News Roundup

Palestinian Schools in Israel Strike Against Tuition, Poor Conditions
Ma'an News Agency

Palestinian Schools in Israel Strike Against Tuition, Poor Conditions

Palestinian children across Israel have been unable to begin the new academic year, as many schools and teachers went on strike earlier this week in protest of poor funding and bad school conditions. Forty-seven Palestinian Christian schools throughout Israel have yet to open since the start of the school year on Tuesday in protest against severe budget constraints.

14 hours ago
The Palestinian Family That Fought a Soldier to Save Their Son
Amira Hass, Haaretz

The Palestinian Family That Fought a Soldier to Save Their Son

On Sunday afternoon Nariman Tamimi repeated her answer for probably the thousandth time, telling yet another journalist that she had done the natural thing when on August 28 she ran to rescue her 12-year-old son Mohammad from the grip of an Israel Defense Forces soldier at the demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. To say she “ran” is an exaggeration, as she was hobbling on crutches.

14 hours ago
Palestinians: We Have Enough Votes for UN Flag-raising Move
Yahoo News!/AP

Palestinians: We Have Enough Votes for UN Flag-raising Move

The Palestinians say "you bet we have the votes" to approve a draft resolution that seeks to raise the flags of the United Nations' two non-member observer states outside U.N. headquarters. The other state is the Holy See. A vote in the 193-member General Assembly on the draft, which has angered Israel, is set for Sept. 10.

14 hours ago
Gaza Could Become ‘Uninhabitable’ by 2020, UN Report Warns
AP/Haaretz

Gaza Could Become ‘Uninhabitable’ by 2020, UN Report Warns

A new United Nations report says Gaza could be "uninhabitable" in less than five years if current economic trends continue. The report released Tuesday by the UN Conference on Trade and Development points to the eight years of economic blockade of Gaza as well as the three wars between Israel and the Palestinians there over the past six years.

about 2 days ago
[Essay] From Black America to Palestine
Dr. Barbara Lewis, Ebony

[Essay] From Black America to Palestine

“They aim for the eyes,” Mohammad Al-Azza said, pointing to a scar. In 2013, when he was taking pictures of Israeli soldiers who were raiding Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp, a rubber-coated bullet tore into his cheek, cracked bones in his face and skull, flooding his right eye with so much blood he temporarily lost vision. While he was convalescing, soldiers again invaded the family home...

about 2 days ago
Gaza: U.N. Issues Warning About Living Conditions
Diaa Hadid

Gaza: U.N. Issues Warning About Living Conditions

A United Nations agency has warned that Gaza may become uninhabitable by 2020 if current political and economic trends continue. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development said in a statement released late Tuesday that eight years of effective bans on most exports, three major conflicts and tight restrictions on materials entering Gaza had “shattered its ability to export and produce for the domestic market, ravaged its already debilitated infrastructure, left no time for reconstruction and economic recovery, and accelerated the de-development” of the Gaza Strip.

about 2 days ago
Even Netanyahu Calls Them “Terrorists”: How the U.S. Aids Israelis Convicted of Violent Crimes
David Palumbo-Liu, Salon

Even Netanyahu Calls Them “Terrorists”: How the U.S. Aids Israelis Convicted of Violent Crimes

A complaint filed last week with the New York state attorney general by T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is casting light on the fact that an Israeli organization called Honenu has been getting a U.S. tax write-off. There is nothing alarming or unusual about that fact alone. What is of grave concern is that Honenu’s sole purpose is to defend and offer material support to Israelis accused and convicted of violent crimes against Palestinians, including murder.

about 3 days ago
Is This Disturbing Video Israel’s Eric Garner Moment?
Max Fisher, Vox

Is This Disturbing Video Israel’s Eric Garner Moment?

For a few years now, Palestinians in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh have held a weekly demonstration to protest the Israeli occupation that has confiscated village land for a nearby Israeli settlement. These protests don't usually make international news. But last week's was different.

about 3 days ago
The Devastating Effects of Night Raids on Palestinian Families
Salwa Duaibis, +972 Magazine

The Devastating Effects of Night Raids on Palestinian Families

Over the years, the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC) has collected testimonies from Palestinian women in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza on a whole range of issues. However there is one issue, above all others, that stands out due to the frequency with which it occurs and the devastating impact it has on women, their children and entire communities.

about 3 days ago