Op-Eds & Analysis

BDS as the Third Way
John H. Thomas, The Huffington Post

BDS as the Third Way

When a Palestinian Christian says, "If the only choice is between violent resistance to the Occupation or submission, you must understand that for us, submission is not an option," it needs to be heard not as a threat or ultimatum, but as a plea.

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[Essay] From Black America to Palestine
Dr. Barbara Lewis, Ebony

[Essay] From Black America to Palestine

“They aim for the eyes,” Mohammad Al-Azza said, pointing to a scar. In 2013, when he was taking pictures of Israeli soldiers who were raiding Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp, a rubber-coated bullet tore into his cheek, cracked bones in his face and skull, flooding his right eye with so much blood he temporarily lost vision. While he was convalescing, soldiers again invaded the family home...

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Even Netanyahu Calls Them “Terrorists”: How the U.S. Aids Israelis Convicted of Violent Crimes
David Palumbo-Liu, Salon

Even Netanyahu Calls Them “Terrorists”: How the U.S. Aids Israelis Convicted of Violent Crimes

A complaint filed last week with the New York state attorney general by T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is casting light on the fact that an Israeli organization called Honenu has been getting a U.S. tax write-off. There is nothing alarming or unusual about that fact alone. What is of grave concern is that Honenu’s sole purpose is to defend and offer material support to Israelis accused and convicted of violent crimes against Palestinians, including murder.

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No to the Iran Deal Means No to U.S. Credibility
George Bisharat & John V. Whitbeck, Los Angeles Times

No to the Iran Deal Means No to U.S. Credibility

A striking feature of the debate raging among American politicians over the Iran nuclear agreement is the virtual absence of references to international law. Republican presidential candidates compete as to who among them, if elected president, would be quickest to renounce the agreement, as if the United States were utterly free to do as it pleases without consequences.

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One Year After Ceasefire, ‘Temporary’ Housing for Gazans Seems to be Permanent
Nora Lester Murad, The Huffington Post

One Year After Ceasefire, ‘Temporary’ Housing for Gazans Seems to be Permanent

One year after the August 26, 2014 ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Abu Fathi Abu Jammous, his eight-month pregnant wife, and four children are living in a sweltering prefabricated caravan. Abu Fathi's house was totally destroyed in the brutal attack on Khuzaa in the southern Gaza Strip, and he was forced to move his family into an UNRWA school.

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Israel’s Destruction of Mamilla Cemetery Part of Effort to Remove Palestine from Jerusalem
Pablo Castellani & Chiara Cruciati, Mondoweiss

Israel’s Destruction of Mamilla Cemetery Part of Effort to Remove Palestine from Jerusalem

Mamilla cemetery does not exist anymore. What exists now is a hotel, a school, a parking lot, a public garden, a nightclub and the US consulate. Also a museum to celebrate tolerance. But the meaning of tolerance in West Jerusalem, a few steps away from the Old City, is surreal.

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Dem Congresswoman: Israel’s Treatment of Palestinian Youth ‘Unacceptable’
Josh Ruebner, The Hill

Dem Congresswoman: Israel’s Treatment of Palestinian Youth ‘Unacceptable’

"I usually wear a suit, but I wanted to represent my son today," Siam Nawarah explained after walking the halls of Congress and meeting with the State Department earlier this month. The 43-year-old Palestinian father and successful salon owner from the West Bank city of Ramallah, with a youthful face that breaks into a sly grin in lighter moments, sported a black T-shirt with a picture of his 17-year-old son Nadeem wearing a baseball cap backwards, a keffiyeh — a Palestinian scarf — wrapped around his neck, and an ear-to-ear smile.

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Life in Gaza, One Year After War
Lara Abu Ramadan, The Atlantic

Life in Gaza, One Year After War

"My brain cannot stop dreaming of war, I don't want to wake up this way! Its really annoying and sad. #Gaza :(" I tweeted this more than six months after Israel’s 2014 bombardment of the Gaza Strip. I was not alone among Gazans in my unrelenting suffering. But I am an adult. For children, the nightmares are far worse, particularly for those who have endured three wars in six years. Wednesday marks a full year since the last.

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Gaza, Gulag on the Mediterranean
Mohammed Omer, New York Times

Gaza, Gulag on the Mediterranean

At this time last year, as the missiles and bombs rained down in Israel’s lopsided seven-week war against Gaza, I wrote about our struggle to survive during the holy month of Ramadan. This year, another Ramadan has passed, Eid al-Fitr is over and the reality on the ground has changed very little.

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