A Palestinian American reminisces about growing up under occupation, learning to treasure land, home, and family above all else. The olive tree is a sacred part of the land, and it has come to represent the Palestinian struggle for dignity. Ahed Tamimi’s struggle too, is the struggle of all Palestinians.
Ahed Tamimi, the real Wonder Woman? Artist behind historic Che Guevara poster turns his brush to Palestinian teen jailed by Israel
Jim Fitzpatrick, the artist behind the iconic image of Che Guevara, has done it again. The new symbol of resistance and anti-oppression is 17-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi from the occupied West Bank. He hopes to call attention to her plight and wants to see her safe and released from prison.
As Israel’s blockade of Gaza enters its 11th year, the economic and humanitarian situation has become so dire that youth are beginning to take the risk of crossing into Israel to find work. When 6 boys tried this on Saturday, they were shot at by Israeli forces, although they posed no threat. 2 of the boys made it back home, 2 were injured, and 2 didn’t make it out alive.
One of the most dangerous places in the world for children is the occupied Palestinian territories where, in the last year, at least 20 Palestinian children have been killed and over 1,000 others injured by Israeli forces. Gaza’s 1 million children are especially at risk, as food, medicine, and electricity are in short supply, and 97% of drinking water contaminated. The world has Israel to thank for this man-made humanitarian crisis.
Netanyahu is poised to deport 38,000 African refugees, claiming they are merely “infiltrators.” Some agree; others want a more compassionate approach – one that says, “never again means never again.” And what is the next logical step?
Ahed Tamimi is on trial to show that Israel is tough; but what they don’t want to show is the cruelty of the occupation – especially toward children – and the wild disproportion of punishment to “crime.”
The Palestinian Directorate of Education organized a celebration to honor retired Palestinian teachers, but Israeli forces raided the event and sent everyone home.
Israeli settlers from the fanatical Yitzhar settlement allegedly attempted to kidnap two Palestinian children as they raided the nearby village of Madma.
Michael Oren is currently known for his conspiracy theory that Ahed Tamimi might be a “plant” sent to Nabi Saleh to make Israel look bad. Oren has a history of spouting such theories – and he is just one of many who would rather believe far-fetched fantasies about Palestinians rather than face the truth that Israel has blood on its hands.
A boy who threw stones at IDF jeeps suffered the punishment of execution by a soldier; it was the third time in recent weeks that soldiers aimed at stone-throwers’ heads.
Retired Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson had a piece in the New York Times on Monday, in which he discussed the parallels between the runup to the Iraq war and the direction things are going with Iran. He identified the source of pro-war analysis as the Foundation for Defense of Democracies – but stopped short of explaining that this organization is “the neoconservative wing of the Israel lobby.” The next day, in another interview, he was eager to talk about this connection. Does NYT self-censor?
A Palestinian woman who now lives in the US recalls growing up in simpler times, without an awareness of the differences in religions. Christmastime – and Santa – were for everyone. But times have changed, and Jerusalem has changed, especially since Trump’s announcement.
A study of AP’s 2018 reports on Palestinians and Israelis killed found that AP headlines reported on Israeli deaths at a rate four times greater than on Palestinian deaths, and that articles were almost three times longer. Essential information was often missing; never once, for example, did AP use the term “occupied” or “occupation”…
Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, recalls his work to invent a case for “pre-emptive” war against Iraq. It worked like a charm – ultimately at a high cost in lives, financially, and in destabilization of the whole region. Wilkerson argues that Nikki Haley and the Trump administration are doing the same thing today, only with even weaker evidence. The result could be “10 to 15 times worse than the Iraq war in terms of casualties and costs.”
It’s not just Palestinian houses that are demolished by Israel. This week it was irrigation pipelines. No warning – just a bulldozer accompanied by Israeli army.
How did a 14-year-old Palestinian girl who has never set foot in the open-air prison of Gaza find herself being dumped there by Israeli officials – alone, at night and without her parents being informed? Ghada’s story, like Ahed Tamimi’s and the African refugees’, is the story of the indifference that is created by an occupation machine.