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“War Culture Hates the Ethical Passion of the Young”

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Oxfam states: “We are horrified by Israel’s order to evacuate around 100,000 people and what appears to be an impending invasion of Rafah, despite a universal plea from world leaders urging it to stop its continued, barbaric, onslaught. … For over six months, Israel has deliberately and systematically targeted civilians and aid workers, including in clearly marked ‘safe zones’ and ‘evacuation routes.'”

Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor just released the statement “With Gaza’s only lifeline cut off, humanitarian catastrophe looms in Rafah.” Also see the group’s statement “Annihilation of Education” about the “systematic Israeli destruction of Gaza Strip’s educational system.”

MARIONE INGRAM, mi.di@comcast.net
Ingram is a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust and had been participating in the now destroyed encampment at George Washington University. She also has been protesting for months in front of the White House. See her appearance on “Democracy Now.” Students at GWU are continuing with protests. See clip from news conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday from one student just after she got out of jail: “We’re coming back ten times stronger. No matter how much they brutalize us, it is NOTHING compared to what’s happening in Palestine, in Gaza, in Rafah.”

MOATAZ SALIM, moatazs97@gmail.com, Instagram: @tazsdc
Salim is a Palestinian graduate student at George Washington University with family in Gaza. He has lost over 100 members in his extended family. He has gone to Capitol Hill to question members of Congress with the peace group CodePink. See a recent interview.

SOFIA MENEMENLIS, smenemenlis@gmail.com, @PtonDivestNow
Menemenlis is a PhD student at Princeton University and organizer with Princeton Israeli Apartheid Divest, which has launched a hunger strike. She said today: “We are demanding that Princeton cut financial ties to companies and institutions involved in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza, illegal occupation of Arab lands, and apartheid policies. Princeton’s $34 billion endowment is one of the largest university endowments in the world. By refusing to disclose and divest, Princeton remains complicit in Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian people of Gaza and in serious, repeated violations of international law.

“We are calling for divestment in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle toward justice and self-determination. At the same time, we are simply asking the university to invest in a manner consistent with its own stated values. Unambiguously, profiting from genocide and human rights violations is against ‘the service of humanity.’ We hope that Princeton will follow its own historical precedent for divestment according to ethical principles: the university has previously divested, at least partially, from South African Apartheid, the Darfur genocide in Sudan, and segments of the fossil fuel industry.”

NORMAN SOLOMON, solomonprogressive@gmail.com
Solomon is the author of War Made Invisible and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. He just wrote the piece “War Culture Hates the Ethical Passion of the Young“: “This spring, as students have risked arrest and jeopardized their college careers under banners like ‘Ceasefire Now,’ ‘Free Palestine,’ and ‘Divest from Israel,’ they’ve rejected some key unwritten rules of a death culture. From Congress to the White House, war (and the military-industrial complex that goes with it) is crucial for the political business model. Meanwhile, college trustees and alumni megadonors often have investment ties to Wall Street and Silicon Valley, where war is a multibillion-dollar enterprise. Along the way, weapons sales to Israel and many other countries bring in gigantic profits.

“The new campus uprisings are a shock to the war system. Managers of that system, constantly oiling its machinery, have no column for moral revulsion on their balance sheets. And the refusal of appreciable numbers of students to go along to get along doesn’t compute. For the economic and political establishment, it’s a control issue, potentially writ large.

“As the killing, maiming, devastation, and increasing starvation in Gaza have continued, month after month, the U.S. role has become incomprehensible — without, at least, attributing to the president and the vast majority of Congressional representatives a level of immorality that had previously seemed unimaginable to most college students. Like many others in the United States, protesting students are now struggling with the realization that the people in control of the executive and legislative branches are directly supporting mass murder and genocide.”

Some Universities Negotiate with Gaza Solidarity Groups, Some Attack Them

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Russell Rickford, an associate professor of history at Cornell University writes in “The Encampment as a Beloved Community“: “In the few hours I spent at the encampment recently, I witnessed a safe, dynamic, radically inclusive space. Indeed, I saw an expression of what civil rights workers once called ‘the beloved community’ — a society that enshrines the practice of fellowship, mutuality and agape love.”

