Léa Georgeson Caparros writes about crossing the Qalandia checkpoint while traveling in the occupied Palestinian territories with the Palestine Festival of Literature in May 2015.
Category Archives: Israel/Palestine
The UN Human Rights Commission report on last summer’s Gaza war is inappropriately “balanced.” It is more or less equally critical of Israeli and Hamas actions, without regard to the differences between the vast and horrific extent of civilian destruction caused by Israel and the far lesser civilian deaths and destruction that resulted from the largely ineffective Hamas attacks. –Scholar Jerome Slater
Refaat Alareer and Lina Alsharif are among contributors to a special issue of the journal Biography on Life in Occupied Palestine, published by the University of Hawaii Press. Editor Cynthia Franklin says The quelling of free speech in the United States works in tandem with Israel’s human rights violations against Palestinians.
IMEMC reports: The Israeli District Court in occupied Jerusalem sentenced, on Sunday morning, a young Palestinian man to 13 months of imprisonment, with an additional four months suspended, for what the court called “incitement” on his Facebook page.
Read an excerpt from the new graphic novel “Baddawi”, by Leila Abdelrazaq. Baddawi is the story of a young boy named Ahmad struggling to find his place in the world. Raised in a refugee camp called Baddawi in northern Lebanon, Ahmad is just one of the many thousands of refugee children born to Palestinians who fled their homeland after the war in 1948 established the state of Israel. Leila Abdelrazaq explores her father’s childhood in the 1960s and ’70s from a boy’s eye view as he witnesses the world crumbling around him and attempts to carry on, forging his own path in the midst of terrible uncertainty.
‘What do u call Obama coffee? Black and weak” is racist tweet from Judy Mozes, wife of Israel’s vice prime minister, which she has now removed and apologized for. More clueless rightwing culture in Israeli leadership
Ma’an News: Hamas military wing Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades reportedly claimed responsibility for Friday’s West Bank shooting that left an Israel man dead and another lightly injured. A statement released by the group identified the “Marwan Qawasmeh and Amir Abu Eisha Brigade” as the group directly behind Friday’s shooting, adding that “the operation was carried out days before the first anniversary of the martyrs Marwan Qawasmeh and Amir Abu Eisha.” The two were killed by Israeli forces after being accused of kidnapping and killing three Israeli teenage settlers near Hebron last summer in what many say was a triggering point for last summer’s Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.
Israel absolved itself of responsibility for the killings of four boys from the Bakr family who were playing soccer on the beach in Gaza. Dan Cohen visits the home. A survivor of the attack, Muntasir is called “the living martyr.” Wounded badly in the attack, he requires medical attention and tells himself if only they’d held his hand, his brother and nephew would still be alive
Statistics tell a certain kind of grim story in the landscape of Palestine. Yet the numbers, telling as they may be, can’t begin to evoke the feeling of the transformed Palestinian landscape, nor the profound power imbalance that defines relations between Israel and the Palestinians. Author Sandy Tolan writes, “Only a road trip through Palestine can do that.”
The deliberate state-sponsored erasure of Palestinian voices and the evidence of their centuries old existence constitutes a form of historical genocide, of attempting to destroy the memory of a people’s history and thus the people themselves.” Alice Rothchild says that the creation of the Nakba museum project in Washington is a deeply political act.
A newly elected Israeli lawmaker, Bezalel Smotrich, wants leftwing NGO officials to have to wear special i.d. when they come to government offices. The stigmatizing is aimed at foreign-funded groups.
9-year old Qoteiba Sawafta suffered serious burns and injuries when he picked up an Israeli explosive object, thinking it was a toy, and it detonated in his face. The incident took place in Tubas, in the central part of the occupied West Bank, per IMEMC
The fate of the Palestinian national consensus government, a unity coalition between leaders in the West Bank and Gaza, will be decided in the next few days after reports yesterday that the West Bank heads will resign and establish a new authority late this evening following disputes with Hamas over their rule in Gaza. Little is known about who will fill the replacement government, but President Mahmoud Abbas is poised to continue his role as the chief official of the union under the promise of future elections for his seat and cabinet members, according to an official with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
Two recent reports suggest that Israel could face catastrophic consequences if it fails to end the mistreatment of Palestinians under its rule, whether in the occupied territories or in Israel itself.
Americans will only begin to criticize Israel’s conduct with a go-ahead from Jews; and two letter-writers to the Washington Post point out what an article on the boycott movement failed to point out, many Jews support that movement.
The Palestinian Society for Care and Development in Amaari refugee camp was created in 1998 in response to the cries of the disabled people in Amaari camp. The organization struggles to survive in part because of a stigma against the refugee camp in Palestinian society. “There is an institutionalized discrimination towards the people of the camp and organizations from the camp, mainly perpetuated by the Palestinian Authority and extended to the rest of Palestinian society” explains Shaher, a member of the organization, in a weak voice, as though he has reiterated that sentiment one too many times.
An American lawyer reviews the Adalah list of 50 discriminatory laws inside Israel and finds that they create an unequal, and sometimes separate, status for Palestinians and Jews
Contrary to popular media portrayal of Hamas and IS battling for control of Gaza, IS is a small unpopular group and though it has the capability to make major waves, it is not about to wrest control of the Gaza Strip
Five Palestinians were injured, two critically, when Israelis forces opened live fire on the Kafr Qaddum weekly march Friday. And dozens of residents suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation after Israeli soldiers assaulted the weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall and Settlements in Bil‘in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
Israeli military says it sought witnesses to slaughter of four boys playing soccer on Gaza beach July 16, but Guardian’s Peter Beaumont was never contacted, and he contests many assertions in the report whitewashing Israel for responsibility in the killings.
Israel is “fantastic,” or at least that is what the CEO of Orange, Stephane Richard, told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this morning in a second apology after stating last week his company wanted to pull out of Israel “tomorrow.”
The battle over whether ultra-Orthodox (or “haredi”) Jews should serve in Israel’s armed forces never seems to end – but it also never seems to touch on the right issue: the occupation.