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Watch Gaza’s parkour team somersault to the sound of Israeli drone strikes

“If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, we side with the powerful – we don’t remain neutral.”

Brazilian philosopher and critical theorist Paulo Frieire said it first. Banksy, the anonmyous English graffiti artist, scrawled it on a wall in the Gaza Strip.

Last February, Banksy used underground tunnels to sneak into the Gaza Strip and, in his usual form, stealthily painted artworks on cracked walls and the remains of homes destroyed during Israel’s latest military offensive. He published a video highlighting Israel’s brutal treatment of the occupied territory, sarcastically urging viewers to make Gaza their next tourist destination. Read More

A two-minute window into Loyola University’s historic divestment win

The following is a two-minute speech presented at Loyola University Chicago on March 24, 2015, in support of a resolution calling on the university administration to divest from companies profiting from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

My name is Aiman Abdelmajid and I am a senior at Loyola University Chicago studying political science. My Palestinian narrative is continuously being demonized and marginalized. My Palestinian voice is constantly being silence and buried beneath the ground but they do not know they are planting seeds. Time and time again, my Palestinian people have been given empty promises and false hope. The so called “peace process” has led to nothing but more Palestinians being killed, more Palestinian homes being demolished, more Palestinian land being confiscated in order to build more settlements, more Palestinian children incarcerated, and more olive trees being uprooted. The overall quality of Palestinian life in the West Bank and Gaza continues to deteriorate. Read More

Sweet winter in the West Bank

Guest contribution by Elif Fâtıma Görken

This winter I spent time in Palestine visiting dear friends who invited me to their city, Al-Quds, and showed me their beautiful homeland which has been occupied by Israel for the past 65 years. We traveled to some of the most ancient and vibrant Palestinian cities, including Bethlehem, Nablus, Ramallah, and Yaffa. I witnessed Israeli apartheid firsthand in every single city. The checkpoints, the apartheid wall, the segregated roads, the illegal settlements — all tools to maintain Israel’s system of violence and colonization. I could only stay for five days so I have come to deeply cherish the moments I spent with the most kind and hospitable people I know. Whenever I go through the photos from the trip, I feel like I am there all over again. I can hear the kids running around Masjid Al-Aqsa, I can almost taste the soft rainfall in Nablus, and I can still smell the scent of my friends’ homemade sahlab which we sipped as we spent the hours talking, looking at her wedding pictures, reminiscing about the past, and dreaming about the future.

An empty street cart waits along the edge of a stone-paved pathway in between apartment buildings in Jerusalem.

A man stands outside of his storefront in Nablus.

Decorations done by neighbors and family members as part of a celebration for someone who recently performed Hajj. Read More

House of Cards takes on Israel-Palestine — here’s what the producers did right

Warning: spoilers ahead

One of the main storylines in season three of Netflix’s House of Cards follows President of the United States Francis J. Underwood as he squares off against his Russian counterpart in the Jordan Valley. Referring to the longstanding Israel-Palestine crisis as a mere “tension,” the producers ignore much of its key historical context and, for the purpose of a plot that American viewers can collectively digest, write it off instead as the underlying cause of the most recent escalation between American and Russian brass. But as nonsensical as the plot is, the producers did get plenty right, and I think this season is evidence of a positive shift in the mainstream treatment of Israel-Palestine. Read More

Why I take online polls seriously

I should begin with a disclaimer. It’s not that I take all online polls seriously. Only the ones that might have an effect on my future.

Four years ago, The Atlantic launched a Twitter-based book club, #1book140, to get people from all around the world talking and debating. Each month, readers are given a genre and a selection of books to mull over. Readers vote for their choice and the winning book is announced. The world reads and a conversation on Twitter ensues.

Last week, The Atlantic ran a poll for the month of March’s non-fiction book choice. Fifteen books were lined up. Nearly 2,800 votes were cast. “The Battle for Justice in Palestine,” by Ali Abunimah, won with a 58.97% majority.

The link to the poll went viral, which could explain the final vote tally. January’s 1book140 poll ended with a total of 51 votes. February’s closed with 47. Ali’s book alone earned 1,631. Read More

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs unveils Oscars-themed art project

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs really outdid itself this time.

The government institution published three strange images on its Facebook page earlier today after Ambassador Ron Prosor presented his Oscars-themed speech at the United Nations Security Council.

We’d like to reiterate that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a government institution. In fact, it is one of Israel’s most important ministries, responsible for giving Israel’s public image the facelift it needs after, say, dropping bombs on thousands of heads. And this is no easy task, which is why we presume that its employees undergo some kind of strategy training. Standards have gotten so low. Oh so low. Read More

Horowitz behind posters depicting Palestine solidarity organizers as ‘Jew haters’ (Updated)

Inflammatory posters demonizing Palestinian solidarity organizers have been found on at least five universities, including DePaul University (right) and Drake University (left).

Update: David Horowitz of the David Horowitz Freedom Center has taken responsibility for the posters in a recent interview.

Students at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) were greeted yesterday by inflammatory posters depicting Palestinian solidarity organizers as ‘Jew haters’.

At least five other universities have since reported similar posters on their campuses, including Amherst College, DePaul University, Drake University, and the University of California, Irvine. The University of Virginia was the latest campus to find them.

The posters were all part of a campaign by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, an organization known for its right-wing, anti-Islam, and anti-Islam positions. Founder David Horowitz claimed responsibility for the posters in an interview with the Jewish Journal.

Emblazoned on the top of each of the posters is the campaign’s target: Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a student group active on over 130 colleges and universities across the United States. At the bottom is the hashtag #JewHaters.

The images are designed to depict Palestinians as menacing. They “rely on Islamophobic and anti-Arab tropes to paint Palestinians as terrorists and to misrepresent Students for Justice in Palestine as anti-Semitic,” reads a statement by SJP at UCLA. Read More