Author Archives: Deanna Othman

About Deanna Othman

Deanna Othman is a Palestinian American from Chicago, IL. She currently works as the assistant editor of Islamic Horizons magazine and serves on the editorial board of the Chicago Crescent. Deanna is also a member of the Chicago Executive Committee for the American Muslims for Palestine. Follow her on Twitter at @deannaothman.

Sawyer blunder indicative of noxious bias against Palestinians in American journalism

The dehumanization of Palestinians, the denial of their positions as victims — as the occupied, as the underclass in an apartheid system — is the standard narrative parroted by mainstream media. Palestinians are routinely portrayed as the aggressors, as seeking death and initiating violence. Such an attitude has become so embedded in our collective media psyches that even someone of Diane Sawyer’s caliber did not even flinch when reading copy obviously disparate from the reality at hand. Sawyer’s blunder is indicative of a far more noxious bias that stealthily creeps into all reporting on the Palestinian people.

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The Nakba equipped me with a spirit born of catastrophe but destined for triumph

I didn’t live through the Nakba. I’ve never even been to the village my father and grandparents were born in. But I am Palestinian, and its repercussions reverberate throughout my existence. The Nakba has left me scarred and shattered, but still resilient and hopeful.

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Coke Super Bowl commercial featured a Palestinian but don’t fall for the sugary sweetness

An ad for Coca-Cola during the Super Bowl promoted the diversity of America with people from various ethnic and racial backgrounds singing “America the beautiful” in multiple languages. The ad featured Muslim American women, some of whom are Palestinian American, enjoying a good ol’ Coke. Needless to say, Coca-Cola is a corporation and corporations are not our friends or next-door neighbors.

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Islamophobic ‘Foreign Policy’ article compares Boston bombing and Palestinian resistance to occupation

Yair Shamir’s May 1, Foreign Policy article “Our Shared Islamist Enemy: From Boston to Israel, radicals are attempting to destroy Western culture” endeavors to draw baseless parallels between the Boston Marathon bombings and the resistance of Palestinians against the Israeli occupation, what he inaccurately portrays as an “aggressive and offensive jihad, unconnected to any particular conflict or borders, which conjoins Islamist terror groups around the world.” His unabashedly Zionist agenda rears its head through this opportunistic attempt to play into the media circus surrounding the Boston bombings.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Media, US Politics, War on Terror | 16 Comments

At the heart of the Palestinian struggle, a spirit she won’t surrender

Deanna Othman reflects on her 2010 trip to Gaza, imagining the resilience of the Palestinian struggle through female faces.

Posted in Activism, Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Nakba, Occupation | 7 Comments