News Roundup

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
Israel Boycott Fight Divides Democrats on Free Speech Concerns
David Wainer, Bloomberg

Israel Boycott Fight Divides Democrats on Free Speech Concerns

Senate Republicans are daring Democrats to vote against a measure aimed at preventing anti-Israel boycotts as they seek to portray the party as divided over Israel.

on February 11, 2019
GOP Lawmaker Pushes To Derail Rashida Tlaib From Leading Delegation to West Bank
Melanie Zanona, Politico

GOP Lawmaker Pushes To Derail Rashida Tlaib From Leading Delegation to West Bank

A Republican lawmaker is trying to block freshman firebrand Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) from leading a congressional delegation to the West Bank.

on February 11, 2019
Jewish Voice for Peace, 350+ Scholars Sign Letter Supporting Angela Davis
Sameer Rao, Colorlines

Jewish Voice for Peace, 350+ Scholars Sign Letter Supporting Angela Davis

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute recinded the activist and educator’s Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award, saying, “she unfortunately does not meet all of the criteria on which the award is based.”

on February 11, 2019
Angela Davis Says She’s ‘Stunned’ After Award Is Revoked Over Her Views on Israel
Niraj Chokshi, The New York Times

Angela Davis Says She’s ‘Stunned’ After Award Is Revoked Over Her Views on Israel

Angela Davis, the activist and scholar, said this week that she was “stunned” after a civil rights group in her native Birmingham, Ala., reversed its decision to honor her with an award amid protests over her support for a boycott of Israel.

on January 9, 2019
Rashida Tlaib: The Senate’s Anti-BDS Bill Is an Unconstitutional Attack on Free Speech
Democracy Now!

Rashida Tlaib: The Senate’s Anti-BDS Bill Is an Unconstitutional Attack on Free Speech

A new Senate bill would allow state and local governments to boycott any U.S. companies which are engaged in a boycott against Israel.

on January 9, 2019
Women Share Photos Of Traditional Palestinian Dresses To Celebrate Rashida Tlaib’s Swearing-In
Morgan Gstalter, The Hill

Women Share Photos Of Traditional Palestinian Dresses To Celebrate Rashida Tlaib’s Swearing-In

Women across the country are sharing photos of their traditional Palestinian gowns to celebrate the swearing-in of Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)

on January 6, 2019
As Rashida Tlaib Is Sworn In, Palestinian-Americans Respond With #TweetYourThobe
Karen Zraick, The New York Times

As Rashida Tlaib Is Sworn In, Palestinian-Americans Respond With #TweetYourThobe

The new congresswoman from Michigan wore a thobe, a traditional Palestinian dress with elaborate embroidery, to her swearing-in, and her supporters posted photos of themselves in their own.

on January 6, 2019