Author Archives: Brandon Davis

About Brandon Davis

Brandon Davis is a rising senior at Princeton University, currently living in Bethlehem.

Following missile attack last Saturday, al-Wafa Hospital receives warnings of new round of bombings

After sustaining five missiles last Saturday, Al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza City received disturbing phone calls last night warning of a new round of bombings. International volunteers at the hospital report that someone claiming to be from the “Defense department of the Israeli forces” called at 23:05, telling everyone to evacuate by morning. For now, however, hospital personnel and the international volunteers are staying put. “We are not going to evacuate,” stated Basman Alashi, Al-Wafa’s executive director. “We are staying. I believe it is part of their [the Israeli military] propaganda, part of the scare tactics they use.” Above, damage to Al-Wafa Hospital after an initial round of Israeli attacks.

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Gaza hospital struck by missiles; int’l volunteers gather to protect it

Al Wafa Hospital in Gaza, a geriatric facility, was struck by Israeli missiles yesterday. The 39 elderly patients cannot be evacuated. Eight volunteers from International Solidarity Movement are maintaining a presence in the hospital to protect the patients.

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Violence in paradise: Jo Roberts probes Israeli memory and myth

Canadian journalist Jo Roberts brings an anthropological eye to the collective memories of Palestinians and Israelis in her new book, Contested Land, Contested Memory, showing how myths impact geography, law, and education. A review by Brandon Davis, at Mondo.

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The divine rule of security in Hebron

Brandon Davis follows up on his post on arrests of internationals in Hebron: “The law in a place like Israeli-controlled Hebron (called “H2,” about 20% of the entire city of Al-Khalil/Hebron) is a string of legal and military policies that lack coherence or justification. Hebron – and the West Bank more broadly – might be governed by a Divine Law, but it’s not the 613 Commandments in the Torah. This theocratic state is ruled by the God of “Security,” and invoking his name overrides any other ethical, moral or legal values systems.”

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American citizens are detained in Hebron for wearing hijab on a ‘Jewish street’

The soldier told me to calm down. He told me that he was American, too – from Manhattan, no less, the same city listed as the birthplace on my U.S. passport. He told me I had the right to be there, “but the Arabs don’t.”
“They’re Americans,” I told him.

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Normalizing violence– a report from Nabi Saleh

972’s cover story on Saturday featured pleasant photos of children playing in a spring under the triumphant headline: “For first time, weekly protest in Nabi Saleh reaches destination: its own spring.” The story is brief, just four short paragraphs that … Continue reading

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