Activism

Activism

The use of nonviolent means by Palestinians to defend their rights, land, and livelihoods has a long and diverse history. It goes back more than a hundred years and continues up until today. More often than not, Palestinian nonviolence has been met with a violent response, first by British authorities, and then by Israel. In recent years, another major nonviolent Palestinian initiative has been the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).

Bay Area Stands with Reem’s Bakery in Face of Pro-Israel Attacks News Roundup
Carol Sanders, Mondoweiss

Bay Area Stands with Reem’s Bakery in Face of Pro-Israel Attacks

It is a familiar scenario. Somewhere in a Bay Area community space, a Palestinian voice rises and is heard. That voice defies a rigidly enforced popular narrative that casts the mighty state of Israel as the victim and demonizes those it has dispossessed.

about 6 days ago
Another Democratic Congressman Drops Support for Controversial anti-BDS… News Roundup
Amir Tibon, Haaretz

Another Democratic Congressman Drops Support for Controversial anti-BDS…

Another Democratic member of Congress announced over the weekend that he would withdraw his support from the controversial "Israel Anti-Boycott Act" over concerns that it could harm free speech by potentially imposing penalties on American citizens for supporting boycotts...

about 6 days ago
Rubber Bullets, and Tear Gas — How Israel’s Non-Lethal Munitions Can Kill News Roundup
Sheren Khalel, Mondoweiss

Rubber Bullets, and Tear Gas — How Israel’s Non-Lethal Munitions Can Kill

It was the middle of a cold October night in 2015 when an Israeli army jeep came driving through Aida refugee camp blaring a message through its loudspeaker. “People of Aida refugee camp, we are the occupation forces,” the message began in Arabic. “If you throw stones, we will hit you with gas until you all die.

about 1 week ago
The Wall of Insanity Op-Eds & Analysis
Gideon Levy, Haaretz

The Wall of Insanity

The next time a cap gun is fired or a toy balloon is launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip, the army will start building a steel dome over the Strip to prevent it. The ceiling will also cut off the territory from the sky.

about 1 week ago
So Ordered the Israeli Army: The Trumpeter and Violinist Can’t Leave Gaza for the West Bank News Roundup
Amira Hass, Haaretz

So Ordered the Israeli Army: The Trumpeter and Violinist Can’t Leave Gaza for the West Bank

The youth orchestra was invited to give several concerts at home and abroad, in addition to its participation in an international enrichment workshop. Think about the children’s excitement in anticipation of the trip, and the opportunity to enrich their experience and to learn.

about 2 weeks ago
Elizabeth Warren Opposes Israel Anti-Boycott Act News Roundup
Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada

Elizabeth Warren Opposes Israel Anti-Boycott Act

Senator Elizabeth Warren has announced she opposes the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. “I think the boycott is wrong, but I think outlawing protected free speech activity violates our basic constitutional rights,” Warren told constituents in Massachusetts on Friday. Jewish Voice...

about 2 weeks ago
With Al Aqsa Protests, a Popular Mass Movement Is Again Taking the Lead in Palestinian Resistance News Roundup
Jesse Rosenfeld, The Intercept

With Al Aqsa Protests, a Popular Mass Movement Is Again Taking the Lead in Palestinian Resistance

It was supposed to be a moment of celebration and reflection for one of those too-rare occurrences in the Mideast — popular protests by Palestinians had stymied the imposition of a new facet of Israel’s 50-year-long occupation. Instead, even after Israel backed down on the changes it had imposed at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, the situation in Jerusalem continued to spiral into familiar scenes of security forces chasing scrambling demonstrators.

about 2 weeks ago
Water Deal Tightens Israel’s Control over Palestinians News Roundup
Dalia Hatuqa, Al Jazeera

Water Deal Tightens Israel’s Control over Palestinians

It was hailed as a breakthrough, a rare display of regional cooperation, and a positive step that may pave the way for resuscitating talks between Palestinians and Israelis, which have been on hold since 2014. But a recent water agreement, signed under the auspices of...

about 2 weeks ago
Elderly Palestinians to Be Evicted From East Jerusalem Home News Roundup
Nir Hasson, Haaretz

Elderly Palestinians to Be Evicted From East Jerusalem Home

A Palestinian family is slated to be evicted from their home in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood on August 9, in what would be the first eviction in this neighborhood in eight years. The family consists of a couple in their eighties plus four other relatives.

about 2 weeks ago