Raz Segal of Stockton University said in a recent interview regarding charges of antisemitism at protests: “I think that anyone who visits the many ‘Gaza Solidarity Encampments’ now on campuses across the U.S. sees that these accusations are baseless. They’re actually absurd. … They have all kinds of very dangerous things going on, like poetry readings, prayer also in Hebrew, and these encampments have organized Passover seders, Shabbat services.”

The D.C. Metropolitan police destroyed the Gaza encampment at George Washington University overnight, arresting dozens of students. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was scheduled to go before a Congressional committee today, but that hearing has now been cancelled. The hearing was pushed by Rep. James Comer, chair of the House Oversight Committee, who claimed without basis that the protests were antisemitic. On Friday, the protests featured Shabbat services, see video. See students articulating their demands. Interviews can be arranged through the student group Student Coalition for Palestine at GWUscpalestinegwu@gmail.com. Despite repeated attempts by the students, the George Washington University administration refused to negotiate with them about issues including disclosing and divesting from Israel and weapons companies.

CINDY CORRIE, CRAIG CORRIE, cindy@rachelcorriefoundation.org, @rcfoundation
Cindy and Craig Corrie are the parents of Rachel Corrie who was run over by an Israeli bulldozer as she tried to protect a Palestinian home in Rafah in 2003. They are the president and treasurer of the board of directors of the Rachel Corrie Foundation. They recently appeared on “Democracy Now“; NPR recently ran a story about Rachel’s killing. Rachel graduated from The Evergreen State College, which recently agreed to student demands to negotiate about divesting from Israel. See from Newsweek: “Colleges Are Moving to Divest From Israel.”

While the U.S. and Israeli governments keep insisting that Israel is willing to do credible independent investigations of its killings of Palestinians and others, a 2022 examination of Rachel Corrie’s killing as well as others from The Intercept shows otherwise: “No Path to Justice: Israeli Forces Keep Killing Americans While U.S. Officials Give Them a Pass.”

ARUN KUNDNANI, arunkundnani@gmail.com, @ArunKundnani
Kundnani is the author of What is Antiracism? (2023) and The Muslims are Coming! (2014). He just wrote the piece “As College Campuses Erupt in Protest, Some See a Political Transformation,” which states: “The protest movement against support for Israel now shaking institutions across the country is revealing daily the serious contradictions in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.”

See recent IPA news releases: “Attacks on Students” and “A Nationwide Spree of Police Violence.”

Israel Refuses to Stop Attacks, Escalates Against Rafah

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AP reports: “Hamas accepts Gaza cease-fire; Israel says it will continue talks but presses on with Rafah attacks.” AFP reports: “Israel Hostage Families Urge Foreign Pressure for Gaza Truce.” Common Dreams reports: “Cutting Off Lifeline for Starving Gazans, Israel Seizes Control of Rafah Crossing” Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor just released the statement: “Gaza: With its potential military operation in Rafah, Israel threatens to execute over 1.2 million Palestinians.” Norwegian Refugee Council released: “Rafah: An Israeli military offensive will lead to mass atrocities.”

MICHAEL LYNK, mslynk@uwo.ca
Lynk served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory from 2016 to 2022. He is a non-resident fellow at Democracy for the Arab World Now. See his interview with the Electronic Intifada.

MOUIN RABBANI, mouinrabbani@gmail.com, @MouinRabbani
Rabbani has published and commented widely on Palestinian affairs and the contemporary Middle East. He is co-editor of Jadaliyya. See a recent commentary and his past articles including “The Problem of Karim Khan” about the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Rabbani just posted a widely distributed thread on X: “On Tuesday evening it appeared the end was finally in sight. Hamas formally accepted the ceasefire proposal put forward by Egypt and Qatar, and spontaneous celebrations erupted in the streets of Rafah and other Palestinian towns in the Gaza Strip.

