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Bearing witness: a review of Alice Rothchild’s book ‘Condition Critical’

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In her book, “Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine” Dr. Alice Rothchild emotes courage and sincerity to a degree that begs analysis: Who is she addressing and to what end? The book’s title answers the latter of the two interrelated questions: All those who are genuinely concerned with Israel/Palestine should better rush to resuscitate their critically ill charge before it is too late because “the Israeli government is on a suicide mission.” All through her book Dr. Rothchild bears witness to how critical and unjust the condition is.

Rothchild’s ‘Voices Across the Divide’ opens at Boston Palestine film festival Monday

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Exciting news. Last April we featured The Palestinian narrating, and the Jew listening — a new film about the Nakba by Alice Rothchild. At the time Rothchild was raising money for her new documentary Voices Across the Divide though Indiegogo. On her film will be opening at the Boston Palestine Film Festival on Monday Oct […]

A tale of two cities

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Alice Rothchild is invited to give a talk about Israel/Palestine to a New England private school, then disinvited after the administrators view her PowerPoint presentation. A dismayed Rothchild writes, “The tragedy for me is that first there is this framing that there are ‘two sides’ when there are actually many sides, this being a complicated historical time, and that anyone who says, let’s step back and look at the forces of colonialism, ethnic cleansing, explore the narrative of Palestinians, question the framing and dominant paradigms of the Israeli government, AIPAC, Christian Zionism, this person (who is often me) is immediately perceived as causing conflict or needing to be balanced by the ‘other side’.”

Carded at Erez crossing

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What the mainstream press leaves out: January 8 killings of four soldiers in Jerusalem were likely result of a young Palestinian man losing all hope as well as the ability to cope in an increasingly oppressive situation, targeting the people who have made his life a misery, writes Alice Rothchild.

Yes, this is really apartheid

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The Stop the Wall movement in Palestine began a dozen years ago and has transformed the international struggle: bringing people together based on human rights to end the occupation, end racial discrimination towards Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, and to support the right of return for refugees.

BDS and the shattering of liberal Zionist taboos

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A call for boycott of the Israeli settlements by liberal Zionists including Michael Walzer, Peter Beinart, and Kai Bird in the New York Review of Books shatters a traditional taboo on such measures; and we should do everything to foster this debate and point out the limitations of actions that don’t target the state that promotes these settlements.

Israeli forces shoot five Palestinians during raid of Sa’ir as siege of southern West Bank continues

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Ma’an reports: “Israeli forces shot and injured at least five Palestinians and detained three others in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron overnight Saturday, as Israeli forces continued to impose a strict siege on the village of Sair after an Israeli man was shot and injured while driving his car around midnight near the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Teqoa.”

‘We Are Not Numbers’ shares the daily struggles and triumphs of Palestinian life

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We can’t say enough great stuff about We Are Not Numbers, a project with more than 75 writers from Gaza that aims to share the daily struggles and triumphs of Palestinian life through personal stories anyone can relate to. Annie Robbins writes about the project’s current fundraiser — give them a boost to carry on their important work.

Keeping hope alive in the Gaza Strip

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“Planting hope is our main duty.” So declared Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, the head of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program (GCMHP), during his April 19th keynote address to the 800 people who attended the organization’s 6th International ‘Mental Health and Human Rights’ Conference in Gaza City. This is a tall order in the Gaza Strip’s crushing conditions. But Dr. Abu Jamei – who lost 28 members of his extended family in a single missile strike during Israel’s 2014 military onslaught – is determined to build on the legacy of the late Dr. Eyad el Sarraj, who founded the GCMHP in 1990 to instill hope and heal the spirit of a people who were exposed to violence and the loss of freedom and human rights on a daily basis.

Another interview on Israeli TV

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Alice Rothchild is portrayed as an extremist for supporting BDS on Israeli television, and her Facebook page lights up with rage. She responds: Israelis, you must wake up from your stupor and see how the world sees you.

Small victories

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Alice Rothchild finds resistance to speaking openly about the Israeli occupation at a retirement community in Seattle.

In memoriam of Hashem al-‘Azza

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When Alice Rothchild met Hashem al-‘Azza five years ago, he was living in hell, holding out in his Hebron home against settler atrocities. Last week he was killed by Israeli tear gas.

Anniversaries: Who counts?

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At the first anniversary of Operation Protective Edge, we are facing a crisis of memory; Israel’s massive ground, air and sea assault killed nearly 2200 Palestinians, including over 500 children, but it pales in the media discourse next to the portrayal of the Palestinians as the sole aggressors

Ending memoricide– the Nakba Museum project

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The deliberate state-sponsored erasure of Palestinian voices and the evidence of their centuries old existence constitutes a form of historical genocide, of attempting to destroy the memory of a people’s history and thus the people themselves.” Alice Rothchild says that the creation of the Nakba museum project in Washington is a deeply political act.

No time to mourn

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I first saw the spanking new administrative buildings for the Gaza Community Mental Health Program in 2005; ten years later there is a rusty shabbiness to the exterior but the people working inside are energetic and spectacular. The property fronts a road and then a glorious sandy beach and the crashing grey blue waves of […]

Thoughts upon reading a book by a colleague

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Deaths of Palestinian infants due to cold have occurred not just recently in Gaza but for years in the Galilee. The answer from the Israeli Health Ministry was to blame the victim by saying the problem could only be addressed by community development, Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh reports

Netanyahu’s speech and the American Jewish condition

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The scandal over the Netanyahu speech to Congress is in the end a story about the Jewish condition in the United States. Netanyahu’s speech has exposed the power of the Israel lobby, and it will never be the same. The American establishment is too diverse, and we are all tired of the lobby’s 40-year-run in power.

New site catalogs documentary films about Palestine

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If the quality and quantity of documentaries on the situation determined matters, the Palestinians would have won a substantial measure of justice long ago. Now two European professors of film have set up a one-stop-shopping site called PalestineDocs that will serve as a web resource for films chronicling the lives of Palestinians.

Gaza and the American awakening

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In her new book On the Brink, Alice Rothchild chronicles a visit to Palestine at the height of Israeli raids on the West Bank this summer. She has returned to a country where Jews are at last wrestling with the issues: is Jewish privilege over Palestinians consistent with liberalism? is there any possibility of a two-state solution given John Kerry’s negotiating failure?