For weeks, Islamic State militants, aided by Al Nusra Front, waged a street war in Syria's Yarmouk refugee camp against Aknaf Beit al-Maqdis, an anti-government battalion. Snipers targeted anything that moved. The Syrian government also launched aerial attacks targeting civilian areas, including dropping about 50 barrel bombs, two of them on Palestinian Hospital this month.
On April 1, Palestine joined the International Criminal Court (ICC), which now has jurisdiction over international crimes committed on or from Palestinian territory since June 2014. On the same day, though hardly reported, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) confiscated 12 sets of solar panels, batteries and electric cables from an impoverished Bedouin community, Khan al-Ahmar, in the arid hills east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.
Many campus voices will decry the David Horowitz hit piece for its outrageously false claims against students advocating for Palestinian freedom. Many will point out that the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes, has named Horowitz the “godfather of the modern anti-Muslim movement” and many will have noted his long history of grotesque racism, including slavery apologia.
Since 1967, Gaza has been under Israeli military occupation, along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Although Israel withdrew its soldiers and some 8,000 settlers from the interior of the tiny, densely populated coastal strip in 2005, Israel continues to control virtually all entry and exit, as well as Gaza's airspace and coastline.
A future Palestinian rapper, perhaps one the age of Kanye’s daughter now, might eventually pen lyrics reminiscent of the deepest of Ye’s racially oriented rhymes, perhaps lyrics that call to mind West’s bitter account of mid-century racist abuse of his much beloved late mother on “New Slaves” or “Never Let Me Down.”
Across the globe, with increasing force and energy, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is gathering momentum and racking up victories. This was already occurring after the Israeli onslaught on Gaza last summer drew global attention to Israel’s illegal occupation of Arab lands.
In June 2002, under the pretext of security, the Israeli government began unilaterally constructing a wall to separate Palestinians in the occupied West Bank from Israel and occupied East Jerusalem, and from Israeli settlements built inside the West Bank. The IMEU offers the following fact sheet on Israel's West Bank Wall.
n you imagine reading an editorial in a respected newspaper today discussing the rights of "Negroes" or "Chinamen"? Probably not. And yet, like other newspapers in this country, The Times continues to use the generic term "Arabs" or "Israeli Arabs" to refer to the Palestinians who live inside Israel, falsely distinguishing them from the Palestinians who live in the territories occupied by Israel in 1967 or those who were driven into exile during the destruction of Palestine in 1948.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election success is being portrayed by some as a victory for the international aspects of the Palestinian cause. For months, Palestinians have been trying to leverage Europe’s frustration with Israeli actions and now the United States might be having second thoughts about wielding its almighty UN Security Council veto.