“Given that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other US officials have repeatedly insisted that Hamas forms the sole obstacle to a ceasefire agreement, Palestinians could be forgiven for believing that day 213 of this genocidal ordeal would be the last.

“The euphoria however proved short-lived. Several hours later the office of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that Israel’s war cabinet had unanimously agreed that the proposal ‘is far from Israel’s necessary requirements,’ and that its latest offensive on the southern town of Rafah abutting the Palestinian-Egyptian border would continue as planned. Indeed, Israel’s Western-supplied and supported military launched intensive air and artillery strikes to support an incursion into Rafah that commenced shortly after Netanyahu’s announcement. …

“So long as Blinken takes center stage in U.S. Middle East diplomacy it can safely be ignored. … [See “Leaked State Department Memo: Israeli Assurances ‘Neither Credible Nor Reliable.’“]

“Among the key sticking points in the negotiations is that Hamas demanded an end to Israel’s war while Israel insisted on continuing it. …

“For the record, U.S. assurances to the Palestinians over the years have been honoured mainly in the breach. This was most prominently the case in 1982, when the Reagan administration guaranteed the protection of civilians remaining in Beirut after the PLO withdrawal from the Lebanese capital, but did nothing to stop the Sabra-Shatila massacres.”

Hidden Realities of “School Choice”

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JACK SCHNEIDER; schneider@educ.umass.edu, @Edu_Historian
     Schneider is director of the Center for Education Policy and the Dwight W. Allen Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His new book, coauthored with Jennifer Berkshire, The Education Wars: A Citizen’s Guide and Defense Manual, will be published in July. 

Schneider spoke to the Institute for Public Accuracy about the evolution of the “school choice” debate since his first book with Berkshire, A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door, was published in 2020.

The “school choice” movement has “changed pretty significantly,” Schneider said. “Not in the aims of those who are seeking to drive families out of traditional public schools and into private schools via vouchers, but rather in the scope and ambition of the movement. When [Berkshire] and I wrote that [2020] book, we were very much thinking that the present that we currently inhabit was a decade away. We saw Betsy DeVos’s secretaryship as the sign of a coming-out party among those who spent the previous several decades hatching plans, laying the groundwork, building coalitions, and lobbying legislators. 

“We thought that the time between DeVos’s use of the bully pulpit as the secretary of education and a nationwide movement would be longer, particularly given that it wasn’t the first time a conservative leader had voiced support for vouchers at the federal level. [If you] go back to the Reagan presidency, you [see] a popular sitting president expressing support for school vouchers and getting massive pushback––so much so that Reagan moved onto other issues. 

“One of the things that we didn’t understand we were right about [in the first book] was DeVos’s effectiveness. A lot of people framed her secretaryship as ineffective, especially in relation to Arne Duncan, [Secretary of Education from 2009 to 2015]… Duncan was very active with the president in passing major legislation. You didn’t see that with DeVos and Trump. But [DeVos] was clearly using her secretaryship to take advantage of one of the chief affordances of that office: the chance to create new kinds of national narratives. She did a lot to normalize extreme thinking about school choice. 

“For ideologically committed conservatives, this so-called school choice movement was always about vouchers and was never about charter schools. The charter schools were always a way station, a means to an end. Democrats who had partnered with their colleagues across the aisle––folks like Cory Booker, who [had been a] major supporter of charter schools––had been naive. What they had seen as a compromise and lasting peace on the question of school choice was actually a step toward the long-term ideological commitment among free-market-oriented conservatives, especially those with religious convictions and a desire to have religious schooling supported by taxpayer dollars. That was always their actual end goal.

“More people are willing to support [charter schools]. But with the clarity of hindsight, we can see that people who were ideologically committed to the idea of private school vouchers had decided that the American people needed more time to get used to the idea of school choice. [They spent] a quarter of a century [focused on] rhetoric about freeing students from local public schools and empowering parents with the ability to choose and repositioning families not as members of a school community but as consumers shopping for a commodity. They had made zero progress between the time that Milton Friedman hatched the idea [of vouchers] and the Reagan administration, except for the explicitly-racist use of using school vouchers in the South, which didn’t help the reputation of vouchers in the seventies and eighties.”

