‘The Art of Sharing Life’: Documenting Life in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon

‘The Art of Sharing Life’: Documenting Life in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon

‘The Art of Sharing Life’: Documenting Life in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon Jun 16 2017 / 10:02 am Old people at work by Mohammed Badawieh. (Photo: Supplied) Following three days of training in Shatila camp in Beirut, and a day of fieldwork, participants in the ‘The Art of Sharing Life Stories with the Masses’, produced twelve projects, each of which conveyed a unique story either through a series of six photos or a short video.
The Majed Abu Sharar Media Foundation, (MASMF) organized the four-day workshop, in partnership with the Center for Refugee Rights ‘Aidoun’, (CPR), and the support of the Norwegian People’s Aid, (NPA). Mexican American filmmaker and photographer Alejandro Gomez-Meade introduced trainees to the art of documentary storytelling before presenting the elements necessary to create a documentary story through a series of photos or short video, stressing the importance of building trust between the trainees and their central characters.
Consequently, the stories..

UN Last Hurdle before Israel Can Rid Itself of the Palestinians

UN Last Hurdle before Israel Can Rid Itself of the Palestinians

UN Last Hurdle before Israel Can Rid Itself of the Palestinians Jun 15 2017 / 8:16 am Nikki Haley speaking at AIPAC's policy conference. (Photo: via C-SPAN) By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth
Israeli and US officials are in the process of jointly pre-empting Donald Trump’s supposed “ultimate deal” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They hope to demote the Palestinian issue to a footnote in international diplomacy.
The conspiracy – a real one – was much in evidence last week during a visit to the region by Nikki Haley, Washington’s envoy to the United Nations. Her escort was Danny Danon, her Israeli counterpart and a fervent opponent of Palestinian statehood.
Danon makes Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu look moderate. He has backed Israel annexing the West Bank and ruling over Palestinians apatheid-style. Haley appears unperturbed. During a meeting with Netanyahu, she told him that the UN was “a bully to Israel”. She has warned the powerful Security Council to focu..

UN: 150,00 Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank may Lose Food Assistance in July

UN: 150,00 Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank may Lose Food Assistance in July

UN: 150,00 Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank may Lose Food Assistance in July Jun 14 2017 / 4:39 pm A boy in Gaza sits atop bags of rice at a UN distribution center. (Photo: via Social Media) A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a statement at a press briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, warning that the World Food Program (WFP) would be forced to suspend assistance to some 150,000 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip next month unless additional funding is provided.
Stephane Dujarric said in his statement that the WFP “urgently requires” $6.6 million in order to continue providing food assistance for the “poorest non-refugee families” in Gaza and the West Bank through vouchers over the next three months.
“A disruption of WFP assistance could further undermine food security and deepen the dire living conditions of the poorest families, most of whom live on less than $3.20 a day,” Dujarric noted.
150,0..

Palestine Speaks: Al Jazeera English online Launches ‘Palestine in Motion’

Palestine Speaks: Al Jazeera English online Launches ‘Palestine in Motion’

Palestine Speaks: Al Jazeera English online Launches ‘Palestine in Motion’ Jun 14 2017 / 4:15 pm Ahmad Al-Haaj: A People's Story of Al-Nakba. (Photo: Mohammed Asad, AJE) Al Jazeera English online has launched ‘Palestine in Motion‘, a storytelling technique, centered on the story of Palestinian people.
‘Palestine in Motion’ allows the user to explore the personal narratives of Palestinians, which are linked through various themes and keywords in a new and unique way. It retells the story of Palestine by linking the past and the present, and reorienting the entire Palestinian discourse through conveying seemingly ‘ordinary stories of ordinary people’.
“The 19 stories featured in the project tell the Palestinian story through personal experiences of people who lived certain periods of Palestine’s history. In addition, it tells the story of what it’s like being Palestinian today,” said Imad Musa, manager of Al Jazeera English Online.
Palestine in Motion: Personal narratives e..

Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed

Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed

Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed Jun 14 2017 / 12:22 pm True intellectuals cannot operate outside the realm of history. (Photo: Zoriah.net) By Ramzy Baroud
The typical newsroom set-up, where journalists chase headlines dictated by some centralized news gathering agency – often based in some western capital – does not suffice any more.
In the case of the Middle East, the news narrative has been defined by others and dictated on Arab journalists and audiences for far too long.
This hardly worked in the past but, in the last a few years, it has become even more irrelevant and dangerous.
There are millions of victims throughout the Middle East region, numerous bereaved families, constant streams of refugees and a human toll that cannot be understood or expressed through typical media narration: a gripping headline, couple of quotes and a paragraph or two by way of providing context.
The price is too high for this kind of lazy journalism. There is too much at stak..

Until Day Of Reckoning Arrives, We Must Cultivate Hope

Until Day Of Reckoning Arrives, We Must Cultivate Hope

Until Day Of Reckoning Arrives, We Must Cultivate Hope Jun 13 2017 / 5:01 pm Israeli occupation soldier in the West Bank. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman, PC, file) By Rima Najjar
Today, Palestinians are at a crossroads. With increasingly strong voices demanding justice, they have marked the 69-year anniversary of the Nakba (the 1948 founding of Israel), the 50-year anniversary of the Naksa (the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip) and, in a few months, they will mark the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration (the 1917 policy by the British government supporting Jewish Zionist plans in Europe to colonize Palestine and create a “Jewish homeland” there with a Jewish immigrant population.)
Israel, on the other hand, as Al-Shabaka analyst Amal Ahmad points out, is happy with the status quo, even if it means a steady escalation of repression as has been happening:
“… during the 33-year period between 1967 and September 2000, Israeli security forces killed about 2,140 ..

Until The Day Of Reckoning Arrives, We Must Cultivate Hope

Until The Day Of Reckoning Arrives, We Must Cultivate Hope

Until The Day Of Reckoning Arrives, We Must Cultivate Hope Jun 13 2017 / 5:01 pm Israeli occupation soldier in the West Bank. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman, PC, file) By Rima Najjar
Today, Palestinians are at a crossroads. With increasingly strong voices demanding justice, they have marked the 69-year anniversary of the Nakba (the 1948 founding of Israel), the 50-year anniversary of the Naksa (the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip) and, in a few months, they will mark the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration (the 1917 policy by the British government supporting Jewish Zionist plans in Europe to colonize Palestine and create a “Jewish homeland” there with a Jewish immigrant population.)
Israel, on the other hand, as Al-Shabaka analyst Amal Ahmad points out, is happy with the status quo, even if it means a steady escalation of repression as has been happening:
“… during the 33-year period between 1967 and September 2000, Israeli security forces killed about 2,..

Israeli Soldiers Force 19-Year Old Detainee to Say ‘Muhammad is a Pig’

Israeli Soldiers Force 19-Year Old Detainee to Say ‘Muhammad is a Pig’

Israeli Soldiers Force 19-Year Old Detainee to Say ‘Muhammad is a Pig’ Jun 13 2017 / 4:45 pm Israeli occupation soldiers in the West Bank. (Photo: Maan) Israeli forces abused and humiliated a 19-year-old Palestinian for hours when he was detained last month during a march in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, while the youth reported that he had feared for his life and was severely degraded by Israeli forces, according to a report released by Israeli rights group B’Tselem on Monday.
Israeli forces detained Baraa Kanan, from the village of Beit Rima, at the same march Israeli forces shot and killed 22-year-old Saba Abu Ubeid and injured at least two others.
Kanan was riding in an ambulance with a relative and fellow demonstrator who had been struck in the head with a stone thrown by another protester during the march when the ambulance was stopped by at least 10 Israeli soldiers.
Israeli sniper fatally shoots 22-year-old Palestinian who po..

