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Expert Q&A: Palestinian National Unity & The Schism Between Fatah and Hamas
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Expert Q&A: Palestinian National Unity & The Schism Between Fatah and Hamas

Diana Buttu and Mouin Rabbani offer their insights on the ongoing differences between Palestinian Authority President and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party and Hamas.

about 6 days ago
Rhetoric of racism, from Ferguson to Palestine
Nadia Barhoum, Al Jazeera

Rhetoric of racism, from Ferguson to Palestine

During the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, I was struck by the similarities in media narratives of the black and Palestinian experiences. There is nothing new about the nature of these stories, but perhaps the parallels seem more striking given that the fatal shooting in Ferguson and the recent devastation of Gaza happened concurrently. And, no doubt, social media has played a role in opening space for mutual solidarity in ongoing struggles against violence and oppression, which brings people closer and weaves their stories together.

about 2 weeks ago
Expert Q&A: The New Palestinian Peace Plan, Gaza Ceasefire Talks, & Israel’s Latest Land Grab
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Expert Q&A: The New Palestinian Peace Plan, Gaza Ceasefire Talks, & Israel’s Latest Land Grab

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently announced a new diplomatic initiative calling on Israel to end its occupation within three years and to allow for the creation of a Palestinian state with borders based on the pre-1967 lines. Rashid Khalidi and Diana Buttu weigh in on this and other recent political developments in Israel/Palestine.

about 2 weeks ago
Israel’s Military Plan in Gaza, and the Strengthening of Hamas
Taghreed El-Khodary, Huffington Post

Israel’s Military Plan in Gaza, and the Strengthening of Hamas

In Gaza today there are thousands of Anne Franks, but their words are rarely seen by Americans. The most painful feeling is when your life is not counted as fully human, is not valued as much as the lives of those who are trying to kill you. When your feelings and your soul mean nothing. When you know the world is watching and yet there are those who escape the realities by turning their heads away -- or need not turn their head at all because your story of dispossession and subjugation is not even being told. The worst is when people start by saying, "It's too complicated to understand or it will never be resolved."

about 3 weeks ago
Expert Q&A: Amnesty International & Human Rights Watch on Being Denied Entry to Gaza
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Expert Q&A: Amnesty International & Human Rights Watch on Being Denied Entry to Gaza

Since its latest assault on the occupied and besieged coastal territory began, Israel has repeatedly denied permission for AI and HRW staff to enter Gaza, while Egypt has failed to respond to requests to enter via its border crossing with Gaza.

about 3 weeks ago
Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning
Roger Waters, Salon

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning

The moral perversity of the U.S. position is stunning. How can the U.S. government ask Israel to be more careful about civilian lives while simultaneously arming and then rearming the IDF so it can more effectively inflict such devastation on an imprisoned and occupied people?

about 3 weeks ago
The Anger of the Palestinians Cannot Be Ended by Killing Their Children
Wallace Shawn, The Hollywood Reporter

The Anger of the Palestinians Cannot Be Ended by Killing Their Children

Over the decades, I've done quite a bit of work as a translator from various languages, and sometimes when I get home from work, I just can't stop. Yesterday, for example, I saw an ad in The Hollywood Reporter. It was in English, but its meaning was not immediately obvious at all, so I felt an overwhelming impulse to translate it.

about 3 weeks ago
Why Palestinian citizens of Israel are no longer safe
Ron Gerlitz

Why Palestinian citizens of Israel are no longer safe

About a month ago I wrote here that the fabric of relations between Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel was worsening, and that this was not just an escalation but a frightening new era of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. In retrospect, we were just at the start of the deterioration and had no idea what was in store for us.

on August 13, 2014
Opinion: Why Israel is its own worst enemy
Gideon Levy, CNN

Opinion: Why Israel is its own worst enemy

The streets of Ashkelon were half empty when I arrived on a Monday afternoon. The latest war was under way, and Haaretz had just published a critical article I'd written about Israel's air force pilots and the grave consequences of their bombardment of Gaza. I came to this southern Israeli town, not far from Gaza, to chronicle the fear spreading throughout Israeli communities near the border. As a columnist for the country's leading liberal newspaper, I am quite used to people being hostile towards my views, but this was something new.

on August 12, 2014