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#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
Emmy-Winning Actor Turned Down Netflix Series Audition in Support of Palestinian Rights
Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter

Emmy-Winning Actor Turned Down Netflix Series Audition in Support of Palestinian Rights

David Clennon, an Emmy-winning U.S. actor with more than four decades of work across film and TV, has revealed that he turned down an audition for a new Netflix series from the makers of hit Israeli show Fauda because of his support for Palestinian rights.

on August 22, 2019
Fordham University Must Allow Pro-Palestine Student Group On Campus, Judge Rules
Jenni Fink, Newsweek

Fordham University Must Allow Pro-Palestine Student Group On Campus, Judge Rules

Years after the dean of students denied a pro-Palestine student group official recognition because their values were contrary to the school's, a judge ruled Fordham University must allow the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) on campus.

on August 22, 2019
Palestinian app helps drivers avoid Israeli checkpoint bottlenecks
Rami Ayyub, Reuters

Palestinian app helps drivers avoid Israeli checkpoint bottlenecks

A new locally-developed app helps Palestinian drivers in the occupied West Bank negotiate traffic at Israeli military checkpoints and uncover routes to towns mainstream providers often miss.

on August 22, 2019
Palestinian app helps drivers avoid Israeli checkpoint bottlenecks
Rami Ayyub, Reuters

Palestinian app helps drivers avoid Israeli checkpoint bottlenecks

A new locally-developed app helps Palestinian drivers in the occupied West Bank negotiate traffic at Israeli military checkpoints and uncover routes to towns mainstream providers often miss.

on August 22, 2019
Kushner Presents Vision of a Middle East at Peace but No Details How to Get There
Loveday Morris, The Washington Post

Kushner Presents Vision of a Middle East at Peace but No Details How to Get There

President Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, presented a vision Tuesday of a new prosperity for the Middle East if peace could be achieved between Israelis and Palestinians but did not reveal how the White House plans to achieve such a political settlement.

on June 27, 2019