‘Invaders’ Fear of Memory’: Darwish Poem at Israeli Award Dubbed ‘Provocation’

‘Invaders’ Fear of Memory’: Darwish Poem at Israeli Award Dubbed ‘Provocation’

‘Invaders’ Fear of Memory’: Darwish Poem at Israeli Award Dubbed ‘Provocation’ Jun 13 2017 / 9:23 am Late Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish. (Photo: File) Israeli Minister of Culture Miri Regev expressed opposition to the recitation of a poem by renowned Palestinian author Mahmoud Darwish at an Israeli cultural event, calling it a “provocation” and requesting that the performance be canceled, Maan News Agency quoted Hebrew-language media as saying.
According to news site Maariv, Mira Awwad, a famous Palestinian singer and actress with Israeli citizenship, will perform a Darwish’s poem during an award ceremony of the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers in Israel (ACUM), where she is to receive a prize.
Regev, who stepped out of an Israeli movie award ceremony in September over the reading of a Darwish poem, had previously called the Palestinian writer the “leader of the Palestinian industry of lies,” and objected to the performance of his works in Israel.
The Mah..

I Dream of Gaza

I Dream of Gaza

I Dream of Gaza Jun 13 2017 / 9:06 am Aside from the siege, Israel's wars on Gaza caused widespread destruction, left thousands homeless. (Photo: File) By William James Martin
The narrow strip of land on the east shore of the Mediterranean Sea, inhabited by Palestinians, which is the Gaza Strip, has been under siege for a decade. The Gaza Strip is a 32 by 7-mile strip of land containing 1.8 million people – one of the densest populated areas in the world.
It is bordered on the north and east sides by fencing and guard towers, and patrolled by Israeli soldiers, and a strip of no-man’s land inside of the fence of indeterminant, or ill-defined, width of what would otherwise be land available for agriculture. People are regularly fired upon who venture into that small strip to collect plants or pebbles (for concrete) and some are injured and some have been killed by gunfire.
The southern boundary is secured by the Egyptian army, now under the dictator Army General el-Sisi, wh..

Message from Dr. Ramzy Baroud: The Plot to Sideline Palestine

Message from Dr. Ramzy Baroud: The Plot to Sideline Palestine

Message from Dr. Ramzy Baroud: The Plot to Sideline Palestine Jun 12 2017 / 1:06 pm (Artwork: Ramachandra Babu, GN) The Plot to Sideline Palestine: We Need You to Fight the Truth Battle with Us
– There is an attempt at sidelining Palestine from international media coverage.
– We refuse to let this happen. Palestinian rights are paramount and their fight for freedom is a righteous one.
– We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and all donations are tax deductible.
– Please fight this battle for truth with us.
– Please read the messages of support from Noam Chomsky, John Pilger and Joshua Frank
Message from Dr. Ramzy Baroud – Author and Editor of The Palestine Chronicle:
Since the launch of The Palestine Chronicle in September 1999, our mission has never felt so urgent. From the onset of so-called ‘Arab Spring’ in early 2011 and the wars and military interventions that followed, there has been a deliberate and protracted campaign to sideline Palestine from the news as a n..

For the First Time, Israel to Test Arrow-3 Missile System in US’s Alaska

For the First Time, Israel to Test Arrow-3 Missile System in US’s Alaska

For the First Time, Israel to Test Arrow-3 Missile System in US’s Alaska Jun 12 2017 / 11:12 am (Photo: via Twitter) For the first time, Israel, jointly with the US Missile Defence Agency (MDA), will test the Arrow-3 anti-ballistic missile system in the US state of Alaska.
According to a statement yesterday by Israel’s Channel 2, the test will take place at Alaska’s Kodiak test site and is scheduled to be accomplished within few months. The location was chosen given its relative isolation as there is a possibility of falling shrapnel after the interception.
The system is set to be tested against a target similar in behavior to the advanced ballistic missiles, which are currently being developed, and have already been achieved, by Iran.
#US and #Israel schedule joint-trial of the #Arrow3 missile in #Alaska https://t.co/tmBFO4GS0l
— JerusalemOnline (@JOL_NEWS) June 11, 2017
The Arrow-3 is an exoatmospheric anti-ballistic missile intended to destroy targets outside the earth’s ..

Oranges and a Gun: Documenting Life in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon

Oranges and a Gun: Documenting Life in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon

Oranges and a Gun: Documenting Life in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon Jun 8 2017 / 10:16 am Shatila, where people put aside their guns for oranges. Location: Shatila camp Beirut, Lebanon
Photographer: Alaa Hamade, Beirut, Lebanon
Description: Shatila, where people put aside their guns for oranges and where people work hard for a decent living despite the harsh circumstances such as bad infrastructure, pollution and difficult access to education.

Documenting Life in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon
Following three days of training in Shatila camp in Beirut, and a day of fieldwork, participants in the ‘The Art of Sharing Life Stories with the Masses’, produced twelve projects, each of which conveyed a unique story either through a series of six photos or a short video.
The Majed Abu Sharar Media Foundation, (MASMF) organized the four-day workshop, in partnership with the Center for Refugee Rights ‘Aidoun’, (CPR), and the support of the Norwegian People’s Aid, (NPA). Mexican America..

Land of Opportunity for Testing Weapons

Land of Opportunity for Testing Weapons

Land of Opportunity for Testing Weapons Jun 8 2017 / 9:51 am Israel has pretended for the past 50 years that its occupation was temporary. (Photo: File) By James M. Wall
Fifty years after the June 5-10, 1967, Six Day War, Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian people offers a business opportunity for some, and massive oppression for others.
We will begin with the business opportunity, as it is seen from the perspective of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. We will get to the oppression part a bit later from B’Tselem.
Alex Kane, writing in the alternative publication, Indypendent, sets the stage: “On March 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo flew to Israel to show solidarity with Jews amidst an uptick in anti-Semitism in New York. But the trip also doubled as the kick-off for a new project meant to bring Israel and New York closer together.”
Smart man, that Cuomo; he does business that helps his city, while he makes nice, very nice, with his voters and donors.
After Cuomo arrived in Israel, he..

Connecting the Dots: Israel Role in the Attack on Qatar

Connecting the Dots: Israel Role in the Attack on Qatar

Connecting the Dots: Israel Role in the Attack on Qatar Jun 8 2017 / 9:27 am 'The elephant in the room is Israel.' (Photo: File) By Iqbal Jassat
Those who thought that the rulers of Saudi Arabia do not possess chutzpah will have to admit that they were wrong. Not only being mistake but unsuspecting too that an unelected monarchy would have the gall to impose sanctions on a fellow member of elite oligarchs.
Well it’s happened. And in broad daylight in full glare of the world’s media. The guts to confront Qatar and seek its isolation happened while each and every camera crew belonging to Doha-based Al-Jazeera had sprung in action.
The Saudi regime cobbled together a quartet comprising of subservient despots to punish Qatar and unambiguously declare that its allegiance is to Israel, not to Palestine. Though not in so many words, the message inherent in Saudi insistence that the region will not tolerate the presence of Hamas, is a categorical endorsement of Israel’s posi..

Little-known Tale of Betrayal and Cover up

Little-known Tale of Betrayal and Cover up

Little-known Tale of Betrayal and Cover up Jun 7 2017 / 11:31 am 34 American sailors lost their lives and the 171 others were injured in the Israeli attack. (Photo: File) By Ron Forthofer
This column is about events so counterintuitive that Hollywood would reject the plot as being too unbelievable. Fifty years ago, on June 8th, another nation intentionally attacked a U.S. Navy ship in international waters, and the U.S. didn’t respond.
The Attack
The lightly-armed intelligence-gathering U.S. ship was under close observation for at least six hours before an air attack began around 2 pm. The ship was flying a five-by-eight-foot American flag for most of that time. The flag continued to be flown until being shot down and then replaced with an even larger flag.
The attacking jets used cannons, rockets and napalm against this basically defenseless ship. The attack, consisting of about thirty air sorties over a twenty-five-minute period, killed and wounded a number of the crew, caus..

A Palestinian Witness to Al-Naksa

A Palestinian Witness to Al-Naksa

A Palestinian Witness to Al-Naksa Jun 6 2017 / 2:37 pm Palestinians crossing the Allenby Bridge in 1967. (Photo: File) By Mahmoud Zidan
Ever since he told me about it a few years ago, I was unable to erase it from my memory. It had such an indelible effect that whenever we mark the setback of 1967 I vividly remember that evening.
It all started when I asked him about his opinion on a TV series that chronicles the Palestinian struggle. He confessed to me that the protagonist of the series was based on his life, as the writer met him while writing the screenplay.
I was not surprised, as he was a brilliant Palestinian. Then, we talked about the series’s representation of the six-day war of 1967. That seemed to be the trigger for what ensued, for he bore witness to the war.
He was ten years old then. On the last day of the war, his family, along with many, was forced to leave their village because of the Israeli bombing. His parents were carrying their “bundles,” a fixture of Pal..

