Abdul-Razeq Farraj, who has spent over 15 years of his life in Israeli prisons, reviews Mai Masri’s latest film “3000 nights,” which tells the story of Palestinian female prisoners facing Israeli interrogations, torture and violations. Farraj writes, “The film brought me back to my rusted prison bed.”
Category Archives: Israel/Palestine
Haaretz reports that Goldman Sachs has a “clear pattern” of giving to Israeli settler and rightwing groups through their Charitable Gift Fund. Of course, Hebron settlers aren’t the only ones experiencing Goldman largesse. Bernie Sanders has made an issue of the $675,000 Clinton received in speaking fees from the investment house just in 2013.
Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished a children’s playground near Nablus amid a mass escalation in demolitions across the occupied territories. A PA official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank told Ma‘an that Israeli authorities gave no prior notice before demolishing the park, which was built last year with around $60,000 donated by Belgium.
Joel Doerfler shares a talk he gave last month to a group of teachers and administrators at the Riverdale Country School, an independent school in the Bronx, N.Y., where he has long taught history, including a course on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Hundreds of military checkpoints scattered around the occupied Palestinian territory are prone to arbitrarily closure without prior warning, restricting the freedom of movement for Palestinians whose daily lives are already defined by a sense of chaos, temporariness and unpredictability. However, a new smartphone app Azmeh – which translates to mean ‘traffic jam’ in Arabic – has been designed to tackle this very problem.
Palestinians on Saturday marked the 68th anniversary of the massacre of more than 100 Palestinian civilians carried out by Zionist paramilitary groups in the village of Deir Yassin in 1948 prior to the establishment of Israel. Deir Yassin has long been a symbol of Israeli violence for Palestinians because of the particularly gruesome nature of the slaughter, which targeted men, women, children, and the elderly in the small village west of Jerusalem.
North Carolina should double down on its anti-LGBTQ legislation and declare itself a “heterosexual state.” Then invade South Carolina, transfer North Carolinians there, and when any one objects, call them a terrorist. Guess who the role model is?
“No BDS,” says a gay Israeli in his dating profile; another sign that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign is gaining traction globally and even in Israel
Five Palestinians were injured on Friday with live fire when clashes erupted with Israeli forces in border areas in the northern and eastern Gaza Strip. Palestinians are demonstrating in solidarity with what they call the “Jerusalem intifada.”
There’s nothing exceptional about Jewish-Israelis, or Palestinians for that matter. Or even apartheid. But a Jewish Israeli sense of exceptionalism and self-absorption serves to justify the endurance of persecution.
Over the last month, members of Israel’s African Hebrew community have begun to organize over an apparent cover-up in the death of Toveet Radcliffe, a nineteen-year-old soldier who was found shot in the head in February 2015.
Yazan Khalid Naaji, 12, was seriously injured on Monday evening after an Israeli soldier shot him with a rubber-coated steel bullet to the head in the al-‘Issawiya neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem– just two days after a 13-year-old boy was struck in the head in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan
The UN removed portions of an Israeli exhibition at the international body’s headquarters in New York this week that alleged Israel’s equal treatment of Palestinian citizens and touted Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, claims deemed by the UN as falling out of line with international law. Two panels out of 13 in the display were barred in order that it “conform with the purposes and principles” of the UN, Farhan Haq, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, told Mondoweiss.
Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has called for the expulsion of BDS leaders because “you cannot turn the other cheek to those who beat us.” In their extremist incitement against the BDS movement, Israeli leaders, from right to extreme-right, have made it absolutely clear that they are serious about seeing the end of the movement before it achieves its objectives, namely freedom, justice, and equality. Haidar Eid writes from Gaza about the power of BDS.
Regulations on seat belts and smoking for Palestinians in the West Bank may be good for their health, but they were imposed by a government they didn’t get to vote for. Another reminder of oppression of occupation.
Hamas’s armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, displayed for the first time Friday photographs of four Israelis believed to be held in Gaza, of whom two are civilians and two are soldiers killed in combat.
Hatim abu Mayyala, 13, was hospitalized after being shot in the back of the head with a rubber-coated bullet by Israeli forces on Saturday in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem. His father said Israeli forces wanted to detain the child after clashes in the occupied neighborhood.
Israeli forces have demolished every home in the Bedouin village of Khirbet Taha in the northern West Bank district of Nablus during three separate demolitions since the start of the year. The village’s only school was also destroyed, leaving children to study in a dilapidated 100-year-old mosque — the only structure left standing in the village.
It might have been a moment that jolted Israelis to their senses. But instead, Jonathan Cook says the video of an Israeli soldier shooting dead a young Palestinian man as he lay wounded and barely able to move has only intensified the tribal war dance of the Israeli public.
In Palestine, as in the rest of the Arab world, many are turning to religion in response to the failure of the various liberation and nationalist or socialist projects. Some practice a religious-inspired political quietism or wait for an apocalyptic solution for the existing impasse.
Birzeit and San Francisco State University’s team up for 7th Annual Conference of “Struggles for Freedom” at the university in the West Bank
Twelve-year-old Ramzi Abu Ajamia has been in hiding for the past seven nights, the boy’s father, Nasir Abu Ajamia said from their family home in Bethlehem’s Dheisha refugee camp. The father fears for his son’s life.
Runners woke up at dawn on Friday in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, ready to take on the Freedom of Movement Marathon in the city. The marathon stretches across the city, quite literally running through two refugee camps, and circles around twice. As locals will ready explain, there is not space for a 42 kilometer route through Bethlehem, so unlike most marathons, the track has to double over two 21 kilometer paths.
In a shocking move, Birthright Israel announced today, April 1, that the well known travel-program-cum-dating-service will no longer be offering trips to Israel for Jewish young people. In an exclusive interview with Mondoweiss Birthright CEO Gidi Mark explains, “We finally figured it out, the best way to build support for Israel is to have as little contact with Israel as possible.”
Samih al-Masri, a Palestinian resident of a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, has become suddenly aware of the substandard conditions in which he lives after logging on to Facebook, just as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned. Masri says, on account of the memes, he was reevaluating everything: “My family has loved Gaza ever since my my grandparents were driven here from Jaffa by Zionist forces in 1948. It’s the only home we know. But now that I realize not every place is enclosed by a fence, with only three highly restricted points of access, I’m pretty pissed off.”