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Expert Q&A re Latest Palestinian National Unity Efforts
IMEU

Expert Q&A re Latest Palestinian National Unity Efforts

Political analyst Diana Buttu weighs in on the national unity talks between the Fatah party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas.

about 2 weeks ago
Israel Has Created A Palestinian Ghetto In Hebron
Issa Amro, Forward

Israel Has Created A Palestinian Ghetto In Hebron

A small group of children stand behind the fence in the early morning. They are waiting for the gate to be unlocked. In their hands are empty plastic jugs their mothers have given them to fill for the day’s cooking needs.

on September 27, 2017
The Writing On The Wall: Signs Of Occupation In Hebron
Issa Amro, Forward

The Writing On The Wall: Signs Of Occupation In Hebron

I was born in the ancient Palestinian city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank in a home around the corner from the entrance to Shuhada Street, the main thoroughfare and marketplace in the city. The name of our neighborhood was Bab el-Khan.

on August 29, 2017
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.

on August 18, 2017
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.

on August 13, 2017
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