Who Started the Six Day War of June 1967?

Who Started the Six Day War of June 1967?

Who Started the Six Day War of June 1967? Jun 6 2017 / 11:32 am Then Israel's defense minister Moshe Dayan inspects occupied Jerusalem in June 1967. (Photo: File) By Jeremy R. Hammond
“In June 1967,” Bret Stephens writes in the New York Times for the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, “Arab leaders declared their intention to annihilate the Jewish state and the Jews decided they wouldn’t sit still for it. For the crime of self-preservation, Israel remains a nation unforgiven.
“Unforgiven, Israel’s milder critics say, because the Six-Day War, even if justified at the time, does not justify 50 years of occupation.”
Stephens disagrees, asserting that the view Israel’s ongoing occupation is unjustified “is ahistoric nonsense.”
In fact, it is Bret Stephens who is guilty of that charge, as his article, titled “Six Days and 50 Years of War”, does nothing more than regurgitate standard Zionist propaganda.
Distorting the 1967 War
Stephens proceeds to blame the “Six Day War” o..

The Unwanted ‘Bride’: Can the 1967 War Offer Opportunity for Peace?

The Unwanted ‘Bride’: Can the 1967 War Offer Opportunity for Peace?

The Unwanted ‘Bride’: Can the 1967 War Offer Opportunity for Peace? Jun 5 2017 / 10:27 am Israel seized Al Aqsa and annexed Jerusalem after the war of 1967. (Photo: File) By Ramzy Baroud
There is a saying that goes: “Be careful what you wish for, for you may get it.” This has been Israel’s dilemma from the very beginning.
The Zionist movement, which held its first conference in Basel, Switzerland 120 years ago, wanted Palestine but not the Palestinians. They achieved this objective 50 years later, in what Israel termed as its ‘war of independence.’
Then, in 1947-48, the Palestinian homeland was captured, but millions of Palestinians were cruelly evicted following a harrowing war and many massacres.
That dynamic was not at work when the rest of historic Palestine was occupied during the war of 1967.
Ali Jarbawi, a professor of political science at Birzeit University, told the Economist that Palestinians were ‘lucky’ that they “were defeated so fast and so massively.”
The rap..

Radiohead: BDS Campaign is an ‘Extraordinary Waste of Energy’

Radiohead: BDS Campaign is an ‘Extraordinary Waste of Energy’

Radiohead: BDS Campaign is an ‘Extraordinary Waste of Energy’ Jun 4 2017 / 12:38 pm Radiohead Tibetan Freedom Concert 1998. (Photo: via Youtube) Radiohead have hit back at a campaign urging the British band to cancel a scheduled concert in Israel, calling efforts to get them to adhere to the Palestinian call to Boycott, Divest from, and Sanction (BDS) Israel “offensive”.
The experimental rock icons are scheduled to close a tour on July 19 in Tel Aviv, but a number of activists and artists, including Nobel Prize-winning anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu, novelist Alice Walker and Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters, have urged Radiohead to heed Palestinian activists’ calls.
The open letter, signed by dozens of other artists and public figures, reminded Radiohead:
“Palestinians have appealed to you to take one small step to help pressure Israel to end its violation of basic rights and international law….Please do what artists did in South Africa’s era of oppression: stay away, until..

The Parachute Paradox – A Book Review

The Parachute Paradox – A Book Review

The Parachute Paradox – A Book Review Jun 3 2017 / 3:59 pm Reviewed by Rod Such
(Steven Sabella. The Parachute Paradox. Kerber.)
If you were asked to conjure up an image that depicts the situation of the Palestinians, what would it be? A graphic image of an Israeli boot on a Palestinian neck, perhaps? The Palestinian artist and journalist Steve Sabella, known internationally for his photography-based collages and images, has personally experienced an Israeli boot on his face. But the image he conjures up in his brilliant memoir, The Parachute Paradox, is of a tandem parachute jump with an Israeli strapped to his back. Why this particular image?
Sabella explains that he sees it as a “metaphor for what it means to be a Palestinian living under Israeli occupation. Life under occupation is like the reality of a Palestinian attached to an Israeli in a tandem jump. There is an Israeli on the back of every Palestinian, controlling all aspects of life – the Israeli is always in contro..

The ‘West’ and Its ‘War on Terror’: Treating the Symptoms, Not Curing the Disease

The ‘West’ and Its ‘War on Terror’: Treating the Symptoms, Not Curing the Disease

The ‘West’ and Its ‘War on Terror’: Treating the Symptoms, Not Curing the Disease Jun 2 2017 / 11:40 am Jeremy Corbyn leading a July 2014 demonstration against the Israeli war on Gaza. (Photo: RonF, via Flickr, file) By Jeremy Salt
When Jeremy Corbyn made a direct link between the Manchester bombing and Britain’s wars on Iraq, Libya and Syria he was roundly attacked for justifying terrorism, supporting terrorism, being soft on terrorism and being weak. Theresa May accused him of saying terror attacks in the UK ‘are all our own fault.’ Even before he spoke the Sun was referring to ‘outrage’ as ‘it is revealed Corbyn will claim Britain’s war on terror is to blame for Manchester terror attack.’
In fact, Jeremy Corbyn neither intended to make nor did he make any such statement. His link was with British attacks on other countries, not the ‘war on terror’, which he mentioned only in the context of it having failed. As bombings in Britain and other countries have continued over the y..

The ‘West’ and its ‘War on Terror’: Treating the Symptoms but Not Curing the Disease

The ‘West’ and its ‘War on Terror’: Treating the Symptoms but Not Curing the Disease

The ‘West’ and its ‘War on Terror’: Treating the Symptoms but Not Curing the Disease Jun 2 2017 / 11:40 am Jeremy Corbyn leading a July 2014 demonstration against the Israeli war on Gaza. (Photo: RonF, via Flickr, file) By Jeremy Salt
When Jeremy Corbyn made a direct link between the Manchester bombing and Britain’s wars on Iraq, Libya and Syria he was roundly attacked for justifying terrorism, supporting terrorism, being soft on terrorism and being weak. Theresa May accused him of saying terror attacks in the UK ‘are all our own fault.’ Even before he spoke the Sun was referring to ‘outrage’ as ‘it is revealed Corbyn will claim Britain’s war on terror is to blame for Manchester terror attack.’
In fact, Jeremy Corbyn neither intended to make nor did he make any such statement. His link was with British attacks on other countries, not the ‘war on terror’, which he mentioned only in the context of it having failed. As bombings in Britain and other countries have continued over th..

On Children’s Day, PA Says 3,000 Palestinian Minors Killed by Israel Since 2000

On Children’s Day, PA Says 3,000 Palestinian Minors Killed by Israel Since 2000

On Children’s Day, PA Says 3,000 Palestinian Minors Killed by Israel Since 2000 Jun 2 2017 / 10:52 am Hundreds of Palestinian children are arrested and face ill-treatment by Israeli forces each year. (Photo: via Alarabiya) On the occasion of the International Day for Protection of Children on Thursday, the Palestinian Authority (PA) denounced the continuous harm brought on to Palestinian children by Israel since the Second Intifada.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Information, Israeli forces killed 3,000 Palestinian minors between 2000, when the Second Intifada began, and April 2017.
During the same time period, the ministry estimated that another 13,000 children were injured by Israeli forces.
The daily terror committed on #Palestinian Children by #Israeli Occupiers in the Occupied West Bank #InternationalDayForProtectionOfChildren pic.twitter.com/28Hvl2PIW8
— Abbs Winston (@AbbsWinston) June 1, 2017
According to Ma’an documentation, 72 Palestinian minors have been..

