Author Archives: Abir Kopty

About Abir Kopty

Abir Kopty is a Palestinian activist in several movements and social change organizations focused on feminism and human rights and the struggle to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine. She works as media analyst and consultant and is a former city council member in Nazareth & former spokeswoman for Mossawa, the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel. She holds a Master's in Political Communication from the City University of London.

What Comes Next: A new generation will rise to inspire, unify and liberate

Abir Kopty writes: Those who oppose the farce of negotiations or the two state solution are often faced with the question: “what is your alternative?” The answer: Liberation. This may be the best time to envision liberation, the decolonization of Palestine. This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”

Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, Occupation, One state/Two states | 5 Comments

Without return, Palestine will not be free

The meaning of liberation of Palestine is not a narrow one of ending a military regime in the West Bank and the military siege on Gaza. It is a broader one that includes decolonizing Palestine, and implementing the return. Supporting justice in Palestine would mean understanding that without return, Palestine won’t be free.

Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, Nakba | 3 Comments

Parents in Nazareth Illit: ‘There is no need for our children to be educated with Arabs’

Apartheid in Israel? Parents of Jewish children in Natzrat Ilit are threatening to make a strike and shut down the playground, if the kindergarten will integrate in a project that will bring Arab children and Jewish ones together.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Occupation, On the ground reports | 17 Comments

Omar Saad, a Druze-Palestinian musician from the Galilee, refuses Israeli military service

Omar Saad, a young (Druze) Palestinian musician from the Galilee village of al-Mughar informed the Israeli military that he will be refusing to enlist. Saad wrote to the Defense Minister, “I refuse because I am a man of peace and I hate all forms of violence, and the military institution represents for me the peak of physical and psychological violence.”

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Occupation | 22 Comments

Tourism in Israeli settlements: Practice shooting Palestinians

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Yesterday, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronot reported on a tourist attraction offered by Gush Etzion settlements — visitors can learn how to shoot “terrorists”. The picture above was featured in the Yediot story.

Posted in American Jewish Community, Israel/Palestine, Occupation, Settlers/Colonists | 92 Comments

The ‘Arabwashers’ of apartheid

Israel sends two Palestinian citizens abroad to counter Israeli apartheid week

Posted in Israel/Palestine | Tagged | 6 Comments

Palestinian cars sprayed with unknown materials at Israeli checkpoints

Abir Kopty investigates the spreading of a strange unknown chemical–now used in a Jenin checkpoint–which gasses Palestinian cars in searches by the Israeli military.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Occupation, On the ground reports | 6 Comments

Damn your fathers, you shot baba!

Palestinian bloggers’ project follows-up on a child of the first Palestinian Intifada, who was filmed in 1988 after her father was killed by Israeli soldiers.

Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, On the ground reports, Reports/Video | 19 Comments