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Israel’s Destruction of Mamilla Cemetery Part of Effort to Remove Palestine from Jerusalem Op-Eds & Analysis
Pablo Castellani & Chiara Cruciati, Mondoweiss

Israel’s Destruction of Mamilla Cemetery Part of Effort to Remove Palestine from Jerusalem

Mamilla cemetery does not exist anymore. What exists now is a hotel, a school, a parking lot, a public garden, a nightclub and the US consulate. Also a museum to celebrate tolerance. But the meaning of tolerance in West Jerusalem, a few steps away from the Old City, is surreal.

3 hours ago
Palestinian Congress to Meet for 1st Time in 20 Years News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency/AFP

Palestinian Congress to Meet for 1st Time in 20 Years

Palestinian leaders have set September 15-16 as the dates for their first congress in nearly 20 years after President Mahmoud Abbas announced his resignation as head of a top PLO executive body. The meeting of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), the PLO congress representing those in occupied Palestinian territory and the diaspora, is to be held in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

4 hours ago
Palestinian Brothers Look to Tap in to West Bank Beer Market News Roundup
Miriam Berger, Al Monitor

Palestinian Brothers Look to Tap in to West Bank Beer Market

Alaa Sayej knows it's a tough time to invest in “Made in Palestine” products. Formal talks to end the Israeli occupation are dormant, while the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, the longstanding contours of a promised Palestinian state, are as divided as ever. International movements to boycott Israeli companies are growing, but for Palestinians on the ground, creating their own local alternatives remains an uphill battle.

4 hours ago
Dem Congresswoman: Israel’s Treatment of Palestinian Youth ‘Unacceptable’ Op-Eds & Analysis
Josh Ruebner, The Hill

Dem Congresswoman: Israel’s Treatment of Palestinian Youth ‘Unacceptable’

"I usually wear a suit, but I wanted to represent my son today," Siam Nawarah explained after walking the halls of Congress and meeting with the State Department earlier this month. The 43-year-old Palestinian father and successful salon owner from the West Bank city of Ramallah, with a youthful face that breaks into a sly grin in lighter moments, sported a black T-shirt with a picture of his 17-year-old son Nadeem wearing a baseball cap backwards, a keffiyeh — a Palestinian scarf — wrapped around his neck, and an ear-to-ear smile.

about 1 day ago
Life in Gaza, One Year After War Op-Eds & Analysis
Lara Abu Ramadan, The Atlantic

Life in Gaza, One Year After War

"My brain cannot stop dreaming of war, I don't want to wake up this way! Its really annoying and sad. #Gaza :(" I tweeted this more than six months after Israel’s 2014 bombardment of the Gaza Strip. I was not alone among Gazans in my unrelenting suffering. But I am an adult. For children, the nightmares are far worse, particularly for those who have endured three wars in six years. Wednesday marks a full year since the last.

about 1 day ago
Withhold U.S. Aid Over Palestinian Teens’ Deaths, U.S. Lawmaker Suggests News Roundup
Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Withhold U.S. Aid Over Palestinian Teens’ Deaths, U.S. Lawmaker Suggests

A Minnesota congresswoman called on State Department officials to investigate whether the killing of two Palestinian teenagers by Israeli soldiers requires the withholding of U.S. military aid. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat, in a letter made public Monday sought the probe over whether the May 2014 deaths of Nadeem Nawara and Mohammad Daher constituted violations of the Leahy Law.

about 2 days ago
Gaza, Gulag on the Mediterranean Op-Eds & Analysis
Mohammed Omer, New York Times

Gaza, Gulag on the Mediterranean

At this time last year, as the missiles and bombs rained down in Israel’s lopsided seven-week war against Gaza, I wrote about our struggle to survive during the holy month of Ramadan. This year, another Ramadan has passed, Eid al-Fitr is over and the reality on the ground has changed very little.

about 3 days ago
Black Activists Sign On to Support the Palestinian Struggle News Roundup
Rick Cohen, Nonprofit Quarterly

Black Activists Sign On to Support the Palestinian Struggle

Some months ago, there was a contretemps in St. Louis about linking the protests in Ferguson after the shooting of Michael Brown to the controversies concerning Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. Newswire writer Marty Levine covered the story for NPQ, describing the issues that led to the cancellation of the program at the Missouri History Museum.

about 3 days ago
After New Displacements, UN Officials Call for an Immediate Halt to Demolitions in the West Bank News Roundup
UN News Centre

After New Displacements, UN Officials Call for an Immediate Halt to Demolitions in the West Bank

Senior United Nations officials are calling today for an immediate freeze on demolitions in the West Bank, after dozens of structures were demolished yesterday by Israeli authorities in Palestinian Bedouin refugee communities, near East Jerusalem.

about 6 days ago