Trump’s Visit to Israel: How Palestine Disappeared from US Media Coverage

Trump’s Visit to Israel: How Palestine Disappeared from US Media Coverage

Trump’s Visit to Israel: How Palestine Disappeared from US Media Coverage May 31 2017 / 6:32 am Trump and Netanyahu converse at the Israel Museum. (Photo: WH, Flicker) By Ramzy Baroud
As if he has, overnight, been transformed into a master politician, Donald Trump’s 27-hour trip to Israel has left many analysts mystified.
Quoting former Israeli political adviser, Mitchell Barack, the New York Times referred to Trump as the “Liberace of world leaders”, in reference to flamboyant, piano player, Wladziu Valantino Liberace. The latter, known as “Mr. Showmanship”, was, at times, the highest paid entertainer in the world and his successful career lasted over four decades.
New York Magazine Online quoted former US ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, too, trying to decipher the supposedly complicated persona of Trump.
“Either Trump’s visit was substance-free – or he ‘is being uncharacteristically subtle’ in planting the seeds for new round of peace negotiations,” NYmag quoted and par..

How Israeli Moves in Jerusalem are Scotching Trump’s ‘Ultimate Deal’

How Israeli Moves in Jerusalem are Scotching Trump’s ‘Ultimate Deal’

How Israeli Moves in Jerusalem are Scotching Trump’s ‘Ultimate Deal’ May 30 2017 / 6:44 pm Donald Trump. (Photo: File) By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth
A decision by Donald Trump this Thursday could prove fateful for the immediate future of Jerusalem, the wider Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the region.
He must decide whether to renew a presidential waiver, signed by his predecessor, Barack Obama, that expires on June 1. The six-month waiver delays implementing a law passed by Congress in 1995 that requires the US to recognise occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate its embassy there from Tel Aviv.
It is a law every president for the past 22 years has baulked at. It would pre-empt the Oslo accords and negate Washington’s assumed role as “honest broker”. Carrying out Congress’s wish would deny the Palestinians East Jerusalem, the only credible capital of a future Palestinian state.
But equally significantly, the law would recognize Israel’s efforts to claim sovereign..

Do the ‘Jewish People’ Worldwide Have a Legal Right to Self-Determination in Palestine?

Do the ‘Jewish People’ Worldwide Have a Legal Right to Self-Determination in Palestine?

Do the ‘Jewish People’ Worldwide Have a Legal Right to Self-Determination in Palestine? May 30 2017 / 6:54 am (Photo: ActiveStillls) By Rima Najjar
For some time now, the discourse on Israel has been shifting from a place where Israeli “hasbara” disinformation had the upper hand no matter where one turned, to a place where Israeli criminal policies are more frankly discussed and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), which is now championed by some academic associations, church groups and labor unions in the United States and elsewhere.
Jewish Voice for Peace and other activist groups have come out with statements not only advocating BDS, but also criticizing Zionism and its definition of Jewish nationalism as practiced by the Jewish state. In a letter protesting the cancellation of a hiring search for the ‘Edward Said Professor of Middle East Studies’ professorship at CSU Fresno, Jewish Voice for Peace states: “The Jewish people are not a monolith on this or any ..

Easternization – Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline – Book Review

Easternization – Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline – Book Review

Easternization – Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline – Book Review May 29 2017 / 8:14 am Easternization – Asia's Rise and America’s Decline. (Book Cover: Amazon) Reviewed by Jim Miles
(Easternization – Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline – From Obama to Trump and Beyond. Gideon Rachman. Other Press, New York. 2016.)
While this book is not authored by a U.S. educated citizen, its arguments tend to have some of the same problems as the natural born authors have in arguing the case for a continued U.S. presence in world affairs. Rachman presents a reasonable effort in presenting his case for Easternization and this would be a good beginning work for those entering into discussions of global affairs. Rachman’s perspective is broad, his writing engaging with many personal anecdotes. Considered with the many other writers on U.S. foreign affairs, he is not quite capable of connecting all the dots, even though his ‘dots’ cover a strong range of issues.
The largest factor – not surpr..

Two Sides of the Palestinian Coin: Hunger Strike/Gaza

Two Sides of the Palestinian Coin: Hunger Strike/Gaza

Two Sides of the Palestinian Coin: Hunger Strike/Gaza May 29 2017 / 7:53 am Gaza siege: Palestinian travelers waiting at the Rafah border. (Photo: Johnny Barber, PC, file) By Richard Falk
The Palestinian hunger strike protesting Israeli prison conditions was suspended on May 27th after 40 days, at a time when many of the 1000 or so strikers were experiencing serious deteriorations of health, most were by then hospitalized, and the holy period of Ramadan about to commence creating continuity between the daytime fasting of the faithful and the prior desperate protest of the strikers. What was perhaps most notable about this extraordinary gesture of a mass prolonged hunger strike was that it was treated as hardly worthy of notice by the world media or even by the United Nations, which ironically is regularly attacked by diplomats and the media in the West for being overly preoccupied with Israeli wrongdoing.
It needs appreciating that recourse to a collective hunger strike is a mo..

Canadian Prime Minister Misleads on Zionism

Canadian Prime Minister Misleads on Zionism

Canadian Prime Minister Misleads on Zionism May 28 2017 / 8:12 am Trudeau delivers remarks at the National Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony. (Photo: pm.gc.ca) By Yves Engler
Our Prime Minister would like us to believe that the ideology that shaped Israel is designed to fight anti-Jewish prejudice. But, even when anti-Semitism was a significant political force in Canada, Zionism largely represented a chauvinistic, colonialist way of thinking.
On Israel Independence Day earlier this month Justin Trudeau delivered a speech by video to a rally in Montréal and published a statement marking the occasion. “Today, while we celebrate Israel’s independence, we also reaffirm our commitment to fight anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism”, declared the PM in a rare reference by a top politician to Israel’s state ideology.
Israel apologists often link anti-Zionism and anti-Jewishness, but it’s disingenuous. Canadian Zionism has long been comfortable with anti-Jewish sentiment and it has never be..

Netanyahu Exploits Manchester Bombing (VIDEO)

Netanyahu Exploits Manchester Bombing (VIDEO)

Netanyahu Exploits Manchester Bombing (VIDEO) May 25 2017 / 6:07 am Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo: File) As the world pays tribute to those killed in the horrific attack in Manchester, UK, Israel has been quick to exploit the terrorist attack and use it to advance its narrative.
Speaking ahead of visiting US President Donald Trump’s address at the Israel Museum, Netanyahu said: “Standing next to you, President Abbas condemned the horrific attack in Manchester. Well, I hope this heralds a real change.”
“If the Manchester attacker was Palestinian and the victims Israeli, the terrorist’s family would receive a stipend from the Palestinian Authority.”
“That’s Palestinian law. That law must be changed.”
In his meeting with Trump, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had said: “I do offer my warm condolences to the prime minister of Britain, families of victims, and the British people.”

“We would like to reassert our willingness to continue to work with you as partners in fighting te..

Fear as an Obstacle to Peace: Why Are Israelis Afraid?

Fear as an Obstacle to Peace: Why Are Israelis Afraid?

Fear as an Obstacle to Peace: Why Are Israelis Afraid? May 24 2017 / 12:36 pm Israeli troops storming the town of Sair in the Hebron district. (Photo: via Ma’an) By Ramzy Baroud
Bat-Hen Epstein Elias’s long article on Iranian Jews is interesting. Parts of it, in fact, are heartwarming. Yet, despite the lack of any serious evidence, the story is entirely framed in the language of fear.
Entitled, “All the Jews there live in fear that their telephones are tapped,” the story in ‘Israel Hayom’ peddles the idea that, although Iranian Jews seem generally content with their lives in Iran as an economically-privileged group, somehow, they are still afraid.
Or, perhaps, Israel needs them to be afraid, despite the fact that the Iranian Jews interviewed in the article expressed little or no fear sentiment at all.
One such character is ‘M’, who, like others asserted: “I never felt like I was being attacked because I was Jewish, or that my religious freedom was harmed.”
His narrative seem..

