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).

Palestinians Want Freedom, Just Like Anyone Would Op-Eds & Analysis
Noura Erakat, The Washington Post

Palestinians Want Freedom, Just Like Anyone Would

Palestinian American human rights attorney Noura Erakat says protesters in Gaza aren't pawns of Hamas; they are struggling for the freedom all humans want.

on May 15, 2018
Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem News Roundup
David M. Halbfinger, Isabel Kershner and Declan Walsh, New York Times

Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

More than 2,700 Palestinian demonstrators were injured on Monday — at least 1,350 by gunfire — along the border fence with Gaza, the Health Ministry reported. The mass protests began on March 30 and had already left dozens dead.

on May 15, 2018
I Helped Start the Gaza Protests. I Don’t Regret It. Op-Eds & Analysis
Ahmed Abu Ratima, New York Times

I Helped Start the Gaza Protests. I Don’t Regret It.

The seed that grew into Gaza’s Great Return March was planted Dec. 9, just a few days after President Trump announced he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestinians long have held onto the dream of Jerusalem as our own capital, or at least as a shared capital in a country that offers equal rights to everyone.

on May 14, 2018
In Opening Its Embassy in Jerusalem, the US Has Slammed the Door on the Peace Process Op-Eds & Analysis
Mustafa Barghouti, The Nation

In Opening Its Embassy in Jerusalem, the US Has Slammed the Door on the Peace Process

Today, amid great official fanfare, the Trump administration will move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the city where I was born, began my medical career, and which, like millions of other Palestinians, I am barred from entering today.

on May 14, 2018
U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Draws Criticism From Palestine News Roundup
David Keyes, MSNBC

U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Draws Criticism From Palestine

Diana Buttu, former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization, says Jerusalem is not recognized by most of the world because Israel acquired the land by force. When the U.S. did this by moving its embassy there, it gave the “green light” for Israel to expand controversial settlements.

on May 13, 2018
Detained and Then Deported: U.S. Human Rights Lawyers Barred from Entry into Israel News Roundup
Democracy Now!

Detained and Then Deported: U.S. Human Rights Lawyers Barred from Entry into Israel

Two U.S. human rights lawyers were detained Sunday for 14 hours at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport before being deported back to the United States. Columbia University’s Katherine Franke and Center for Constitutional Rights executive director Vincent Warren were repeatedly questioned about their associations with groups critical of Israel.

on May 2, 2018
Why I March in Gaza Op-Eds & Analysis
Fadi Abu Shammalah, The New York Times

Why I March in Gaza

Early in the morning on March 30, my 7-year-old son, Ali, saw me preparing to leave the house. This was unusual for our Friday routine. “Where are you going, Dad?” “To the border. To participate in the Great Return March.”

on April 28, 2018
Natalie Portman Pulls Out of Prestigious Awards Ceremony in Israel News Roundup
Debra Kamin, Variety

Natalie Portman Pulls Out of Prestigious Awards Ceremony in Israel

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman has pulled out of a prestigious Jerusalem awards ceremony, citing “distress” at recent events in Israel and saying through a representative that she is uncomfortable with travel to Israel at this time.

on April 20, 2018
Israeli Troops Kill Four More Palestinians in Border Protest News Roundup
Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters

Israeli Troops Kill Four More Palestinians in Border Protest

Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, bringing to 35 the death toll in recent weeks among Palestinian protesters demanding the right to return to their former homeland.

on April 20, 2018