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).

Teen Palestinian Protester Gets 8 Months in Prison News Roundup
Areej Hazboun, Associated Press

Teen Palestinian Protester Gets 8 Months in Prison

Palestinian teenage protest icon Ahed Tamimi on Wednesday was sentenced to eight months in prison for slapping and kicking a pair of Israeli soldiers outside her West Bank home, capping a case that sparked uproar in Israel, turned the 17-year-old girl into a Palestinian hero and attracted international attention.

on March 21, 2018
Roger Waters Recites Palestinian Poem on Anti-Trump Song “Supremacy” News Roundup
Maggie Serota, SPIN

Roger Waters Recites Palestinian Poem on Anti-Trump Song “Supremacy”

Roger Waters teamed up with Palestinian band Le Trio Joubran to record “Supremacy,” a rebuke to the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and eventually move the U.S. embassy there. The move was considered a major setback to the Middle East peace process.

on March 14, 2018
Sarah Silverman Got Slammed for Supporting a Palestinian Teen — and She Stayed Strong News Roundup
Sarah Harvard, Upworthy

Sarah Silverman Got Slammed for Supporting a Palestinian Teen — and She Stayed Strong

Sarah Silverman has never exactly shied away from the outrageous, whether in her comedy or on Twitter. But when she stood up for a teen activist last week, the backlash was intense, even for her. On Feb. 15, Silverman tweeted out a link to an Amnesty International petition to free 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi accompanied with the following message: "Jews have to stand up EVEN when — ESPECIALLY when — the wrongdoing is BY Jews/the Israeli government."

on February 23, 2018
Vic Mensa, Tom Morello, And More Call For The Release Of Palestinian Activist Ahed Tamimi News Roundup
Michael Rancic, Uproxx

Vic Mensa, Tom Morello, And More Call For The Release Of Palestinian Activist Ahed Tamimi

A letter posted today by the organization Dream Defenders calls for the release of a detained teenage Palestinian activist, Ahed Tamimi, who was arrested by Israeli forces this past December for slapping an Israeli soldier in a video that went viral. “In the US, we know all too well what it’s like to be oppressed simply because you exist, because you refuse to give up your fight for freedom,” the letter signed by artists and activists including Vic Mensa, Tom Morello, Angela Davis, Jesse Williams, and Cornel West reads.

on February 12, 2018
In Major Free Speech Victory, Federal Court Strikes Down Law that Punishes Supporters of… Op-Eds & Analysis
Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

In Major Free Speech Victory, Federal Court Strikes Down Law that Punishes Supporters of…

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The ruling is a significant victory for free speech rights because the global campaign to criminalize, or otherwise legally outlaw, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been spreading rapidly in numerous political and academic centers in the U.S.

on January 31, 2018
Ruling: Kansas Law Targeting Israel Boycotts Chills Speech Op-Eds & Analysis
Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

Ruling: Kansas Law Targeting Israel Boycotts Chills Speech

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Kansas law barring state contractors from participating in boycotts against Israel, saying the state law violates their free speech rights. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree wrote in his decision that the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the "First Amendment protects the right to participate in a boycott like the one punished by the Kansas law."

on January 30, 2018
In West Bank, Teenager’s Arrest Sheds Light on Two-Tiered Legal System News Roundup
Ash Gallagher, Yahoo News

In West Bank, Teenager’s Arrest Sheds Light on Two-Tiered Legal System

Bassem Tamimi’s voice sounded frail and exhausted when he answered the phone. He had been answering calls about his daughter’s arrest by Israeli Defense Forces for days, “They surrounded my home,” he told Yahoo News. “Between 3 and 4 a.m., they attacked the village.” His daughter, Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested last month in a pre-dawn raid on the family’s home. The arrest followed another video, posted to Facebook, of Tamimi protesting the Israeli occupation by slapping an Israeli soldier outside her house in Nabih Saleh.

on January 24, 2018
Ahed Tamimi: A Teen in Search of Freedom Videos
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Ahed Tamimi: A Teen in Search of Freedom

16-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi hasn’t seen a day of freedom. She's spent her youth protesting a foreign army that has jailed, shot, and killed her unarmed relatives. After defending her home from Israeli invasion, she now faces years in prison. Imagine if this was your reality.

on January 17, 2018
I Am American, Jewish and Banned from Israel for My Activism Op-Eds & Analysis
Medea Benjamin, The Guardian

I Am American, Jewish and Banned from Israel for My Activism

This month, the Israeli government announced that activists affiliated with 20 organizations, including my organization Codepink, would be banned from entering Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories because of our support for the nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. As a Jew, this causes me tremendous sadness because I have a lifetime attachment to Israel and Palestine.

on January 15, 2018