Last month, over 120 Palestinians in the United States published a list of principles aimed at candidates seeking office in 2020. The “Palestinian Americans’ Statement of Principles and Policies for 2020 Elections” include ending the occupation, support for the Palestinian right of return, and opposition to anti-BDS laws.
Rada Daniell reports from an IWPS trip to Palestine during the last olive harvest, “Every year there is another line of catalog-style settlement buildings spilled over the hills, another patch of land cleared out.” International volunteers help Palestinians under occupation harvest olives, then go home to break a de facto information embargo on the reality in Palestine.
The new complaint, filed on behalf of four Palestinians from the West Bank, names President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law who was placed in charge of brokering the deal despite having no experience in foreign policy or the Middle East.
The European Union cancelled a 1.7 million euro project with the Palestinian human rights organization BADIL. The reason? BADIL refused to sign a so-called “anti-terrorism” clause added in the EU’s project conditions.
From lock down inside of Hebron Badia Dwaik writes, “While we do not know when Netanyahu will resume his annexation bid, our crisis is not over.”
“I do not recall a time in my life when I did not experience bans on freedom of speech,” writes Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi in a new book on academic freedom and its limits.
This week the advocacy group Visualizing Palestine launched Today, Palestine, a digital storytelling platform with an interactive map designed by Palestine Open Maps, the first open-source and searchable and detailed map of the British Mandate of Palestine
Mathematical models developed by Ines Abdeljaoued-Tej aim to determine the actual number of COVID-19 cases in Palestine, and predict the course of the epidemic. Those models currently predict between 11,014 and 113,171 cases of COVID-19 in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Nora Lester Murad: “‘I Found Myself in Palestine’ is intentionally not a book about Palestine. It’s not about the Israeli occupation or politics—at least not primarily. It’s not even about Palestinians. Rather, it is a collection of reflections by non-Palestinians whose stories are also a gift of this place.”