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The Indypendent Issue 131: Standing Together--Jewish, Muslim and Arab-American Activists Join In A Common Cause
By The Indypendent
Despite the unilateral declarations on both sides of a ceasefire that followed Israel’s three-week long bombing campaign of the Gaza Strip, the situation in the occupied territories remains unchanged, with a continued tit-for-tat game continuing between Palestinian militants and the State of Israel.
The blockade of the Gaza Strip continues with Israel cutting off much needed humanitarian supplies for the 1.5 million residents of the coastal strip of Gaza. The specter of continued Israeli aggression is exacerbated by the probable election of Benjamin Netanyahu as the next Prime Minister of Israel, who has promised to take out Hamas and focus on the supposed Iranian “nuclear threat.”
With this in mind, the latest issue of the Indypendent takes a look at the grassroots movements in New York and elsewhere that are pressuring the United States to stop supporting Israel with billions of dollars in aid every year. Articles by Alex Kane, Zahra Hankir, Laura Kasinof and Jaisal Noor tackle the situation here and abroad.
Also included in this issue are interviews with the Chicago factory workers who successfully occupied the Republic Windows and Doors Factory in December; a look at the upcoming Brooklyn Food Conference; and reviews of books on the war in Iraq and Halliburton. See below for more!
A Taste for Change: Brooklyn Food Conference Organizers Step up to the Plate || Embattled Communities Find Their Voice: Gaza Conflict Spurs Muslim and Arab-Americans to Overcome Post-9/11 Fears || Jewish Rebels Rally Against Zionism || ‘No Contract, No Cookies!’ Stella D’oro Strikers Refuse to Crumble || Inauguration Frustration: Obama Speaks, Students Sleep || Crossing the Hyphen: Obama’s Inauguration Allowed Us to Come Home || Immigration Rights Tackles Obama Day One || Community Calendar || Reader Comments || Shut Down in Chi-Town: “Organized Labor will Have to Take Some Measure of Risk,” Says Mark Meinster || Brutality at Angola Prison: President Obama Promises to Close Guantánamo and End Torture, But a Court Proceeding in Louisiana Exposes Problems Closer to Home || Gaza’s Facts on the Ground || Bolivia Celebrates New Constitution || Pyramid Scheme: Egyptian Elites Bank on U.S.-Israel Alliance, Ignore Angry Populace || First Person: Israeli Peace Activists Continue to Protest || Inside Gaza: The Stench of War || Outsourcing Our Wars: Halliburton’s Army Captures the Spirit of an Era || Oscar Nominations and a Curious Case of Politics || Blocking the ‘Washington Consensus’: New Book Reveals How Bolivia Rolled Back Neoliberalism || A Real War with a Fictitious Context: Michael Schwartz Looks Back on Six Years In Iraq || The Macktivist: At Your Cervix Explores Disturbing History of Pelvic Exams