Op-Eds & Analysis

Obama Must Act to Protect Palestinian Youth
Brad Parker, The Hill

Obama Must Act to Protect Palestinian Youth

The Palestinian population is incredibly young. Children under 18 years old now represent 46 percent of the 4.68 million Palestinians living in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. They have grown up living in a situation of prolonged military occupation where Israeli forces enjoy near complete impunity for systematic human rights violations.

about 1 week ago
Breast Cancer is Bad Enough – Imagine Enduring it in Gaza
Philippa Whitford, The Guardian

Breast Cancer is Bad Enough – Imagine Enduring it in Gaza

Twenty-five years ago, during the first intifada, I was working as a volunteer surgeon with Medical Aid for Palestinians in al-Ahli hospital in Gaza when the Madrid peace conference led to the Oslo agreement and the supposed roadmap to peace between Israel and Palestine. I returned to Palestine a few weeks ago in my capacity as a breast cancer surgeon.

about 1 week ago
‘We Are the Generation That Will Return to Palestine’
Zena Tahhan, Al Jazeera

‘We Are the Generation That Will Return to Palestine’

Palestinian youth hailing from refugee camps across historic Palestine and Lebanon have launched a joint campaign to commemorate the 68th year since Nakba - or the "catastrophe" that befell the Palestinian people when Israel proclaimed statehood in 1948. Titled #Campaign68, the initiative is distinctive for its unprecedented level of coordination across camps in the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem, the 48 territories and Lebanon, where activities are being held in conjunction with one another.

about 1 week ago
Nakba Day Returns, But Not the Palestinians
Ben White, Middle East Eye

Nakba Day Returns, But Not the Palestinians

In 1995, a journalist interviewed a number of left-wing Israelis living in West Jerusalem homes whose Palestinian owners were expelled in 1948. One (unnamed) “prominent left-winger” was particularly, and directly, unapologetic. “I don't have any problem with the fact that we threw them out, and we don't want them back, because we want a Jewish state.”

about 2 weeks ago
Open Letter from a Palestinian Christian to the United Methodist Church
Philip Farah, The Huffington Post

Open Letter from a Palestinian Christian to the United Methodist Church

As an American of Palestinian Christian origin, I urge the United Methodist Church to heed the Palestinian Christian Kairos call for divestment from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. The Kairos call is certainly one of defiance, but it is also, in its own words, truly a message of “faith, hope, and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering.” It is based on a simple premise: Righteous people ought not to profit from unjust practices inflicted upon their fellow human beings.

about 3 weeks ago
New UN Database of Companies Complicit in Israel’s Occupation
Ingrid Jaradat, The Hill

New UN Database of Companies Complicit in Israel’s Occupation

Last month, in a landmark decision, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to establish a database of all companies implicated in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, including the city of East Jerusalem.

on April 30, 2016
Just as Boycotts Are Making a Difference for LGBTQ People, Some Lawmakers Want to Shut Them Down
Katherine Franke & Michael Ratner, Slate

Just as Boycotts Are Making a Difference for LGBTQ People, Some Lawmakers Want to Shut Them Down

In recent weeks, governors, mayors, major businesses, and entertainers have joined a boycott of North Carolina and Mississippi as a way of protesting new state laws that license discrimination against LGBT people. Similar boycotts of Indiana were threatened or announced last year when that state also passed homophobic legislation.

on April 29, 2016
When Google Photos Auto-Generated an Album From My Trip to Palestine and Called It ‘Trip to Israel’
Kristin Szremski, The Huffington Post

When Google Photos Auto-Generated an Album From My Trip to Palestine and Called It ‘Trip to Israel’

The pictures and videos I captured during my first trip to Palestine in October 2010 came at a cost that included several hours of detention and interrogations at the Tel Aviv airport, courtesy of the fine members of the Israeli military, Shin Bet and the Ministry of the Interior.

on April 29, 2016
Who Agrees With Bernie Sanders on Israel? Large Numbers of Americans
Dina Smeltz, The Washington Post

Who Agrees With Bernie Sanders on Israel? Large Numbers of Americans

Rarely — if ever — has a presidential candidate been so publicly critical of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians as Sen. Bernie Sanders was last week during the CNN Democratic primary debate in Brooklyn. Media outlets seized the moment, with headlines such as “Bernie Sanders smashes the Israel status quo,” “Bernie Sanders just shattered an American taboo on Israel” and “Why Does Bernie Sanders hate Israel?”

on April 22, 2016