Making Israel Greater Again: Justice for Palestinians in the Age of Trump

Making Israel Greater Again: Justice for Palestinians in the Age of Trump

Making Israel Greater Again: Justice for Palestinians in the Age of Trump May 24 2017 / 6:42 am Donald trump with Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo: via Twitter, file) By Yoav Litvin
“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” — Donald Trump
Donald Trump is an American capitalist. He is a real estate mogul who owns buildings, casinos and golf courses. He bought a football team, founded a modeling agency and established a university. Trump’s precise net worth is unknown, yet is estimated in the billions.
Donald Trump is a celebrity. He appeared in twelve films and fourteen television series. He starred in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Wrestle Mania’s “The Battle of the Billionaires”. Trump was the executive producer of NBC’s reality show The Apprentice, which was nominated for two ..

On Gaza and the Siege: Why Is This Allowed to Happen?

On Gaza and the Siege: Why Is This Allowed to Happen?

On Gaza and the Siege: Why Is This Allowed to Happen? May 24 2017 / 6:28 am Aside from the siege, Israel's wars on Gaza caused widespread destruction, left thousands homeless. (Photo: File) By Haidar Eid – Gaza
“We were just obeying orders!”
“There is no defence in obeying illegal orders. Remember Nuremberg?!”
— Fictional dialogue with an Israeli officer
In mid-May, The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned of the imminent collapse of the Gaza Strip saying, in a grim statement, that: “The scarcity of energy and the severe shortage of fuel in Gaza have damaged all aspects of life in the Strip…” The statement warned of “looming crisis” in the public health and environment sectors due to lack of energy.
And back in September 2015, the UN warned that Gaza could be “uninhabitable” by 2020. At the time, the report made it clear that Gaza’s GDP had dropped by 15% in 2014, and unemployment had reached a record high of 44%, with 72% of households being food insec..

A Song about the Siege of Gaza (VIDEO)

A Song about the Siege of Gaza (VIDEO)

A Song about the Siege of Gaza (VIDEO) May 22 2017 / 10:38 am A Gaza morning. (Photo: Via Aljazeera. file) Heeding Samuel Becket’s advice that “when you’re in the shit up to your neck, there’s nothing left to do but sing,” a group of Gaza-based human rights and BDS activists compiled the following, amateur video-clip titled: Gaza: The Horror! The Horror! It includes some of the most shocking facts and footage about the deadly, medieval siege of Gaza, described by some activists as an “incremental genocide.”
The performance is by the Gaza-based activist Haidar Eid, adopted from one of Kawthar Mustapha’s vernacular poems summarizing the questions raised by almost all Gazans as to why this horror is allowed to happen.

(PalestineChronicle.com)
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Impressions of Palestinian Memory in Watercolor (ART)

Impressions of Palestinian Memory in Watercolor (ART)

Impressions of Palestinian Memory in Watercolor (ART) May 22 2017 / 6:33 am The narration of burnt olive trees. (Ramona Wadi, supplied) By Ramona Wadi
The initial idea for a series of paintings related to Palestine occurred after finishing “The narration of burnt olive trees”, which is the first in the series themed “Impressions of Palestinian memory in watercolor.”
However, it is the last painting which I believe defines this collection, or contribution, as a writer and artist, to Palestinian memory. In a political context, “Spirit of Return” may seem impossible due to the international community’s involvement in protecting the Israeli colonial entity on Palestinian territory. Yet, it is also the refusal to recognize the Palestinian right to land and reclamation which led to the people’s tenacious dream of return and therefore propels the concept to a permanent relevance.
The spirit of return. (Ramona Wadi, supplied)
One of the questions I was asked when finalizing the paint..

Palestinians Call for ‘Day of Rage’ to Protest Trump’s Visit to the Occupied Territory

Palestinians Call for ‘Day of Rage’ to Protest Trump’s Visit to the Occupied Territory

Palestinians Call for ‘Day of Rage’ to Protest Trump’s Visit to the Occupied Territory May 21 2017 / 8:40 am Trump's Israel pick, David Friedman. (Photo: Video grab, EPA) Palestinian factions in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah have called upon the Palestinian people to partake in a “Day of Rage” on Tuesday, during the planned visit by US President Donald Trump to the occupied Palestinian territory.
Trump left the US for his first trip abroad as commander-in-chief on May 19, arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. He is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday, to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
The following day, Trump will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, and then stop in occupied East Jerusalem, to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Western Wall — reportedly to become the first sitting US president to visit the contested..

A Palestinian Woman in Exile

A Palestinian Woman in Exile

A Palestinian Woman in Exile May 21 2017 / 7:57 am Oh, Homeland: All the birds have homes, except those who long for freedom; they die in captivity. (Photo: File) By Tsneem Mohammad

Like a sad symphony, being in exile composes a heart-wrenching note. Foreigners may choose to return to their countries whenever they wish to, but a person living in exile lacks this choice. The exiled is a label given to the Palestinian refugees who were forced out of their homeland into the Diaspora in 1948. They have no ID cards and they have been scattered all over the world awaiting the right to return to their land.
Sadly, Palestinians who live in Arab countries experience this “separation” or ghurba the most harshly. This term, “the exiled” – al-moghtaribin, was invented for Palestinians residing in those countries to haunt them with dark feelings of alienation and isolation.
In those Arab countries, you may live and work, but you may also be dismissed from your job without warning. At that..

POWS from Palestine – A Poem

POWS from Palestine – A Poem

POWS from Palestine – A Poem May 19 2017 / 5:33 pm (Photo: File) By Pande Manoylov
Water and salt,
water and salt
every day…
And for a moment
you felt like a man
in the Israel jail,
far underground
they only give you
water and salt
they tell you:
You are Palestinian,
you are in Israeli jail,
you raised the voice –
FREEDOM!
Because
when they come to take you
do not be surprised
But your are Palestinian,
you are anonymous
and do not try to explain,
but your are a detainee
and your screams
floated up into heaven
and unprecedented
deafness in the world!
Water and salt,
water and salt
every day…
– Pande Manoylov contributed this poem to PalestineChronicle.com.
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On Israel: Is Trudeau Moving to the Far Right?

On Israel: Is Trudeau Moving to the Far Right?

On Israel: Is Trudeau Moving to the Far Right? May 19 2017 / 11:15 am Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Photo: via Huffpost, file) By Jim Miles
“Today, while we celebrate Israel’s independence, we also reaffirm our commitment to fight anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on May 2.
Really?
First of all, the Jewish people are not the only Semites living in the region, especially as Palestinians are Semites as well. Even David Ben-Gurion, the father of Israel (or at least of its nuclear weapons), recognized that the indigenous Palestinians were more than likely descendants of historical Semitic people in the region.
Moreover, many Jewish people are not Semitic, having become Jewish through conversion – one can convert one’s ideology, but not convert one’s biology.
That is old news, as old as the Zionist movement and one of its biggest manipulations and false accusations made against anyone that speaks out against Zionist ideo..

Gisha: Travel Permits Granted to Gazans by Israel Declined Sharply

Gisha: Travel Permits Granted to Gazans by Israel Declined Sharply

Gisha: Travel Permits Granted to Gazans by Israel Declined Sharply May 18 2017 / 6:39 pm Erez checkpoint, separating Gaza from Israel. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle, file) By Palestine Chronicle Staff
Gisha, Legal Center For Freedom of Movement, an Israeli organisation that advocates for the freedom of movement of Palestinians in the Palestinian Territories, said the number of permits granted to Palestinians by Israel have declined at the same level as before the Israeli offensive launched on Gaza in 2014.
“The number of exits by Palestinians through Erez Crossing during April was only 4,677, a drop of 23 percent compared to the low number recorded the previous month (only 6,078 exits), and a drop of 62 percent compared to the average monthly number of exits in 2016,” said Gisha.
Gisha noted that the Jewish holidays as well as Hamas’s temporary ban on travel following the assassination of one of its leaders in Gaza contributed to this decline. Yet, Gisha noted t..

