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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Palestinians Today

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 09, 2017 in Blog

With 7.98 million Palestinians in diaspora, the Palestinian people continue to make up the world's largest displaced population - including refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). This diaspora population continues to grow, as Israel continues to block their to return home. In the infographic below, we note the massive number of Palestinians displaced as a result of the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe) and the 1967 conquest of the occupied territories. 

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Trauma and Torture: The Imprisonment of Palestinian Children

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 08, 2017 in Blog

Israel’s occupation has made life very difficult for most Palestinians, but none are more vulnerable to the hardships of that occupation than Palestinian children. In the infographic below, we highlight the mistreatment these children are subjected to (hundreds each year) at the hands of Israeli authorities, which very frequently involves physical violence, among a wide-range of abuses, in direct violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international agreements.

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How Israeli Settlements Killed Peace

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 07, 2017 in Blog

For decades, the United States has simultaneously protested Israel’s occupation of Palestine in rhetoric, while actively shielding Israel from real accountability for that illegal occupation. This approach has allowed Israel to act with impunity, expanding settlements throughout the Palestinian territories, in direct violation of international law, and systematically violating a wide-range of basic Palestinian human rights. Since the start of the so-called “peace process”, Israel’s illegal settler population in the occupied territories has grown by more than 400%, destroying the viability of Palestinian independence and self-determination.


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VIDEO: 50 Years of Israeli Occupation of Palestine

Posted by Omar Baddar on June 06, 2017 in Blog

If you put on a hat for a few hours, you may forget it’s even there. And if you get used to the idea that Palestine is occupied, you may get used to the idea that this is the normal state of affairs. This week, Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories turns 50 years old, the longest in modern history, and it’s anything but normal. A closer look at the brutality and injustice of this occupation is crucial to remind ourselves of how unsustainable the status quo is.I remember about...

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