The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) says no house has been reconstructed in the besieged Gaza Strip eight months after the end of the Israel’s latest war on the blockaded area.
Category Archives: Israel/Palestine
Mohammad Saba’aneh is among the most well-known Palestinian artists. His art frequently includes images of Palestinian prisoners, Israeli soldiers and Palestinian refugees. Israeli authorities arrested Saba’aneh in February 2013, and he was held for five months. Mondoweiss spoke with Saba’aneh in New York last week, where he was speaking at the New School.
Who could stay home when this self-hating, Jewish-people-hating, delusional ex-professor would address malleable ears? Sadly, with a couple of exceptions, those standing by Israel’s policies chose to stay away when Norman Finkelstein spoke at Syracuse last week.
BDS is entering the Jewish communal sphere, as Jews press to debate the use of boycott of Israel to curb its behavior. Even as a Jewish Reconstructionist site rejected an essay it sought from Rabbi Shai Gluskin because he endorses a one-state future in Israel and Palestine
Israeli soldiers shot and killed, on Friday at night, a young Palestinian named Ali Sa‘id Abu Ghannam, 16 years of age, near the Zaim military roadblock, east of occupied Jerusalem.
Combatants for Peace respond to a recent Mondoweiss report, “Marking Memorial Day in Tel Aviv with Kahanists and Combatants for Peace.”
Hatim Kanaaneh reflects on the recent news that the Israeli Supreme Court will permit the “legal seizure” of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem by remembering a story from his youth of trying to pick the delicious, and dangerous, prickly pear.
The only two times that Labor has won since 1977 is when they had proven generals, heroes, men with “blood on their hands,” Chemi Shalev says at Manhattan JCC, explaining why Isaac Herzog lost the election when it was winnable by anti-Netanyahu forces
Yesterday, an estimated 5,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel and Jerusalemites participated in the March of Return in an open field overlooking the Sea of Galilee and above a valley where ruins of the village of Hadatha are scattered. Organized annually by the Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Displaced People, the March of Return commemorates the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by pre-state Zionist forces in 1947-1948 — what is known as the Nakba.
Jacob Burns writes about taking Arabic lessons with Echlas al ‘Azza in Bethlehem. He says, “What makes the experience of learning from Echlas unique, however, is that when you learn with her, you learn in her home in al ‘Azza refugee camp. This means that the lessons are not just about the language, but also an education in the history and culture of Palestinian refugees. Without understanding one, she says, it is not possible to understand the other.”
On Tuesday night, a busload of Palestinians from the West Bank and hundreds of Israeli Jews filed into the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds to attend a Combatants for Peace event billed as an “Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony: Honoring the Victims, Fighting for Peace.” Kahanist protesters had opposed Palestinian participation in the event and baited attendees as they entered. Dan Cohen reports on the proceedings and finds the Kahanists may be a bit more honest then their liberal Israeli counterparts.
Wadi Qana is Palestinian agricultural land surrounded by Jewish settlements in the northern West Bank. Israeli authorities have issued evacuation orders to villagers and lately religious settlers from Immanuel uprooted 450 olive trees
Palestinian terrorism has been largely driven by the just cause of national liberation in part of Palestine rather than the unjust one of the destruction of Israel. By contrast, while there is a strong case that Zionist terrorism was instrumental in the establishment of the state of Israel during the 1940s, since 1967, its primary purpose has been to maintain the occupation. Jerome Slater’s argument, which did not find a home in a journal.
Hiam al-Nawaja dreams to live in what she calls a “normal house.” The 23-year old mother of three small children and sheepherder manages in a cinder block frame insulated with a tarp a typical modest home in Susiya, a pastoral Palestinian village set in the rolling south Hebron Hills in the West Bank. Yet a few short decades ago Susiya’s residents had sturdy stone structures built over ancient caves on a hilltop one kilometer from where their town stands today. The former location, “old Susiya,” is close enough that al-Nawaja can see bulldozed remains from her kitchen window. It was destroyed in 1986 when Israel dismantled the town’s mosque to uncover an ancient Jewish synagogue dating back to the sixth century.
From Haaretz: “A Palestinian youth has lost an eye, apparently as a result of being shot at with a sponge bullet. It is the latest of a series of similar incidents in which Palestinian youths and children, primarily in East Jerusalem, have lost eyes to sponge bullets fired by the Israeli security services.”
Subhiya Abu Rahme, 60, propped up on her elbows and recounted her son’s last morning before the Israeli army killed him. Six years ago on April 17, 2009 Bassem Abu Rahme, 30, was shot in the chest with a tear gas canister in his West Bank hometown of Bil’in outside of Ramallah. The morning was a scorcher. Bassem went into the bathroom to cool off, musing, “I will shower or I will die.” Once clean and dressed, he walked to the garden behind the house. “I was working. He told me don’t tire yourself. It’s not good for you,” Subhiya said, relaying Bassem’s final words to her.
Palestinian Prisoner Day should be understood as a day of global solidarity for all indigenous peoples’ freedom and self-determination because indigenous peoples are the primary target of the prison industrial complex within settler societies.
Udi Aloni writes: “I’m simply sick and tired of the self-righteous internal Jewish-Israeli discourse where in the end it seems a Jew only argues with a Jew so that they can make up later that evening and go demolish an Arab home together.”
Bad pay, hard labor, nasty skin rashes, and poor sleep in constructions sites are just the tip of work conditions found in Israeli agricultural settlements, said a Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report released Monday. The 75-page “Israel: Settlement Agriculture Harms Palestinian Children” is a devastating look into underage Palestinian laborers farming for Israeli companies.
Israel’s Justice Ministry has said it is taking on hate crime against Palestinians. Why is it plea-bargaining with four Israeli teens who torched a Palestinian cafe near Hebron after painting “Revenge” on the door?
Escalating violence at Friday demo. The Israeli military did not even wait for Kafr Qaddum’s Friday demonstration to start before firing at the crowd of demonstrators today. Before prayers had finished the Israeli military began firing at the demonstration with teargas, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.
Not a single house has been rebuilt in Gaza since the end of the devastating war 9 months ago, UNRWA reports
Palestinians can always tell their stories better than western journalists, Walaa Ghussein explains. “We’re not less courageous, but a journalist needs to protect himself\herself in order to stay alive to tell the stories of others, and they don’t have that kind of protection.”