Author Archives: Joseph Dana

About Joseph Dana

Joseph Dana is a writer and journalist based in the West Bank. His work has appeared in The Nation, Le Monde Diplomatique, London Review of Books, The National (UAE), Monocle, Al Jazeera English, The Forward, and The Mail & Guardian among other international publications. Dana is an associate producer of Just Vision's new documentary Home Front: Portraits from Shiekh Jarrah. Before devoting himself full time to journalism, Dana studied Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Central European University in Budapest.

The liberal Zionist inability to confront the right of return

Recent work by Bernard Avishai and Gershom Gorenberg reflect liberal Zionists’ inability to confront the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Palestinian bloggers called to join prisoner hunger strike

On 27 September 2011, activists with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) launched a prisoner hunger strike in protest of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians prisoners in Israeli jails. Rallies have been held throughout the West Bank in … Continue reading

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New book explores Israel’s military legal system

The Israeli military legal system is one of the most under reported yet crucial components of Israel’s system of control over Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. Since 1967, Israel has controlled the entire area of the West Bank using … Continue reading

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Normalcy, hope and the Israeli tent protesters

Hope, one of the most powerful and fickle of human emotions, was a philosophical obsession of Baruch Spinoza, the 17th century Jewish philosopher. Spinoza paid a high social price in dedicating his life to the creation of philosophic system which valued rationalism … Continue reading

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Despite many setbacks, US boat did damage to Israel’s public image

How did it feel for the last few days to be on the US Boat? Here are some excerpts of Joseph Dana’s reporting from Athens, for the Nation: On Thursday, the passengers of the Audacity of Hope, the US boat … Continue reading

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US flotilla passengers are scared, but they will not be stopped

Joseph Dana is reporting for the Nation from the Audacity of Hope, the US boat to Gaza. He’s in Athens. Read his whole account for an account of the Turkish withdrawal from the flotilla and other scenes from Athens. Excerpt: … Continue reading

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Racist protest in Tel Aviv targets refugees and migrants

Racism in Israel is nothing new. There is racism against Palestinians, against Arabs, against non-Jews. There is racism between Jews from Europe and Jews from Arab countries. In our racism, we are no different from many other Western countries. However, … Continue reading

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Israeli army targets and arrests children in order to repress Palestinian dissent in the West Bank

The following consolidates two posts from Joseph Dana’s blog on Israel’s horrifying practice of targetting children in order to quash protest in the West Bank. As the Middle East Children Alliance points out, “In the first two weeks of February … Continue reading

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Breaking: Settlers kill 19-year old Palestinian in West Bank village near Nablus

Oday Maher Hamza Qadous, 19 years old, has been killed by settlers while farming his land in Iraq Burin. Army forces have taken over the village of Iraq Burin. 19 year old Oday Maher Hamza Qadous was shot to death … Continue reading

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Another child arrested in Nabi Saleh

The 11 year old brother of Isalm Tamimi- a 14 year old child who was arrested in Nabi Saleh during a night raid on the village- has been arrested this morning by the army in Nabi Saleh. Isalm Tamimi was … Continue reading

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Demonstrators ‘return’ tear gas canisters to US ambassador’s home

Israeli activists protesting the killing of Bil’in’s Jawaher Abu Rahmah ‘returned’ spent tear gas canisters to the residence of the American ambassador to Israel late Saturday evening. Jawaher Abu Rahmah, 36, was evacuated to the Ramallah hospital yesterday after inhaling … Continue reading

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Israeli activist sentenced to 3 months in prison for protesting Gaza war

Of all the criminals involved with the 2008 Gaza war, an Israeli leftist will be going to jail for riding his bike against the war in Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv Magistrates court judge Yitzhak Yitzhak convicted Israeli leftist Jonathan Pollak … Continue reading

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What are Israel’s priorities in time of natural disaster?

Despite Israel’s international call for aid to help fight the raging wildfires in the north of the country, the Israeli army had plenty of extra soldiers to suppress the weekly unarmed demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, Ni’ilin and Bil’in. Instead of … Continue reading

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How many Israeli soldiers does it take to keep an elderly Palestinian woman from harvesting her olives?

The headline sounds like the beginning of a bad joke but it is an unfortunate reality of life in the West Bank. We are in the middle of the olive harvest season and with it comes episodes of violence as well the … Continue reading

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Segregation and solidarity

The following is in response to an informal gathering of ‘solidarity’ the Sheikh Jarrah movement is holding in Tel Aviv on Friday to inform israelis about the struggle there and hopefully recruit more people. From the standpoint of joint Palestinian-Israeli … Continue reading

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One year in, the Sheikh Jarrah movement faces its biggest challenge – Zionism

Last Friday marked exactly one year since the beginning of the protests against the eviction of Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem neighborhood Sheikh Jarrah. The protest has grown from a handful of Israelis, and some international activists, to hundreds … Continue reading

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Al-Walaja villagers stop construction of the Wall while soldiers attack protesters, including children

The village of al-Walaja continued its unarmed resistance to the creation of the Separation Wall on its lands today. Villagers along with Israeli and international supporters non-violently stopped construction of the wall for one and a half hours today. Israeli … Continue reading

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Facing annexation, the West Bank village of al-Walaja looks to ‘Budrus’ for inspiration

In the cool summer evening air of the Jerusalem hills last Tuesday evening, hundreds of Palestinians and Israelis descended on the small village of al-Walaja for a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Budrus. The screening was jointly organized by … Continue reading

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West Bank protesters imagine a binational future (with only Arab media watching)

Palestinian-Israeli solidarity group confronts Israeli soldiers protecting an illegal outpost settlement in the West Bank, Saturday July 25

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