Op-Eds & Analysis

In Major Free Speech Victory, Federal Court Strikes Down Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel
Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

In Major Free Speech Victory, Federal Court Strikes Down Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The ruling is a significant victory for free speech rights because the global campaign to criminalize, or otherwise legally outlaw, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been spreading rapidly in numerous political and academic centers in the U.S.

about 3 weeks ago
Ruling: Kansas Law Targeting Israel Boycotts Chills Speech
Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

Ruling: Kansas Law Targeting Israel Boycotts Chills Speech

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Kansas law barring state contractors from participating in boycotts against Israel, saying the state law violates their free speech rights. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree wrote in his decision that the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the "First Amendment protects the right to participate in a boycott like the one punished by the Kansas law."

about 3 weeks ago
I Am American, Jewish and Banned from Israel for My Activism
Medea Benjamin, The Guardian

I Am American, Jewish and Banned from Israel for My Activism

This month, the Israeli government announced that activists affiliated with 20 organizations, including my organization Codepink, would be banned from entering Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories because of our support for the nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. As a Jew, this causes me tremendous sadness because I have a lifetime attachment to Israel and Palestine.

on January 15, 2018
Lorde’s Artistic Right to Cancel Gig in Tel Aviv
The Guardian

Lorde’s Artistic Right to Cancel Gig in Tel Aviv

We write in support of Lorde, who made public her decision not to perform in Israel and has now been branded a bigot in a full page advertisement in the Washington Post. Shmuley Boteach, the author and promoter of the advert, supports Israel’s illegal settlements and wrote last month on Breitbart to thank Donald Trump for “electrifying the world” with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in defiance of international law.

on January 5, 2018
Ahed Tamimi Has Become the Symbol of a New Generation of Palestinian Resistance
Ben Ehrenreich, The Nation

Ahed Tamimi Has Become the Symbol of a New Generation of Palestinian Resistance

hed Tamimi was 11 when I met her, a little blond slip of a thing, her hair almost bigger than she was. I remember her grimacing as her mother combed out the knots each morning in their living room. The second time I went to a demonstration in Nabi Saleh, the West Bank village where she lives, Ahed and her cousin Marah ended up leading the march. Not because they wanted to, but because Israeli Border Police were chasing everyone...

on December 24, 2017
Ahed Tamimi’s Father: We Will Continue to Resist Israel’s Occupation as a Family
Bassem Tamimi, Newsweek

Ahed Tamimi’s Father: We Will Continue to Resist Israel’s Occupation as a Family

Last week, a video of my 16-year-old daughter Ahed resisting an Israeli soldier who was trespassing on our land in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh went viral. The contrast could not have been clearer and was on display for the entire world to see: a heavily armed soldier from Israel’s army of occupation and a young Palestinian woman armed with nothing but her courage and a righteous desire for justice and freedom. And for that reason, she had to be punished by Israel.

on December 24, 2017
Palestinian Children’s Book Becomes Target for Boycott and Censorship
Radhika Sainath, Literary Hub

Palestinian Children’s Book Becomes Target for Boycott and Censorship

As a new parent, I’m now alert to a substratum of media that passed below the radar of my younger, less narcissistic, self. In the space of mild leftist parenting, this means acquiring board-book samizdat such as Click Clack Moo (cows striking for workplace benefits), and A Rule is to Break (inculcating anarchist principles in pre-literate children.) Of course, the post-colonial space of this genre (Babar notwithstanding) is pretty unpopulated, so I was excited to spot P is for Palestine by Golbarg Bashi at my local Book Culture.

on December 20, 2017
US Tax Dollars Must Not Be Used to Detain Palestinian Children
Betty McCollum, The Nation

US Tax Dollars Must Not Be Used to Detain Palestinian Children

Israel is a powerful nation with the most advanced and capable military in the Middle East. It is the single greatest beneficiary of American military assistance, receiving $3.8 billion, some 25 percent of its defense budget, from American taxpayers each year. The security of Israel is obviously important to the United States, with missile defense programs like Iron Dome and David’s Sling as success stories.

on December 11, 2017
Trump Is Making a Huge Mistake on Jerusalem
Hanan Ashrawi, New York Times

Trump Is Making a Huge Mistake on Jerusalem

President Trump announced on Wednesday that his administration is making a radical break with nearly 70 years of official United States policy and with the international community: He is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This decision will be interpreted by Palestinians, Arabs and the rest of the world as a major provocation.

on December 7, 2017