Nakba & Refugees

Nakba & Refugees

Nakba means "Catastrophe" in Arabic. It refers to the destruction of Palestinian society in 1948 when approximately 750,000 Palestinians fled or were forced into exile by Israeli troops. Because the Palestinians were not Jewish, their presence and predominant ownership of the land were obstacles to the creation of a Jewish state. Their exodus, or Nakba, was already nearly half-complete by May 1948, when Israel declared its independence and the Arab states entered the fray.

Israeli Shooting Range Offers Chance to Shoot Down Targets Designed to Look Like Palestinians News Roundup
Julia Buckley, The Independent UK

Israeli Shooting Range Offers Chance to Shoot Down Targets Designed to Look Like Palestinians

A shooting range in Israel has come under fire for offering tourists the chance to pretend they’re security services shutting down terror attacks – using targets mocked up to look like Palestinians. Caliber 3, which is based in the West Bank and run by a former member of the Israeli...

about 3 days ago
Boycotts Are an Essential Form of Democratic Protest – Don’t Ban Them Op-Eds & Analysis
Katherine Franke, The Boston Globe

Boycotts Are an Essential Form of Democratic Protest – Don’t Ban Them

I recently traveled to Tuskegee, Ala., to meet with civil rights icon Rosa Parks’s lawyer, Fred Gray, and we talked about the role of the Montgomery bus boycott in breaking up racial segregation. “The boycott was the spark that ignited the end of Jim Crow segregation...

about 3 days ago
Israeli Soldier Who Killed Palestinian Given House Arrest Read more: http://forward.com/fast-forward News Roundup
JTA, The Forward

Israeli Soldier Who Killed Palestinian Given House Arrest Read more: http://forward.com/fast-forward

Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting a downed Palestinian terrorist, will be released to house arrest. Azaria, who was convicted in January and sentenced in February, has been confined to the closed Nachshonim military base since being arrested...

about 4 days ago
Al-Aqsa Officials Call for Protests Against New Israeli Checkpoints
Jacob Burns & Lubna Masarwa

Al-Aqsa Officials Call for Protests Against New Israeli Checkpoints

Religious officials in charge of the al-Aqsa site in Jerusalem have called on Palestinians to protest against extra Israeli security measures, as police continued to man checkpoints around the mosque four days after a gun attack that left five people dead.

about 4 days ago
Global Opinions Why Can’t Israel Accept Other Religions and Cultures in the Holy Land? Op-Eds & Analysis
Daoud Kuttab, Washington Post

Global Opinions Why Can’t Israel Accept Other Religions and Cultures in the Holy Land?

As a young boy growing up in Bethlehem, I was often excited when our family had company. My dad, a Christian clergyman, loved to take us and the guests to Hebron. Dad would take us to the Cave of the Machpela, situated within the Ibrahimi Mosque, where Abraham and his family are buried and would tell the story of how Abraham obeyed God’s calling even when it came to the request to sacrifice his own son.

about 1 week ago
Thom Yorke on Radiohead Israel Concert: “We Don’t Endorse Netanyahu Any More Than Trump” News Roundup
Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork

Thom Yorke on Radiohead Israel Concert: “We Don’t Endorse Netanyahu Any More Than Trump”

Thom Yorke has released a new statement about Radiohead’s decision to play a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 19. “Playing in a country isn’t the same as endorsing its government,” Yorke writes. “We’ve played in Israel for over 20 years through a succession of governments...

about 1 week ago
Thom Yorke Rejects New Calls to Cancel Radiohead’s Israel Concert News Roundup
Rolling Stone

Thom Yorke Rejects New Calls to Cancel Radiohead’s Israel Concert

Thom Yorke continued to defend Radiohead's decision to play a concert in Israel after British filmmaker Ken Loach once again urged the band to call off their July 19th gig in Tel Aviv in an op-ed for The Independent. Loach is among many musicians and activists calling on Radiohead...

about 1 week ago
Radiohead Are Wrong to Play in Israel. Here’s Why Op-Eds & Analysis
Dave Randall, The Guardian

Radiohead Are Wrong to Play in Israel. Here’s Why

Next Wednesday (19 July), Radiohead will step on stage in Tel Aviv in knowing and deliberate contravention of the boycott of Israel called for by Palestinian civil society and adhered to by leading cultural figures. In so doing, they will lose the respect of thousands of music fans across the region and around the world.

about 1 week ago
Radiohead Need to Join the Cultural Boycott of Israel – Why Won’t They Meet with Me to Discuss It? Op-Eds & Analysis
Ken Loach, Independent

Radiohead Need to Join the Cultural Boycott of Israel – Why Won’t They Meet with Me to Discuss It?

I was surprised to read in Rolling Stone that Thom Yorke believed critics of Radiohead’s scheduled concert in Tel Aviv were simply “throwing shit” at the band in public, without speaking to them privately. This is both inaccurate and – even if it were accurate – quite irrelevant.

about 1 week ago