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New UN Database of Companies Complicit in Israel’s Occupation Op-Eds & Analysis
Ingrid Jaradat, The Hill

New UN Database of Companies Complicit in Israel’s Occupation

Last month, in a landmark decision, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to establish a database of all companies implicated in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, including the city of East Jerusalem.

about 1 day ago
Just as Boycotts Are Making a Difference for LGBTQ People, Some Lawmakers Want to Shut Them Down Op-Eds & Analysis
Katherine Franke & Michael Ratner, Slate

Just as Boycotts Are Making a Difference for LGBTQ People, Some Lawmakers Want to Shut Them Down

In recent weeks, governors, mayors, major businesses, and entertainers have joined a boycott of North Carolina and Mississippi as a way of protesting new state laws that license discrimination against LGBT people. Similar boycotts of Indiana were threatened or announced last year when that state also passed homophobic legislation.

about 2 days ago
Palestinian Novel Wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction News Roundup
Natasha Onwuemezi, The Bookseller

Palestinian Novel Wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction

A novel about Palestinian life in occupation and exile by Rabai al-Madhoun has won the ninth $50,000 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF). Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and the Nakba, published by Maktabat Kul Shee (Haifa, Palestine), was named the winner by this year’s chair of Judges, Emirati poet and academic Amina Thiban, at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

about 4 days ago
Israel Bulldozes Scores of EU-built Palestinian Homes in Bitter Dispute Over Control of West Bank News Roundup
Raf Sanchez, The Telegraph

Israel Bulldozes Scores of EU-built Palestinian Homes in Bitter Dispute Over Control of West Bank

Mahmoud Kaabeneh has two talismans that he hopes will help protect his home from Israel's bulldozers. Hanging inside the one-room house the 37-year-old Bedouin Palestinian shares with his wife and four children is a framed verse by a Tunisian poet. “I will live here despite disease and enemies, like a hawk on top of the mountain,” it reads in Arabic.

about 4 days ago
Israel Continues Its Crackdown on the Palestinian Press News Roundup
Al Bawaba

Israel Continues Its Crackdown on the Palestinian Press

Israel's crackdown on the Palestinian press continued on Saturday as police detained a Palestinian journalist on his way to an international conference in Sarajevo. Omar Nazzal, an independent reporter from Ramallah, was arrested Saturday while crossing the border to Jordan, presumably on his way to the airport in Amman, according to 972 Magazine, a left-wing Israeli news site. Palestinians are forbidden from flying out of Tel Aviv.

about 5 days ago
In Photos: Palestinian Medics Treat Earthquake Victims in Ecuador News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

In Photos: Palestinian Medics Treat Earthquake Victims in Ecuador

A Palestinian medical team arrived to the destroyed city of Portoviejo last week to help treat the victims of a deadly earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16. The team provided medical treatment, including surgeries, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement Monday.

about 6 days ago
Israel Charges Suspected Jewish Terror Group for Attacks Against Palestinians News Roundup
Chaim Levinson, Haaretz

Israel Charges Suspected Jewish Terror Group for Attacks Against Palestinians

Israel indicted seven Israelis on Monday suspected of carrying out attacks against Palestinians in the vicinity of the West Bank city of Ramallah. A gag order lifted on Wednesday revealed the arrests of the suspected Jewish terrorist group accused of attacking Palestinians.

about 6 days ago
Gaza Fashion Show Blends Past and Present News Roundup
Belal Khaled, Al Jazeera

Gaza Fashion Show Blends Past and Present

Nearly three decades ago, Aida Abu Sitta began to collect old dresses from Palestinian refugee camps, and redesigned them with a blend of contemporary and traditional elements. One of the models at Abu Sitta's latest fashion show told Al Jazeera that the goal was to preserve the Palestinian heritage that Israel has tried to destroy. The dresses are meant to represent the identity of the person wearing them, Abu Sitta said.

about 1 week ago
Palestinians Create Seed Bank to Save Their Farming Heritage in the Holy Land’s Hills News Roundup
Peter Beaumont, The Guardian

Palestinians Create Seed Bank to Save Their Farming Heritage in the Holy Land’s Hills

In the rocky hills of the Palestinian West Bank, farmers learned long ago how to adapt to extremes of climate that make spring the shortest season. In a part of the world where agriculture was first practised, they found crops that could survive even if watered only by the occasional rain storm.

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