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.

U.S. Faith Groups Defend Constitutional Right to Boycott in Support of Palestinian Freedom Op-Eds & Analysis
Philip Farah, Huffington Post

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
Omar Barghouti, Nesweek

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
David M. Halbfinger, New York Times

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
Israel Has Created A Palestinian Ghetto In Hebron Op-Eds & Analysis
Issa Amro, Forward

Israel Has Created A Palestinian Ghetto In Hebron

A small group of children stand behind the fence in the early morning. They are waiting for the gate to be unlocked. In their hands are empty plastic jugs their mothers have given them to fill for the day’s cooking needs.

on September 27, 2017
Israel Planning War Crime Against Khan Al-Ahmar Families News Roundup
Tamara Nassar, The Electronic Intifada

Israel Planning War Crime Against Khan Al-Ahmar Families

Israel’s planned expulsion of the residents of Khan al-Ahmar and the destruction of their village in the occupied West Bank is a war crime, human rights groups are warning. Earlier this month, Israeli occupation authorities informed members of the community that they would be relocated...

on September 27, 2017
Israel Refuses to Stop Arms Sales to Myanmar, Despite Its Campaign of Rape, Torture and Massacres… News Roundup
Chaim Levinson, Haaretz

Israel Refuses to Stop Arms Sales to Myanmar, Despite Its Campaign of Rape, Torture and Massacres…

The state has not said that it will stop selling weapons to the military junta in Myanmar, despite recent reports and United Nations data on massacres the country’s military has perpetrated against the Rohingya minority, as well as systematic rape and expulsions.

on September 27, 2017
Court Rules: Upscale Jewish Country Club Allowed to Restrict Arab Neighbors’ Membership News Roundup
Or Kashti, Haaretz

Court Rules: Upscale Jewish Country Club Allowed to Restrict Arab Neighbors’ Membership

A court has approved a municipality’s decision to reserve 90 percent of the subscriptions to its country club for town residents, while leaving the remainder available to Jewish and Arab residents of neighboring towns.

on September 26, 2017
Israel Builds Settlements ‘at High Rate’: UN News Roundup
AFP

Israel Builds Settlements ‘at High Rate’: UN

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Israel continues to build settlements "at a high rate," the UN envoy for the Middle East said Monday, in defiance of Security Council demands for an end to the expansion of Jewish outposts.

on September 26, 2017
Israel Set to Advance Plans Next Week for Some 2,000 New Homes in West Bank Settlements News Roundup
Barak Ravid, Haaretz

Israel Set to Advance Plans Next Week for Some 2,000 New Homes in West Bank Settlements

Israel’s Civil Administration is expected to advance plans as early as next week for up to 2,000 new homes in West Bank settlements, a senior government official said on Sunday. Most of the plans in question will simply be moving onto another stage of the planning process, the official said, with only a few tenders for immediate construction slated to be approved. If the plans aren’t advanced next week...

on September 25, 2017