “When you see Lula defending himself on TV, it’s kind of Lula’s revival. He’s not telling the people ‘I’m untouchable,’ but he’s telling people, ‘I’m the victim of this process.'” Lula’s response to his interrogation was swift: Within hours, he was at the Workers’ Party headquarters, and within a day, the president was at his side as the pair greeted supporters from the balcony of his house. “For the first time, he’s now at the front of the stage, and who is backstage? Dilma Rousseff. She flew to Sao Bernardo do Campo to see Lula. Normally, Lula would fly to Brasilia,” Petrus added.

Source: Historic moment for Brazil′s left as Workers′ Party rallies around Lula | Americas | DW.COM | 12.03.2016

A Texas Candidate Pushes the Boundary of the Far Right – The New York Times

Ms. Bruner’s anti-Obama, anti-Islam, anti-evolution and anti-gay Facebook posts have generated national headlines and turned an obscure school board election into a glimpse of the outer limits of Texas politics. In a part of the state dominated by conservative Christians and Tea Party activists, Ms. Bruner’s candidacy has posed a question no one can answer with any certainty — how far to the fringe is too far for Texas Republicans? Ms. Bruner was a relative political newcomer when she started her campaign to represent a 31-county section of northern East Texas on the 15-member board that sets curriculum standards, reviews and adopts textbooks, and establishes graduation requirements in Texas public schools. Because of the board’s clout in selecting textbooks for all of the state’s schools, it can influence the content of textbooks produced nationwide. Here in Ms. Bruner’s hometown, Mineola, and elsewhere in intensely conservative East Texas, her views fit a widely accepted anti-Obama and conspiracy friendly antigovernment mind-set. Inside Kitchens Hardware and Deli, the combination hardware store and diner where Mr. Clark was eating, a sign on a shelf read, “Hillary for Prison 2016.” A woman in a nearby store who declined to give her name said she would not hold Ms. Bruner’s Facebook posts against her, and spoke at length about her belief that the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 was a government-staged hoax.

Source: A Texas Candidate Pushes the Boundary of the Far Right – The New York Times

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متلازمة ستوكهولم تطاردني عندما اسمع عن حدث ما يجري بإسرائيل ، مثل ملاحقة فاسد ومحاكمته . انشغال الرأي العام بمسألة اجتماعية بحتة ومناقشتها ومحاولة التأثير على صناع القرار . عندما يشل الاضراب العام اسرائيل ويصبح العامل هو المهدد للكيان القائم . اشعر بالغيرة من هذا الكيان . هذا الكيان المبني على باطل . هذا الكيان المليء بالمغالطات والفساد والاخطاء. بكل المقاييس، افضل ..بل لا يقارن بما نعيش نحن فيه على الضفة المقابلة للجدار. ويبقى هذا الكيان الغاشم المهدد الاول لوجودنا ، ومع هذا تهديده اصبح اهون علينا من التهديد الذي نشكله نحن على انفسنا . ان نعيش في “دولة” يستمر فيها اضراب المعلمين لما يقارب الشهر . المعلمون الذين يشكلون عصبة المجتمعات والمؤسسات . فاضراب المعلم لا يقتصر على عشرات الالاف من المعلمين ولكن مئات الالاف من الطلاب وبالتالي على العائلات بأكملها . ان ما يحدث يفوق الوصف والتوصيف . كيف تقبل حكومة على نفسها ان تكون في هكذا وضع…

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