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Israel Extends Palestinian Lawmaker Khalida Jarrar’s Detention Without Trial to One Year
Yotam Berger, Haaretz

Israel Extends Palestinian Lawmaker Khalida Jarrar’s Detention Without Trial to One Year

Israel last week extended the administrative detention of Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar by a further six months, meaning she will have been held without trial for a year at the end of June. As is usual in such cases, the evidence on which Jarrar is being held is deemed confidential and has not been released.

about 3 weeks ago
The Country’s Best Chefs on How America’s Immigrants Define Its Cuisine
Vogue

The Country’s Best Chefs on How America’s Immigrants Define Its Cuisine

Reem Assil on her Muhammara dip: “Muhammara is my homecoming. I discovered this addicting dip as an adult and fell in love with it when I went back to Syria in 2010. At the time, I was soul-searching in my father’s homeland and started to open my eyes to all the richness of my Syrian identity, particularly through the food and hospitality."

on December 18, 2017
Trump’s Jerusalem Moves Spark a Fire in the Middle East
Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post

Trump’s Jerusalem Moves Spark a Fire in the Middle East

There is a small constituency in the United States that genuinely cares about the location of the American Embassy in Israel. Evangelicals and a right-wing, pro-Israel lobby were thrilled by President Trump's campaign promises to reverse decades of U.S. policy by recognizing a “united” Jerusalem as Israel's capital and shifting the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. At a speech on Wednesday, Trump is expected to outline his plans to do just that.

on December 6, 2017
With His Jerusalem Move, Trump Flings Gas Can over a Region Aflame
Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept

With His Jerusalem Move, Trump Flings Gas Can over a Region Aflame

In a move that would break from decades of U.S. policy and potentially trigger major regional turmoil, President Donald Trump is reportedly set to announce that the United States will recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The White House announced that Trump will deliver his remarks on the subject Wednesday, with the New York Times reporting that the president has already informed Israeli and Arab leaders about his plans.

on December 5, 2017
In an Unprecedented Move, 10 Democratic Senators Demand That Netanyahu Halt Israel Demolition of Pal
Zaid Jilani, The Intercept

In an Unprecedented Move, 10 Democratic Senators Demand That Netanyahu Halt Israel Demolition of Pal

In a startling demonstration of support for Palestinian human rights from Capitol Hill, 10 Democratic senators wrote a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urging him to halt the impending demolition of two Palestinian and Bedouin towns. Israel has been actively planning the demolition of the West Bank Palestinian village of Susiya for months.

on November 29, 2017
Reem’s California
IMEU

Reem’s California

A Palestinian-owned bakery with a social justice edge. Loved by the community and widely celebrated. Attacked by Breitbart and right-wing Israel supporters. Reem's California is standing strong to provide locally-sourced food that brings freedom seekers of all stripes together.

on November 24, 2017
Unprecedented Bill Introduced in US Congress to Deny Israel Aid, Protect Children, and Promote Human
David Palumbo-Liu, Huffington Post

Unprecedented Bill Introduced in US Congress to Deny Israel Aid, Protect Children, and Promote Human

On Tuesday, November 14, Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced the “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.” The eight original co-sponsors included Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. This piece of legislation has attracted international attention—human rights groups such as the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker charity, and Amnesty International, have come out in support.

on November 16, 2017
Israel Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Abuse Palestinian Children. This Bill Would Put an End to That.
Zaid Jilani, The Intercept

Israel Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Abuse Palestinian Children. This Bill Would Put an End to That.

Children ad teenagers are frequent victims of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. They face physical abuse by Israeli military forces and are shuffled through an unfair court system without access to legal counsel or even their parents. The United States has long subsidized these abuses, giving billions of dollars in military aid to Israel every year. Now, a group of Democratic members of Congress is saying enough is enough.

on November 14, 2017
Balfour Declaration of Support for Jewish Homeland Still Divisive at 100
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.

on November 2, 2017