Monthly Archives:
January 2017

By their bulldozers you will know them

Hatim Kanaaneh on

Israel’s recent wave of house demolitions in Qalansawe and al-Araqeeb is just the latest in a long tradition of limiting Palestinian community growth so that Palestinians will leave and thereby allow more Jews to live on more of the land.

Palestinians react to the Trump inauguration

Sheren Khalel on

As Americans gather across the country in a mixture of celebration and protest following the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, Palestinians in the occupied territory are expressing their own concerns of what a Trump presidency will mean for them.

Britain wants to be Israel’s mother, again

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Historian Avi Shlaim reveals a shift in his thinking on Israel and Palestine: Zionism was a colonial project well before 1967. And the US and Britain have traded roles as mother country.

Trump ‘promise’ to move US embassy to Jerusalem stirs international furor

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“I am not a person who breaks promises,” incoming President Donald Trump said this week about his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, but the move is sparking angry protest around the world. “His plan would legitimize theft of Palestinian land,” says Institute for Middle East Understanding. “Madness,” says Tom Friedman.

I have been looking for a home since I came to this world

Tamam Abusalama on

Tamam Abusalama writes, “I have been looking for a home since I came to this world for almost 23 years. I know that this is the destiny of each Palestinian. To be honest, returning back to our origin village is a dream that we, Palestinians, are going to keep fighting for. Knowing what “home” feels like is also a dream.”

It’s happening

Carlos Latuff on

Donald Trump is set to become the 45th president of the United States of America. The world waits.

William Blum: the dissident and the style

Theodore Sayeed on

Since the end of World War 2, the United States has attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of them democratically-elected. And other sharp observations from a great wit of the left, William Blum.

Video analysis contradicts Israeli police explanation of alleged ‘terror attack’ in Umm al-Hiran

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The Israeli police stated yesterday (January 18, 2016) that they killed Yaqub Musa Abu al-Qi’an, a Bedouin man when he tried to run them over in a terror attack, in Umm al-Hiran, Northern Negev. A Forensic Architecture investigation shows that Abu al-Qi’an was shot before driving over the policemen and that after the incident the police shot to kill him when already incapacitated.

Letter to Fordham: ‘Have you ever seen an instance where a university gains in the long run from speech suppression?’

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John Mullen writes Fordham University’s Dean of Students Keith Eldredge on the decision to prevent Students for Justice in Palestine from forming a chapter on the campus: “You made a bad mistake; bad for Fordham, for your students and bad for Catholic higher education. Your reputation will suffer from it, as did Phyllis Wise’s career at Illinois, and the reputation of Fordham will suffer. There is still time to fix it.”

Obama’s failure, and achievement, in Palestine

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Obama failed to establish a Palestinian state but his success against Netanyahu on the Iran deal and last minute abstention on the UN Security Council resolution against settlements have fostered the international campaign for equal rights in Israel and Palestine.

The Perfect Storm: Civil rights in the era of Trump, Netanyahu, and Abbas

Eve Spangler on

Eve Spangler just returned from a yearly human rights delegation to Israel/Palestine and says the best description of the emerging situation is this: a perfect storm is coming. All the most destructive forces are aligning to produce (possibly violent) change and uncertainty early in the Trump administration. She says younger Palestinians are beginning to prepare themselves for the civil rights struggle to come when Israel annexes the West Bank.

Israel’s violence at Umm Al-Hiran and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine

Jonathan Ofir on

Yesterday, Israeli police forces demolished homes and structures at Umm Al-Hiran, a Bedouin village in the southern Negev desert. Umm Al-Hiran is one of 39 ‘unrecognised’ Bedouin villages in Israel’s southern Negev and has faced state repression since the founding of Israel in 1948. Therefore it is best to understand yesterday’s violence and the case of Umm Al-Hiran as part of an overarching policy of ethnic cleansing.

For Chelsea Manning — Freedom!

Katie Miranda on

“I prefer a painful truth over any blissful fantasy,” Chelsea Manning said, and President Obama has commuted her sentence in one of his last acts as president

Witnesses challenge Israeli account of deadly incident during protest against Negev home demolitions

Sheren Khalel on

Controversy erupted on Wednesday over conflicting reports regarding an incident in Umm al-Hiran, a Palestinian Bedouin village facing demolition in the Negev, where two people — one Palestinian civilian and an Israeli police officer — were killed. Palestinian witnesses said Israeli forces shot at a truck driving through the village, making the driver lose control and run over an officer, while Israeli officials have reported that the Palestinian was shot and killed after purposefully running over and killing the Israeli officer. Grainy drone footage, released after the incident, allegedly shows Israeli forces opening fire before the driver sped up and hit the officer.

Before there was ‘fake news’ there was Judith Miller

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Current theater critic and Fox News commentator Judith Miller is undoubtedly best known for her fact-free reporting on Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” for the New York Times that helped create the pretext for the 2003 war in Iraq. So it was rather odd yesterday when Miller criticized President Obama’s decision to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning by wondering, “How many people died because of Manning’s leak?” The quick answer is none, but the internet wasn’t going to let Miller off that easy.

Palestinians demand Israeli authorities release the remains of slain loved ones

Sheren Khalel on

A peaceful march broke out into clashes on Sunday, after Palestinians gathered in the occupied southern West Bank city of Bethlehem to demand Israeli authorities release the remains of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces to their families for burial. Samir al-Khadour, the husband of slain Majd al-Khadour, said, “To see all these people here gives me hope that I will get my wife’s body back one day.”

Fordham bans Students for Justice in Palestine

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Citing concerns that Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) would be too “polarizing” for the campus to tolerate, Fordham University denied status to a group of students seeking to establish an SJP club. “My own university told me I can’t share my culture and history like other students because I’m a Palestinian who believes in Palestinian freedom,” said Ahmad Awad, whose family is originally from the West Bank, and who hoped to be president of SJP.