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Israeli Occupation

Palestine: The Story of Life and Death of Peace

Abdalhadi Alijla | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
Abdalhadi Alijla

On a personal level, I disagree with violent acts. I do believe that everyone has the right to live. Yet, the Palestinians also have the right to live as equal as the Israeli citizens and Israeli settlers. This is the real reason of the attacks. Netanyahu and his government are responsible for killing both the Israeli and the Palestinian children and civilians

A Christian Human Rights Monitor Describes the Horrific Realities of Life Under Israeli Occupation

MuslimGirl | Posted 07.14.2016 | Religion

As a Christian, I believe we must support everyone living here in finding a peaceful end to the occupation, so that among many, many other things, there will be an end to the  checkpoints stopping Palestinian Muslims from praying in al-Aqsa, and an end to the collective punishment of Palestinians.

New York Governor's Unconstitutional Order Enables Israeli Occupation

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement was launched in 2005 by representatives of Palestinian civil society.

Open Letter from a Palestinian Christian to the United Methodist Church

Philip Farah | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Philip Farah

As an American of Palestinian Christian origin, I urge the United Methodist Church to heed the Palestinian Christian Kairos call for divestment from c...

Why Voting Matters: The American Anthropological Association's Upcoming Vote to Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions

Junaid Rana | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Junaid Rana

Co-authored with Nadine Naber In two weeks, the American Anthropological Association's (AAA) nearly 10,000 members will begin voting on a resolutio...

The Palestinian Leadership... To Where?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.07.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is time to reconsider your positions, muster the courage to change course and give the Palestinians, young and old, the hope for a better and more promising future.

Should Israel Flatten Beirut -- Again?

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.29.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

Flattening Beirut has been done before. Flattening Gaza has been done before. And both may be done again if Israel's license to kill with impunity is left unchecked.

Palestine, Heart of Mine

Aisha Subhan | Posted 01.12.2016 | College
Aisha Subhan

Even amid a worsening situation in Palestine, I still witnessed beauty and was touched by all whom I met. I had never felt more taken care of. I didn't want to leave.

Israel's Occupation Is Morally Indefensible

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.16.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Contrary to Prime Minister Netanyahu's assertion, the occupation erodes rather than buttresses Israel's national security and cannot be justified on either security or moral grounds.

Palestinians Must Not Fall Into This Trap, Again!

Sam Bahour | Posted 10.15.2016 | World
Sam Bahour

Israel knows better than anyone that if the Palestinians are permitted to engage non-violently, the odds are they will be successful in putting Israel in a corner and exposing the occupation for what it is, a system of modern-day Apartheid or worse.

One Year After Ceasefire, 'Temporary' Housing for Gazans Seems to be Permanent

Nora Lester Murad | Posted 08.27.2016 | World
Nora Lester Murad

The Gaza Strip is among the most densely populated areas in the world, and the 1.8 million Palestinian residents suffer from economy-crippling mobility restrictions. They survived an exceptionally cold winter, in which at least four babies died of exposure, and are now enduring a summer of record-breaking heat.

Why The U.S. Must Stop Enabling Israel

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.18.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The U.S. must no longer give Israel a blank check, hoping that it will use it wisely. Israel has failed that test and the U.S. is becoming as a result complicit in Israel's self-destructive policy.

Expelled for Life

Jen Marlowe | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Jen Marlowe

Nasser was only four years old in June 1986 when, after the remains of an ancient synagogue were discovered in Old Susya. Israel's Civil Administration declared his village an archaeological site and expropriated it. Bulldozers had blocked the caves and destroyed their homes.

A Palestinian's Journey Towards Healing

Kamal Abu-Shamsieh | Posted 05.21.2016 | Religion
Kamal Abu-Shamsieh

As I disengage from MLI, it does not necessitate an end to my dialogue with Zionists. Dialogue with Zionists is as crucial to Muslim-Jewish understanding as outreach to Evangelicals to advance Christian-Muslim relations. I will continue my journey towards healing that I yearn to achieve.

Princeton's Faculty Petition to Divest from Israeli Occupation

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Usaama al-Azami

It remains to be seen what sort of response this petition elicits both in its favor, and in opposition; and whether it encourages comparable petitions at other institutions, academic or otherwise.

Resisting Israeli Occupation: The Story of Bil'in

Dawn Morais | Posted 12.06.2014 | Hawaii
Dawn Morais

There were about 20 of us, brought together by the Hawaii Coalition for Justice in Palestine (HCJP) to watch 5 Broken Cameras at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM).

'I'm Just a Kid': Tariq's Ordeal

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Last summer, Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old American citizen from Baltimore, accompanied his parents to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat for a six-week visit with relatives. The first friend Tariq made when he arrived was his cousin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

American Media Biased Coverage of the Crisis in Gaza

Anton Murra | Posted 10.01.2014 | Media
Anton Murra

As a Palestinian living in the United States, I must say that the reporting of Fox News and CNN has no connection to the reality that Palestinians know only too well. Their coverage is unfair and fails to convey the whole truth of what is transpiring there.

Gaza: This Is No Life

Karl Schembri | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Karl Schembri

Every 6-year-old in Gaza is now living through the third war in their life. Aside from the risks they face of being injured or killed, one cannot begin to fathom what this means for their long-term mental health and well-being.

Here We Go Again: Israel's Biennial Gaza Offensive

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

If one doesn't have the facts, the cagey and deceptive news media can persuade one to false conclusions: they make it sound as if two equal military adversaries are exchanging fire: the reality and devastation on the ground in Gaza dispels all such dubious insinuations.

The Curse of the Occupation

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

At a time when hundreds of rockets are fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad from Gaza against Israel -- threatening population centers, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv -- criticizing Israel's occupation of the West Bank would seem inappropriate at best. Many Israelis justify the continuing occupation in light of the intensifying violence. They argue that Israel cannot allow the West Bank to become under any circumstances like Gaza -- a staging ground for rocket attacks that could cause unimaginable death and destruction. The repeated acts of violence emanating from Gaza and the relative calm in the occupied West Bank are used to "validate" this claim. In reality, the occupation itself is the root cause behind the unending Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the current deadly flare-up between Israel and Hamas.

Presbyterians Divest from the Israeli Occupation: The End of the Beginning?

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If there is to be a just resolution, some sufficiently potent other groups of people will have to effectively weigh in on the side of the Palestinian victims of occupation.

Presbyterian Divestment: Contesting Representations of 'the Jewish Community'

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

There's no question that some Jews will be very unhappy if the Presbyterians vote to divest from these three companies. But it's equally clear that the opponents of divestment from the occupation do not speak for all Jews.

Anti-Apartheid Archbishop Calls Presbyterians to Back Divestment from Israeli Occupation

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Robert Naiman

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the leader who more than any other human being alive is associated with the successful use of divestment to help overturn apartheid in South Africa, is calling on Presbyterians to choose divestment from the Israeli occupation.

Palestinians Need to Give Up on the United States

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

The occupation (in clear distinction to the secure existence of Israel) is against international law and should be challenged in international forums.True, the Israelis and the Americans would raise holy hell but so what.