In a recent piece for The Atlantic, Schneider and Berkshire wrote that in states where the school choice movement has been successful, voucher programs have led to huge budget shortfalls in education. In Arizona, the shortfall has already come to $400 million. Voucher advocates claimed the program would cost taxpayers only $65 million per year. 

Schneider said: “A lot of people are treating the expense issue as a bug rather than a feature. But it’s a feature, because one of the things that voucher advocates have been explicit about is the need to undermine the stability of the public education system in order to drive people out of it. Any way to damage it, either reputationally or fiscally, is a strategic victory for voucher supporters. Look no further than Arizona, which introduced what they call the ‘education debit card.’ Last I checked, the taxpayer dollars that are loaded onto these debit cards, ostensibly for the purpose of education, can’t be traced. There’s no disincentive for people to abuse the system.” School choice advocates know that “the maximum number of people will be trying to get that debit card. Even if they’re not planning to send their kids to private school, [they’re] pulling dollars out of the public school system.

“The budgetary excesses of voucher movements are by design. Voucher proponents have an incentive to underestimate what the cost of programs will be to get them through the legislature. Creating a fiscal crisis in education at the state level [enables them] to say ‘we have a model that will be less expensive than traditional public education.’ That’s part of the long-term ideological play here, which is not just to undermine public schools––something that many voucher advocates view as tantamount to socialism––or to get students a religious education, but also the ideological commitment to cost cutting.” 

Schneider noted that the public is still in the dark about some aspects of these programs. “Schools don’t scale up and down like a lot of private businesses do. At Starbucks, if you go from an average of 500 customers to an average of 300, you grind less beans, you have one fewer barista working, you buy less milk. In a school, you can’t suddenly turn on only two-thirds of the heat. If you had an average of 22 students per class, and you lose an average of seven students per class, in some cases the numbers may work out—but in other cases, you can’t get rid of a third of a teacher. You can’t say to people who are undercompensated relative to their training that they’ll have to be paid a third less. Then you won’t be able to maintain professional educators. For voucher supporters, that’s a feature, not a bug. 

“Somewhat related and under-discussed is that competition is not as easy to foster in education as it might be in other industries. It’s not that easy to just set up lots of different schools in a geographic area and say ‘people can go wherever they want’… What is competition going to [look like] in a rural community that only has one school? There isn’t going to be any competition. If there is, it’s not going to be an amazing school that challenges the local public school to bring its A-game… It’s far more likely that the real option is a fly-by-night school that just opened in a strip mall, where the teachers are folks who were quickly hired by whatever religious organization has decided to set up shop there… [In other cases,] students are likely getting siphoned off and doing something online, or having a tutor, or parents are taking the [voucher] money and homeschooling—which only hurts the existing public school and the students that remain there.

“What happens to a rural community when you take its school away? [That school] is often not only the largest employer in the community but is oftentimes the community space for sports, art, for polling places, for the general gathering places where people come together. Over the past several decades we’ve seen a decline in public life. How many other places do we have besides public schools do we know that everyone is welcome and that serve so many functions?” 

“School Choice” Legislation is Reshaping the U.S.

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JENNIFER BERKSHIRE; jennifer.berkshire@yale.edu, @BisforBerkshire
    Berkshire is a journalist and a lecturer in education journalism and education studies at Yale University. 

Berkshire told the Institute for Public Accuracy: The number of states that are enacting “school choice” legislation is “going up fast. Last year, 17 states set up new programs or expanded existing ones, and eight of those states adopted universal programs. Other states are now in the debating stage, so we’re going to be looking at a dozen states by the end of this year. Only Idaho has succeeded in stopping [this legislation]. Once [the legislation] is on the docket, it gets pushed through.”

