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Being Palestinian got me barred from visiting Palestine

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Entry denied. Amanda Michelle narrates her first time at the Israeli-controlled border between Palestine and Jordan. She and the group of Arab-Americans she was traveling with to Palestine were detained at the Allenby crossing. Eventually, they were barred–for five years. “The irony of the situation does not escape me,” she writes. “Being Palestinian is making it impossible for me to visit Palestine.”

Countdown to the next round in Gaza

Alex Kane on
Israeli soldiers stand on top of a Merkava tank stationed at an army deployment area along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014.  (Photo: GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The cease-fire that ended seven weeks of hell in Gaza is only two days old. But the countdown to the next round began as soon as the ink dried on the agreement between Israel and the Palestinian armed factions. The deep-rooted problems bedeviling the Palestinian people and Israel have not gone away. The only question is when that next spasm of violence breaks out.

The end of ‘Operation Protective Edge’

Rana Alshami on
My cousins and brothers were happy (Photo: Rana Alshami)

Rana Alshami writes from Gaza: Whatever was going on in Gaza for the past 51 days has finally ended. People can finally breathe, sleep, live! My family and I lived and experienced the worst of times, but we are still alive. We survived. When the official announcement of the ceasefire was finally announce I couldn‘t stop crying! I could not believe this nightmare was about to end soon. I couldn‘t believe I was alive for this moment. I couldn‘t believe I was going to see my parents and relatives again

In Gaza, Palestinians celebrate resistance and credit it with ‘victory’

Yousef Alhelou on

Fifty two days of an-all out aggression on besieged Gaza ended following an Egyptian mediated ceasefire deal on Tuesday. Despite over 2,100 lives lost in Gaza and the destruction of thousands of homes, thousands of Gaza residents took to the streets to celebrate the resistance’s “victory” over Israel. “This ceasefire is no act of generosity from Israel. Do not mistake it for such,” said Nidal Salamah from Gaza City. “This is a victory fought for through resistance, resilience, and strategic calculations.”

This war was not a war, it was a massacre

Mohammad J. Abulriban and Justin Randle on
Destruction is seen from the bathroom of a Palestinian apartment in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanoun, on August 18, 2014.
(Photo: Thomas Coex/ AFP/Getty Image)

During a brief stint working for UNRWA in Israel Palestine a few years ago I came across a documentary film called ‘No Sharp Objects’. Made by the UN agency, it is about 15 children from Gaza who travel to the US. They meet politicians, go to New York, visit the UN and the Holocaust museum and meet American

The Palestinian message to Israel: Deal with us justly. Or disappear

Jeff Halper on
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (Photo: AP)

Until Operation Protective Edge, most of the “messaging” regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, certainly that which broke through the mainstream media, came from the Israeli side. That now has changed. Hamas not only confronted the Israeli Occupation but has also seized the political initiative from it. In stark contrast to Abbas, who has declared security cooperation with Israel to be “sacred” and who passively allows Israel to maintain its massive matrix of Israeli highways in the occupied territories spelling the end of the two-state solution, Hamas has sent a clear and forceful message to Israel: We won’t submit even if you kill us. Deal with us justly – or disappear

‘Get me out of the rubble, please, I’m alive’

Ishraq Othman on
Talal's 11-year son standing on the wreckage of Gehad's house

Amid leveled-down houses, on his half-cracked wooden chair, with every sip of his wretched cigarette, a sigh burst. And the flashback of that sore scene with her voice echoing overwhelmed his words which clobbered all languages. His wrinkled face, mingled with melancholy, can deeply be delved into. Prefacing his heartbreaking story with her last words ever,

Israel’s information iron dome

Yarden Katz on
Yedioth Aharonoth front page story (July 10, 2014) showing an Iron Dome unit in operation. Main headline reads, "Dome of Gold". Red headline on top reads: "5 million Israelis under threat of rockets from Gaza Strip (updates on-ynet)"

It is widely assumed that a free press should report accurate and relevant information to the population, and act as ‘watchdog’ of power in the name of public interest. The reporting of secret government surveillance programs leaked by Edward Snowden rekindled a debate in the U.S. concerning the role of the free press, and the

A glimpse of hope amidst utter destruction 

Basil AbdulRazeq Farraj on
A photo of AbdulRazeq Farraj taken days before his arrest this year.

