Op-Eds & Analysis

Presbyterian Church’s Israel disinvestments are a nonviolent contribution to Peace
Andries Coetzee, Cleveland.com

Presbyterian Church’s Israel disinvestments are a nonviolent contribution to Peace

With renewed violence in Gaza, Presbyterian Church's Israel disinvestments are a nonviolent contribution to peace. I personally support divestment and spoke in favor of it on the plenary floor, based on my experience of growing up in South Africa during the height of the apartheid years, as part of the white Afrikaans-speaking minority who oppressed the black majority.

21 hours ago
Gaza’s kids affected psychologically, physically by lifetime of violence
Hashem Said, Al Jazeera

Gaza’s kids affected psychologically, physically by lifetime of violence

Beyond the immediate loss in Gaza – destruction of property, infrastructure, and the deaths of more than 1,300 people (mostly civilians) – Israel’s onslaught will have long-term mental and physical impacts on the Palestinian children who survived weeks of airstrikes, naval and tank shellings.

about 2 days ago
FAQ: The Assault on Gaza: Israeli Aims & US Involvement
IMEU

FAQ: The Assault on Gaza: Israeli Aims & US Involvement

The IMEU offers the following expert FAQ about Operation Protective Edge and the conflict in Gaza, featuring human rights attorney Diana Buttu, Executive Director of the Jerusalem Fund Yousef Munayyer, and co-founder of Al-Shabaka Osamah Khalil.

about 2 days ago
The awful decisions I’ve made to protect my Palestinian children from this war
Wejdan Abu Shammala, The Washington Post

The awful decisions I’ve made to protect my Palestinian children from this war

My children used to talk about toys, “The Lion King” and books they were reading. Now they chat endlessly with each other about the war, bombings, shelling and the difference between F-16s and commercial jets. They want to know how many deaths or injuries occur after every strike.

about 2 days ago
As the Gaza crisis deepens, boycotts can raise the price of Israel’s impunity
Rafeef Ziadah, The Guardian

As the Gaza crisis deepens, boycotts can raise the price of Israel’s impunity

I started my life under Israeli siege and bombardment. Even as a child I remember wondering, while the smell of artillery shells filled the Beirut air in 1982 and we ran for our lives: “why is the world allowing this to happen?” On the face of Gaza’s children today I see another generation born to the same trauma, and to the same question. How can this be allowed to happen?

about 5 days ago
Ramadan Reflection Day #25: Yesterday I Met One of the Children of Gaza
Imam Khalid Latif

Ramadan Reflection Day #25: Yesterday I Met One of the Children of Gaza

Where conventional media for the most part has failed, the people of the world have shared parts of the story that many of us would not ever see if not for social media. For some of us, it was the first time we ever saw something like this. The death, the destruction, the lack of humanity - the images all hit hard.

about 1 week ago
FAQ: Misperceptions about the Conflict in Gaza
IMEU

FAQ: Misperceptions about the Conflict in Gaza

The IMEU offers the following expert FAQ about Operation Protective Edge and the conflict in Gaza, featuring human rights attorney Diana Buttu, former legal consultant to the Palestinian Legislative Council George Bisharat, and director of Al-Shabaka Nadia Hijab.

about 1 week ago
Where are the voices of Gaza’s victims?
Deanna Othman, Chicago Sun-Times

Where are the voices of Gaza’s victims?

Since July 8, Gaza is constantly on my mind. Thoughts of bombings and F-16s have clouded every other thought in my brain. Images of bloody children, homes turned into rubble and plumes of smoke in the Gazan sky have inundated my Facebook and Twitter feeds. The sounds of political pundits pontificating on Israel’s right to defend itself and Hamas rockets chatter relentlessly on my television screen.

about 1 week ago
Darkness Falls on Gaza
Mohammed Omer, The New York Times

Darkness Falls on Gaza

Ramadan, when night descends, is usually a joyous time. Friends and family gather to break their fast at the iftar meal. Not this year. Nights are the worst. That is when the bombing escalates. Nowhere is safe. Not a mosque. Not a church. Not a school, or even a hospital. All are potential targets.

about 1 week ago