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How the very concept of human rights has failed Palestinians
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine

How the very concept of human rights has failed Palestinians

Certain rights should be inalienable — yet Israel refuses to grant them to Palestinians and the world continues to treat the country as a rights-based democracy. What does this absurdity say about human rights as a political tool, and about the powers, entities and institutions that speak in their name?

about 2 days ago
How Western Governments Have Failed Palestinian Children
Roger Waters, The Huffington Post

How Western Governments Have Failed Palestinian Children

My only daughter, India, just gave birth to my first granddaughter, a healthy, beautiful nine-pound baby. I am overjoyed. My tears of joy run free. Yet, my joy is fettered by sorrow. The new arrival's birth has been cause for reflection about the world she inherits. This child, so dear to me, will not lack for opportunities, her future is wide open. I cannot, however, help but see in her the reflection of other less fortunate children.

about 1 week ago
A professor’s freedom to tweet: The Steven Salaita affair
Shachar Pinsker, +972 Magazine

A professor’s freedom to tweet: The Steven Salaita affair

In 2013, the American-Indian Studies Program at The University of Illinois decided to hire Steven Salaita, who then held a tenured position at Virginia Tech University. The university’s administration approved the appointment via a standard procedure that seemed to go smoothly. So in 2014, Salaita resigned from Virginia Tech, sold his house and moved with his family to Urbana-Champagne. But then, something very unlikely happened.

about 2 weeks ago
In the Eye of a Man-Made Storm
Pierre Krahenbul, Foreign Policy

In the Eye of a Man-Made Storm

When I was awoken by a call from our Gaza director at 6:20 in the morning on July 30, it was instantly clear the news wouldn't be good. And it wasn't. A U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school sheltering 3,000 displaced people from the raging conflict had just been hit by artillery fire, and many people were reported dead or injured. Children seeking refuge in classrooms had been killed in their sleep. It was an outrage, a disgrace.

on September 26, 2014
Israel’s N.S.A. Scandal
James Bamford, The New York Times

Israel’s N.S.A. Scandal

In Moscow this summer, while reporting a story for Wired magazine, I had the rare opportunity to hang out for three days with Edward J. Snowden. It gave me a chance to get a deeper understanding of who he is and why, as a National Security Agency contractor, he took the momentous step of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.

on September 16, 2014
Expert Q&A: Palestinian National Unity & The Schism Between Fatah and Hamas
IMEU

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.

on September 11, 2014
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.

on September 4, 2014
Expert Q&A: The New Palestinian Peace Plan, Gaza Ceasefire Talks, & Israel’s Latest Land Grab
IMEU

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.

on September 4, 2014
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."

on August 27, 2014