One important set of bills – moving state to state – outlines expansive programs called Education Savings Accounts. “Vouchers are historically really unpopular; people don’t like the idea of using taxpayer money to fund religious schools. So they’ve come up with a new name for it. These bills are now much more expansive. They’re a world away from the programs we saw emerge in the nineties, which were for low-income and minority students. [By contrast] these are universal programs. Any family, no matter how wealthy, can have their tuition paid for by the state. That isn’t limited to private school tuition. You can use the money in your education savings account for any education-related expense. Say you decided you wanted to take your kids to Sea World––that would be an education-related expense… The idea is that you should be able to purchase anything and have it qualify as an education expense.”

These bills “help wealthy families, because they remove all of the income eligibility rules that were [included in school choice] programs in the past. The original voucher programs in places like Milwaukee or Cleveland were strictly limited to poor kids and minority kids who were attending struggling urban schools. Now those limits have been removed. If you’re a wealthy family in a state like New Hampshire or Iowa or West Virginia, suddenly the state is picking up the tab for your private school tuition. That is why these programs have ended up being so expensive. It’s not because kids are leaving public schools and going to private religious schools. It’s because suddenly the state is picking up your tuition. What I find so concerning is that because these programs are so expensive, they quickly blow a hole in state budgets. You have handed money to your wealthiest families. You suddenly have this lobby group with power and influence, and they will do whatever they can to hold onto that. 

“To the extent that this movement is able to get sweeping legislation enacted, they are having a lot of success. But none of [these] places have let their citizens vote on whether they want these programs. [In some states,] they’ve kept people from testifying, because [these programs] remain really unpopular in rural areas… and are going to end up paying the price for the fact that states are redirecting funding to private religious schools. Historically, rural areas have been disproportionately affected. 

“Republicans have made this a litmus test, along the lines of abortion. If you’re a rural legislator, you have to buck your own constituents or you’re going to be primaried by someone who is backed by school choice money.”

These groups are “single-issue,” Berkshire said, in the sense that they care most about this issue, “but multi-issue because they understand that the culture wars present them with the best opportunity they have ever had to expand school choice. They ally with anti-trans folks; the next phase is anti-immigrant. We have a Supreme Court case that says that undocumented kids have to be able to go to school. [The Heritage Foundation] is out with a new policy statement that says they want to charge [undocumented students]. The school choice people rally behind that. Anything having to do with immigration right now is so polarizing and partisan. That works in their favor. Your rural lawmakers may not like school choice, but they’re really worked up about the border.”

Berkshire argues that media coverage, especially by journalists who live in blue states, does not reflect how “rapidly and radically [this issue] is reshaping the rest of the country. That’s a big deal. Because the free market jargon is the water we swim in and the air we breathe, it’s hard for them to discern how radical this stuff is… [that this is] the same policy that people were excited about in the South after Brown v. Board, because it was a way to get out from under the Constitution––and gee, they’re doing the same thing today. Why is this the single top issue of so many billionaires?” 

“A Nationwide Spree of Police Violence”

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Common Dreams reports: “The World Is Watching: UCLA Complicit in the Violence Against Its Own Students.”

CHIP GIBBONS, via Cody Bloomfield, cody@rightsanddissent.org, @RightsDissent
Gibbons is policy director at Defending Rights & Dissent, national civil liberties organization dedicated to protecting the right of political expression. The group just put out a statement condemning “the crackdown taking place across campuses in the United States. Across the country, we have seen protests calling for a ceasefire and end to Israel’s brutal war in Gaza. …

“These violent attacks on protesters have been accompanied by the spread of false information designed to demonize the protesters and facilitate the crackdown against them. …

“There is only one cause for the violence taking place. It is law enforcement and the officials who have chosen to resort to state violence when faced with peaceful protests. There is no justification for police violence against peaceful protests. And there is no excuse for the college administrators who willfully chose to call the police on their own students in order to suppress their expressive conduct. …

“It is true that the Supreme Court has not extended the First Amendment’s protections to overnight encampments. But as free speech advocates, we know the federal judiciary’s interpretation of the First Amendment sets the floor for free expression rights, not the ceiling. …

