My first visit to Palestine was a little over 12 years ago, just days after the end of the siege of the Church of the Nativity by Israeli forces. Following the siege, 13 Palestinians were exiled to Europe and 26 to the Gaza Strip. In my last visit to Gaza this year, I happened to meet some of the Bethlehemite deportees as they rallied in front of UN offices to present a similar petition to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. In this video, spokesman Fahmi Kanan explains the situation faced by Bethlehem deportees in the open air prison that is Gaza.
The sign at the entrance to the Nassar family farm reads, “We refuse to be enemies.” In 2000, they named their land Tent of Nations and launched a program “to bring people of various cultures together to build bridges of…
During this year’s Nakba Day commemorations, I was able to attend events in the destroyed village of Lubya in the Galilee region in the north, Maghazi Refugee Camp in Gaza, Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, and a march to the Green Line in the West Bank village of Al Walaja. For those unfamiliar with Palestinian history, the Nakba, Arabic for ‘catastrophe,’ is the term given to the forced displacement of some 750,000 refugees from 500 Palestinian communities by Zionist militias before, during and following the 1948 War.
Noticeably absent from most coverage of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s use of the term “apartheid” are the voices most qualified to make the comparison with Israel. The Daily Beast article that broke the story helpfully quotes the 1998 Rome Statute,…
Inspired (provoked) by a Haaretz headline admonishing leftists to “recapture the Israeli flag”, informed by a recent action in Jaffa in which said flag was spattered with symbolic blood, and with Israeli refuser Moriel Rothman’s poetry flup-flup-flupping in my memory, in anticipation of my own nation’s flag-flupped Selective Memorial Day and Independence BBQ and Fireworks Day in the coming weeks and months, I offer the lines of poetry that immediately came to mind in the midst of this mish-mash.
In November 1948, the Israeli military forced residents of Iqrit—all Palestinian citizens of the newly created state of Israel—to leave their homes near the northern border with Lebanon because of military operations in the area. Iqrit’s residents, who are Catholic,…
Family and neighbors buried Noha Katamish the day after she died from the effects of tear gas fired into her home by Israeli forces in Aida Refugee Camp Monday. The 45-year-old mother of one daughter suffered from asthma, which likely compounded the choking effects of the gas grenade that was fired through her living room window as soldiers invaded the camp.