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I’m an Israeli Arab Whose Bike Was Stolen. Guess What Happened When I Called the Police
Michael Mansour, Haaretz

I’m an Israeli Arab Whose Bike Was Stolen. Guess What Happened When I Called the Police

“You’re suspected of stealing a motorcycle,” one of the men told me as he beat me. Every time I tried to explain that I was the owner of the bike and that I was the one who had called the police, he would say, “Shut your mouth. I’ll screw you. Not a word!” As he continued to hit me, referring to me constantly as “Mohammed,” two other men began kicking me from the sidelines.

about 3 days ago
The Wall of Insanity
Gideon Levy, Haaretz

The Wall of Insanity

The next time a cap gun is fired or a toy balloon is launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip, the army will start building a steel dome over the Strip to prevent it. The ceiling will also cut off the territory from the sky.

about 1 week ago
Expert Q&A: On the Current Crisis in Jerusalem
IMEU

Expert Q&A: On the Current Crisis in Jerusalem

Political analyst Diana Buttu provides insight on the ongoing protests by Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem provoked by increased restrictions imposed on Muslims who want to worship at the Noble Sanctuary mosque complex, the third holiest site in Islam, by Israel's occupying army.

on July 27, 2017
This Piece of Pro-Israel Legislation Is a Serious Threat to Free Speech
David Cole and Faiz Shakir, The Washington Post

This Piece of Pro-Israel Legislation Is a Serious Threat to Free Speech

The right to boycott has a long history in the United States, from the American Revolution to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Montgomery bus boycott to the campaign for divestment from businesses serving apartheid South Africa. Nowadays we celebrate those efforts.

on July 24, 2017
The Al-Aqsa Metal Detectors Aren’t a Security Measure
Diana Buttu, Al Jazeera

The Al-Aqsa Metal Detectors Aren’t a Security Measure

Yesterday, thousands of Palestinians came to Jerusalem to perform the most simple, most peaceful act: prayer. Palestinians - Muslims and Christians, women and men, young and old - prayed in the streets after refusing to enter through the new metal detectors and barricades...

on July 22, 2017
Boycotts Are an Essential Form of Democratic Protest – Don’t Ban Them
Katherine Franke, The Boston Globe

Boycotts Are an Essential Form of Democratic Protest – Don’t Ban Them

I recently traveled to Tuskegee, Ala., to meet with civil rights icon Rosa Parks’s lawyer, Fred Gray, and we talked about the role of the Montgomery bus boycott in breaking up racial segregation. “The boycott was the spark that ignited the end of Jim Crow segregation...

on July 18, 2017
My Family in Gaza Tells Me: We Can’t Breathe
Muhammad Shehada, Haaretz

My Family in Gaza Tells Me: We Can’t Breathe

I talked to my family in Gaza earlier this week and asked them: "How do you sleep at night when you don't have electricity?" The temperature at night there doesn't go below 74 degrees Fahrenheit, and humidity is high. My 12-year-old sister answered: "We don’t." She explained that even if they try to sleep, open all the windows, drink a lot of water - still, they can’t breathe.

on July 16, 2017
Global Opinions Why Can’t Israel Accept Other Religions and Cultures in the Holy Land?
Daoud Kuttab, Washington Post

Global Opinions Why Can’t Israel Accept Other Religions and Cultures in the Holy Land?

As a young boy growing up in Bethlehem, I was often excited when our family had company. My dad, a Christian clergyman, loved to take us and the guests to Hebron. Dad would take us to the Cave of the Machpela, situated within the Ibrahimi Mosque, where Abraham and his family are buried and would tell the story of how Abraham obeyed God’s calling even when it came to the request to sacrifice his own son.

on July 12, 2017
Radiohead Are Wrong to Play in Israel. Here’s Why
Dave Randall, The Guardian

Radiohead Are Wrong to Play in Israel. Here’s Why

Next Wednesday (19 July), Radiohead will step on stage in Tel Aviv in knowing and deliberate contravention of the boycott of Israel called for by Palestinian civil society and adhered to by leading cultural figures. In so doing, they will lose the respect of thousands of music fans across the region and around the world.

on July 11, 2017