O Little Town of Bethlehem By Francis A. Boyle

23 December 2013 – Countercurrents

It was December of 1991 and I was serving as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations in Washington DC. The Israelis were stalling, not even negotiating in bad faith, and the Americans under Baker and Ross were doing nothing to get the negotiations started.

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Thousands across Palestine protest against efforts to uproot Bedouin By Alex Kane

30 November 2013 — Mondoweiss

Protests erupted across the Palestinian territories today as a show of force against the Prawer Plan, the Israeli government’s initiative to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin Arabs, demolish their villages and build new Jewish towns on top of their ruins. Continue reading this...

Three Duke Ellington Classics: Medley – Black and Tan Fantasy/Creole Love Call/The Mooch

16 October 2013 — Jazz on the Tube

 

I think I could have been no more than 13 or perhaps 14 when I bought my first jazz album and it was the 1957 classic, ‘Duke Ellington Presents – The Bethlehem Years Volume 2′ made I think after his epic return to fame at the Newport Jazz Festival, after some time in the doldrums. It blew me away, and to this day, whenever I play it I am astounded by the sheer perfection of the arrangements and by the virtuosity and soul of the soloists. Each track on this album, from the opener, ‘Summertime’ through to the last, ‘The Blues’ is a gem with Ray Nance (trumpet, violin, vocals) on ‘I can’t get started’, the Gershwin classic is total perfection. This is the classical music of the 20th century.

 

It was around this time I got to meet the man himself, backstage at the Gaumont Cinema in Kilburn. I even shook the master’s hand in his dressing room. In the concert I would stand right at the front, my elbows on the stage, glued to the orchestra as they joked and laughed but never missed a beat, like some kind of soul machine. It was heaven to a kid like me, addicted to jazz.

 

 This trio of songs was recorded in 1959 in Switzerland probably the time I met him. The recording sucks but so what, it’s the Duke…

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VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 27 July 2013: The irrelevance of peace talks

27 July 2013 – VTJP

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Israeli settler shoots live ammunition at Palestinian human rights house in Hebron
IMEMC – A group of human rights workers engaged in the project ‘Youth Against Settlements’ in Hebron, in the southern West Bank, reported that late Friday night, a group of activists were sitting in front of the group’s headquarters when a settler fired live rounds from an olive grove nearby. …

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 14 May 2013: Gaza: a Lie Agreed Upon

14 May 2013 – VTJP

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Barghouthi: “Right Of Return, A Sacred Right”
IMEMC – In a statement released from his prison cell, detained Palestinian political leader, Marwan Barghouthi, stated that May 15, marks the 65th anniversary of the Nakba, when Israel was established in the historic land of Palestine, over the ruins of hundreds of displaced and destroyed villages and towns, and added that on this day, the Palestinians reaffirm their legitimate inalienable Right of Return to their homeland. …

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 26 April 2013: Soldiers Uproot 700 Olive Trees Near Jenin

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Army Attacks Nabi Saleh Nonviolent Protest
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers attacked, on Friday afternoon, the weekly nonviolent protest against the Israeli Annexation Wall and settlements, in Nabi Saleh village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. This week’s protest was titled “our detainees will be victorious”. …

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 21 April 2013: UNICEF tones down report on child detainees in wake of Israeli pressure

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Lawyer: Sick prisoner stops taking medication
4/21/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A sick prisoner on Sunday stopped taking medication in protest against Israeli medical negligence, according to a lawyer from the Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs. Ahmad Saed al-Damouni, 43, from the Gaza Strip, has been held in Ashkelon jail since 1994. He is sentenced to a life term. On Sunday….

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 18 April 2013: The quiet population transfer that dares not speak its name

18 April 2013 – VTJP

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UC Berkeley student senate votes to divest from companies that profit from Israeli Occupation
IMEMC – After a ten hour debate that began Wednesday evening and continued through the night, the Student Senate at the University of California – Berkeley voted to divest University funds from three companies that profit from Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. …

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 12 April 2013: Israel destroys West Bank community center, arrests 20

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Israel offers to exile Issawi abroad
4/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israel on Friday offered long-term hunger striker Samer Issawi a deal to exile him to a UN member country, Israeli spokesman said. Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office,said that an offer was presented to exile Issawi for health reasons. He added that “the EU….

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 10 April 2013

10 April 2013 — VTJP

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Soldiers Invade, Uproot, Farmlands in Khan Younis
IMEMC – Wednesday morning April 10, 2013, several armored Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers invaded Palestinian farmland east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 30 March 2013: This year’s Land Day serves as a reminder of the on-going ethnic cleansing

30 March 2013 – VTJP

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Israeli settler attack lands 80-year old farmer in hospital
IMEMC – A Palestinian elderly farmer who was attacked by a group of settlers while working his lands near Tulkarem Friday remains in the hospital and will likely require surgery, according to medical sources. …

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 27 March 2013: Israel To Build Settlement Units On Palestinian Lands In Bethlehem

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Mada: 238 Violations Of Media Freedoms In 2012
IMEMC – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms” MADA” held a press conference on Wednesday which reviewed the Annual Report on the violations against Media freedom in Palestine during 2012. The conference was held at MADA’s headquarter in Ramallah. …

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 22 March 2013: Israeli Settlers Continue to Attack Palestinians with Impunity

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Abbas’ Speech in the news conference in Ramallah with President Obama
IMEMC – Below is the full text of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech in Ramallah in the press conference with US President Barack Obama on Thursday as interpreted. …

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