Choice is arguably the most important component of modern feminism. Feminism dictates that women deserve the ability to make their own choices about their careers, their bodies, and their politics. For decades, the Israeli government has denied Palestinian women (and men) the ability to make their own choices about their government, their economy, and their families. Aniqa Raihan writes, “The importance of choice is exactly why Palestinian justice is a feminist issue.”
Monthly Archives: January 2017
Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem is something Trump is for because of the “whisper” of some Jews, Abe Foxman said, but the Israeli government doesn’t really want it, and it could “undo progress”
Along with initiating the process to further militarize the US-Mexico border, Donald Trump will reportedly be signing an executive order to restrict immigration from Muslim-majority countries that are considered to be a ‘national security threat’—these include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Hisham, a permanent US resident originally from Iraq, has been watching the news almost non-stop for any updates on Trump’s immigration policy. He says as his voice shakes, “I don’t know what I’m going to do. My fiance and her mother are going to be stuck [in Najaf] and I can’t explain to them why. How can I tell them that [Trump] is targeting Iraq because of “national security”? What has Iraq done? I’m confused and hurt. Refugees running from hell shouldn’t have to worry about another hell trying to get to a place of safety.”
MIT President Rafael Reif meets with rightwing pro-settlements Israeli leader Naftali Bennett even as Bennett seeks annexation of West Bank colonies and UN Security Council condemns settlements as flagrant violation of int’l law
News that Israel plans to build 2,500 new settlement units across the occupied West Bank was met with criticism on Wednesday from the international community and Palestinians, while an Israeli settler group called the move a “disappointment.”
“I want to ensure this ridiculous messenger movement against Israel never sees the light of day in our state,” MD State Senator Bobby Zirkin says in sponsoring a bill against BDS, boycott, divestment and sanctions. His statement is a frank rejection of free speech.
Hoda Katebi responds to one of the enduring images from the Women’s March on Washington, “From all the photos these past few days filling our social media feeds of white people with red hats and white women with pink beanies with ears, people holding signs of cheetos, and enough pro-Hillary slogans to make this Muslim woman of color uncomfortable, there was one particularly striking image that was consistently shared and re-shared and praised by the ‘left.’ The American-flag-clad Hijabi woman illustrated in the trademark style of of Obama’s ‘hope’ poster is not short of striking. But maybe not for the right reasons.”
“Has liberal Zionism died and has religious nationalism won in Israel?” New Yorker editor David Remnick asks, acknowledging that many see “only one state” in Israel and Palestine. But he suggests it’s a recipe for endless conflict.
Donald Trump seems to have cold feet about moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, with his spokesperson saying he will consult “stakeholders” in a “decision-making process.”
The al-Mezan Center for Human Rights reports that 17-year-old Ahmad Hassan Shubeir from Gaza City died of a congenital heart defect after refusing to serve as a collaborator for Israel in exchange for a travel permit to receive medical care.
“The workshop lasted five hours…. Hopefully, it will herald the new normal in Germany,” Norman Finkelstein says of a lecture he gave today in Halle despite international pressure on the Max Planck Institute to cancel.
‘Everybody should know that Haim [Saban] and I did have a phone call.. It was amicable, and we’re going to get together and build on our relationship.” — Rep. Keith Ellison, aspirant to Democratic Party chair.
It was mobilizations like the Saturday women’s marches against Trump that ended the war in Vietnam. We know now we can stop Trump and his deplorable cabinet
“I understood, firsthand, what it means to hold the monopoly of violence,” Maya Avis says of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians living in umm al-Hiran village in the Negev last week. What does it say when the only witnesses who count are Ashkenazi Jews?
Gaza’s fishing industry suffers a severe recession as a result of Israel’s naval blockade and daily aggressive practices against boats. The Israeli navy bans sailing in a distance beyond three to five miles from shore and has killed one fisherman lately and injured three others.
Israeli police and authorities have rushed to produce a ‘terrorist’ narrative of an official killing; but autopsy indicates the Israeli teacher Yacoub Abu Al-Qia’an was executed at Umm al-Hiran village last week and left bleeding for twenty minutes when there were medical vehicles at hand.
An anti-war bloc that included Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, CODEPINK and Witness Against Torture demonstrated at police checkpoints at the Trump inauguration yesterday, in solidarity with Palestinians at checkpoints and expressing sorrow for Muslim victims of American attacks.
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.
Anyone who wants to be anti-Semitic today supports Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), Israel flack Bernard-Henri Levy says on WNYC. When will public radio air anti-Zionists?
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.
There were demonstrations across Palestine today over Trump’s inauguration and plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. Six protesters were arrested after they set up a tent on the outskirts of the illegal Jerusalem settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, which many in Israel’s government want to annex.
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.
“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.
Haaretz reports: An Israeli bill to annex the West Bank settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim will be voted on by Israeli ministers on Sunday, two days after Donald Trump takes office and will also include a clause annexing the controversial E1 area. But Netanyahu may delay the vote to avoid conflict with the U.S.
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.”