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Denied Entry to US, Palestinian Diplomat Hanan Ashrawi on US “Peace Plan” & Israeli Political Crisis
Democracy Now!

Denied Entry to US, Palestinian Diplomat Hanan Ashrawi on US “Peace Plan” & Israeli Political Crisis

Israel will hold new elections after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government in six weeks of negotiations following the April 9 election. This marks the first time in Israeli history a prime minister-designate has failed to form a coalition government.

about 2 weeks ago
Rashida Tlaib Becomes First Muslim Woman To Preside Over House Floor
Eli Watkins & Sunlen Serfaty, CNN

Rashida Tlaib Becomes First Muslim Woman To Preside Over House Floor

Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib notched another historic first on Wednesday afternoon, becoming the first Muslim woman to preside over the House floor. Her turn on Wednesday leading the proceedings of the House of Representatives came months after she, along with Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, became the first Muslim women to join the US Congress.

on May 20, 2019
Denied Entry to U.S., BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti Condemns McCarthyite Repression in U.S. & Israel
Democracy Now

Denied Entry to U.S., BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti Condemns McCarthyite Repression in U.S. & Israel

Critics are demanding answers after the Trump administration refused to allow prominent Palestinian human rights activist Omar Barghouti to enter the United States for a speaking tour, despite his valid U.S. visa.

on April 26, 2019
Palestinian Boycott Activist Denied Entry to United States
Megan Specia, The New York Times

Palestinian Boycott Activist Denied Entry to United States

The United States barred a prominent Palestinian activist from entering the country on Wednesday, a move that rights groups said was an attempt by the Trump administration to silence Palestinian voices.

on April 26, 2019
A Vote to Maintain Apartheid? Israel’s Netanyahu Set to Win 5th Term After Vow to Annex West Bank
Democracy Now

A Vote to Maintain Apartheid? Israel’s Netanyahu Set to Win 5th Term After Vow to Annex West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be on the verge of securing a record fifth term in office as votes continue to be counted in Tuesday’s election.

on April 26, 2019
Florida Legislators: Criticizing Israel is Not Anti-Semitic
Alan Levine and Donna Nevel, Orlando Sentinel

Florida Legislators: Criticizing Israel is Not Anti-Semitic

Around the country, legislators have sought to curry the support of pro-Israel voters by silencing and intimidating those who advocate on behalf of Palestinian rights.

on March 21, 2019
What is Palestinian cooking? Yasmin Khan’s New Book Will Show You
Rebecca Flint Marx, The Guardian

What is Palestinian cooking? Yasmin Khan’s New Book Will Show You

Most cookbooks begin with the promise of transporting the reader to a happy place. Yasmin Khan’s new cookbook, Zaitoun: Recipes From the Palestinian Kitchen, begins by transporting the reader to the Tel Aviv airport interrogation rooms where Khan, a Briton of Iranian-Pakistani heritage, was questioned for several hours after flying into Israel.

on February 11, 2019
A New Palestinian Cookbook’s Challenge: Shedding Light on a Cuisine Without a Country
Jane Black, The Washington Post

A New Palestinian Cookbook’s Challenge: Shedding Light on a Cuisine Without a Country

It was a food-world fairy tale come true. In 2013, Yasmin Khan decided to write a cookbook. She was 32 and burned out from her work as a London-based human-rights campaigner focused on the Middle East.

on February 11, 2019
British Cultural Figures Urge BBC To Boycott Eurovision in Israel
Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian

British Cultural Figures Urge BBC To Boycott Eurovision in Israel

Vivienne Westwood, Mike Leigh and Julie Christie are among those calling for coverage to be cancelled, citing human rights violations.

on February 11, 2019