16 year-old Fatima Hjeiji Laid to Rest

16 year-old Fatima Hjeiji Laid to Rest

16 year-old Fatima Hjeiji Laid to Rest May 18 2017 / 4:38 pm Fatima Afif Abd al-Rahman Hjeiji, 16, was from the Ramallah-area village of Qarawat Bani Zeid. (Photo: via Maan) Hundreds of Palestinians marched in the funeral procession for 16-year-old Fatima Hjeiji, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces earlier in the month under disputed circumstances.
Hjeiji’s body was transferred from Israeli authorities on Tuesday evening to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in Jerusalem’s Abu Dis University, where the body was autopsied.
Following the autopsy, the teen’s body was transferred to the Palestinian Medical Complex in Ramallah, where her body was prepared for burial and wrapped in a Palestinian flag, in accordance with Hjeiji’s wishes, which she outlined in a goodbye letter that she left behind for her family.
Hundreds March in Funeral of 16 year-old #Palestinian Girl Killed by #IsraeliForces. #FatimaHjeiji RIP pic.twitter.com/V8ta3F4E75
— The Docterr (@docuterror) ..

Collective Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Jews, Apartheid and Oppression

Collective Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Jews, Apartheid and Oppression

Collective Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Jews, Apartheid and Oppression May 18 2017 / 7:01 am A Jewish settler in the occupied city of al-Khalil (Hebron) harasses a Palestinian woman. (Photo: File) By Yoav Litvin
Fear and anxiety are emotions that have evolved to ensure the survival and procreation of many species of animals.
Humans have been able to manipulate fears and anxieties as weapons of population control that involve and promote violence and apartheid. These societal conditions are familiar to many historically and presently oppressed groups, including Jewish and Palestinian, respectively.
In order to understand how fear and anxiety are manipulated to sustain oppression, it is useful to review their neuroscientific underpinnings and associated pathologies.
Fear
Fear entails a set of physiological and behavioral responses that serve to remove an organism from a source of threat, such as a high place or the presence of a predator. For this purpose, the central and..

Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israel’s Precarious Identity is Palestine’s Nightmare

Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israel’s Precarious Identity is Palestine’s Nightmare

Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israel’s Precarious Identity is Palestine’s Nightmare May 17 2017 / 8:47 am Palestinian woman attacked by Israeli Jews in Jerusalem. (Photo: File) By Ramzy Baroud
The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has hurriedly passed a new bill that defines Israel as the “national home of the Jewish people.” Although the association between Jewishness and Israel goes back to the foundation of the state, the new law also carries clear discriminatory elements that target the country’s Arab communities, numbering nearly two million people.
The ‘Jewish Nation-State Bill’ is the latest concoction of Israel’s rightwing Zionist Jewish parties, which have dominated Israeli politics for years. With the Israeli ‘Left’ rendered irrelevant, or has itself moved to the right, the right wing elements of Israel are now the supreme rulers of that country.
By strict definition, Israel is, at best, an inadequate ‘democracy’ or a democracy for Jews only, although it has promoted itself f..

Israel Tutors Its Children in Fear and Loathing

Israel Tutors Its Children in Fear and Loathing

Israel Tutors Its Children in Fear and Loathing May 16 2017 / 7:03 am A young recruit in the Israeli army. (Photo: File) By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth
A display of Israeli-style community policing before an audience of hundreds of young schoolchildren was captured on video last week. Were the 10-year-olds offered road safety tips, advice on what to do if they got lost, or how to report someone suspicion hanging around the school?
No. In Israel, they do things differently. The video shows four officers staging a mock anti-terror operation in a park close to Tel Aviv. The team roar in on motorbikes, firing their rifles at the “terrorist”.
As he lies badly wounded, the officers empty their magazines into him from close range. In Israel it is known as “confirming the kill”. Everywhere else it is called an extrajudicial execution or murder. The children can be heard clapping.
It was an uncomfortable reminder of a near-identical execution captured on film last year. A young army medi..

Recasting the Nakba: Palestinian Struggle between Victimhood and Resistance

Recasting the Nakba: Palestinian Struggle between Victimhood and Resistance

Recasting the Nakba: Palestinian Struggle between Victimhood and Resistance May 15 2017 / 1:45 pm Nakba: when Israel was established, Palestine was erased. (Photo: File) By Ramzy Baroud
In mainstream Israeli politics, history books, literature and collective imagination, the Palestinian Nakba never happened. If the pain and suffering of a nation is acknowledged, then the people themselves would, naturally, have to be acknowledged as well. This, Israel could not do.
In fact, the infamous declaration made by former Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir — that Palestinians “didn’t exist” and that “there is no such a thing as a Palestinian people” — was far more dangerous than the racist comment that many understood it to be, justifiably so. The statement was made two years after the Naksa, which saw the Arabs defeated in 1967 and Israel’s military domination of all of historic Palestine. The more land that Israel seized illegally by military means, and the more that Palestinians were..

Lawyer Visits Barghouthi for First Time since Beginning of Hunger Strike

Lawyer Visits Barghouthi for First Time since Beginning of Hunger Strike

Lawyer Visits Barghouthi for First Time since Beginning of Hunger Strike May 15 2017 / 8:22 am Marwan Barghouti. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle) Imprisoned senior Fatah official Marwan Barghouthi was visited by his lawyer on Sunday for the first time since a mass prisoner hunger strike, led by Barghouthi, began 28 days ago.
Lawyer Khader Shqeirat reported that Barghouthi had lost 12 kilograms since the beginning of the strike, and now weighed only 53 kilograms, according to the a statement released by the media committee of the Freedom and Dignity hunger strike, established by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
Barghouthi described to Shqeirat the abysmal conditions in which he was being held, saying that he was kept in a basement cell for four days, from which he was removed only when he stopped drinking water.
Marwan Barghouti, leader of Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike, says Israeli snacking v..

‘Imagine’ – A Poem

‘Imagine’ – A Poem

‘Imagine’ – A Poem May 13 2017 / 9:27 am (Photo: Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle) By Stephen Brackens Brinkley
Imagine a world where anyone can do anything to anyone else without fear of being punished.
Imagine a world where someone is being attacked and there are crowds of people witnessing the event and no one ever intervenes in any way.
Imagine a world where human rights are not afforded and guaranteed to individuals and everyone is forced to rely and depend on the good will and consistent right actions of the rest of the citizenry.
Imagine a world where no one is concerned about what is happening to others as long as it is not happening to or affecting them personally.
Imagine a world where there is no avenue for redress of grievances and you must be the recipient of anything anyone else decides to do to you.
Imagine a world in which the above things apply to yourself, your family and the rest of humanity.
NOW ASK YOURSELF:
Could you imagine yourself or your love..

Freedom and Dignity – A Poem Honoring Palestine’s Hunger Strikers

Freedom and Dignity – A Poem Honoring Palestine’s Hunger Strikers

Freedom and Dignity – A Poem Honoring Palestine’s Hunger Strikers May 11 2017 / 10:45 pm (Photo: via Ma'an) By Aida Qasim
Salt of the earth
Lead me to the water
Noble sons and daughters
Of this
Free earth
That spreads through
Your mother’s land
All the birds
And olive trees
Prostrate
At your feet
At the hills
Of resistance
Salt of the earth
Lead me to the water
Heroic fathers and mothers
Of the torch bearers
Between the links
Of your shackles
I see the light
Of the Galilee
Baptizing wounded doves
Salt of the earth
Lead me to the water
Valiant Strugglers
For liberation and self determination
I see rays of
Freedom and Dignity
Over the horizon
Salt of the earth
Lead me to the water
– Aida Qasim is a Palestinian American social worker and poet living in Princeton, New Jersey. She contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com.
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FIFA Delays Decision to Prohibit ‘Sponsoring Games on Stolen (Palestinian) Land’

FIFA Delays Decision to Prohibit ‘Sponsoring Games on Stolen (Palestinian) Land’

FIFA Delays Decision to Prohibit ‘Sponsoring Games on Stolen (Palestinian) Land’ May 11 2017 / 10:34 pm Palestinians protest in Ramallah calling on FIFA to suspend Israel’s membership. (Photo: MEMO) Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned the cancellation of a vote at FIFA’s conference in the Bahraini capital of Manama on Thursday, which was expected to decide on whether the participation of six Israeli football teams located on illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank would be permitted to hold games on Palestinian territory, saying that the international football association has decided to continue “sponsoring games on stolen land.”
The congress was scheduled to hold a final vote on a Palestinian resolution to prohibit FIFA games from being played on Israeli settlements – constructed on occupied Palestinian territory in violation of international law.
HRW, along with other organizations, called for FIFA to ban the Israeli Football Association (IFA) from “organizing football ac..

