Open to Palestinians in the U.S. between the ages of 18 to 25, the Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship is one of several projects by which the Palestinian Youth Movement continues to answer the question of what it would mean to come together as a youth formation that rejects the political and geographic fragmentation.
Category Archives: Activism
On May 23, 2018 the California State University, East Bay’s student government voted unanimously in favor of a resolution in support of divestment from corporations that profit from the occupation of Palestine.
An open letter to Wajahat Ali about his involvement with the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative: “Nobody is denying the benefit of a diversity of views on a given topic. But there is a difference between disparities in opinion and participation in a program that seeks to undermine the Palestinian struggle. You’ve been incredibly disingenuous about the voice you now have and why you have it.”
Four more filmmakers have joined a growing number of artists boycotting the Tel Aviv LGBT International Film Festival in response to a Palestinian call. French director Océane Michel explained on Facebook: “I stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people and express my total disagreement with Israel’s policy towards Palestine. For this reason, I refuse to take part in the pinkwashing strategy of the Israeli government. I want my movie withdrawn from the festival.”
The International Association of Relational Psychotherapists and Psychoanalysts has responded with fear and suppression to efforts by advocates for Palestinian mental health to raise awareness of Palestinian conditions at its June conference in New York– even calling for a police presence. The association is promoting Israel and its plan to hold its 2019 conference in Tel Aviv, despite a groundswell of opposition.
It appears the Genesis Prize released a statement on behalf of Natalie Portman to make her look like a BDS supporter, and avert embarrassment for Benjamin Netanyahu.
Itzhak Perlman, the beloved violinist, honored Netanyahu last year but says he would extend no honor to Trump. It’s time for Perlman to be inspired by Natalie Portman, who stood up Netanyahu, and come out for boycott of Israel.
“What did you do when Gaza was dying?” An interview with Freedom Flotilla to Gaza crew member Zohar Chamberlain Regev, as the boats stop in Copenhagen for a few days. This is the tenth freedom flotilla to Gaza. None has gotten through the Israeli blockade.
Demonstrators muffled the sounds of the Philadelphia Orchestra over the weekend in a protest of the company’s upcoming tour in Israel.
The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies recently passed a resolution in support of Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi. Fulano de Tal explains how this resolution came to pass, while weaving in the historical trajectory and current events in Gaza.
New Yorkers turned Times Square into a ground for dissent Friday afternoon, taking to the streets in support of Palestinians actively resisting Israeli occupation and dispossession.
Statement by civil society organizations in Israel: “In light of recent barbaric and inhumane military actions carried out against unarmed protesting Palestinian civilians in Gaza by Israeli forces protests have erupted all over the world and in Israel in solidarity with Gaza and its victims. Amongst the many hotspots, Haifa experienced the highest number of Police brutality cases and arrests of activists and high school students. Demonstrators have been gathering daily to peacefully express their right to protest and stand by the “March of Return” victims. Police have escalated their intervention and use of violence against protesters each day culminating in the mass arrests and brutality witnessed on Friday night.”
Nada Elia writes, “Protests, planned and spontaneous, play a major role in that they show popular support for the plight of the Palestinians, but we cannot just protest, then go home. Just as Al Nakba is ongoing, so our outrage must be sustained, long-term. We must go beyond the anger of the moment, the chants and slogans and pumping fists in the air, to focus on the slow, less immediately gratifying, more tedious work of strengthening the foundation of our better future.”
Jonathan Ofir: “The presence of the people across the fence in the Great March of Return is a gigantic mirror, saying not only ‘we are still here,’ but ‘this is who you are.’ And Israel wants to shatter that mirror, so it sends hundreds of snipers to shatter it. All Jews should consider whether they can bear possessing such a mirror for their narcissistic self-image, while it tears apart Palestinian existence and has done for over 70 years.”
“Today is one of the most tragic days in the history of the Jewish people” – A letter to the Israel Action Committee of a synagogue in Westchester, New York shows the anguish a growing number of American Jews are feeling towards Israel and its actions in Gaza.
On Kensington High Street, around the corner from the Israeli embassy, Londoners protested the killing of Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza yesterday, with more actions across the city in recent days at the U.S. embassy, the Saudi embassy, the BBC, 10 Downing Street, and Parliament Square.
In August 2014 Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal entered Gaza and began collecting the harrowing testimonies that would become the basis for their new documentary, “Killing Gaza.” Cohen writes, “Killing Gaza will stand as a lasting testament to a people struggling to wriggle out from under the boot of a ruthless empire by resisting their occupation through every means available.”
For Rana Askoul’s entire life she had identified as a Palestinian, yet was never allowed to return to her homeland. That changed when she acquired a new passport. It was her turn to return: “For the last 35 years of my life, my home had been out of reach, denied, held hostage and destroyed. For 35 years, I watched closely all the videos of all those who returned to visit the ruins of our northern Palestinian village. For 35 years, I tried to memorize the geography of the place, to figure out the scent of its red dirt and to imagine what it would have been like if it all didn’t happen. And I could reach it now. In less than 3 hours. But my heart raced, and my hands clenched into fists. I couldn’t do it.”
While senior White House officials were in Jerusalem today to mark the opening of the U.S. embassy, and 55 Palestinian protesters in Gaza were killed by Israeli forces, young Jews with the group If Not Now blocked traffic in Washington DC outside the Trump International Hotel for two hours by erecting an “Embassy of Freedom” to protest the administration’s move.
Durham, North Carolina became the first city in the country to ban local police exchanges with Israel on April 16, when the city council unanimously passed a resolution opposing any international “military-style” training for police officers. The victory was the result of a two-year campaign by a coalition of 10 local organizations, as well as the deep legacy of intersectional and internationalist solidarity in the U.S. South.
Fifteen Israeli human rights organizations issued a statement condemning the Israeli government’s decision to deport Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch: “Israel is trying to keep both its own citizens and the world from seeing what it is doing. Neither closing the borders to human rights groups and activists nor other Israeli measures against organizations critical of the occupation will deter us – or them – from reporting human rights violations in areas under Israeli control. Rather than trying to hide the occupation from the world – end the occupation.”
Moving Forward looks like the Forward to suggest Jewish newspapers should be cover the Palestinian Nakba on its 70th year.
BDS support among Jews is a problem that goes back to Jews being against other Jews in the Torah, says Roseanne Barr. She would reach out to those Israel-criticizing Jews with Torah. “They are not really all that educated,” Barr told the Jerusalem Post conference. “I would tell them….Do you know you’re looking at the greatest recorded rebellion of a slave class of people that’s ever been written?”
For the first time in its 101-year history the Giro bicycle race will begin outside Europe, on May 4 in Jerusalem, thanks to $12 million from the Israeli government. We can on the same Friday look forward to the spectacle of the start of an international sporting event hosted by the same country that about 50 miles away is concurrently killing and wounding civilians in cold blood.
Katherine Franke: “My interrogation in Tel Aviv made it clear that I was banned from entering Israel because of my work in the U.S. on behalf of Palestinian rights.”