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‘Never Met Anyone from Gaza’: Encounter with a Stranger

By Rawan Yaghi Let me tell you about my latest encounter with a stranger. A couple of days ago, I was listening to music through the glorious invention of earphones. My ipod playlist, though, is not as glorious and there was a three second pause between the end of one song and the next in […]

The Long Fight Against TV and Movie ‘Bad Arabs’

By James M. Wall Jack G. Shaheen, retired professor of communications at Southern Illinois University, died Sunday, July 9, after a short battle with cancer. He was 81. His death brought to a sudden end, his five-decade fight against the stereotyping of “Bad Arabs” in movies and television. I have maintained regular contact with Jack […]

Palestinian Family Rejoices for New Baby, a Product of Smuggled Sperm

A Palestinian prisoner became a father of a baby boy yesterday after he smuggled his sperm out of Israel’s Gilboa prison last year, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs Commission has revealed. The head of the Committee, Amjad Abu Assab, said newborn Ali is an ambassador of freedom. Prisoner Ahmad Shaheen’s family expressed their happiness with their […]

Israel Holds Chairwoman of Palestinian Women’s Union without Charge or Trial

Israeli authorities sentenced Khitam Al-Saafin, the chairwoman of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committee, to three months in administrative detention on Sunday. The head of the legal unit for prisoners’ rights group Addameer, Mahmoud Hassan, said that a court session would be held on Wednesday in the Ofer Detention Center to confirm the sentence. Israeli […]

Children with Cystic Fibrosis in Gaza in ‘Mortal Danger’

Scores of Palestinian children being treated at a Gaza City Hospital for cystic fibrosis are facing possible imminent death, relatives and medical sources told Ma’an. Rights groups described the current situation in Gaza as the worst medication crisis the besieged Gaza Strip has seen in years, stemming from debilitating budget cuts by the Palestinian Authority […]

35,000 Palestinians still Displaced from 2014 War

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) released a statement on Friday that highlighted the continuous devastation faced by residents of the besieged Gaza Strip three years after Israel’s 2014 offensive, as tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza remained displaced in the coastal enclave. “Of 11,000 homes totally destroyed during the war, a little over one […]

Report: Israel Committed 310 Violations against Palestinian Journalists since January

Some 310 violations have been committed by Israeli forces against journalists since the start of the year, the Committee for the Support of Journalists revealed in a report. The report, which covers the period between January 1 to June 30, states that excessive force was used against media personnel in violation of all international and […]

Dutch Group Raises Largest Palestinian Flag in Europe

An organization in the Netherlands has raised the world’s largest Palestinian flag in Europe, according to a statement released by the group on Wednesday. The organization, called KOFIA, said in a statement that the flag is 100 meters long and five meters wide. The group added that this was considered to be the first event […]

UNESCO Resolution ‘Sad, Unnecessary, and Pathetic,’ According to Israeli Foreign Ministry

The United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee adopted a resolution on Tuesday reaffirming the international body’s non-recognition of Israeli sovereignty in occupied East Jerusalem, and condemning Israeli policies in the Old City, sparking reactions from both Palestinian and Israeli officials. Ten member states voted in favor of the resolution, three […]

Israel Plans to Install Dahlan instead of Abbas

A leading Israeli writer revealed yesterday an Israel-Egypt-UAE plan to install Mohamed Dahlan as the leader of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip instead of Mahmoud Abbas. In an opinion piece in Haaretz, Zvi Bar’el said that while Hamas would remain in control of security and not be demilitarized, at least “Israel would have a […]

Wasting the Milk in the Summer – Poetry Review

Reviewed by Samah Sabwai (Wasting the Milk in the Summer by Sara Saleh) Once in a while, you come across a poetry collection and your world comes to a stand still! You hold your breath as the images rise from the pages to confront, terrorize or soothe you. You lose yourself in the spaces between […]

‘The Art of Sharing Life’: Documenting Life in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon (Part IV)

Following three days of training in Shatila camp in Beirut, and a day of fieldwork, participants in the ‘The Art of Sharing Life Stories with the Masses’, produced twelve projects, each of which conveyed a unique story either through a series of six photos or a short video. The Majed Abu Sharar Media Foundation, (MASMF) […]

‘The Art of Sharing Life’: Documenting Life in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon (Part III)

Following three days of training in Shatila camp in Beirut, and a day of fieldwork, participants in the ‘The Art of Sharing Life Stories with the Masses’, produced twelve projects, each of which conveyed a unique story either through a series of six photos or a short video. The Majed Abu Sharar Media Foundation, (MASMF) […]

‘The Art of Sharing Life’: Documenting Life in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon (Part II)

Following three days of training in Shatila camp in Beirut, and a day of fieldwork, participants in the ‘The Art of Sharing Life Stories with the Masses’, produced twelve projects, each of which conveyed a unique story either through a series of six photos or a short video. The Majed Abu Sharar Media Foundation, (MASMF) […]

On World Refugee Day, Estimates Show 66% of Palestinians Became Refugees in 1948

On the anniversary of World Refugee Day, and one month after the 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, or “catastrophe,” it is estimated that 66 percent of Palestinians who were living in British-Mandate Palestine in 1948 were expelled from historic Palestine and displaced, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). Today, the United […]

