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PBC News & Comment: American Black Activists Support Palestinians and BDS

1,000+ US civil rights activists sign statement supporting Palestinian cause and Boycott, Divestment Sanctions against Israel, blacks treated “like Gaza”…

--in Spain, BDS activists pressured peace concert organizers to cancel performance by Jewish American, but Matisyahu is re-invited after counter protest

--Doctors say Palestinian hunger striker has brain damage, lawyers press for his release from uncharged “administrative detention”

--Haaretz writer Bradley Burston reluctantly admits that Israeli policies amount to apartheid in this powerful column

--campaigning for the US presidency in Israel, Rev. Mike Huckabee blunders, holding fundraiser in illegal Jewish settlement

--in Albany, NY, trial of KKK member is underway, accused of offering to “help Jews get rid of their enemies”; lawyer says he was set up by FBI

--NY Times editorial blasts continued military aid to Egypt despite obvious human rights abuses

--in Yemen, Houthi rebels ambush government troops, contradicting prediction that they would soon be defeated

--Chelsea Manning is disciplined for trumped-up infractions, avoids solitary but loses chance to move to minimum security next year

--hackers release data on would-be philanderers who used Ashley Madison site

--Hillary openly disagrees with Obama about Arctic drilling

--EPA announces plan to cut methane released by fracking and other oil & gas extraction

--state investigations of Planned Parenthood show no wrongdoing with fetal tissues, but some of those states try to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood anyway

--FDA approves “female Viagra” drug with brand name Addyi, but expert at Public Citizen predicts it will be taken off the market due to side effects