News Roundup

Cal Officials Reverse Course, Reinstate Controversial Class on Palestine
Raquel Maria Dillon, NBC Bay Area

Cal Officials Reverse Course, Reinstate Controversial Class on Palestine

Amid concerns about academic freedom, UC Berkeley has reinstated a student-led course on Palestine a week after administrators cancelled the class. Jewish activists had argued the 1-credit "DeCal" class promotes anti-Semitism and had a political agenda.

about 5 days ago
Theater Artists Protest Cancellation of Black Lives Matter Benefit
Andrew R. Chow, The New York Times

Theater Artists Protest Cancellation of Black Lives Matter Benefit

The letter in response, which has been signed by more than 50 people, asserts that the cancellation “both undermines the visionary leadership of the Movement for Black Lives and contributes to the institutionalized silencing of advocates for Palestinian human rights.”

about 1 week ago
UC Berkeley Reinstates Class on Palestine Following Outcry Over Its Suspension
Sam Levin, The Guardian

UC Berkeley Reinstates Class on Palestine Following Outcry Over Its Suspension

The University of California, Berkeley has reinstated a controversial course examining Palestine “through the lens of settler colonialism” after facing intense backlash that it was stifling academic freedom.

about 1 week ago
Human Rights Defender Issa Amro on Trial
IMEU

Human Rights Defender Issa Amro on Trial

In recent months, Israel has stepped up its targeting of Palestinian human rights defenders. One of those targets is Issa Amro, known for his engagement in non-violent activism and civil disobedience.

about 1 week ago
The Dolls That Defend Palestinian Culture
Dalia Hatuqa, Al Jazeera

The Dolls That Defend Palestinian Culture

Ramallah, occupied West Bank - In the dead of a cold December night, Israeli soldiers came for Yasser. They rummaged through the shelves and behind the looms of a darkened factory, searching for the little man, only half a metre tall. They knew he would be easy to spot, wearing his signature black-and-white keffiyeh...

about 2 weeks ago
U.S. Boosts Military Aid to Israel to $3.8 Billion per Year in Largest Package in U.S. History
Ben Norton, Salon

U.S. Boosts Military Aid to Israel to $3.8 Billion per Year in Largest Package in U.S. History

The Obama administration is breaking records, boosting military aid to Israel to an unprecedented $3.8 billion per year. Under a new 10-year deal, called the Memorandum of Understanding, the U.S. is providing Israel with $38 billion of military aid from 2019 to 2028.

about 2 weeks ago
Who Would Want to Build a Tech Startup in Occupied Territory? Meet the Optimists of Palestine
Lindsey Kennedy, Quartz

Who Would Want to Build a Tech Startup in Occupied Territory? Meet the Optimists of Palestine

“I think starting a business here is in itself a political act,” says Christina Ganim. In 2015, Ganim co-founded the Ramallah-based lingerie company, Kenz Woman, with Nicola Isabel. “We could both be in the States or anywhere else doing this, but we chose to do it here, because we want to contribute"...

about 2 weeks ago
Palestinians Say They Need PayPal, But PayPal Isn’t Interested
Ben Sullivan, Motherboard

Palestinians Say They Need PayPal, But PayPal Isn’t Interested

PayPal is battling a growing chorus of opposition to its refusal to serve customers in the Palestinian territories, as British politicians join a US campaign group and hundreds of Palestinian nationals in calling for the payments service to lift its Palestinian blackout.

about 2 weeks ago
Pro-Palestinian Group Vindicated of Anti-Semitism Charges After CUNY Probe
Sam Kestenbaum, The Forward

Pro-Palestinian Group Vindicated of Anti-Semitism Charges After CUNY Probe

An independent investigation has vindicated a pro-Palestinian group charged with fostering an anti-Semitic climate at the nation’s largest urban public university. Two lawyers hired by the City University of New York to investigate alleged instances of anti-Semitism...

about 2 weeks ago