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Michael Lesher: COVID-19 and the Left: an Ignored Civil Rights Crisis; a Missed Opportunity

The very last thing we should be doing is sitting back and watching while business elites manipulate working class protesters with appeals to their civil-rights concerns, steadily corralling all forms of pro-democracy resistance into the politics of the Republican right

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Michael Lesher: About That Hate And Fear March — Sorry, That “No Hate, No Fear” March Last Sunday

Its right-wing organizers may have cloaked it in gauzy rhetoric about “solidarity” and “love” — but anyone genuinely attuned to its message knew better. Inside the silken glove was the familiar iron fist

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Michael Lesher: This Is Not About Natalie Portman

Does anyone actually believe that Natalie Portman is worth more news coverage and punditry than all those killed in Gaza over the last three weeks put together?

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Michael Lesher: Which Way To The Revolution?

Winning or whining?

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Michael Lesher: What Canadians really think about Israel/Palestine

The results of a recent survey show that Canadians overwhelmingly believe boycotts and sanctions to be “reasonable” measures to secure Israel’s adherence to international law

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Michael Lesher: Hate speech and hypocrisy: Some Jews will swallow anything, if it comes from Donald Trump

An unnerving bunch, these Jewish public moralizers. Just when you think you’ve got their propaganda down pat, along comes a shift in U.S. power and they turn the whole game upside down. Remember when it was bad form to analogize Israel’s army of occupation to the Nazis? Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (who has accused more people Read more…

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Michael Lesher: Bds Doesn’t Delegimitize Israel, Mr. Prime Minister – Your Effort To Ban It Does

The nonviolent anti-occupation campaign can never threaten Israel; it can only improve it

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Michael Lesher: When Mourning Is Complicity

What looks from the outside like silence is really anger. Anger at the way the occupation corrupts all it touches

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Michael Lesher: Don’t condemn Palestinians for resisting the occupation of their land, condemn the occupation itself

Stop making victims out of the oppressors. Name the true victims. Call the occupiers by their right names

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Michael Lesher: Where’s the real Jewish hate site? (Hint: It’s pro-Israel)

In May 2015, Washington Post columnist David Bernstein, after years of snarky comments about Jews who criticize Israel, named the Mondoweiss blog a “hate site.” For those of you unfamiliar with Mondoweiss, the blog is subtitled “the War of Ideas in the Middle East” and includes a wealth of progressive reporting and commentary on Middle Read more…

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