‘The Art of Sharing Life’: Documenting Life in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon (Part I)

Following three days of training in Shatila camp in Beirut, and a day of fieldwork, participants in the ‘The Art of Sharing Life Stories with the Masses’, produced twelve projects, each of which conveyed a unique story either through a series of six photos or a short video. The Majed Abu Sharar Media Foundation, (MASMF) […]

UN: 150,00 Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank may Lose Food Assistance in July

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a statement at a press briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, warning that the World Food Program (WFP) would be forced to suspend assistance to some 150,000 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip next month unless additional funding […]

Palestine Speaks: Al Jazeera English online Launches ‘Palestine in Motion’

Al Jazeera English online has launched ‘Palestine in Motion‘, a storytelling technique, centered on the story of Palestinian people. ‘Palestine in Motion’ allows the user to explore the personal narratives of Palestinians, which are linked through various themes and keywords in a new and unique way. It retells the story of Palestine by linking the […]

Israeli Soldiers Force 19-Year Old Detainee to Say ‘Muhammad is a Pig’

Israeli forces abused and humiliated a 19-year-old Palestinian for hours when he was detained last month during a march in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, while the youth reported that he had feared for his life and was severely degraded by Israeli forces, according to a report […]

‘Invaders’ Fear of Memory’: Darwish Poem at Israeli Award Dubbed ‘Provocation’

Israeli Minister of Culture Miri Regev expressed opposition to the recitation of a poem by renowned Palestinian author Mahmoud Darwish at an Israeli cultural event, calling it a “provocation” and requesting that the performance be canceled, Maan News Agency quoted Hebrew-language media as saying. According to news site Maariv, Mira Awwad, a famous Palestinian singer […]

Message from Dr. Ramzy Baroud: The Plot to Sideline Palestine

The Plot to Sideline Palestine: We Need You to Fight the Truth Battle with Us  – There is an attempt at sidelining Palestine from international media coverage.  – We refuse to let this happen. Palestinian rights are paramount and their fight for freedom is a righteous one.  – We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and […]

For the First Time, Israel to Test Arrow-3 Missile System in US’s Alaska

For the first time, Israel, jointly with the US Missile Defence Agency (MDA), will test the Arrow-3 anti-ballistic missile system in the US state of Alaska. According to a statement yesterday by Israel’s Channel 2, the test will take place at Alaska’s Kodiak test site and is scheduled to be accomplished within few months. The […]

Oranges and a Gun: Documenting Life in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon

Location: Shatila camp Beirut, Lebanon Photographer:  Alaa Hamade, Beirut, Lebanon Description: Shatila, where people put aside their guns for oranges and where people work hard for a decent living despite the harsh circumstances such as bad infrastructure, pollution and difficult access to education. Documenting Life in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon Following three days of training […]

Land of Opportunity for Testing Weapons

By James M. Wall Fifty years after the June 5-10, 1967, Six Day War, Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian people offers a business opportunity for some, and massive oppression for others. We will begin with the business opportunity, as it is seen from the perspective of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. We will get to […]

A Palestinian Witness to Al-Naksa

By Mahmoud Zidan Ever since he told me about it a few years ago, I was unable to erase it from my memory. It had such an indelible effect that whenever we mark the setback of 1967 I vividly remember that evening. It all started when I asked him about his opinion on a TV […]

Radiohead: BDS Campaign is an ‘Extraordinary Waste of Energy’

Radiohead have hit back at a campaign urging the British band to cancel a scheduled concert in Israel, calling efforts to get them to adhere to the Palestinian call to Boycott, Divest from, and Sanction (BDS) Israel “offensive”. The experimental rock icons are scheduled to close a tour on July 19 in Tel Aviv, but […]

The Parachute Paradox – A Book Review

Reviewed by Rod Such (Steven Sabella. The Parachute Paradox. Kerber.) If you were asked to conjure up an image that depicts the situation of the Palestinians, what would it be? A graphic image of an Israeli boot on a Palestinian neck, perhaps? The Palestinian artist and journalist Steve Sabella, known internationally for his photography-based collages […]

On Children’s Day, PA Says 3,000 Palestinian Minors Killed by Israel Since 2000

On the occasion of the International Day for Protection of Children on Thursday, the Palestinian Authority (PA) denounced the continuous harm brought on to  Palestinian children by Israel since the Second Intifada. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Information, Israeli forces killed 3,000 Palestinian minors between 2000, when the Second Intifada began, and April 2017. […]

A Song about the Siege of Gaza (VIDEO)

Heeding Samuel Becket’s advice that “when you’re in the shit up to your neck, there’s nothing left to do but sing,” a group of Gaza-based human rights and BDS activists compiled the following, amateur video-clip titled: Gaza: The Horror! The Horror! It includes some of the most shocking facts and footage about the deadly, medieval […]

Impressions of Palestinian Memory in Watercolor (ART)

By Ramona Wadi The initial idea for a series of paintings related to Palestine occurred after finishing “The narration of burnt olive trees”, which is the first in the series themed “Impressions of Palestinian memory in watercolor.” However, it is the last painting which I believe defines this collection, or contribution, as a writer and […]

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