News Roundup

How Palestinians Plan to Overcome Electricty Shortages
Ahmad Melhem, Al Monitor

How Palestinians Plan to Overcome Electricty Shortages

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah recently presented a plan to implement a "new electricity market" in Palestine. Hamdallah said the plan will “improve electricity services to citizens, cut costs and curb reliance...

about 2 weeks ago
BDS Activists Defy US Moves to Curb Palestine Advocacy
Dalia Hatuqa, Al Jazeera English

BDS Activists Defy US Moves to Curb Palestine Advocacy

In the United States, far away from Israel, there is a related storm a-brewing. In recent months, state legislatures have been passing bills that target supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS)...

about 2 weeks ago
Trading with Israeli Settlements Is Against the Law
Tom Moerenhout, The Electronic Intifada

Trading with Israeli Settlements Is Against the Law

Stopping trade with Israeli settlements in occupied territories is long overdue, and the European Union’s continued refusal to do so is a hypocritical violation of its obligations under international law.

about 2 weeks ago
Most of Gaza’s Libraries Have Been Closed or Destroyed—and You Can Help a New One Get Off the…
Katha Pollitt, The Nation

Most of Gaza’s Libraries Have Been Closed or Destroyed—and You Can Help a New One Get Off the…

There are as many opinions about Israel and Palestine as there are minds and mouths (and fingers to type a tweet), but here is something everyone can agree on: People in Gaza need more books.

about 2 weeks ago
Why Is Israel Afraid of the Nakba’s March of Return?
Jonathan Cook, Al Jazeera English

Why Is Israel Afraid of the Nakba’s March of Return?

The annual "March of Return" by Palestinians in Israel , commemorating the Nakba - the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes in 1948, has been blocked by the Israeli police for the first time in its history.

about 2 weeks ago
Palestinian Storyteller Brings Fresh Vision to Ancient Tradition
Ahmed el-Komi, Al-Monitor

Palestinian Storyteller Brings Fresh Vision to Ancient Tradition

Stories and folktales are some of the oldest narrative forms in Arabic literature. There is no accurate history of their origin, but according to history studies this type of narration emerged in prehistoric times, when men communicated through signs and gestures, before acquiring a language.

about 3 weeks ago
Israeli Army ‘Among World’s Child Rights Violators’
Nigel Wilson, Al Jazeera English

Israeli Army ‘Among World’s Child Rights Violators’

Flanked by his mother and aunt, Ahmed Mahmoud strolled up the narrow street that leads to the main road in Issawiya in occupied East Jerusalem. It was mid-afternoon in early December 2016, and the 15-year-old had recently earned...

about 3 weeks ago
Among Those Arrested for Disrupting Friedman Confirmation Hearing, Only the Arab Protesters Face…
Allison Deger, Mondoweiss

Among Those Arrested for Disrupting Friedman Confirmation Hearing, Only the Arab Protesters Face…

Of the six protesters who disrupted the Senate foreign relations committee confirmation hearing of Ambassador David Friedman on Feb. 16, 2017, only the Arab demonstrators were criminally charged. The others were released...

about 3 weeks ago
How Israel Sabotages War Crimes Investigations in Gaza
Charlotte Silver, The Electronic Intifada

How Israel Sabotages War Crimes Investigations in Gaza

Israel systematically denies human rights workers entry to the occupied Gaza Strip, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. The group says the travel ban, which has been enforced for almost a decade, has significantly...

about 3 weeks ago