2015 - Earlier this week, I painted a section of the Israeli apartheid wall near Qalandiya checkpoint in the occupied West Bank with the colors of the rainbow flag. Later that night, some people from the community painted it over.
2015 - Palestinian NGOs working with young people in Palestine and Israel face intense pressure from donors - many of them European organizations and foundations, and the EU itself - to facilitate dialogue between young Israeli Jews and Palestinians. This is despite the power asymmetries between the two groups due to Israeli occupation and human rights violations.
2015 - In the occupied West Bank, almost anything can come to be seen as a threat to Israel’s security. Even cows. Yes, cows. Here’s the story: During the activism of the first Palestinian intifada, residents of the West Bank town of Beit Sahour organized boycotts of Israeli goods in an act of civil disobedience intended to pressure the government. Local activists in 1988 hatched a plan to bypass Israeli suppliers and produce milk locally.
2015 - A new report released by a United Nations investigative panel on the possible commission of war crimes in Gaza during the 2014 conflict between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the enclave, has gathered substantial information finding the allegations to be credible, the Organization’s human rights office announced today.
2015 - For the past 60 years, Arab Palestinian Bedouin populations in the Negev desert in southern Israel have struggled to simply stay on their land in the face of discrimination and the threat of displacement. For residents of Umm al-Hiran in the southern Naqab -- the Arabic term for the Negev -- time is running out on a 12-year legal battle against demolition.
2015 - A year ago, I wrote an open letter on this site ahead of the Presbyterian Church-USA--PC (USA)-- General Assembly in support of a proposed resolution to divest from companies that profit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands, and to boycott products that are made in the illegal Israeli settlements. Today, I am appealing to the United Church of Christ (UCC) to adopt similar resolutions.
2015 - Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon capitulated to pressure from the Obama administration and removed Israel’s armed forces from a child rights “blacklist.” The decision not only undermines a strong global tool necessary to protect children in armed conflict, but provides Israeli forces with tacit approval to continue committing egregious violations against children with impunity.
2015 - If you did not know that this weekend some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world will meet in the Las Vegas desert to plot a massive and well-financed campaign against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, it’s not your fault. At the time of this writing, none of the mainstream media had covered it...
2015 - On May 15 it was 67 years since the founding of the state of Israel and the consequent dispossession of the majority of Palestine's indigenous people, their dispersion to refugee camps and exile in various countries. I am one of those dispersed. The 67th anniversary of that catastrophic event in my life put me in mind of a painful incident which occurred in London in 1973.