I love movies because they seem to simplify life. Nowhere is it more clear than on the big screen when a character's predicament begins to shift.
Some say that breaking the structures created by Oslo can lead to chaos and unprecedented violence; that it is insane to even consider such an option. To those voices I say, look at where we are now?
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.
I share here a few statements made by national Jewish organizations during these last few days, and ask us all to stay tuned in, to pray for peace, for safety, for life for Israelis and Palestinians. I ask you to take action how you see fit to save lives, to speak love, to share your dreams for and take steps to recreate the world as you believe it should be.
At a Bernie Sanders rally in Boston on Saturday, October 3, members of our group, Boston Students for Justice in Palestine, were threatened with arrest after the campaign staff had requested the removal of a banner that read "Will Ya #FeelTheBern 4 Palestine??!"
Odeh's is an important story. A story of Palestine. A story of refugees, of military occupation and torture, of political imprisonment, of women's rights organizing, of freedom. But Odeh's must also be understood as a Black story. No one is free until everyone is free from oppression.
What are we going to do about Israel? Complaining about it doesn't help. Shouting about it doesn't help. What is going to stop this madness? Rea...
Divided Palestinians need to be united if the current protests are to have direction.
Jerusalem is a divided and divisive city. Many different communities--defined by religion, culture, ethnicity, language, history and almost anything else people could use to differentiate themselves from one another--live in close proximity but rarely meet.
Israel's most notorious soccer fan group, La Familia, known for its militant racism against Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, has put itself in the firing line as Israeli-Palestinian confrontations threaten to spark a third Intifada or popular Palestinian uprising on the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.
When I think back on my first visit to historical Palestine I'm astounded by how little I actually learned about the plight of the Palestinians. It was not until I ventured to the other side of the apartheid wall that I began to understand how heavy-handed and violent the occupation really is.
The Oslo Accords and its attendant peace process came into the world with a bang 22 years ago. This past week they exited with a sad whimper.
After three years of being involved with Students for Justice in Palestine, my incredulity at the repeated attempts of those in power to suspend freedom of speech when it came to Palestine gave way to an almost jaded nonchalance.
This conflict is not the only one in the Middle East, but a solution would send a strong signal of hope that solutions even for very intractable disputes are possible. Fortunately, both sides overwhelmingly agree on the key aspects of a viable solution: two states within the 1967 borders, with some mutual border adjustments.
Pictures of Saudi soccer players subjecting themselves to Israeli controls potentially could have been the cinder that put the House of Saud on fire where it not for the willingness of Sepp Blatter's FIFA fire brigade to come to Mr. Salman's rescue on what can only be opportunistic political grounds.
Context is everything and the reality is worse than you think. To take one side or the other is a ploy to keep you busy waving a flag while under our noses, the conflict is perpetuated by the flow of arms, money and building materials.