Category Archives: Palestine

A Palestinian boy with a gun to his head asked if I was OK. I still think about him | Tariq Jordan | Opinion | The Guardian

As we sat silently, staring down the barrel of his gun, the 13-year-old boy sitting next to me turned and asked if I was all right. I simply nodded. He smiled at me and said: “Don’t worry, it will all be fine.” I suddenly felt rather embarrassed. Embarrassed that a 30-year-old man was being comforted by a child. The soldier began walking along the bus and at that moment I needed to feel good about myself. So what did I do? I acknowledged my sympathy. I felt for this kid sat next to me. I reminded myself no child should have to stare down the barrel of a gun. I reminded myself no child should have to feel the fear of death. I reminded myself this was all so wrong. And I ultimately reminded myself that my sympathy did nothing for my 13-year-old companion. This lad looked to me again and observed that I was nervous. “Smile, it will help!” he said before asking for my passport. I didn’t even question giving my British passport to a 13-year-old child. He placed the passport visibly on my lap and said something that made me realise my sympathy was futile. “This is Kryptonite, remember that.” The soldier arrived at my seat and pointed his gun in my young friend’s face, while the boy sho

Source: A Palestinian boy with a gun to his head asked if I was OK. I still think about him | Tariq Jordan | Opinion | The Guardian

Marches of Return or Political Manouvres – nadiaharhash

it is hard to catch a season or a day in the Palestinian context. we start the year with movements and party memorial days, and march starts after celebrating women and mother into a sacrifice where women and mother are the ones who pay the highest price for their patience.. a loss of a son, a…

Source: Marches of Return or Political Manouvres – nadiaharhash

Index of racism and incitement in Israeli social media 2018 – IFEX

The most hate and racism in 2018 was directed at Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset and their political parties in Israel during the discussions and passing of the Nation-State Law, which gives rights to only Jewish citizens.

Source: Index of racism and incitement in Israeli social media 2018 – IFEX

Feminist Palestinian lawmaker free after 20 months in prison without trial | +972 Magazine

“I still do not know what I was arrested for, I was only told that I am dangerous,” Jarrar said during a reception in Ramallah on Thursday afternoon. “This is what we have always said when it comes to administrative detention — that it’s arbitrary. That it’s always political. Therefore we demand to put an end to this illegal practice.”

Source: Feminist Palestinian lawmaker free after 20 months in prison without trial | +972 Magazine

Prominent Democrats Form Pro-Israel Group to Counter Skepticism on the Left – The New York Times – “The need is for balance to achieve peace, not one-sidedness.”

J Street donated just under $5 million to candidates in the 2018 election and Jeremy Ben-Ami, the group’s president, said they would at least match that in 2020. “The idea that the Democratic Party should just support the Netanyahu government, right or wrong, is out of line with where American Jews are at and where Jewish Democrats are at,” Mr. Ben-Ami said.

For Michelle Alexander’s critics, Palestinians don’t deserve civil rights | +972 Magazine

Alexander is the latest prominent Black American in recent months to vocally express — and be targeted for — her solidarity with the Palestinian people, after others like Tamika Mallory, Marc Lamont Hill, and Angela Davis faced similar public outrages and disavowals. And fourth, for why it was written: to challenge the widespread fear of backlash, held by many progressive Americans, for publicly criticizing Israel and speaking up for Palestinian rights.

Source: For Michelle Alexander’s critics, Palestinians don’t deserve civil rights | +972 Magazine

Fed up with myths, these American Jews are challenging their Israel education

For Michal, a pro-Israel program in Israel was the tipping point, and the first time she considered that not everything she had been taught about Israel was true. “Aish HaTorah, [the organization] that runs Hasbara Fellowships, were teaching us talking points: here is a template for advocating for Israel on campus, here are the points your opponents will use, and here is how you turn it around on them and humiliate people in the process. Then they would have us practice — one person would play the aggressive pro-Palestine advocate and we would have to use the arguments they gave us. I remember being so embarrassed because I just couldn’t do it. I’m a really bad bullshitter. They’re using the word ‘apartheid,’ and I’m supposed to say ‘there are Israeli Arabs in the cabinet.’ I couldn’t memorize all those steps and then spit them back out like I was supposed to do.” “What tipped me off was when they took us to Hebron. You walk there and it’s a ghost town with [Palestinian] shops boarded up. There is a barrier in the main street that separates Palestinians from Israelis. And you have menacing settlers. Something felt off: it was the first inkling I had of ‘is this really necessary in

Source: Inoreader – Fed up with myths, these American Jews are challenging their Israel education

Inoreader – Admitting he didn’t commit a crime, IDF puts teen in admin. detention for Facebook post

The army prosecutor readily admitted to the judge that the photos Makhtoob published on Facebook did not constitute a crime, but that secret evidence handed over to the judge — which neither Makhtoob nor his lawyer were allowed to see — justified keeping him behind bars. Zaher demanded that the court bring charges against Makhtoob rather than hold him indefinitely without trial. The judge, however, accepted the prosecution’s argument that the secret evidence was enough to keep him behind bars for the time being, and extended his remand by another three days. On January 7, a senior Israeli army officer ordered Makhtoob be held in administrative detention for six months. He has not been accused of committing a crime.

Source: Inoreader – Admitting he didn’t commit a crime, IDF puts teen in admin. detention for Facebook post