I have previously written about my father, Abdul-Razeq Farraj, and the use of administrative detention by the Israeli Occupation Forces to arrest hundreds of Palestinians without charge or trial in defiance of international law and human rights conventions. Today, I write this short piece to not only shed light on the continuing use of this

In occupied Bil’in, there is no P in PTSD

Samer Badawi on
Photo of Majd Burnat on stretcher, July 31, after being shot in the thigh. T-shirt says, "We are all Gaza"

Although the scale of suffering and loss pales compared to Gaza — where more Palestinian children have been killed in the past seven weeks than in the last five years combined – violence in the West Bank lurks at a low burn.  Iyad Burnat speaks with the measured voice of a veteran. As a leader of Bil’in’s

Israel’s decades-long effort to turn the word ‘terrorism’ into an ideological weapon

Rémi Brulin on
Netanyahu at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv

The Israeli discourse on “terrorism” has a long history, one in which Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s current Prime Minister, played a central role. Thirty years ago, at a major conference on “international terrorism” in Washington, D.C., Netanyahu insisted that “without a clear understanding of terrorism, the problem cannot be tackled” and proposed a clear, simple definition:

WATCH: Ultra-Zionists protest Muslim-Jewish wedding saying miscegenation is ‘gravest threat to the Jewish people’

David Sheen on
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While the Israeli army continues to pummel the Gaza Strip and its residents for a second month, the upsurge in anti-Palestinian sentiment in Israeli society shows no signs of abating. As even mainstream Israeli politicians threaten the Palestinians of Gaza with ethnic cleansing and genocide, Israel’s far-right figures take to the street to rile up

‘We want to exchange our personal experiences of war, Sir’

Nazmi Al-Masri on
Children look at the rubble remnants of homes in the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1121/El Baba)

This day is carved in my memory. As all academics in Gaza, I had given much thought to my students who were suffering all sorts of agonies and worries caused by Israel’s aggression. After 40 days of atrocities caused by heavy bombardment and random artillery shelling, which destroyed thousands of houses and devastated countless families, the Islamic

58 Seconds

Annie Robbins on
58 Seconds "Untitled, Mehdi Harzallah / Photographer – (Tunisia)

“In all cases the delay given to the civilian Gaza population is very short. The shortest one was 58 sec.” When I first visited 58 Seconds it felt like I had stepped into a fine arts gallery. With a discerning eye a group of Tunisian photographers launched the website seeking artists’ renderings of the 58 second warning: “When it’s

Palestinian-American teen denied access to Israel’s airport

Allison Deger on
Dina Shehadah, 17, at her family home in al-Bireh near Ramallah. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Photo of Dina Shehadeh at her family home in al-Bireh near Ramallah by Allison Deger Dina Shehadeh, 17, was about to begin her senior year of high school in Ohio where she was born and raised. But two weeks ago, after spending the summer with her extended family in the West Bank, she was separated

My life during the war

Rana Alshami on

I live in Khan Younis, Gaza. I am a twenty-one years old college graduate from the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG). I have been witnessing the bombing of my homeland with great pain and distress in my heart. We have been at war for 48 days and there is no sign of a permanent ceasefire.

Rolling in underground tunnels

Slavoj Žižek on

If the land was not full of holiness, Holiness would have been in God and man, not just in it In Udi Aloni’s movie Forgiveness, one of the Holocaust survivors who is committed to a mental institute built on top of a Palestinian village tells his psychiatrist the following story: An old legend holds that

The new center

Marc H. Ellis on

This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The Holocaust civil war in major newspapers around the world continues. Last week it was Elie Wiesel’s paid statement that accused Hamas of using children as human shields. Yesterday it was other