BDS Battle Heats Up

Last week, we told you about the ACLU’s letter urging members of Congress to refrain from cosponsoring the so-called “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” because American citizens have a constitutional right to boycott Israel if they want to (duh!). Subsequently, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH) responded to the ACLU, insisting that they were blowing things out of proportion when they said what we've been saying for years now, and claiming the bill “does [not] punish individuals or companies from [sic] refusing to do business with Israel based on their own political beliefs.” That’s...


When Facts are Upsetting

Given the current political climate and congressional efforts to defund the Palestinian Authority over concerns about terrorism (everything wrong with these efforts is explained here), one would expect Trump’s State Department to sing the same tune. But it looks like a level of independence and common sense is still intact in the State Department, which just put out a report on terrorism that threw some who, dare we say, maybe less informed for a loop. The report praises the Palestinian Authority’s efforts to prevent violence and terror attacks, noting they thwarted hundreds of attacks,...


Fighting for Truth: Challenging the Anti-Palestinian Bias in the Media

Posted by Guest on July 27, 2017 in Blog

By Sarah Decker  “2 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza clash: Death toll tops 330 as Hamas militants step up attacks.” This July 2014 headline in the Washington Post illustrates the increasing reality of media bias that undermines Palestinian deaths and manipulates American perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Political analyst Omar Baddar cites headlines like this as one of the main sources of the widespread misinformation surrounding this political fault-line. The article, reporting on the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, presents a narrative that focuses on the “inflammatory and violent tactics” of...

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Facts and Myths of US Funding of Terrorism in Israel and Palestine

Posted by Omar Baddar on July 21, 2017 in Blog

Ending US financial backing for attacks on civilians in Israel and Palestine is a noble cause, and deserves the backing of all Americans. But when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee attempted to address the matter with the Taylor Force Act, they did it with the wrong framing and focus, advocating cutting US funding for the Palestinian Authority (PA) for what is misleadingly described as the PA’s policy of “rewards for terrorism”. Before addressing why this characterization is misleading, let me first explain why the entire conversation is framed terribly.Elephant in...

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From Palestine to Arkansas

Posted by Guest on June 29, 2017 in Blog

By Isaac Filat

Down South, in the small state of Arkansas, in the small city of Little Rock, in the small community of Chenal, you’ll find a Palestinian family living amongst the bunch. Though mostly assimilated, my family retains many of our Hebron ways. We are loud. We are hard headed. We cook good food. But, more importantly, we are Arkansan! I was born and raised in Arkansas, but my family’s arrival in the South was mostly chance. My grandfather...

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Criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitism

Posted by Omar Baddar on June 22, 2017 in Blog

The injustice of Israel’s occupation of Palestine is so glaring that it is difficult for its supporters to defend it, so they tend to opt for suppressing the voices exposing it. This was the case a couple of weeks ago, when an event on Capitol Hill on the abuse of Palestinian children under Israeli occupation was smeared by the Israel Project. Not only was the event misrepresented as “hate speech”, but the Congressman whose office reserved a room for the event, Representative Mark Pocan,...

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Washington Watch: What We Didn't Know or Chose to Ignore About the '67 War

Posted on June 17, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby In June of 1967, I was in the midst of my final weeks in college when the war broke out. At the time, I knew little about the Middle East, since I was more engaged in the anti-war and civil rights movements. And so as I watched the UN Security Council debates that preceded and followed the war, I saw what was unfolding through the prism of those struggles with which I was more familiar—the one in opposition to the war in Vietnam and the other for civil rights and justice in America. As...

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Palestinian children under occupation discussed on the Hill

Posted by Guest on June 10, 2017 in Blog

By Sarah Decker

At age 12, most American children are making the transition to middle school, learning how to use their first lockers, joining new sports teams, and experiencing all the changes that their teenage years have to offer. However, under the Israeli occupation in Palestine, age 12 means something different. At the end of 2015, there were 116 Palestinian child detainees between 12-15 years old. Each year, Israel systematically prosecutes 500-700 children in military courts. As we reflect on 50 years of occupation and systematic injustice, it is critical...

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