“Police violence has by no means been exclusively limited to occupations or tents. When students at the University of Texas, Austin held a protest that was clearly protected by the First Amendment, police were called. Police illegally arrested students, protesters, and a photojournalist. The false charges brought by the arresting officers were dropped the next day due to a lack of probable cause. This should make it all the more clear what the crackdown is about–suppressing speech of anti-war and pro-Palestine protesters. …

“There is obviously no equivalent between a Palestine solidarity protester setting up a tent on a campus quad and a police officer firing teargas at them. …

“As civil liberties advocates, we frequently hold minority positions. But it is impossible, when assessing the current crisis, not to note that while a majority of Americans support a ceasefire, a majority of elected officials in both parties remain firmly committed to sustaining Israel’s war. The disconnect between the people and the government helps to explain the degree of national panic about these peaceful student protests that is fueling a nationwide spree of police violence.”

“The Conflation of Anti-Zionism with Anti-Semitism is Absurd”

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CNN reports: “The House is expected to vote Wednesday on the bipartisan Antisemitism Awareness Act.”

ABBA SOLOMON, abbasolomon@gmail.com, www.threads.net/@abba.a.solomon
Solomon is author of two books on Zionism, The Miasma of Unity: Jews and Israel and The Speech, and Its Context: Jacob Blaustein’s Speech “The Meaning of Palestine Partition to American Jews.”

He said today: “Christian Nationalists in the House of Representatives, aligning with advocates for the State of Israel, are comically posing as protectors of Jewish Americans, many of whom are protesting for the right of Gazans and non-Jews in the Occupied Territories to live without suppression and genocidal violence.

“The conflation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism is absurd. All the arguments of Palestinians against Jewish nationalist domination of Palestine were first raised by American Jewish leaders, before the ‘Zionizing’ of American Jewish organizations. Donor pressure by Zionist donors and evangelical Christian Zionists are forcing this historically illiterate declaration, independent of facts, and of the diverse positions of American Jews.”

See from Jewish Voice for Peace and the ACLU.

Attacks on Students

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Common Dreams reports: “‘All Because Columbia Refuses to Divest’: Police Storm Campus, Violently Arrest Dozens.” Columbia University associate professor Joseph Howley says allegations of “antisemitism” are being weaponized against pro-Palestinian student protesters. ⁣

SEBASTIAN BALDERAS, sebastianhbalderas@gmail.com, @cybersebb
Balderas is a senior at Columbia University. He was one of the students profiled in Daze Digital.

Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine states: “TO BE CLEAR, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY HAS CALLED THE COPS ONTO ITS OWN STUDENTS FOR THE SECOND TIME IN TWO WEEKS, ON THE 56TH ANNIVERSARY OF WHEN THEY LAST CALLED THE POLICE ONTO CAMPUS TO ARREST OVER 700 PROTESTING THE VIETNAM WAR & HARLEM GENTRIFICATION ON APRIL 30TH, 1968”

Columbia University Apartheid Divest calls upon the University to divest its endowment from companies that profit from Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights. See the group’s statement on the student takeover of “Hind Hall,” renaming Hamilton Hall for Hind Rajab, a six-year-old Palestinian girl from Gaza killed by the Israeli military with her family and the medics who tried to help. The same hall was taken over in 1985 by students and named Mandela Hall.

BRYCE GREENE, greenebj@iu.edu, @TheGreeneBJ
Greene is a graduate student at Indiana University. He states that peaceful protesters in a tent were met with snipers on the roof, dozens of arrests, violence by state troopers with military equipment, helicopters and drones. He said: “The real reason they repress us is that we are supporting a movement that is against genocide. The reason students are so passionate is that this is nothing compared to what is going on in Gaza. At least we have universities. Israel has blown up university after university in Gaza.” He has been suspended for five years. He was just interviewed by Katie Halper. See Instagram account for the local chapter of Palestine Solidarity Committee.

The Los Angeles Times reports that at UCLA: “Just before midnight, a large group of counter-demonstrators, wearing black outfits and white masks, arrived on campus and tried to tear down the barricades surrounding the encampment.” See student statement.

