News Roundup

As Israel Returns to Polls, Palestinian Democracy in Stasis
AFP & Times of Israel

As Israel Returns to Polls, Palestinian Democracy in Stasis

When Israelis vote next week, it will be their sixth general election since Palestinians last had the chance to cast ballots in parliamentary polls more than 13 years ago.

on September 20, 2019
Diaries of Childhood in Israeli Military Detention
Megha Mohan, BBC News

Diaries of Childhood in Israeli Military Detention

Palestinian children living under occupation are routinely ripped from their beds in the middle of the night by armed Israeli soldiers, placed under arrest and then tried in military courts. Israel is believed to be the only country that tries children that way.

on August 30, 2019
‘This Place Is Only for Jews’: The West Bank’s Apartheid Springs
Gideon Levy, Haaretz

‘This Place Is Only for Jews’: The West Bank’s Apartheid Springs

Israeli settlers have taken over dozens of springs in the occupied West Bank, all of them on private Palestinian land, and are keeping the owners away.

on August 30, 2019
From Bethlehem basement, Palestinian distiller toasts global acclaim
Joe Dyke, AFP

From Bethlehem basement, Palestinian distiller toasts global acclaim

In his Bethlehem cellar, distiller Nader Muaddi made fewer than 500 bottles of his liquor last year but has won international accolades and now aims to help revive interest at home in the traditional drink.

on August 22, 2019
Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’
Steve Karnowski, AP News

Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’

Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sharply criticized Israel on Monday for denying them entry to the country and called on fellow members of Congress to visit while they cannot.

on August 22, 2019
#MyPalestinianSitty trends after Rep. Rashida Tlaib refuses Israel’s offer to see her grandmother
Doha Madani, NBC News

#MyPalestinianSitty trends after Rep. Rashida Tlaib refuses Israel’s offer to see her grandmother

People posted emotional stories of their Palestinian grandmothers after Tlaib said she wouldn't see her "sitty" due to Israel's "oppressive conditions" on the trip.

on August 22, 2019
Rep. Tlaib cancels West Bank trip after Israel grants her permission to visit grandmother
Saphora Smith, Lawahez Jabari and Dartunorro Clark, NBC News

Rep. Tlaib cancels West Bank trip after Israel grants her permission to visit grandmother

"I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in," she wrote on Twitter.

on August 22, 2019
Rep. Rashida Tlaib will not travel to Israel, citing ‘oppressive & racist policies’
Mark Osborne & Wil Cruz, ABC News

Rep. Rashida Tlaib will not travel to Israel, citing ‘oppressive & racist policies’

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., will not travel to Israel after all, she announced Friday on Twitter and in a statement, rejecting an earlier approval by the government that would have allowed to come on a "humanitarian visit."

on August 22, 2019
Her cry from inside the occupation: Janna Jihad is a voice for Palestinian children
Emily Green, StreetRoots

Her cry from inside the occupation: Janna Jihad is a voice for Palestinian children

Sounds of explosives reverberate in the background of the video posted to Facebook on April 20, 2018. A young girl standing outside a Palestinian village as others scurry around her speaks Arabic into the camera before switching to English.

on August 22, 2019