EI 31 December 2011: Lobby’s clumsy smear of UK professor exposed | Memories of Gaza massacre | And more …

31 December 2011 — UPDATE FROM THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

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LATEST FEATURES FROM THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

Exposed: UK university student claiming bias works for project of Israel pressure group
By Asa Winstanley, London, 30 December 2011

A worker at an Israeli media pressure group used her low dissertation mark as a post-graduate student at University of Warwick to smear a professor involved in Palestine solidarity activism this month.

http://electronicintifada.net/content/exposed-uk-university-student-claiming-bias-works-project-israel-pressure-group/10759

A nightmare that lasted three weeks; memories of Gaza massacre
By Rafat Abushaban, Gaza Strip, 29 December 2011

Rafat Abushaban recalls how three years ago, Palestinians in Gaza united under the most terrible of circumstances during Israel’s 22 days of relentless bombing.

http://electronicintifada.net/content/nightmare-lasted-three-weeks-memories-gaza-massacre/10756

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Campaign launched against French purchase of Israeli drones as senators demand deal be abandoned

Ali Abunimah’s blog, 30 December 2011

French boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigners have called on their government to abandon a 318 million euro deal to buy Heron TP drones from Israel Aircraft Industries. Meanwhile, senior members of France’s Senate have called publicly for the country to abandon the purchase on grounds that the Israeli drones are unsuited to the needs of the armed forces.

http://electronicintifada.net/blog/ali-abunimah/campaign-launched-against-french-purchase-israeli-drones-senators-demand-deal-be

Israeli ban on family visits to Gazan prisoners violates international law

Adri Nieuwhof’s blog, 30 December 2011

Israel has banned family visits to Gazan prisoners since June 2007. Israel tries to bargain about this right with the Red Cross, according to Palestinian human rights organization Addameer. This is unacceptable and Addameer calls for international action to put pressure on the Israeli government.

http://electronicintifada.net/blog/adri-nieuwhof/israeli-ban-family-visits-gazan-prisoners-violates-international-law

Whatever happened to Tom MacMaster, the “Gay Girl in Damascus” hoaxer?

Benjamin Doherty’s blog, 29 December 2011

Last June The Electronic Intifada exposed the identity of the person behind the “Gay Girl in Damascus” hoax. The perpetrator was Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old American graduate student at the University of Edinburgh. After an surge of media attention, MacMaster disappeared from the public eye. The University of Edinburgh promised to investigate. But what happened, and was MacMaster ever held accountable for a hoax that many believe caused genuine harm?

http://electronicintifada.net/blog/benjamin-doherty/whatever-happened-tom-macmaster-gay-girl-damascus-hoaxer

Israeli policies disconnect Palestinian political prisoners from their families

Adri Nieuwhof’s blog, 29 December 2011

Ameer Makhoul writes from Gilboa jail about Israeli policies that aim to disconnect the Palestinian prisoners from their families, friends, and solidarity people. He calls for an international fact-finding mission of human rights organizations.

http://electronicintifada.net/blog/adri-nieuwhof/israeli-policies-disconnect-palestinian-political-prisoners-their-families

Video testimony of a Palmach fighter who expelled Palestinians during the Nakba

Benjamin Doherty’s blog, 29 December 2011

Video testimony from Amnon Neumann, a man who fought with the Palmach during the Nakba of 1948.

http://electronicintifada.net/blog/benjamin-doherty/video-testimony-palmach-fighter-who-expelled-palestinians-during-nakba

Debunked: the Zionist and Islamophobic libel of a “rape epidemic” by Muslims in Norway

Ali Abunimah’s blog, 28 December 2011

Islamophobic and Zionist websites are actively promoting a claim that Norway – and perhaps Europe – is experiencing an “epidemic” of rapes carried out by Muslim men. But this is completely false as the evidence shows.

http://electronicintifada.net/blog/ali-abunimah/debunked-zionist-and-islamophobic-libel-rape-epidemic-muslims-norway

BDS news: Europeans, Moroccans urge Jane Birkin to respect boycott call

Nora Barrows-Friedman’s blog, 28 December 2011

Boycott activists to French singer-actress Jane Birkin: there is “no balance” with apartheid.

http://electronicintifada.net/blog/nora/bds-news-europeans-moroccans-urge-jane-birkin-respect-boycott-call


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