Op-Eds & Analysis

Don’t Blacklist Me: Banning the Boycott of U.S. Allies Would Keep Us From Using a Powerful Tool…
Rebecca Vilkomerson, Salon

Don’t Blacklist Me: Banning the Boycott of U.S. Allies Would Keep Us From Using a Powerful Tool…

The State of New York may blacklist me for working for justice for Palestinians. I am the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for the full freedom and equality of all the people in Israel/Palestine. A part of our work includes campaigns boycotting specific companies to create pressure to cease contributing to Israel’s oppression...

about 6 days ago
Israeli Settlements, American Money. What’s Next?
Maen Rashid Areikat, Huffington Post

Israeli Settlements, American Money. What’s Next?

The U.S. and the entire world do not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Every U.S. administration, Republican and Democrat, since 1967 has opposed settlement construction in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

about 6 days ago
Don’t Shoot the Messenger, Israel
Ban Ki-Moon, New York Times

Don’t Shoot the Messenger, Israel

In Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, 2016 has begun much as 2015 ended — with unacceptable levels of violence and a polarized public discourse. That polarization showed itself in the halls of the United Nations last week when I pointed out a simple truth: History proves that people will always resist occupation.

about 1 week ago
Netanyahu Must End Anti-Arab Incitement and Confront Israel’s Denial of Palestinian Rights
Ahmad Tibi, Newsweek

Netanyahu Must End Anti-Arab Incitement and Confront Israel’s Denial of Palestinian Rights

As a Palestinian member of Parliament in Israel, I represent almost a third of Israel’s population, the descendants of those who were not expelled during the Nakba, or exodus, of 1948. We are not immigrants who moved into Israel. Rather, Israel came to us. Nevertheless, we continue to be treated as strangers in our own land.

about 1 week ago
Gaza Speaks: This is What the Decade-long Siege Has Done to Us
Ramzy Baroud, Ma'an News Agency

Gaza Speaks: This is What the Decade-long Siege Has Done to Us

Whenever Mariam Aljamal’s children hear the sound of thunder at night, they wet their beds. Their reaction is almost instinctive, and is shared by a large number of children throughout the Gaza Strip. Mariam’s three children -- Jamal, Lina and Sarah -- were all born a few years after the Gaza siege was first imposed in 2006, and all of them have experienced at least one Israeli war.

about 2 weeks ago
When ‘Made In Israel’ Is a Human Rights Abuse
Eyal Press, New York Times

When ‘Made In Israel’ Is a Human Rights Abuse

Just before Christmas, Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, sent the White House a box of holiday gifts with a pointed political message. Inside were items (body lotion, halvah, olive oil) produced in Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Or rather, as Mr. Dermer put it in an accompanying letter, in Judea and Samaria — the term used by religious nationalists who see the settlements as no less a part of Israel than the Galilee or Tel Aviv.

about 2 weeks ago
The Discriminatory Face of Israel’s Second Legal System
Haaretz

The Discriminatory Face of Israel’s Second Legal System

The arrest of B’Tselem researcher Nasser Nawaja illustrates the distortion of Israel’s ongoing rule in the territories and its unacceptable, discriminatory character. The District Court ordered Nawaja released because it was not authorized to hear the case, due to the fact that his alleged offense was not committed in Israel and was not considered a security offense, which the Israeli court is authorized to hear.

about 2 weeks ago
Short-circuited Lives: Why My Family is Facing Eviction From Our Home in the Old City of Jerusalem
Rafat Sub Laban

Short-circuited Lives: Why My Family is Facing Eviction From Our Home in the Old City of Jerusalem

For my entire life, 27 years, I have lived with the threat that I will be permanently evicted from my home in the Old City of Jerusalem. It’s a beautiful location, just 200 yards from the Dome of the Rock and offering an absolutely stunning view of the Old City’s holy sites. We have paid our rent. We have been good tenants. We have tried all legal means, including a Dec. 3 protest march, to stay in our home.

about 2 weeks ago
BDS Campaign Against Israeli Policies is not Anti-Semitic
Liz Jackson, Mercury News

BDS Campaign Against Israeli Policies is not Anti-Semitic

Across California, students are increasingly supporting Palestinian human rights through boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) campaigns that promote Palestinian freedom and equality. The movement, similar to the United Farm Workers' nonviolent grape boycott, is designed to create political and economic pressure on Israel to comply with international human rights.

about 2 weeks ago