Op-Eds & Analysis

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.

about 5 days ago
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.

about 5 days ago
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.

about 6 days ago
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?”

about 2 weeks ago
Anti-BDS Legislation Violates Free Speech
David Wildman, Religion News Service

Anti-BDS Legislation Violates Free Speech

(RNS) State legislatures across the country are considering a spate of bills that would blacklist companies (and, in the case of New York, individuals) that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which tries to impose economic pressure on Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian land. Such repressive legislation threatens the right of all Americans to engage in boycotts...

about 3 weeks ago
Stop the Tax-deductible Status of the Jewish National Fund
The Hill

Stop the Tax-deductible Status of the Jewish National Fund

On March 30, 2016 attorneys from the National Lawyers Guild filed a legal memo to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requesting that the charitable tax-deductible status of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) be investigated. The memo alleges that the JNF, as the US fundraising arm of a quasi-governmental organization in Israel, known as the Keren Kayemeth L’Ysrael (KKL), should not receive US tax payer funds for their activities.

about 3 weeks ago
Brutal, Ugly & Illegal: 9 Things You Need to Know About the Israeli Occupation of Palestine
David Palumbo-Liu, Salon

Brutal, Ugly & Illegal: 9 Things You Need to Know About the Israeli Occupation of Palestine

As this story goes to press, the American Anthropological Association is voting on an academic boycott resolution in solidarity with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. If it passes the resolution, it will become the largest academic association in the world to do so, joining dozens of professional academic organizations, unions, and student unions in the United States and Europe.

about 3 weeks ago
PEN Should Not Accept Israeli Propaganda Money to Fund Festival
Susan Abulhawa, Middle East Eye

PEN Should Not Accept Israeli Propaganda Money to Fund Festival

PEN American Center, which describes itself as “the US branch of the world’s leading international literary and human rights organisation,” has chosen to align, once again, with the government of Israel, one of the world’s most persistent abusers of human rights. It has accepted funding for the annual World Voices Festival from the Israeli embassy as part of the Brand Israel programme...

on April 7, 2016
Running Through Conflict: The Palestine Marathon
Gill Bland, The Gaurdian

Running Through Conflict: The Palestine Marathon

“It was amazing!” Anyone who knows a marathon runner has heard those words, or something similar, from an adrenaline-fuelled finisher on their post-race high. But this runner’s passion and excitement was fuelled by a very different reason. For my friend Miriam, the Palestine Marathon was not about time or even about being able to say she had run a marathon.

on April 5, 2016