Tagged: History

Balfour Sparked a National Tragedy for the Palestinian People—with BDS, We Are Fighting Back Op-Eds & Analysis
Omar Barghouti, Nesweek

Balfour Sparked a National Tragedy for the Palestinian People—with BDS, We Are Fighting Back

When Zionist militias forced my grandmother, Rasmiyyah, and her family out of their home in Safad at gunpoint during the 1948 Nakba, the process of settler-colonialism that was propelled by the Balfour Declaration and that culminated in ethnic cleansing became more than just a national tragedy for the indigenous people of Palestine. It became personal.

about 3 weeks ago
Balfour Declaration of Support for Jewish Homeland Still Divisive at 100 News Roundup
David M. Halbfinger, New York Times

Balfour Declaration of Support for Jewish Homeland Still Divisive at 100

It was the moment of conception of what would become the State of Israel — or it was the original sin in which Israel was conceived. The Balfour Declaration, the pivotal, 67-word assurance by the British foreign secretary that promised support for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people,” turned 100 on Thursday, meeting with tributes in Jerusalem and London, and tear gas in Bethlehem.

about 3 weeks ago
50 Years - Occupation Timeline Videos
IMEU

50 Years - Occupation Timeline

The moon landing, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Beyonce, fidget spinners. A lot has happened during 5 decades of occupation in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. While the world has changed, so much has stayed the same for Palestinians under Israeli occupation.

on June 7, 2017
UC Berkeley Reinstates Class on Palestine Following Outcry Over Its Suspension News Roundup
Sam Levin, The Guardian

UC Berkeley Reinstates Class on Palestine Following Outcry Over Its Suspension

The University of California, Berkeley has reinstated a controversial course examining Palestine “through the lens of settler colonialism” after facing intense backlash that it was stifling academic freedom.

on September 19, 2016
The Endangered White Cucumbers of Battir Op-Eds & Analysis
David Kattenburg, Mondoweiss

The Endangered White Cucumbers of Battir

Nothing challenges us humans more than nationalistic pride. Bigotry, imperialism, war, and all manner of human destruction inevitably sprout from its soil. This thought came to my mind as I read the latest public ruminations of a certain Israeli acquaintance of mine, a Chicago expatriate...

on August 22, 2016
Uncovering the Lost Palestinian Villages Underneath Glitzy Tel Aviv Op-Eds & Analysis
Mira Sucharov, Forward

Uncovering the Lost Palestinian Villages Underneath Glitzy Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv residents are often described as living in a “bubble,” because of their relative distance from the epicenter of conflict and occupation, and because, at least compared to Jerusalem, the zeitgeist of the city tends toward liberalism and open-mindedness. But despite all the talk…

on July 25, 2016
Palestine’s ‘Empty’ Museum is Still a Beacon of Hope Op-Eds & Analysis
James Fraser, Middle East Eye

Palestine’s ‘Empty’ Museum is Still a Beacon of Hope

An astonishing new cultural institution for the Middle East has now opened to the public. Situated on a hilltop near Ramallah in the West Bank, the $24m Palestinian Museum was opened officially in a gala inauguration ceremony on 18 May. Over 700 guests mingled on a broad pavilion in the afternoon sun, while musicians played a classical Arab repertoire in the terraced gardens below.

on June 12, 2016
The Bookseller Saving Jerusalem’s Palestinian Identity News Roundup
Urvashi Sarkar, Al Jazeera

The Bookseller Saving Jerusalem’s Palestinian Identity

On Jerusalem's busy Salah Eddin Street, where cafes, grocery stores, money exchange centres and jewellery shops proliferate the landscape, a prominent board at number 22 announces itself as the Educational Bookshop. Shortly ahead, across the road, is another bookstore and cafe, also titled the Educational Bookshop.

on May 30, 2016
Palestine Museum Review – A Beacon of Optimism on a West Bank Hilltop News Roundup
Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian

Palestine Museum Review – A Beacon of Optimism on a West Bank Hilltop

sharp white crown rises from a hilltop in the West Bank, looking out across sun-scorched terraces of olive trees and sage bushes to the waters of the Mediterranean – a distant prospect that most Palestinians will never be able to reach. Seen from the valley below, this monolithic hangar could be the latest Israeli fortification, casting its beady eye over the surrounding Arab villages from the angular black windows slashed across its facade.

on May 17, 2016
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