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Expert Q&A: The Iran Nuclear Deal & Palestine/Israel
IMEU

Expert Q&A: The Iran Nuclear Deal & Palestine/Israel

Following the recently announced agreement concerning Iran’s nuclear program and the ongoing Congressional debate surrounding it, our latest expert Q&A examines the deal’s possible implications for Palestine/Israel and the region as a whole, with analysts Diana Buttu, Mouin Rabbani, and Rami Khouri.

about 2 days ago
How Israel Uses Water to Control Palestinian Life
Charlotte Silver, The Nation

How Israel Uses Water to Control Palestinian Life

It’s not yet summer when I arrive in East Jerusalem during a broiling heat wave. In the area known as Shuafat Ridge, bitter fights break out between neighbors this time of year, when water becomes more scarce and the neighborhood is rife with accusations of water theft. The tens of thousands of Palestinians who live here use around half the amount of water recommended...

about 1 week ago
Questions We Need to Ask About Israel’s War in Gaza
Zeina Azzam, The Huffington Post

Questions We Need to Ask About Israel’s War in Gaza

With the anniversary of Israel's war on Gaza, activists, analysts, and policymakers have been writing about the situation on the ground one year later, and how the political landscape has (or hasn't) changed. The 51-day onslaught devastated this besieged parcel of land by the Mediterranean Sea and left thousands dead, wounded, homeless, jobless, poor, and hungry.

about 1 week ago
Expert Q&A: Killing with Impunity, Israel’s Two-Tiered Legal System
IMEU

Expert Q&A: Killing with Impunity, Israel’s Two-Tiered Legal System

Following Human Rights Watch's recent report documenting systematic violence and abuses committed by Israeli soldiers and police against Palestinian children in the occupied territories, the IMEU offers the following expert Q&A with Emily Schaefer Omer-Man, Coordinator of the Criminal Accountability of Israeli Security Forces project for Yesh Din, a human rights organization based in Israel.

about 1 week ago
Charlie Jadallah: Eshoo, Others Go to Bat for Palestinian village
Charlie Jadallah, San Jose Mercury News

Charlie Jadallah: Eshoo, Others Go to Bat for Palestinian village

You have probably never heard of Susiya, a small Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. In a few days much of it may no longer exist. Israel is expected to demolish a good portion of the village of 340 people. An international outcry is the best means to stop the cruel action against a desperate Palestinian community that has lived under Israeli occupation for decades.

about 2 weeks ago
How Far Should UC Go with an Anti-Semitism Policy?
The Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times

How Far Should UC Go with an Anti-Semitism Policy?

The University of California is being urged to adopt an expansive definition of anti-Semitism that critics say would equate criticism of the state of Israel with bigotry. UC should be vigilant about protecting Jewish students from bigotry, but embracing the State Department's definition of anti-Semitism — a foreign policy pronouncement that was not designed as a speech code...

about 2 weeks ago
Democratic Support for Israel Is Withering Rapidly
Josh Ruebner, The Huffington Post

Democratic Support for Israel Is Withering Rapidly

More troubling news emerged this past weekend for those trying to prop up the once solid, now faltering, bipartisan backing for Israel. GOP pollster Frank Luntz worriedly concluded that "Israel can no longer claim to have the bipartisan support of America" after finding "blatant" and "deep" animosity among Democratic "opinion elites" to Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.

about 3 weeks ago
Return: A Palestinian Memoir by Ghada Karmi - Book Review
Donald Macintyre, The Independent

Return: A Palestinian Memoir by Ghada Karmi - Book Review

Though she has lived since childhood in Britain, the doctor, academic and writer Ghada Karmi has long been active in the Palestinian cause – a "full-time Palestinian" as she ironically puts it. Forced to flee aged eight with her family in the 1948 war, during Israel's military conquest of West Jerusalem, she has formatively vivid recollections of the life she left behind and the trauma of abandoning it.

about 3 weeks ago
Why I Painted a Rainbow Flag on Israel’s Apartheid Wall
Khaled Jarrar, The Electronic Intifada

Why I Painted a Rainbow Flag on Israel’s Apartheid Wall

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.

on July 2, 2015