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Israeli Palestinians: The Unwanted Who Stayed

Issue: 2008, Volume 41, Issue 4
Subject: History|Israeli Palestinians
Author: Cook, Jonathan
Issue Description: It’s been called the 80-20 solution: the percentage of Palestinian citizens of Israel that must never exceed 20 per cent of the population. So how does a government keep a minority population from passing a precise mathematical number? British journalist Jonathan Cook lists the ways in this issue.
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Captive Audiences: Performing in Palestine

Issue: 2008, Volume 41, Issue 5
Subject: Children|Music
Author: Suárez, Thomas
Issue Description: Musicians have long sensed that their music can pretty much transcend whatever it is that separates us humans. Beethoven called it “the wine which inspires one to new generative processes,” and added: “I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind.”Billy Joel saw music as healing, an explosive expression of humanity, “something we are all touched by.” These verities are discovered anew in our December issue of The Link by a violinist from New York and his two colleagues from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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One Man's Hope

Issue: 2007, Volume 40, Issue 1
Subject: Children|Education
Author: Qubain, Fahim
Issue Description: This issue begins in a West Bank refugee camp. It is December 1987 and the first intifada has begun. A Wall Street Journal reporter, Geraldine Brooks, profiles a “stone-throwing Palestinian,”15-yearold Ra΄ed. He tells her that he’d like to be a doctor, but is fated to be a terrorist. Her article in the Journal inspires a Texas ophthalmologist to offer to pay for Ra’ed’s studies to become a doctor. By the time that offer can be relayed to the young Palestinian, he is serving a five-year sentence in an
Israeli jail for throwing a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli soldier, and before he is released the Texas physician has perished in the crash of a small plane. Enter journalist Brooks in a private capacity, and subsequently Fahim Qubain, a Palestinian-American living in Virginia.
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About That Word Apartheid

Issue: 2007, Volume 40, Issue 2
Subject: Apartheid|South Africa
Author: Various Authors
Issue Description: President Carter’s book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”unleashed a firestorm of controversy. To suggest that white, racist South Africa’s treatment of its indigenous inhabitants is in any way similar to Israel’s treatment of its indigenous inhabitants, for some, smacks of anti-Semitism. And yet, a Google search of “Israel + Apartheid”brings up 5.5 million references. To help clarify the relationship between Israel and apartheid South Africa, John Mahoney, Jane Adas and Robert Norberg put together a timeline, beginning with June 1917, when Dr. Chaim Weizmann and Gen. Jan Christian Smuts met in London to lobby for their respective causes.
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Witness for the Defenseless

Issue: 2007, Volume 40, Issue 3
Subject: Human Rights|West Bank/Gaza|Zionism
Author: Baltzer, Anna
Issue Description: Anna Baltzer writes that it was on a trip to southern Lebanon where, for the first time, “I heard a narrative about the state of Israel altogether different from the one I had learned growing up as a Jewish American.”To see the situation for herself, she traveled to Palestine in late 2003 as a volunteer with the International Women’s Peace Service (IWPS), a grassroots solidarity organization dedicated to documenting and nonviolently intervening in human rights abuses in the West Bank. “In spite of my research,”she continues, “nothing could have prepared me for witnessing firsthand the injustices that characterize Israeli rule in the West Bank, including the expansion of Jewish-only colonies on Palestinian land, the virtually unchecked brutality of soldiers and settlers against Palestinian civilians, and Israel’s Apartheid Wall, separating hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their land, jobs, hospitals, schools, and each other.”
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Avraham Burg: Apostate or Avatar?

Issue: 2007, Volume 40, Issue 4
Subject: History|Zionism
Author: Mahoney, John F.
Issue Description: Avraham Burg is the author of a new book, “Defeating Hitler,”and the subject of a July 30, 2007 New Yorker Magazine profile. In these publications Burg announces the end of the Zionist enterprise. Want to know, he asks fellow Israelis, why Palestinians blow themselves up in our restaurants? Look at how we treat them. Think our dependence on U.S. dollars and weapons is good? Think again. Want to keep a Jewish majority in our country? No problem. Expel the Arabs or wall them up into Bantustans. These pronouncements have triggered condemnation all across the Israeli political spectrum and have stirred controversy in the American-Jewish media. While his critique represents something new, this Link issue quotes similar viewpoints expressed through the years by other Jews, Israeli and American.
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Collateral Damage

Issue: 2007, Volume 40, Issue 5
Subject: Iraq|Jordan|Refugees|War/Conflict
Author: Kelly, Kathy
Issue Description: It has been said that the murder of one person is a tragedy, while that of millions of persons is a sanitation problem. So, too, the uprooting of one family can be grasped as a particular calamity, while that of thousands of families is seen as a logistical challenge. This Link puts a human face on the million-plus Iraqis who have had to flee their homeland in fear of their lives.
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Middle East Studies Under Siege

Issue: 2006, Volume 39, Issue 1
Subject: Education
Author: Scott, Joan W.
Issue Description: In 2001, shortly after the terrorist attacks on the trade towers in New York, the American Association of University Professors set up a special committee to report on Academic Freedom in a Time of National Emergency. Joan W. Scott, professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., was a member of that committee and, at the time, chair of A.A.U.P.’s committee on academic freedom and tenure. The author describes the “well-organized lobby that, on campus and
off, has been systematically attacking Middle East studies programs under various guises”in an effort to limit expression on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to pro-occupation viewpoints.
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Inside the Anti-Occupation Camp

Issue: 2006, Volume 39, Issue 2
Subject: Peace Process
Author: Warschawski, Michel
Issue Description: In 1984, along with Palestinian and Israeli activists, Michel Warschawski co-founded the Alternative Information Center, which combines grassroots activism with research, analysis, dialogue and the dissemination of information on Palestine-Israel. He was arrested by Shin Bet in 1987 and refused, during 15 days of interrogation, to reveal the names of Palestinian counterparts and others active in opposing the occupation. The author is a Polish Frenchman and a rabbi’s son who went to Israel to
study the Talmud and ultimately chose to risk his personal security in the cause of peace with justice for Palestinians.
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Why Divestment? Why Now?

Issue: 2006, Volume 39, Issue 3
Subject: Boycotts and Divestment|Church Activism
Author: Wildman, David
Issue Description: The author was active in the South African anti-Apartheid movement. Since 2001, he has served on the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation steering committee. Currently he serves as Executive Secretary, Human Rights & Racial Justice, with the General Board of Ministries, United Methodist Church. He examines divestiture as a nonviolent, moral strategy, and the struggle to bring divestiture to bear on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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