Ireland Capital Votes to Fly Palestinian Flag above City Hall for Nakba Day

Ireland Capital Votes to Fly Palestinian Flag above City Hall for Nakba Day

Ireland Capital Votes to Fly Palestinian Flag above City Hall for Nakba Day May 10 2017 / 4:23 pm The official commemoration of the Nakba is held on May 15 and is observed by millions of Palestinians and rights activists around the world. (Photo: Social Media) The Dublin and Sligo city councils voted to fly the Palestinian flag above their respective city halls, Irish media reported on Tuesday, in a show of solidarity to mark the 69th anniversary of the Nakba – the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and villages during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that established the state of Israel.
“This city council will fly the flag of Palestine over City Hall for the month of May 2017… as a gesture of our solidarity with the people of Palestine living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, with the Palestinian citizens of Israel denied basic democratic rights, and with the over seven million displaced Palestinians denied the right of return to their homeland,” the Dublin mot..

Should Hamas Rewrite the Past?

Should Hamas Rewrite the Past?

Should Hamas Rewrite the Past? May 10 2017 / 8:32 am Hamas leader and former Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh. (Photo: File) By Ramzy Baroud
Now that the Palestinian Islamic Movement, Hamas, has officially changed its Charter, one should not immediately assume that the decision is, in itself, an act of political maturity.
Undoubtedly, Hamas’ first Charter, which was released to the public in August 1988, reflected a degree of great intellectual dearth and political naïveté.
“Allah is great, Allah is greater than their army, Allah is greater than their airplanes and their weapons,” the original Charter partly read.
It called on Palestinians to take on the Israeli occupation army, seeking “martyrdom, or victory”, and derided Arab rulers and armies: “Has your national zealousness died and your pride run out while the Jews daily perpetrate grave and base crimes against the people and the children?”
This may seem foolishly worded now. But back then, the context was rather d..

Witnesses: Teenage Palestinian Girl ‘Executed in Cold Blood.’

Witnesses: Teenage Palestinian Girl ‘Executed in Cold Blood.’

Witnesses: Teenage Palestinian Girl ‘Executed in Cold Blood.’ May 9 2017 / 5:14 am Fatima Afif Abd al-Rahman Hjeiji, 16, was from the Ramallah-area village of Qarawat Bani Zeid. (Photo: Maan) Palestinians who witnessed Israeli border police shooting and killing 16-year-old Fatima Afif Abd al-Rahman Hjeiji in occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday evening said the girl was “executed in cold blood” and did not pose a lethal threat when she was hit with some 20 bullets outside of the Old City.
Israeli police claimed Hjeiji “approached Israeli police and border guards stationed at the site, drew a knife, and tried to attack them while calling out ‘Allah Akbar’ in an attempt to hurt Israeli forces, who determinedly and professionally neutralized her.”
However, shortly after the shooting, an eyewitness told Ma’an that Hjeiji had been standing near Damascus Gate, more than ten meters away from a group of Israeli border guard soldiers, before she was killed.
#IOF officers shot and killed a..

Israeli Government Debates Evicting UN from Jerusalem in Wake of Scathing UNESCO Resolution

Israeli Government Debates Evicting UN from Jerusalem in Wake of Scathing UNESCO Resolution

Israeli Government Debates Evicting UN from Jerusalem in Wake of Scathing UNESCO Resolution May 8 2017 / 8:48 am Palestine was admitted as a full member of UNESCO in 2011. (Photo: via MEMO) The Israeli government held a debate on Sunday, vowing to kick out UN and affiliated agencies from its longstanding offices in East Jerusalem, as proposed by a minister of culture, after UNESCO passed a strongly-worded resolution, labeling Israel “the occupying power.”
“The professional opinion that will be presented is that Israel is signatory to an agreement with the UN and other international conventions under which the UN headquarters is granted diplomatic immunity,” a senior Foreign ministry source said ahead of the meeting, as cited by Haaretz.
The unnamed official added that the Foreign Ministry would remind Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev, who has been a driving force behind the initiative, and the like-minded ministerial officials, of the necessity to heed international treat..

UNSC Imbalance Impedes Justice

UNSC Imbalance Impedes Justice

UNSC Imbalance Impedes Justice May 7 2017 / 11:49 am Israel's apartheid wall in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman, PC) By Iqbal Jassat
Having read Angela Mudukuti’s insightful reflection on the International Criminal Court, “ICC hunting for Gaddafi aide“, I cannot but link it to the recent experience of a highly respected International jurist Richard Falk.
Along with professor Virginia Tilley, Falk was assigned by the UN’s Social and Economic Commission of West Asia to investigate Israeli practices towards the Palestinian people. Their report concluded that it amounted to apartheid as defined in international law.
What followed next illustrates Mudukuti’s stinging criticism of the unequal power-relations at the UN Security Council. She points out that while the UNSC has the power to refer cases to the ICC, the five permanent members also have the power to veto referrals. And three of them, Russia, China and the US are not even signatories to the Rome Statute..

Israel’s New Cultural War of Aggression

Israel’s New Cultural War of Aggression

Israel’s New Cultural War of Aggression May 7 2017 / 11:48 am Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council for Occupied Palestine 2008-14. (Photo: File) By Richard Falk
A few weeks ago my book Palestine’s Horizon: Toward a Just Peace was published by Pluto in Britain. I was in London and Scotland at the time to do a series of university talks to help launch the book. Its appearance happened to coincide with the release of a jointly authored report commissioned by the UN Social and Economic Commission of West Asia, giving my appearances a prominence they would not otherwise have had. The report concluded that the evidence relating to Israeli practices toward the Palestinian people amounted to ‘apartheid,’ as defined in international law.
There was a strong pushback by Zionist militants threatening disruption. These threats were sufficiently intimidating to academic administrators, that my talks at the University of East London and at Middlesex University were ..

The New York Times’ Prejudice against Imprisoned Palestinian Leader Marwan Barghouti

The New York Times’ Prejudice against Imprisoned Palestinian Leader Marwan Barghouti

The New York Times’ Prejudice against Imprisoned Palestinian Leader Marwan Barghouti May 5 2017 / 6:35 pm Marwan Barghouti has been imprisoned in Israel since 2004. (Photo: MEMO) By Jeremy R. Hammond
Last month, imprisoned Palestinian parliamentarian Marwan Barghouti was provided op-ed space by the New York Times to explain why he and his fellow inmates were going on a hunger strike. Instructively, the article caused an uproar not because of Israel’s violations of their rights, but because Mr. Barghouti’s bio stated simply that he “is a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.” Under criticism, the Times added an editor’s note stating:
“This article explained the writer’s prison sentence but neglected to provide sufficient context by stating the offenses of which he was convicted. They were five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization. Mr. Barghouti declined to offer a defense at his trial and refused to recognize the Israeli court’s jurisdiction and legitima..

Israel Retaliates after UNESCO Refers to the Jewish State as ‘Occupier’

Israel Retaliates after UNESCO Refers to the Jewish State as ‘Occupier’

Israel Retaliates after UNESCO Refers to the Jewish State as ‘Occupier’ May 5 2017 / 8:29 am Palestine was admitted as a full member of UNESCO in 2011. (Photo: via MEMO) Israeli officials continued on Thursday to express their disapproval of the passage of a UNESCO resolution critical of Israeli policies in occupied East Jerusalem, calling Israel to account for Israel’s refusal to cease “persistent excavations, tunneling, works, and projects in East Jerusalem,” and stressed that these procedures were illegal under international law.
“All legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the ‘basic law’ on Jerusalem, are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith,” the text read.
The resolution also reaffirmed the importance of Jerusalem to the three monotheistic religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.
#Israel summons #..

