Experts

Ingrid Jaradat Gassner Coordinator of International Advocacy and Public Relations for the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem

Ingrid Jaradat Gassner

Noura Erakat Human Rights Attorney and Activist

Noura Erakat

Issam Younis Director General of the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

Issam Younis

Dr. Jess Ghannam Board member of Gaza Community Mental Health Programme

Jess Ghannam

Dr. Mona El-Farra Director of Gaza Projects of the Middle East Children's Alliance

Mona El-Farra

Updates

Unprecedented Bill Introduced in US Congress to Deny Israel Aid, Protect Children, and Promote Human News Roundup

Unprecedented Bill Introduced in US Congress to Deny Israel Aid, Protect Children, and Promote Human

On Tuesday, November 14, Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced the “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.” The eight original co-sponsors included Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. This piece of legislation has attracted international attention—human rights groups such as the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker charity, and Amnesty International, have come out in support.

about 6 days ago
The Arrest And Abuse Of Palestinian Children Has To Stop Op-Eds & Analysis

The Arrest And Abuse Of Palestinian Children Has To Stop

As a Palestinian human rights defender, I have been arrested by Israel more times that I can count. I have been beaten, stripped and left outside in the cold, and my family has been threatened with violence. During one of my arrests in 2015, I spent five hours handcuffed to a toilet in a filthy bathroom. The soldiers would enter, cock their guns at me and yell, “I will kill you the way ISIS kills.”

about 1 week ago
Israel Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Abuse Palestinian Children. This Bill Would Put an End to That. News Roundup

Israel Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Abuse Palestinian Children. This Bill Would Put an End to That.

Children ad teenagers are frequent victims of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. They face physical abuse by Israeli military forces and are shuffled through an unfair court system without access to legal counsel or even their parents. The United States has long subsidized these abuses, giving billions of dollars in military aid to Israel every year. Now, a group of Democratic members of Congress is saying enough is enough.

about 1 week ago
U.S. Faith Groups Defend Constitutional Right to Boycott in Support of Palestinian Freedom Op-Eds & Analysis

U.S. Faith Groups Defend Constitutional Right to Boycott in Support of Palestinian Freedom

Recently, the Kansas Commission of Education barred a math teacher from a program for training other teachers because she refused to sign a pledge certifying that she is “not engaged in boycotting Israel.” The teacher happens to be a Mennonite, and she supports a resolution passed by her church denomination opposing the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. The resolution urges the boycotting of “products associated with acts of violence or policies of military occupation, including items produced in [the Israeli] settlements.”

about 2 weeks ago
Balfour Sparked a National Tragedy for the Palestinian People—with BDS, We Are Fighting Back Op-Eds & Analysis

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

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
Gov. Hogan’s Executive Order Stifles Free Speech Op-Eds & Analysis

Gov. Hogan’s Executive Order Stifles Free Speech

This week, Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order into law that threatens the First Amendment right of Maryland residents to engage in boycotts and other economic acts of conscience. While it singles out boycotts in support of Palestinian rights in particular, this executive order amounts to an attack on the constitutionally protected right to free speech and the democratic process itself, and it should be rejected by all Marylanders regardless of their views on Israel and Palestine.

on October 26, 2017
Houston Suburb Conditions Hurricane Relief Money On Residents’ Vow Not To Boycott Israel News Roundup

Houston Suburb Conditions Hurricane Relief Money On Residents’ Vow Not To Boycott Israel

A suburb outside of Houston is requiring residents who were affected by Hurricane Harvey to certify that they do not boycott Israel in order to apply for grant money to rebuild their home or business. Dickinson, Texas, located alongside a bayou about 30 miles southeast of Houston, suffered extensive damage during the hurricane that tore through the area two months ago.

on October 20, 2017
“The Siege” Illuminates the Point of View of Palestinian Fighters News Roundup

“The Siege” Illuminates the Point of View of Palestinian Fighters

Last week marked a momentous cultural occasion: the entrance of a Palestinian theater company onto the New York stage, performing a Palestinian work that hinges on the voices and political perspectives of Palestinian people. After two previously planned but ultimately scrapped local productions of the play, The Siege is finally celebrating its first run in the city.

on October 19, 2017