Author Archives: Shireen Tawil

About Shireen Tawil

Shireen Tawil is a public health professional specializing in mental and reproductive health based in Milan.

No justice, no peace — in Gaza or Ferguson

In response to the masses of Americans protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson’s streets, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently pronounced, “If we are going to have justice, we must first have, and maintain peace. This is a test.” Like so many other leaders who have uttered this phrase—Nixon fails to realize that a peace whose foundation is not justice is not real peace: it is a falsity peddled by ingenuous leaders to pacify and quell justified rage, to lull an oppressed people into complacency, and is not an option for those seeking justice.

Posted in Gaza, US Politics | 13 Comments

Wesleyan students take a stand against Israeli colonization of Palestinian land

On May 5th, the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) voted to divest its own endowment holdings from companies that profit from Israeli colonization of Palestinian land.

Posted in Activism, BDS, Israel/Palestine, US Politics | 7 Comments

Wesleyan President’s BDS denunciation fails to meet university’s ideals

Wesleyan President Michael Roth’s cursory denunciation of the ASA’s recent resolution supporting the Palestinian BDS call is intellectually craven, stale, and trite.

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‘Variety’ misses the story on BDS

Variety magazine chose to do a piece on the BDS movement’s appeals to musicians not to perform in Israel. As a BDS supporter, I was initially excited that such a prominent, mainstream entertainment magazine would write about the movement, as it might raise the movement’s profile among readers unfamiliar with the political implications of performances in Israel. However, I was quickly disappointed when the scant research put into this article and its disparaging tone became apparent.

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Geller’s ‘savage’ ad displays the racism inherent in Israeli colonization

Pamela Geller has succeeded in resurrecting the colonial call for defense against the ‘savages’; her language has squarely placed Israel in the position of colonizer. The specific language used in the ads has given us an opportunity to again push for the reframing of the ‘Israeli-Palestinian conflict’ as one of colonization.

Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, Nakba, Occupation, Settlers/Colonists | 12 Comments

Message to Vieux Farka Touré: Colonialism is colonialism, whether it happens in West Africa or Palestine

I was greatly disappointed to learn that Vieux Farka Touré performed last week at the Tel Aviv Opera House on November 26, 2010.  The son of the late, world-renowned Malian guitarist and singer Ali Farka Touré, Vieux Farka Touré has … Continue reading

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