MOATAZ SALIM, moatazs97@gmail.com, Instagram: @tazsdc
Salim is a Palestinian graduate student at George Washington University with family in Gaza. He has lost over 100 members of his extended family. He has gone to Capitol Hill to question members of Congress with the peace group CodePink. See a recent interview.

RAFI EL-HABASHI, georgetownsjp@gmail.com, @dmvsjp
El-Habashi is a media liaison for Georgetown Students for Justice in Palestine and DMV SJP Coalition. Students from Georgetown and several other colleges and universities are now encamped at George Washington University.

Journalist Talia Jane commented: “I have covered tons of protests over the years and the cop response to Columbia University tonight was more than I’ve ever seen. It felt like they were using these student protestors as an excuse to play with their military toys.”

See Jewish Voice for Peace resource on Israeli training of U.S. police at Deadly Exchange.

Deceits Keep Israeli Attacks Going

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The International Court of Justice will deliver its Order on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Nicaragua in the case Nicaragua v. Germany on Tuesday 30 April at 3 p.m. local time at The Hague, 9 a.m. ET. See IPA news release: “Challenges to the U.S. and Germany for ‘Facilitating Genocide.’

See Jewish Voice for Peace statement on university and other protests: “We’re fighting to stop a genocide. Slanders against our movements are a distraction.” The Daily Beast reports on Northeastern University going after anti-genocide protesters: “Pro-Israel Agitator Shouts ‘Kill the Jews,’ Gets Everyone Else Arrested.”

See recent stories from Common Dreams: “Leaked State Department Memo: Israeli Assurances ‘Neither Credible Nor Reliable,'” and “Disgust Greets White House Correspondents’ Dinner as Israel Kills Journalists in Gaza.”

The Electronic Intifada reports: “Israel murders daughter and grandson of Refaat Alareer.”

HUWAIDA ARRAF, huwaida.arraf@gmail.com, media@usboatstogaza.org, @gazafflotilla
Arraf is with the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. She was on “Democracy Now” this morning. The group just released a statement: “Under Israeli Pressure, Guinea Bissau Moves to Withdraw Flotilla Flags.” See prior IPA news release: “International Civilian Aid Flotilla to ‘Break the Siege of Gaza.’

RICHARD SILVERSTEIN, richards1052@gmail.com, @richards1052
Silverstein writes at Tikun Olam and just published the piece “Israel Offers Refugee Aid Plan to Precede Rafah Invasion,” which reports on Israel’s “sham plan” and its claims that the U.S. government has approved what Silverstein describes as the “ethnic cleansing plans for one million” Palestinians in Gaza.

Homeless Targeted as Billions Go to War

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USA Today reports that the Supreme Court “is weighing a case from Grants Pass, Oregon, which banned homeless residents from public camping. The penalty is a fine and jail time.”

KEITH McHENRY, keith@foodnotbombs.net, @keith_mchenry
McHenry is co-founder of the global Food Not Bombs movement, which provides free meals to anyone who needs them. He is also a regular contributor to the ongoing series “Food Fight” on “Flashpoints.”

McHenry said today: “HUD claims they can end homelessness for $20 billion and we just sent” billions for war to Ukraine and Israel.

“This while 78 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck.

“We in California defeated SB 1011, the statewide ban on sleeping outside on public land.

“The Supreme Court will decide whether banning homeless people from sleeping outside when there is a lack of shelter space is deemed cruel and unusual punishment.”

While many depict these anti-homeless moves as funding driven, the group Food Not Bombs has been prevented by local governments from feeding the homeless at no expense to them, often engaging in prolonged battles against such efforts. See past IPA news releases.

McHenry notes: “Kentucky Passed HB 5, the ‘Safer Kentucky Act’ which decriminalizes the use of deadly force against individuals engaging in ‘unlawful camping.’ Under this law, if a property owner believes an unhoused trespasser is attempting to commit a felony or attempting to ‘dispossess’ them, they can shoot the homeless person.”

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