News Roundup

How Are Palestinians Celebrating Ramadan? In Gaza, It Is As If It ‘Has Not Yet Come’
Tom O'Connor, Newsweek

How Are Palestinians Celebrating Ramadan? In Gaza, It Is As If It ‘Has Not Yet Come’

Palestinians in Gaza are celebrating one of the holiest occasions in Islam just days after they suffered through their bloodiest day in years amid more than six weeks of ongoing protests against Israel and the U.S.

on May 21, 2018
Israeli Police Accused of Brutality in Crackdown on Demonstrating Israeli Arabs
Ruth Eglash, The Washington Post

Israeli Police Accused of Brutality in Crackdown on Demonstrating Israeli Arabs

An Israeli judge ordered the release of 19 Arab Israelis from police custody on Monday, capping a fraught weekend in the northern city of Haifa, the scene of multiple protests against Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip.

on May 21, 2018
How Does It Feel To Be A Palestinian Growing Up In Gaza?
Lulu Garcia-Navarro, NPR

How Does It Feel To Be A Palestinian Growing Up In Gaza?

Nearly 2 million Palestinians are confined to living in Gaza. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Adnan Abu Hasna from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency about the current situation in Gaza.

on May 20, 2018
Israel’s Massacre of Palestinian Civilians Should Spark Horror—and Action
Ian S. Lustick, The Nation

Israel’s Massacre of Palestinian Civilians Should Spark Horror—and Action

The barrier enclosing the two million Palestinians “living” in the Gaza Strip is not a border between two countries, as the media have insistently called it. It is a wall erected by Israel to make the suffering of those living inside the Gaza ghetto as invisible as possible to those living outside it.

on May 18, 2018
Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem
David M. Halbfinger, Isabel Kershner and Declan Walsh, New York Times

Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

More than 2,700 Palestinian demonstrators were injured on Monday — at least 1,350 by gunfire — along the border fence with Gaza, the Health Ministry reported. The mass protests began on March 30 and had already left dozens dead.

on May 15, 2018
U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Draws Criticism From Palestine
David Keyes, MSNBC

U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Draws Criticism From Palestine

Diana Buttu, former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization, says Jerusalem is not recognized by most of the world because Israel acquired the land by force. When the U.S. did this by moving its embassy there, it gave the “green light” for Israel to expand controversial settlements.

on May 13, 2018
This Palestinian Brewery Is Resisting Military Occupation, One Beer at a Time
Luna Alqamar, VICE

This Palestinian Brewery Is Resisting Military Occupation, One Beer at a Time

It was the year 2000 and the Second Intifada was underway. It was nearly impossible for people to cross short distances between cities and villages in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, let alone deliver beer. Yet Palestine’s Taybeh Brewery successfully transported 50-kilogram kegs of beer across military checkpoints on donkeys while an increasingly violent and repressive occupation escalated around them.

on May 9, 2018
Detained and Then Deported: U.S. Human Rights Lawyers Barred from Entry into Israel
Democracy Now!

Detained and Then Deported: U.S. Human Rights Lawyers Barred from Entry into Israel

Two U.S. human rights lawyers were detained Sunday for 14 hours at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport before being deported back to the United States. Columbia University’s Katherine Franke and Center for Constitutional Rights executive director Vincent Warren were repeatedly questioned about their associations with groups critical of Israel.

on May 2, 2018
For Palestinians, Israeli Permits a Complex Tool of Control
Arin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press

For Palestinians, Israeli Permits a Complex Tool of Control

More than 300 Palestinians showed up at an Israeli military base in the West Bank recently, hoping they could win the lifting of security bans that prevent them for entering Israel. But they were also anxious. Talking in small groups, they recounted past experiences where some had been asked to spy on their neighbors in exchange for a permit — a gut-wrenching choice.

on April 30, 2018