Trump Deletes Arafat From Accord Signing

Trump Deletes Arafat From Accord Signing

Trump Deletes Arafat From Accord Signing May 4 2017 / 6:05 am Former PA President Yasser Arafat. (Photo: File) By James M. Wall
It is a well-known fact of history that to the victor belongs the spoils.
And one of those spoils is the ability to reshape history. Donald Trump has won the presidency. He is now busy reshaping history.
On Wednesday, President Trump met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House. The usual “we want peace” talking points were exchanged. The word “justice” was not included.
Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike were ignored by Trump. Sean Spicer, Trump’s press spokesman later claimed the President suggested to Abbas that he cease funding families of political prisoners held in Israeli jails.
Since that would be both inhumane to the prisoners and politically devastating to President Abbas, he most certainly would have brushed aside such an idea.
President Trump began his cordial welcoming words to President Abbas with one of those b..

Greater Israel and the Prospects for Peace in the Middle East

Greater Israel and the Prospects for Peace in the Middle East

Greater Israel and the Prospects for Peace in the Middle East May 3 2017 / 10:46 pm Israeli walls imprisoning Palestinian communities in the West Bank. (Photo: ActiveStills.org) By Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
We are here to discuss the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel has long sought to normalize its relations with Arab states without having to address the status of its captive Arab populations in the West Bank and Gaza. Do the changing geopolitics of the region at last offer Israel the opportunity to accomplish this? That would be a cost-free strategic gain for the Jewish state. This is the apparent aim of the “outside-in” approach that some in the Trump administration favor. Is something for nothing for Israel an idea whose time has finally come?
Normalization of relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors has always been in the American interest. But now – quite aside from its benefits to Israel – normalization might open the way to a regional co..

The Prisoners’ Revolt: The Real Reasons behind the Palestinian Hunger Strike

The Prisoners’ Revolt: The Real Reasons behind the Palestinian Hunger Strike

The Prisoners’ Revolt: The Real Reasons behind the Palestinian Hunger Strike May 3 2017 / 6:39 pm Palestinians demanding the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in Bethlehem. (Photo: MEMO, file) By Ramzy Baroud
Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison. The West Bank is a prison, too, segmented into various wards, known as areas A, B and C. In fact, all Palestinians are subjected to varied degrees of military restrictions. At some level, they are all prisoners.
East Jerusalem is cut off from the West Bank, and those in the West Bank are separated from one another.
Palestinians in Israel are treated slightly better than their brethren in the Occupied Territories, but subsist in degrading conditions compared to the first-class status given to Israeli Jews, as per the virtue of their ethnicity alone.
Palestinians ‘lucky’ enough to escape the handcuffs and shackles are still trapped in different ways.
Palestinian refugees in Lebanon’s Ein el-Hilweh, like million..

True Independence on Nakba Day – Accountability and Healing as an Israeli Aggressor

True Independence on Nakba Day – Accountability and Healing as an Israeli Aggressor

True Independence on Nakba Day – Accountability and Healing as an Israeli Aggressor May 2 2017 / 4:52 pm Israelis celebrate Independence Day, while the native Palestinians' memorial day is ignored and outlawed in their own home. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman, PC) By Yoav Litvin, Ph.D.
I am an Israeli-American. I was raised in a middle-class academic ‘Liberal Zionist’ household (aligned with the Israeli Labor Party and Meretz), which is an inherent contradiction. Liberal Zionism maintains a belief in universal human rights yet it supports a Zionist ideology that endorses and promotes Israel as a Jewish state – one that has been systematically carrying out a project of apartheid and ethnic cleansing of the native Palestinian people.
Since I can remember, my birth town of Jerusalem has been highly segregated. Growing up, I never interacted with Palestinians other than Abed the soft-spoken gardener from Hebron (aka El Halil), Rada the lady who cleaned our home on occasion (and would..

Bella Ciao – In Solidarity with Palestinian Hunger Strikers

Bella Ciao – In Solidarity with Palestinian Hunger Strikers

Bella Ciao – In Solidarity with Palestinian Hunger Strikers May 2 2017 / 9:41 am “Bella Ciao” – Goodbye Beautiful – a hymn of freedom and resistance – In solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli prisons. (Performed by Romana Rubeo). To learn more, visit: http://www.addameer.org.

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Eloquence of Palestinian Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

Eloquence of Palestinian Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

Eloquence of Palestinian Prisoners’ Hunger Strike May 2 2017 / 6:24 am Funeral of Basil Al-Araj, 31, a well-known activist and writer who was assassinated by Israeli army on March 06, Al Walaja, West Bank. (Photo: ActiveStills.org) By Iqbal Jassat
As global attention is drawn to Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strikes, it is quite likely that the colonial-era conditions under which they have been jailed by Israel, will come into sharp focus.
Led by an ailing Marwan Barghouti, who is serving multiple life sentences for resisting Israel’s inhumane occupation, the hunger strikes have captured the world’s interest.
As discussions and debates ensue, many facts which make the Israeli regime uncomfortable have come to the fore. One of these is that since the dismemberment of Palestine as it existed prior to it being colonised by Zionism leading to the illegal creation of Israel, tens of thousands of Palestinians have tasted life in jails.
This fact epitomizes imprisonment of all Pales..

Abbas Fears the Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

Abbas Fears the Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

Abbas Fears the Prisoners’ Hunger Strike May 1 2017 / 6:56 am PA President Mahmoud Abbas. (Photo: File) By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth
The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is due to meet Donald Trump in the White House on Wednesday to discuss reviving the long-cold corpse of the peace process.
Back home, things are heating up. There is anger in the West Bank, both on the streets and within the ranks of Abbas’s Fatah movement. The trigger is a two-week-old hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners.
Last Thursday, Palestinians shuttered their businesses in a show of solidarity, and the next day youths clashed with the Israeli army in a “day of rage”.
About a quarter of the 6,500 political prisoners held by Israel – almost all of them in Israeli territory, in violation of international law – are refusing food in protest at their degrading treatment. They want reforms to Israel’s industrial system of incarceration. Some 800,000 Palestinians – 40 per cent of males – have passed throu..

Palestinian Prisoners Held by Israel Enter 2nd Week of Mass Hunger Strike

Palestinian Prisoners Held by Israel Enter 2nd Week of Mass Hunger Strike

Palestinian Prisoners Held by Israel Enter 2nd Week of Mass Hunger Strike May 1 2017 / 6:44 am Marwan Barghouti has been dubbed the Palestinian Mandela. (Photo: Newswatch, file) Some 1,500 Palestinian prisoners out of approximately 6,300 Palestinians held by Israel entered the 14th day of an open-ended hunger strike on Sunday, with Israeli prison authorities ramping up punitive measures in an attempt to pressure prisoners to break their strikes — as the health of hunger strikers continued to decline.
The media committee for the “Freedom and Dignity strike,” formed by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), announced that preliminary efforts to start negotiations between hunger strikers and the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) began Saturday.
According to the committee, IPS said negotiations would be based on the condition that they exclude Marwan Barghouthi, a prominent imprisoned member of the Fatah movement who is leading the ..

Mass Hunger Strike Grows on 13th Day, Leaders Call for Continued Protests

Mass Hunger Strike Grows on 13th Day, Leaders Call for Continued Protests

Mass Hunger Strike Grows on 13th Day, Leaders Call for Continued Protests Apr 30 2017 / 6:37 am Some of Palestine's prisoners. From right to left: Marwan Barghouthi, Ahmad Saadat, Karim Yunis, Nael Barghouthi, Fouad Shubak. (Photo: via Maan) At least 100 Palestinian prisoners joined the some 1,500 Palestinians on the 13th day of a mass hunger strike on Saturday, amid a continued crackdown by Israel Prison Service (IPS) aimed at disrupting the movement inside prisons.
Meanwhile, Palestinian leaders have called for the escalation of protests, a day after widespread confrontations between locals and Israeli forces across the occupied West Bank in solidarity with the strike.
Abed al-Fattah Dawla, head of the Media Committee of the Freedom and Dignity Strike — a joint committee formed by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) and Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs – told Sawt al-Asra (Voice of Prisoners) radio station that 100 Palestinians being held in Israel’s Meg..

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